I was born and raised in a beautiful valley on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. I went to college and medical school at the nearby University of Hawaii, then came for training in dermatology at Oregon Health & Science University--and never left. Members often ask me, especially during the dark, cold, wet winter, how I could choose to live in Oregon over Hawaii, but for me, there's no competition. I even convinced my Hawaii-born mother to move near us. Actually, my first visit to Oregon was in high school when my school band was invited to participate in the Rose Festival. Becoming a doctor and specifically, a dermatologist, was a pretty easy decision. Growing up, I spent a lot of time as a patient in dermatologists' offices, which fostered my idea of becoming one myself.
About my practice
I spent many years practicing dermatology in clinics where I was often the only dermatologist. That changed in 2007 when I moved to Sunnybrook Medical Office. I feel lucky to be surrounded by really excellent dermatologists with whom I can discuss cases, and from whom I can get immediate second opinions and learn. We have caring and knowledgeable nurses who greatly help me to care for members. I am a general medical dermatologist, meaning I will see members of all ages and care for any kind of skin condition. I especially enjoy helping members in detecting and removing skin cancers. Members sometimes apologize for coming in with a skin growth that turns out to be normal, but in those cases, I am happy to be able to reassure them that it is fine and should be left alone.
How I thrive
I am married with a son and a daughter. My time away from work consists mainly of family time. I am a tennis player, a snowboarder, and an avid reader of newspapers, books, and magazines.