I was raised in Hawaii Kai, and I graduated from Kaiser High School and the University of Hawaii, Manoa. I attended medical school at Loma Linda University and completed an internal medicine-pediatric residency at the University of California, San Diego. My parents were immigrants from Asia, and they sacrificed much in my behalf. I am grateful to them for instilling in me values and ethics that have helped me succeed in life.
The foremost reason that I chose a medical career was to help and heal people. Medicine provides a close encounter with an individual or family that few other professions do. It is a dynamic field in which discoveries are continually made and new knowledge generated. I wanted to be skilled and confident in the treatment of patients ranging from newborns to seniors. In medical school I found that several of my mentors were trained in both internal medicine and pediatrics, and this inspired me to specialize in both fields. I love the diversity of patients and age groups among my patients. My professional affiliations include membership in the honor medical society Alpha Omega Alpha and the American Academy of Pediatrics. I also volunteer in my church. At a Pediatric Academic Society conference I gave a poster presentation on eye infection and treatment outcomes. To stay current, I read Pediatrics in Review, UptoDate, the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, the New England Journal of Medicine, and Medscape. From the day I left for the Mainland to begin my medical studies, my intention was to return to serve the people of Hawaii. Joining the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group was the best choice I could have made, as it allows me to practice both of my specialities and to serve the diverse population here. My aim is to provide the highest quality of care to people of all ages. I believe that making preventive lifestyle changes is key in achieving health. Mind, body, and spirit are intertwined in a healthy and happy life. Continuity of care—walking alongside a patient and providing encouragement through life’s challenges—is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. I also love to spend the first few minutes of an appointment learning a new fact about my patient.
My daily goals are to walk 10,000 steps, read, and be in touch with my spiritual nature. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family, participating in church activities, working with computers and other electronics, and enjoying the wonderful outdoor paradise that is Hawaii.