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Same Day Care
Kaiser Permanente provider
My gender: Female
I'm available for same day appointments only. Visit kp.org/appointments. I'm not accepting new patients at this time.
I was born in Virginia. Throughout my life my parents have always been very supportive of my efforts and encouraged me to succeed to the best of my ability. I earned my master’s degree in physician assistant science at St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania and then moved to Maryland, where I met my husband. We moved around while my husband was doing a residency and fellowship, and when he was offered a position as a staff surgeon at Tripler Army Medical Center, we happily moved to Hawaii.
I’ve always loved helping people and developing relationships with them. When I was in high school, I volunteered at a local hospital and watched physician assistants at work. They all seemed to love their jobs, and they encouraged me to consider that same path. Their advice led me to a career that’s fulfilling both personally and professionally, which is what my parents wished for me. I love the variety of people and situations I see in same-day care. Every day’s different, and there’s never a dull moment!
To stay current in my field and in medicine generally, I regularly read medical journals, participate in continuing medical education programs within and outside of Kaiser Permanente, attend professional conferences, and consult my colleagues.
After working in an emergency department for a number of years, I was looking for a setting where I’d have more stability and balance in my life. I found that with the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group I could achieve this. HPMG values not only professional skills but also the health and wellness of its physicians and providers. This allows all of us to give our best care and service to patients.
My aim is to treat my patients as I would want my own family to be treated. I like to connect with them by learning about their personal lives – their families, their beliefs, their interests and fears. Keeping this information in mind helps me to follow up on concerns discussed in earlier visits.
To stay healthy physically, I try to work out on a regular basis and do other activities, such as hiking and going to the beach. I nurture my mental health by spending quality time with family and friends.