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About Dr. Robert I Picker

Dr. Robert I Picker, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Walnut Creek, CA. He has 49 years of experience. His specialties include Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Picker has received 3 awards. He speaks English.

Rating Overview

7 Ratings with 3 Comments

The overall average patient rating of Dr. Robert I Picker is Excellent. Dr. Robert I Picker has been rated by 7 patients. From those 7 patients 3 of those left a comment along with their rating. The overall rating for Dr. Robert I Picker is 4.6 of 5.0 stars.

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Primary Address

Alternatives In Psychiatry

1399 Ygnacio Valley Rd Ste 25
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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Dr. Robert I Picker has the following 2 specialties

  • Psychiatry

    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.

  • Neurology

    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.

  • Specialty Expertise

    Dr. Robert I Picker has the following 13 expertise

  • Sleep Disorders
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Clinical Depression
  • Depressive Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder / Manic Depressive Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Personality Disorder
  • Mental Illness
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Board Certifications

Dr. Robert I Picker is Board Certified in 1 specialty

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dr picker's 'prodigal son' hypersomniac patient

I am likely medical history's luckiest hypersomniac. only dr. picker would have prescribed the rx indicated in me, 300mg/d Adderall. as 60mg/d is the max. sleep dr.'s rx, an amt. that for me = placebo, this can only suggest true adhesion to his oath. we had a falling out in '10 after 8 yrs., I've learned from much study since then that this dose, which makes a job possible for me to hold, is both unprecedented and others w/ my indications go untreated today. i'm trying to return to dr. picker as no other dr. in ca. is willing to disregard erroneous rx criteria held true today. dr picker's intrepid =mantle of history. will he set an example for other md's and invent better ways to rx useful hypersomnia meds now in disuse w/o good reason outside his practice, or will medical history regard him casey at bat? his rx is continued @ 270mg/d by my provider, but his young career as of oct. takes a new turn. I could expect only a grim outcome w/new provider, but I know the man well enough to conclude it is a truly great dr. we are discussing here. he will do the right thing. I will be ok.

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intrepid, capable physician

dr. picker is an outstanding physician. he was my first dr. ever. i am 51, and was in his practice 8 years, ending in late 2010. dr.picker is more committed to his patients than most other dr.'s in a variety of ways. my experiences with other dr.'s since then have shown me this.

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Very professional

I've seen Dr. Picker since 2004 for the treatment of major depression. He's a very professional, multi-talented man and a wonderful psychiatrist. He isn't all about medication. He's very healthy and active himself and espouses good nutrition and exercise for a healthy mind and body. My problem has required medication. There was no playing trial and error with medications. He nailed it on the head at our very first meeting! Honestly, he changed my life. I would (and do) recommend him highly.

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  • Awards

    3 Awards

  • Patients' Choice Award

    Patients' Choice Award (2017, 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.

  • On-Time Doctor Award

    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.

  • Compassionate Doctor Recognition

    Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2018)

    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.

  • Education

    49 Years Experience

  • Northwestern University The Feinberg School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1969

  • Agnews State Hospital


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Locations & Directions

Alternatives In Psychiatry, 1399 Ygnacio Valley Rd Ste 25, Walnut Creek, CA
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