Dr. Atkins grew up in Ann Arbor and is a graduate of the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science and Arts and the Medical School. He did a pediatrics residency at the Children’s Hospital of Oakland, CA. He worked for a decade as a board certified pediatrician and practiced at several community clinics before becoming a physician partner at Kaiser Permanente in the San Francisco area. His work included primary care for all children and specialty care for adolescents. He also lead the establishment of several innovative teen clinics.
Following his interests, and recognizing the large need for more Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, Dr. Atkins decided to pursue further training. In June of 2013 he completed a residency in adult psychiatry and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Michigan. Dr. Atkins served as chief resident during the last year of his fellowship program and is continuing his affiliation with the University of Michigan as an adjunct faculty member. Although initially drawn to the mental health field through his work with children and adolescents, Dr. Atkins finds great satisfaction in working with adult patients.
Dr. Atkins is board certified in Psychiatry. Dr. Atkins is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Medical Association. He is fluent in Spanish.