Prior to entering the field of medicine, I majored in Classical Languages and Literature at Barnard College, from which I graduated with a BA Summa Cum Laude in 1982. I then completed the rigorous pre-medical program at Columbia University School of General Studies. I obtained my medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York City in 1989. I did a transitional internship at St. Vincent’s Medical Center and completed training in psychiatry at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute in 1993. I spent an additional year there as a post-residency fellow in Community and Public Psychiatry in 1993-1994. My years at Columbia provided me with a profound exposure to the entire range of mental health treatments for all conditions and ages. I had extensive instruction and supervision in diverse methods such as long-term dynamic psychotherapy, cognitive therapy, family and systems therapies, psychiatric pharmacology, research skills, administration of mental health services, the management of psychiatric emergencies, and more. I remained on voluntary faculty of the Public Psychiatry Fellowship at Columbia from 1994 - 2003, where I taught and supervised psychiatry trainees. I am indebted to, and remain in communication with, many mentors and colleagues at Columbia who are some of the nation’s top experts in psychiatry.
After completing a fellowship in Public Psychiatry, I relocated to the Hudson Valley. From 1994 - 2004 I was the Medical and Clinical Director for Ulster County Mental Health Services, where I provided oversight for the entire county mental health service system. I was recognized for my energetic contributions to quality of care by patients, families, clinical staff, as well as by county and community leaders. In 2004 I changed course and opened my private practice. My years of experience as a clinical administrator inform my approach in many ways. I hold myself accountable regarding treatment outcomes, and I network extensively with colleagues to address the range of needs for my patients.
I obtained Board Certification in General Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1995 and maintain my recertification status through frequent participation in continuing education and self assessment activities.Curriculum Vitae