My parents had a traditional arranged marriage in Gujarat, India before immigrating to the United States of America. I am the first person on both sides of my family to be born in the states. And the first openly queer person.
I graduated from Molokai High & Intermediate School, then obtained my bachelor's degree in history at Stanford University. I earned a medical degree from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, and then completed five years of residency training in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry at Stanford University and the University of Hawaii. Immediately after residency, I worked as a psychiatrist on both Oahu and Molokai.
Currently, I live and practice psychiatry on Oahu. I am especially passionate about helping teens work through emotional issues, gender issues, sexuality issues, abuse of all types, and/or family conflicts, to improve their self worth, relationships, and moods. I also do family therapy to help resolve complicated family systems issues. In addition, I've led various teen groups- process therapy groups aimed at building interpersonal and assertiveness skills for depressed, anxious, and eating disordered teens, book discussion groups with incarcerated girls from all the Hawaiian islands, and safe sex psychoeducation groups with psychiatrically hospitalized teens.
When I'm not in the office, I'm probably hanging out with my spouse, two children, and dog. Or writing. If I'm not doing those things, you can find me climbing some lush Oahu mountain. Or head noddin' to some hip hop in my beat-up pickup truck.