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Welcome to Family Medicine, where the physicians and staff all share a common goal of treating our patients, whether an individual or an entire family, with the intent to educate, treat and prevent disease. Whether you are 8 months or 80 years, whether you have complex medical problems, need a Pap smear or a camp physical, your family doctor can be there for you. We provide continuing, comprehensive health care to patients of all ages and sexes.
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It was with much excitement that after 12 years of a successful Family Medicine private practice in San Francisco, I joined the new Family Medicine Clinic at Kaiser Permanente, Oakland in the Spring of 2009.
Upon learning that Kaiser Permanente, Oakland was going to embrace Family Medicine, I knew now was the time for me to make the transition from the private practice model to the Kaiser Permanente model. The goals and mission of Kaiser Permanente are consistent with the ways in which I have and will continue to practice medicine.
Kaiser Permanente is very successful at disease management but what Kaiser Permanente is able to do that I was not in private practice is place significant emphasis on prevention and early detection. If we can prevent the disease or catch it early, than we significantly improve someone’s quality of life. The myriad of resources that Kaiser Permanente is able to offer its patients is also much more than I had access to while in private practice. Kaiser Permanente has developed a system that not only allows its members to survive, but also thrive.
Over the years, I have realized how fortunate I am to have chosen a specialty that even now I still love. I really enjoy the breadth of family medicine: men and women, kids and teens, newborns and seniors, office-based procedures and office-based gynecologic care. I especially enjoy getting to know and take care of all the members in a family. I believe that knowing what is happening within a family can only help me provide even better care to that family member. Now that I have children of my own, I feel even more comfortable and confident providing care to children and advice to those families raising children. My wife and I are raising three children, including a set of twins.
In addition, as an avid cyclist, soccer player, and skier, I have worked with many athletes over the years. This interest and additional training in Musculoskeletal Medicine and Sports Medicine affords me the opportunity to work in the Department of Orthopedics Musculoskeletal Medicine Clinic one morning a week. I also have a special interest in student health and began working at the Mills College Student Health Clinic in August 2009.
My undergraduate years were spent at the University of Vermont where I studied Biochemistry, played on the Division I soccer team, and skied as frequently as possible. After a year of coaching ski racing in Telluride, Colorado and racing mountain bikes in Breckenridge, Colorado, I attended the University of Michigan Medical School. After medical school, I went to Seattle for my Family Medicine residency at Swedish Hospital, serving as one of the Chief Residents in my final year. Upon completion of my Family Medicine residency, I moved to San Francisco in 1997.
I am currently the Physician Team Leader of Family Medicine at Kaiser Oakland.
In addition to my patient care responsibilities here in Family Medicine, I work at the Mills College Student Health Center every Tuesday and the Musculoskeletal Medicine Clinic in the Orthopedics Department every Friday morning.
I am also actively involved in teaching the UCSF medical students who chose to spend their whole third year here with us at Kaiser Oakland (i.e. KLIC - the Kaiser Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship).
|Medical Education||University of Michigan School of Medicine, |
Ann Arbor, MI
|Residency||Swedish Family Medicine - First Hill, |
|Board certification||Family Medicine, |
American Board of Family Medicine
My staff is trained to care for newborns, children, adults and seniors. They build a relationship with you and your whole family. They help to provide the continuous care for you and your family throughout your lives that is our goal here in Family Medicine.
The Family Medicine Clinic is composed of physicians that all share a common goal of treating the family as a whole with the intent to educate, treat, and prevent disease. My colleagues and myself care for newborns and children, and provide care for both women and men as well as our aging patients. We have expanded training in musculoskeletal medicine and dermatologic care as well as basic surgical procedures. We are all devoted to comprehensive health care to people of all ages.
I am very proud to work with the colleagues that I do and I trust them implicitly with all of my patients when I am not available. They are a great group of people and wonderful physicians.