Throughout my career, I've been interested in human experience & meaning.  In my undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley, I majored in neurobiology and minored in German and in philosophy.  I became interested in the overlap between studying other languages & cultures, existential philosophy (how people find & create meaning in their lives), phenomenology and psychiatry.  After much deliberation I decided to pursue a dual degree in medicine & philosophy.  I attended Columbia University for medical school, and did two years of graduate work in philosophy at UC Irvine, where my focus was existential philosophy (Heidegger, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Hegel).  Then following completion of my formal psychiatric training & board certification, I chose to pursue ongoing training in psychoanalytic / psychodynamic psychotherapy through the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis.
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