Prior to medical school I worked as a yoga instructor for children and adults, a kids sports and fitness camp director, and a middle school soccer coach. I have always loved encouraging and interacting positively with children and adolescents, and feel truly privileged to be a child psychiatrist working with families at the Wholeness Center. I decided to pursue a career in medicine during a trek in Nepal, largely as a result of the incredibly resilient and vibrant children I met in the small villages along the way. I treat adults as well as children, but I have a special interest in family therapy, which is naturally incorporated into the treatment of children and adolescents. My other special interests within psychiatry include addictions, cultural psychiatry, and of course, child and adolescent psychiatry (with a particular passion for working with adolescent females and self-esteem, adolescent substance abuse, and eating disorders).
During my medical training, I gained experience with complementary and alternative modalities including osteopathic manipulative medicine, cranial therapy, and holistic approaches to illnesses, both physical and mental, with a focus on restoring wellness. As an osteopathic physician, I keep these osteopathic principles at the core of my practice: “the person is a unit of body, mind, and spirit”, and “the body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance”. My goal in working with children and families is to provide tools to increase balance and wellness, so that the body and mind can self-heal.
On a personal note, I enjoy family (especially playing and laughing with my young daughter), skiing and snowboarding, playing soccer, dancing, and practicing yoga.
College: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Medical School: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine – California
Internship: Long Beach Medical Center – New York
Psychiatric Residency: University of Hawaii
Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Fellowship: University of Hawaii