I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and grew up in Kaimuki. I attended Punahou School and am of Japanese and Irish descent. Although I may not immediately look the part, I consider myself to be a true local girl. Upon graduating from Pennsylvania State University, I returned home to attend medical school at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. I was lucky enough to meet my husband, who was in law school, in a class co-taught by a law professor and a medical professor. Today, we enjoy living on the windward side of Oahu with our daughter.
Women’s health incorporates elements of prevention, surgery, mental health and ethics, which I find challenging and fascinating. I relish the technical, hands-on nature of the operating room and cherish the relationships I form with my patients. As a member of the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, I appreciate the consistent teamwork and that we are always striving to improve both ourselves and the patient-centered system in which we work. My care philosophy is to provide superior, compassionate, up-to-date medical care for women of all ages. I see myself as an advocate for patients’ physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being in a caring, safe and comfortable environment. I also believe in educating my patients on healthy lifestyles.
I enjoy staying active and particularly love to dance. I have a background in ballet, jazz, and Tahitian dance, and was an assistant director of the Penn State International Dance Ensemble. I toured briefly as a professional Tahitian dancer during medical school and am an active volunteer choreographer and instructor for Punahou School’s May Day (Holoku) Program. When I’m not working or dancing, I try to maintain a balanced lifestyle and “stop and smell the roses” by listening to music, practicing yoga, playing taiko drums, and spending time with family and friends.