I grew up in upstate New York, and my family moved to the Midwest when I was a teenager. In college at Washington University in St. Louis, I double-majored in Biology and Psychology, as I have long been fascinated by why people think, feel, and act the way they do. I stayed at Washington University for medical school, and as a med student I found the most satisfaction working with children and their families. Thus, I feel fortunate that I was able to pursue a career in child and adolescent psychiatry since it combines so many of my interests.
After medical school, I did my internship at Stanford Hospital and completed my general and child/adolescent psychiatry residencies at the University of Washington in Seattle.
I have a holistic view of mental health and believe that wellness goes beyond just choosing the right medication. Using a collaborative approach to working with my child and adolescent patients and their families, I strive to help everyone make informed decisions on treatment by providing the best available information based on scientific evidence. Some of my clinical interests include mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, the effects of exercise, and parent-teen relationship issues.
I am excited to be a part of BACA, and I look forward to not only working with families and colleagues, but also helping to further BACA’s mission of improving the quality of mental health care.
Having lived in many parts of the county, I feel fortunate to now call the Bay Area my home. I enjoy hiking, running, cooking, and cheering for the 49ers.