I was born in California and moved to Hawaii with my family when I was five years old. During my childhood, I lived in several Oahu communities and attended Punahou School before going back to the mainland for my undergraduate education. I got my Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, and for my medical degree, I went to the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Mexico, where I learned to speak fluent Spanish. My family’s been an amazing influence, providing me with unlimited support and love my entire life.
I chose a career in medicine because of my long-held desire to serve others in the best way that I could, and there seemed to be no better way to spend my time in this world than to serve my community as a physician. I’ve found internal medicine to be a fascinating field that includes diagnosing, treating, and managing a wide range of illnesses. I love seeing the full course of a patient’s care from beginning to end, and the feeling is incredible when I know that my actions have had an immediate positive effect on someone’s life. Caring for patients through their recovery process and watching them go home feeling grateful and in good health is the most rewarding feeling.
To keep up with developments and the latest research in medicine, I like to use a wide variety of sources, such as the Cochrane Library, UpToDate, and the New England Journal of Medicine.
Doing my residency at Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii is a unique opportunity for me to work in a top-rated program, to return to the place that I love, and to become a part of the community I wish to serve.
To provide the best care, I believe that physicians must build trust by first establishing good communication with their patients, getting to know them as individuals, and inviting them to be partners in decision-making about their health. I look forward to meeting people inside and outside of the hospital and hope to become known as their helpful doctor.
To stay physically and mentally healthy, I make sure that I exercise as often as I can, whether it’s weight lifting, running, biking, boxing, or martial arts. Outside of the clinic, I relax by reading, going to the beach, and spending time with my friends and family.