Psychiatrists in Fortville, IN

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Dr. Allen Masry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fortville, IN 46040
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I am Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and have been practicing since 2005. I completed my residency from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and my Fellowship in Addictions from the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation. In 2014, I was featured in SJ Magazine as one of New Jersey’s top psychiatrists. I have experience working with adults as well as adolescents suffering from both psychiatric diagnosis and substance use disorders and have extensive experience working in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
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Rebecca J. Moredock Mueller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Greenfield, IN 46140
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist and current Professor of Forensic Psychiatry. I work with children (5 and older), adolescents and adults and my particular areas of focus are mood disorders (Depression, Bipolar Spectrum, and Seasonal Affective Disorder), Anxiety Spectrum, Eating Disorders, Special Needs Children, ADD/ADHD. I also offer specialty evaluations pertaining to child adoption, aviation, and forensics. My practice is located right off of State Road 9 and I-70 in Greenfield,IN. Please feel free to contact us if you are in need, I try to reserve appointment spots for new patients so I can typically get people in quickly.
I am a Board Certified Psychiatrist and current Professor of Forensic Psychiatry. I work with children (5 and older), adolescents and adults and my particular areas of focus are mood disorders (Depression, Bipolar Spectrum, and Seasonal Affective Disorder), Anxiety Spectrum, Eating Disorders, Special Needs Children, ADD/ADHD. I also offer specialty evaluations pertaining to child adoption, aviation, and forensics. My practice is located right off of State Road 9 and I-70 in Greenfield,IN. Please feel free to contact us if you are in need, I try to reserve appointment spots for new patients so I can typically get people in quickly.
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Helix Health Group
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
McCordsville, IN 46055
I am the co-owner and operator of Helix Health group. I believe creating an environment of health and wellness begins with an open empathetic therapeutic relationship. We will establish an individual treatment plan that may include medications, complementary and alternative wellness interventions, and/or psychotherapy. Please see helixhealthgroup.com for all pertinent scheduling and practice information, including our new monthly membership medication management plan of 75/month.
I am the co-owner and operator of Helix Health group. I believe creating an environment of health and wellness begins with an open empathetic therapeutic relationship. We will establish an individual treatment plan that may include medications, complementary and alternative wellness interventions, and/or psychotherapy. Please see helixhealthgroup.com for all pertinent scheduling and practice information, including our new monthly membership medication management plan of 75/month.
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PhaseForward
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
McCordsville, IN 46055
Our mission is to provide quality, compassionate, and evidenced-based mental health treatment by promoting forward personal growth and psychological health. We seek to empower our clients to confront individual barriers throughout different phases of life with the goal of reducing and/or eliminating symptoms. We collaborate with our clients to tailor interventions specific to their individual needs.
Our mission is to provide quality, compassionate, and evidenced-based mental health treatment by promoting forward personal growth and psychological health. We seek to empower our clients to confront individual barriers throughout different phases of life with the goal of reducing and/or eliminating symptoms. We collaborate with our clients to tailor interventions specific to their individual needs.
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Adjust Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
McCordsville, IN 46055
We understand the frustrations that can come along with mental health treatment. Everything from “my provider doesn’t listen” to “I can’t afford this medication.” While we can’t solve all of the world’s problems in a single visit, we can guarantee that we put the patient first…ALWAYS. We have nearly two decades of combined experience caring for patients from all ages and backgrounds in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. We specialize in treating Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, ADHD, and more!
We understand the frustrations that can come along with mental health treatment. Everything from “my provider doesn’t listen” to “I can’t afford this medication.” While we can’t solve all of the world’s problems in a single visit, we can guarantee that we put the patient first…ALWAYS. We have nearly two decades of combined experience caring for patients from all ages and backgrounds in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. We specialize in treating Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, ADHD, and more!
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Zacia Green
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Greenfield, IN 46140
