Susan Kathleen Guy, MD
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I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
I was born in New Zealand and moved to California with my family when I was 10 years old. When we traveled back and forth between our two homes, we’d stop over in either Hawaii or Fiji. I was most comfortable in Hawaii, because it felt like a combination of the two places where I was being raised. Both of my parents are physicians, and this inspired me to follow in their footsteps. When they provided medical care in the Pacific atoll of Tarawa, I went along. Going to school there also gave me an interest in traveling and experiencing other cultures.
I went to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for my bachelor’s degree and to the University of California, San Diego for my medical degree and internship. I did my residency at the University of Washington, where I was chief resident, went back to California to do my fellowship at UCLA in dementia and neurobehavior, and then became board certified in psychiatry.
About my practice
My parents showed me that being a physician was a great way to help people. I also enjoy trying to piece together how biology, environment, and social influences affect us. My other interests include neurobehavior, psychopharmacology, and patient and family education.
By attending conferences, reading medical journals, and taking continuing education courses, I ensure that I’m up-to-date on the latest developments in medicine.
Before moving to Hawaii, I worked as a Permanente physician for 10 years in Southern California. I feel so fortunate to be able to continue practicing in the Kaiser Permanente system, which delivers quality care and where I can work among wonderful colleagues and support staff.
I love hearing people's stories. Getting to know them gives me a better sense of both their medical and emotional needs. I see myself as a partner with my patients, educating and guiding them as they make health care decisions. I emphasize overall health and preventive care, which includes being socially and physically active.
How I thrive
To stay in good physical condition, I practice yoga, backpack, hike, run trails, go stand-up paddleboarding, and scuba dive. Being out in nature is always therapeutic for me, especially when I’m doing landscape painting. Quality time with friends and family also helps to keep me balanced. When I lived in California, I was involved with a studio artist group, a paddling team, a land conservancy organization, a forest watch program, a search-and-rescue team with the county sheriff’s department. Now that I’m settled in Hawaii, I plan to look into similar activities.