Bipolar 101 An Online Course

Peter Forster About GPS, Bipolar Treatment, GPS Update

Bipolar 101, an online course hosted by Gateway Psychiatric begins March 17, 2017: Bipolar 101 – The Basics and Beyond. The class is based on the acclaimed Barcelona Bipolar Disorders Program. Bipolar 101 – An online course will cover topics such as: “What is Bipolar?” – What do we know about the causes and what are the implications of this information. …

Fee Increase 2017

Hershe Gesmundo About GPS, Costs of Treatment, GPS Update

We hope 2017 is off to a good start! We look forward to working with and supporting you in your goals toward mental health and wellness. We wanted to get in touch as we enter a new year, as we regularly examine our fee scales during this time. In preparation for this task we reviewed data on health care costs …

Controlled Substance Refills

Peter Forster About GPS, GPS Update

Controlled substances are medications with a potential for abuse or misuse. They are often, also, medications that have powerful effects on brain function. Common controlled substances that doctors prescribe include: Narcotic pain medications (Demerol, Norco, Tyco, etcetera) Stimulant medications (Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, etcetera) Benzodiazepines and similar sedating and anti-anxiety medications (Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Ambien, etcetera) Testosterone and some other hormone …

Welcome Gina Gregory – New Staff Member

Peter Forster About GPS, GPS Update

We are very pleased to welcome Gina Gregory to Gateway Psychiatric. Gina will be working full time in our San Francisco office. Gina is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) (#73689) who specializes in trauma-related concerns, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and co-occurring substance use disorders.  She uses evidence-based approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. She earned a Master’s in …

Measurement Based Care Improves Outcomes

Peter Forster About GPS, Best Practices

Patients at Gateway Psychiatric are sometimes perplexed by the amount of time and energy we devote to tracking how they are doing. It can seem annoying to answer questions repeatedly or to fill out forms. An article in the journal Psychiatric Services summarizes the data that shows that this process (known as “measurement based care” or MBC) is associated with significantly …

“I am looking for a doctor who can treat me with Ketamine infusions for treatment resistant depression.”

Peter Forster About GPS, Best Practices, Bipolar Treatment, Costs of Treatment, Treatments of Depression

I was inspired to write this blog post by the third patient in three days to contact me about Ketamine infusions. She wanted to know if I could provide her with Ketamine infusions for her treatment resistant depression. Ketamine infusions are one of the treatments for depression that we provide access to for our patients. Among the other treatments are …

Doxy.me Telepsychiatry

Peter Forster About GPS, GPS Update

This blog post provides information about Doxy.me a HIPAA compliant tele-psychiatry platform that we use at Gateway Psychiatric. Doxy.me is a simple and secure Web-based video solution designed for telemedicine. Doxy.me automatically works with popular internet browsers, such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, without requiring additional downloads or plug-ins to install. Doxy.me does not work with Safari or Internet Explorer. …

Sheri Johnson Presents on Mania

Peter Forster About GPS, Bipolar Treatment

Every month the clinical team at Gateway Psychiatric gets together to review cases and to hear presentations on topics related to the treatment of patients with mood disorders and this past month we heard from Dr. Sheri Johnson at the University of California, Berkeley who talk to us about the CalMania project and her own work with patients with bipolar. …

Congratulations Dr. Kelsey Schraufnagel

Peter Forster About GPS, GPS Update

We were so excited to learn that Doctor Schraufnagel, who’s been working here at the clinic for two years as a psychological assistant, finally received her California license has a psychologist. The outcome was never in question except for host of bureaucratic snafus including an analyst at the California Board of Psychology who mysteriously disappeared part way through completing her …

Fee Increase 2016

Peter Forster About GPS, GPS Update

It is time once again for our yearly fee revision. This blog post is intended to provide the details of how we went about determining the revised fees. Warning: This may have far more information than you want or need, and if you have specific questions it is best to talk to your clinician. First, we reviewed information that is …