Hello. Welcome to Mystic Mandala Medicine! My name is Kayse Budd, and it is a joy to introduce you to my practice.
Formally, I am a traditionally-trained allopathic physician and board-certified psychiatrist, but I am also quite a bit more than that. Fundamentally, I am a healer. Also, a teacher and an artist. My work is an attempt to blend all that I am into an ever-evolving, diversely creative dance of service and connection. In general, the majority of my practice is heart-centered psychotherapy, comprehensive mind-body-spirit wellness consultations, and integrative health/wellness coaching. But, I do also offer professional mentorship, spiritual mentorship, custom retreats/workshops, and stand-alone astrology readings. I have been a dedicated seeker and student my entire life, and I have been fortunate enough to amass expertise in a fairly wide range of useful modalities: herbal medicine, whole foods nutrition, yoga, meditation, art therapy, dance therapy, energy medicine, astrology, mind-body medicine, multiple types of psychotherapy, sound healing, and a variety of indigenous healing techniques.
I am also a trained general practitioner. 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. As a result of extensive self-study and an excellent family medicine internship experience, I am knowledgeable about evidence-based integrative/natural approaches to both mental/emotional concerns and a wide variety of general medical issues. Thus, I am able to work in conjunction with patients' PCPs to address select physical problems in a very integrative fashion (particularly problems that have a mind-body or psychologic component, such as digestive issues, headaches, hormone imbalance, inflammation, energy levels, skin conditions/eczema, allergies, autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, Lyme/Epstein-Barr infection, etc.).
I am thrilled to have recently joined the staff of the world-renown Chopra Center at the La Costa Spa/Resort in Carlsbad, CA as their first-ever "Integrative Psychiatrist". All of my local/in-person sessions are now based out of the Center. Online or phone "telemedicine" sessions are also possible -- for clients located in CA, AZ, HI, WA, and CO, the states where I am licensed to practice telemedicine. Health/wellness/spiritual coaching and astrology readings are available for clients in other states/countries. (They just will not involve medical diagnosis/medical treatment.)
In terms of philosophy, I am pretty mystical. I believe that every person is simultaneously on an inner and an outer journey in life. 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 (such as those I have created to the left, on the homepage, and in various locations throughout this site).
In addition to my traditional credentials, I am a certified yoga & meditation instructor (with 15+ years teaching experience), practicing herbalist, and professional-level astrologer. Additionally, I have formal training in Reiki, Zero Balancing, CranioSacral Therapy, sound healing, art therapy, dance therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), nutrition, and multiple styles of meditation. I have studied indigenous healing methods in Peru, Mexico, Hawaii, Egypt, South Africa, Australia, Fiji, and New Zealand. I have been an adjunct faculty member of the University of Arizona Medical School since 2009, where I teach for the IMER (Integrative Medicine Elective Rotation)/Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (directed by Andrew Weil, MD) approximately twice a year. My classes are 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".
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 private practice. After leaving Tucson I had an EcoPsychology retreat 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, and special events across the west coast and throughout Hawaii.
I am super 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!