I’ve spent all my life overcoming long odds, and giving back to America all it’s given me. This is my story.
I was brought to America as a nine-year old refugee after the Fall of Saigon in 1975. I’ll always remember the American Marine carrying me off the plane in San Francisco. I was lost and afraid, but I felt safe in his presence. As a teenager, I worked picking berries with other migrant families and dedicated all my time to studying. Through my efforts, I was accepted into Harvard, worked my way through college cleaning bathrooms, went on to medical school, and then residency at UCLA. I’m also a two-time breast cancer survivor.
For the past 25 years, I’ve lived, worked and raised my family in Fountain Valley. I care for thousands of local children as a pediatrician. My practice at Edinger Pediatrics won OC Register’s “Best Small Workplace in OC” in 2016, and “Best Medical Group in OC” in 2017, 2018, and 2019 - voted by our patients. Beyond this, I volunteer to treat local kids who can’t afford healthcare, and teach and mentor medical students, residents, pediatricians and nurses.
Despite my rough start, I feel incredibly lucky in life. I live with my husband Mike, 8-year-old daughter Grace, and 85-year-old mother. My sister and her family also live in Green Valley, and we are proud parishioners of Holy Spirit Church. My family loves living in Fountain Valley. There is a special community feel here, where neighbors are down-to-earth and look out for one another. It really is "a nice place to live."
My family at my daughter Grace's Baptism, at Holy Spirit Church in Fountain Valley