Dr. Nugent is a Psychiatrist who specializes in helping patients with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mood disorders. He is particularly interested in the effects of traumatic experiences, especially in childhood, on people’s current struggles. He believes that leaving this aspect unaddressed will almost certainly prevent full recovery from psychic suffering and achieving a life that is fulfilling and meaningful.
He has always been fascinated with the mind and how its complexities shape our behavior. This fascination was deepened in medical school through studying the function of the brain and realizing that there is still so much to learn. He then worked in various clinical settings helping patients with severe mental illness and saw how critical mental health is to overall well being. This all led him to psychiatry.
He believes each person’s story is unique and therefore, despite mental illnesses having certain names, each person experiences them differently and should be treated with this in mind. He strives to be collaborative, empowering his patients to shape their treatment with his advice. He also highly encourages his patients to be proactive in their treatment, as this leads to more lasting recovery and creates a sense of self-efficacy and resilience.
Dr. Nugent believes Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) has great potential for treating many common ailments, such as depression and anxiety. It is minimally invasive and, in contrast to medications, often completely free of side effects. Esketamine nasal spray has immediate proven benefits for severe depression and, when combined with explorative therapy, has the potential to greatly enhance insights and progress towards lasting mental health.
He joins Mindful Health Solutions in the Summer of 2021.
Dr. Nugent appreciates the vibrancy in the culture, food, arts, and activism in the Bay Area. He loves being surrounded by incredible coastline, lush forests, and nearby mountains. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family, friends, and his two dogs. He likes hiking, camping, backpacking, trying new restaurants, and experiencing live music. He is also an avid homebrewer and loves the combination of art and science involved in creating and executing recipes.
Dr. Nugent completed his Bachelor of Arts in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California Berkeley.
After completing his undergraduate degree, he received his Master of Arts in Medical Sciences from the Boston University School of Medicine.
He received his medical degree from the University of California San Diego (UCSD), where he first developed his interest in psychiatry. During this time, he refined his skills as a Clinical Research Assistant, where he investigated the use of computer-based training modules in patients with schizophrenia to improve basic auditory processing. He also served as Specialty Clinic Manager at the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project, where he managed both the Psychiatric clinic and the Neurology Clinic and coordinated care with supervising physicians for underserved populations such as homeless or undocumented patients.
He completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of California, Davis. During his residency, he worked in a variety of clinical settings and with a wide array of patients. This included work at the VA Sacramento Medical Center, where he helped provide comprehensive care and treatment to veterans in need. He also provided clinical care at the UC Davis Behavioral Health Center Outpatient Clinic and conducted both psychotherapy and medication management visits and other mental health services to a diverse socioeconomic population throughout the greater Sacramento area.
Most recently, he served as a Psychiatrist at the Turning Point Crisis Residential Programs in Sacramento, performing psychiatric evaluations on clients referred from inpatient psychiatric facilities and providing medication management and support to clients. He also worked at the Sacramento Country Mental Health Treatment Center, where he conducted initial crisis evaluations for patients and led the multidisciplinary team in providing services for the inpatient unit.