Frequently Asked Questions

What is a psychiatrist?

A psychiatrist is a medical professional, specifically trained in medically treating psychological conditions. A psychiatrist completes 4 years of medical school and then goes on to complete 4 years of a psychiatry residency. After this a psychiatrist takes their board examination to become a Board Certified Psychiatrist. Generally psychiatrists focus on medication management but some participate in psychotherapy as well.

What is an Osteopathic Physician?

An osteopathic physician is a medical doctor who has specialized training in osteopathic manipulation (movement of the bones, muscles, ligaments, and lymphatic system) used to allow the body to heal itself. Osteopathic medicine is built upon the following Principles: A Person is a unit composed body, mind, and spirit; The body is capable of self-healing; structure and function are reciprocally interrelated. Although in psychiatry we do not use direct manipulation of the body, we can still employ the principles of osteopathic medicine to help our patients.

How do you employ Osteopathic Principles in your practice?

The following osteopathic principles most directly affect me and my practice: A Person is a unit composed body, mind, and spirit; and the body is capable of self-healing. For my practice I advocate greatly the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle as well as fostering a connection to whatever belief system that you have. Additionally, I believe inherently that the body, through proper self-care, can help to heal itself. While I still use medications to help my patients with their psychiatric conditions, it is my practice to enhance overall health to give my patient’s their best chance at mental health recovery.

What is your area of expertise?

As a general psychiatrist, I have training in all aspects of psychiatry and I take pride in treating all psychiatric conditions. My training in residency had a large focus on community mental health. It is my particular area of interest in treating advanced and complex disease states such as Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia.

What if I don’t have insurance?

No insurance? No problem! I charge $150 for a new patient appointment (30 minutes) and $75 for follow up appointments (15 minutes). I make sure that I look for cost effective solutions for medical management. It is my obligation to provide you with the best quality of care regardless of your insurance situation.

What if I have an Emergency?
  • For an emergency, please immediately call 911. 
  • Additional emergency resources through PEMHS (Numbers may be subject to change)
    • 24-hour suicide prevent hotline: 727-791-3131
    • 24-hour mental health assistance at 727-541-4628.
  • The toll free national suicide prevention lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
  • If you do have an urgent (non-emergency) issue to discuss, please leave a voicemail message and our medical staff will return your call

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