I was born on Oahu and raised on Maui. From a young age, I spent countless hours in my father’s chiropractic office, trying to be his “right-hand man.” Those afternoons molded my desire to one day become a doctor. I was fascinated with the holistic approach my father took, the relationships he developed with his patients, and his ability to heal musculoskeletal ailments without the need for medications. While shadowing my own family physician, I also learned to appreciate the vastness and complexity of allopathic medicine and primary care. He truly saw his patients as more than just people with medical illnesses or afflictions; he saw them as friends.
I chose to attend an osteopathic medical school that integrates chiropractic care with conventional medicine, so that I would learn more about my father's profession, while also preparing for the clinical challenges of practicing internal medicine. I believe in a holistic approach to care that includes coaching patients on prevention and disease management, but also emphasizes psychological, emotional, and physical well-being. I enjoy connecting with my patients by learning about their personal lives and families, so they know I truly care about each of them. I’ve published research on topics including Micronesian health, chronic fatigue syndrome, and marine toxins. I am a member of the American College of Physicians, and I read their clinical guidelines to keep up with the latest medical research. I also use UpToDate as a medical resource. I’ve long sought to practice medicine at Kaiser Permanente, because I get to learn from and work with skilled physicians whom I admire and respect.
Volunteerism is one of my passions, and I look forward to participating in Kaiser Permanente’s community outreach initiatives. I exercise regularly, eat healthy, and spend as much time as I can outdoors with my family at the beach, hiking, and exercising.