Hello, I am Zacia. I am here to help you with your mental health needs. I am here to listen to your concerns and come up with a treatment plan that best suits you. I am a goal-oriented provider. I like to help my patients set realistic and achievable goals and help them overcome obstacles. I strive to be a provider that is approachable, and someone my patients will find comfort in confiding in. I have flexible hours and evening/weekend appointments if needed. I look forward to meeting you and helping you though whatever it is that may be preventing you from obtaining that level of serenity that you desire.
Hello, I am Zacia. I am here to help you with your mental health needs. I am here to listen to your concerns and come up with a treatment plan that best suits you. I am a goal-oriented provider. I like to help my patients set realistic and achievable goals and help them overcome obstacles. I strive to be a provider that is approachable, and someone my patients will find comfort in confiding in. I have flexible hours and evening/weekend appointments if needed. I look forward to meeting you and helping you though whatever it is that may be preventing you from obtaining that level of serenity that you desire.
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David Kyrie
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
McCordsville, IN 46055
Dave Kyrie has dedicated his career to the service of others. With 18 years in healthcare, he has worked in a variety of settings including trauma, intensive care, behavioral health, surgical recovery, and deployed medicine with the US Army. He has seen how the challenges and tragedies of life can affect people, and his dedication to help others to recover in a hospital changed to a passion to collaborate with patients to improve the quality of their life. This passion led him to pursue education as a PMHNP where he focused primarily on adult and adolescent mood disorders, traumatic response, and recovery from substance use.
Dave Kyrie has dedicated his career to the service of others. With 18 years in healthcare, he has worked in a variety of settings including trauma, intensive care, behavioral health, surgical recovery, and deployed medicine with the US Army. He has seen how the challenges and tragedies of life can affect people, and his dedication to help others to recover in a hospital changed to a passion to collaborate with patients to improve the quality of their life. This passion led him to pursue education as a PMHNP where he focused primarily on adult and adolescent mood disorders, traumatic response, and recovery from substance use.
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Cathy Oplinger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-C, MSN, PNP
Verified Verified
Indianapolis, IN 46256
Everyone has struggles. Moving toward becoming the best version of ourself sometimes requires help. Someone who is non-judgmental and genuinely interested in helping can be that helper.
Everyone has struggles. Moving toward becoming the best version of ourself sometimes requires help. Someone who is non-judgmental and genuinely interested in helping can be that helper.
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Daniel B Shepler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, AGNP
Verified Verified
Fishers, IN 46037
My name is Daniel Shepler. I am dual certified as a Primary Mental Health NP-C as well as an Adult-Gero NP-BC. I see patients ages 10 and up. I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adolescents and adults.
My name is Daniel Shepler. I am dual certified as a Primary Mental Health NP-C as well as an Adult-Gero NP-BC. I see patients ages 10 and up. I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adolescents and adults.
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Curtis Stennett
Psychiatrist, MD, MS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Fishers, IN 46037
At Neighborhood Psychiatry I provide treatment for people who find they are not accomplishing their goals or functioning as well as they would like to in some aspect of their lives. Many times, this is due to things that seem out of their control. I enjoy working with patients to develop individualized plans that address their areas of concern; in the process, sometimes people discover they have more control than they thought.
At Neighborhood Psychiatry I provide treatment for people who find they are not accomplishing their goals or functioning as well as they would like to in some aspect of their lives. Many times, this is due to things that seem out of their control. I enjoy working with patients to develop individualized plans that address their areas of concern; in the process, sometimes people discover they have more control than they thought.
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Jayanthi K Peters
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Fishers, IN 46037
Waitlist for new clients
I am a double board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. I completed my general psychiatry residency at Yale University in 1996 and my child psychiatry fellowship at UCLA in 1998. I have practiced in various clinical settings in Canada and the U.S., including outpatient, inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, and emergency room. My diverse clinical experience includes practice in academic centers, community mental health agencies, and private practice.
I am a double board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. I completed my general psychiatry residency at Yale University in 1996 and my child psychiatry fellowship at UCLA in 1998. I have practiced in various clinical settings in Canada and the U.S., including outpatient, inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, and emergency room. My diverse clinical experience includes practice in academic centers, community mental health agencies, and private practice.
