I have been in Tyler a year and 2 months, finally finished with a rigorous medical training in Orthopedic Surgery and shoulder and elbow fellowship training. Tyler is definitely different than Los Angeles, but mostly good ways. I am biased being Texan, born and raised, spending my formative years in Tyler where my family settled after my father finished his cardiology training and became the third heart specialist in Tyler in 1984. It's great to be back in town, practicing my craft, and most importantly helping people feel better.
My time in Los Angeles was invaluable. My mentor, John Itamura, is a great teacher and a great man. He holds a special place in our family as my grandfather's shoulder surgeon, my mentor and a friend to my girls. He taught me the finer points of shoulder surgery, including things I thought I may never need to know. It turns out East Texas has its own surprises. I've needed just about every tool in my first year that he equipped me with during that year of specialty training. From being proficient in simple shoulder and elbow arthroscopy to complex revision replacement surgeries, rare muscle transfers about the shoulder and even shoulder fusions, I've seen it all here in my hometown. I'm so thankful the Dr. Itamura and God's Providence in preparing me for what East Texas has had to offer.
I am also fortunate that I am surrounded by specialists in my own group. As a young orthopedist, I see everything and can treat most things. At Azalea Orthopedics, I have the luxury of being able to refer to a number of partners that specialize in just about every joint in the body.
I am blessed to be able to care for people's shoulder and elbow needs, blessed by my community and family and very happy to be back home doing what I have a passion for. I tell my girls all of the time that whatever they do, they should strive to be excellent. That is my goal in all areas of my life but especially caring for those that entrust themselves to me. I have been trained in excellence and intend to practice excellence.