My mother was a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse. She profoundly influenced my attitudes towards caring for the sick. In High School I volunteered at Palomar Hospital and was lucky to be able to work alongside my mother and observe her professionalism and dedication. The second influence on my practice of Medicine came in 1993 when I did an elective Family Practice Rotation at Amigo Medical Group. I met Dr. Monahan and he was able to show me how to put my dedication and medical skills to practical use in today’s medical environment. I was very pleased to be asked to join Dr. Monahan at Amigo in 2000 after I completed my residency. I began my voyage in medicine studying Nursing at San Diego State University. At some point, even before I transferred to the University of California at San Diego, I switched to a Biology Major to pursue a career in as a Doctor of Medicine. Seeing patients through my mother’s eyes and studying Nursing has made me a better doctor.
As a premedical student I volunteered at the Red Cross (Cruz Rojas) Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico. While in Medical School, I continued my interest in the underserved communities volunteering at the Asian Health Clinic at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine and The Clinca Tepati, a Hispanic clinic in the Sacramento area. I chose to pursue my Family Practice Residency in Los Angeles at The Martin Luther King / Drew Medical Center. There I gained an extensive clinical exposure to the complex medical problems of inner city populations. After completing my Residency in Family Practice, I took the Family Practice Boards in July 2000. I am Board Certified in Family Practice with particular interest in Women’s Health, Adolescent Medicine and Pediatrics. As a Family Practice physician I am able to treat the full spectrum of illnesses or injuries and help all members of the family. I have been on the hospital staff at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center since 2000 to present.
For the over thirteen years I have been in practice at Amigo (yes, It is 2014), I have continued to learn the art and science of the practice of medicine. Although I see the gamut of an active family practice our office is a particular favorite to Filipino-Americans. As a female family practitioner, I also have a large Tricare (Champus) panel. The life blood of any medical practice is new patients with new problems and although busy Amigo has never closed the practice to new patients. One never stops learning as medicine is constantly changing with amazing breakthroughs daily. On a more personal level my 9 year old daughter Sydney has given me a mini-residency in pediatrics. My role as a wife and mother has also made me a better doctor and happier person.