I was born and raised in Virginia. My husband, a retired naval officer, and I have a grown daughter who works as a bank analyst on the East Coast. We came to Hawaii when a fellow medical school alumnus offered me a job opportunity here. My husband had wonderful memories of being stationed in Hawaii during the 1970s and 1980s, so we knew it would be a good move for us.
My late brother had a congenital heart disease, which introduced me to health care early on. This, as well as my natural interests in the sciences and problem-solving, influenced my decision to pursue medicine. I focused on internal medicine because I love delving into broad problems and gaining a detailed understanding of chronic diseases. I also enjoy interacting with patients and being their personal care physician. The collegiality within the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group is amazing. Everyone strives to provide the most consistent and coordinated care possible to our patients, and I deeply respect our organization for always putting patients at the center of everything we do. Prevention is the foundation of my care philosophy. It is important to me to treat patients as a whole and to understand their perspectives. I like to use a positive negotiation process, which sometimes includes compromise for both me and my patient, to establish our goals. In difficult situations, there is nothing better than humor to diffuse tension. I am also a fellow of the American College of Physicians.
I stay fit by walking and de-stressing with our loving dog Benji, a West Highland White Terrier. I love spending time with my family, traveling and being head chef in the kitchen.