MILLENNIUM MEDICAL SERVICES
Richard Hartman, MD - Board Certified Psychiatrist
Wade Hamil, PhD - Clinical/Neuropsychologist
Tonya L. Vose, LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker
A psychiatrist is a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. It takes many years of education and training to become a psychiatrist: He or she must graduate from college and then medical school and go on to complete four years of residency training in the field of psychiatry. (Many psychiatrists undergo additional training so that they can further specialize in such areas as child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, psychopharmacology and/or psychoanalysis.) This extensive medical training enables the psychiatrist to understand the body's functions and the complex relationship between emotional illness and other medical illnesses. The psychiatrist is thus the mental health professional and physician best qualified to distinguish between physical and psychological causes of both mental and physical distress.
Although some psychiatrists will specialize in "biological" psychiatry and others will specialize as psychotherapists, most psychiatrists employ a number of different types of treatment, tailoring each combination to the needs of the individual patient. However, all psychiatrists are able to prescribe medication if they believe it is necessary. They tend to be called upon to treat the more serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and manic depression.