What can patients expect from you as a physician? My treatment philosophy is to consider symptoms, medical conditions and social situation in determining whether medications are necessary. I encourage everyone to focus on obtaining daily exercise, not using alcohol or other substances, eating a healthy nutritious diet and being productive with their day.
What do you specialize in?
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Psychodynamic Therapy + Understanding how life stressors affect mental wellness.
What makes you different as a physician? As a physician I recognize that medications are not always the answer when one is struggling with mental wellness. It is important to understand how life stressors and personal expectations influence brain health. I am adamant that psychotherapy, healthy food and exercise be incorporated into a recovery plan for most individuals.
How long have you lived in Alaska and what brought you here? I moved to Alaska immediately after I finished my psychiatry residency, July 2011. I wanted to live somewhere that had ocean and mountains, a real winter with snow that sticks, and was ethnically diverse.
How would you describe your family? I am married with a son. We love living here and try to spend a lot of time together outside. Summers are filled with hiking, biking, picking wildflowers and fishing. Winters are for sledding and skiing. No matter the time of year, books fill our house.
What sort of interests of hobbies do you have? When I’m not working, you can usually find me with my son and standard poodle running, skiing or biking on the trail system. My favorite author is Robin Hobb. If you start with assassin's apprentice, you won’t be able to stop reading.
Can you recommend five resources for your patients?
- "50 Hikes in Alaska's Chugach State Park"
- "The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living" by Dalai Lama
- "An Unquiet Mind" by Kay Redfield Jamison
- "The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook" by Edmund Bourne
- "Stop Walking On Eggshells" by Paul T. T. Mason MS and Randi Kreger