My route to becoming a physician wasn't typical. I graduated with a degree in electrical engineering and worked as a civilian for the Navy on minesweeper navigation systems. I then completed my master’s degree in electrical engineering with a specialization in neural networks and artificial intelligence. For various reasons, most importantly the opportunity to help people, I decided I wanted to be a physician and started medical school when I was 31 years old. I really enjoy making a difference in my patients’ lifestyles and preventive care.
I am part of a great team of family medicine physicians at the Kaiser Permanente Lakewood Medical Offices. I appreciate all the different aspects of family medicine, the great diversity of problems we evaluate, and the patients we treat. I strive to know my patients and really focus on listening and understanding them and the problems they face. I try my best to understand my patient’s medical condition(s) and how those conditions impact them physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. I’m physically active and have a special interest in primary care sports medicine problems and treatment. I completed a fellowship in sports medicine at Ohio State University.
Balancing medicine and home life is a challenge. I gain perspective and appreciation of the many little things in life by being part of my daughter's life, and I deeply value the time I spend with her. I’m active and run, bike, hike, do CrossFit, hot yoga and try to keep my mind engaged with reading and meditation.