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We strive to ensure that each patient is heard and involved as an active participant in their health decisions and healing processes.

Integrative Psychiatry Approach

We partner with you to provide an in-depth/deep dive into all the factors that impact your health (genetic, environmental, early childhood trauma, and social/cultural aspects that impact spiritual, mind, body, and lifestyle) to discover the root causes of your symptoms to not only treat but heal and correct underlying causes of illness. I provide education about the risks/benefits of various treatment approaches and partner with you and your inner intuition to come up with a tailored treatment program just for you. I also provide:

  • Traditional medication management and referrals to alternative and complementary treatments when needed.
  • Functional medicine approaches to laboratory testing and lifestyle modification coaching with protocols that may include an elimination diet, genetic analyses to tailor which supplements to use, environmental detoxification, and bioenergetic approaches.
  • Deep dive into understanding and treating the root causes of comorbid medical conditions and/or past trauma when needed.
  • Close follow-up during med changes – daily to weekly if needed to ensure close monitoring of symptom improvement and to reduce the potential for any unwanted side effects.
  • Easy patient portal experience to communicate with me between visits, track your symptoms, and make/modify your own appointments when needed.
  • Medication de-prescribing when indicated.
  • Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy and psychedelic integration when needed.

We partner with you to provide an in-depth/deep dive into all the factors that impact your health (genetic, environmental, early childhood trauma, and social/cultural aspects that impact spiritual, mind, body, and lifestyle) to discover the root causes of your symptoms to not only treat but heal and correct underlying causes of illness. I provide education about the risks/benefits of various treatment approaches and partner with you and your inner intuition to come up with a tailored treatment program just for you. I also provide:

  • Traditional medication management and referrals to alternative and complementary treatments when needed.
  • Functional medicine approaches to laboratory testing and lifestyle modification coaching with protocols that may include an elimination diet, genetic analyses to tailor which supplements to use, environmental detoxification, and bioenergetic approaches.
  • Deep dive into understanding and treating the root causes of comorbid medical conditions and/or past trauma when needed.
  • Close follow-up during med changes – daily to weekly if needed to ensure close monitoring of symptom improvement and to reduce the potential for any unwanted side effects.
  • Easy patient portal experience to communicate with me between visits, track your symptoms, and make/modify your own appointments when needed.
  • Medication de-prescribing when indicated.
  • Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy and psychedelic integration when needed.
Dr. Will Van Derveer, MD from the IPI C5 Year Long Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy Program Lecture from July, 2023.

Herbal & Plant Medicine Supplements

I prescribe several nutraceuticals supplements from a functional medicine perspective when needed. I will typically recommend additional fatty acids and vitamin D as well as hormonal approaches depending on your age. There are several non-pharmacological or botanical approaches that can be used as an alternative to conventional psychotropics, anti-inflammatories, or antibiotics.  I partner with Fullscript to prescribe and manage personalized quality supplements.

Weight Loss & Lifestyle Improvement

I spent the first part of my career studying and treating eating disorders that range from severe starvation with anorexia nervosa to binge-eating disorder and obesity.  For binge-eating disorders and obesity due to excess caloric intake, I offer a number of weight loss strategies including the use of insurance based coverage of GLP-1 and 2 agonist therapy as well as offering a number of compounded weight options in combination with regular weigh check-ins and supportive health coaching for weigh loss, remote monitoring of weight, BP/HR and daily mindfulness programs with BodySite.

Psychotherapy

In addition to standard  psychotherapy training during my 5- year psychiatry residency program, I received a psychanalysis mentorship training award and continue to receive supervision and training in this psychodynamic approach to understanding and treating mental illness. I use an Internal Family Systems and Somatic Processing as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches when needed and collaborate with therapists who use these approaches specifically for Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP).

Lab Testing

I utilized standard laboratory tests standard tests to determine liver, kidney, thyroid, and hormonal functioning as well as more advanced testing of inflammation markers, hormones, infectious, environmental, gut microbiome dysfunction when needed. A deep dive to assess risk with comprehensive panels to optimize health and prevent disease is also available through Rupa Health, Genova, Doctor’s Data.

Genetic Testing

The root cause of mental illness is typically due to genetic x environmental interactions and knowing your genetic predisposition for various diseases often allows for risk factors to be modified and risk significantly reduced. I always keep in mind that no two bodies or minds are the same and recommend Self Decode as well as Genesight when needed to predict response to specific medications, and optimize your medication regimen.

Collaborative Care

As a family physician as well as a psychiatrist, I can help co-manage comorbid chronic disease when needed. I also feel it is important to collaborate in care with your other providers and will assist with referrals to conventional and several alternative care providers in the community for (acupuncture, active-release therapy, lymphatic drainage, neurofeedback, etc.)

Ketamine Treatment

Ketamine is the best antidepressant medication currently available and is showing great promise as not only a treatment but a cure for PTSD, anxiety, and OCD. It was made to be a safer alternative to PCP and is a dissociative anesthesia medication that is safe and frequently used in surgery for children and surgeries associated with pain. Ketamine was first used in the Vietnam war to help reduce pain and mental anguish in the battlefield. It is a very safe medication that doesn’t lower blood pressure or reduce respiratory rate. At low doses commonly prescribed intranasally or sublingual in ketamine clinics, it has a dissociative and true psychedelic effect that lasts for approximately 90 minutes. The effects of are felt immediately and the antidepressant effects can last up to a week. A typical course of outpatient low-dose ketamine is 6 weeks but may be shorter or longer depending on the needs of each person. Ketamine promotes neuroplasticity allowing the brain to disconnect from old unhealthy patterns and realign with new beliefs. When combined with KAP, it allows for expedient and deep breakthroughs to heal spiritual and mental trauma and bring about profound and lasting change.

Read more about the transformative potential of ketamine on our next page.

Depression

The depressed brain encourages rigid thought patterns that impact well-being. This can be viewed as a "landscape" with deep wells that make it difficult for patients to "move between" different thoughts and perspectives. Image by Richard Daws, Kings College London

Psilocybin

Psilocybin therapy "flattens" the brain's landscape and "opens up" the rigidity of the depressed to allow new thoughts, insight, and perspective to emerge. Image by Richard Daws, Kings College London

Post-treatment

Post-treatment, a flatter landscape makes it easier for patients to experience healthier flexibility and diversity in their thought patterns. Image by Richard Daws, Kings College London

To learn more about how ancient psychedelic approaches have been used for millennium to treat mental illness and how research and treatment in this area of research got shut down with the so-called war on drugs, watch: How to change your mind: