About Me

Welcome. I hope this Web page will be a helpful introduction to my surgical practice at Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Offices and give you an opportunity to learn a little about me.


I was born and raised in Southern California, but I did most of my studies outside this region. My mother is a retired registered nurse who cared for patients preparing for surgery, and my father is a retired engineer. My three sisters and I were encouraged to excel in and enjoy the study of mathematics and science. This led me to study genetics at the University of California, Berkeley, and do basic science research in cancer biology.

About my practice

My surgical practice at Kaiser Permanente reflects my interest in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. I have a special interest in breast cancer, and I am involved in improving our screening and treatment of this disease. I realize that for most patients, a visit to a surgeon can be stressful. I feel it is my responsibility to make each patient feel comfortable with me and to help them understand their disease and their options for treatment.

How I thrive

I enjoy living and working in Southern California. I am close to my extended family and enjoy traveling with them, snowboarding, boating, scuba diving, and hiking. I find time to practice yoga, Crossfit, standup paddle boarding, and kayaking. I enjoy reading and cooking. I believe it is important to continually attempt new challenges. This year, I hope to lean to snow ski.