Psychiatrists in Hood River County, OR

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Jodie Butler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hood River, OR 97031
I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management for an array of mental health issues. I am able to provide care for ages 6-65.
I am an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations and medication management for an array of mental health issues. I am able to provide care for ages 6-65.
(541) 293-6950 View (541) 293-6950
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Jill C. Gladish
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH, ABPN
Verified Verified
Hood River, OR 97031  (Online Only)
My approach to treatment focuses on medication management associated with practical supportive psychotherapy and lifestyle/behavioral modifications. I have trained extensively here in the U.S., Australia and Switzerland. I pride myself on being straightforward and down to earth. I work to find a treatment approach that is symptom focused, practical and specific to your needs.
My approach to treatment focuses on medication management associated with practical supportive psychotherapy and lifestyle/behavioral modifications. I have trained extensively here in the U.S., Australia and Switzerland. I pride myself on being straightforward and down to earth. I work to find a treatment approach that is symptom focused, practical and specific to your needs.
(503) 563-7431 View (503) 563-7431
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Center & Flow Psychiatry - Loni Verzuh PMHNP
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hood River, OR 97031
My primary goal as both a provider and founder of the Center & Flow mental health collective is to gather a solid community of support around your care. I want to develop connections not only between you and behavioral professionals, but others like you in the community. By becoming an integral part of our small collective, you will be granted the space and opportunity to build new and profound relationships with peers who possess an firsthand understanding of your unique struggles and experiences.
My primary goal as both a provider and founder of the Center & Flow mental health collective is to gather a solid community of support around your care. I want to develop connections not only between you and behavioral professionals, but others like you in the community. By becoming an integral part of our small collective, you will be granted the space and opportunity to build new and profound relationships with peers who possess an firsthand understanding of your unique struggles and experiences.
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Marguerite Maguire
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Hood River, OR 97031
I am a general adult psychiatrist, treating a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses with particular interests in depression, anxiety, maternal mental health, and ADHD. I earned my medical degree from the University of Rochester and completed my psychiatry residency at the University of Southern California/LAC+USC.
I am a general adult psychiatrist, treating a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses with particular interests in depression, anxiety, maternal mental health, and ADHD. I earned my medical degree from the University of Rochester and completed my psychiatry residency at the University of Southern California/LAC+USC.
(424) 383-5047 View (424) 383-5047

