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Kaiser Permanente provider
My gender: Female
I’m a resident physician collaborating with an attending physician. I am available for same day appointments. I am accepting new patients. Referral may be required.
I was born and raised in Honolulu and attended Iolani School. While spending vacations with my grandparents and great-grandmother in Naalehu, I developed an interest in geriatrics, and I became aware of the need for improvements in health care available in rural communities. These experiences led me to pursue a career in medicine, and I’m grateful for the support and inspiration my family has provided me all along the way. I earned my bachelor’s degree at Carleton College in Minnesota and my medical degree from the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine.
I chose internal medicine as a specialty because there’s always something new to learn in this field. This practice also allows me the opportunity to form lifelong relationships with patients and to help them achieve a good quality of life.
In the future I’d like to help out at clinics that provide health care to underserved communities, particularly in rural areas.
I’ve presented research findings at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting on the influence of tattoos and body piercings on confidence in health care providers, and I published research in Clinical Pediatrics on the adverse effects of tattoos and body piercings on patient and parent confidence in their health care providers.
To keep up-to-date with research and developments in medicine, I read professional journals and the online medical resource UpToDate. I also learn by consulting with colleagues in internal medicine and other specialties as well.
I was interested in the Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Internal Medicine Residency Program because of its emphasis on ambulatory medicine and primary care.
In my experience, bonding with my patients by exchanging stories is a great way for us to learn about each other and to find humor in difficult situations. I believe in taking care of a person’s overall health rather than treating medical conditions in isolation. The information my patients share helps me to work in partnership with them to devise more effective treatment plans that can enhance their general well-being.
Some of my favorite leisure activities are exploring new places and searching for amazing foods to try. I also enjoy cooking and baking and doing arts and crafts. Most important to me is spending quality time with my family and friends.