Robin L. Seto, MD
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Idioma que hablo: English
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Please note that I'll be moving from Hawaii Kai Clinic to Mapunapuna Medical Office as of July 13, 2020.
Although both of my parents grew up in Hawaii, I was born and raised on the East Coast, as my father began his medical education and career as a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Johns Hopkins University. I enjoyed watching him work in his research lab, in the lecture halls, and at dinner parties at our home surrounded by medical students and residents. He suggested I enter Smith College as a pre-medical music major, believing this would address my dual interests in science and music. After 20 years, my parents decided to return “home” to Hawaii. In 1986, my husband and I moved to Kona, and we are thankful for the deep connections we developed in the mauka community of South Kona.
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During medical school at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine, I met my husband, who was an internal medicine resident. He was to become my inspiration and mentor in internal medicine during medical school, residency, and our subsequent 20-year private practice in Kona. Although appreciative of the experiences gained in private practice, I was grateful for the opportunity to join Hawaii Permanente Medical Group at Kona in 2004.
My philosophy of care is based on the principles of palliative care. Palliative care is the comprehensive care of those living with advanced incurable diseases or facing critical illnesses, for which the goal is to achieve the best possible quality of life through the relief of suffering. Its principles include respect for an individual’s values and beliefs, and care based on a bio-psychosocial and spiritual health model.
As a physician, I have the opportunity to view the world through the eyes of my patients. When I enter their world, I focus on listening and identifying with their concerns before presenting any recommendations. I find comfort, strength, and inspiration as I witness the dreams, tears, and joys of everyday people facing the challenges and struggles of their lives.
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I believe that wellness is a lifelong journey to achieve the best state of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Wellness involves exercising, eating heart-healthy foods, learning how to manage your thoughts and feelings and staying connected to people. I try to balance home and work responsibilities, and focus on what is important instead of what is beyond my capabilities at that particular time. My goal is to stay mindful of the unexpected moments in life, both good and bad, find contentment in my personal and professional lives, and maintain my passion for my children and music.