Online Psychiatrists

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Dana Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, RN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97214
Hello, I provide medication services to individuals ages 18-60 who are experiencing difficulty with a variety of mental health conditions including, ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, trauma, and insomnia. I offer comprehensive initial evaluations and ongoing medication management. My personality style is informal, practical, and sincere. You will find I put high value on laughter and the love of dogs! I utilize evidence-based practice perspectives to address emotional and mental health issues in a thoughtful, caring, and comprehensive manner, rooted in the core values of nursing. I embrace a collaborative style.
Hello, I provide medication services to individuals ages 18-60 who are experiencing difficulty with a variety of mental health conditions including, ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, trauma, and insomnia. I offer comprehensive initial evaluations and ongoing medication management. My personality style is informal, practical, and sincere. You will find I put high value on laughter and the love of dogs! I utilize evidence-based practice perspectives to address emotional and mental health issues in a thoughtful, caring, and comprehensive manner, rooted in the core values of nursing. I embrace a collaborative style.
(971) 315-4821 View (971) 315-4821
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Jessica Norman- Agency Accepting New Patients!
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Clackamas, OR 97015
I believe in having positive values and acting as a safe space for clients to heal in. I practice kindness, respect, and patience in learning who my clients are and how best to help them. I was raised in Hawaii and warmth and genuineness is a part of the environment that I received my education and upbringing in. I am looking forward to meeting you and hope to have the opportunity to find out more about you. I am currently accepting clients in both Washington and Oregon states, both in person and via telehealth.
I believe in having positive values and acting as a safe space for clients to heal in. I practice kindness, respect, and patience in learning who my clients are and how best to help them. I was raised in Hawaii and warmth and genuineness is a part of the environment that I received my education and upbringing in. I am looking forward to meeting you and hope to have the opportunity to find out more about you. I am currently accepting clients in both Washington and Oregon states, both in person and via telehealth.
(503) 212-6142 View (503) 212-6142
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Brian Noonan
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
I have been a Psychiatric NP for 15 years, treating Adult ADHD, Alcohol Use Disorders, Depression, Insomnia, Anxiety, and Panic attacks. I specialize in medication management and mindfulness meditation. I lived in a Zen monastery for six months and practice daily in my personal life. I am a certified tree-hugger, lover of music (rhythm-based; Celtic), avid reader, and long-distance hiker/walker.
I have been a Psychiatric NP for 15 years, treating Adult ADHD, Alcohol Use Disorders, Depression, Insomnia, Anxiety, and Panic attacks. I specialize in medication management and mindfulness meditation. I lived in a Zen monastery for six months and practice daily in my personal life. I am a certified tree-hugger, lover of music (rhythm-based; Celtic), avid reader, and long-distance hiker/walker.
(503) 506-4987 View (503) 506-4987
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Lina M Zapata Samarel
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC, MBA
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97124  (Online Only)
Areas of interest include medication management and psychiatric evaluations for the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, and panic disorders. Lina’s approach to treating patients focuses on individual treatment plans and on integrative psychiatry by applying evidence-based psychopharmacological, therapeutic interventions, and lifestyle modifications.
Areas of interest include medication management and psychiatric evaluations for the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, and panic disorders. Lina’s approach to treating patients focuses on individual treatment plans and on integrative psychiatry by applying evidence-based psychopharmacological, therapeutic interventions, and lifestyle modifications.
(503) 447-4661 View (503) 447-4661
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Susan Mbugua
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97212
Welcome to Imani Mental Health and Wellness. My name is Susan Mbugua, and I am Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I believe in the importance of personalized mental health treatment that addresses the biological, emotional, environmental, and spiritual aspects of mental health and wellness. My treatment approach is to use a combination of medications, therapy, and education to interrupt acute episodes of illness and to break the cycle of recurrence with a holistic approach that includes medications, supportive therapy, guidance on diet, exercise and other lifestyle choices.
Welcome to Imani Mental Health and Wellness. My name is Susan Mbugua, and I am Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I believe in the importance of personalized mental health treatment that addresses the biological, emotional, environmental, and spiritual aspects of mental health and wellness. My treatment approach is to use a combination of medications, therapy, and education to interrupt acute episodes of illness and to break the cycle of recurrence with a holistic approach that includes medications, supportive therapy, guidance on diet, exercise and other lifestyle choices.
(503) 300-4113 View (503) 300-4113
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Terri Leigh Squires Licensed Medical Provider In Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NBCC, LPC, FNP-BC, PNP-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97232
