I'm originally from Pennsylvania, where I was raised on a farm 30 miles east of Pittsburgh. During medical school in Kansas City, I joined the Army. After residency in Washington, D.C., there was a request for a neurologist at Tripler Army Medical Center and I was quick to volunteer. It was a privilege to care for the active-duty members and veterans from many wars.
My mother was a nurse and I volunteered at her hospital during high school. She inspired me to enter the medical field. During medical school I enjoyed my neuroanatomy class, and the brain and its workings continue to fascinate me. For me, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group offers the best way to practice medicine, as we are all on the same team, that of caring for our patients. I strive to keep current on the neurological literature in order to formulate solutions for neurological problems.
I'm assistant clinical professor at the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine. I'm also a member of the Hawaii Neurological Society. My courageous patients who struggle with various neurological issues inspire me daily. I work with them through their challenges, and we share not just tears but laughter as well. I also enjoy patient education and often give lectures in the community.
In my time off I enjoy making soups, baking, and anything to do with Scrabble®. My perfect day would be a hike on one of our verdant Hawaiian trails followed by a night dive. Being from Pittsburgh, I'm a diehard Steelers and Penguins fan, and I also enjoy attending my kids' sporting events. Every two years my four best high school friends and I meet for a getaway to "relive the glory days," which is relaxing and rejuvenating.
Welcome. Here is a brief overview of my background.
I grew up in several states along the East Coast. After receiving my osteopathic medical degree, I practiced in a hospital-based clinic in the Pittsburgh area where I performed both outpatient and hospital medicine. After several years, my career shifted to the US Air Force as a flight surgeon. I had the honor of practicing all over the world, providing medical care to our military members and families. I transitioned back to civilian medicine in 2016 and am happy to be a part of Kaiser Permanente. I remain on reserve status in the Air Force.
I believe medical care requires a team approach of providers, as well as members being proactive and responsible participants. I like to approach medical care from the osteopathic tenets and principles.
I enjoy being outdoors during my time away from work. Hiking, skiing, inline skating, and biking are my favorite activities. In order to exercise my mind, I like to do yoga at least once per week.