Kaiser Permanente physician
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I grew up in Southern California and was a patient at Kaiser Permanente as well. Being nearsighted had a big impact on my career path, as I went to my optometrist every year during my middle school and high school days. For college, I decided to go to Northern California and I ended up graduating from UC Berkeley. After four and a half years in beautiful Northern California, I decided I wanted to come back home to Los Angeles to be close to family. I went to optometry school at Southern California College of Optometry and worked for an ophthalmologist for several years and at the county hospital before coming to Kaiser Permanente.
I really love my patients and am concerned about their well-being. That's why I enjoy working for Kaiser Permanente, where I get to see each member’s big picture. I am an avid educator about the relationship between health and eyes, and I'm not afraid to let members know what they need to do to live well. When I worked at the county hospital, I got to see firsthand the devastation that diseases such as diabetes and hypertension had on people's vision. That's when I started working with patients with reduced or low vision to help them with the proper glasses, magnifiers, and other devices. I also believe that an eye examination is so much more than just a prescription for glasses, and I enjoy working in a primary eye care setting where I not only get to fit contact lenses, but diagnose and manage eye problems as well.
I'll be honest—I don't like to exercise, but I do it so that I can live well for myself and my family. So even though I hate getting up early, I try to make it to my gym at least three times a week, and I also enjoy taking yoga classes when I can. I also try to eat as clean as possible. In my spare time, I am active at my children's schools and also at my church. It's important for me to be both physically and spiritually whole. I also enjoy spending time with my husband and my 3 kids, who keep me busy.