What is a difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

  • A psychiatrist is a medical doctor with a specialty in psychiatry.  Concerning adult psychiatry, this training requires 4 years of medical school and 4 years of residency.  Psychiatrists are licensed to prescribe psychiatric medications and may also provide therapy.
  • A psychologist, social worker or licensed counselor can provide psychotherapy but cannot prescribe medications.


Do you see anyone under the age of 21?

  • I do not offer child or adolescent psychiatric services.  


Do you take insurance?

  • I do not accept any insurance, so I would be considered an out-of-network provider for all insurances.  You would be required to pay the full amount at the time of service and may then submit a claim to your insurer.  Of note, patients with Medicare insurance would not be allowed by Medicare to self-file a claim for reimbursement.  Also, Medicaid patients are not allowed to see a provider who is out-of-network under any circumstance.


How do I schedule an appointment?

  • If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please call 980-819-1807, email or fill out the contact information form on the website.
  • You do not need a referral to see me, unless otherwise required by your insurance carrier.
  • You may download and print the New Patient forms and then bring the completed forms to your first visit.


How do I get records from another doctor forwarded to you?

  • Other providers will need your consent to send over any of your medical records.  You may use the Authorization of Release of Confidential Information form (under new patient forms) to directly request records from your provider.


What should I expect at the first visit?

  • If you have not already filled out the new patient forms, please arrive early so that you may complete them and make the most of our time together.
  • You may make yourself comfortable in our waiting room and I will come to get you at your scheduled time.
  • Most initial visits are between 60 and 90 minutes.   After the assessment is complete, we will discuss diagnosis and recommended treatment.  This may or may not include medications and/or therapy.


How often do I need to be seen?

  • Depending on your condition and medications, the time interval between appointments will vary.  Generally, I like to see patients back more frequently when first starting on a medication(s).  This may be anywhere from two to four weeks.  Once stable, that interval may increase to once every few months.