Kristi S. M. Takaki, MD
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I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
I was born in Hawaii and lived here until I left for advanced medical training. I graduated from the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine, where I received honors in internal medicine, pediatrics, and family practice. Then, I completed a transitional year internship and radiology residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. I studied nuclear medicine for my fellowship at the University of Washington and am board certified in both general radiology and nuclear medicine.
My husband and I always knew we’d someday return home to our families. Now, we’re back in the place we love, raising our two sons in the same nurturing environment that we ourselves enjoyed.
Both my husband and father-in-law have been strong influences on my life and career. My father-in-law, a respected vascular surgeon, showed me the kind of dedication and passion needed to be a physician, as well as the personal satisfaction that comes from caring for others. My husband was two years ahead of me in radiology training and introduced me to the joys of this field—the innovative technology, the intellectual complexity, and the feeling of accomplishment one gets from making a diagnosis.
About my practice
I wanted to be able to understand illness so that I’d be able take care of my family when they needed help. I also wanted a career that would require me to continually strive to do better and learn more. Medicine provides all of that.
My special interests include oncologic imaging and bone densitometry.
To stay up-to-date in general medicine and radiology specifically, I read online professional journals, attend tumor board conferences, participate in continuing medical education programs, and consult my colleagues throughout our organization.
Hawaii Permanente Medical Group operates on the belief that a great working environment requires kindness toward and respect for all involved. This makes it a pleasure to practice here. I also appreciate the multi-disciplinary team-based approach at Kaiser Permanente. I love watching providers in different specialties put their heads and talents together for the benefit of our patients.
When I have the opportunity to talk to patients, I try to make them feel at ease and empower them with information about the procedures and testing they’re undergoing.
How I thrive
I like to spend time with family and friends. I also enjoy anything artsy, such as crafting, drawing, painting, and photography. I get regular massages to get the knots out, but I mainly rely on lots of hugs and laughter from my two little boys to de-stress. It’s a joy to watch them have fun and form friendships.