Welcome to my Kaiser Permanente Web page. I hope you will find it useful to learn more about my credentials and get to know me better. It is very important that you feel comfortable with the psychiatrist who may be treating you or your loved ones.
I have spent the majority of my life in Southern California. While at UCLA, I studied psychobiology and Spanish literature, and I spent time abroad in Costa Rica. I later began medical school at UC San Diego and made the move to Seattle for my general psychiatry residency. Because I also enjoyed working with children and parents on pediatrics rotations, I elected to pursue a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Despite the enjoyable times in the Pacific Northwest, my family and I decided to relocate back to the land of sunshine!
I am thankful for the opportunity to get to know and understand members, and I strive to maintain positive alliances with them. I also take seriously the value of listening and working collaboratively on treatment plans. I work with children, adolescents, and adults. My added training in child and adolescent psychiatry has helped me better understand that early life experience and learning can impact mental health symptoms across the lifespan.
I stay healthy by ensuring that my life is balanced. I have fortunately pursued fulfilling work, and at the end of the day, I make efforts to prioritize things that contribute to well-being. These include good food, good company, and good sleep. It also means letting go of the little things and pursuing a spontaneous interest here and there. While I have always enjoyed music, traveling, cooking, and art, living in the Pacific Northwest opened my eyes to a realm of new interests, including skiing, fishing, and hiking.