Doctors/Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN):
All of the doctors and APRNS are all licensed and board certified in their respective fields, actively engaged in ongoing continuing education and follow the highest professional and ethical standards.They are all able to perform thorough initial evaluations to direct you to the most appropriate type of treatment for your needs including medication, counseling, and lifestyle changes.
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (an M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in mental health, including substance use disorders. Psychiatrists are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological problems. Psychiatrists attended four years of medical school following their undergraduate degree. They then complete a minimum of 4 years of post-graduate education in a medical internship and psychiatry residency.
Because they are physicians, psychiatrists can order or perform a full range of medical laboratory and psychological tests which, combined with discussions with patients, help provide a picture of a patient’s physical and mental state. Their education and clinical training equip them to understand the complex relationship between emotional and other medical illnesses and the relationships with genetics and family history, to evaluate medical and psychological data, to make a diagnosis, and to work with patients to develop treatment plans.
Our psychiatrists are all board- eligible/board -certified and have attended prestigious medical schools and psychiatric residencies. They have extensive training and clinical experience in managing complex psychiatric conditions that may require a number of treatment interventions including counseling, medication, management of co-existing medical conditions, and lifestyle changes.
Advanced Practice Nurses:
Advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) earn master’s or doctoral degrees in psychiatric-mental health nursing. This is a specialized degree that requires completing a graduate nursing program with a concentration in psychiatric mental health nursing at an accredited institution. APRNs apply the nursing process to assess, diagnose, and treat individuals or families with psychiatric disorders and identify risk factors for such disorders. They provide mental health services and medication management very similar to those of a psychiatrist in that they typically prescribe medications, monitor patient progress on these medications, and incorporate psychotherapeutic modalities into their sessions with patients.
Our APRN’s have extensive experience in psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and medication management They all work directly under the direct supervision of one of our psychiatrists who reviews their patients’ progress and is available for consultation anytime.