Denver has been home since I was 12 years old. I was raised in a military, biracial family and moved to Colorado when my father retired. My father was Lakota (Sioux) and my mother was Japanese. My interest in the addiction field was sparked by my father’s volunteerism at a local addiction program for Native Americans and his personal recovery. I volunteered at the same program as my father and while working with adolescents found a lifelong calling helping others. I have been blessed in my career with opportunities to work with and develop programs for adolescents, adults, and families.
The chemical dependency treatment services at Kaiser Permanente provide high-quality, affordable care to members seeking treatment for substance use. We also provide services to family members who may be affected by a loved one’s substance use. We have a defined range of care which uses the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria to inform and direct appropriate care. Group therapy is a principal component of chemical dependency care. Patient treatment goals are designed to meet individual needs while considering the individual’s readiness and motivation to change.
With my early work with adolescents, practicing what I preached became important especially with recovery. Taking care of myself spiritually, emotionally, and physically are all important to thrive. I am fascinated by alternative medicine practices and how they impact spiritual beliefs. I enjoy golf, arts, and crafts. We love to vacation in Maui for the ocean, beaches, and solitude. For the arts, food, and shopping we like to go to Santa Fe.