I am originally from Los Angeles. After high school, I attended UC Santa Barbara for my undergraduate degree in biological sciences. I then attended the University of Southern California, where I obtained a master’s degree in molecular and experimental pathology while completing my thesis on cellular mechanisms of programmed cell death involved Alzheimer’s disease. This experience fueled my interest in neuroscience, leading me to medical school at the Medical College of Virginia (now Virginia Commonwealth University). Ultimately, I decided to pursue neurosurgery residency training at UCLA. My experience in residency was comprehensive and fun, despite the long hours involved. After residency, I further augmented my training by completing a fellowship in complex spinal surgery at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital.
About my practice
I am one of seven neurosurgeons here at Kaiser Permanente Fontana. Although I enjoy all aspects of neurosurgery, including cranial (brain tumors, aneurysms, etc.) and spine, the majority of my practice centers on spinal neurosurgery, including degenerative, traumatic, congenital disorders of the spine. I am also interested in the surgical management of spinal cord tumors. With regards to degenerative spinal disorders, I have a particular interest in minimally invasive spinal techniques, in which spinal decompression (disc herniations) and spinal fusions are performed through smaller incisions.
How I thrive
I truly believe that “a sound mind is a sound body,” and thus I stay physically active despite my routinely busy schedule. In particular, I thoroughly enjoy running and playing basketball. I recently have taken up golf, but have a long way to go to get better. To unwind, I love to spend time with family, whose love and endless support have continued to inspire me over the years.