Kaiser Permanente physician
My gender: Female
Accepting new patients. Referral may be required.
Welcome to Kaiser Permanente and my Web page! I am happy to have this opportunity to introduce myself to you, because I feel it is important for you to get to know the specialist caring for your children.
I am a native of California, having grown up in the San Francisco Bay Area. I went to college at UC Davis where I was a Wildlife and Fisheries major. I attended medical school at UC San Diego, then did my general surgery internship at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland before returning to UC San Diego to complete my urology residency. During residency I met my husband, who has been wonderfully supportive as I have gone through over 10 years of training, including 2 years of pediatric urology training in Wilmington, Delaware. We are both very happy to be back in warm, sunny Southern California!
As a pediatric urologist, I am both a surgeon and a clinician. I am Board Certified in Urology and Pediatric Urology but my practice is exclusively Pediatric Urology. I love my job because it really allows me to make a positive difference in the lives of children born with genitourinary birth defects. I know it is scary for parents to hear that their child needs surgery. That is why I take a lot of time with my patients and their families to thoroughly explain the problem and the proposed operation, because I believe that being well informed helps decrease their anxiety.
I get up around 4:30 am and workout with the rowing machine and weights. Whenever possible, I try to get up to the Golf course in the evening to hit a bucket of balls or practice my putting. I try to get out to play a round of golf on the weekends whenever possible. I mostly enjoy spending some quality time with my husband.