My Role As Your Physician
I believe in the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” If you are in general good health, this means we focus on prevention screening that is best for your gender and age group. It also means I want to support you and find resources within Kaiser Permanente for your health goals, such as quitting smoking or losing weight. If you are already dealing with a chronic illness, my focus is on trying to prevent complications of that illness so that you remain with the best quality of life possible.
To Get the Most Out of Our Appointment
- Please try to arrive at my office about 15 minutes before your appointment. This will allow time for registration and for my staff to get your vital signs such as blood pressure and weight.
- Please bring a list of your current medications and their doses, or bring the actual pill bottles themselves.
- Consider jotting down a list of problems or concerns you would like addressed. All appointment slots in the department of medicine are 15 minutes long. This occasionally means we need to schedule a follow-up visit if we are not able to finish addressing your concerns on the first visit.
- If I send you for lab or x-ray studies, these reports will first come to me for my review. I will then send you a letter within a few weeks of your tests being completed with an explanation of your tests, even if they are normal. If there is a result that requires urgent attention you will be called.
I grew up in Olney, Maryland. I moved out to the San Francisco Bay Area to attend college at University of California, Berkeley. I was both interested in the biological sciences as well as social sciences. This led to my double major in molecular and cell biology as well as political science. Although I found science fascinating, I am by nature a “people person.” A career in medicine was a perfect combination for me to apply my scientific knowledge and have the privilege of assisting people in need. During college at Berkeley I also came to appreciate the Bay Area and all it has to offer. I was fortunate to be able to stay and attend medical school across the bay at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). I remained at UCSF for my internship and my residency in internal medicine.
Choosing my Career at Kaiser Permanente
I began to first learn about Kaiser Permanente while still working at UCSF. Since Kaiser Permanente has in recent years achieved such top quality in patient outcomes and known for their innovation in health care, it has become a highly respected organization in the medical community. I knew I wanted to work for an organization that was offering high quality health care. I also wanted to practice medicine and not spend countless hours dealing with the business aspects of medicine that unfortunately plague the current health care environment. I joined Kaiser Permanente in 2003 as an internist at the Walnut Creek -Park Shadelands Medical Offices. I am able to spend my time practicing medicine and enjoy the collegial environment we have with the other health care professionals and specialists within our organization.
The Best Ways to Contact Me
- For appointments and medication refills please see the top of the page for telephone number contacts or on-line options.
- For any urgent problem it is always best to call (925) 906-2040. This is for two reasons. First, you will be able to speak to an advice nurse sooner than I will be able to see your message, even if I am in the office. Second, if I am not in the office that day, urgent messages that require my attention will be transferred to a covering doctor.
Thank you for reading my home page and best wishes for a healthy and happy life.
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|Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine|
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