I was born in Honolulu and raised in Nanakuli on Oahu. I’m blessed to be living and working on the island I consider my “home.”
Growing up, I wasn’t really interested in medicine, but I excelled at science and always found it easy to talk to people from different backgrounds. I entered college intending to study science and soon discovered that I also wanted to pursue a career in medicine. I attribute this to my wonderful academic mentors and strong community supporters, who encouraged me to consider medicine. I love working with a variety of patients and getting acquainted with their extended families over time. Family medicine gives me the flexibility to focus on certain aspects of medicine while also being able to care for patients of all ages and genders. As a relationship-based person, being able to address and provide continuous care for patients throughout their lives suits me very well. My philosophy of care is based on my commitment to providing quality care to each patient that I see. I view my role as that of a guide in the health care maze: things may appear straightforward, but may actually be difficult to navigate. My goal is to listen to and educate my patients, and to provide sound medical advice and options for self-care that will impact them and their families positively. I do my best to be engaging, considerate and honest. My style is local and it works for me in my home community of Leeward Oahu. I wouldn't have it any other way. When a patient reaches out and directly requests help, my heart opens and the trust between us grows. I am very fortunate to witness the changes patients make to care for their mind, body and spirit.
To stay healthy in body and spirit, I enjoy walking, spending time with my family, and reading. I am committed to personal daily devotions. I love doing just about anything with family, and I take great joy teaching students and serving in our children’s ministry at church.