Psychiatrists in Martindale, TX

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Samantha Brown
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Martindale, TX 78655
Samantha Brown is a Psychiatrist in Texas who has been practicing since 2017. She earned an MD from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and completed her Psychiatry Internship and Residency at University of Texas Health Science Center. Samantha is easy to talk to, open minded and non-judgmental. She is sensitive to the occupational and relationship impact that mental health issues can have and takes those into account when designing a treatment plan.
Samantha Brown is a Psychiatrist in Texas who has been practicing since 2017. She earned an MD from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and completed her Psychiatry Internship and Residency at University of Texas Health Science Center. Samantha is easy to talk to, open minded and non-judgmental. She is sensitive to the occupational and relationship impact that mental health issues can have and takes those into account when designing a treatment plan.
(512) 910-7295 View (512) 910-7295
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Aju Alex
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP
Verified
Martindale, TX 78655
Aju Alex has experience in treating individuals with depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, alcohol disorder, and sleep disorders. She has her Master of Science in Nursing from Georgia Southern University and is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Prior to working as a PMHNP she worked as an RN at in-patient psychiatric units in Kansas and Georgia, catering to the needs of children, adolescents, and adults. She was motivated to further her career as a PMHNP after seeing the struggles and trauma that caused patients to be hospitalized/homeless.
Aju Alex has experience in treating individuals with depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, alcohol disorder, and sleep disorders. She has her Master of Science in Nursing from Georgia Southern University and is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Prior to working as a PMHNP she worked as an RN at in-patient psychiatric units in Kansas and Georgia, catering to the needs of children, adolescents, and adults. She was motivated to further her career as a PMHNP after seeing the struggles and trauma that caused patients to be hospitalized/homeless.
(737) 637-5816 View (737) 637-5816
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Ruth Covin-Weeks
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHCNS
Verified
Martindale, TX 78655
Honey Covin-Weeks is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist in Texas who started practicing in 2013. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati. Honey is a specialist in child and adolescent mental health with almost a decade of experience working exclusively with children and their families. She works to improve their functioning within the family, the school setting, and the larger community. Her treatment philosophy is somewhat of a marriage between Ross Green's theory that when a child can do better, he or she will do better, and the principles of behavior modification.
Honey Covin-Weeks is a Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist in Texas who started practicing in 2013. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati. Honey is a specialist in child and adolescent mental health with almost a decade of experience working exclusively with children and their families. She works to improve their functioning within the family, the school setting, and the larger community. Her treatment philosophy is somewhat of a marriage between Ross Green's theory that when a child can do better, he or she will do better, and the principles of behavior modification.
(512) 991-9462 View (512) 991-9462
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Yi Zhang
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Martindale, TX 78655
Yi Zhang is a Psychiatrist in Texas with four years of experience. She earned her MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch and completed her Psychiatry Residency from the Brody School of Medicine. Yi believes in creating individually tailored treatments to bring out the best in her clients. In her spare time, Yi enjoys birding and hiking.
Yi Zhang is a Psychiatrist in Texas with four years of experience. She earned her MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch and completed her Psychiatry Residency from the Brody School of Medicine. Yi believes in creating individually tailored treatments to bring out the best in her clients. In her spare time, Yi enjoys birding and hiking.
(512) 855-2445 View (512) 855-2445
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Sussana Howard
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified
Martindale, TX 78655
Sussana Howard is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She started her career as a certified nurse assistant to complete her BSN and MSN and specialized as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has worked in hospitals and telemedicine settings with diverse populations. Choosing this career path allows her to reach and make an impact on people who need support and care.
Sussana Howard is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She started her career as a certified nurse assistant to complete her BSN and MSN and specialized as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She has worked in hospitals and telemedicine settings with diverse populations. Choosing this career path allows her to reach and make an impact on people who need support and care.
