For her role on Private Practice (2007) as Dr. Amelia Shepard, she was introduced to Shonda Rhimes by the director/actor Eric Stoltz, who had worked with her ten years before and remembered that she resembled Patrick Dempsey. She won the role and is now a regular on the series.
She is a qualified canoe instructor and also enjoys kayaking and swimming.
Has appeared in every production by producers William Laurin and Glenn Davis since their CBS pilot Shock Treatment (1995).
She has a BA from the University of Toronto.
Gave birth to her first child at age 30, a daughter Eliza Giles on July 6, 2012. Child's father is her husband, Rob Giles.