I am originally from Florida, born to parents who emigrated from Taiwan. I went to college and medical school in Miami, Florida and then moved to Portland, Oregon in 2001 to do my residency training in family medicine at the Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU). Prior to coming to Kaiser Permanente, I worked at a Native American community health clinic for several years. I currently live with my husband, daughter, and cat in Northeast Portland. I chose the field of medicine because I wanted to help people live better lives. I love being a primary care doctor because I get to know people and their families over an extended period of time and get to help coordinate all aspects of their health and well being. I consider it a privilege to be invited into the lives of my patients.
I enjoy helping people of all ages, from newborns to the elderly. I am happy to see all members of a family and enjoy getting to know the whole clan. I do minor office procedures and also practice acupuncture at the Integrative Medicine Clinic. People have different beliefs regarding health and well being, and I like to try and tailor treatment plans to those beliefs so that my patients feel comfortable and engaged with their care. I believe that medications are often important and lifesaving, but the less you need, the better off you are.
I try to be thankful for the simple pleasures of life around me - sharing meals with friends and family, reading, enjoying a cup of tea, petting a purring cat. I also like to cook and play the violin and accordion. For my physical health I like to take walks, bike, jog, and practice Tai Chi. I find that remembering my mortality ("memento mori"), helps me keep my life in perspective.