Alumni

Benjamin Carron






Benjamin Carron, MD
Adult Community Psychiatry Fellow, 2019

Benjamin Carron, MD is a fourth year psychiatry resident at UCSD. He is currently serving as Chief Resident of Outpatient Psychiatric Services and Chief Resident of the Community Psychiatry Track. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder where he majored in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and graduated summa cum laude. For his medical degree he attended Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee where he was a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, named Irwin I Rosenfeld Outstanding Medical Student in Psychiatry, and worked in the Elaine Kohler Academy of Global Health Research Program. He also co-founded the MCW Warrior Partnership, which paired medical students with battlefield veterans for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. For his work he was awarded the Clement J Zablocki VA Civilian Appreciation Award. During his affiliation with UCSD, Dr. Carron has presented at the APA and serves as State Legislative Representative for the San Diego Psychiatric Society. His professional interests include treatment of the underserved and severely mentally ill, forensic psychiatry, public mental health, and the treatment of veterans. Outside of medicine, Ben enjoys skiing and fishing.




Michael DeGroot, MD
Adult Community Psychiatry Fellow, 2019
Michael DeGroot is currently Chief Resident at UCSD on the Inpatient Psychiatric Services Unit. He is passionate about medical education and providing excellent psychiatric care to underserved and disadvantaged patient populations. He is the recipient of the PRITE, APA Leadership, and Association for Academic Psychiatry Fellowships. He was also awarded the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award for Humanism and Excellence in Teaching. Dr. DeGroot founded a trauma screening and treatment program for undocumented immigrants living in San Diego County, where he currently supervises medical students and junior residents as they provide trauma-informed care to this at risk population. He plans to pursue a career in academic psychiatry. In his free time, Dr. DeGroot enjoys camping in Joshua Tree and travelling as often as his schedule permits.

 

Priti Ojha







Priti Ojha, MD
Adult Community Psychiatry Fellow, 2018

Priti Ojha, MD was a UCSD Community Psychiatry Fellow and Chief Resident of Outpatient Psychiatric Services. She received her medical degree from Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Prior to medical school, Dr. Ojha conducted molecular biology and immunology research and served as an Instructor of Bioscience Technologies in Philadelphia. Dr. Ojha has been involved in organized medicine with an interest in public policy through the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association. She served as a Resident-Fellow Representative on behalf of the California Psychiatric Association to the California Medical Association and currently serves as the Federal Legislative Representative to the San Diego Psychiatric Society. She is also a Laughlin Fellow with the American College of Psychiatrists. Her research interests include violence in the healthcare setting and women's mental health. Dr. Ojha joined the UCSD Community Psychiatry Residency Faculty and continues to mentor program interns, residents, and fellows. 

Ronak Jhaveri





Ronak Jhaveri, MD
Adult Community Psychiatry Fellow, 2018

Ronak Jhaveri, MD was a UCSD Community Psychiatry Fellow who completed his residency at the University of Connecticut (UConn). While at UConn, Dr. Jhaveri balanced positions in both student leadership and public service. He served as a resident community leader, Outpatient Chief Resident, Resident Council President, Resident Leadership Council Representative, and Journal Club Coordinator. Dr. Jhaveri also served as a representative to the Connecticut Psychiatric Society, in efforts to bridge the gap between psychiatry residents and leading state psychiatrists. His scholarly engagement includes clinical research involvement in the study of sexual side-effects among individuals taking antipsychotics, comparison studies investigating the correlation of PTSD symptom severity, and comorbid medical diagnoses. In addition to his clinical research. Dr. Jhaveri has authored chapters in two books regarding the treatment of bipolar disorder in incarcerated individuals and sleep disorders among youth. Post Community Psychiatry Fellowship, Dr. Jhaveri will focus his training on working with individuals impacted by mental illness within the criminal justice system as a Consulting Psychiatrist at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility.

