Psychiatrists in East Berlin, CT

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Hye Sil Adams
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Berlin, CT 06023
Currently accepting new clients through a waitlist. Please inquire for details. Are you grappling with mental health issues like depression, anxiety, or ADHD? Perhaps you're seeking ways to cope with life's challenges or transitions. At Simply Lotus Health PLLC, I offer medication management and psychotherapy tailored to your unique needs. Explore www.simplylotushealth.com to learn about our philosophy and approach to care, which is rooted in resilience and personal growth.
Currently accepting new clients through a waitlist. Please inquire for details. Are you grappling with mental health issues like depression, anxiety, or ADHD? Perhaps you're seeking ways to cope with life's challenges or transitions. At Simply Lotus Health PLLC, I offer medication management and psychotherapy tailored to your unique needs. Explore www.simplylotushealth.com to learn about our philosophy and approach to care, which is rooted in resilience and personal growth.
(860) 544-5625 View (860) 544-5625
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Good Path Health Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Berlin, CT 06023
Are you ready to make a change in your life? Are you tired, depressed, lack concentration or motivation? Are you having trouble sleeping at night and feel tired when you awaken? If any of the above describes you, it takes courage to ask for help, but the rewards of doing so can lead to a lifetime of fulfillment. We understand and have experienced the emotional challenges that life has to offer. In working together, we will cultivate growth by understanding the obstacles that you face and develop personalized treatment approach that can help you on your mental health journey. You are not alone.
Are you ready to make a change in your life? Are you tired, depressed, lack concentration or motivation? Are you having trouble sleeping at night and feel tired when you awaken? If any of the above describes you, it takes courage to ask for help, but the rewards of doing so can lead to a lifetime of fulfillment. We understand and have experienced the emotional challenges that life has to offer. In working together, we will cultivate growth by understanding the obstacles that you face and develop personalized treatment approach that can help you on your mental health journey. You are not alone.
(475) 323-6012 View (475) 323-6012
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Messan Lawson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Berlin, CT 06023  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at Genesis Therapeutics, LLC who provides medication management and talk therapy to adults of all demographics. My goal is to work collaboratively with clients to understand their individual stories and create comprehensive and holistic treatment plans. Every factor is considered, including a spiritual one, during the assessment. Virtual appointments available at this time.
I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner at Genesis Therapeutics, LLC who provides medication management and talk therapy to adults of all demographics. My goal is to work collaboratively with clients to understand their individual stories and create comprehensive and holistic treatment plans. Every factor is considered, including a spiritual one, during the assessment. Virtual appointments available at this time.
(860) 248-7114 View (860) 248-7114
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Ted Hendrickson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
East Berlin, CT 06023  (Online Only)
Hi! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Connecticut. I have spent the last 8 years training and working in the mental health space.
Hi! I am a Board Certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) based in Connecticut. I have spent the last 8 years training and working in the mental health space.
(203) 457-3120 View (203) 457-3120
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Wilmot lambert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East Berlin, CT 06023  (Online Only)
I believe good mental health is the corner stone in every person's life. In todays hectic and chaotic world we sometimes neglect taking care of our own mental health which can lead to burnout and psychological decompensation. Addressing mental health concerns is important in order to prevent emotional and physical problems. Having someone to talk to who genuinely cares and listens with an empathetic ear promotes therapeutic alliance and aids in stress recovery. At times medication support can assist with recovery and having a knowledgeable clinician working with you along the way can make the process less burdensome.
