Dr. Kjernisted received his Medical Degree from the University of Manitoba in 1983. He worked as a general practitioner for five years before completing training to be a psychiatrist at the University of Manitoba. For more than a decade Dr. Kjernisted was Medical Director of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic and Director of Research at St. Boniface General Hospital in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba before relocating to Vancouver, where he is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Kjernisted has acted as principal investigator in over 35 clinical trials investigating compounds for mood disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, ADHD and weight management. His research interests also include the “mind-body connection” which involves interactions between the brain, the gut and the immune system (psychoneuroimmunology). Dr Kjernisted has lectured extensively on this topic to peers at national and international meetings. Optimal treatment in his busy clinical practice involves complementary and alternative treatments including probiotics, exercise and nutraceuticals, along with medications and psychotherapy, in order to address excessive inflammation and oxidation which contribute to psychiatric illness, chronic pain, heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer and dementia.