About me:

  • Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, Private practice in Redondo Beach
  • Staff Psychiatrist, UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Staff Psychiatrist at Connections (Wraparound program), Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services
  • Chair, Southern California Psychiatric Society (SCPS) Women's Committee
  • Clinical Instructor, Professional Staff Association at Harbor UCLA Medical Center
  • Staff Psychiatrist Representative, UCLA Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE)

Certifications:

  • Diplomate, Adult Psychiatry, Board certified American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Diplomate, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Board certified American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Memberships:

  • Professional Member of Selective Mutism Group-Childhood Anxiety Network
  • Member of SCPS Art of Psychiatric Medicine Committee
  • Member of American Psychiatric Association
  • Member of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Education/Training:

  • Fellowship: Harbor UCLA Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Residency: Loma Linda University General Psychiatry
  • Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
  • Undergraduate: UC San Diego, Animal Physiology and Neuroscience (B.S.) and Psychology (B.A.)

 


Other factoids: 

  • When I was kid, I wanted to be a doctor AND a poet when I grew up.
  • I am a feminist and have been active in women's organizations since I was a teen. 
  • I love Nature and believe it is the best medicine.
  • I love what I do and I do what I love for a living.

 

I am comprehensibly trained in all mood, anxiety and cognitive disorders.  I have a passion for empowering women, children, and the underpriviileged.  I specialize in working with college youth, transitional age youth and LGBTQQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex, asexual) youth.  I also have an interest in working with individuals who have Selective Mutism, Social Anxiety and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. 

I use an eclectic style of therapy that is based on principles of psychodynamic therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, play therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.  I also provide family-focused therapy for families with Schizophrenia and Bipolar Mood Disorder.  I use psychopharmacological treatment when it is indicated and abide by practice parameters of the APA and AACAP.