I believe good mental health is the corner stone in every person's life. In todays hectic and chaotic world we sometimes neglect taking care of our own mental health which can lead to burnout and psychological decompensation. Addressing mental health concerns is important in order to prevent emotional and physical problems. Having someone to talk to who genuinely cares and listens with an empathetic ear promotes therapeutic alliance and aids in stress recovery. At times medication support can assist with recovery and having a knowledgeable clinician working with you along the way can make the process less burdensome.
(203) 318-9159 View (203) 318-9159
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Thamara Jonathas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
East Berlin, CT 06023  (Online Only)
Hello, I am a board-certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry. I have 13 years of experience working in healthcare, providing care to patients of all ages. I am dedicated to delivering high-quality, evidence-based care and building strong relationships with my patients to ensure their overall health and well-being. I am passionate about patient education and empowerment. I am committed to staying current on the latest advancements in healthcare and to provide the best possible care for my patients.
Hello, I am a board-certified nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry. I have 13 years of experience working in healthcare, providing care to patients of all ages. I am dedicated to delivering high-quality, evidence-based care and building strong relationships with my patients to ensure their overall health and well-being. I am passionate about patient education and empowerment. I am committed to staying current on the latest advancements in healthcare and to provide the best possible care for my patients.
(203) 599-0864 View (203) 599-0864
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Daley Prayer NP, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
East Berlin, CT 06023  (Online Only)
am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who received my degree from Walden University, with over 20 years of experience in healthcare. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and a certified medical marijuana provider, I treat adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients. My focus areas are treating clients with Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, Mood disorders, and Substance use disorders.
am a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who received my degree from Walden University, with over 20 years of experience in healthcare. As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and a certified medical marijuana provider, I treat adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients. My focus areas are treating clients with Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, Mood disorders, and Substance use disorders.
(914) 873-4180 View (914) 873-4180
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Debra Sicilian
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
East Berlin, CT 06023  (Online Only)
My name is Debra Sicilian, and I am a dedicated psychiatric consultant offering open and genuine support for your well-being. With extensive clinical experience, I deeply grasp brain function, medications, and treatments. My unwavering commitment to uncovering the root causes behind distressing symptoms is what sets me apart. The complexity of the brain, governing various aspects of our being, drives my fascination. I acknowledge the uniqueness of each individual's neurodiversity, influencing treatment responses.
My name is Debra Sicilian, and I am a dedicated psychiatric consultant offering open and genuine support for your well-being. With extensive clinical experience, I deeply grasp brain function, medications, and treatments. My unwavering commitment to uncovering the root causes behind distressing symptoms is what sets me apart. The complexity of the brain, governing various aspects of our being, drives my fascination. I acknowledge the uniqueness of each individual's neurodiversity, influencing treatment responses.
(475) 405-2067 View (475) 405-2067
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Milton Jason Brown
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
East Berlin, CT 06023  (Online Only)
Now accepting new patients. I have worked with outpatient clients of all ages that are struggling with mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, gender identity issues, and psychiatric symptoms associated with chronic medical disorders.
Now accepting new patients. I have worked with outpatient clients of all ages that are struggling with mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, gender identity issues, and psychiatric symptoms associated with chronic medical disorders.
(860) 864-5528 View (860) 864-5528

