As a board-certified general and child/adolescent psychiatrist, I provide inpatient care to young and school-aged children. I also see children and adolescents in my outpatient clinic. Helping my patients face life’s challenges is what draws me to this field. I also love to work with the child’s family and positively impact so many lives simultaneously.
In medical school, I was eager to pursue a field where patients make you a part of the story of their lives and give you a chance to make a difference in how it plays out. It was with this desire that I joined my psychiatry residency at Cleveland Clinic. During this time, my interaction with children and adolescent patients made the biggest impression on me and inspired me to advocate for those who need the most help.
Since I see many children with a history of abuse and neglect in my practice, I believe in providing trauma-informed care. Trauma has long-lasting effects on physical and mental health, so it’s important to acknowledge the impact of trauma and the patient's life experiences when delivering effective care. The vision of our child inpatient units is to provide safe, stable and nurturing care. I like to use a collaborative, multidisciplinary, trauma-informed care approach towards this vision and goal.
I enjoy spending my free time traveling and being with my family. I also like to read books and watch movies.
Assistant Professor, UC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience