"I enjoy helping patients feel better, decreasing stigma, and increasing education and awareness about issues in mental health."
Board certified Psychiatry
I chose psychiatry because of its intersection with neuroscience, philosophy, culture, and the law. (Before I became a psychiatrist, I earned a Ph.D. studying the genetics of serotonin signaling in a small roundworm, C. elegans, and then did postdoctoral work in human genetics). I enjoy helping patients feel better, decreasing stigma, and increasing education and awareness about issues in behavioral health. Joining Kaiser Permanente has allowed me to work in an integrated system where I can help patients and other behavioral health providers—as well as my colleagues from other medical disciplines. I believe that our attention to evidence-based medicine and clinical outcomes make this the best place to practice and receive care. I see all adult patients who present to Behavioral Health Services, and also have an extra knack for treatment-resistant mood disorders. I work hard to deliver health care that I would expect and hope for a family member to receive.
I was born in Texas, but spent most of my childhood in Southern California. I’m married and have family living here in the Northwest as well as back in California.
Among the ways I stay happy and healthy are: eating healthy, walking and cycling, and spending time with family. Other pursuits I enjoy include reading (twentieth-century history, popular cosmology, and science fiction), camping, and traveling.