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Trusted Providers

I receive absolutely no incentives, monetary or otherwise, from any provider or service I recommend.  It is either providers I have personally used for myself or family and/or referred others to and they have shared about their positive experience.

Counseling:

Performance Counseling: Don Keller

(856) 617-7688

https://performance-counseling-don-keller.business.site/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=referral

Rising Sun Counseling: Julie DeLuccy

(609) 902-0636

https://www.burlingtonresourcenet.org/search/rising-sun-counseling-services-julie-deluccy/

Joseph Degenhart

(856) 424-4408

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/joseph-degenhart-marlton-nj/179158

Meg Clark Soriano

(856) 985-9091

https://cfcemedford.com/about-us/therapists/meg-s/

Psychiatry:

Dr. John Or Emily Wilkins

(856) 983-5551

When I meet another prescriber that believes in minimal medication, safe prescribing practices and collaborative care I will add to list.  

 

MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment):  Vivitrol, Suboxone

Dr. Joseph Cesarine and Dr. Rick Pescatore

(856) 362-4819

https://www.mhadvancedtherapies.com/?utm_source=gmb_auth

 

Please Note: In order to receive Vivitrol shot, one must be free from all opiates for 7-10 days.  Initial Vivitrol prescribing guidelines stated 10-14 days.

https://www.vivitrol.com/content/pdfs/prescribing-information.pdf

 

Financial Advisor:

Russell Johnson

(856) 218-0080

https://www.msinvestmentgroup.com/team

 

Nutrition:

Kelly Burgess-Licensed & Registered Dietitian 

(844) 223-6973

http://tobetterhealthnutrition.com/

Advocate For Yourself

ALWAYS Be your own best Advocate! ALWAYS...ADVOCATE, ADVOCATE, ADVOCATE for yourself and your treatment, whether it be medicinal or therapeutic!

Understand safe prescribing guidelines: Monotherapy versus Polypharmacy.

I also strongly suggest ruling out any underlying medical issues with your primary care doctor.  Discuss with your PCP the role of Vitamin D, Thyroid, (most especially a Thyroid Antibody), Inflammation (C-Reactive Protein), Hormones (Testosterone, Estradiol etc), B 12 and Vitamin C can play in psychiatric concerns.

I also educate them on the addictive nature of Benzodiazepines and Stimulant Medications (for any age group and to be especially careful before the age of 23 when the pre-frontal cortex is not fully developed), as well as the possible long term side effects. I suggest they talk to their prescriber about exhausting all other options before utilizing these classes of medication.  Remember, benzodiazepines are for fast acting short term use, NOT regular everyday use.  A bottle of 30 benzodiazepines should last a long time, not a week or a month.  They are for OCCASIONAL use!

Lastly, if several different medications have been used to treat a diagnosis without success, I often look at the possibility of a wrong diagnosis, rather than medication ineffectiveness.

A medication that I have observed to be highly effective for Depression, Cyclothymia, Bipolar, BPD, Intermittent Explosive Disorder and PTSD is Lamictal.  I like Lamictal as a first option because it is an anti-epileptic and not a psychotropic and has been around since 1994. 

Lithium is another medication that I have observed to be highly effective.

I am not a medical doctor, nor claim to be.  My hope is to teach clients the importance of advocating for themselves AND being an informed consumer.