Welcome to my Web page. I am proud to work in the Inland Empire, an area I've called home since I was a child. I have spent a large part of my life with Kaiser Permanente, first as a member when I was a child and now as a full-time practicing physician.
I enjoy serving both our members and also our surrounding communities. I am a volunteer member of several community organizations, including the San Bernardino County Sheriff Medical Reserve Corps Disaster Response Team, the Inland Empire Palliative Care Coalition, and the Palliative Care Quality Network. I am a fellow of the Society of Hospital Medicine (FHM) and of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (FAAHPM).
I practiced as an internal medicine hospitalist, taking care of hospitalized members at Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center from 2002 until early 2010. Since early 2010, I have been practicing at Kaiser Permanente's Riverside and Moreno Valley Medical Centers, where I specialize in hospital-based palliative medicine, a field that includes caring for patients who have serious symptoms such as difficult to control cancer pain, helping patients and their loved ones face difficult decisions from serious, potentially life-limiting illnesses, and working with other members of the health care team to help achieve the best care for our mutual patients.
I practice the Kaiser Permanente philosophy of thriving by following these simple guidelines: eating healthy foods (primarily vegetarian with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and small amounts of mixed nuts), drinking plenty of water (avoidance of most fruit juices, sugary sodas, and alcohol), exercising (running or swimming at least one mile a day), and getting plenty of sunshine and fresh air as well as plenty of rest (I aim for six to eight hours of sleep a night). I also meditate, spend time with my family and friends, and stay active in my church.