Dr. Rivera is an adult psychiatrist in private practice in Sarasota, FL, and is medical director of TriYoga International. He graduated from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, MO, and graduated from Psychiatry Residency Training at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL.
Dr. Rivera’s practice is dedicated to the evaluation and management of neuro-degenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Lewy Body, Fronto-Temporal, and other types of dementias. Dr. Rivera utilizes a holistic, yoga-based approach in the management of patients within the spectrum of cognitive decline and dementia. According to degree of impairment, modalities like diet, supplements, herbs, yogaasana, pranayama, meditation, music, aromatherapy, massage, etc are prescribed to address symptoms like depressed mood, stress, insomnia, agitation, and anxiety. This approach optimizes quality of life and minimizes the use of potentially dangerous medications.
Dr. Rivera presents, at national and international venues, on topics ranging from dementia education and training, to yoga-based approaches to mental health and well-being. Non-pharmacologic ways of optimizing cognition, mood, sleep, and management of stress are common topics, as is the influence of lifestyle choices like diet, physical activity, yogaasana, meditation, laughter, sense of humor, etc. Dr. Rivera is an advocate of the plant-based diet, and shares globally the research on the impact of the vegan diet in human health, animal rights, and the environment.