Kaiser Permanente physician
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Hello, and welcome to my Web page! I am happy to tell you a little about myself and am honored to be involved in your family’s care.
My dad was in the United States Navy for over 25 years. I was born in San Diego and have lived throughout the United States (Washington, D.C., and Hawaii) and Asia (the Philippines and Korea). As a result, I have a deep respect and appreciation for all cultures and lifestyles. Every one of my patients has a family and a community that depends on them. I am honored to practice medicine and be given the opportunity to educate and empower individuals to prevent, treat, and cope with chronic disease. I pursued additional training in geriatrics because older adults have so much wisdom, yet medical, psychosocial, and cognitive issues can complicate their care. As a former assistant clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine, I’m also passionate about medical education. I am currently the associate program director of the geriatric medicine fellowship at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center.
I am board certified in internal medicine, geriatric medicine, palliative medicine, and hospice care. I am part of the Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, so I take care of our members after they leave the hospital and become short- or long-term residents in skilled nursing facilities. I also provide care to members suffering from life-limiting diseases in the hospital or at home. I use my expertise in contributing to medical and paraprofessional education, and assist in helping in coordinating teams and systems in such issues as transitions of care. I am also involved in the evaluation of individuals with cognitive disorders and dementia. Some of my goals for my patients are preserving their function and contributing to healthy aging. I also focus on quality of life issues and assist families and members during the end of life. My diverse practice gives me a holistic view of health care.
Family and friends only enhance one's life, and nurturing these relationships is a priority. I make sure to balance work with personal growth. I enjoy doing a core strength and conditioning program, photography, visiting Disneyland, going to live performances (opera, musicals), travelling, and spending time with my partner, friends, and family. Los Angeles is a great city to live in and explore.