EXPERIENCE

EXPERIENCE

Education:

The University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Arts in Biology, 1985

The University of Texas at Arlington, Graduate Studies, Physiology 1986

Texas A&M University College of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine, 1990

The University of Arizona, Tucson, Internship/Residency, Psychiatry 1994

Professional Experience:

Since becoming a psychiatrist I have spent many years working in the communities where I have lived,                       including several community based clinics and non-profit organizations in Tucson and San Diego, where I have lived since 1998.  Most recently I have worked as a consultant in San Diego,  providing psychiatric care to people from many socioeconomic backgrounds.  I have many years of experience treating very challenging psychiatric disorders including: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, chemical dependence and many others.  Over the course of 17 years of experience working in private practice, hospitals, and community based clinics, I have seen my share of people whose lives have been ravaged by mental illness. I feel comfortable in saying that I have seen the full spectrum of mental illness, though one can never say that one has seen it all. I am humbled by both the seriousness of psychiatric disorders and the resilience of those affected by it. I have approached the treatment of mental illness with an open mind, integrating biological and psychodynamic elements into my practice. I have also had the privilege of working with people from varied backgrounds (socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic) by having worked in a wide variety of settings. I have seen that the suffering that comes from psychiatric illness cuts through all barriers. I have come to understand that behind the diagnosis there is a human being who suffers.

Personal Experience:

While I gained knowldge in my training, I have also learned much from my own experience in therapy. I have found that it is extremely important for me to be able to let another see me from the outside in. It is only by doing this that I can see through my own psychological and emotional blind spots. I recommend psychotherapy because I have experienced first hand how important it has been in helping me become freer and less burdened by fear. It has allowed me to become and stay open to others and to living my own life in a compassionate way. While my training in psychiatry was very conventional, I have realized that there is much more to understanding a human being than I first thought. Because of this, I continue to be open to learning new experiences and different, perhaps better approaches to treating those who suffer from psychiatric illnesses.

Traveled Places:

I believe that traveling enriches our lives. I have had the privilege to have traveled to a number of places around the world. Here is a list of some of those places.
Ireland, England, Scotland, Greece, Portugal, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Turkey, Czech Republic, Austria, Hong Kong, Thailand, Morocco, Kenya, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Belize, Tahiti, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Cuba, throughout the United States and others.

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