What can patients expect from you as a provider? My hope is to get to know my patients on a personal level, so we can work closely together to optimize their medications regimen while minimizing side effects. I also strongly recommend that psychotherapy be part of our overall approach to mental health as medications are but a tool to help with mood. With that in mind, coping skills and personal growth are the most vital to overall improvement in symptoms.
What do you specialize in?
- Eating disorders
- Developmental disorders
What makes you different as a provider? I have a unique background that helps me to better be able to focus on mental health in conjunction with lifestyle modifications and pharmaceutical interventions when other medical comorbidities are present.
How long have you lived in Southern California? I was born in Orange County and have lived in Southern California almost my entire life except for the times I was training in Arizona and Central California.
How would you describe your family? I have a large extended family with the majority living in Southern California who are awfully close and supportive of one another.
What sort of interests or hobbies do you have? I enjoy traveling and volunteering with the underserved locally and abroad. I enjoy hiking, singing, and spending time with friends and family particularly my husband and our two dogs.
Can you recommend five resources for your patients?
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Dial 1-800-273-8255 or visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org
- Access and Crisis Line: Phone: 888-724-7240 or go to https://www.optumsandiego.com/ Chat Services: https://www.omnidigital.uhc.com/sdchat/ Chat services available by computer, tablet, or smartphone Mon through Fri (4pm to 10 pm)
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): with chapters across the United States to support patients and their families with mental health conditions
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA): with chapters to support patients and families with mental health issues particularly depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder
- Mental Health America of San Diego County (MHA): providing training about how to approach mental health issues and family resources to strengthen relationships