psychiatry education san diegoEducation:

University of California, San Diego

Residency, Psychiatry
1986 – 1989

I was fortunate to spend the fourth year of my residency at the UCSD Psychiatric Residency Program working with the psychiatric component of the VA’s Pain Clinic & Rehabilitation. This rewarding experience engendered an intimate knowledge of pain and somatoform disorders that has been carried forth into ongoing positive practice patterns, especially as pain disorders and their treatments have become a national hot topic.


St Mary Medical Center, Long Beach, CA

Internship, Internal Medicine
1985 – 1986


University of California, Los Angeles, Geffen School of Medicine

M.D., Medicine
1981 – 1985

Activities and Societies: Medical School Yearbooks, Editor & Photographer


University of California, San Diego

B.A, Biology
1976 – 1980

Activities and Societies: Senior Year Abroad, St. Andrews University, Scotland; Received honors in Psychology.
UCSD- A Founder & First Sworn President of the First Sorority on Campus- Sigma Kappa with continued member activity years following; Member of the Triton Newspaper, Freshman Year; Intramural Waterpolo 3 years; Pre-Med Club

Skills & Expertise

  • Integrative Psychiatry
  • Herbal & Nutraceutical Approaches
  • Addictions (Drug, Alcohol, Food, Sexual, Gambling)
  • Suboxone Treatment
  • Gastric Bypass Consults
  • Medical Staff Administration
  • Team Building, Corporate & Medical
  • Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT)
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Dialetical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Relaxation Therapies
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Mood Disorders
  • Neurotransmitter Testing
  • Genetic Testing
  • Adult ADHD Diagnosis & Treatment
  • PMS Treatment
  • Postpartum Disorders Diagnoses & Treatment
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Light Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder & Depression
  • Consultation Liaison Psychiatry
  • Evidence-based Medicine
  • Pain Management-Integrated Treatment
  • Forensic Psychiatry-Expert Witness