Rachel Robitz






Rachel Robitz, MD, MPH
Adult Community Psychiatry Fellow, 2017

Rachel Robitz, MD was a UCSD Community Psychiatry Fellow and Co-Chief of the Combined Psychiatry and Family Medicine Residency Program at UCSD. Prior to her UCSD Community Psychiatry Fellow, Dr. Robitz was a Laughlin Fellow. She currently is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Associate Training Director of Family Medicine/Psychiatry at UC Davis. Dr. Robitz served as an American Psychiatric Association Public Psychiatry Fellow, American Psychiatric Association Public Psychiatry Fellowship Representative to the Board of Trustees, and Resident Fellow Member Representative on the American Psychiatric Association Council of Psychiatry and Law. Additionally, she served as a MIT Representative to both the council and chair of the Medical Student Affairs Committee for the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry. Dr. Robitz has worked with the San Diego County Human Trafficking Advisory Council in efforts to improve the county's medical response to survivors of human trafficking. During her work she presented on providing integrated care for the mental health and medical needs of human trafficking survivors both locally and nationally.

Jason Schweitzer







Jason Schweitzer, MD
Adult Community Psychiatry Fellow, 2017

Jason Schweitzer, MD was a UCSD Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow in the Community Psychiatry Program. Dr. Schweitzer studied Anthropology and Latin American Studies at Brandeis University in his home state of Massachusetts. After completing his bachelor's degree, he worked in several nonprofit agencies serving the Latino community in Boston, focusing on substance abuse treatment, peer group advocacy and nonprofit administration. Dr. Schweitzer's work led him to complete a Master's Degree in Social Work at Columbia University in New York, where he worked for several years in psychiatric settings. Inspired by his mentors and by the unique bio-psycho-social perspective that informs psychiatry, Dr. Schweitzer matriculated at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine. During medical school, he had the opportunity to work with the mental health team at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless through a grant from the Albert Schweitzer Foundation. As a graduating fourth year, Dr. Schweitzer received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. Before fast-tracking to UCSD, he completed three years of adult psychiatry training at Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program, where he enjoyed a dynamic learning environment! During his training, Dr. Schweitzer received the 2013 Outstanding Resident Teacher Award from the Harvard Medical School student body, and co-authored a paper describing the reverse co-location model of the integration of psychiatry and primary care medicine. In the future, Dr. Schweitzer hopes to have both clinical and administrative roles, work with immigrants, and to participate in leadership of nonprofit mission based, integrated primary care and mental health programs. Dr. Schweitzer joined the UCSD Community Psychiatry Residency Faculty and continues to mentor program interns, residents, and fellows. 

Jennifer Brewer






Jennifer Brewer, MD
Adult Community Psychiatry Fellow, 2016

Jennifer Brewer, MD is passionate about providing well-rounded integrative care to underserved populations, with a special interest in community and socioeconomic barriers to wellness. She has had a longstanding interest in exploring the full spectrum of what it means to be human, double majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology and English Literature during her undergraduate education at UC Berkeley. Driven to obtain the greatest breadth of training for her purpose of serving others, Dr. Brewer attained her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. It during medical school where her broad range of interests led her to pursue a career in Family Medicine and Psychiatry. Dr. Brewer particularly enjoys working among those with the greatest need and fell in love with the opportunity to work at the St. Vincent De Paul Health Center Clinic. After graduating from the Adult Community Psychiatry Residency Program, Dr. Brewer currently serves as the Medical Director at the Felton Institute working with underserved populations in San Francisco area. As a lifelong proponent of well-rounded living, Dr. Brewer manages to weave many passions into her life including, swimming, biking, rock climbing, dancing, traveling, writing, meditation, and spending time with friends and family.

Lucy Chen






Yucui (Lucy) Chen, MD, PhD
Adult Community Psychiatry Fellow, 2016

Yucui Lucy Chen, MD, PhD graduated in the top 5% of her medical school class at the Shanxi Medical University in China and completed her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at Peking University in 2000.  Later moving to the United States, Dr. Chen was a Postdoctoral Scholar at both Yale University and UC Davis. During her studies at UC Davis she completed the Autism Research Training Program at the UC Davis Mind Institute.  Dr. Chen then went on complete a year of psychiatric training at Brown University. After her year of training she attended UC San Diego where she graduated from the UCSD Community Psychiatry Fellowship Program. Dr. Chen has participated in extensive research studies the have earned her an impressive list of peer-reviewed publications, accomplishments,  and noteworthy presentations. She currently works in Riverside County and enjoys many hobbies in her spare time such as gardening, swimming, jogging with friends, learning to play the piano with her son, and community service.