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Dr. Cynthia B McNeill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PhD, MSN, NP-C, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Hartford, CT 06106  (Online Only)
Dr. McNeill is a dedicated nurse practitioner (NP) specializing in family medicine and psychiatry, with expertise in treating a range of conditions including anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and eating disorders. Complementing her clinical role, she holds the position of associate professor within the Health, Human Services, and Science faculty at University of Pheonix. She holds a PhD in Human Services, with a specialized focus on Healthcare Administration, attained from Capella University, an MSN from the University of South Alabama. Additionally, she holds an BSN from Emory University.
Dr. McNeill is a dedicated nurse practitioner (NP) specializing in family medicine and psychiatry, with expertise in treating a range of conditions including anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and eating disorders. Complementing her clinical role, she holds the position of associate professor within the Health, Human Services, and Science faculty at University of Pheonix. She holds a PhD in Human Services, with a specialized focus on Healthcare Administration, attained from Capella University, an MSN from the University of South Alabama. Additionally, she holds an BSN from Emory University.
(678) 324-3007 View (678) 324-3007
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Sound Mynd
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN,, APRN, FNP-C, PMHPBC
Verified Verified
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Do you feel depressed, anxious, angry, stuck, uncertain about your life; making decision, and unable to cope and concentrate? I am here to help. I offer talk therapy and medication management for Anxiety, Bipolar, ADHD Depression, OCD, PTSD, Schizophrenia. No long wait times, same-day or next-day appointments available, and flexible virtual visits. I strive to offer a safe and therapeutic environment to enable my patients to create the change they are seeking.
Do you feel depressed, anxious, angry, stuck, uncertain about your life; making decision, and unable to cope and concentrate? I am here to help. I offer talk therapy and medication management for Anxiety, Bipolar, ADHD Depression, OCD, PTSD, Schizophrenia. No long wait times, same-day or next-day appointments available, and flexible virtual visits. I strive to offer a safe and therapeutic environment to enable my patients to create the change they are seeking.
(860) 775-6069 View (860) 775-6069
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Psych Solutions/ Gladys Quinones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN, FNP, ANP-BC
Verified Verified
New Britain, CT 06050  (Online Only)
I have experience working with clients who are struggling with a broad range of psychiatric issues including Anxiety, Panic Disorders, Depression, Mood Disorders, OCD, PTSD, ADHD Bipolar Disorder, Sleeping Disorders and other mental health conditions. I treat clients throughout the life span.
I have experience working with clients who are struggling with a broad range of psychiatric issues including Anxiety, Panic Disorders, Depression, Mood Disorders, OCD, PTSD, ADHD Bipolar Disorder, Sleeping Disorders and other mental health conditions. I treat clients throughout the life span.
(860) 845-0989 View (860) 845-0989
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Paul Furino
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Now Accepting New Clients! My ideal client is one who is ready for a change in treating their mental health concerns. I am open, nonjudgemental, and bring to you many years' experience in treating various mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Many clients struggle with the stigma of receiving mental health treatment, I would like to offer a breath of fresh air in our approach to treating your mental health concerns, and dispel any doubts you may have about improving your mental health.
Now Accepting New Clients! My ideal client is one who is ready for a change in treating their mental health concerns. I am open, nonjudgemental, and bring to you many years' experience in treating various mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Many clients struggle with the stigma of receiving mental health treatment, I would like to offer a breath of fresh air in our approach to treating your mental health concerns, and dispel any doubts you may have about improving your mental health.
(860) 390-4126 View (860) 390-4126
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Dr. Debra Forrest
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Farmington, CT 06030
If you find yourself retreating from your usual activities and you want to get back to truly living, I'd like to help. I am a board-certified Psychiatrist, and I am looking for patients who are ready to work on themselves. I enjoy working closely with people, and getting to know their preferences and needs before beginning treatment. Since medications can have risks and benefits, I am always very mindful and careful. Let's see if we can work together to get your life back on track!
If you find yourself retreating from your usual activities and you want to get back to truly living, I'd like to help. I am a board-certified Psychiatrist, and I am looking for patients who are ready to work on themselves. I enjoy working closely with people, and getting to know their preferences and needs before beginning treatment. Since medications can have risks and benefits, I am always very mindful and careful. Let's see if we can work together to get your life back on track!
(959) 335-9257 View (959) 335-9257
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Sheldon L Hollins
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
West Hartford, CT 06110
People often encounter difficult times in their lives. My aim is to help people to navigate through those times and offer a treatment plan that fits their specific needs.
People often encounter difficult times in their lives. My aim is to help people to navigate through those times and offer a treatment plan that fits their specific needs.
(860) 854-9746 View (860) 854-9746
