If you’re looking for a trusted advisor to your mental health who will:
Listen to you
Offer treatment that gets to the root of the problem
Consider medication AN option, not the ONLY option
…then you’re in the right place
About Zen Psychiatry
Zen Psychiatry is a Los Angles-based Integrative Psychiatry Practice founded on my belief that healing is a holistic process. I believe in the combination of both Western medicine and Eastern wisdom practices.
My goal is not just to prescribe you a medication and send you on your way — it’s to be a long-term, trusted partner in helping you achieve a happy and fulfilling life.
I incorporate prescription medications, herbal and plant-based medicine, lifestyle changes, talk therapy, coaching, and mind-body medicine into a complete treatment plan to help you reach your goals.
The right medication is only the beginning of your treatment.
Sometimes, we need to dig a little deeper to get to the root of the problem.
✓ Board-Certified in Psychiatry
✓ B.A. in Psychology from Harvard University
✓ M.D. from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California — Member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
✓ Residency in Psychiatry from the University of California, Los Angeles — Nominated as a UCLA Exceptional Physician
“The human heart has a hidden need that science cannot supply.”
– Sir William Osler MD, Founder Of Modern Medicine
Areas of Focus
I am able to treat conditions not mentioned below, but these are the primary areas of specialty in my practice.
I can help improve your mood, feel happier, and live a more fulfilling life free from the cloud of depression.
Trauma & PTSD
I can help you process emotional trauma, face your fears, and increase your ability to experience joy and other positive emotions.
Life With Cancer
I can help you cope with a new diagnosis, stay strong during treatment, and return to living a fulfilling and meaningful life after cancer.
I don’t just provide appointments, I provide solutions — all in the context of a caring, long-term partnership.
Integrative psychiatry doesn’t mean anti-medication — I can help you find the best medication regimen that helps you feel better without causing unnecessary side effects, and I can also help you reduce your need for medication by using holistic methods to give you extra support.
I use methods derived from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Spiritual Psychotherapy, and Interpersonal Therapy in working with patients. Don’t get too caught up in the terms, though—the important thing for you to know is I start the therapy process by listening to you and hearing your story, and then I give you concrete tools to help you understand yourself and free yourself from negative patterns.
The best medication regimen in the world won’t help if your sleep, nutrition, or exercise habits aren’t serving your mental health. It’s hard to change habits, though, and I can help you take tiny steps forward that will create massive positive results.
Herbal & Plant-Based Medicine
Prescription medications aren’t the only molecules that impact brain pathways involved with mood regulation, and I can work with you to use nutritional supplementation and plant-based medicines to feel better. If you’re already on a supplement regimen, I can help optimize it make sure you are taking the right supplements with the right formulation at the right dose, and I can make sure there are no dangerous interactions between any of the medications and supplements you are taking.
Functional Nutritional Testing
One of the limits of conventional lab testing is that just because your nutrient levels are in the “normal” range doesn’t mean you’re meeting all of your functional nutrient needs. I can work with you to use the latest technology of lab testing to examine your nutrient levels, organic acid levels, essential and metabolic fatty acid levels, amino acid levels, level of oxidative stress, and presence of toxins, which will allow us to further optimize your treatment regimen.
Advanced Hormonal Testing
One of biggest problems with our hectic modern lives is adrenal burnout and fatigue. I can provide advanced salivary cortisol testing in order to assess adrenal function and better diagnose and treat chronic fatigue.
No bodies or minds are exactly the same, and new research is showing how our genes can influence how we respond to treatment. I can use genetic testing to examine your predisposition for illness, predict response to specific medications, and optimize your medication regimen.
I can teach you how to use meditation and mindfulness to stabilize your mood and better ride the natural waves of emotions that we inevitably experience by virtue of being human beings.
What My Patients Are Saying
(Please note: identifying details have been changed or removed to protect patient privacy, names are pseudonyms, and images are stock images. However, these are all real comments my patients have written to me.)
“Working with you these last 6 months has truly been amazing. I know I certainly have things to work on with my health, but I have truly enjoyed and looked forward to every one of our sessions. I have to say, I’ve never laughed so much with a therapist in my several years of therapy sessions, so thank you.”
Allison A., 25 years oldTherapy & Medication Management
“You are an amazing woman. Thank you for being a gift in my life. You helped me heal at a very difficult time in my life.”
Susan R., 60 years oldMedication Management
“You have helped me so much, and you are very clearly a kind and responsible and brilliant doctor. Thank you so much. I’ve never had such a good experience with a psychiatrist before, one who really listened.”
Elena R., 40 years oldMedication Management
Its been an absolute pleasure having you as my doctor, you’ve changed my life in ways I can’t describe.
