I am so glad to have the opportunity to present my credentials to you and share other information about myself. It's extremely important that you feel comfortable with your personal physician, and I hope this page will help you start to get to know me.
I grew up in a small town in northern New Mexico, but I move to Southern California at the age of 12. Even when I was a young child, I knew that I wanted to be a doctor because I had a passion for science and anatomy. At age eight I had a library card and my favorite books to check out were human anatomy books. I would spend hours reading about the human body. After spending time in the Marine Corps I started my long journey towards becoming a doctor. I knew that I wanted to be able to make a real difference in people's lives, and practicing medicine gives me that opportunity. Working at Kaiser Permanente has provided that opportunity in ways that exceeded my expectations.
Medicine as a career is a very special opportunity to connect and help people in a meaningful way, utilizing medical skills and knowledge, but also listening and responding to what patients need. Being a doctor allows people to share with me their concerns, innermost fears and hopes; it is a privilege to help patients understand what concerns them, translate what they may not grasp, facilitate getting them the appropriate evaluations, and communicate with them and their families. I feel very honored that patients have entrusted me with their care and strive to treat them as I would my own family.
I firmly believe in Kaiser Permanente's philosophy of total health and try to live it in my life every day. My family life is my major priority. I enjoy family outings to UCLA basketball games, I practice basketball with my son, and I help my daughter with her soccer skills. My wife, three sons, daughter, and I enjoy summer boating trips to the various lakes in California, Nevada, and Utah. I believe that keeping the mind active is also important. When I have quiet time I enjoy reading my medical journals, my Bible, and any books on theology that I can get my hands on.