I did not always want to be a doctor. I left my hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii to attend Johns Hopkins University in 2007 hoping to cultivate my interest in global affairs and chase my dreams of becoming an international diplomat. It was not long into my introductory undergraduate courses that I realized I was drawn to a discipline that focused less on the state and war and more on people’s lives.
In 2011, I graduated with a degree in Public Health Studies and spent the next year in western Kenya on a Fulbright grant. There, I coordinated a cervical cancer prevention program and focused on understanding the most common barriers women in the community face in accessing cervical cancer screening services. I also had the incredible privilege of hearing the stories and narratives of hundreds women and their families. The experience left me wanting a career that would allow me to not only treat communities, but also address the unique needs of individuals. I ultimately decided to pursue medicine and graduated from Loma Linda University in 2018.
I am so excited to be training in Family Medicine, a field that unites my interest in public health, my love for the diagnostic challenge and my passion for people’s stories. I hope to use my training to serve and advocate for patients both domestically and internationally in the future. Here at Ventura, I am daily encouraged, supported, humbled and inspired by my co-residents, faculty, staff and, most importantly, my patients. When I am not at the hospital or in the clinic, you will find me exploring California, paddling an outrigger canoe, trying a new recipe or lost in a good conversation. In fact, this Hawaii girl really does love long walks on the beach.