I am a native of Virginia and grew up outside of Lynchburg in Campbell County. I began working in healthcare at the age of 16 as an orderly and nursing assistant at Virginia Baptist Hospital. I was graduated valedictorian of my class at Lynchburg University, and then attended Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Thereafter, I completed a General Psychiatry Residency (where I was the Chief Resident) at VCU Health and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children. I am certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Child, Adolescent and General Psychiatry. I am a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
After completing my training, I joined the faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University as a Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and, finally, the Senior Associate Dean of Medical Education. I have been treating patients for over 30 years and developed innovative approaches for psychiatric intervention that have been nationally recognized. I oversaw the development and implementation of a new curriculum for the medical school and I was responsible for teaching and training medical students, psychiatry residents and child psychiatry fellows on the neuroanatomical, neurophysiological and neurochemical basis of behavior in health and illness. After 32 years at the medical school, I took an early retirement in 2016 to pursue other interests.
I have been involved nationally in the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Medical Association. For over a decade, I have worked for the National Board of Medical Examiners preparing the United States Medical Licensing Examination for physicians.
I believe that it is of utmost importance that I develop a relationship with my patients based on sensitivity, compassion and trust. I will never tell you what to do—we work together to look at the various treatment options, individualizing the unique plan based on your needs.
In my free time, I love to sing and I am involved in several local choirs. I also am and avid animal lover—I have five cats and seven dogs. So, don’t be surprised if you find one of my “fur babies” in the office with me.