About Me

I have been fortunate to attend my schooling and training at some of the top institutions in Los Angeles. For undergraduate studies I attended UCLA, majoring in History and graduating Cum Laude.  I then went on to medical school at the KECK/USC School of Medicine.  My residency was completed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the department of Psychiatry, where I was awarded the Judd-Marmor award for Excellence in Clinical Practice. I am Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I have completed Core-Training in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy with Drs. Robert Neborsky and Josette Ten-Have de Labije, two world-renowned psychotherapists.

I particularly enjoy the work I do in my private practice; it is the culmination of all that I do and continue to work at.  My goal is to help people get better, live fuller and happier lives. I also particularly enjoy my activities as Clinical Assistant Professor at the USC/Keck School of Medicine, where I teach medical students.  In the past I worked as a Research Physician. In this capacity I functioned as Principal or Sub-Investigator on numerous trials assessing various aspects of medications en route to FDA approval. Related to my research endeavors I served as the Vice-Chairman of the Institutional Review Board at Glendale Adventist Medical Center.        

a high level of ‚Äčquality care.

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1200 Artesia Boulevard, Suite 204

Hermosa Beach, California 90246




1460 7th Street, Suite 201

Santa Monica, CA 90401



Dr. Ettekal is a licensed and board certified psychiatrist and therapist practicing in Santa Monica and Hermosa Beach, CA.  Dr. Ettekal treats adults with a variety of illnesses and disorders including ADHD, Anxiety disorder, OCD, Depression, bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, and claustrophobia.  Dr. Ettekal services areas including West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Culver City, Marina Del Rey, Vista Del Mar, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, El Segundo, Southbay,  Palos Verdes, San Pedro, Long Beach, Beverly Hills, Redondo Beach, Pacific Palisades, Venice, Playa del Rey, and Hermosa Beach. 


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