Fellowship:
U of Hawaii JABSOM Residency Programs: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
07/2013 - 06/2014

Residency:
U of Hawaii JABSOM Residency Programs: General Psychiatry
06/2010 - 06/2013

Medical Education:
Sackler School of Medicine - New York State American Branch, Israel
Degree earned: MD 08/2006 - 05/2010

Education:
Graduate - University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
Biochemistry 09/2005 - 12/2005
Undergraduate - Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA
Biology and Psychology 09/1998 - 05/2002
B.A., Biology 05/2002
Membership and Honorary/Professional Societies:
National Honor Society - Twin Falls, ID -1998
Key Club - Twin Falls, ID -1998
Consecutive Honor Student - Seattle Pacific University - 1998-2002
Active Member of APA and HPMA - 2010-2012
Medical School Awards/Extra Contributions:
Biochemistry Curriculum Reform Committee - member - 2007
Recognition for work as head author/editor of our medical class' update publication - 2006-2007

Work Experience:
07/2014-current
Perma Mental Health, PLLC., Boise, Twin Falls, Sun Valley, ID
Board Certified Psychiatrist
Private practice and Medicaid clinical work serving all ages and all strata of society with medication management, psychiatric evaluations and psychotherapy.

10/2005 - 05/2006 Average Hours/Week: 30
Gritman Medical Center, Moscow, ID
Phlebotomist
Provided phlebotomy services for both in and outpatient care. Assisted department pathologist MD interpreting results of samples.

04/2004 - 03/2005 Average Hours/Week: 25
Self-Employed, Tokyo, Japan
English Teacher
Instructing students of all ages in Japan; includes part time work with pre-school/kindergarten ages

01/2003 - 03/2004
EC (English Circles), Hakodate/Sapporo, Japan Average Hours/Week: 45
English Teacher
Taught Japanese students of all ages English; exemplified the five principles of our organization: Egao - smiling (from the heart); Sunao - accepting constructive criticism; Kenkyo - humility and sincerity; Sekininkan - professionalism and responsibility; Hairyo - caring for others.

08/2001 - 06/2002 Average Hours/Week: 10
Basic Education Tutoring, Seattle, WA
Tutor of Math, Science, English and Spanish
Tutored various subjects for junior high school and high school students.

08/2001 - 06/2002 Average Hours/Week: 18
Swedish Home Health and Hospice, Seattle, WA
Registered Nursing Assistant

Provided practical care for various patients in their homes; experienced the patient's perspective in dealing with AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, various disabilities and dealt with death and family bereavement.

08/2001 - 12/2001 Average Hours/Week: 20
Melting Pot, Seattle, WA
Server's Assistant
Assisted servers at a gourmet fondue restaurant; Grew in multi-tasking abilities and customer service

10/1998 - 02/2000 Average Hours/Week: 21
Dr. Frank Austin (Private), Seattle, WA
Clerical Assistant
Provided clerical and medical research transcription services to a private physician part time while a full-time student at SPU; Subject matter included case reports, synthesis of current medical journal articles

11/1998 - 04/1999 Average Hours/Week: 20
Lake City Elks Snowboarding, Steven's Pass (Resort), WA
Snowboarding Instructor
Instructed clients of all ages in snowboarding lessons

Volunteer Experience:
11/2006 - 03/2009 Average Hours/Week: 3
Homeless Help Center, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Medical Clinic and Soup Kitchen Volunteer
Provided dining services in a large soup kitchen in the inner-city of Tel-Aviv. Assisted a medical doctor in treating homeless patients

01/2003 - 02/2005 Average Hours/Week: 5
Community Centers (various), Hakodate/ Tokyo, Japan
Volunteer ESL Instructor
Taught English and participated in cultural exchange groups

10/2000 - current (somewhat ongoing) Average Hours/Week: 2
Urban Outreach (Seattle Pacific University), Seattle, WA
AIDS Care Team Member
Provided (continuing to provide) care and support to an individual living with HIV

06/2000 - 08/2001
Miracle Ranch/ Alderbrooke Inn, Seattle, WA Average Hours/Week: >80
Summer Camp Counselor (summers)
Cared for groups of 8-15 campers for one week at a time with ages ranging from 8-18; facilitated various adventure activities; led guitar sing-a-longs

03/2000 - 08/2006
Various, Uganda
International Exploration and Service

Explored service opportunities and various cultures throughout over 20 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, Central and South America; length of stay from days to several weeks.

