I emigrated to the United States from the United Kingdom as a child. My medical education and career has taken me across different parts of the country and Kentucky is the fifth state I have lived in.
I chose a career in psychiatry due to the unique nature of mental health issues and the specialized treatments that are available in comparison to the rest of healthcare. Early on in my medical training, I realized people's problems extend beyond taking medications and being compliant. In every visit, I make it an effort to understand someone's life trajectory and understand the circumstances that brought them before me. A patient's psychiatric history and their presenting symptoms are things that are not always addressed in quick visits to a doctor's office, but sometimes a complicated puzzle that takes a long time to complete. For example, I try to screen for trauma and any difficulties in childhood as often it is a huge factor in most people's desire to seek psychiatric care.
I believe in a collaborative approach with patients and their families- after working across 4 states I've encountered people from various backgrounds and have realized everyone has unique needs. My experience in treating patients in both academic and community settings has shown that linking with the right resources makes a world of difference and I hope to be able to help the community of Lexington for a long time.
- Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry