Councilor Biographies

Charles Ashbrook, M.D., councilor

Dr. Charles Ashbrook is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in the outpatient care of young adults and adults with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and personality disorders. A guiding principal of his clinical practice is to review, simplify, and optimize his patients’ medication regimens, using evidence-based approaches.

As a psychiatrist at an academic medical center, Dr. Ashbrook instructs residents at UC San Diego School of Medicine. He has a passion for medical education and teaching, particularly in the areas of psychiatric interviewing, psychotherapy, and descriptive psychopathology as it relates to diagnostics. He has won many teaching awards while at Naval Medical Center San Diego, and upon leaving his position with the Navy, he was also awarded the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

Prior to joining UC San Diego Health, Dr. Ashbrook was an assistant professor of psychiatry with the Navy, affiliated with Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. He was also the division officer for the 36-bed inpatient psychiatric unit at Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Dr. Ashbrook completed residency training in psychiatry at UC San Diego School of Medicine and earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. He is board-certified in psychiatry and is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association.

In his spare time, he enjoys reading, traveling, and rooting for his undergraduate alma mater, the University of Notre Dame.

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

Ronak Jhaveri, M.D., councilor

Dr Jhaveri graduated with a BS in Biology and AA in Management from the University of California, Irvine in 2006.  He received his medical degree from Ross University School Of Medicine in 2012.  Dr. Jhaveri finished his general adult psychiatry training at the University of Connecticut in 2017 and is currently a fellow in the UCSD Community Psychiatry program.  He serves on council because our coordinated efforts are greater than the sum of each of our individual efforts.  Organized care sees a greater sustained benefit to the whole population and is less likely to reinvent the wheel.

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., councilor and Federal Legislative Representative

Dr. Ojha is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD in the Community Psychiatry Program.  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 has been the California Psychiatric Association Resident-Fellow Member Representative to the California Medical Association.

robert Gorney, MD, Councilor and correctional systems representative

Robert Gorney, M.D., is an adult and geriatric psychiatrist. Originally from San Diego, he graduated with a bachelors of science degree in biochemistry and cell biology from UCSD before attending medical school at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, CA, where he graduated in 2008. He did an internship in internal medicine at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, prior to finishing his residency in psychiatry at UCSD. He was a chief resident at the VA Medical Center in La Jolla, CA in 2012-2013. During that year he won the Lewis L. Judd Award for his research related to alcohol use in older adults and its relationship with domains of successful aging. Subsequently, he completed a clinical fellowship in geriatric psychiatry, also at UCSD.  He is currently working for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Gorney has participated in several roles on Council. He served as Councilor, Communications Committee chair, and Executive Committee member.