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Dr. Shirah A Vollmer has the following 3 specialties
- Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
- Adolescent Medicine
Adolescent specialists are doctors who have advanced training in the health issues that adolescents face. These physicians deal with issues like the onset of puberty, reproductive health, eating disorders, irregular periods, mood changes, drugs and pressures from home and school. For girls entering adulthood, adolescent specialists can act as both pediatrician and gynecologist, so they only have to see one doctor for all their needs.
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.
- Eating Disorders
- Depressive Disorder
- Sleep Disorders
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Birth Control
- Substance Abuse
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Dr. Vollmer has been responsive, thoughtful, intelligent and caring of me for many difficult times in my life. I think of her often and I know that I can always count on her to show up for me when I need her. She listens and remembers so many things about my life. I do not know how she does it. She is busy, but organized and on top of her practice. It is hard to describe my gratitude.Reviews like these are more suitable for restaurants, since writing about my relationship with Dr. Vollmer is so much more textured and nuanced. Sometimes we work on difficult topics so during those times I can be disgruntled, but in retrospect, I am always grateful for her incisiveness.
I am grateful to Dr. Vollmer for her dedication and attentiveness to our family. She responds promptly over many years of reaching out. I almost put my son into placement, but with her expert guidance I was directed to helping him. Now, he is a tremendous success story and I have Dr. Vollmer to thank. We went through such hard times and Dr. Vollmer was always there for us. I tear up when I think about her.
I agree with the review written here in 2011. Dr. Vollmer saw our child during the preschool years. She was not qualified to evaluate a patient this young, but for some reason failed to make an appropriate referral . After the first few visits any practitioner in her position would have admitted that this age group was out of her realm of expertise and make a referral to someone who in familiar with and trained for this age group. Instead she wanted to keep seeing our child. Luckily, I felt something was amiss. Found someone else, who, on the first visit recommended an assessment with an occupational therapist. To make a long story short, our child was 90% better within six months of starting occupational therapy. Our child had a mild sensory integration problem solved by six months of OT. Dr. Vollmer wanted to perform talk therapy with our preschooler! How would this have helped a problem which turned out to need six months of OT?! I don't know what motivated Dr. Vollmer to see our child but she didn't seem to realize that she was out of her area of expertise. I am thankful to the other child psychiatrist who saw the issue, sent our child to OT and didn't line her pockets with Freudian analysis for a preschooler. Dr. Vollmer should be ashamed of herself.
Dr Vollmer was treating my child for medication. In the first sessions, she was very involved in talking to my son about his feelings. In the last sessions, she was distant,and somewhat hostile to myself and my husband. When asked to discuss, she said she was "ambushed" by me in a former session. Very hostile language for a doctor to throw at a client. Then, instead of talking through the matter, she fixated on one thing I said, the need for her to have connection with our 9 year old child, as the basis to suddenly stop treatment all together. I believe Dr Vollmer needs to experience more personal growth and discovery before she can truly help other clients in their journey of self discovery.
Patients' Choice Award (2012)
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Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2012)
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.
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Locations & DirectionsShirah Adah Vollmer Md, 941 Westwood Blvd Ste 204, Los Angeles, CA
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