practice status —
Open to spouse, domestic partner or family members of her established patients
Dr. Lai is the Internal Medicine Department head and also sees patients in the Executive Health Program.
Education & Training
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, IL, 2003
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, CA
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, CA
Allergy, Asthma, Cardiovascular diseases, Cholesterol management, Diabetes, Geriatric medicine, Heart disease, Nutritional counseling, Travel medicine, Tuberculosis, Weight management, Women's health, Wound care
Dr. Lai specializes in allergy, nutrition, preventive medicine, travel medicine, women's health (including PAP smears), skin biopsies, joint aspiration/injection, laceration/wound repair, inciscion and drainage of soft tissue abscesses.
Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association; Adjunct Clinical Instructor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine; American College of Physicians, American Society of Nutrition
Dr. Lai is married and stays busy raising two children and finding time for running, international travel, reading and gourmet cooking.
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Philosophy of Care
My life's journey has taken me across our country, in the pursuit of knowledge to best serve my patients. I was born and raised in San Francisco and attended Lowell High School in San Francisco and University of California at Davis. I graduated college early to pursue a fellowship on the East Coast at the National Institutes of Health studying Alzheimer's disease. I returned home to the Bay Area to work at Genentech in the field of epidemiology, finding ways to apply biotechnology to serve the greatest good. I then headed to the Midwest where I attended medical school. I was drawn to the field of Internal Medicine for its emphasis on caring for adults through humanism and dedication to the education of patients, peers and ourselves as physicians. Long-term therapeutic relationships with my patients are the most rewarding aspect of my career as a physician. My goal is to keep my patients healthy through yearly health maintenance and prevention exams, managing a variety of chronic conditions (including allergies, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, arthritis, depression) and seeing more acute issues that arise. My particular areas of interest include nutrition, allergy and preventative medicine. I perform various procedures, including PAP smears, joint injections, and others for various skin conditions. I am honored to serve on many committees within PAMF working to improve the care our organization provides to our patients and community. I am also excited to be involved in PAMF's Executive Health Program, coordinating care for busy executives. I truly enjoy my life's work as a physician and feel privileged to be able to connect with each of my patients on a personal level. I look forward to partnering with you to optimize your health and well-being.
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