My childhood dream was to be a veterinarian, but I had no idea back then how many different ways I would someday be able to help animals.
I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i where I attended ‘Iolani School for 13 years and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa to study biology. I always aspired to follow in the footsteps of my Godmother, a marine animal veterinarian, who achieved her doctorate at Colorado State University (CSU). I was privileged to also attend veterinary school at CSU and achieve my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
During my youth I competed in dance and horseback riding and had several injuries that forced me into physical therapy and restorative practices like yoga and pilates. These experiences taught me about the burden of chronic pain and the power of healing modalities to relieve that pain. It made perfect sense for me to inhabit the professional niche of pain management so that I can use simple treatments like acupuncture and manual therapy to improve my patients’ quality of life.
I am very happy to be working back home in Hawai’i and serving clients in-person on the islands of O’ahu, Moloka’i and the Big Island. I am also grateful for technology that allows me to remotely serve clients in other parts of Hawai’i through telemedicine.