Hello. Welcome to Mystic Mandala Medicine!
I am a traditionally-trained allopathic physician and board-certified psychiatrist. I am also a healer, teacher, & artist.
I practice creative, evidence-based integrative medicine.
I have been fortunate to amass expertise in a range of useful modalities over the course of my life: herbal medicine, nutrition, yoga, meditation, art therapy, dance therapy, energy medicine, astrology, mind-body medicine, multiple types of psychotherapy, sound healing, Ayurveda, and indigenous healing techniques.
My educational background includes a BS from Duke University, MD from the University of Michigan Medical School, Swedish Family Practice Internship (Seattle, WA), and the University of Arizona Psychiatry Residency. I joined the staff of the renown Chopra Center in Carlsbad, CA in 2017 as their first-ever "Integrative Psychiatrist". I also am on the general medical staff as a "Perfect Health Physician".
I call my work "spiral guidance" and my practice "Mystic Mandala Medicine" because the journey of personal spiritual growth or awakening is often symbolized by a spiral or mandala.
I have been an adjunct faculty member of the University of Arizona Medical School since 2009. I teach for the IMER (Integrative Medicine Elective Rotation)/Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (directed by Andrew Weil, MD). My classes have been attended by medical students and residents from around the country, and they cover some of my favorite topics -- "EcoPsychology", "Stress and Spirituality", "Art as Medicine", and "Holistic Approaches to Psychiatry".
Since moving to San Diego I have taught for the family medicine and psychiatry residency programs at UCSD.
I started my career in Tucson where I trained and then taught at the Canyon Ranch Spa. I also ran my own healing center for 3 years with multiple class offerings and a thriving holistic psychiatry practice. After leaving Tucson I had a nature-based EcoPsychology practice in Hawaii for several years, spent a ski season offering my services at the beautiful Peaks Spa in Telluride, Colorado, and facilitated numerous classes and workshops at healing centers, art schools, festivals, and events across the west coast and Hawaii.
I am excited about this new phase of my career in California and hope to see you in a session or event at the Chopra Center soon!