I was born and raised in California and practiced medicine there for a few years. After getting married, my husband and I moved to Washington state. Recently, we welcomed our new baby girl into our lives. My father was the biggest inspiration for becoming a physician. As a medical assistant for more than 25 years, he exposed me to the medical profession early on. I enjoyed learning about medical diseases and disorders, and I wanted to take care of people and teach them about what I learned.