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Dr. Cynthia Spellman 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. Cynthia Spellman has the following 13 expertise
- Mood Disorders
- Couple's Therapy
- Personality Disorder
- Depressive Disorder
- Mental Illness
- Clinical Depression
- Anxiety Disorders
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Bipolar Disorder
Dr. Cynthia Spellman has 0 board certified specialties
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Unfortunately, Aetna PPO only repays $104 of the $200 per session charged by this psychiatrist. Aetna states that $104 is the "going rate for this geographical area." Also, this psychiatrist took one whole session (which I paid for) analyzing how hurt she was about a brief text I sent when she texted me asking when our next appointment was. I wrote something like "next wed." And she spent 60 minutes telling me how aghast she was. Why is she texting instead of checking her calendar anyway? Most people wouldn't even respond. Multiple times, she took texts or even calls during my appointment from patients "in need." But on my last appointment ever, the day before I was to have major surgery, I needed to use the bathroom, was locked out of her office. She didn't open her office until 20 minutes after my appointment. I had left to go find a bathroom. She hadn't even noticed my texts asking to be let in to use her bathroom. Her insistence on patients paying for a minimum of 4 sessions at a time is a grievous burden. Most people cannot manage $800 at a time. She continually mentioned she thought I was well-off and couldn't I just "stop working." I could tell she had no idea who I was and what my situation was. She is a "truther" and goes on tangents about the government and how big brother is watching and that the Newtown shooting and the Boston Marathon bombing were staged and actors played the roles. The biggest problem for me was that after going to her for almost two years, I never learned any tools to handle my issue. We never discussed techniques, approaches, etc. She would just repeat back to me whatever I said, in question form. I think she is a kind person but ineffective, at least for me anyway. I was hurt by her leaving me out in the cold 20 minutes past my appointment, in need of a bathroom, having come straight from work. I was exhausted. It was the final straw. But the 2 times she charged my credit card without my permission really threw me over the edge. The first time, I changed from once a week to twice a week, she told me weeks later she had charged me the $100 difference for the rate, without my permission. After leaving me out in the cold 20 minutes past my appointment time, she charged my checkcard she kept on file. This was so scary to me that I stopped all my credit cards, unsure who had done what. When I found out it was she, I felt very betrayed. I could go on and on, but this was my experience.
Dr Spellman is a brilliant psychiatrist who has mastered the art and science of the mind. She is also a relentless detective and never gives up on her quest to find the source of your symptoms. In addition, her peaceful demeanor is healing and calming. For these and many other reasons, I can highly recommend doctor Spellman,
I am really impressed with how thorough this Doctor is. She has a plan of 4-weekly sessions at a discount and I took that because I will get the help I truly need now at an affordable rate.
On-Time Doctor Award (2018)
Vitals On-Time + Promptness Award recognizes doctors with consistent high ratings for timeliness of appointments. The honor is granted based on a physician's overall and promptness scores.
Patients' Choice Award (2018)
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.
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