Kaiser Permanente physician
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Welcome to my Web page. I am happy to have this chance to introduce myself to you and to tell you about my practice in the Dermatology Department at Kaiser Permanente in Downey. While this page offers a few details about me, l also want to let you know about the wonderful group of colleagues and staff at Kaiser Permanente who support me. Our goal is to team up with you to achieve your best possible skin health and general health. I look forward to working with you, and I wish you well.
I grew up in the small town of Hillsdale, Michigan ("Small is Beautiful"), a grandson of farmers and a son of teachers. During my upbringing, I was given strong tonics of common sense, honesty, and hard work. My love of science, and particularly the application of science in caring for others, led me to dream about becoming a physician. As I went through medical school, I decided to become a dermatologist. I later developed a special interest in skin cancer treatment. Over the years, I trained and practiced in large and small groups in the Northeast and the Midwest. I also discovered my other important callings while training to become a physician—husband and father. While I am dedicated to my work, I’m equally devoted to my wife and our six children. Four of the six are Asian, and the quest to raise our children in a racially diverse region was one motive for moving to California.
Joining Kaiser Permanente has allowed me to combine my dream practice with the needs of the Dermatology Department at the Kaiser Permanente Orchard Medical Offices. We provide general dermatology for the populations we serve, including consultation services for members of other physicians, and Mohs micrographic surgery for members with high-risk skin cancers. All this requires teamwork between the clinic staff, administrators, and physicians. A crucial component of good medicine is good service. We at Kaiser Permanente are united in our ambition to create a culture of service within our practices and throughout the organization.
I try to stay healthy by engaging in all kinds of exercise—running, bicycling, weights, and yoga—and by eating the right foods at home and at work. I try to help our environment by driving fuel-efficient cars and devising creative commutes such as taking the Metrolink train to Norwalk, then biking to Downey. When I must drive, I can enjoy the trip more by listening to audiobooks. I prosper when I’m at peace, and I hope to share that peace with everyone around me. To paraphrase Thich Hanh, “If we are peaceful, if we are feeling well in our skin, we can demonstrate real peace, and we can raise our children well.” I dream of a future when I can nurture public health and offer sustainable medical and skin care where there is dire need.