I was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as a first-generation Asian American. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Central Florida (before we were great at football) and finished medical school and residency at the University of South Florida, in Tampa. I spent many of those years volunteering with the local LGBT community and working as an HIV tester/counselor. While completing a residency in internal medicine, I focused mostly on medical student education and quality improvement.
As a hospitalist, a physician who treats people exclusively in the hospital, I treat various acute medical illnesses, as well as coordinate care among sub-specialists, for members admitted to the hospital. A hospital stay can be scary and confusing at times, and my goals are to validate those fears and questions, and to communicate with honesty and transparency. I believe that though a hospital stay may be brief, it affords an opportunity to further educate and empower members to take charge of their health.
Work-life balance is very important to me. On my days off, I enjoy spending time with my two young nephews and my Siberian husky, Zuko. Much of my time is devoted to family and food (and my dog!). I love cooking and traveling; I stay physically fit by religiously going to the gym in order to serve those two passions. I value mentally winding down at the end of the work day by watching a healthy dose of Netflix or Hulu and visiting one of our local dog parks.