|Kush Bhatt joins us from the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Originally from Southern California, he attended UCLA for undergraduate studies where he studied psychobiology with a minor in biomedical research. He has conducted research on the effectiveness of mindfulness training in K-12 students as well as in medical trainees. He is also a gold humanism awardee. Kush loves to go on hikes, play basketball, listen to live music, collect vinyl records and play the drums.
|Maggie Changala has lived most of her life in the Bay Area and the Central Coast of California, other than short research stints that took her to New Orleans and Boston. She studied Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley and went to medical school at UC San Francisco. She also completed a general surgery internship at UC San Francisco before changing course and diving into psychiatry. Maggie plans to continue working with Survivors of Torture International to provide medical exams for people seeking asylum in the United States, and hopes to provide trauma care to this population after completing her training. She is very happy to now call San Diego home, and can't wait to spend every spare moment (and probably do most of her studying) at the beach.
|Eric Geier is beyond excited to join the Psychiatry program at UCSD. He grew up in Marion, Indiana - the home of James Dean and Jim Davis - and studied astronomy as an undergraduate at Indiana University. His PhD research with Dr. Kim Prisk used magnetic resonance imaging to better understand what happens in the lung during an asthma attack. Eric spends his free time playing outside, and he deeply believes that any size of carrot cake can be "made for one."
|Felicia Obialo was born in St. Louis, MO, and raised in Atlanta, GA.
Youngest of 4 siblings born to Nigerian parents. Dad is a nephrologist, Mom is a cardiologist. She attended UNC School of Medicine for medical school and
graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana in 2013 with a BS in psychology + double minor in Chemistry and Spanish. Graduated from Tulane University in 2015 with MS in neuroscience. She conducted research studies on mindfulness and higher-order executive function as well as psychosocial indicators of dementia. Felicia would like to pursue a career in holistic psychiatry. She spends her free time singing, dancing, drawing, and participating in activities that involve self-expression.
|Michael Wolfe comes to us from our own UCSD School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with the Departmental Citation award in Integrative Biology. While in medical school, he volunteered at the student-run free clinic as well as with a cross-border clinic in Tijuana. He has also authored multiple first-author publications in plastic and oculoplastic surgery and has interests in clinical research and interventional psychiatry. Outside of medicine he enjoys hiking, skiing, knitting, houseplant cultivation, and spending time with his husband and their Australian shepherd.
|Sarah Schreiber joins us from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA she attended the University of Pittsburgh for undergraduate where she studied Neuroscience and worked as a research assistant studying Cognitive Enhancement Therapy for patients with schizophrenia. During medical school she contributed to a behavioral health screening and referral program for homeless individuals and volunteered for a rape and domestic abuse hotline. Sarah spent a year in India during which she helped start a suicide prevention program for the Adivasi tribal people of the Gudalur Valley in Tamil Nadu. She is interested in psychotherapy, early course psychosis, and complex trauma. Her hobbies include traveling, backpacking, hiking, meditation, and live music, especially Phish.
|Hailee Tougas comes to us from the UC Davis School of Medicine where she fostered her interest in psychiatry, including maternal mental health. She has appreciated the opportunity to work with underserved patient populations through her volunteer work at the free medical student run clinics in the Sacramento community. As an undergraduate at UC Davis, she received a double major in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, and Spanish and graduated Summa Cum Laude. As a non-native Spanish speaker, she has enjoyed continuing to use and refine her Spanish skills with her patients and is overjoyed to continue doing so in San Diego. Her research interests are broad and have included work on the use of reproductive healthcare services, as well as the application of automated machine translation to improve the delivery of healthcare to limited English proficiency patients. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing with her two rescue cats and taking care of her family of over 30 houseplants!
|Originally from Boston, Megan Zhang graduated from Cornell University with degrees in American Studies and Asian American Studies. She worked as a case manager at a women and children's shelter before attending medical school at the University of Maryland. She is a Gold Humanism and AOA recipient as well as a graduate of the Clinical Accelerated Program in Psychiatry. She was highly involved in the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association and has a strong interest in advocacy work. Her other interests include surfing, banana bread, and space movies.
Community Psychiatry Track