I was born and raised in the Midwest and attended the University of Colorado Boulder, double majoring in philosophy and biology. I returned to the Midwest to complete my medical degree but missed Colorado dearly and moved back to complete my internship and residency in adult psychiatry. During residency, I was promoted to the position of Chief Resident of Neuropsychiatry. After finishing training and practicing overseas in New Zealand, I returned to Colorado to complete a fellowship in forensic psychiatry. Prior to joining the wonderful team at Kaiser Permanente, I practiced adult and forensic psychiatry at Denver Health. I hold the academic position of Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. I am a strong advocate for individuals suffering from a mental illness and advocate in my past position as the President of the Colorado Psychiatric Society.
I feel that as a psychiatrist, I am a mental health consultant and teammate that works together with you to help you reach optimal wellness and mental health. My personal philosophy for patient care could be described as patient-centric and holistic in nature. I believe that you should be part of the medical decision-making process. Patients should be educated about their diagnosis and treatment options so that with their doctors and therapists they can become part of the process of healing and recovery. I also strongly believe in the biopsychosocial approach to mental health treatment. In other words, patients should be treated with biological, psychological, and social approaches to target their specific needs.
Besides the pleasure of getting to know and helping my patients, I enjoy spending quality time with my wife and children. We especially enjoy the mountains and take advantage of them by telemark skiing, snowboarding, white water kayaking, backpacking, and fly fishing – basically we enjoy it all. I personally enjoy world travel which gives me the opportunity to interact and learn about different cultures. In my spare time I also enjoy primitive arm chair philosophizing, reading, gardening and cooking.