Why I Do What I Do

I grew up in Southern California as the daughter of two immigrants from Taiwan. A strong work ethic and compassion for others was the core of our family values. I always knew I wanted to be a doctor and pass on the luxuries in life I felt so lucky to have.

I graduated from a combined undergraduate and medical school program at Boston University, completed pediatrics residency in Southern California, and specialized training in preventive medicine and public health.

I work everyday to:

Empower youth and young adults to pursue their passions

Educate parents on the latest advice on raising healthy children

Elevate children’s health and preventive medicine ideas into public policy.

As a pediatrician, I see how bad public policy can impact children’s health and as a preventive medicine specialist, I see what solutions could be implemented to improve health at the population level.​

My work is in the pediatric office, in the community, or on the capitol steps. I’ve even gone to other countries on medical mission trips to serve those in need using my Spanish language skills.

All my pursuits center around one message – everyone deserves the chance at a healthy, happy life, no matter their race, gender, or socioeconomic background.

My goal is to pass forward the privilege I had growing up the way I did – to help other people achieve their fullest potential.

Instead of letting your hardships and failures discourage or exhaust you, let them inspire you. Let them make you even hungrier to succeed
~Michelle Obama

Why I Talk About Marriage and Medicine

I also recognize that the medical journey is difficult, and I don’t pretend to have the perfect life.

My husband and I survived a long-distance relationship while I was a resident physician in training and he was a medical student. We struggled together to get him into residency while planning a wedding and surviving a pandemic.

All this taught me the importance of communicating well with your partner when pursuing your passions and persevering against all odds.

I learned so much (and still am learning!) about marriage and medicine. I want to share my experiences being a newlywed and still in medical training so other people just might have a smoother transition.

Because finally achieving your goals – in love, life, and medicine – is worth the journey.