Our Doctors

Our Doctors

“DMH is the first organization to adopt telepsychiatry in an urban setting. It has allowed me to reach underserved patients throughout the county, improving their access to psychiatric care.”

– Amber Kondor, MD

Dr. Kondor moved to Los Angeles from the east coast to attend medical school at USC Keck School of Medicine. Training in the county hospital and the psychiatric emergency room at USC inspired her to continue working with the LA County seriously mentally ill population at Harbor UCLA while completing her residency. Her outpatient experience in residency was in the DMH Adult Outpatient Clinic at Harbor UCLA, and her commitment to this underserved population was strengthened as she transitioned to full time Mental Health Psychiatrist with DMH in 2012.

“I believe our clinics are very important to our community,  what we do helps many families and individuals in need living in our beautiful LA.”

– Carlos Jordan-Manzano, MD, Supervising Psychiatrist

Dr. Jordan graduated from UCLA Harbor Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2011, completed his psychiatry residency at UMDNJ New Jersey and WVU in West Virginia. Dr. Jordan attended medical school at “Universidad Major de San Andres” in La Paz, Bolivia. He served in the US Army National Guard from years 2002 to 2011. Dr. Jordan is interested in community psychiatry, children and adolescent psychiatry, and addiction psychiatry. His goal is to bring state-of-the-art psychiatric services to our underserved communities while expanding our cultures.

“Working for DMH affords me an opportunity both to treat justice-involved and foster youth, and to work to effect policy change in the foster care and juvenile justice systems as a whole. This is very rewarding.”

– Christopher Thompson, MD, Supervising Psychiatrist

Dr. Thompson has been the Medical Director for the Juvenile Justice Mental Health Program and Director of Juvenile Court Mental Health Services of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health for the past 6½ years. For the five years prior to this, he treated youth in Los Angeles County’s juvenile halls and camps. He is Board Certified in General Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine. He is also a Certified Correctional Health Professional of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).

Additionally, Dr. Thompson is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He teaches both the forensic and child & adolescent psychiatry fellows. He also gives lectures on child forensic psychiatric topics to second-year child & adolescent psychiatry fellows and forensic psychiatry fellows at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.

“It’s a large, dynamic department, just like the city…it affords me an opportunity to work with a lot of different people.”

– James Jones, MD, Regional Medical Director

Dr. Jones is a graduate of Howard University, The College of  Human Medicine at Michigan State University and completed his Psychiatry Residency Training at the University of California, San Francisco. He has been a public sector psychiatrist since completing his training and also has a small private practice that is involves working on various integration projects that have occurred or are occurring throughout the State of California. He was one of the Clinical Faculty advisors for the recently completed CalMend CPCI Pilot Project which was a collaborative to integrate primary care and mental health services in six California counties.

Prior to returning to Los Angeles in 2005, Dr. Jones was the Medical Director of Baker Places which is a large psychosocial rehabilitation program in San Francisco. He subsequently became the Medical Director of Community Behavioral Health Services which is the entity that provides behavioral health services within the San Francisco County Department of Public Health. Since January of 2011, he has been a Regional Medical Director within the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and is involved in clinical and administrative duties related to service areas IV and VI; LPS-related issues and the LA-AOT Teams.

“The Department has a lot of innovative approaches to treating a very difficult population.”

– Karen Lee, MD, Regional Medical Director

Dr. Lee completed her medical training at LAC/USC and have worked locally for over 28 years. She is Board Certified in Psychiatry and in subspecialty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Lee’s current position is an Associate Medical Director in Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. She is also a volunteer faculty at Harbor/UCLA Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program.

“DMH is putting community psychiatry into the community with services from homelessness outreach to recovery focused treatment services of all intensities, according to patient need.”

– Robert Burchuk, MD, Medical Director Intensive Care Division

Dr. Burchuk obtained his MD at Boston University and his General Psychiatric Training at GWU in D.C. He completed a Forensic Fellowship at the Greater LA VA Sepulveda program. He has worked in a wide variety of settings and as a hospital, day hospital and managed care medical director, and joined DMH in 2013.