(737) 299-8387 View (737) 299-8387
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Mallori Hernandez
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP, PMHNP
Verified
Martindale, TX 78655
Mallori Hernandez is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2021. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas State University and a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Texas at Arlington. Mallori's goal is to approach medication management in a collaborative way, taking patient's past and present experiences, concerns, and preferences into consideration. Mallori acknowledges psychosocial stressors as well as physical health when it comes to treating mental illness and address these when needed.
Mallori Hernandez is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Texas who has been practicing since 2021. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas State University and a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Texas at Arlington. Mallori's goal is to approach medication management in a collaborative way, taking patient's past and present experiences, concerns, and preferences into consideration. Mallori acknowledges psychosocial stressors as well as physical health when it comes to treating mental illness and address these when needed.
(737) 232-5911 View (737) 232-5911

Online Psychiatrists

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Kurt L. Cousins
Psychiatrist, MD, MBA
Verified
Austin, TX 78731
Kurt Cousins, MD, MBA is a fellowship-trained, double board-certified psychiatrist, practicing general psychiatry and subspecializing in child and adolescent psychiatry in Austin, TX. Dr. Cousins completed residency training in Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine - Sheppard Pratt Hospital (#6 in Psychiatry, U.S. News & World Report); and fellowship training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, The Menninger Clinic (#5 in Psychiatry) and Texas Children’s Hospital (#4 in Pediatrics). He completed additional training in addiction psychiatry at the Betty Ford Clinic, Rancho Mirage, CA.
Kurt Cousins, MD, MBA is a fellowship-trained, double board-certified psychiatrist, practicing general psychiatry and subspecializing in child and adolescent psychiatry in Austin, TX. Dr. Cousins completed residency training in Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine - Sheppard Pratt Hospital (#6 in Psychiatry, U.S. News & World Report); and fellowship training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, The Menninger Clinic (#5 in Psychiatry) and Texas Children’s Hospital (#4 in Pediatrics). He completed additional training in addiction psychiatry at the Betty Ford Clinic, Rancho Mirage, CA.
(737) 204-6960 View (737) 204-6960
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Restore primary care wellness and behavioral healt
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, MSN, PMHNP-B
Verified
San Antonio, TX 78229
The ideal client for me is someone who is grappling with various challenges that life presents. They may be feeling overwhelmed by the demands of daily life, including work, relationships, and personal well-being. This individual might be someone who struggles to manage their tasks and responsibilities, feeling burdened by their never-ending to-do list. My ideal client is someone who recognizes that they are not alone in their struggles and is open to seeking support.
The ideal client for me is someone who is grappling with various challenges that life presents. They may be feeling overwhelmed by the demands of daily life, including work, relationships, and personal well-being. This individual might be someone who struggles to manage their tasks and responsibilities, feeling burdened by their never-ending to-do list. My ideal client is someone who recognizes that they are not alone in their struggles and is open to seeking support.
(210) 756-9655 View (210) 756-9655
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Reproductive Psychiatry and Counseling
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
5 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78704
New patient appointments available. If you or your partner are struggling with mental wellness during infertility, pregnancy loss, or pregnancy/postpartum, please consider reaching out for more care. We often try to be strong and work through issues alone without realizing the significant impact our own mental health has on our children and family. Receiving quality treatment can help you to improve your wellness, and by extension, the wellness of your baby, in the safest ways.
New patient appointments available. If you or your partner are struggling with mental wellness during infertility, pregnancy loss, or pregnancy/postpartum, please consider reaching out for more care. We often try to be strong and work through issues alone without realizing the significant impact our own mental health has on our children and family. Receiving quality treatment can help you to improve your wellness, and by extension, the wellness of your baby, in the safest ways.
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Russell Hayes
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731
Russell is a Psychiatric Mental Health Physician Assistant with a passion to help all age groups. As a graduate from the Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Russell understands the need to listen and create a comprehensive treatment plan that aligns with your specific needs. Russell takes a holistic approach to treating mental health while incorporating modern day therapies.
Russell is a Psychiatric Mental Health Physician Assistant with a passion to help all age groups. As a graduate from the Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Russell understands the need to listen and create a comprehensive treatment plan that aligns with your specific needs. Russell takes a holistic approach to treating mental health while incorporating modern day therapies.
