As the Director of Mental Health Services for Clinicas, it is my goal to make sure we provide a significant contribution to improve the health of Ventura County residents by providing quality and effective mental health services. I am committed to make sure we provide mental health services with empathy, compassion and in a cultural competent manner. I'm honored to work with a group dedicated and experienced mental health providers, who share the same goals. Being part of Clinicas has allowed me to provide integrated behavioral services and collaborate with other health providers to improve the overall health of our patients.
I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 28 years. I obtained a Masters of Social Work degree from San Jose State University. I'm bilingual/bicultural, English/Spanish. I have extensive experience in the Child Welfare System and in Mental Health. My interest has always been to improve services for underserved populations.
I completed the majority of my higher education in the city of Chicago and graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2012. I then completed my Residency in Ocular Disease and acquired my Fellowship with the American Academy of Optometry. I am originally from India and moved to California in 2013. I am now close to family, home and a number of outdoor interests. I am very passionate about my work and in my free time I enjoy running, reading and painting.
Upon graduation from UCLA School of Dentistry, I furthered my education with a residency in Advanced General Dentistry at UCLA. I stay abreast of the latest dental technology and techniques through continuing education courses in efforts to provide the best quality dental work patients deserve.
I believe in minimally invasive dentistry with a goal of helping patients to maintain their oral health. I provide comprehensive dental care including complete/partial dentures, dental implants, root canal therapy, porcelain veneers and much more.
I received my Bachelors degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and my Doctor of Optometry degree from the Western University of Health Sciences. I received my clinical training at private practices in Seattle, WA with Jackson Vision Clinic and in Chandler, AZ with Family Optometry. I also received ocular disease training while at Mountain Home VA in Johnson City, TN and at Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital in Sacaton, AZ.
I am originally from Long Beach, CA and enjoy giving back to the community. I have volunteered with organizations like the Lions Club and Special Olympics, and although I know very little Spanish, I have traveled to Mexico and El Salvador to administer eye exams.
I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I have an older sister, younger brother, and a large extended family of 29 cousins. I like exploring new food and traveling. <br />
As a Physician Assistant, I am excited to provide high quality primary care to patients in my hometown community of Ventura county. I believe one of the most important skills a provider can have is to truly listen their patients. My approach is to focus on cost effective preventative care, promote a healthy and happy lifestyle and practice evidence-based medicine. I am enthusiastic about working in Family Medicine where I have the privilege to really get to know my patients and make a difference in their lives.