I am the first person in my Gujarati immigrant family to be born in the United States of America. My parents had a traditional arranged marriage in Gujarat, India.
I graduated from Moloka'i High & Intermediate School, then obtained my bachelor's degree in history at Stanford University. I earned a medical degree from the University of Hawai'i 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 Hawai'i. Immediately after residency, I worked as a psychiatrist on both Oahu and Moloka'i.
Currently, I practice psychiatry on Oahu. I am especially passionate about helping teens work through the emotional sequelae of sexual, physical, and mental abuse. 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 girls, 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, you can find me trekking in some lush mountain or valley. Or making hot fudge (or any other sweet treat with the magic five ingredients of semi-sweet chocolate, butter, heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla). Or listening to hip hop. Or writing rhymes. Or practicing the latest hip hop dance moves (much to the chagrin of my children). Or discovering new TV shows to binge watch (my favorites include: Peaky Blinders, The Wire, Game of Thrones, and The Hour). And then there's foreign travel, which I do for two reasons: culinary pleasure and finding underground hip hop clubs. So far, the best of both are in Seoul, Tokyo, and London.
A couple of more things.
My gender identity flows and if you see me in a crowd, rockin' my pearls, don't assume I'm just a girl. It's complicated, yo. And you best believe that part of me is a hip hop Romeo.
I live on Oahu with my husband, two children, and dog.