About Me

Professional


Certification/Licensure

  • Diplomate of American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Psychiatry)
  • Diplomate of American Board of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • California Medical License
  • DEA controlled substance certification
  • Special Certification for Family Based Treatment (FBT) of Anorexia Nervosa in adolescents -- conferred by the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders
  • TEAM Therapy training
  • Adjunct Faculty and Therapy Supervisor for psychiatric residents of San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

Education/Training

  • Stanford University/Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
    • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
    • Designated Community Track Fellow
  • San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services
    • Internship and General Psychiatry Residency
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine
    • M.D. Medicine
    • Combined Accelerated Program in Psychiatry
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County
    • B.A. Psychology with minor in Biology and a concentration in Biopsychology

Recent Awards/Honors

  • Eugene B. Brody Award for Excellence in Psychotherapy
  • American Psychiatric Association Public Psychiatry Fellowship Award
  • APA Council on Children and Families (2010)
  • APA Steering Committee for Practice Guideline of Major Depressive Disorder (2009)
  • APA Council on Adult Psychiatry (2009)

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Personal


family

Psychiatric and psychotherapeutic training teach that a doctor or therapist should be a "blank slate". Research, however, shows that relationships are at the core of both personal happiness and successful treatment outcomes. I don't believe in blank slate treatment. You probably won't be lying on my couch. We will probably share equally in our conversations. There will be little about our interaction that is mystical or stereotypical. Instead, I offer a modern approach to therapy and treatment in general. For me to ask of us to get in the trenches and work together collaboratively, we need to erase the power dynamics that get in the way. In that spirit, I don't hide my personality in sessions. I don't hide my interests or my experiences either. Despite this, certainly you will be the main focus in sessions. The goal of this unusual transparency and self-disclosure is to let you know who you're working with so you can more comfortably go to those difficult places with me, which is where change happens.

My wife and I were raised on the East Coast. We have lived in the Peninsula since 2007. My wife is a high school teacher and is involved in other capacities with the youth of our community.

We have a young family with a couple of kids. We live in Burlingame and I've come to understand the benefits and specific challenges of raising children in the Peninsula. I choose to work here because I hope to have a positive influence in my community. It is common to see people with whom I've worked as we walk around town. It's a pleasure to live and work in the same place, and to see people doing well in the community after overcoming some personal hardship.

I enjoy sports and played them competitively throughout my youth. My free time is often spent exercising, rooting on my hometown sports teams, building or fixing something in the garage, or relaxing with friends. I strongly believe in the benefits of possessing a growth mindset. I love to learn, so at any given time I'm probably getting into something new.