CURRENT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Scripps Hospitals, Department of Psychiatry, San Diego, California - 2002-Present
I am on staff at four Scripps Hospitals throughout San Diego County (Encinitas, La Jolla, Mercy, and Chula Vista) providing consultation and liaison services including psychological and diagnostic evaluations with patients in the emergency departments, medical floors, and intensive care units. I frequently consult a variety of healthcare professionals including physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, therapists, and social workers regarding psychological, psychiatric, and therapeutic interventions and dispositions. I also collaborate with other hospitals, clinics, drug & alcohol programs, county mental health facilities, and police departments surrounding patient care. Thus, I am intimately familiar with a variety of treatment options and resources throughout San Diego County, working closely with patients and their families facilitating a wide range of treatment options.
Private Practice, Encinitas, California - 2001-Present
I also maintain a clinical and consulting psychology practice providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families, and groups. Please refer to the services section for futrher details on my psychotherapy and consulting practice.
Finally, I have a long martial arts background including practicing and teaching Shaolin Chi Kung (which simultaneously yet effortlessly incorporates Zen training, please see section on Zen for further details). I am not currently teaching martial arts or Kung Fu, nor will actual Chi Kung forms necessarily be part of most of psychotherapy, but learning and practicing mindfulness (Zen) skills such as loving kindness towards oneself and others, smiling from your heart, thankfulness, forgiveness, humility, tolerating discomfort, not battling with yourself over believing you should be somewhere or something different, presence, guilt-free pleasure...just to name a few, are foundational and instrumental in one's overall health. Hence, will be woven into most encounters. Don't worry, you won't even know it's happening :)
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Concierge Medicine
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Center on Aging, San Francisco, California
Kaiser Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, San Rafael, California
Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI), San Francisco, California
California Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC), Berkeley, California
Comprehensive Child Crisis Service, San Francisco, California
Haight Ashbury Psychological Services (HAPS), San Francisco, California
College Hospital, Costa Mesa, California
CPC Hospitals, Santa Ana & Laguna Hills, California
Pepperdine University Clinic, Orange County Campus, California
Pilgrimage Family Therapy Center, Laguna Hills, California
Orange County Youth and Family Services, Orange County, California
Harbor View Adolescent Center, Long Beach, California
Doctor of Psychology, 2002
Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, 1995
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 1992
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) in 1992. During my undergraduate years, I furthered my interests in psychology, philosophy, and martial arts, beginning my initial clumsy attempts integrating East-West perspectives on life and healthcare.
I then pursued my graduate education and training in the clinical psychology graduate program at Pepperdine University, which is considered a leading school in conventional psychology. Upon earning my Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, I opted to transfer my education and further pursue my doctoral training at the School of Professional Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, which is considered a pioneer for East-West Psychology. Both Pepperdine and CIIS are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). During both graduate programs and clinical training, I've totaled over 8,000 supervised hours and consider myself humbled to receive such an extensive and varied training experience shaping my current understanding that no one culture has a monopoly on the truth.
Black Belt in Shaolin Chuan Fa, also known as Kempo.
Certified by Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit, of Malaysia, to teach Shaolin Kung Fu, Chi Kung, and Zen.
Time with family; martial arts (specifically Shaolin Kung Fu, Chi Kung and Zen); surfing, snowboarding, tennis, golf, hiking, camping, and mountain biking; reading and writing non-fiction; playing guitar; and tinkering with technology.