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Medicine is about people and their stories.
The scientific aspect of medicine is never as challenging as the artistic part. Medicine is a form of art, the art of listening and touching. Behind each chief complaint is a desire to be understood. I encourage patients to share their feelings with me, and I respect their decisions after deliberating each option’s pros and cons. In addition, I make an extra effort to examine every patient, even when the diagnosis is obvious. As a result, I have made many physical findings that would have otherwise been missed.
My practice spans from adolescent to geriatric care. As an internal medicine physician, I am experienced in managing various chronic medical conditions. Two years of extra training as a gynecologist enables me to incorporate women’s health care into my regular practice. At the Dwyer clinic, we take pride in providing cardiac consultations and supervising various cardiac studies.
I have searched—from the East to the West—for something called “self.”
Having graduated from medical school in China at the age of twenty-five, I crossed the Pacific Ocean to the United States, determined to become a biologist. After three years of graduate school studying breast cancer at Vanderbilt University, I found myself missing the human touch in medicine. I returned to medical school at the University of Tennessee to reconnect with my passion and better understand why I chose medicine twice.
Besides medicine, I enjoy reading, writing, traveling, and collecting art. Several years ago, my penchant for writing led me to win an award for an original screenplay at the Angel Film Awards, an international festival for non-violent films. My teenage daughter keeps me busy with her extracurricular activities, and our Lhasa Apso, Lea, also finds Portland a sweet home where she can chase squirrels all day long.
You can find this practitioner at the following clinics:Dwyer Clinic