by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Enjoying the Good Life

Ten years ago, Kelly and Douglas Lee moved to the Carmel Valley neighborhood of Pacific Highlands Ranch and immediately felt right at home. “We relocated here when I got a job at the University of California San Diego. We have seen this family-friendly community grow and mature over the years. Living in a community where education, culture, and social engagement are valued is important to us,” revealed Kelly. Douglas, Kelly, and their eight-year-old son Travis love their proximity to great schools, parks, beaches, dining, and shopping.

family_lee4Kelly and Douglas also feel strongly about serving the local San Diego community they cherish. Douglas is a dentist and owns Radiant Smiles, a practice in 4S Ranch. He is proud to provide quality dental care to members of the community. As a board-certified psychiatric pharmacist and professor and associate dean at the UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kelly sees patients in the adult ADHD clinic. She also volunteers her time advocating for patients with mental illness through several local organizations, including the San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council.

Kelly and Douglas met in San Francisco where, according to Kelly, they were set up on a blind date. They fell in love quickly and were married within a year. Both Kelly and Douglas were born in South Korea and grew up in the United States as immigrants. “While we have lived in the U.S. most of our lives, we try to instill the traditions and values of our culture in Travis,” related Kelly. Traveling and learning about other regions is also extremely important to the Lees. They take one big family trip each year in addition to several weekend outings. The Lees count Hawaii, Chicago, Park City, and Portland among their favorite destinations.


Playing tennis as a family is another beloved pastime of the Lee family. “Douglas and I both played tennis in high school and hope to pass on the love of the sport to Travis,” stated Kelly. So far they have succeeded in this endeavor as Travis currently plays tennis at the Bay Club. Travis, who is in second grade at Solana Ranch Elementary School, also enjoys ice skating, reading, writing, and building Legos. He recently added playing electric guitar into the mix. “He is involved in the Rock Star music program and had the opportunity to perform at the House of Blues,” said Kelly proudly.

Parents: Douglas and Kelly Lee
Child: Travis Lee (8)
Community: Pacific Highlands Ranch
Parents’ Hometowns: Douglas – Huntington Beach; Kelly – Garden Grove
Parents’ Occupations: Douglas – Dentist; Kelly – Professor and Psychiatric Pharmacist
Favorite Places to Visit in Carmel Valley: The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, Solana Ranch Park, Carmel Valley Library, Bay Club