Background and Training
After graduating from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, I went to medical school at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Before specializing in psychiatry, I completed two years of family practice training at The Central Texas Medical Foundation. I then completed my psychiatry residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. After residency I became the medical director of The Eating Disorders Unit at The Menninger Clinic, affiliated with Baylor Medical Center in Houston, Texas. I also worked on the HOPE unit at Menninger which specializes in difficult to treat mood, psychotic and personality disorders. In 2008 I moved to Connecticut and worked as an attending psychiatrist at St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health in Westport. I later became director of the Substance Abuse detox unit at St.Vincent’s.
Throughout this time I maintained work in private practice, and individual psychotherapy has been the “first love” of my career. Helping people through difficult times, encouraging them to change lifelong patterns, using medication if necessary, and seeing the improvements in my patients brings me great satisfaction.
When meeting a client for the first time, I evaluate a person’s phase of life, medical conditions, environmental stressors, diet, family dynamics, genetic history and core beliefs about themselves. While medication has its place in treatment, I am just as likely to see a patient for weekly therapy, recommend nutritional supplements, or suggest significant lifestyle changes (often a combination of the above!)
During treatment, I follow closely with my patients and am available via phone or email.