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I grew up in a relatively large family — by today's standards—with 5 siblings and 2 very strict but loving parents. My poor parents had to play referees frequently as we were a bunch of rowdy kids. My father's side of the family is heavily French influenced, and French was my second language. (Sadly, it is no longer my dominant language.) I love languages and studied some German, Spanish, and Vietnamese. I do speak some Spanish and Vietnamese. I grew up mostly in Los Angeles but have traveled quite a bit and lived in many different places in the country, including New York and Chicago. However, Los Angeles is home sweet home.
I joined Kaiser Permanente’s Downey Medical Center in 2012, but I've been in practice for a while. I was trained in both internal medicine and pediatrics. I enjoy pediatrics because I love being around children and their infectious enthusiasm, but I also enjoy working in adult medicine because I find it intellectually stimulating. I believe in the importance of integrating the mind, body, and spirit in my daily practice. I also believe in having a sense of humor and will try to make you laugh at least once during your visit with me. I take my work very seriously but never forget to have fun. What matters the most to me is being able to make a positive difference in someone's life.
I have many interests, so it's about finding the time to do everything that I want to do yet having enough time for family and friends. I play the piano and am trying to learn the guitar (not as easy as I thought, this self-taught thing!); I also enjoy writing and poetry and dabble in oil and watercolor painting, but I also like to spend time doing activities like hiking, bike riding, and dancing. I also would love to get back to doing triathlon again, so maybe someday. Now if I can just find some time to get more sleep!