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Stephanie Martinez, MD
Adult Community Psychiatry Fellow, 2020
Stephanie Martinez, MD received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and then continued her medical education at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. While in medical school she was the Vice President of her medical school class where she became a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. During her membership, she became involved with teaching and mentoring junior medical students. Dr. Martinez also engaged with high school students in order to spark their interest in science and guide them to a path in medicine. Stephanie has a wide array of special interests which she plans to explore further, including community psychiatry and college mental health. She is passionate about working with the medically underserved Hispanic community. Recently, Stephanie co-published a how-to article for the Psychiatric Times that guides practitioners on ways to increase medication adherence in the Latino community and overcoming any obstacles that they may experience. Dr. Martinez joined the UCSD Community Psychiatry Residency Faculty and continues to mentor program interns, residents, and fellows.

Eric Rafla-Yuan, MD 
Adult Community Psychiatry Fellow, 2020 
Eric Rafla-Yuan received his bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry with Latin honors from Chapman University in Orange, California. He then graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he also completed a Certificate in Biomedical Ethics at the Vanderbilt Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society. During his fourth-year medical school, Eric spent time his elective time in the Middle East working with the University of Jordan and UNHCR looking at psychological rehabilitation for refugees. His research focus was examining the way that culture influences health policy and decision-making as well as the relationships between ethics, policy, and the law. Eric prides himself on being an active member of organized and academic psychiatry professional groups. He currently is a member of the San Diego Psychiatric Society, American Psychiatric Association (APA), and Resident Chair of the Bioethics Group of the Academy of Psychiatric Medicine. Recent notable achievements include a funded APA Fellowship, a first-place award for “Best Poster” at a national conference, multiple publications, and presentations at various national and specialty conferences. 



Jeffrey Lurie, MD
Child Community Psychiatry Fellow, 2020 
Jeffrey Lurie hails from Milwaukee WI, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He then went on to earn his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Jeffrey received his residency training from McGaw Medical Center at Northwestern University. During his Community Child and Adolescent Fellowship, Jeffrey received additional training by providing youth behavioral health services at Family Health Centers San Diego, Rady's Children's Hospital, San Diego Center for Children, and Vista Hill. When he is not practicing medicine Jeffrey enjoys psychical activities such a yoga, visiting national parks, and attending food and music festivals. Additionally, Jeffrey's favorite hobby is being a world traveler. He has ventured to serval countries including the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Bienne, Belgium, Switzerland, Japan, Thailand, Italy, Canada, Columbia, and Mexico.       


Benjamin Carron







 

 

Benjamin Carron, MD
Adult Community Psychiatry Fellow, 2019
Benjamin Carron, MD served as a Chief Resident of Outpatient Psychiatric Services and Chief Resident of the Community Psychiatry Track during his fourth-year as a psychiatry resident at UCSD. 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, Ben 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, Ben was awarded the Clement J. Zablocki VA Civilian Appreciation Award. During his affiliation with UCSD, Dr. Carron has presented at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting and served 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 served as the 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 a former recipient of the PRITE Fellowship, American Psychiatric Association Leadership Fellowship, and Association for Academic Psychiatry Fellowship. 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 supervised 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 traveling 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 an 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
Child 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 the 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 a leadership role of a nonprofit mission-based, integrated primary care and mental health program. Dr. Schweitzer joined the UCSD Community Psychiatry Residency Faculty and continues to mentor program interns, residents, and fellows. 


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Gaurav Mishra, MD, MBA 
Child Community Psychiatry Fellow, 2016 

Gaurav Mishra, MD, MBA attended Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Karnataka, India where he earned his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) degree. At Wayne State University, he completed his psychiatry residency training. Gaurav then received his Child and Adolescent Fellowship training at The George Washington University in 2014. With a strong desire to work with specialized populations, Gaurav completed the UCSD Community Community Child and Adolescent Fellowship. Post fellowship, he attended UCSD Rady's School of Management where he earned an MBA degree with a concentration in Health Care Administration. Dr. Gaurav currently services as the Cheif Behavioral Health Officer for San Ysidro Health Centers (SHYC). Additionally, he is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego Health.



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 the 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, Ph.D. graduated in the top 5% of her medical school class at the Shanxi Medical University in China and completed her Ph.D. 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 to 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 completed his residency and fellowship training in Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego prior to joining the Federally Qualified Health Center, Family Health Centers of San Diego. His interests include adult psychiatry, community psychiatry, correctional psychiatry, dream analysis, intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy, and telemedicine. His practice is based upon building long-term partnerships, with the goal of helping patients attain self-understanding and self-actualization. Josh enjoys reading and sailing and has traveled extensively throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe.


Desiree Shapiro








Desiree Shapiro, MD
Child 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 the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She was also involved in research training programs at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and the 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
Child 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
Child 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 levels. 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 a 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 on 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 private practice in North County San Diego.


Leroy Arenivar








Leroy Arenivar, MD
Child 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 an FQHC program pursuing community-wide access to behaviorally enhanced, patient-centered health care and focuses on the underserved.