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IIPUC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, Dual BC
Verified Verified
Fishers, IN 46037
Life is a challenge for all of us and many of us are doing our best to lead "normal" lives as we deal with the challenges of live. If you are having a little hiccup in life, feelings of uncertainty, uneasiness, anxiety, fear and just feeling the blues, you need someone who can hear your heart's cry, someone you can connect with, and someone that will walk beside you instead of ahead of you. We are here to listen to you, help you see the beauty of living, and help you bloom into your true beauty. We all want happiness, and good health, don't we? Who says we can't have it all? Today I'll give you hope, love, happiness! Please call
Life is a challenge for all of us and many of us are doing our best to lead "normal" lives as we deal with the challenges of live. If you are having a little hiccup in life, feelings of uncertainty, uneasiness, anxiety, fear and just feeling the blues, you need someone who can hear your heart's cry, someone you can connect with, and someone that will walk beside you instead of ahead of you. We are here to listen to you, help you see the beauty of living, and help you bloom into your true beauty. We all want happiness, and good health, don't we? Who says we can't have it all? Today I'll give you hope, love, happiness! Please call
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Dr. Tonya Butler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fishers, IN 46037
Do you feel overwhelmed? Do you often feel stuck and wish your life was different, maybe happier or more fulfilling but you’re unsure where to start? Seeking mental health treatment from a qualified professional is a good first step. My practice aims to empower patients to harness their strengths and resources to overcome life’s challenges and develop sustainable and meaningful life changes. I place a strong emphasis on collaboration. It's important to me to understand your symptoms in context, to learn about your story, who you are, and what has shaped you to become who you are today.
Do you feel overwhelmed? Do you often feel stuck and wish your life was different, maybe happier or more fulfilling but you’re unsure where to start? Seeking mental health treatment from a qualified professional is a good first step. My practice aims to empower patients to harness their strengths and resources to overcome life’s challenges and develop sustainable and meaningful life changes. I place a strong emphasis on collaboration. It's important to me to understand your symptoms in context, to learn about your story, who you are, and what has shaped you to become who you are today.
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Leticia Vance
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fishers, IN 46037
Leticia L. Vance is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Indiana who has been practicing since 2012. She has a Master of Science in Nursing Indiana from Wesleyan University: Primary Care Nursing, a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a Post-Master's Certificate from Eastern Kentucky University. Leticia has experience with patients who have to balance mental health issues with their chronic disease management.
Leticia L. Vance is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Indiana who has been practicing since 2012. She has a Master of Science in Nursing Indiana from Wesleyan University: Primary Care Nursing, a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a Post-Master's Certificate from Eastern Kentucky University. Leticia has experience with patients who have to balance mental health issues with their chronic disease management.
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Dorothy Bodur
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fishers, IN 46037
Dorothy Bodur is board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She received her bachelor's and master's degree in nursing from University of Southern Indiana. Dorothy has experience treating patients in inpatient, outpatient, community, and home-based visits. She has extensive experience in pairing behavioral training with medication management. She specializes in treating children, adolescents, and adults with neurodiverse conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.
Dorothy Bodur is board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She received her bachelor's and master's degree in nursing from University of Southern Indiana. Dorothy has experience treating patients in inpatient, outpatient, community, and home-based visits. She has extensive experience in pairing behavioral training with medication management. She specializes in treating children, adolescents, and adults with neurodiverse conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder.
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Tai Sowunmi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP,
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fishers, IN 46037  (Online Only)
Tai Sowunmi is a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, licensed in the state of Indiana, with a passion for providing comprehensive mental health care. Specializing in teletherapy, Tai offers a supportive environment for individuals grappling with various mental health challenges. With a unique blend of medication management and psychotherapeutic interventions, Tai tailors treatment plans to suit each patient's specific needs and preferences. His compassionate approach fosters a sense of trust and safety, empowering clients to explore their emotions and experiences openly.
