All Kinds of News for June 05, 2019
Dr. Janet Martin is one of OPI's in-house psychiatrists, a bright, enthusiastic, and observant member of the team who meets one-on-one with clients to provide individualized care and medical insight. She was originally drawn to Optimum Performance Institute (OPI) because of a vested personal interest in young adult psychiatry. Having difficulty finding such a specialization during her residency at Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Martin was surprised and pleased when OPI’s founder reached out to her regarding a position. Dr. Martin returned to OPI in 2016 after a hiatus and has been with OPI ever since.
Dr. Martin grew up in San Pedro, CA, to a father who fought in WWII and taught high school biology, and a mother who immigrated from Japan. She has been practicing psychiatry for 13 years since completing her residency at Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Martin joined an MD/PhD training program at UCI to do research on brain aging, but fell in love with medicine while in medical school, and so completed the PhD, studying neuropathology of frontotemporal dementia. She had some difficulty finally choosing between neurology and psychiatry (having an interest in any field “brain-related”) but decided on psychiatry in her fourth year of medical school, as she found it more rewarding.
When asked about what she considers her greatest personal and professional achievements, Dr. Martin said she values helping patients and seeing them improve in their lives. She also stated she feels good about being in a healthy relationship with her spouse and having a sense of teamwork that allows her to work part time so they can raise two wonderful kids. As well, she is proud of generally being able to maintain a balance between work and play, a skill she also encourages our OPI participants to develop and maintain.
As for her greatest strengths (particularly in a residential setting), Dr. Martin believes coming from a multicultural background has made her more understanding of different cultures and perspectives, a very valuable asset to any residential program, but especially salient in our Los Angeles location. She also said she has been "accused of being a combination of intelligent and caring."
Dr. Martin has the following advice for families seeking residential care for a loved one:
“It's important to support family members who are struggling and need inpatient care. It's also important to seek support for yourselves, as it can be very stressful to live with a loved one who needs that level of support. Becoming educated about your loved one's condition(s) and learning how to reduce stress in the home environment are important to understanding what your loved ones are going through and trying to reduce exacerbations of such conditions. “
When she’s not gracing colleagues with her intelligence and warmth at OPI, Dr. Martin can be found helping patients in her private practice, volunteering for the art docent program at her child's elementary school, riding her mountain bike in the Santa Monica mountains, or skiing in Mammoth.
About Optimum Performance Institute
Optimum Performance Institute (OPI) was founded in 2003 and Joint Commission (JCAHO) accredited and located in the San Fernando Valley. OPI offers treatment focused on complex mental health diagnosis and challenges for young adults ages 17-28. Participants engage in real life experiences in an urban setting and work with a multidisciplinary team to forge the path to lasting independence.