It is important to take care of every part of your body, especially your mind. People immediately seek out assistance if they had a physical injury, but when it comes to their mental health, they do not prioritize it as equally as they should. With the rise of mental and behavioral health issues, suicide rates have risen to 29% in the last decade. That is why focusing on psychiatry, biobehavioral, psychology, and mental well-being is critical in people’s lives.
Word of Health would like to recognize a few of these individuals who are there to listen to patients and provide the best treatment or medication. Not every psychiatric case is the same, so that’s why these individuals must fully understand their patients to put their mental health as the top priority.
1. Phuong Tran, DNP
Dr. Phuong Tran earned his Bachelor’s of Science from the University of California, Irvine. Shortly after, he earned his second bachelors in Nursing. He then received his Master’s of Science from California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Tran continued his education and earned his Doctorate in Nursing Practice/Science at Chapman University, where his clinical dissertation focused on utilizing adherence therapy, to increase medication compliance and reducing of depressive symptoms. He is American Board certified as a Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner and is also licensed in the state of California. Dr. Tran has 6 years of experience in the mental health field. Currently, Dr. Tran sees patients of all ages, with myriad mental health issues, including: depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, insomnia, ADHD, OCD, and disorders such as bipolar, dementia-related, eating, and autism. Dr. Phuong Tran, DNP, PMHNP-BC, takes a unique and progressive approach to mental health illnesses. He considers the influence of three factors: one’s past and upbringing, current life situations, and one’s genetic makeup, affecting influencing mental illness. Being trained and current with the best evidence-based medical treatment strategy, he places a strong emphasis on psychosocial, and psychodynamic factors as the foundation of his treatment.
2. Jennifer Love, M.D.
Dr. Jennifer Love is board-certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and addiction medicine, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. She attended medical school at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed her internship, residency and subspecialty fellowship training at the University of Hawaii. She served as chief resident and as clinical faculty at the University of Hawaii Department of Psychiatry before returning to California to work at a chemical dependency rehabilitation program prior to joining Amen Clinics. Dr. Love is an award-winning researcher and international speaker, interested in the interface between cultural and spiritual factors and overall mental health. Dr. Love’s work focuses on restoring life balance, brain and body health, and helping her patients improve their functionality and satisfaction in life. She considers a wide range of interventions including nutraceuticals, medication, exercise, yoga, psychotherapy, and sleep/relaxation training. Her specialties include: mood disorders, substance-use disorders, anxiety disorders, anger and irritability, behavioral addictions, co-occurring pain, and opioid dependence.
3. Lawrence V. Tucker, M.D.
Lawrence V. Tucker, M.D. is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, practicing in the pharmacological management of psychiatric disorders and addiction medicine. Dr. Tucker attended UCLA for his undergraduate degree, where he obtained a B.S. in Physiological Sciences. He then attended UCLA School of Medicine for his Medical Degree and stayed at UCLA for his residency in Psychiatry and Neurology. He has been in leadership roles since 2006 and is a Certified Physician Executive. Prior to attending UCLA, Dr. Tucker served in the United States Marine Corps, Infantry, and served in Desert Storm. Among the long list of accomplishments, Dr. Tucker feels most accomplished with his blended family of 5 children and his wife of over 13 years. Dr. Tucker is currently the director of a behavioral health unit at Mission St Joseph’s Laguna Beach, where he manages dual diagnosis, acute stabilization, and detox patients. In 2016, Dr. Tucker established the first Chemical Dependency Recovery Hospital with the American Addiction Centers located in Orange County. This is the first CDRH that has been established in the state of California in over 20 years. His paradigm of treatment is that he: “Treats a person Not a Diagnosis”. He uses a holistic model and incorporates sobriety, exercise, diet, therapy, supplements, as well as psychopharmacological therapies.
