I became a Family Medicine doctor because this specialty acknowledges the whole person and the interconnectedness of the different stages of lives. It embraces the mind, body and spirit and the interpersonal relationships, and recognizes that when these are nurtured and guided with intentions, they can refine and redefine one’s wellbeing.
I am passionate about what I do because I love life. My joy comes from living to the fullest, be it playing with my children without exhaustion; taking excursions without taking a toll on my back and knees; pursuing a career that is high intensity yet fulfilling; enjoying the California weather outdoors with plenty of activities, or simply collecting new experiences.
What brought me into practicing medicine with this holistic approach was my own journey. I was a go-getter, Type A, doing the fast track kind of personality. I got into the nation’s best high school even though I couldn’t read Catcher in the Rye without using the English dictionary for every other word, and I was accepted into an Ivy League medical school as a high school student. It seemed like a highway to success, but then I crashed. Suddenly, I developed severe migraines. I couldn’t read, drive or even talk on the phone for 10 minutes . Then the asthma attacks, and the stress ulcers. A full catastrophe. I saw doctors, but I couldn’t function with or without medications. Listening to my mother’s advice, I finally took time off from school to return to my home in Hong Kong and looked for alternative treatment. Acupuncture, nutrition, nurturing parents, and yoga made me feel better, but it was the taking a step back, hearing what my body needs and opening my heart to new possibilities that was transformative for me.
My vision is to create a healthy, happy, holistic community where everyone is in balance with their mind, body and their relationship to their community and environment.
When I am not wearing my doctor hat, I practice Kundalini Yoga, mentor students and teach medicine.
I am also a fervent cook and food lover: practicing food as medicine daily in my kitchen to my 2 biggest critics who’s 3 and 5 years old; making herbal tinctures, and adding herbs into soups as a way to healthy and anti-aging living.
Education and Training
- Integrative Medicine Fellowship – UCSF, Santa Rosa, CA
- UCSF Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program, Santa Rosa, CA
- Doctor of Medicine – Brown University Medical School, Providence, RI
- Bachelor of Science (Neuroscience) – Brown University PLME Program, Providence, RI
Additional Professional Training
- UCLA Helms Medical Acupuncture Course
- Jones Institute Strain Counterstrain Course
- Osteopathy of Cranial Field Course
- American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
- Institute for Functional Medicine Course
- Center for Mind Body Medicine Advanced Course
Licensure, Certifications, Memberships
- American Board of Family Medicine Board Certified
- American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine Certified
- American Academy of Family Physicians Member
- American Academy of Medical Acupuncture Member
- International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association
- American Anti-aging Medicine Affiliated
- American College of Advancement in Medicine Affiliated
- Cooking Gluten Free Dairy Free Deliciousness (Think strawberry glazed donuts and Coconut Creamed Lentil Dips)
- Windsurfing and Paddle boarding, or just playing with anything that will keep me afloat on a body of water
- Enjoying the moment, especially around my kids and husband