Triple Boarded Licensed Medical Provider in Psychiatry, Family Medicine and Clinical Psychology with 9 years of graduate medical/clinical education. Licensed Medical Provider Psychiatry in four states for the last 20 years. Thirty years of experience working in the psychiatry field as a Psychotherapist, Licensed Medical Provider utilizing an Integrative/Holistic approach when prescribing medications; triple boarded in Psychiatry, Family Medicine and Clinical Psychology; emphasis on mindfulness techniques Buddhist Psychology strategies for difficult to treat anxiety, difficult to treat depression, ADHD, mood swings.
Triple Boarded Licensed Medical Provider in Psychiatry, Family Medicine and Clinical Psychology with 9 years of graduate medical/clinical education. Licensed Medical Provider Psychiatry in four states for the last 20 years. Thirty years of experience working in the psychiatry field as a Psychotherapist, Licensed Medical Provider utilizing an Integrative/Holistic approach when prescribing medications; triple boarded in Psychiatry, Family Medicine and Clinical Psychology; emphasis on mindfulness techniques Buddhist Psychology strategies for difficult to treat anxiety, difficult to treat depression, ADHD, mood swings.
(808) 201-3104 View (808) 201-3104
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Erik Lee
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97223
Are you ready to begin (or continue) your journey to outstanding mental health? The judicious use of medications can sometimes be the key to sustained and improved mental health. If medication has helped in the past; if you feel you have exhausted other approaches; or even if you have an aversion to prescribed medications, my expertise can help. I provide clinical services (including telemedicine) to patients who have (or suspect they have) ADHD; and/or who struggle with mood, anxiety, or trauma-related issues. I also assist clients taper off medications safely, where previous attempts to do so may have proved challenging.
Are you ready to begin (or continue) your journey to outstanding mental health? The judicious use of medications can sometimes be the key to sustained and improved mental health. If medication has helped in the past; if you feel you have exhausted other approaches; or even if you have an aversion to prescribed medications, my expertise can help. I provide clinical services (including telemedicine) to patients who have (or suspect they have) ADHD; and/or who struggle with mood, anxiety, or trauma-related issues. I also assist clients taper off medications safely, where previous attempts to do so may have proved challenging.
(503) 868-2632 View (503) 868-2632
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Justin Rice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Beaverton, OR 97005
Greetings! I am an established, local, and experienced provider. My primary treatment focus is the use of education, reasonable doses of medication , and therapy to treat and manage symptoms that are negatively affecting the quality of your life. It's important to me that your sessions are not rushed. You can choose between 30 minute or 1 hour appointments to address any questions or concerns you have. I want you to get the results and symptom relief you are looking for!
Greetings! I am an established, local, and experienced provider. My primary treatment focus is the use of education, reasonable doses of medication , and therapy to treat and manage symptoms that are negatively affecting the quality of your life. It's important to me that your sessions are not rushed. You can choose between 30 minute or 1 hour appointments to address any questions or concerns you have. I want you to get the results and symptom relief you are looking for!
(503) 476-3926 View (503) 476-3926
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Megan Vandell
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97202
Megan is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner specializing in patients struggling with dual diagnosis (mental health and addictions), PTSD, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. Focused on patient-centered care and optimizing medication regimen, my goal in treatment is to use the fewest medications at the lowest doses possible to robustly support mood and wellness. I offer a calm, understanding environment during our sessions. Seeking help with mental health is a challenge, and I strive to make it an easy process for my patients.
Megan is a board certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner specializing in patients struggling with dual diagnosis (mental health and addictions), PTSD, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. Focused on patient-centered care and optimizing medication regimen, my goal in treatment is to use the fewest medications at the lowest doses possible to robustly support mood and wellness. I offer a calm, understanding environment during our sessions. Seeking help with mental health is a challenge, and I strive to make it an easy process for my patients.
(503) 738-1346 View (503) 738-1346
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Sarah Niese
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Tigard, OR 97224
Welcome! GentlePsych is an online telepsychiatry practice seeing patients ages 7 and up. I see clients both in person and telemedicine to allow the most comfortable space for you. I am a dual board-certified family and psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in diagnostic testing and medication management for a wide range of mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, and other mood disorders. GentlePsych was founded on the principles of compassion, academic knowledge, clinical experience, and creating a sense of belonging.
Welcome! GentlePsych is an online telepsychiatry practice seeing patients ages 7 and up. I see clients both in person and telemedicine to allow the most comfortable space for you. I am a dual board-certified family and psychiatric nurse practitioner specializing in diagnostic testing and medication management for a wide range of mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, and other mood disorders. GentlePsych was founded on the principles of compassion, academic knowledge, clinical experience, and creating a sense of belonging.
(971) 571-5713 View (971) 571-5713
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Muna Iheonunekwu-Agency Accepting New Patients!
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hillsboro, OR 97006
