Director of School-Based Medicine
Assistant Director, Phoenix Baptist FMRP
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Arizona
Adjunct Professor, Midwestern University
Undergraduate School: University of California San Diego
Medical School: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM)
Residency: Phoenix Baptist Hospital FMRP, Phoenix, Arizona
Clinical Interests: Sports Medicine, Dermatology, Preventative Medicine, Procedural Medicine
I was born and raised in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. I originally wanted to design prosthetics for the disabled as a bioengineer, and got my B.S. in bioengineering from the University of California at San Diego.
As interesting as engineering was, something was still missing. After graduating, I volunteered at the VA Medical Center in La Jolla where I became interested in medicine. I also began doing research at the UC San Diego Medical School where I studied the transcriptional regulation of epidermal development and wound healing under Dr. Bogi Andersen. I was later accepted to the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed my third and fourth years in Phoenix.After doing a sub-internship at Phoenix Baptist, I knew this was where I wanted to complete my family medicine training. I graduated in 2007, became part of the faculty, and today I continue to be involved in medical student education with all the schools here in the valley.
I enjoy going out to eat, cooking, watching movies, lifting weights and outdoor activities. While I go back to Hawaii several times a year, I have grown to call Arizona home.