Tai Sowunmi is a dedicated Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, licensed in the state of Indiana, with a passion for providing comprehensive mental health care. Specializing in teletherapy, Tai offers a supportive environment for individuals grappling with various mental health challenges. With a unique blend of medication management and psychotherapeutic interventions, Tai tailors treatment plans to suit each patient's specific needs and preferences. His compassionate approach fosters a sense of trust and safety, empowering clients to explore their emotions and experiences openly.
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Kristin A Manning
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN/MBA, APRNFNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Fishers, IN 46037
I am passionate about caring for and prescribing medication for clients suffering from mental health illnesses. Individuals who note depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, obsessive compulsive disorders, sleep disorders, PTSD or other mental health concerns may find it necessary to seek a professional practitioner who can evaluate, appropriately diagnose and prescribe medication in order to achieve mental wellness, and ultimately, to improve their quality of life.
I am passionate about caring for and prescribing medication for clients suffering from mental health illnesses. Individuals who note depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, obsessive compulsive disorders, sleep disorders, PTSD or other mental health concerns may find it necessary to seek a professional practitioner who can evaluate, appropriately diagnose and prescribe medication in order to achieve mental wellness, and ultimately, to improve their quality of life.
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Rhonda Palmer
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHCNS-
Verified Verified
Fishers, IN 46037
Rhonda Palmer is a board certified child and adolescent mental health provider who began her career as a Licensed Practical Nurse serving both the geriatric population and children with terminal illnesses. She received her Bachelors and then Masters degree in Nursing from Indiana University in 2010. She was awarded her Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (DNP) from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2017.
Rhonda Palmer is a board certified child and adolescent mental health provider who began her career as a Licensed Practical Nurse serving both the geriatric population and children with terminal illnesses. She received her Bachelors and then Masters degree in Nursing from Indiana University in 2010. She was awarded her Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree (DNP) from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2017.
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Susan Sanders
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, FNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Pendleton, IN 46064  (Online Only)
Hello. I provide individualized medication management and therapy for adults with conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, mood disorders, and problems related to trauma/PTSD.
Hello. I provide individualized medication management and therapy for adults with conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, mood disorders, and problems related to trauma/PTSD.
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Kayla Beier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, FNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Fishers, IN 46037
Endurance Mental Health & Wellness is not your typical psychiatry practice. We pride ourselves on spending time with our patients to truly get to know who they are and what makes them behave and feel the way they do. We ask questions many psychiatric providers don't. How do you eat, sleep, stress, work, move, pray? We are skilled at perfecting psychiatric diagnosis and believe medications can be a helpful tool when used in conjunction with good therapy, lifestyle changes, and hard work. We enjoy working with motivated patients who are looking for evidenced-based medical treatment delivered in a direct, practical approach.
Endurance Mental Health & Wellness is not your typical psychiatry practice. We pride ourselves on spending time with our patients to truly get to know who they are and what makes them behave and feel the way they do. We ask questions many psychiatric providers don't. How do you eat, sleep, stress, work, move, pray? We are skilled at perfecting psychiatric diagnosis and believe medications can be a helpful tool when used in conjunction with good therapy, lifestyle changes, and hard work. We enjoy working with motivated patients who are looking for evidenced-based medical treatment delivered in a direct, practical approach.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Fortville, IN

< 10

Psychiatrists in Fortville, IN who prioritize treating:

100% Relationship Issues
100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Addiction
100% ADHD
100% Domestic Abuse
100% Eating Disorders

Average years in practice

27 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% ComPsych

How Psychiatrists in Fortville, IN see their clients

100% In Person and Online

Gender breakdown

100% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Fortville?

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.