Kaiser Permanente physician
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I am originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador. However, my paternal grandfather is Swiss, hence my last name. I moved to New York City along with my family when I was 5 years old. Fortunately, we always spoke Spanish at home, and it has been tremendously helpful in my career to be bilingual. Living in New York helped me appreciate the diversity of cultures and the importance of communication. I chose to study medicine in Puerto Rico, both to strengthen my Spanish and to once again challenge myself by living in a different culture. I entered the field of psychiatry because it requires that I treat the heart, mind, and spirit of my patients. I completed my psychiatry residency and child/adolescent psychiatry fellowship at New York Medical College/St. Vincent’s Hospital and the Westchester Medical Center in New York.
I work at Kaiser Permanente’s Health Education and Psychiatry Offices at Wateridge Office Park as both an adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist. We have a wonderful team of psychologists, social workers, and nurses here who work closely with me to provide comprehensive mental health care. I view myself as a sort of coach—managing my patients’ needs and helping them organize an individually tailored treatment plan. It’s my philosophy to educate people about their diagnosis and treatment options. I’m very passionate about teaching, and oftentimes you will find me drawing things out for you and ensuring that you have written instructions.
Working for Kaiser Permanente allows me to create a good balance between making time for my work, my family, and myself. When I’m home, I challenge myself to eat right and exercise. My approach is to make it fun and simple. I love to just go out and speed walk, getting my heart rate up while enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.