Birth Date: February 6, 1953
Studies: Medicine University of Costa Rica
Psychiatry University of Costa Rica
Substance Abuse Johns Hopkins University
Experience: National Institute on Alcoholism and Farmacodependency
In charge of: Out-patient Services 2 years
Prevention and Community Extension 1 year
Alcoholic Detoxification 3 years
Rehabilitation Department 4 years
Department of Research 4 years
Consultant in Substance Abuse related projects
For: Panamerican Health Organization (P.A.H.O.)
World Health Organization (W.H.O.)
Organization of American States (O.A.S.)
United Nations: Latinamerican Institute for the
Prevention of Delinquency and the Treatment of the
Private Practice on Psychiatric Consultation 35 years
With emphasis on: Pharmacotherapy
Director of “Clínica Casa de Campo” 7 years
an Addictions Inpatient Treatment Facility
Director of “Centro de Neuroterapia” 8 years
An EEG Biofeedback Clinic
Director of “Casa Serenidad”, a private 8 years
Addictions Inpatient Treatment Facility
Director of “Serenity House”, a private Addictions 4 years
Inpatient Treatment Facility (English spoken)
Seminars and Courses, Research and Publications
Professor at Medicine School, University of Costa Rica (U.C.R.)
Professor at Medicine School, Un. of Central América (U.A.C.A.)
Professor at Psychology School, Un. of Iberoamérica (U.N.I.B.E.)
Professor at Psychology School, Universidad Latina
He has attended, participated and has been an exhibitor or lecturer in about two hundred courses,
seminars, workshops, consultative meetings and/or Congresses, both at national and international level.
He has participated in nearly thirty clinical and/or epidemiological research works in the fields of
psychiatry, psychopharmacology and addictions.
He was Director of Casa de Campo, Serenity House and Serenity House, with a total of approximately
fifteen years of experience in the management of centers of treatment and rehabilitation of alcoholism
and other addictions.
His teaching career includes courses in the Faculty of Medicine of the UCR, the UACA, the UNIBE and the
U. Latina, in the fields of psychiatry Pre-grade and post-graduate treatment of drug and
He has been a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Costa Rica, as well as of the
Association of Psychiatry and Clinical psychology, the Rican Association of Psychotherapy and
Psychoanalysis, the Association Costa Rican Psychiatry and the College Costa Rican
It accumulates 32 years of experience in the private consultation of General psychiatry, in the attention
of people with mental and emotional disorders, and in the private consultation of addictive disorders:
alcoholism, nicotinism, dependence of addictive drugs, addiction To illegal drugs, dual disorders,
gambling addiction or gambling, sex addiction and other addictive behaviors.
Psychiatry is the specialized branch of medicine dedicated to the study, research,
prevention and treatment of mental disorders.
The concept of Mental disorder is certainly difficult to define and there is no
absolute division with physical disorders. It includes a variety of conditions such
as dysfunction, Decontrol, disability, inflexibility, irrationality, nonsyndromic
patterns and statistical deviations.
We could say that this is any associated or resulting condition to a painful stress
or symptom, or disability that affects one or more areas of normal functioning of
people, or that has an increased risk of suffering pain, disability, loss of Freedom
The psychiatrist is dedicated to the management and treatment of individuals
with mental disorders such as cognitive impairment or thought (demented
processes); Substance use, abuse and dependence; Schizophrenia and other
psychotic disorders or contact with reality; Affection disorders such as depression
and bipolar disorder.
Also It is dedicated to the psychological and pharmacological treatment of anxiety
disorders (such as panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder and Post-
traumatic stress disorder), somatoform disorders, Sexual disorders, eating
disorders , sleep disorders, impulse Control disorders, adaptive disorders,
personality disorders, and other conditions that may require clinical care.
The psychiatrist can assist his or her patients with individual psychotherapy or, as
the case may be, of a couple, family or group. You may also prescribe
pharmacological treatment for relieving symptoms or discomforts.