Councilor Biographies

Dan Gardner, M.D., Councilor

Dan Gardner, MD is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Carmel Valley.  He obtained his MD from Northwestern University where he participated in the Honors Program in Medical Education.

After an internal medicine internship at Mount Zion Hospital and Medical Center in San Francisco, he completed his psychiatry residency training at UCSD, where he was chief resident in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatric at University Hospital. After residency, he completed his psychoanalytic training at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

Dr. Gardner is a member of the Executive Committee of the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center, where he is also Chair of the Outreach Committee.

Dr. Gardner is also Medical Director of Hidden Valley Ranch Rehabilitation Services and consults with other brain injury rehabilitation organizations. He serves on the Professional Advisory Council of the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation and the Community Advisory Committee of Operation Family Caregiver.

In the past, he was the Section Head, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Scripps Clinic San Diego and Medical Director, NeuroCare San Diego Brain Injury Rehabilitation Programs.

He is a Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCSD School of Medicine and a Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association. He has served as Chair of the Continuing Education Committee of the San Diego Psychiatric Society and as a member of the SDPS Council.

Hoang Nguyen, M.D., Councilor

Hoang Anh Nguyen, M.D. is an Associate Clinical Professor at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is Medical Director of J Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Center, Southbay and Medical Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Clinic at VAMC, San Diego. He is also an Assistant Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Director at UCSD. He was a Staff Psychiatrist at COMCARE in Phoenix, AZ and Staff Psychiatrist at Scripps Clinic- Division of Mental Health in San Diego, California. Dr. Nguyen serves as district council representative to the San Diego Psychiatric Society. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of California, Irvine, where he graduated cum laude in 1989. He received his Medical Doctor Degree from the University of California, Irvine in 1993. He was Chief Resident during his residency in psychiatry at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ. He completed his Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at UCSD in 1998. Dr. Nguyen is board certified in general psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. He has completed several presentations and his research includes the following:

  • Hoang Nguyen, Michelle Hanna. "The Determination of Optimal Irradiation Conditions for Crosslinking to Protein." Journal of Undergraduate Research in the Biological Sciences. Vol 17, 1987.
  • Dilip Jeste, L Lindamer, H Nguyen, M Petersen. "Tardive Dyskinesia with Typical vs Atypical Antipsychotics." Symposium presented at the APA: May 1999, Washington, DC.
  • Dilip Jeste, J Lacro, H Nguyen. "Typical vs Atypical Antipsychotics in the Elderly." Symposium presented at the APA: May 1999, Washington, DC.
  • Dilip Jeste, M Caligiuri, E Rockwell, H Nguyen, M Petersen, J Lacro. "Treatment-Induced Movement Disorders: How Prevalent, How to Manage?" International Psychogeriatrics. Vol 11, 1999.
  • Mihaela Petersen, H Nguyen, K Harless. "Issues in Recruitment of Elderly for Antipsychotic Drug Study." Poster presented at AAGP: New Orleans, 2000.
  • K Warren, H Nguyen. "Advanced Directives Completion Rate Among Patients in a Geriatric Psychiatry Setting." Poster presented at AAGP: New Orleans, 2000.
  • JL Wetherll, AJ Petkus, KS White, H Nguyen, S Kornblith, C Andreesu, S Zisook, EJ Lenze. "Antidepressant medication augmented with cognitive behavioral therapy for generalized anxiety disorder in older adults." American Journal of Psychiatry. July 2013; 170(7).

Rebecca Romero, M.D., Councilor

Rebecca Romero, MD is a Resident/Fellow Member of the San Diego Psychiatric Society and in her 1st year of child psychiatry fellowship at UCSD. She earned her BS from Penn State with a major in Biology and attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Between her undergraduate years and medical school, Rebecca spent two years conducting clinical research in an intramural research training award program at the NIH. She plans to complete a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry after residency

Peter Seymour, M.D., Councilor

Peter Seymour, M.D.Dr. Seymour attended Stanford University as an undergraduate and recieved his medical degree from Boston University. He completed his psychiatric training at UCSD School of Medicine. Dr. Seymour is currently Chief of Psychiatry at Scripps Mercy Hospital, President-elect of the San Diego Psychiatric Society and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is also the author of "Long Term Treatment of an Addictive Personality,” published in the bulletin of the Menninger Clinic.

Todd Young, M.D., Councilor

Todd Benjamin Young, MD is a board-certified private practice psychiatrist serving the communities of Northern San Diego County, with offices conveniently located in Encinitas. He has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in both outpatient and acute care settings, and is experienced in treating a wide range of psychiatric conditions, including mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, psychotic disorders, addictions, trauma-related conditions, autism and developmental disorders, and many others.

Dr. Young earned his bachelor's degree in history from Tulane University in 1996 and his M.D. from LSU New Orleans in 2006. He completed his general psychiatry residency at UNM Albuquerque, followed by a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at UC San Diego in 2011. Currently, he is pursuing a fellowship in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center, as well as certification in Functional Medicine at the Institute for Functional Medicine. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Institute for Functional Medicine.

Dr. Young believes that the fundamental treatment modalities of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy should be informed by psychodynamic principles, in which an individual patient's presenting concerns are understood within the context of their personality organization and psychological makeup, their current and past relationships, and their family of origin. Furthermore, he believes that one's state of mental health is a reflection of one's nutritional status and degree of physical fitness, and that a focus on restorative sleep, healthy diet, and a physical movement practice can amplify the effects of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy dramatically. He is passionate in his personal pursuit of physical fitness, health, and wellness, with active practices in functional movement, yoga, and most recently, the fascinating and challenging art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.


Priti Ojha, M.D., Federal Legislative Representative

Dr. Ojha is currently a 4th year psychiatry resident at UC San Diego.  She received her BS in Biology/Molecular Cell Physiology from Monmouth University and medical degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

During medical school, Dr. Ojha was Chapter President of the American Medical Association, served on the Board of Trustees to the Medical Society of New Jersey and was a Regional Delegate to the American Medical Association.  She continues her leadership roles as a Member at UC San Diego’s Graduate Medical Education Committee, Suicide and Adverse Event Committee and Residency Centered Training Workforce Committee.

Dr. Ohja has written book chapters for “First Aid for the Neurology Boards” and published numerous journal articles in molecular biology.  She was awarded “Best Clinician” by the UCSD Department of Psychiatry and Alumni Award from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

She has served as Co-Collaborations Chair for SDPS and is currently the California Psychiatric Association Resident-Fellow Member Representative to the California Medical Association.

Michael Takamura, M.D., County Mental Health Representative

Dr. Michael Takamura is an Adult & Forensic Psychiatrist who has been in practice in the Poway area of San Diego since 2006. Prior to opening up his practice, he did his undergraduate studies in neuroscience at Harvard, then his medical degree at UC San Diego, before finishing his psychiatry residency at UC San Diego as well. After his residency, he did a postgraduate fellowship at University of Southern California, at their Psych & Law Institute. He is a part time employee with the County of San Diego at the Forensics Examination Unit, where he conducts primarily criminal forensic evaluations. In his private practice, he does a variety of civil forensic psychiatric work, predominantly as a QME/AME/IME in worker's comp disability. He also serves on staff at Aurora Behavioral Health, a private 80 bed psychiatric hospital in Rancho Bernardo, where he has served on the medical staff since his residency days in 2003. For the SDPS, he has served on Council since he was a resident, back in 2002-2003. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.   His greatest accomplishments to date, however, are his two children: Michael Taylor and Sophia Grace.