Marina Morie, MD

University of Hawaii
I was born in Nara city, Japan (where all the deer are!), but I was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.  While my entire family lives in Japan and I love visiting the land of the rising sun (mainly for the food and the pens!), my heart belongs in beautiful Hawaii.  When it came time to venture off to college, I decided to take a chance and ended up in Boston, Massachusetts.  Through the seemingly perpetual snow and cold, I managed to compete in college swimming and graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science.  Since I had not originally intended on going into medicine, I stuck around in Boston and got an M.S. in Applied Anatomy and Physiology while taking pre-med courses.  I was fortunate enough to return home for medical school, where I spent four wonderful years with amazing classmates at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.  During medical school, I cultivated a love for geriatrics and travelling, and had the opportunity to visit Hilo, Maui, Pohnpei, and South Korea for various rotations.
 
I was drawn to family medicine because I loved the way family physicians treated the entire person.  The concept of being able to treat anyone who walked through the door aligned with my future goals, and the challenge of caring for a wide variety of patients inspired me.  Although I plan to pursue a fellowship in geriatrics following residency, I hope to practice broad-spectrum family medicine.  VCMC has been an amazing place to be because it provides an incredible range of experiences, and every moment has been a valuable learning tool.  However, even beyond that, my fellow residents, attendings, staff, and patients are wonderful, and I am reminded every day of how lucky I am to be able to call VCMC my home for the next three years.
 
When I’m not in the hospital, I enjoy exploring Ventura and its surrounding spots – Santa Barbara, LA, and Irvine, to name a few.  I also enjoy scary movies, rollercoasters, trying new foods, hiking, turbo kickboxing, and dog sitting!