Specializing in physical medicine rehabilitation and pain medicine, Daniel Kwon is a physician at Water's Edge Pain Clinic. Daniel got into medicine because he likes the challenges of science; the fact that everything is dynamic and moving. He also enjoys the diversity associated with helping patients get to a better place than their current situation. For fun, Daniel enjoys spending time with his family, outdoor related activities, and interacting with the Yakima community.
What inspired you to choose medicine as a career?
Medicine was always intriguing for me. I liked the sciences, the challenges, and the things that were dynamic and moving. It isn't something that is repetitive every single time and so medicine allows me to have diversity while still working with people. I like interacting with people and I really enjoy working with them to get them to a better place. Medicine seemed to offer a different type of experience with every type of patient that we encounter.
Do you have a philosophy or approach to working with patients?
I enjoy making an impact on a patient's life. Not just making a difference for a person in terms of how they feel, but their global function and activities too. We know that medical conditions intertwine with every person's life whether it's social and family life, work life, or recreation. As a physician we have the ability to be involved in those areas and make a difference for a patient.
What do you appreciate most about the doctors and staff you work with?
I'm very satisfied and happy with the physicians and colleagues that we have in Yakima. The doctors in town have really surprised me with their honesty, compassion, intellect, and their ability to care for patients.
What do you like about Yakima?
I believe in balance. Balance between work, balance between lifestyle. I don't think it's healthy if somebody spends all of their time working, researching, or studying. Having a proper balance where the physician is given opportunities to excel at their job and in their education, but also have time to do their own thing in life is extremely important. Yakima offers that kind of experience.
Tell me a little known fact about you or talk about what you like to do outside of work.
I enjoy my family, my friends and being outside.