I have always loved working with children and adolescents, whether it is on the playground, in  a homeless shelter, at a youth detention center, or in clinic. I have also long been intrigued by the workings of the mind and the intersection of the brain, mind, and behavior.  While attending Williams College majoring in Psychology and Biology, I conducted my undergraduate Psychology thesis research on ways narratives contribute to children’s emerging conceptualization of others. I obtained my MD degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. While in medical school, I decided to first pursue training in General Pediatrics; I believed that having a solid foundation in pediatrics would be invaluable in developing a comprehensive understanding of the spectrum of pediatric medical, emotional, and behavioral issues. Following medical school, I returned to the Bay Area to complete my pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland in Oakland, CA. While in residency, I continued to find myself drawn to mental health issues of children and adolescents. Pediatricians are often the first to address parents’ concerns about their children’s social and emotional health. According to the 2000 Surgeon General’s Report on mental health, one in five children and adolescents in the United States have a diagnosable mental health disorder. However, many pediatricians are frustrated by the insufficient residency training concerning these issues and inadequate office time and resources required to tackle these challenges. During my last year of pediatric residency, I was delighted to learn about the innovative, newly ACGME-approved fellowship programs integrating General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training, specifically designed for fully-trained pediatricians, as a way to help alleviate the national shortage of child psychiatrists. After becoming a board-certified pediatrician, I decided to further pursue one such program in Philadelphia, the Post Pediatrics Portal Psychiatry program, jointly sponsored by the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Prior to embarking on this fellowship, I worked as a general pediatrician for a year at North East Medical Services, a federally qualified health center providing comprehensive primary care to mostly monolingual Chinese-speaking immigrants in San Francisco’s Chinatown. My approach to assisting families who have concerns about their children’s social-emotional well being always begins with a careful and extended psychiatric evaluation over the course of several visits to establish a preliminary impression and formulation. This will then guide my treatment recommendations. I strongly believe in assessing each child, adolescent, and family in a comprehensive manner early in treatment, taking into account potential biological, psychological, and social factors that may contribute to current concerns, so that each can be addressed during the course of treatment. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, hiking, cooking, and exercising.