Medication & Medical
Same-Day Appointments Available*
After a comprehensive assessment, our team of psychiatrists (MD) and physician assistants (PA) target medical management of behavioral health conditions by prescribing medications, ordering lab work, and recommending therapeutic services. Our team specializes in managing clinical/physical symptoms related to eating disorders.
We are focused on a mindful approach to medication that includes:
Attention to clarifying diagnosis to guide effective treatment while minimizing risks
Use of medication in tandem with learning and developing skills and addressing underlying concerns.
Patient education about medication options that are likely to be safe and beneficial for your specific conditions, and what to expect if you decide to take medication
Emphasis on interpersonally effective communication with your prescribing clinician as part of interdisciplinary care
*We may be unable to prescribe some medications during your initial appointment. Examples include controlled substances such as (but not limited to) benzodiazepines (Klonopin, Xanax, Valium, Ativan) and stimulants (Ritalin, Adderall, Vyvanse, Concerta)
Assessment and Treatment Approaches
Eating Disorder Medical Assessment:
Laboratory, Imaging, and Other Studies:
- Complete blood count
- Comprehensive serum metabolic profile, other electrolytes and enzymes
- Thyroid function tests
- Gonadotropins and Sex Hormones
- Lipid Panel
- Bone Mineral Density Study (DEXA)
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)
In many cases, food is the best medicine for eating disorders. There is also evidence to support the use of some medications to treat specific eating disorder symptoms. Medication can also be used to manage underlying anxiety or depression which can commonly co-occur in eating disorders.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT):
- Having a ancillary prescribing physician in addition to a therapist is key in DBT.
- DBT teaches patients to manage their symptoms through skills, self management, and advocating for their needs effectively.
- The prescribing provider will help patients in the DBT program communicate their medical/medication needs as well as navigate the "medical model" they encounter with other physicians who are providing ancillary care.
Aileen Kim, MD
Andrew Hopkins, PA