I've dedicated my life to understanding and caring for the mind. Childhood curiosity drew me to study at Cornell University, which ranged from the philosophy of mind to neurobiology of behavior. After studying neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania, I decided to attend medical school. Here, I fell in love with psychiatry because of my fascination with patients' stories and their unique ways of enduring them. I sought my graduate medical education at the Western Psychiatric Hospital of UPMC, one of the nation's largest and most renowned university-affiliated psychiatric hospitals.
As a board-certified psychiatrist who also provides psychotherapy, I received advanced training at the Pittsburgh and Columbia University Psychoanalytic Centers. Currently, I'm a psychiatric member of the American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis.
My practice is patient-centered and evidence-based. I believe very strongly in the power of the patient-doctor relationship. My clinical philosophy can be best described as an attempt to place a person's symptoms in the context of an understanding of them as an individual, considering their development, personality, and life narrative.
CERTIFICATION & LICENSURE
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
License, Medical Physician and Surgeon
PA State Board of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Cert., Transference-Focused Psychotherapy
Columbia University Psychoanalytic Center
Cert., Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center
M.D., with Honors in Psychiatry
Geisinger Commonwealth Medical College
Post-Baccalaureate Studies, Clinical Neuroscience
University of Pennsylvania
B.S., cum laude, Biological Sciences and Cognitive Studies