I am a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience in general psychiatry. After obtaining BS and MS degrees from Stanford University I graduated from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons with honors. I subsequently completed my residency at the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and then did a Veterans Administration Research Fellowship and a Howard Hughes Physician Research Fellowship in Psychiatric Genetics at UCSF. I was an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine for 8 years and then joined the Kaiser Permanente Department of Psychiatry in San Francisco. While at Kaiser I founded and directed a regional program to provide ketamine therapy to patients with treatment resistant depression (TRD). This exciting therapy has been FDA approved for intranasal delivery (Spravato) but is also very effective when delivered IV/IM or as an oral medication in conjunction with psychotherapy. In addition to comprehensive medication management with traditional agents, I may offer oral ketamine-assisted psychotherapy to appropriate patients with TRD.
I also enjoy treating patients with milder mood disorders who are seeking to minimize medication and to achieve optimum mental and physical wellness. I utilize a blend of psychotherapies drawing from positive psychology, peak performance psychology and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. I also help you with lifestyle modifications to enhance well-being including managing the use of technology, exercise, nutrition, mindfulness and building community.
Doctor of Medicine, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
Master of Science, Biology, Stanford University
Bachelor of Science, Microbiology, Stanford University
Psychiatry Residency, University of California San Francisco
VA Research Fellowship, University of California San Francisco