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Professional Statement

  • I have worked with children since 1988 in critical care. My first psychiatry kids were residential 13 to 18 year olds who had an array of mood disorders and addiction issues. The private practice that sprang from that was on the border of a major university and a patient population aged 13 to 25. Soon, the referrals expanded all the way into the 60's.
  • Previously my clients have clustered into 3 or 4 groups:
  • "Moody Teenagers": The task to determine the source (depression, anxiety; school, social or family issue). "Chronic Pain": Anesthesiologist prior to psychiatry. Benzodiazapine or alcohol dependent clients who wish to end their use (History in pain clinic, addiction medicine background and psychiatry). Gay adolescents and adults (Very intolerant, conservative southern city; I became known as an LGBT friendly therapist).
  • I am board certified in Psychiatry and Anesthesiology and my certification by the American Society of Addiction Medicine led to board certification in Addiction Medicine. I was a pediatric anesthesiologist until 1996. My experience brings a blending of pediatric critical care, addiction medicine and psychodynamic training to my psychiatric practice.


  • Medical School - University of Tennessee, Memphis
  • East Tennessee State University, Residency in Psychiatry
  • University of Tennessee, Residency in Anesthesiology
  • University of Louisville, Fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesiology

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • American Board of Anesthesiology
  • American Board of Addiction Medicine
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)

Language Spoken

  • English