I write on being a friend to yourself.
I practice psychiatry and parent, with my husband, our 3 small children.
This blog reflects many years of study, along with life and patient experience. I hope you will enjoy it!
Disclaimer: Specific details have come from my imagination and not patients. The characters are fictitious and not based on real people. Nor is anything I write meant to be medical advice or engage in any doctor-patient relationship.
© 2010 Sana Quijada, all rights reserved
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I speak English fluently and Spanish conversationally.
I am happy to work with interpreters if needed.
More About Dr Q
I am in private practice working in the areas of outpatient clinic (in person or by telepsychiatry – remote Psychiatry services using technology,) ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy), and enjoy participating as community faculty with Loma Linda University Department of Psychiatry, and University of Riverside School of Medicine.
I never get tired of talking about becoming a friend to yourself, and working with others with those same goals is my dream job. This blog is a place where I get to hear the concerns and perspectives of self-accountable people in the trenches, so that I never lose touch with what’s happening outside of my tiny point on the globe.
My Medical Practice Story
I became a licensed physician in 1999 after one year of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry Internship and have since completed a general psychiatry residency between two programs, Loma Linda University Medical Center and Harvard South Shore. I then completed a Prime Medicine Fellowship at Harvard South Shore in 2002. Since then, I have worked in several companies and hospitals before settling in my little nook, here in the Riverside-Murrieta-Temecula areas of Southern California.
I have been in psychiatry for twelve years now, working in various positions encompassing medication management, psychotherapy, ECT, public speaking and writing.
Yes, I’ve Done Other Things Besides Psychiatry
I’ve travelled for years with my nuclear family in the medical mission field to somewhere around twenty countries. My formative years were also largely influenced by the pleasures of music, sports, reading and writing. My bachelor’s degree in Biology, from La Sierra University, California in 1994, ushered me into the final years of my formal education. Just before entering medical school, I spent almost three months in Sevilla living in the community and learning Spanish. Between years two and three of medical school, I spent five weeks in the medical clinics and community of Ecuador, where I was happy to continue studying Spanish.
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8 Random Facts About Dr. Q
1. I reserve home movies and television exclusively for aerobic exercise. Without them, I won’t exercise. If I diluted my access to these specific forms of entertainment by watching whenever I wanted, I wouldn’t exercise. With them, I find myself eager to get to the bike.
2. I don’t watch or read “downers” or scary stuff. I think I am happier for it.
3. I am tenacious. The process of coming to a decision, arriving and teaching is pure pleasure.
4. I never sleep during the day for longer than twenty minutes.
5. I have hiked to the fourth cabin on Mount Kilimanjaro. I love waterskiing, snow-skiing, and tennis and still consider myself “active” even though I haven’t done any of them in fifteen years. I embrace my denial.
6. I go with my kids to Palazzo Salon to get our hair done. We get head and neck massages from the best hands and my kids ask for tea. I do this because I believe in keeping life simple. Get a good haircut on your kids and you don’t have to worry about what they do with their hair or clothes thereafter. They still look basically great. Sometimes it has worked, which keeps me going.
7. I love chocolate. I love chocolate. And I am a food addict. Enough said.
8. “I struggle every single day with trying to balance work and family,” as said by one of my favorite literary agent’s, Rachelle Gardener. I do too.