I grew up in the Midwest. I was inspired by my father to be a psychiatrist; he was a psychiatrist and from an early age we had many conversations about science and human behavior. I attended Oklahoma State University for my medical training, and I completed my psychiatry residency at Oregon Health Science University (OHSU). After graduation I joined the faculty at OHSU for twelve years as an inpatient attending physician, teaching and supervising medical students and residents. I also conducted clinical research and was Medical Director of the OHSU Intercultural Psychiatry Program.
I enjoy being part of the Department of Mental Health here at East Interstate Medical Office. We have a great group of people who work here. Though the focus of my practice is psychopharmacology and medication management, I have a holistic approach towards psychiatric problems, emphasizing healthy habits, good sleep and structure. I enjoy collaborating and coordinating care with my colleagues. This team centered approach is helpful in dealing with a broad range of mental health problems. My practice is evidence based; I seek to find the most effective and lowest doses of medications in treatment. I am an advocate of balanced living and relaxation techniques to compliment the use of medications.
Away from work, I have more interests than I have time. I enjoy nature and getting out in the woods and away to the beach. I like to read, especially obscure and old books. And I try to walk every day for exercise. I spend most of my time with my family; we love to bike together.