The health and happiness of each client guides my interventions. While using a biological, psychological and social (biopsychosocial) framework for evaluation, I specialize in the psychiatric medication and emerging option of Transutaneous Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) portion of treatment to assist in restoring health and quality of life. Balancing potential benefits with potential drawbacks and risks of medication/TMS treatment options involves a special collaboration and mutual commitment found nowhere else in medicine. Dedication to ongoing education, clinical understanding and common sense are ideals I bring to the treatment relationship.
A native of Denver, Colorado, I first came to San Diego as a UCSD Muir College undergraduate student. After graduating from UCSD, I went back to Denver and completed my medical (M.D.) degree and a Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado. I returned to San Diego in 2003 for psychiatric residency training at UCSD. During this training, I gained experience in psychopharmacology as well as individual and group therapy. My care philosophy is to collaborate with my patients to determine what areas of their lives are most troublesome and how these can be addressed and improved.
My practice provides adult psychiatric care, including treatment of mood, anxiety, psychotic and substance use disorders through medication management. I have been providing TMS treatment for depression since 2015. I am an expert in the diagnosis and pharmacological management of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and have extensive experience treating depression, bipolar and anxiety. I have worked with patients in my office in Poway since 2007. I have been an attending at Aurora Behavioral Healthcare San Diego since 2007, and I am currently its Chief of Staff. I also work part time at the VA San Diego Healthcare System, treating veterans suffering from PTSD.
Glenna Leshen Ascano – TMS Operations Manager, Principal TMS Administrator
Beverly Jennings – Office Manager
Tara Bausermann – Customer Care Specialist