I was born at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii’s Ala Moana Medical Center, which was relocated to Moanalua in 1985, and spent my childhood in beautiful and luscious Manoa valley. Growing up I found learning about the human body fascinating and wanted to find a career in which I could provide care for those in need.
I first became interested in family medicine during medical school and enjoyed the breadth of ages and the variety of topics it covered. My preceptor was also an inspiration to me; I loved watching him interact and connect with families. At the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group I am fortunate to work with a great group of physicians and medical staff who value integrated and coordinated care and who believe in practicing evidence-based medicine every day. Being able to contact specialists readily for advice and referral makes it easy for me to do my job right. And I really appreciate how easy it is to prescribe medicines to patients when needed through our integrated pharmacies and wonderful pharmaceutical professionals. I believe in caring for my patients like family. During patient visits I try to find common ground and connect with them and I especially enjoy my interactions with the keiki. I am also a member of the Quality Improvement Team for the family medicine department which reviews cases, concerns and questions from our patients and other departments to continuously learn and improve our care.
I keep fit by running or walking every day. I really enjoy spending time with my kids biking, playing at the park, going to the beach and helping out with all of their activities. My family keeps me grounded and I appreciate every moment spent with them. Now and then, I steal a night out with my girlfriends, who also bring great joy to my life.