We are specialists for psychiatry medications. Call us now to schedule an appointment. No waiting list. We care for you and your family. Call Lifeline Medical Center. Let us help you.
We are specialists for psychiatry medications. Call us now to schedule an appointment. No waiting list. We care for you and your family. Call Lifeline Medical Center. Let us help you.
(480) 573-7898 View (480) 573-7898
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Mary Lajoy
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97239
I am a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice in Portland, Oregon. I am currently offering individual medication management services for adults. I take a holistic approach to providing mental health care, incorporating values, personal history and consideration of medical conditions in developing a treatment plan with patients. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, and trauma related disorders.
I am a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice in Portland, Oregon. I am currently offering individual medication management services for adults. I take a holistic approach to providing mental health care, incorporating values, personal history and consideration of medical conditions in developing a treatment plan with patients. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety, and trauma related disorders.
(971) 251-4667 View (971) 251-4667
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Ellen Barker-Anderson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Portland, OR 97223
Do you live in fear or worry about your future? Do you feel stuck? Seeking support for your well-being is a big step. My name is Ellen, and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at BestMind Behavioral Health. My background has gifted me with unique insights and skills that allow me to connect with deeper understanding. . I specialize in diagnosing and treating mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD. I am also passionate about providing care to first responders and those who work in the medical profession.
Do you live in fear or worry about your future? Do you feel stuck? Seeking support for your well-being is a big step. My name is Ellen, and I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at BestMind Behavioral Health. My background has gifted me with unique insights and skills that allow me to connect with deeper understanding. . I specialize in diagnosing and treating mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD. I am also passionate about providing care to first responders and those who work in the medical profession.
(503) 564-7438 View (503) 564-7438
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Robin L Perez
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Canby, OR 97013
I believe that happiness should be the rule and not the exception. I know of too many people who desperately want to have a better happier life but don't know where to start or how to work through their barriers. It has been my experience that those who don't give up trying will always get better, when they're willing to make healthy choices and positive changes. People don't need to fix all of their problems at once, but will quickly begin to find joy and hope from making small consistent steps forward. Regardless of one's mental or emotional issues, happiness and stability is much easier to achieve than most people realize.
I believe that happiness should be the rule and not the exception. I know of too many people who desperately want to have a better happier life but don't know where to start or how to work through their barriers. It has been my experience that those who don't give up trying will always get better, when they're willing to make healthy choices and positive changes. People don't need to fix all of their problems at once, but will quickly begin to find joy and hope from making small consistent steps forward. Regardless of one's mental or emotional issues, happiness and stability is much easier to achieve than most people realize.
(971) 251-1872 View (971) 251-1872
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Matthew Kristofor
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97214
In my role as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my ideal client is an individual actively seeking assistance for their mental health challenges and displaying a genuine motivation to instigate positive transformations in their life. These individuals may grapple with a diverse range of issues, encompassing anxiety, depression, mood disorders, or stress-related conditions.
In my role as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, my ideal client is an individual actively seeking assistance for their mental health challenges and displaying a genuine motivation to instigate positive transformations in their life. These individuals may grapple with a diverse range of issues, encompassing anxiety, depression, mood disorders, or stress-related conditions.
(503) 664-9618 View (503) 664-9618
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Shahrzad Shadmani
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, FNP
Verified Verified
Portland, OR 97210  (Online Only)
As your Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I want you to know that I am here for you every step of the way. My practice is dedicated to providing comprehensive and integrative psychiatric care, focusing on the root causes of chronic health conditions and hormonal imbalances.
As your Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, I want you to know that I am here for you every step of the way. My practice is dedicated to providing comprehensive and integrative psychiatric care, focusing on the root causes of chronic health conditions and hormonal imbalances.
(949) 750-2616 View (949) 750-2616

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Number of Psychiatrists in Hood River County, OR

< 10

Psychiatrists in Hood River County, OR who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
100% Trauma and PTSD
75% Bipolar Disorder
75% Medication Management
50% Psychosis

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% First Choice Health | FCH
100% Moda Health

How Psychiatrists in Hood River County, OR see their clients

75% In Person and Online
25% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Hood River County?

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.