About Me


I am a Yale, UCLA, and UCSF-trained psychiatrist serving the San Francisco Bay Area. I was born in Japan, raised in the Silicon Valley, and completed my undergraduate studies at Yale. I obtained my medical degree from UCLA followed by psychiatry residency at UCSF, where I served as chief resident. I completed additional training in the areas of addiction psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. I am fluent in both Japanese and English.

I decided to start a private practice focused on serving Japanese and Japanese-American clients as one of only a handful of Japanese-speaking psychiatrists in the state of California, let alone the continental US. As my practice has grown, I have also reserved slots to treat those with substance use disorders/addictions, especially for those people who suffer from other co-occurring mental health conditions (i.e., dual diagnosis).


  • Yale, BS

  • UCLA, MD

  • UCSF, psychiatry residency

  • UCSF, addiction psychiatry fellowship

  • UCSF, forensic psychiatry fellowship


  • California Medical License

  • Active DEA license including DATA 2000/X-waiver

  • Board-certified in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Current/Past Positions

  • Medical Director, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Clinic, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center

  • VA Site Director, UCSF Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship

  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF

  • Chief Resident for Inpatient and Emergency Psychiatric Services, UCSF

  • Councilor at Large, Northern California Psychiatric Society

  • Area VI Co-Director, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry

  • Chair, California Society of Addiction Medicine Conference

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychiatric Association

  • Northern California Psychiatric Society

  • American Association of Addiction Psychiatry

  • American Society of Addiction Medicine

  • California Society of Addiction Medicine
  • American Academy of Psychiatry and Law