I was born and raised in San Diego, California, before traveling to the east coast and midwest for my undergraduate and medical school training, respectively. I have always had an interest in psychology, how humans think and why we behave the way we do, and received my B.A. in Psychology at Yale University. Additionally, I always knew that I wanted to work with children and took advantage of several opportunities to teach and volunteer with children during my undergraduate years, as well as completing an internship at the Yale Child Study Center during my junior year of college. I then entered medical school at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. During my medical training, I sought opportunities to connect with patients and understand their illnesses from their perspectives. I was interested not only in the medical details of the illness, but also in how it was impacting their daily life and the lives of those closest to them. These experiences further solidified my decision to go into psychiatry. What I love about psychiatry is the value placed on the interpersonal interaction between patient and physician and the importance of relating to the whole person, including their thoughts and emotions – things that can’t be viewed under a microscope or measured with a laboratory test. I appreciate the complexity of psychiatry and recognize that it’s not as simple as prescribing a medication to eradicate a symptom. I consider it a privilege to be able to listen to families’ stories, work with them through life’s challenging situations, and acknowledge and celebrate their joys and successes.
I completed my general psychiatry residency at the University of California San Francisco and my child and adolescent psychiatry training at Stanford, where I gained experience working with underserved populations, in high school settings, and with teenage mothers. While I have treated a variety of psychiatric diagnoses, I have specific interests in adolescent depression and early psychosis. I enjoy group therapy and am always inspired by how supportive patients can be of one another and also how much they can learn from one another. Due to my strong interest in psychotherapy, I am currently pursuing further therapy training through the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute.
I am excited to be a part of the team at BACA, where all of the staff are so dedicated to serving children and families, creating a dynamic and collaborative environment for clinicians and patients alike. I began working in the BACA San Jose clinic as the IOP Medical Director in 2013 and took on the position of IOP Medical Director of the BACA Oakland branch in 2014. I continue to see oupatients in both the BACA San Jose and Oakland clinics.
In my free time away from work, I enjoy hiking with my dog, Ripley, performing in a choir in San Francisco, going to Giants and 49ers games, and spending quality time with family and friends.