VICE CHAIR FOR ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE, DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY
Child and Adol. Psychiatry Fellowship, University of New Mexico, 1999 - 2001.
General Psychiatry Residency, University of New Mexico, 1996 - 1999.
M.D., University of Arkansas School of Medicine, 1996.
M.S. Accounting and B.A. Business Administration, Oklahoma State University
Areas of Specialization: Administrative Psychiatry, revenue enhancement and systems optimization; child and adolescent psychiatry
Enchantment: A feeling of great
liking for something wonderful and
New Mexico is truly the Land of Enchantment. On a personal level
it has offered rich cultural, artistic, and scenic experiences. On a
professional level the rewards have been far beyond what I imagined.
I came to medicine after a
career in public accounting and arrived in New Mexico to begin my
general fellowship shortly after Dr. Keith took over as Chairman for the
Department. Following many positive experiences throughout my
residency and child fellowship training, I began my psychiatry career at
UNM as Director of the Psychopharmacology Clinic at Programs for
Children and later became the Executive Medical Director for the clinic.
But New Mexico is truly a place where you can have it all.
Recognizing that the revenues could be enhanced and the infrastructure
improved, with Dr. Keith’s encouragement and support I began working
first with the clinic and hospital finances and later with the
department to bring the skills from my accounting career to the
workplace of my psychiatry career.
Today, I am Vice Chair for
Administration and Finance in the Department of Psychiatry, and I still
am able to work clinically with children and their families. My career
has provided rich and varied rewards – watching families work together
to help children overcome the barriers of mental illness; teaching new
fellows and residents as they learn to interview and treat children with
these challenges; working with fellows who have an interest in
administrative psychiatry; personal growth through ongoing mentorship
with distinguished faculty; and the reward of helping the department to
maximize our service, research, and faculty options.