Josh Tartaglione






Josh Tartaglione, DO
Adult Community Psychiatry Fellow, 2016

Josh Tartaglione, DO earned his B.S. in Engineering at the University of Delaware, and studied Biochemistry at Mills College and UC Berkeley. He then received his D.O. from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York, where he earned membership in Sigma Sigma Phi. Before joining the UCSD Fellowship Program at Dr.Tartaglione completed a year of Internal Medicine at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, California. He holds a special  interest in the underserved and reducing barriers to quality medical care and is currently working as a FQHC at Family Health Centers of San Diego. Dr. Tartaglione has traveled extensively throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe. He enjoys comedy, world cuisine, playing the guitar, and creating and sharing art with children.

Desiree Shapiro






Desiree Shapiro, MD
Adult Community Psychiatry Fellow, 2016

Desiree Shapiro, MD received her medical degree from UCSD School of Medicine and completed her residency in UCSD Psychiatry Residency Program. She currently serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor for the Department of Psychiatry. Prior to medical school, Dr. Shapiro studied Biopsychology and English at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She was also involved in research training programs at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and University of San Francisco (UCSF) in the Departments of Neuroengineering and Psychiatry. During her time as a student and later resident, Dr. Schapiro was awarded the Joseph Stokes Award for Senior Independent Study Project and the Weiss Research in Preventive Medicine Scholarship and was also the recipient of the UCSD Department of Psychiatry's Senior Award. As a core inpatient faculty at UCSD Rady Children Hospital, she is actively involved in working with Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows. Presently Dr. Shapiro serves on the American Psychiatric Association Council for Children, Adolescents, and their Families and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Adolescent Committee.

Claire Andersen





Claire Andersen, MD
Adult Community Psychiatry Fellow, 2015

Claire Andersen, MD knew she wanted to do child and adolescent psychiatry since she was a young teen volunteering with behaviorally and emotionally disturbed preschool children at The Children's Center. She went to the University of Utah for her undergraduate degree and designed her own major through the Bachelor of University Studies, called Science and Society, which integrated the biological, psychological, and social factors that contribute to medical morbidity. Dr. Andersen's desire to become a physician for young children was solidified during a year of her undergraduate degree which was spent at the National Exchange at Humboldt State University. After college Dr. Andersen spent time learning Spanish and volunteering in Central America. In 2010, she graduated from medical school at the University of Utah School Of Medicine. Later moving to Seattle, Washington to complete her general psychiatry residency through the University of Washington, Dr. Andersen rotated through Harborview County Medical Hospital. Her favorite rotations included CSTC, the residential treatment program for young children and DESC, a homeless outreach program for the mentally ill in Seattle. Dr. Andersen is currently in Utah working with underserved populations.

Antje Moran





Antje Moran, DO
Adult Community Psychiatry Fellow, 2014

Antje Moran, DO was born and raised in Los Angeles. For undergraduate training she went to UC Berkeley and then continued onto Touro University for medical school training. Having completed medical school, Dr. Moran proceeded to attend the UCSD General Adult Psychiatry Program. She continued her training with the  UCSD Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship while concurrently enrolled in the Community Psychiatry Fellowship in efforts to develop her interests in public systems and community programs. After completion of her fellowship, Dr. Moran took a position with the California State Prisons to provide care to some of those with the greatest needs.

