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I grew up in the Midwest and moved to California for my training in pediatrics. I have always wanted to be a physician, specifically a pediatrician. Two factors that led to my decision were having a parent who was a teacher and my having been a camp counselor. I think pediatrics is one of the best areas of medicine because kids are so wonderful to be around.
I have been with Kaiser Permanente since 1996. I am a general pediatrician and see children from their birth until they are 18 years old. I have a particular interest in asthma and allergies. I work with our nurses, case managers, and health educators in a common goal to make sure that our members who have asthma and allergies are informed about their condition, that my patients and their families know how to prevent flare-ups, and that my patients get high-quality care. I believe that everyone should have regular checkups. I also believe in preventive care, including immunizations and personalized action plans, to reduce the chance of unexpected illness and infection. I know its important for my patients and their families to understand their health conditions, so I try to take the time to explain things and provide them with written information to read. I also explain what they can do at home to care for themselves and stay healthy.
While seeing patients in the office is my main passion, and what I do most, I get a lot of enjoyment from another role: I help improve the quality of continuing medical education (CME) and training for physicians. During my free time, I enjoy the outdoors, running, and doing some light weight training. I find pleasure in museums, art, music, and friends. In 1891, the Irish writer Oscar Wilde wrote, “I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.”