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My specialty: Internal Medicine
All Kaiser Permanente Physicians and Surgeons
My gender: Female
Accepting new patients. Provider not available for clinic appointments.
This provider requires a referral
Hafa adai (pronounced “half a day”)—this means “hello” in Chamorro, the native language of Guam, where I grew up. As a child there, I was exposed to a full range of medicine and healing rituals, and from an early age I knew I wanted to spend my life helping others achieve good health. I attended the University of Chicago for undergrad, and that's where I met my husband. I taught chemistry and organic chemistry to aspiring students in Los Angeles, then attended medical school at UC San Francisco and earned a master’s degree in public health from UC Berkeley. I completed residency in internal medicine in Portland at the Legacy hospitals. My husband and I love the Pacific Northwest and the opportunities it affords us to run marathons, hike, and climb mountains.
I believe that providing our members with a high standard of care requires a multidisciplinary approach. From admission to treatment to discharge and beyond, each member requires a network of providers—physicians, nurses, physical therapists, social workers, and others. As a hospitalist, working exclusively with hospitalized members, my goal is to remain faithful to this team approach and to use evidence-based medicine to treat members—not just their conditions. I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to educate members about how to achieve a level of wellness that allows them to thrive.
Portland and its surrounding areas beckon us to get out and be active. My husband and I are among those who wake at 5 a.m. to go for a 5-mile run. Together, we have run many marathons and half-marathons and continue to run them at least once a year. When we’re not running, we are hiking in the Pacific Northwest or climbing local mountains—maybe Mount St. Helens or the South Sister. At home, we enjoy mental exercises—a challenging game of Scrabble, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, and reading.