Thank you for your interest in my background and credentials. I have been in practice since 1997. I earned a BS in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I graduated from medical school from the University of Illinois in Peoria IL and received my MD degree which qualifies me as a General Practitioner. I went on to successfully complete a four year residency in Psychiatry from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis MO at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 1997. This residency program is among the top 25 programs in the nation. Immediately after residency I relocated to Phoenix and I have been practicing here ever since. I take several hours of continuing education every year in order to stay on top of the latest trends and treatments in my field.
I have worked with the State of Arizona Mental Health Services which was at the time under the management of "Value Options". During this time, I worked with the severely mentally ill with an ACT team consisting of a group of social workers, disability assistants, and Registered Nurses. Our goal was to treat the patients' illnesses and get them re-integrated with society so they could live fulfilling lives and enjoy a life outside of the traditional in-patient hospital domain that used to be the norm with this patient population.
I have worked in several private groups and have practicing psychiatry in Scottsdale and Phoenix since 2001. I enjoy the team approach to healing because it allows my clients to benefit from the professionalism of several practitioners instead of one doctor attempting to be all things to all people. Therefore, I work closely with other medical specialists (i.e. Gynecologists, Neurologists, Dermatologists, etc.), Psychologists, Social Workers, Nutritionists as well as Primary Care Physicians and clergy.
On a personal note, I am happily married, very involved in the community and ministry work through my church. I believe in living a balanced life of integrity and truth which is essential to living a healthy fruitful life.