“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”
I am a proud Panamanian, but I recognize that there are improvements to be made. I value education as a means for our human resource to increase the quality of life at a global level. I have faith that an individual can change the world and I have dedicated my life to help people so that they can be that positive force. I work every day to practice what I preach and balance myself a bit more in mind, body and spirit, but I acknowledge that my main effort to date has been mental. I love to read and stay abreast of the most recent psychiatric developments, which are seeing their most rapid growth since the birth of the specialty. Each day I learn about the interrelation between all our systems and their effect on our mental health in the short and long term, which mirror the interrelation between us all.
My interest in medicine came from my maternal grandfather (humanitarian neurosurgeon) and my passion for mental health through mi rotations in medicine where I would spend more time talking with and listening to my patients than my colleagues. I soon realized that these patients felt more satisfied with their care and their health and would improve quicker, no matter which specialty I was rotating through. I had the opportunity to do research on the effects of lack of sleep, maternal depression and domestic violence on children. During my psychiatric rotations, I consolidated the idea that for optimal wellness one needed to work integrally. For this reason, when I arrived back in Panama and met Analida, we decided to create Holistic Mind Steps (HMS), a health clinic where we work with the whole person in mind, body and spirit, so that they may achieve the optimal version of themselves. In HMS, in addition to helping with the administration of the clinic, I am the lone psychiatrist, but hope to have company shortly.
In my free time I like to travel, go out to dinner and exercise in non-traditional ways (playing squash, surfing, doing yoga, dancing and scuba diving or learning something new). I like the idea of sports that help you not only improve your physical health, but that help create discipline, organization and meditation. I also love massages and am sure to get them at least once per week. Luckily, I can find most of the things I love within my workspace.
I offer my services in Spanish and English.
Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Personality Disorders, Eating Disorders, Autism, Schizophrenia.