About

 
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I grew up in Bangkok, Thailand, then moved to New York City where I attended the United Nations International School where I thrived in a multi-cultural environment.  During my college years, I immersed myself in Japanese studies to better understand my cultural heritage and majored in East Asian Studies at Harvard.  With the ultimate dream of working in international health, I pursued a Master’s in Public Health in Population Planning and International Health from the University of Michigan. 

My public health training inspired me to pursue a medical degree so I continued to move West and attended medical school at Stanford University, where I discovered a profound love of patient care.  I completed my residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford and joined the Menlo Medical Clinic as a practicing internist.  I then spent several years working in Business Development for health care for Sentius Corporation to explore the world of business in Silicon Valley.  However, my passion for international health work had not quite faded and in 2002, I was awarded an American Association for the Advancement of Science Award (AAAS) Diplomacy Fellowship and moved to Washington, D.C. to work at the U.S. State Department in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. While there, I received a Meritorious Honor Award for my coordination and oversight of refugee health programs. But while working in the field of international public health was highly rewarding and had been a lifelong goal, I soon realized that I had a deep passion and aptitude for clinical medicine and decided to focus on direct patient care instead.

In 2005, I returned to the Bay Area and joined the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) with the Encina Practice, a small concierge medicine group. I remained at PAMF for a decade and pursued training in both acupuncture and integrative medicine.  In 2015 I accepted an offer to join BlueWave Medicine, an Integrative Medical Practice, as Medical Director of the Palo Alto office. I’m now thrilled to be launching my own integrative concierge medical practice in Portola Valley.

My husband and I live in Los Altos with our two sons, three dogs, one hamster and a fish. In my free time, I enjoy running half marathons, spending time with family, and knitting sweaters for friends.

 

my philosophy

I take care of patients with kindness and an open ear and heart.  With over fifteen years of experience providing high-quality internal medicine care to patients, I have found that the doctor-patient relationship is of utmost importance and is the foundation of my practice.   Board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Integrative Medicine, I fuse the best practices of conventional Western Medicine with those of Eastern and Integrative Medicine, borrowing from each discipline when appropriate and helpful for my patients.

I have made it a priority to develop my practice in order to give me ample time to spend with my patients.  I believe my relationship with each patient is special and essential to their care, and I endeavor to know them as whole individuals—it is important for me to not only understand each person’s medical history and health goals, but also their passions and purpose in life, and how they are connected to the community around them.  My ultimate goal is to improve quality of life through a true long-term doctor-patient partnership.

 

my credentials

 

Education

  • Harvard College, B.A. in East Asian Studies

  • University of Michigan, Masters of Public Health in Population Planning and International Health

  • Stanford University School of Medicine, M.D.


Residency

  • Internal Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center

Accupuncture Training

  • American Society for Pain Research Acupuncture Training for Physicians, San Francisco

  • Martha Lucas Pulse Diagnosis Course

  • Martha Lucas Mei Zen facial acupuncture training course


Board Certification

  • Diplomat, American Board of Internal Medicine

  • Diplomat, American Board of Integrative Medicine


Licensure

  • Medical Board of California State License

  • National Board of Medical Examiners – Part I, II, and III


Appointments

  • Staff privileges Stanford Hospital

  • Staff privileges El Camino Hospital


Associates

  • American College of Physicians

  • American Board of Integrative Medicine

  • American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine

  • Institute for Functional Medicine


Awards

  • Magna cum laude, Harvard College in East Asian Studies

  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

  • Charles Dorsey Armstrong Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Diplomacy Fellowship

  • Meritorious Honor Award, U.S. State Department

  • Time-Off Duty Award, U.S. State Department

  • Multiple Guardian Angel Awards, PAMF