Treatment philosophy

I use mainstream, evidence-based medical/psychiatric treatments that have been validated through the use of double-blind controlled medical studies. Accordingly, I seldom employ “alternative” medical treatments, and never as an initial therapy. Alternative medical treatments typically have not been as well validated through the use of such double-blind controlled medical studies.

Additionally, I generally do not prescribe addicting medications because of legitimate concerns about the risk of abuse or dependence. These include stimulants, benzodiazepine-like “tranquilizers” or “sleeping pills,” and opioid (“painkiller”) medications. There are also risks of worsening of anxiety or depression with the use of some of these medications. Those patients absolutely insistent on the use of these medications should seek a different physician so as to avoid mutual frustration.

My staff and I strive at all times to treat all patients with respect and courtesy. In return, we will expect the same from all our patients. If you are unable to do this, I will be happy to assist you in finding a new physician.

My main goal is to provide the best, most appropriate treatment I can for you, as far into the future as I realistically can. In addition to being well-trained and highly experienced, I keep up-to-date clinically by attending continuing medical education conferences, as well as doing other continuing medical education.

My second goal is in helping to train the next generation of physicians in learning to provide higher quality psychiatric treatment for patients. As a way to give back to the community, I participate in the resident physician training program administered by Trios Health. Residents work in my office for one to two months at a time as a part of their training in family practice or internal medicine. Patients are not compelled to see the resident, but obviously if all patients refuse, then the residents would not receive appropriate training.