I was born and brought up in Japan. When I was younger, I wanted to be an airline pilot. I was diagnosed with hepatitis C, and I could not become one. While I was treated for hepatitis C, I became interested in medicine, and decided to be a physician. After entering medical school, I had an opportunity to go to Ithaca, New York and work with several family physicians. I was so impressed that one physician was taking care of all sorts of medical issues. It was this experience that lead me to family medicine.
About my practice
When I was a college student in Japan, I met a man from California who was visiting his son in Tokyo, and he was trying to find his way to The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. When I told him that I was a medical student, he said "I have Kaiser Permanente for myself, and it's the best in United States." After joining Kaiser Permanente, I realized his true meaning - we emphasize on quality of care rather than production (how many patients we see). I feel very honored to be part of Kaiser Permanente and I feel committed to give my best to my patients.
How I thrive
I am married with three daughters, and I can manage my stress by interacting with them. Also, as a strong believer of natural medicine, I exercise three times a day seven days a week and I eat very healthy.