Thank you for visiting my site. I am the director of the Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a Clinical Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. I specialize in the treatment of adults and teenagers who are experiencing substance abuse, emotional, and/or behavioral problems.

I am an expert in teaching and using Subutex and Suboxone in the treatment of people addicted to various opiates. I can detoxify people addicted to pain pills or heroin, as well as treat them chronically by prescribing Suboxone. I also use Suboxone for the treatment of chronic pain and other pain-related conditions.


Training and Credentials

I received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Psychology from Wheaton College in Chicago. I obtained my medical degree (M.D.) and a Master of Science degree (M.S.) from the University of Iowa. I went on to complete my psychiatry residency training at UCSD and an additional 2 year addiction fellowship training at the San Diego VA Medical Center and UCSD. I am licensed to practice medicine in the State of California and I am board certified in Psychiatry as well as in Addiction Medicine (ASAM). I am also certified to use suboxone and/or subutex for opioid detoxification and chronic maintenance.

My professional interests focus on the pharmacological treatment and psychosocial rehabilitation for dual diagnosis (concurrent drug/alcohol & psychiatric disorders). I have extensive experiences in treating and teaching areas relating to chemical dependency, addictive disorders, psychopharmacology, and psychosocial treatment. I have published more than 60 articles and have greater than 100 academic presentations. I am on the editorial boards of several journals. I have received numerous teaching and patient care awards. Most recently I was awarded the United States NAMI National’s Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, as well as the NAMI’s Peggy and Don Richardson Memorial Award.