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Dr. Chitra Chinnaswamy has the following 2 specialties
A psychiatrist is a doctor with specific training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.
He or she can not only provide the counseling necessary to both diagnose and treat a patient, but can also prescribe medication when needed. In some cases, a psychiatrist will only provide the medication and the counseling will be provided by another healthcare specialist, like a certified counselor or psychologist.
Like other doctors, psychiatrists employ diagnostic tools like CT scans and MRI in order to observe the structure and function of a patient's brain.
Once a diagnosis is made, these specialists may use behavior or cognitive therapy in order to address the patient's condition, or a multitude of other types of therapy, in conjunction with or in place of medication.
A neurologist is a physician who diagnoses and treats disorders of the nervous system which is comprised of the brain, spinal cord and nerves. These doctors do not perform surgery, but refer patients to neurological surgeons when they determine that surgical intervention is necessary.
Some of the conditions that neurologists diagnose and treat are epilepsy, aneurysms, hydrocephalus, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, spinal disc herniation, and spinal disease.
In addition to using diagnostic tests like MRI, CT scans, EEG and EMG, neurologists also employ neurological testing to gauge muscle strength and movement, balance, reflexes, sensation, memory, speech, and other cognitive abilities.
Dr. Chitra Chinnaswamy has the following 13 expertise
- Bipolar Disorder
- Depressive Disorder
- Personality Disorder
- Sleep Disorders
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Mood Disorders
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Mental Illness
- Manic Depressive Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder / Manic Depressive Disorder
Dr. Chitra Chinnaswamy has 1 board certified specialty
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Dr. Chitra Chinnaswamy is Board Certified in 1 specialty
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I had a very poor experience with Dr. Chinnaswamy. I realized her listening skills are selectively poor (i.e. she chooses to not care what you're saying), even regarding your documented medical history. Instead, she looks at you and makes a ten-second judgment. That's not a good way to build a strong therapeutic alliance, in my opinion. For example, I'd slept poorly the night before my appointment. I've previously been diagnosed with a sleeping disorder and depression, and these diagnoses have been confirmed over time. Honestly, I was pretty tired by the time of the appointment (and probably looked the part), but I decided to keep the commitment regardless. Ironically, when I entered Dr. Chinnaswamy's office, I noticed her eyes were bloodshot. I figured she may have had a long day and may be tired, but I did not judge her character or professional ability by it. Unfortunately, this sensitivity/compassion was not reciprocal. I've seen a lot and developed pretty thick skin over time, but my appointment with Dr. Chinnaswamy was scarring. I'll probably never walk into another doctor's office with the same trust or vulnerability I did with Dr. Chinnaswamy. (I'll cancel the appointment if I'm tired, too.)
After making multiple visits, I feel like she never took the time to listen to me or figure out what was actually wrong. All she wanted to do was give me random antidepressants, and as soon as I disagreed with her diagnosis and suggested something else, she started questioning me in such a way as to imply she thought I was only seeing her to get prescription medication. Which I was not, I actually wanted FEWER medications, not more. All she wanted to do was give me antidepressants, and after talking to other doctors, I likely don't even have depression.
Dr. Chinnaswamy has over loaded herself with patients and books 3 every 15 minutes. She is now dropping patients that she created a working relationship and that relied on her service. She will tell her front desk (whom just answers the phones) I'm not seeing him any longer. I got no letter nothing. Not even referrals for another doctor. I think that this is called price gouging. It sure is not therapy.
She is one of the few psychiatrists who will actually listen to you. She is very competent.
Patients' Choice Award (2014, 2015)
Patients' Choice recognition reflects the difference a particular physician has made in the lives of his/her patients. The honor is bestowed to physicians who have received near perfect scores, as voted by patients.
Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2012, 2013)
Compassionate Doctor certification is granted to physicians who treat their patients with the utmost kindness. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and bedside manner scores.
22 Years Experience
Coimbatore Medical College
Graduated in 1996
University Of Missouri Kansas City School Of Medicine
Dr. Chitra Chinnaswamy accepts the following insurance providers.
- Anthem Blue Access PPO
- Anthem MO Blue Preferred Options
- Anthem MO Direct Access w/HSA
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- BCBS IL PPO
BCBS Kansas City
- BCBS KC Preferred Care Blue PPO
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
- Cigna MISSOURI NET - NET POS Seamless
- First Health PPO
- Humana Choice POS
- Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
- Humana Preferred PPO
- Multiplan PPO
Locations & DirectionsCorporate Hills Psychiatry, 1801 NW Platte Rd Ste 200, Riverside, MO
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