I was born in Honolulu, grew up in Kalihi, and attended local public schools. At the University of Hawaii, Manoa I earned my bachelor of science degree in biology. While earning my medical degree at the Tulane School of Medicine in New Orleans, I also earned a master of public health in tropical medicine. After medical school I completed two years of a surgical residency and later completed a family practice residency at Glendale Adventist Medical Center in Southern California. I then practiced in the Los Angeles area for several years. Missing my family, friends, and the local style and people of Hawaii, however, I moved back to Oahu. My main role models are my grandmother, an immigrant from Japan, and my parents, who worked diligently all of their lives and always stressed to me the importance of education. They inspired me to never give up and to devote myself to helping those in need.
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From an early age I knew that I wanted to be a physician. I am fascinated by how we feel and function, what can go wrong with our health, and how to prevent these things from happening when possible. The privilege of taking care of others and helping to alleviate their suffering is one of the greatest gifts in my life.
Initially my intention was to work in a primary care setting in a rural underserved area similar to the place where I grew up. I also became interested in surgery during medical school, where I could see immediate results from my work. Missing long-term patient contact and continuity of care, however, I returned to family practice and am practicing in the specialty where I want to be.
My professional affiliations include membership in the American Academy of Family Physicians. My pre-medical honors thesis and publication addressed seasonal changes in the pituitary gland of the feral mongoose. To stay current on the latest medical research and recommendations, I participate in continuing medical education courses, both live and on line, I read The American Association of Family Practice Journal, I listen to Audio-Digest, and I confer with my colleagues. In addition to speaking standard English, I am fluent in Pidgin English.
It is a pleasure and honor to be part of a group of highly skilled, qualified, friendly, and helpful physicians while still being able to keep my own identity and practice style. Having support with administrative tasks is another benefit of working with the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group.
I am a strong believer in education and preventive care, and I encourage patients to make positive choices early in order to enjoy a healthier and happier life. Patients who are open to new ideas are a particular joy for me to work with. My hope is that the knowledge and empowerment that my patients receive will be passed to family, friends, and future generations. I strive to treat my patients like my ohana, with honesty and compassion.
Cómo vivo bien
I have been blessed with wonderful family and friends all of my life. My faith also provides support for me. I am an avid animal lover and advocate. I have several rescue dogs and birds and am also involved with feral cats. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, visiting national parks and museums, painting, listening to audio books, watching movies and plays, going to concerts, doing puzzles, and playing video poker.