4. David M. Davis, M.D.
Dr. David Davis has been practicing psychiatry in Orange County for 38 years, and specifically in Newport Beach for 21 years. Dr. Davis differentiates himself from other psychiatrists in a number of ways. He keeps his patients on track, and he does not waste time, reducing overall treatment costs. In the initial evaluation, he tries to discover the root cause of the problem which can often provide significant relief, as well as optimism about improving. Dr. Davis has many years of training in psychodynamic psychotherapy. He is recognized as a premier psychiatrist and was honored to have received The Orange County Magazine – Physicians of Excellence Award for Psychiatry in 2005, 2015, and 2016, as well as Castle Connolly Top Doctors Award for Psychiatry in 2018. Dr. Davis is not only a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, but he is also a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a designation granted to only a small percentage of psychiatrists. Dr. Davis has extensive experience in all classes of psychotropic medication management. He utilizes the newest, cutting-edge technologies, such as “GeneSight” and “MYnd Analytics,” to assist him in choosing the medication most likely to work best for his patients. These are much more accurate approaches to prescribing medications than primarily relying on clinical symptoms.
5. Gordon Globus, M.D.
Dr. Gordon Globus maintained a half-time private practice of psychiatry in Newport Beach since 1992, after retiring from the University of California Irvine, College of Medicine. He has a broad experience in psychiatry and was at various times in charge of outpatient psychiatry, an inpatient program, and psychiatric consultation at UCI Medical Center. His scope of practice contains a consultation and treatment for a wide range of psychiatric problems. Dr. Globus is a traditional clinician. He does not rely on testing and questionnaires but simply talks with a person, asks questions, and tries to understand their problems in a collaborative way. He will be able to make a provisional diagnosis, formulate, explain and implement a treatment plan during the initial consultation. Because Dr. Globus maintains only a half-time practice and has no staff, he usually is able to respond fairly quickly to calls, emails, prescription refills.
6. Dan R Tzuang, M.D.
Dr. Dan R Tzuang is an American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) Double Board Certified psychiatrist in both Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry whose private practice is on the border of Irvine/Newport Beach, located close to the 73 Freeway. Prior to establishing his practice here in Irvine in 2010, he completed a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Stanford University. At Stanford, his training exposure was both broad and in-depth, as he trained and studied with experts in the field of psychiatry. Dr. Tzuang was able to hone his treatment approach and develop his patient skills in a wide range of psychiatric diagnoses, such as ADHD, depressive & anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and pervasive developmental disorders including autism and Aspergers. Dr. Tzuang completed his adult psychiatry training at a small yet nationally renown program at San Mateo County Medical Center for his adult psychiatric residency and graduated from medical school from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Dr. Tzuang also has expertise in the areas of adolescent/young adult & cross-cultural mental health, served on the APA Committee of Asian American Psychiatrists, Council of Minority Mental Health and Health Disparities, the Executive Council of the Orange County Psychiatric Society, and was founder and chair of the Orange County Psychiatric Society’s Asian American Issues Committee.
7. Rustin Berlow, M.D.
After 15 years of considerations on whether or not to invest in TMS equipment, Dr. Rustin Berlow reached the turning point while filling in for a local psychiatrist who was doing TMS. Today, he cannot imagine running his psychiatric practice without TMS. “There is a deeply rewarding feeling of helping more people and having more treatment options,” says Dr. Rustin Berlow, whose clinic in Del Mar, California, has a remission rate of about 40% for patients getting treatment for their depression. To put things into perspective, this means that “they are relieved of symptoms and able to function better than they ever have. C students become A students, a salesperson breaks previous sales records, a husband can finally listen and be present for his wife and deepen connection and intimacy in the relationship,” explained Dr. Berlow.
