I have learned the “patient is the book” and am constantly learning from my patients. I have been working in the area of eating disorders and have had the opportunity to work both inpatient and outpatient settings. I feel there is a real need in Oro Valley for geriatric psychiatry. I have been living in a retirement community for 20 years and have insight into the issues that go along with aging. I also had the privilege of being with my parents both as a daughter and a caretaker.
My patients know they are my main priority and I am willing to listen to their concerns and those of their family. I was very protective of my parents and their medical well-being was a challenge even though I have the knowledge base. I want to give my patients every opportunity to enjoy their retirement years.
I do not like to give someone a psychiatric diagnosis without first making sure they are eating and sleeping. Then I can better assess their mood and cognition. It takes a team to help people live to their potential and we have that at Oro Valley Hospital. I will be able to see my patients (55 years and above) on the inpatient unit and then follow them in an outpatient setting.
When I am not working, I enjoy tennis, pickle ball, golf and my two dogs Punim and Shekel.