I am a longtime Southern California resident, and after a several-year adventure at Seattle Children’s Hospital as a pediatric hospitalist and a several-month stint as an pediatric urgent care doctor at Kaiser Permanente in Otay Mesa, I am now practicing as a hospital-based pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente’s San Diego Medical Center.
I grew up in Southern California and studied at UCLA for undergraduate, medical school, and pediatric residency training. In between all that education, I also worked at UCLA’s Blood and Platelet Center. Needless to say, I am quite the Bruin. I worked for a few years in Washington State as a pediatric hospitalist before joining Kaiser Permanente in San Diego in 2018.
As a hospitalist (hospital-based pediatrician), I take care of children who are sick enough to need to stay in the hospital. This often is a very tough time for families, and so I make an extra effort towards empathy, compassion, and clear and timely communication. In addition to clinical work, I have been involved in medical education as well as regional and national quality improvement initiatives.
Both my academic and leisure interests have always been broad and varied, which is part of how I live a healthy life. I love classical music, Broadway musicals, and also modern rock/pop/alternative music, and I encourage people to dance and sing as if nobody is watching. There is a freedom in that. You may find me at group fitness classes at the gym, seeking out accessible hikes in the area, or meditating (napping?) by the beach. Above all, I am close to my family.