8. Alexis Meshi, M.D.
Dr. Alexis Meshi is a graduate of Wellesley College and the AUC School of Medicine. After receiving her medical degree she completed a year-long Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Neural Regeneration and Spinal Cord Injury at the Reeve-Irvine Research Center at UCI. Dr. Meshi completed her internship year of residency at the UCLA-Northridge Family Medicine Residency Program. She then went on to complete her residency training in general adult psychiatry at the Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Meshi is a general adult psychiatrist with a strong interest in treating women. She has a particular interest in perinatal and reproductive psychiatry and enjoys providing specialized care to women suffering from reproductive associated mood disorders, including PMS, illness during pregnancy and the postpartum period. She truly believes that each and every person should always strive to maintain a healthy and active brain, to optimize their life happiness. Dr. Meshi is also involved with Hands of Ahava, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide physical and emotional support to victims of domestic abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault.
9. Michael B. Ferguson, Psy D., LCSW
Dr. Michael Ferguson has been working in the mental health profession for more than 30 years and has specialized with Chemical Dependent patients with co-existing disorders, i.e., anxiety and depression. He received his Bachelors’ Degree in Psychology from Long Beach State University, where he graduated with honors. He completed his Masters’ Degree in Social Work at the University of Southern California and received his Doctorate of Psychology from Ryokan College of Los Angeles. He served his internships at UCLA Harbor General Hospital in Torrance, California, where he worked with adolescent children and their families. He also trained at L.A. County USC Psychiatric Hospital where he worked with bipolar and schizophrenic populations, and other related psychiatric illnesses. During his current practice at Laguna Behavioral, he serves a broad and diverse population who frequently present with depression, anxiety, and chemical dependency. During treatment, they learn how to deal with uncomfortable emotional conditions, i.e., social phobia, communication problems, and other fears without the use of their drug of choice. Dr. Ferguson has served as Clinical Director for several drug and alcohol recovery facilities. He is certified by the Department of Probation to teach Domestic Violence Classes and currently serves as Clinical Director of a Domestic Violence Agency in South Orange County. He also provides treatment for this population in his private practice. As a practicing psychotherapist with Christian based values, he provides counseling that will help develop and cultivate coping mechanisms which are consistent with Scriptural principals found in the Bible. Equally important, Dr. Ferguson’s ethical standards remain uncompromised while adhering to the highest level of honesty and integrity.
10. Sandy Moghadam, LMFT, DMFT
Dr. Sandy Moghadam performs Cutting Edge Therapy which is a scientific method and state of the art approach to life struggles, challenges, and achievements. This unique approach focuses on world transitioning relationships in a new light with the following lenses: A multisystemic and multidimensional innovative relationship therapy approach for individuals, couples, families, and organizations. Designed to help people help themselves in marriage, family, and social relationships and focuses on peoples’ uniqueness without generalizing, categorizing, and labeling. Dr. Moghadam is an adjunct and visiting professor teaching graduate-level courses like advanced theories, cross/cultural, parenting, and the impact of financial crisis on people. She has linked her business education to the family therapy field by creating an assessment model which includes important factors like financial crisis that impacts mental health and relationships. Dr. Moghadam got her bachelors degree in business and got into an MBA program. She started in management trainee program in banking and reached a Vice President position in financial planning. She also has translated several relationship books, written several articles, books, and chapters of textbooks.
Top Yoga Apps of 2019
Many people practice yoga to merge the mind and the body and to seek out physical and mental health benefits. But did you know that there are apps available to facilitate your yoga sessions? Word of Health would like to recognize some of the top apps that will optimize your yoga experience.
Note: This is not a ranking article, and the descriptions for each app can be found on the applications store on your smartphone.
This highly-rated app offers around 500+ asanas, 200+ guided yoga classes for everyone from beginners to masters. Coaches also facilitate workshops that will tailor to your needs and will help you stay on top of your yoga routine. The app also offers a global community to share ideas and stay updated on the latest campaigns.
Keep Yoga helps connect the mind and the body by providing more than 400 asanas and 10 yoga session plans. Real person guidance will provide detailed descriptions and will give you a deeper understanding
With 450+ yoga poses in the app, Lotus Yoga tailors your yoga work out to your focus or level of experience. There are also 100+ of yoga and pilates classes in different categories to fit your desired needs. You also have the option of creating your own programs to track your progress.
Yoga Down Dog
Down Dog provides more than 30,000 configurations so that you are not repeating the same workout. The app also focuses on relieving back pain by stretching and strengthening certain areas of the back. To enhance the user experience, Yoga Down Dog offers dynamic changing music and a different set of voices for voice-guided instruction.
Yoga Studio: Mind & Body
This app presents 170+ ready-made yoga videos along with guided meditations. But what sets Yoga Studio apart from other apps is the option to customize or create your own HD video classes. Furthermore, the smart-link feature will help transition from one pose to the next. For reference, there is a yoga library with detailed information about each pose with corresponding images.
Top 5 Meditation Apps To Try in 2019
Many individuals get engrossed in their daily routines with little time to be mindful or calm. To address this problem, people are turning to meditation apps to restore balance into their lives. Check out the Top Meditation Apps that will help you feel peaceful and will allow you to exude peace amidst a busy schedule.
Note: This is not a ranking article, and the descriptions for each app can be found on the App Store.
Calm is an app for Sleep, Meditation and Relaxation. It has sleep stories, breathing programs, stretching exercises, and relaxing music. In addition, it is recommended by psychologists, therapists, and mental health experts. Calm is the perfect mindfulness app for beginners, but also includes hundreds of programs for intermediate and advanced users. Guided meditation sessions are available in lengths of 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, or 25 minutes so you can choose the perfect length to fit in with your schedule.
Headspace helps its users learn to relax with guided meditations and mindfulness techniques that bring calm, wellness and balance. This app teaches users how to meditate, breathe, and live mindfully. It has also been proven to improve focus. There are exercises on topics such as managing anxiety, stress relief, breathing, happiness and focus. For beginners, there is a free basics course that will teach you the essentials of mindfulness and meditation.
This app is the apps of the year winner by TIME magazine and Women’s Health, and it has guided meditation talks led by the world’s top meditation and mindfulness experts such as neuroscientists, psychologists, and teachers from Stanford, Harvard, the University of Oxford, and more. It also has music tracks from world-renowned artists. Additionally, there are thousands of discussion groups and community features to help you reflect and monitor your progress.
Stop, Breathe, and Think
Stop, Breathe, and Think is an app designed to help you build the emotional strength and confidence to handle life’s ups and downs. This meditation app will help you reduce stress through a meditation timer and guided breathing exercises and acupressure. Moreover, this app will also help track your mood and progress by top emotions, total time meditated, and weekly settledness.
10% Happier is a guided meditation app that aims to help people to stick to their meditation journey. There are videos and meditation combos that make it fun and straightforward to meditate as well as a library of 500+ guided meditations on topics ranging from anxiety yo parenting to focus, ensuring that you can find the right meditation for the moment. Furthermore, there are also quick meditations that fit your busy life during your commute, lunch break, etc.
Have you tried any of these apps? Let us know in the comments below.
Top Cardiologists in Inland Empire
According to the CDC, every one in four deaths can be attributed to heart disease. Needless to say, the heart is one of the most vital organs in our body. Ensuring that the heart functions properly can significantly enhance the quality of our lives in terms of longevity and sustainability. Cardiologists specialize in treating diseases in the heart and some areas of the circulatory system.
Word of Health would like to recognize the top cardiologists in the Inland Empire for their impactful work that they are doing for their communities to combat heart disease.
Dr. Don Ahn, M.D.
Dr Ahn is the founder of Inland Cardiology. He originally started as an individual cardiologist at San Antonio Community Hospital in 1985, and eventually formed the Inland Cardiology Medical Associate Group in the year 2000. He is board certified in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Diseases,and Internal Medicine. He performs cardiovascular procedures ranging from diagnostic to therapeutic interventions. He graduated from Kyunghee Medical school in Seoul, South Korea, studied at Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville, and underwent his Internal Medicine Residency at Wright State Medical shool in Dayton Ohio. He then finished a Cardiology Fellowship at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles. He currently serves as the Medical Director of Invasive Cardiology at San Antonio Community Hospital. He also was previously honored to serve as the Chief of Staff there in the year 2006.
Dr. Hetal Bhakta, M.D.
Dr. Hetal Bhakta is one of the most sought-after cardiologists in the Coachella Valley. Specializing in the Field of Electrophysiology and also board certified in Cardiology, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology and Internal Medicine, he offers state-of-the-art care for both diseases of the heart and its electrical malfunctions that disrupt the proper blood flow.
After graduating from Albany Medical College in New York, Dr. Bhakta completed his clinical training in internal medicine and cardiology from University of Southern California. He then completed advance fellowship in electrophysiology from Kaiser-UCLA program. After finishing his clinical training Dr. Bhakta moved to Palm Springs and founded Desert Heart Rhythm Consultants and started the Electrophysiology Program at Desert Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Bhakta has since built a comprehensive EP program which offers a full complement of services for patients suffering from heart rhythm disorders—from device-based therapies to advance ablation therapies which cure heart rhythm disorders in many cases. Dr. Bhakta also is a leader in introducing cutting-edge technologies and new procedures to the Coachella Valley and Inland Empire that provide new and safer options for improving the lives of people who live here.
Dr. Mimi Sen Biswas, M.D.
Dr. Biswas completed her B.S. at the California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech), received her MD from the UCLA School of Medicine, and completed her residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. At Duke University Medical Center, she completed her Cardiology Fellowship, a fellowship in Women’s Health, obtained a Master’s in Health Science, and is still involved in clinical research. While on the faculty at Duke, she founded and was the Clinical Director of the Duke Women’s Heart Care Clinic. In addition to being board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Nuclear Cardiology, she is trained in cardiac CT imaging. She specializes in cardiovascular imaging, prevention, and women’s cardiovascular care. Dr. Biswas is dedicated to developing a center for Women’s Heart Health in the Inland Empire, and to raising awareness about women and heart disease.
Dr. Syed W. Bokhari M.D., F.A.C.C.
Dr. Syed W. Bokhari, MD is the owner and lead care provider at Advanced Cardiovascular Care in Riverside, California, and the greater Inland Empire area, and also serves as a Chairman for the Department of Medicine at the Riverside Community Hospital. As an esteemed specialist in his field, Dr. Bokhari specializes in and treats varicose veins, structural heart disease, and cardiovascular disease. He performs carotid stenting, as well as minimally invasive and nonsurgical vascular procedures, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Dr. Bokhari received his medical degree from King Edward Medical University and completed an internship and residency at Los Angeles County, University of Southern California Medical Center. He also completed general and interventional cardiology fellowships at the University of California, Irvine and University of Chicago Medical Center. He’s board-certified in endovascular medicine, cardiovascular diseases, and interventional cardiology and enjoys helping his patients regain and maintain healthy and joyful lives.
Harit V. Desai, M.D.
Dr. Harit Desai attended medical school at the M.S. University Baroda Medical College, India where he was amongst the top 5 students in the graduating class. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at New York Medical College Westchester Medical Center where he was selected as a Chief Medical Resident. He then completed fellowship training in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology at University of Miami, Florida, where he also served as a Chief Interventional Cardiology Fellow.
Dr. Desai performs all ranges of coronary interventional procedures such as angioplasty, stent placement, atherectomy, intravascular ultrasound and is proficient in performing these procedures via the radial artery (wrist) approach. He also implants permanent pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. He has expertise in a variety of cardiac imaging methods, including nuclear cardiac imaging, vascular ultrasound, transesophageal and transthoracic echocardiograms. He specializes in the management of peripheral arterial disease causing leg pain (claudication) and/or impaired wound healing. He is also trained in structural heart disease interventions including ASD/PFO closure, balloon aortic valvuloplasty and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Dr. Desai has published numerous research papers in peer reviewed medical journals and presented his work at several national meetings.
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