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About the Doctors
Roberto Estrada, MD – Medical Director
As a nationally-recognized clinical expert in the field of Interventional Psychiatry and Brain Stimulation Therapies, Dr. Estrada has over 15 years of experience treating patients with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS). He has utilized these safe and effective treatment modalities to help thousands of patients suffering with severe and debilitating depression. He helped form Lenox Hill TMS Psychiatric Associates in 2009, and now serves as Medical Director for the San Francisco office.
Dr. Estrada completed his Residency training in Adult Psychiatry, where he served as Chief Resident, and Fellowship training in Geriatric Psychiatry at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He completed Visiting Fellowships in ECT and TMS at Columbia University Medical Center and has also received formal clinical training in VNS.
After completing his training, he joined the Attending Staff at Lenox Hill Hospital where he served as the Assistant Director of Inpatient and Emergency Psychiatry (2006) and Chief of ECT Services (2004-2015). He remains on the Voluntary staff at Lenox Hill Hospital and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine.
Dr. Estrada is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is an active member of the International Society of ECT and Neurostimulation (ISEN) and the Clinical TMS Society, where he has worked diligently to advocate for mental health parity and increase awareness of novel psychiatric treatments.
Doug B. Anderson, MD
Dr. Doug B. Anderson is an established private practitioner of general psychiatry in San Francisco, with a major emphasis in depressive disorders. He is Board Certified as a Diplomat by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is currently on the consulting staff at California Pacific Medical Center. Dr. Anderson’s career treating depression has led him to explore effective treatments, in addition to psychotherapy and antidepressant medication. He finds TMS to be a valuable addition to traditional treatment.
Dr. Anderson completed his medical school education at the University of Oregon Health and Sciences School of Medicine. He completed his psychiatric residency at the University of California Medical School, San Francisco, Langley Porter Institute. In addition to maintaining an active general practice of psychiatry, he has served as the Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the McAuley Institute, St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco. While at St. Mary’s Medical Center, he was the Chairman of the Medical Ethics Committee and helped establish ethical guidelines for the practice of delivering health care. Before entering his residency in Psychiatry, Dr. Anderson worked as a general physician in the Orthopedic Department of Kaiser Hospital, San Francisco which taught him much about what people experience with illness, either physical or psychological. A more recent interest has been in geriatric psychiatry. Dr. Anderson completed his Board Certification in Geriatric Psychiatry and is an active consultant in geropsychiatry. He is currently an active member of San Francisco Medical Society, and has served on the Board of Directors.
Girish Subramanyan, M.D.
Dr. Girish Subramanyan is a psychiatrist in full-time private practice in San Francisco specializing in the treatment of adults with mood and anxiety disorders, including treatment-resistant mood and anxiety disorders. He is Board Certified as a Diplomat by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Subramanyan’s areas of interest and expertise include the pharmacotherapy of more severe, medication-resistant Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorders and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. He is interested in the evolving therapies and technologies in the treatment of these conditions, including brain stimulation technologies, such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and novel pharmacotherapies.
Dr. Subramanyan has had a long-standing interest in the field of mental health. He studied psychology and biochemistry at Case Western Reserve University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He received his medical degree at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Subramanyan completed his residency training in General Adult Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco (U.C.S.F.), where he focused on psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy of mood and anxiety disorders. There, he received the Edwin Alston Award for Distinguished Achievement by a Physician in the Integration of Psychiatry Practice.
In his private practice, Dr. Subramanyan focuses on close collaboration with area psychotherapists who practice evidence-based treatments for mood and anxiety disorders.
Maria Lorente-Foresti, Ph.D.
Dr. Lorente-Foresti is a Psychologist for the County of San Mateo. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2000 from Palo Alto University (formerly Pacific Graduate School of Psychology), after completing her Clinical Internship at the New York University/Bellevue program. Dr. Lorente-Foresti is licensed by the California Board of Psychology and the New York Psychology Board.
Over the past ten years, she has started two successful behavioral health clinics, working to improve services offered to those with addiction issues, developmental disabilities, and serious mental illness. For the past 15 years, Dr. Lorente-Foresti has worked with individuals who suffer from depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems.
Her work in this area began in 1997 when she began analyzing data and creating research projects in the area of suicidology. This work lead to publications in the area of cultural aspects of suicide and its evaluation thereof. Her work was helpful in understanding how physicians can better evaluate and assist someone who is suicidal.
Currently in her clinical work, Dr. Lorente-Foresti utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), an empirically supported treatment for a wide variety of psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and substance abuse disorders to assist clients in healing.
She has also led Cognitive Behavioral Therapy groups for the County of San Mateo, assisting individuals’ recovery from depression. She practices, teaches, and supervises students in the implementation of these techniques, and has done so for many years. Dr. Lorente-Foresti has extensive experience in evaluation, adult therapy, and working with other providers to make available the highest level of care.
Dr. Lorente-Foresti learned about TMS when researching effective, non-invasive, and empirically validated treatments for depression. She has attended workshops in TMS, reviewed cases of patients that have seen relief of their depressive symptoms with this treatment, and continues to work with healthcare practitioners to increase their understanding of the benefits of TMS.
Peter Forster, MD
Dr. Peter Forster is the Clinical Director of Gateway Psychiatric Services, a multi-disciplinary clinic focused on the treatment of people with bipolar and unipolar depression. He was previously the Medical Director of Community Mental Health Services for the City and County of San Francisco, and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at John George Psychiatric Pavilion in Alameda. For the last four years, he has been recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America. Dr. Forster is currently a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Dr. Forster specializes in the treatment of people with mood disorders such as recurrent depression and bipolar disorder. An internationally respected expert, he has written many articles on: mood disorders, anxiety, somatization and managed care. In his private practice, he specializes in the evaluation and treatment of adult depression, bipolar disorder (manic-depression), and PTSD.
Dr. Forster has been doing TMS treatment for four years and has had excellent results with it for a range of patients who have either not responded to medications or had intolerable side effects from antidepressants.
Dr. Forster graduated from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine in 1985, and completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco.