My residency training at the University of California at San Diego was incredibly challenging. I completed a 5-year, combined program in both Family Medicine and Psychiatry. As part of my training, and while doing hospital rotations, I maintained a clinic one or more days each week at St. Vincent de Paul Village, a homeless shelter for men, women and families in downtown San Diego. There, I learned medicine by caring for persons with extremely complicated medical and psychiatric illness, in a setting with limited resources. I learned to arrive at a diagnosis by taking a careful history and conducting a thorough physical exam. I learned to ask questions and really listen to the answers. Of course, I ordered blood tests and imaging studies too. But, more often than not, I found the most accurate way to diagnose and treat a problem is to really pay attention to the patient...something that is still the cornerstone of my style of practice today.
Dr. Nancy Akalin
Dr. Nancy Akalin earned her undergraduate degree from University of Nevada, Reno and her doctorate from Washington State University. She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the UCSD School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, where she remained on as Program Director for the Outpatient Psychiatry Program for a total of 10 years. Currently, she is in private practice in California.
I’m a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience. I’ve spent most of my career working in medical settings, including primary care. I work with individuals seeking to make behavior changes for a healthier, happier and more balanced lifestyle. Depression, anxiety and relationship issues are often common presenting problems. I am also comfortable treating patients with severe psychiatric conditions. I use cognitive-behavioral techniques and interpersonal approaches, and my style is empathic, supportive, practical and straightforward.
Julia Tidik, MSN, PMHNP
I am a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and am currently licensed in both California and Washington State. I specialize in treating substance abuse, including with the use of medication-assisted treatments such as buprenorphine (Suboxone). I additionally enjoy working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic attacks, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. My practice is currently focused on working with adults up to age 65. I am not able to see patients who have Medicare in my private practice.
I provide comprehensive psychiatric assessments, during which I assess each individual's health holistically and make recommendations for non-pharmacological interventions in addition to utilizing medications when needed.
In addition to medication management services and supportive counseling, a large part of what I do is psychoeducation, to help you learn more about your condition and what you can do to feel better. I prefer to take a collaborative approach with my patients, and as an experienced nurse practitioner will help you make informed decisions regarding treatment.
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