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I am a psychiatrist (a medical doctor who specializes in illnesses with mental symptoms) with a solo private practice in Towson, MD. My training was at Johns Hopkins, and I am certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I take care of adults (ages 18+) with illnesses such as:

  • Dementia,
  • Depression,
  • Bipolar disorder,
  • Schizophrenia,
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder,
  • Panic disorder,
  • Generalized anxiety disorder,
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder,
  • Autism spectrum disorders,
  • Attention deficit disorder, or
  • Chronic pain

I do not usually take care of people with:

  • Delirium,
  • Eating disorders,
  • Substance abuse,
  • Legal problems related to psychiatric illnesses, or
  • Patients under 18 years old with mental illnesses typically taken care of by child psychiatrists (such as oppositional defiant disorder or school refusal).

In rare cases, I take care of patients between 16 and 18 years old who have illnesses which are essentially the same as those found in adults (such as depression, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder).

Almost all of my patients have insurance, usually a preferred provider organization (PPO). I don't usually see patients who are in a health maintenance organization (HMO) or those with Medicaid. I work on a fee-for-service model, meaning that I ask to be paid at the time of service and I will provide you receipts for you to submit to your insurance company. In general, insurance companies cover the majority of my charges, but you would typically have to pay something, depending on the details of your plan. I do see patients on Medicare, but this is a special situation (see below).

There are two primary business models for how psychiatrists see patients: solo versus being a member of a group practice associated with an organization such as a hospital. I am a solo practioner. This has certain advantages such as:

  • More personalized service for you,
  • Better accessibility to me via phone, email and texting,
  • More flexible hours for appointments,
  • More privacy regarding your medical records,
  • Me spending much more time with you, and
  • You being able to get a response from me within 24 hours in most cases.

It also has certain disadvantages, such as:

  • Lack of a secretarial staff to handle refills, paperwork and insurance matters outside of your session, and
  • Increased cost.

I realize that my practice is not for everyone, and I am not interested in trying to have any more than a limited number of patients. I am not trying to compete with bigger, less personal organizations.

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Getting to my office
Towson public library at the corner of York Road and Chesapeake Avenue. Click to enlarge.East Chesapeake Avenue, looking from corner of York Road. Click to enlarge.Corner of Chesapeake Avenue and Delaware Avenue. Click to enlarge.
Public parking on Delaware Avenue. Click to enlarge.101 East Chesapeake Avenue. Click to enlarge.Suite 401, 101 East Chesapeake Avenue. Click to enlarge.
Waiting room. Click to enlarge.Consultation room. Click to enlarge.Me. Click to enlarge.
practice/start.txt · Last modified: 2013/04/23 18:44 by patrickbarta