Larry Malak






Lawrence Malak, MD
Adult Community Psychiatry Fellow, 2014

Lawrence Malak, MD currently serves as the Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), Associate Director of  the UCSD Residency Training Director, and Director of the UCSD Community Psychiatry Residency Program. He attended medical school in Houston at Baylor College of Medicine before returning to California for residency training at UC San Diego. While in residency, Dr. Malak served as Chief Resident in his final year at the UCSD Medical Center and won the Lewis Judd Resident Research Award for his original work on Psychiatric Re-Admissions to UCSD. Dr. Malak is active within several psychiatry organizations at the national level, state, and local level. He has served as a Resident Representative to the San Diego Psychiatric Society Council during residency and is now the Immediate Past President and California Psychiatric Association Political Action Committee Chair. At the state level, Dr. Malak has been on the California Psychiatric Association Council since residency and continues to serve on various committees including the Government Affairs Committee and in addition to his position as the Political Action Committee Chair. As member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), he has been a representative to the National Assembly for several years, representing Residents and Fellows and now Early Career Psychiatrists. In addition to work with the APA, Dr. Malak is a board member of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists and a member of the American Medical Association, California Medical Association, and the San Diego County Medical Society.

Ksenia Nawrocki






Ksenia Nawrocki, MD
Adult Community Psychiatry Fellow, 2014

Ksenia Nawrocki, MD earned her medical degree from the Ural State Medical Academy in Russia in 2001 and moved to San Diego in 2003. In 2009, she began her psychiatry residency at the University of Connecticut, graduating in June 2013. During the final year of her residency, Dr. Nawrocki presented a poster on Antipsychotic Use and Cardio-Metabolic Health at the NEI Global Psychopharmacology Congress. Dr. Nawrocki then returned to San Diego where she completed the Community Psychiatry Fellowship here at UCSD. Dr. Nawrocki is currently employed in San Diego, working with Traditions Behavioral Health and Community Research Foundation. Through her work, she continues to develop her leadership and management skills in community psychiatry so that she may continue to make meaningful contributions to this vital area of mental healthcare.

Robert Enriquez






Robert Enriquez, MD
Adult Community Psychiatry Fellow, 2014

Robert Enriquez, MD  was born and raised south of the Mason-Dixon Line, so at many levels he is a simple small town southern boy. He completed undergraduate studies and medical school in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, which has instilled in him a love of college basketball. Dr. Enriquez completed three years of general psychiatry residency at SUNY Downstate. Through the support and encouragement of his former residency training office and Chief Resident, Fran Garcia, he transferred to UCSD and completed his general psychiatry residency in the Community Psychiatry Program. Transferring gave Dr. Enriquez the unique opportunity to compare systems and the practice of psychiatry and has given him perspective in many things. Moving to Southern California had the added benefit of wonderful weather. Dr. Enriquez stayed in San Diego after the program and is working at the San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital and local jails, providing valuable public service to clients in our public mental health system.

Vanessa Lauzon





Vanessa Lauzon,MD
Adult Community Psychiatry Fellow,2013

Vanessa Lauzon, MD graduated from the UCSD Combined Family Medicine and Psychiatry Residency Program and Community Psychiatry program during her PGY5 year. She is ABPN Board Eligible General Psychiatrist and ABFM Board Certified Family Medicine Physician. After graduation in June 2013, Dr. Lauzon began working as the Medical Director of Behavioral Health at a nonprofit community health system in Ventura, CA. It was in this role where she was able to take the lead in the integration of behavioral health services into primary care clinics. Currently, Dr. Lauzon is Consultation Liaison Director at UCSD Hillcrest Hospital.

Kristy Lamb





Kristy Lamb, MD
Adult Community Psychiatry Fellow, 2013

Kristy Lamb, MD graduated from the UCSD Combined Family Medicine and Psychiatry Residency Program and Community Psychiatry Program during her PGY5 year. She is ABPN Board Eligible General Psychiatrist and ABFM Board Eligible Family Medicine physician. After graduation in June 2013, she was employed with Family Health Centers where she worked with the homeless population practicing integrated care. Dr. Lamb is now in a private practice in North County San Diego.

Leroy Arenivar






Leroy Arenivar, MD
Adult Community Psychiatry Fellow, 2012

Leroy Arenivar, MD graduated from the UCSD Child Adolescent Psychiatry Community Track and is ABPN Board Eligible Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and ABPN Board Certified General Psychiatrist. After graduating, he became a staff physician at Lone Star Circle of Care, in Texas. Lone Star Circle of Care is a FQHC program pursuing community-wide access to behaviorally enhanced, patient-centered health care and focuses on the underserved.