Kaiser Permanente physician
My gender: Male
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I was born and raised in the East Los Angeles area, the youngest son of three boys. My father was a construction laborer and my mother a homemaker. I always liked school, but didn't really get interested in medicine until I attended UCLA. There, I worked at the student health center and joined undergraduate pre-med groups. We took trips to Tijuana, Mexico, to provide basic but very necessary medical care to needy people there. I became acutely aware that basic medical care was not as easily available to them as it was to others. These experiences sparked an interest in medicine as a career. Prior to attending medical school, I worked as a seventh-grade science teacher. I graduated from the UCLA School of Medicine in 1998 and completed the Harbor-UCLA Family Medicine Residency Program in 2001. I was recruited to join Kaiser in 2001, due in part to my fluency in Spanish.
I believe in preventive care. Diet and exercise are key; stress relief is also important. Get your vaccines, yearly physicals, and mammograms if you are a woman. If you don't feel well, come and see me sooner than later. Enjoy life! That's why we are here. Enjoy your family, and appreciate beauty in the world every day of your life. Don't take anything for granted.
I spend time with my family and enjoy reading books and taking long walks. I like to read articles about medicine and other interests, and share them with friends. I like photography, architecture, and going to the movies. I enjoy a good conversation. I take breaks and vacations to get me energized for the next sprint. I enjoy life in the moment, for every moment is precious.