Hawaii Residency Programs

Class of 2020

Agapito Angelica

Angelica Agapito, MD

Medical School: University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Phillipines

Where I'm from: I was born and raised in the Philippines.  I was working in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia prior to Family Medicine residency. Hobbies:Taking long walks, reading, communicating with my family, going for long drives Things I love about Hawaii: Beautiful beaches, gorgeous weather, seeing rainbows everyday.   But most importantly, being able to practice medicine in a Pacific setting. Why I chose Family Medicine: While working at the Wa’ab Community Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center in a medically and geographically underserved area in the Pacific, I quickly learned to truly appreciate the family practice physician’s knowledge, skill, and impact. For example, I realized that providing prenatal health care to expectant mothers in the villages extended to postpartum follow-up, newborn care, and healthy child exams. In fact, most of the mothers and other patients came in as family groups and I would find myself providing primary care to multi-generations of families. Other experiences at the village clinics continually reinforced the need for primary care services. I loved the variety of cases and continuity of care not just for one patient but building relationships with their families as well.  I also loved working with the community for promoting preventive medicine and healthy lifestyles and pursuing emergent responses to outbreaks and syndromic surveillance issues. 

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Ashley Baldauf, DO

Medical School: A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Arizona

Where I'm from: Waipahu, HI Hobbies: CrossFit, Olympic Weightlifting and spending time with my family Things I love about Hawaii: The people, the culture. Why I chose Family Medicine: I chose Family Medicine because I feel like I'd make the most impact. I like the idea of continuity and how it enables me to build relationships with entire families. It allows me to better serve the patient populations, all the while treating chronic medical conditions.

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Nong Dang, MD

Medical School: University of Hawai`i, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu, Hawai`i

Where I'm from: Born and raised in Vietnam. I came to Hawaii in 2006 and  have lived in Mililani and Kakaako since. Hobbies: Reading the news, taking random free online courses (e.g. Edx.org), TEDTalks. Things I love about Hawaii: There are so many things about Hawaii that make me happy everyday such as its unique weather, people, cultures, diversity, beach, safety, etc. Why I chose Family Medicine: I want to be able to help all kinds of patients from neonatal to dying patients. Another big reason is that it’s very difficult for Vietnamese patients to find a Vietnamese-speaking primary care doctor in Hawaii. Interpreter services helps them a lot but sharing the same culture and language with them definitely contributes to having a positive effect on the patient’s overall health. This made me want to pursue family medicine.

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Kohei Hasebe, MD

Medical School: Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine, Japan

Where I'm from: Sapporo, Japan Hobbies: Parenting, hiking, skiing Things I love about Hawaii: Beautiful ocean, mountains, rainbow and wonderful people! Why I chose Family Medicine: I like holistic approach and continuity in Family Medicine. 

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Nina Ho, MD

Medical School: University of Hawai`i, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Hawai`i

Where I'm from: Honolulu, HI  Hobbies: Hiking, exercising, eating, and doing calligraphy. Things I love about Hawaii: The culture, people, food, warmth, and the outdoors. Why I chose Family Medicine: I enjoy the continuity of care and how I get to know the patient, as well as their whole family.  I also appreciate the preventive medicine part where we have the opportunity to help patients with early diagnosis of diseases, or even avoidance of diseases altogether.

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Nash A.K. Witten, MD

Medical School: University of Hawai`i, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Hawai`i Where I'm from: Haleiwa, HI  Hobbies: Hiking, camping, backpacking, photography, fishing, boating, and traveling.   Things I love about Hawaii: Having been born and raised in Hawaii, I am definitely biased. I love the warm weather, the ease of accessibility to the outdoors and ocean, the diverse patient population, and the small-town feeling that still exists even in Honolulu. Why I chose Family Medicine: Family Medicine was a calling, not a choice. I was initially called to pursue medicine at the age of eleven, but was unsure of what type of physician I wanted to me. After receiving healthcare at the Koolauloa Community Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, throughout my childhood, I knew I wanted to work in such a clinic, but I wasn’t clear what type of specialty would make the largest impact on a rural community. During undergrad, I shadowed Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Family Medicine physicians at the clinic and quickly realized that Family Medicine is exactly the specialty I was looking for. Being able to care for the grandchild, mother, father, and grandparents of one family was my true calling in medicine. Going through medical school I enjoyed all of the third-year clerkships, especially anything procedural, which reaffirmed my commitment to Family Medicine. Thankfully, since I knew that Family Medicine was my calling prior to medical school, I applied for, and received the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program for all four years of medical school. I can’t wait to hopefully return to my home community of Haleiwa to provide long-term, community based outpatient primary care!

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