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It was through my early interactions with pediatricians as a child that I first became interested in medicine. I will never forget the lasting impact of a simple smile or a few empathic words from my doctor. These early memories continue to serve as the foundation to why and how I practice medicine today. During my first introduction to psychiatry in medical school, I was immediately drawn to this field where these patient-doctor interactions are crucial.
I believe in a comprehensive approach to the practice of psychiatry. While in medical school at Harvard, I was introduced to the concept of thinking "outside of the box" and exploring all options when approaching medical issues. As a psychiatrist, I look not only at a member's mental health, but also how one's mental health is affected by other medical issues. In addition, I believe the key to effectively addressing psychiatric issues lies not only in medication, but also in addressing additional contributors, such as environmental and social factors. To me, every member is unique, and I encourage members' active participation in their care. I believe in working in collaboration with each member to come up with an individualized treatment plan.
I thrive through my relationships. Friends and family are extremely important to me. I come from a close-knit family, and I have known most of my friends since childhood. My relationships help keep me grounded and focused on what is important in life.