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 tell you about my work as a physician and physician administrator at Kaiser Permanente. I am a family physician specializing in geriatrics, and I have practiced since 1981.
I moved to California from the Midwest after finishing my medical residency. I thought I’d stay a year, but more than 20 years later, I'm still here. Friends, family, and a great job helped me go from having tiny shoots to establishing deep roots here. I enjoy the rich diversity of people and activities, and of course the weather. Community involvement is important to me. I have been actively involved in Physicians for Social Responsibility in Los Angeles for a number of years. We work on providing education and advocate for peace, security, and environmental justice. Over the years, I have transitioned increasingly from my administrative role as the physician-in-charge for geriatrics, palliative medicine, and continuing care for our Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center, while being the Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute National Clinical and Southern California Lead for our Senior Advantage Medicare and Medicaid programs.
I have a passion for geriatric and end-of-life care. Along with a wonderful, compassionate support team, I currently see members in nursing home settings as well as those with chronic, end-stage illness who are at home. While my team and I wish that no one would ever need us, it is a privilege to be able to provide such care to our members who do.
I am a firm believer in staying active through both exercise and outdoor activities. Throughout my whole life, I have participated in sports, including tennis, volleyball, and golf, to name a few. I try to stay as fit as I can by bicycling, using my treadmill, hiking, and walking regularly. One is never too old to enjoy the benefits of physical activity. Being physically and mentally active keeps us young no matter what our age.