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.
Education & Training:
Molokai High & Intermediate School
Stanford University, B.A. in history
University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, M.D.
Stanford University Medical Center, Intern, 1 year
University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, Resident in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, 4 years
After my training, I worked as a psychiatrist in various settings on both Oahu and Molokai. Currently, I live and practice psychiatry on Oahu. I am especially passionate about helping teens work through complex emotional issues with behavioral manifestations, gender and/or sexuality issues, abuse of all types, and/or family conflicts, to improve their self-worth, relationships, decision-making, 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.