I am originally from Pennsylvania, where I was raised on a farm 30 miles east of Pittsburgh. During medical school in Kansas City, I joined the United States Army. After residency in Washington D.C., there was a request for a neurologist at Tripler Army Medical Center and I was quick to volunteer. It was a privilege to care for the active duty members and veterans from many wars.
My mother was a nurse and I volunteered at her hospital during high school. She inspired me to enter the medical field. During medical school I enjoyed my neuroanatomy class, and the brain and its workings continue to fascinate me. For me the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group is the best way to practice medicine as we are all on the same team, that of caring for our patients. I strive to keep current on the neurological literature in order to formulate solutions for neurological problems.I am an assistant clinical professor at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. I serve on the Board of Directors of the Hawaii Neurological Society and the Board of Directors of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Hawaii Division. I am also on the Community Board of my windward neighborhood. At Kaiser Permanente, I am on the Concussion Taskforce and Multiple Sclerosis Taskforce. My courageous patients who struggle with various neurological issues inspire me daily. I work with them through their challenges and we share not just tears but laughter as well. I also enjoy patient education and often give lectures in the community.
In my time off I enjoy making soups, baking, and anything to do with Scrabble®. My perfect day would be a hike on one of our verdant Hawaiian trails followed by a night dive. Being from Pittsburgh, I am a diehard Steelers and Penguins fan, and I also enjoy attending my kids' sporting events. Every two years my four best high school friends and I meet for a getaway to "relive the glory days," which is relaxing and rejuvenating.