Hafa adai (pronounced “half a day”)—this means “hello” in Chamorro, the native language of Guam, where I grew up. As a child there, I was exposed to a full range of medicine and healing rituals, and from an early age I knew I wanted to spend my life helping others achieve good health. I attended the University of Chicago for undergrad, and that's where I met my husband. I taught chemistry and organic chemistry to aspiring students in Los Angeles, then attended medical school at UC San Francisco and earned a master’s degree in public health from UC Berkeley. I completed residency in internal medicine in Portland at the Legacy hospitals. My husband and I love the Pacific Northwest and the opportunities it affords us to run marathons, hike, and climb mountains.
About my practice
I believe that providing our members with a high standard of care requires a multidisciplinary approach. From admission to treatment to discharge and beyond, each member requires a network of providers--physicians, nurses, physical therapists, social workers, and others. As a hospitalist, working exclusively with hospitalized members, my goal is to remain faithful to this team approach and to use evidence-based medicine to treat members--not just their conditions. I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to educate members about how to achieve a level of wellness that allows them to thrive.
How I thrive
Portland and its surrounding areas beckon us to get out and be active. My husband and I are among those who wake at 5 a.m. to go for a 5-mile run. Together, we have run many marathons and half-marathons and continue to run them at least once a year. When we're not running, we are hiking in the Pacific Northwest or climbing local mountains--maybe Mount St. Helens or the South Sister. At home, we enjoy mental exercises--a challenging game of Scrabble, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, and reading.