I was born and raised in Southern California, but I was fortunate to see much of the world starting from a young age, as education and travel have always been emphasized in my family. I lived in New York for medical school, but returned to California for my pediatric training to be closer to family and have nicer weather year round. This allows me to enjoy my "play" time as much as my time at work. I am passionate about my career and the children whose lives I touch. I especially enjoy helping underprivileged children in the community as a volunteer through Kaiser Permanente in local school clinics.