02/1999 - 05/1999 Average Hours/Week: 5
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Hospital volunteer
Served many various needs throughout the hospital from transporting samples to patients.

09/1998 - 06/2000
Young Life Open Door, Seattle, WA
Mentor, teacher
Worked with disabled high school students by facilitating club meetings, personal counseling and tutoring.

Research Experience:
09/2009 - 12/2009 Average Hours/Week: 5-10
Bronx-Lebanon Hospital; Einstein SOM, New York, NY
Researcher, Dr. Moradi, MD

Assisted study focusing on the combination of Avastin and dexamethasone compared to triamcinolone in the treatment of refractory macular edema (cystic). (unpublished). I gathered data through chart review; analyzed the results; participated in the design of the study and statistical analysis.

09/2005 - 12/2005 Average Hours/Week: 10
Washington State University, Pullman, WA
Researcher, Dr. Jeffery Joireman

In this study, "The amalgamation of in-group bias (via similarity) and mortality salience on helping behavior," the known psychological responses to two factors known to increase helping behavior were explored. I participated by appearing to the subjects we were studying as a researcher only there to analyze their fingerprint patterns.

Published Books and Chapters of Books:

Wills AB. (2006, May) Regarding how to study for standardized exams (i.e. the MCAT)

Wills AB. (2012) University of Hawaii, JAB School of Medicine: Case Based Pediatrics For Medical Students And Residents. -Authored new chapter on Somatic Symptom Disorder (formally Somatoform Disorder) Incorporating the novel approach of the DSM-5.

Public Speaking and Presentations:
**Gave full hour lecture on Somatic Symptom Disorder/ DSM-5 updates
--at Intermountain Hospital, Boise, ID Nov 13th, 2014

Academic presentations were given frequently throughout Residency and Fellowship

Hobbies and interests:

  • Family: Reading, puzzles, playing, laughing with my girls
  • Music: Piano, guitar, singing, composing, listening, Karaoke
  • Writing: Creative, educational, comedy
  • Travel: Exploring, learning, adventure, exotic cuisine, engaging with other cultures
  • Sports: kite surfing, surfing, snowboarding, hiking, water skiing, wake boarding, Frisbee, rock climbing
  • Academic: Study, ongoing personal interest in psychotherapy, psychopharmacology

Language:
  • Spanish: Certified in intermediate level Spanish proficiency by Don Quixote (language school) after 3 months of immersion in Salamanca, Granada and Barcelona, Spain
  • Japanese: Two years' experience of living and studying Japanese in Japan; currently living in bilingual home with Japanese-speaking wife and bilingual daughter(s).
  • Hebrew: Some Hebrew from our time in Israel

Other Awards/Accomplishments:
  • Achieved Top Scores on Standardized Psychiatry Exams (PRITE and Child PRITE)-2013
    • ranked number one out of 28 residents/fellows in Neurology (99th percentile nationwide)
    • ranked in the 98th percentile nationwide on the Child PRITE out of over 800 fellows
  • Ranked by students: Top ESL teacher - Hokkaido, Japan - 2003
  • Valedictorian - Twin Falls High School, ID - 1998
  • Recipient of $20,000 Provost Award and Scholarship - Seattle Pacific University, WA - 1998
  • Debate Club Varsity Member (lettered + trophy) - Twin Falls High School, ID - 1998