About me, and about my practice

In my practice, I specialize in issues that emerging adults encounter. My patients in their late teens, 20s, 30s, and up, most often seek treatment for anxiety, OCD, depression, bipolar, ADHD, alcohol or drugs, and eating disorders.

My private practice is close to the Houston Galleria. For nearly 20 years, I treated college and graduate students at the University of Houston. A graduate of Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, I trained at Timberlawn Psychiatric Center, a program specializing in psychodynamic psychotherapy. I taught as clinical associate professor at Southwestern, as volunteer faculty of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and at the University of Houston.

I was president of the Houston Psychiatric Society, secretary of the national Mesorah Society, chair of the Medical Advisory Committee to Mental Health Mental Retardation, and president of Phi Delta Epsilon medical fraternity. I earned board certification in general and forensic psychiatry.

Honors include Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, awarded for "truly outstanding physicians who not only have achieved distinction in special areas, but whose depth and scope of knowledge and breadth of skills and interests are recognized and highly respected," according to the presenters.

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Speaking engagements include the American College Health Association, American College of Forensic Psychiatry, the Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the citywide vigil for Mental Awareness Week, the Houston Psychological Association, Veterans Administration, NAMI, family groups, attorney conferences, law enforcement, and court managers.

I am a participating physician in the Center for Performing Arts Medicine, the official provider for the Houston Symphony and Houston Ballet.

Click here for New York Times news service article on the University of Houston clinic.
Click here for another article about my work with college students.