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Five Corners Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MS, MPH, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC
Verified Verified
Farmington, CT 06032
Marti Stewart is a Nurse Practitioner who is board certified in both Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Medicine. She sees patients age 16 and up. Marti’s specialties include Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression, Bipolar Depression.
Marti Stewart is a Nurse Practitioner who is board certified in both Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Medicine. She sees patients age 16 and up. Marti’s specialties include Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression, Bipolar Depression.
(860) 821-7678 View (860) 821-7678
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Infinity Mental Wellness PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Farmington, CT 06032
Not accepting new clients
Awaken to your unlimited potential for growth and healing with Infinity Mental Wellness. My practice is rooted in a patient-centered approach, where I treat the whole person— mind, brain, body, and soul. As a holistically minded provider, I believe that psychotherapy is an integral tool to expressing our authentic selves and living a limitless life. When indicated, I combine short-term medication management to help with symptom relief, while doing inner-work on processing emotions and healing past trauma.
Awaken to your unlimited potential for growth and healing with Infinity Mental Wellness. My practice is rooted in a patient-centered approach, where I treat the whole person— mind, brain, body, and soul. As a holistically minded provider, I believe that psychotherapy is an integral tool to expressing our authentic selves and living a limitless life. When indicated, I combine short-term medication management to help with symptom relief, while doing inner-work on processing emotions and healing past trauma.
(860) 773-0802 View (860) 773-0802
Irene Topping
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Glastonbury, CT 06033  (Online Only)
NOW Accepting New Patients! Have you been a victim of a traumatic event that has left you with symptoms of PTSD? Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, parenting problems, postpartum, school issues, grief, chronic illness, or even stress that impacts your sleep that results in insomnia? Whether you tried ignoring it, talking with friends & family, or even reading self-help books, nothing seems to be working. Maybe it’s time to get some professional help today. The first step towards making a change is to acknowledge that you need help. The next step is to continue reading so you can learn more about how you can get that help now.
NOW Accepting New Patients! Have you been a victim of a traumatic event that has left you with symptoms of PTSD? Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, parenting problems, postpartum, school issues, grief, chronic illness, or even stress that impacts your sleep that results in insomnia? Whether you tried ignoring it, talking with friends & family, or even reading self-help books, nothing seems to be working. Maybe it’s time to get some professional help today. The first step towards making a change is to acknowledge that you need help. The next step is to continue reading so you can learn more about how you can get that help now.
(475) 262-9657 View (475) 262-9657
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Jewel Walters-Davis
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
I work with patients 17 and older managing depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, ADHD, etc. and hope to collaborate with patients to establish an individualized treatment plan. Treatment goals are best reached through a holistic approach; I encourage patients to participate in therapy in addition to medication management and lifestyle modifications. I help to empower patients to understand that they are one of the most important members of the care team, and it is my hope that you are ready to take on an active role.
I work with patients 17 and older managing depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, ADHD, etc. and hope to collaborate with patients to establish an individualized treatment plan. Treatment goals are best reached through a holistic approach; I encourage patients to participate in therapy in addition to medication management and lifestyle modifications. I help to empower patients to understand that they are one of the most important members of the care team, and it is my hope that you are ready to take on an active role.
(860) 736-3397 View (860) 736-3397
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John Graziano
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Glastonbury, CT 06033
John Graziano, APRN, PMHNP has a philosophy that care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with John, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfillment. That’s because – with a board certification in psychiatry and experience in a variety of settings such as inpatient, community, and outpatient – John is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
John Graziano, APRN, PMHNP has a philosophy that care is all about you. Your beliefs, your experiences, your goals. By partnering with John, you will be empowered with the tools necessary to achieve fulfillment. That’s because – with a board certification in psychiatry and experience in a variety of settings such as inpatient, community, and outpatient – John is a beacon of clarity in the complex world of mental health.
(860) 847-8294 View (860) 847-8294

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Number of Psychiatrists in East Berlin, CT

< 10

Psychiatrists in East Berlin, CT who prioritize treating:

100% Anxiety
89% Depression
78% Bipolar Disorder
56% ADHD
56% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
56% Trauma and PTSD
33% Addiction

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Optum
89% Aetna
89% BlueCross and BlueShield

How Psychiatrists in East Berlin, CT see their clients

77% Online Only
23% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

75% Male
25% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in East Berlin?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.