(512) 580-7035 View (512) 580-7035
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Norman Zachary Rubin
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified
Georgetown, TX 78626  (Online Only)
Hello. My name is Norman Rubin. I have provided service as a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner for the past 14 years. Also, I have worked helping people with medical problems so I appreciate the intersection of mental health and physical health challenges. I am licensed in Texas to practice as an adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner with the authority to prescribe medications and conduct psychotherapy. In addition, I possess a certification granted to me by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Hello. My name is Norman Rubin. I have provided service as a board-certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner for the past 14 years. Also, I have worked helping people with medical problems so I appreciate the intersection of mental health and physical health challenges. I am licensed in Texas to practice as an adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner with the authority to prescribe medications and conduct psychotherapy. In addition, I possess a certification granted to me by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
(512) 361-4553 View (512) 361-4553
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Holistic Health and Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified
Austin, TX 78752  (Online Only)
Omotayo Gbengaojo is a board-certified Psychiatric mental health Nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Centre (ANCC). She obtained her bachelor's in nursing from Grand Canyon University and master's degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. Omotayo or "Tayo" as she is fondly called, clinical experience span medical and psychiatry nursing.
Omotayo Gbengaojo is a board-certified Psychiatric mental health Nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Centre (ANCC). She obtained her bachelor's in nursing from Grand Canyon University and master's degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. Omotayo or "Tayo" as she is fondly called, clinical experience span medical and psychiatry nursing.
(817) 546-8000 View (817) 546-8000
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Chris Masuda MD/Sigma Mental Health Urgent Care
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Austin, TX 78745
Dr. Christine Masuda is the psychiatric medical director of the Austin location of Sigma. Sigma Mental Health Urgent Care takes same day appointments and is open 7 days a week except major holidays. Our Austin location has limited in person services and we request that you call to schedule in Austin. We treat people during gaps in care, while they are waiting to get an appointment in the community, and we can continue treatment long-term when our clinic is the best fit for an individual's needs.
Dr. Christine Masuda is the psychiatric medical director of the Austin location of Sigma. Sigma Mental Health Urgent Care takes same day appointments and is open 7 days a week except major holidays. Our Austin location has limited in person services and we request that you call to schedule in Austin. We treat people during gaps in care, while they are waiting to get an appointment in the community, and we can continue treatment long-term when our clinic is the best fit for an individual's needs.
(737) 302-5812 View (737) 302-5812
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Taiwo Dauda Okubanjo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-B, FNP-BC, APRN
Verified
1 Endorsed
San Antonio, TX 78251  (Online Only)
I am accepting NEW PATIENTS who are courageous enough to seek help for their mental health needs. I treat depression, anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, anger issues, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, misuse of recreational substances and other mental health disorders. I am trained to care for your entire health. While I enjoy prescribing medications for you, I also enjoy being a part of your wellness journey.
I am accepting NEW PATIENTS who are courageous enough to seek help for their mental health needs. I treat depression, anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, anger issues, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, misuse of recreational substances and other mental health disorders. I am trained to care for your entire health. While I enjoy prescribing medications for you, I also enjoy being a part of your wellness journey.
(210) 903-8351 View (210) 903-8351
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★★TeleMind®★★
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified
San Antonio, TX 78238
At TeleMind, we specialize in delivering virtual mental health services tailored for individuals with demanding schedules. Our approach is designed to accommodate those whose daily commitments or lifestyle constraints make it challenging to travel to a doctor's office. Say goodbye to lengthy commutes, inconvenient office hours, and waiting room delays. With TeleMind, you have the flexibility to choose your specialist, schedule appointments at your convenience, and even reschedule to fit your availability. Experience the comfort of attending sessions from your home, workplace, or even while on the go.
At TeleMind, we specialize in delivering virtual mental health services tailored for individuals with demanding schedules. Our approach is designed to accommodate those whose daily commitments or lifestyle constraints make it challenging to travel to a doctor's office. Say goodbye to lengthy commutes, inconvenient office hours, and waiting room delays. With TeleMind, you have the flexibility to choose your specialist, schedule appointments at your convenience, and even reschedule to fit your availability. Experience the comfort of attending sessions from your home, workplace, or even while on the go.