Riley S., 20 years oldMedication Management
“I’ll be forever grateful for what your guidance has done for me. Until you started treating me, I never trusted the therapists I had seen and I didn’t believe what I had was really something that could be helped. I thought I’d just have to deal with it. I want you to know that there are very few people that have made as positive an impact on my life as you, and your help truly changed my life. It may have even saved it.”
Jack R., 24 years oldTherapy & Medication Mangement
“You have been at the center of a really positive change in the last year of my life and I cannot thank you enough for your amazing care.”
Adam N., 42 years oldTherapy & Medication Management
Fees & Billing
Initial Comprehensive Assessment (60-90 minutes)
Includes review of past records and coordination with other treatment providers.
Psychotherapy & Medication Management Follow Up Appointment (50 minutes)
Medication Management Follow Up Appointment (25 minutes)
Advanced Laboratory Testing
For Functional Nutritional Testing, Advanced Cortisol Testing and Advanced GI Testing, please contact me for fee details, as prices can vary based on insurance coverage vs. cash pay prices.
Basic laboratory services are typically covered fully by insurance — the laboratory and/or your insurance will bill you any copay directly.
Please note that I do not accept insurance or work with insurance companies directly, but I can provide an itemized receipt/superbill that may allow you to get reimbursement from your insurance company.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Has the goal of achieving wellness over just treating illness
- Reaffirms the relationship between practitioner and patient, and respects the healing power of a relationship between doctor and patient characterized by kindness, respect, and genuine concern
- Focuses on the whole person
- Is informed by scientific evidence
- Makes use of all appropriate therapeutic approaches, health care professionals, and disciplines to achieve optimal health and healing
- Views physical and mental and spiritual aspects of life as closely interconnected and equally important approaches to treatment
- Nutritional supplementation with vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients to support optimal health
- Lifestyle modification, including habits and practices to optimize sleep, energy, and diet and to regulate mood
- Herbal and plant-based medicine
- Mind-body practices such as meditation and mindfulness
During our first appointment, I’ll take the time to really get to know you—What are you struggling with? What has make it difficult to solve this problem on your own? What are your values and preferences about treatment? What goals do you want to achieve from our work together? I’ll do a detailed assessment of your current symptoms, past history, and life circumstances.
I’ll ask you to share with me the story of what brought you to my office, including the biggest problems and symptoms you are experiencing. We will review the details of your current symptoms, including how long the issue has been going on for, how it started, and what tends to make it better or worse.
I will then ask more specific questions about your background and history, including past treatments, medication trials, general health, social life, work, and relationships.
If you are transferring care from another psychiatrist, you may feel free to bring any records of your past treatment and I can review them prior to our first session so I am up to date on your treatment. I can also review any recent lab work you’ve had done (included functional medicine testing), offer my interpretations of it, and make recommendations for any additional lab work that may be needed.
At the end of the appointment, I will summarize my general impressions and thoughts about diagnosis and will recommend a specific treatment plan, which will be comprehensive and may include medications, therapy, and lifestyle/holistic approaches. If appropriate, we can start a medication at your first appointment.
I take pride in forming long-term partnerships with my patients. So while it is my goal and intention that we will get you feeling better as soon as possible, it is also my hope that we will continue to work together for a long time, and that as your needs and goals change our treatment approach will evolve as well.
In terms of what you can expect at the beginning: After the initial evaluation, sessions are generally more frequent (once a week to once every few weeks), especially if we are starting a new medication. After a few months, appointments are generally spread out to once every 1-3 months. At a minimum I see my patients once every three months. Therapy appointments are generally once a week, although they can be spread out to once every few weeks or once a month depending on your needs.
I do not accept insurance or work directly with insurance companies, although if you have a PPO insurance plan you may be able to get part of my fees reimbursed from your insurance company. Below are the procedure codes I will use for your visit—if you would like to get a sense in advance of what your insurance will cover, contact you insurance company and ask what their reimbursement rates are for the following codes:
Initial appointment – 90792
Follow up appointment (45 minutes) – 99213 + 90836
Follow up appointment (25 minutes) – 99213 + 90833
Payment is accepted via credit card, check, or cash for in-office appointments, and via credit card only for video appointments. A credit card authorization on file is required.
I am currently scheduling patients during morning hours only, from 9am-12pm, Monday through Thursday.
Availability for intake appointments for new patients is limited — please contact me for availability.
Yes. Due to COVID-19, I am currently only doing appointments via video. I use a HIPAA-compliant telemedicine service for video appointments.
Yes and no. I am licensed in California only, so I can only see patients who are physically located in California. However, I do have patients travel from other states, and even other countries, to see me. As long as I am seeing you on at least a periodic basis in California, we may be able to work together.
If you are located out-of-state, though, please consider one of my virtual programs, which are designed specifically to teach and share the same protocols I use with my private practice patients, but in an online setting.