Kaiser Permanente physician
My gender: Male
Accepting new patients. Referral may be required.
Hello, and welcome to my Web page! Growing up, my family had one doctor who saw all of us for almost all of our medical problems. I always wanted to be that kind of physician, and at Kaiser Permanente I have been able to fulfill that dream. I hope that through this page you will understand a little bit about who I am and why I enjoy my practice here so much. Kaiser Permanente has allowed me to have a rewarding career that includes direct patient care and teaching young physicians. Most importantly to me, I have time to spend with my family, and I think you will agree that anyone who is happy outside of work is more likely to come to work each day with a good outlook!
I grew up in Long Beach, California, where I met and married my high school sweetheart. While still a medical student at UC Irvine, I did an elective rotation at Kaiser Permanente in Fontana. I was so impressed with the high-quality and caring medicine they were providing that I decided to do my family medicine residency there. I remember telling my wife that after residency I would be ready to practice "someplace good." After my years of training in Fontana, it became clear that the only place I would ever want to work was Kaiser Permanente! It has been exciting and rewarding to grow up with my practice. I have watched children I cared for since infancy start their own families. It's been a privilege to be a part of so many families. Along with being a family physician, I also have the opportunity to teach medical students and family medicine residents. Teaching some of the best and brightest is a challenge that I believe rewards me more than it does those I help train.
As my career with Kaiser Permanente has progressed, my role has changed to one of support for the other physicians in my department and I no longer see patients on a regular basis. Since 2013 I've been retired from full-time work, and am now considered a "partner emeritus." I only come in two days a week, and spend most of my time supervising our resident physicians and helping out with messages and refills when my colleagues are away.
I stay healthy by eating only organic vegetables that I grow myself and by running 15 to 20 miles every day. I expect all of my patients to do this, too. (I'm just kidding!) Actually, I am a "flexatarian";-since my wife is a vegetarian, I eat little or no meat at home, but I do eat meat when we go out. I consider chocolate to be a vegetable, in moderation, of course. As far as my exercise pattern, doing regular stretching exercises is a must to keep my back in working order. For many of us, getting daily aerobic exercise can be a challenge. I find walking with my wife and dog are the easiest way to keep moving. (the dog doesn't really give me a choice.)