I was born and raised Honolulu, Hawaii. My intense curiosity about nature, life and the human spirit sparked my interest in becoming a physician. I find that medicine encompasses all of these elements.
In medical school, I was captivated by a neurophysiology course I took and the biomechanics of how the body functions. I chose to specialize in physiatry, a branch of medicine that aims to restore optimal function to people with injuries to the muscles, bones, tissues, and nervous system. I particularly like the holistic approach that our specialty emphasizes. At the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, I enjoy the collaborative spirit that exists between colleagues and staff. We all work as a team to care for the whole person (mind, spirit and body) through preventive, active and maintenance care. The patient must play an active role in this process. I think it is important to get to know my patients and to be a partner in their care. It is essential to establish good communication and trust from the beginning.
To stay fit, I maintain a healthy diet and do moderate exercise almost daily. I enjoy gardening, hiking, traveling, and time spent with family.