Earlier in my career as the medical director of a busy GP practice in Canada, I was often frustrated by the limitations of addressing mental health issues in ten-minute consultations. I wanted more time to listen to my patients, hear their stories, ask questions, and understand the context in which their symptoms arose, before diagnosis and treatment. And thus began my journey to the UK, and into psychiatry.
To me, mental and physical wellbeing are equally important, and go hand in hand. So, as an integrative consultant psychiatrist, my approach is one that focuses on mind-body optimisation and assesses individuals as a whole and in context. I therefore help patients by integrating traditional medical and psychiatric diagnostic techniques with complementary therapies, nutrition and lifestyle changes. From patients with PTSD, depression, chronic pain, or schizophrenia, to those battling addiction, eating disorders, or suffering early onset or established dementia, their road to recovery, or quality of life, has been hugely enhanced by my method. Whilst medication may play a vital role, I often prescribe it as part of a holistic treatment plan.
My passion for what I know can be achieved, coupled with my lifelong love of exercise, sports and nutrition, has led me to becoming a Trustee with Sporting Chance, a leading centre for the assessment and treatment of addiction among professional and amateur sports people.
And thanks to a career spanning three continents, patients can be assured of an approach that is international in outlook and sensitive to different cultures, expectations and norms.