(800) 341-3083 View (800) 341-3083
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Princess Eghianruwa
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Round Rock, TX 78681  (Online Only)
Elevate your mood, conquer the chaos, and rewrite your mental narrative – your well-being, your story, our expertise. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan.
Elevate your mood, conquer the chaos, and rewrite your mental narrative – your well-being, your story, our expertise. I am a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan.
(737) 637-4123 View (737) 637-4123
Oren Isaac Levin
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
San Antonio, TX 78230
The treatment philosophy in my practice is focused on a comprehensive initial evaluation and then setting up realistic therapeutic goals to achieve in the treatment process. Clients will find a professional, caring, and an empathetic approach where their supports system and other health care providers, when appropriate, will be part of the treatment team in order to facilitate a better treatment outcome. This approach in my experience has a higher potential for a better outcome in reaching the therapeutic goals of healing and recovery.
The treatment philosophy in my practice is focused on a comprehensive initial evaluation and then setting up realistic therapeutic goals to achieve in the treatment process. Clients will find a professional, caring, and an empathetic approach where their supports system and other health care providers, when appropriate, will be part of the treatment team in order to facilitate a better treatment outcome. This approach in my experience has a higher potential for a better outcome in reaching the therapeutic goals of healing and recovery.
(210) 879-8549 View (210) 879-8549
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Christine Kilkenny
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Austin, TX 78731
I’m a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 10 years experience working in the mental health field. I believe in having my patients involved in the decision making process regarding their care. I collaborate closely with my patients and additional medical professionals involved in their care. My goal is to effectively treat patients using the fewest amount of medications possible at the individuals lowest therapeutic dose.
I’m a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 10 years experience working in the mental health field. I believe in having my patients involved in the decision making process regarding their care. I collaborate closely with my patients and additional medical professionals involved in their care. My goal is to effectively treat patients using the fewest amount of medications possible at the individuals lowest therapeutic dose.
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Anitha Dayalan
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified
Cedar Park, TX 78613
Difficulties with mental health are incredibly common but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer alone. I encourage anyone struggling with their mental health to seek help from a professional. I enjoy learning about people and will work with you to understand your individual needs and challenges. If I think medications may be beneficial in your journey to recovery, I will utilize the least amount of medication possible to ensure your safety and comfort.
Difficulties with mental health are incredibly common but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer alone. I encourage anyone struggling with their mental health to seek help from a professional. I enjoy learning about people and will work with you to understand your individual needs and challenges. If I think medications may be beneficial in your journey to recovery, I will utilize the least amount of medication possible to ensure your safety and comfort.
(737) 302-6783 View (737) 302-6783
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Insight Integrative Mental Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified
Austin, TX 78735
Waitlist for new clients
Are you looking for a holistic approach to your mental health? Are you seeking medications and/or natural approaches for you or your child? Are you struggling with mood, anxiety, focus, or general wellbeing? Ayesha is certified in integrative psychiatry though the Integrative Psychiatry Institute and approaches achieving optimal mental health from a model of whole self wellness. She believe that addressing lifestyle, diet, and physical and psychiatric symptoms together allows for deeper healing. She is certified in Ketamine assisted psychotherapy and utilizes this for breaking through habitual thought patterns that keep you stuck.
Are you looking for a holistic approach to your mental health? Are you seeking medications and/or natural approaches for you or your child? Are you struggling with mood, anxiety, focus, or general wellbeing? Ayesha is certified in integrative psychiatry though the Integrative Psychiatry Institute and approaches achieving optimal mental health from a model of whole self wellness. She believe that addressing lifestyle, diet, and physical and psychiatric symptoms together allows for deeper healing. She is certified in Ketamine assisted psychotherapy and utilizes this for breaking through habitual thought patterns that keep you stuck.
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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Martindale?

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.