I grew up in Honolulu in a medical family. My father was a busy oncologist with a large practice in Hawaii. My mom was a registered nurse who went on to get her doctorate in public health from the University of Hawaii when I was a child. For my father, medicine was a vocation and not just a simple job. He always felt profoundly grateful to be a part of patients’ lives, and I feel the same way. After attending Punahou School, I completed college and all of my medical training on the East Coast. I returned home in 2008 and am married to a wonderful lawyer. We have two young girls, and share a lot of joy and laughter at home.
I love endocrinology because it is a mix of many things. Part of my day is spent talking about motivation and ways to be healthy and prevent complications. Other times, I am involved in curing thyroid or adrenal disease. I find it very satisfying and fulfilling to help people feel better. My colleagues are the best part of practicing with the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group (HPMG). I enjoy working with physicians who are incredibly smart, compassionate, caring, on top of the latest research, and completely devoted to patient care. That is what is unique about the doctors at HPMG—many of us joined HPMG to be able to focus on our love for patient care. Additionally, I feel proud and honored to be part of a group that seeks to provide the highest standards of care for patients and is constantly innovating to deliver even better care. I believe that everyone has a right to good health, and I am committed to improving people's lives through my knowledge, expertise, and compassion. In addition to listening to my patients’ health concerns and questions, I love simply sitting down and chatting with them about their families, hobbies, and passions.At HPMG, I am the chief of endocrinology, assistant associate medical director of medical education, and a voting board member of our Board of Directors. I am also on the leadership board of the American Diabetes Society, a Certified Diabetes Educator, and a Fellow of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). I have presented on diabetes management and prevention to the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and for scientific sessions of the 68th Annual American Diabetes Association. In recent years, I have published articles in Thyroid, Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics, Nature Clinical Practice Endocrinology & Metabolism, Endocrine Practice, and the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences.
I love to swim and run, activities that keep me in shape, give me energy, and alleviate stress. I also really enjoy spending time with my family and gardening, cooking, and listening to music together.