Assessment and Treatment
I work with patients age 17 and older with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety disorders such as panic disorder or social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, bulimia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mood-related issues around menopause, grief, and identity or relational/family conflicts along with LGBTQ-related issues.
Medication can be life-saving for patients who have many of these disorders, but treatment recommendations may also include psychotherapy, exercise, increased socialization, nutritional changes, reducing alcohol or drug use, yoga, meditation or limiting screen time. As a psychiatrist/MD, I attempt to rule out possible contributing medical factors such as thyroid, pulmonary, cardiac or neurologic disorders that may be masquerading as psychiatric symptoms.
Because our office is within blocks of the College of Charleston, about a third of my patients have been college students. It has been a pleasure to help them through an often-difficult developmental stage using psychotherapy, medication management or a combination of both.
I received my MD from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed my psychiatric residency at MUSC as well. I worked as a primary care psychiatry consultant at the Veterans Administration hospital for 2 ½ years before starting a private practice.