What is a psychiatrist?

A psychiatrist is a physician who has completed medical school, and completed four or more years of post-graduate training, who focuses on treatment mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder.

Are you board certified?

I am board certified in general and child and adolescent psychiatry.  During my residency training, I also completed 24 months of pediatrics training.

What ages do you see?

Generally speaking, I see patients 21 years old and younger for new evaluations.  However, I do not have an age limit for established patients.  I will work with them as long as there is a need.

Do you see patients in the office or by telehealth?

Both options are available.  There may be times that I have to move visits from the office to telehealth: if I am in quarantine, if one of my children is ill or in quarantine, if my children’s school closes.  

How do I connect to you for a telehealth appointment?

I utilize the Spruce Health App; in contrast to other systems, there is no link or waiting room, but you do need to set up a free Spruce Health Patient account.  For details see: https://help.sprucehealth.com/category/480-using-the-spruce-app

Do you take insurance?

Currently I am in network with Anthem, United, Humana, and Medical Mutual.  I am awaiting a decision from Caresource, Aetna, and Cigna.

What are your rates?

Out of network rates are as follows:

Initial evaluation: two 45 minute sessions $200 each session

Initial evaluation: one 90 minute session: $300 (generally adolescents and older, as I need to be able to speak to parents and children separately)

Follow up 30 minutes: $125

Follow up 50 minutes: $200

Rates for insurance carriers I am in network are dictated by the insurer’s contact and cannot be amended.

Do you have any areas of expertise?

I am comfortable treating a variety of conditions, but most of my work has been with mood disorders.  In addition to medication management, I provide psychotherapy, and am comfortable with psychodynamic psychotherapy, supportive psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, positive psychotherapy.  In addition, I am interested in teaching “regulate, reason, reassure” techniques to individuals who have misophonia and their families.  I have an interest in integrating nutrition, physical activity, and spirituality into treatment plans.

What kind of spirituality?

I’m Catholic, so it seems very natural to integrate Christian prayer into treatment, but my practice is open for individuals of all backgrounds.  If your background differs from mine, please educate me, so we can integrate it into your treatment.  Studies show that individuals with higher degrees of religiosity and spirituality have better mental and physical health outcomes.

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