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Kaiser Permanente provider
My gender: Female
I'm accepting new patients
Diversity has always played a big role in my life. I am ethnically Chinese but was born in and spent the early part of my life in Manila, Philippines. My family and I moved to the East Coast of the US Mainland when I was a teenager. I was also fortunate enough to spend a wonderful year in Spain studying history and art. While attending medical school in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, I met my husband, and we spent the next 20 years there happily training and working. His work in marine biology brought us to Hawaii in 2006. We instantly fell in love with the beautiful oceans, delightful weather, and international culture.
As a general internist and primary care physician, I enjoy the individual relationships I have with my patients. My philosophy of care is strongly rooted in prevention and self-care. I feel that my role is to be a partner to my patients, especially those with chronic diseases, as they manage their conditions in their everyday lives. Being a primary care doctor allows me to make an impact on society by making a difference in the life and health of one person at a time. As a preventive medicine and public health doctor, I also enjoy making an impact in the lives and health of populations. My work with state health departments, Medicaid programs, and Medicare quality has allowed me to influence the quality of care for many people. I am excited to be involved with a number of initiatives to develop more efficient and effective care for our Medicaid and Medicare members.
Outside of work, I enjoy yoga, long walks on the beach and mountain hikes, farmers markets and sustainable local farm to table meals, art museums, good books, and creative writing. My husband and I love spending time together no matter what we end up doing. We stay connected with family, spend time with friends, and are active in our church community. I believe that to thrive is to live in balance. According to an Indian proverb: “Everyone is a house with four rooms, a physical, a mental, an emotional and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time but unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person.” With balance comes perspective, which keeps me grateful for the gift of each day, the blessings of loved ones, the enjoyment of simple pleasures, the beauty of our surroundings, the privilege of work, and the acceptance of our limitations.