I was born in Honolulu and lived on Oahu until I was three years old. My family then moved to Las Vegas, and later Boston, where I remained for the next 13 years. My father is a physician, and I grew up accompanying him to the hospital when he was on-call. Before going to medical school, I studied philosophy, and appreciate the philosophical conversations that often occur in medicine.
I value continuity of care, and I believe practicing internal medicine is the best way to build and maintain lasting relationships with patients. It’s important to me that as a physician I look at the whole person, not just what may be hurting them physically. As part of this process, I often think about what I would want from my physician, if I were standing in the patient’s shoes. The bond and communication between physician and patient are critical, and I look forward to developing these relationships with each of my patients, so we can work together to address their physical ailments. I’m a member of the American College of Physicians, recently attending one of its conferences in Boston. I continuously seek opportunities to learn from colleagues, and I look forward to conducting research that furthers our collective knowledge of internal medicine. Working as a resident at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii will give me the opportunity to care for patients from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. I would also like to volunteer at clinics in underserved communities.
I stay healthy by working out and keeping active. I enjoy meeting people and spending time with friends, especially at the beach. My other interests include traveling, philosophy, and reading.