I am a native Texan. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Microbiology at Texas A&M University in College Station and received my medical degree from The University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio. I was elected to the prestigious Alpha Omega Medical Honor Society and received the Distinguished Holt Leadership Award for excellence in leadership. I became licensed to practice medicine in the state of Texas in 1994. I completed my internship and residency in Adult Psychiatry at The University Health Science Center at San Antonio where I received Outstanding Recognition during my residency and was the recipient of the Pfizer Outstanding Resident Award.
Directly out of residency I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University Health Science Center at San Antonio where I was co-director of the Behavioral Science and Psychopathology courses for medical students. I was an attending physician at the University of Texas Health Mood Disorder Clinic and Psychotherapy Service. At UT Health Psychiatry Department I worked in clinical research studying Alzheimer's Disease.
In 2001, I left academic medicine for private practice in which I managed part-time while also managing a household and children. From 2004 to 2012 I was active in pharmaceutical research and served as Prinicipal Investigator of numerous studies of psychopharmocological treatments in many psychiatric conditions including Major Depressive Disorder in children, adults, and seniors; Major Depression with Psychotic Features; Bipolar Disorder in children and adults; Generalized Anxiety Disorder; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; Sexual Dysfunction; Alzheimer's Disease; and Mild Cognitive Impairment.
In 2012, I left clinical research to concentrate on my patients in an outpatient practice setting where I began to utilize a balanced approach to treat the whole patient: body, mind, and spirit. I believe for treatment to be successful it is essential for the doctor and the patient to be honest, open-minded, and willing to engage in the treatment plan outlined together. I was an active member of the Physician's Health and Rehabilitation (PHR) Committee for the Bexar County Medical Society (BCMS) from 2011 until 2019. I seek to promote recovery in the medical community as well as with the patients I treat.
In 2020, I started, CrazyTruth a mental health blog in order to promote education and understanding of mental illness and the medical and holistic treatments available. Visit my blog at CrazyTruth.org
Visit my mental health blog to learn more about the balanced approach to incredible Mental Health. Here you can learn how the Body-Mind-Spirit connection effects your thoughts, feelings, and actions!