Q. What kind of mental health care do you offer?
A. I’m a medical doctor (MD) who specializes in psychiatry and psychopharmacology. As such, I practice under a biological model of mental illness, and the evidence-based use of medications and psychotherapy to treat mental health disorders.
Q. Will you see me just for medications? I already have, or don’t feel like I need, a therapist.
A. Medication and psychotherapy are the two “pillars” of mental health treatment. Some patients prefer both, some one or the other. I can accommodate your specific requirements.
Q. Do you see children and adolescents? Geriatric patients?
A. I only see patients 18 years of age and older. There’s no upper age limit to the patients I treat, however, for very complex cases, I may refer to a geropsychiatric specialist.
Q. Do you take my insurance? Will my insurance cover you as an out-of-network provider?
A. I don’t take health insurance. I can provide documentation of services I provide (“a superbill”) that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. The amount your insurance company will reimburse to you is up to them. Ultimately, the patient is directly responsible for any fees not reimbursed by their insurance plan.
Q. Are you accepting new patients?
A. Yes. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all appointments are by video visit only.
Q. Do you have evening or weekend office hours?
A. Appointment times range from Monday – Friday, 8am to 4:30pm.
Q. Can you recommend someone else? I need a psychiatrist who takes my insurance/specializes in a specific area/has openings.
A. The San Diego Psychiatric Society has a list of psychiatrists in the area. Your insurance company can also provide referrals.
Q. I am not in the San Diego area. Can I work with you via Skype or phone?
A. Yes, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I am temporarily offering telepsychiatry (video visit) options. Because we will transition back to in-person appointments when the pandemic is over, I can only see patients who reside in the San Diego area. I do not do telephone appointments.
Q. Do you see couples? Families?
A. I don’t specialize in couples or family therapy, so there are better options than me. I may see individual family members at separate appointments.
Q. Do you work from a particular spiritual or religious perspective?
A. Religion and spirituality inform one’s goals and values, which are essential elements of constructing the best treatment plan. I generally consider religious or spiritual practice to be a protective factor for one’s mental health. I don’t encourage or discourage any specific practice for my patients.
Q. Are you friendly to LGBT patients and issues?
A. Yes. I will treat your sexual orientation, identity, or LGBT specific issue with sensitivity.