I was born and raised in the Philippines. My parents immigrated to the United States and some time later I came as a foreign student. My husband is also an internal medicine physician and we have two beautiful children together.
Diabetes is prevalent in my family and its debilitating effects impacted many of my loved ones. I witnessed the devastating toll it took on my family members and decided to go into medicine to help them as well as others with similar medical concerns. As an internal medicine physician, I value being able to reach out to extended families like my own and provide the necessary care to help them achieve optimal health. My personal experiences with health care and diabetes influenced my philosophy of care: Treat patients as I would want my own family to be treated. I regard my patients from a personal perspective, so seeing them healthy and active in their communities is truly fulfilling. I am able to devote the time and attention I need to care for my patients because I work within the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group. I appreciate being able to focus on my patients without having to address the operational aspects of a private practice. In addition to practicing internal medicine, I also subspecialize in cancer pain and end of life care.
I stay active by playing tennis and keeping up with my children and their many activities. I also enjoy attending my children’s performances, playing the piano and going to church on Sundays.