Doctor of Medicine, University of Tampere, Medical School, 1983.
Resident in paediatrics Tampere University Hospital, Finland, 1986—1992. Specialist in paediatrics University Hospital of Tampere, Finland, 1992—1994. Consultant in paediatric gastroenterology University Hospital of Tampere, Finland, 1996—2000.
Associate professor in paediatrics University of Tampere, Medical School, Finland, 2001—2002.
Secretary Educational board of Finnish Society of Paediatrics, Finland, 2000. Member of United European Gastroenterolgoy Federation (member public affairs. committee).
Life partner Kalle Martti Saksela. Married Ralph Gustav Ashorn, June 21, 1984 (divorced 1999). Children: Sara Marie, Henrik Julius, Robert Gustav.