Psychiatrists in Nacogdoches County, TX

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Photo of Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry, Psychiatrist in Nacogdoches County, TX
Dr Riz @ Evolve Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Garrison, TX 75946
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
Tired of the relentless cycle of self-doubt, fatigue, and panic attacks? Struggling with poor concentration, restless sleep, or irrational fears? Feeling hypersensitive or overwhelmed by a need for control? Are these emotional and behavioral patterns fixable? Which ones stem from genetics or brain chemistry, and which are rooted in upbringing or circumstances?
(936) 937-2844 View (936) 937-2844
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Tracy Day
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN-NP, PMHNP, AMB-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Nacogdoches, TX 75961  (Online Only)
Tracy is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner in the Lufkin / Nacogdoches area with over 30 years of healthcare experience in a variety of medical settings. She performs diagnostic evaluations and uses a collaborative and individualized approach to treat mental health disorders in clients ages 12 and older.
Tracy is a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner in the Lufkin / Nacogdoches area with over 30 years of healthcare experience in a variety of medical settings. She performs diagnostic evaluations and uses a collaborative and individualized approach to treat mental health disorders in clients ages 12 and older.
(936) 337-4549 View (936) 337-4549

Online Psychiatrists

Photo of Ma Camille Tabtab, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nacogdoches County, TX
Ma Camille Tabtab
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Henderson, TX 75654  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner and I've acquired my Master's Degree at Maryville University. I've been working for a decade in healthcare focusing on emergency and mental heath issues. My profession has enabled me to practice in several countries including the Philippines, New Zealand, and the United States. I'm eager to help people especially those suffering from depression, anxiety, and ptsd.
Hello! I'm a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner and I've acquired my Master's Degree at Maryville University. I've been working for a decade in healthcare focusing on emergency and mental heath issues. My profession has enabled me to practice in several countries including the Philippines, New Zealand, and the United States. I'm eager to help people especially those suffering from depression, anxiety, and ptsd.
(903) 602-1038 View (903) 602-1038
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Tyler / Headlight
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Tyler, TX 75703
Headlight is proud to offer Tyler, TX a full circle of mental health care services, including therapy, coaching, support groups, medication management, and an online library of self-care resources. We make world-class mental health care accessible for everyone!
Headlight is proud to offer Tyler, TX a full circle of mental health care services, including therapy, coaching, support groups, medication management, and an online library of self-care resources. We make world-class mental health care accessible for everyone!
(430) 249-2827 View (430) 249-2827
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Resolute - Addiction and Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Longview, TX 75601
Are you dealing with crippling anxiety or depression? Struggling with addiction issues? Our team focuses on the total recovery of those who are struggling with addiction, co-occurring disorders, or mental health disorders. We love clients who are committed to recreating their lives by following simple principles. Those who have the willingness to make the initial call can apply that willingness to completely changing their lives. Don't believe us? There are thousands of us out there that have completely broken the chains of addiction and mental health disorders and have found a life of purpose, positivity, and joy.
Are you dealing with crippling anxiety or depression? Struggling with addiction issues? Our team focuses on the total recovery of those who are struggling with addiction, co-occurring disorders, or mental health disorders. We love clients who are committed to recreating their lives by following simple principles. Those who have the willingness to make the initial call can apply that willingness to completely changing their lives. Don't believe us? There are thousands of us out there that have completely broken the chains of addiction and mental health disorders and have found a life of purpose, positivity, and joy.
(903) 226-8421 View (903) 226-8421
Photo of Christopher Schuman, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nacogdoches County, TX
Christopher Schuman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tyler, TX 75703
Coming soon to Tyler, TX in June 2024. I provide conservative medication management and Christian-focused psychotherapy. I can also help patients STOP medication. Over 10+ yrs experience in public service (911 dispatcher) and healthcare (ICU nurse). Are you struggling with a depressed mood, anxiety, insomnia, or nightmares? Has your therapist recommended medication? Are you worried about side effects or being on medications forever? I can help you answer these questions. Call or text today at (832) 979-0254.
Coming soon to Tyler, TX in June 2024. I provide conservative medication management and Christian-focused psychotherapy. I can also help patients STOP medication. Over 10+ yrs experience in public service (911 dispatcher) and healthcare (ICU nurse). Are you struggling with a depressed mood, anxiety, insomnia, or nightmares? Has your therapist recommended medication? Are you worried about side effects or being on medications forever? I can help you answer these questions. Call or text today at (832) 979-0254.
(281) 717-6879 View (281) 717-6879
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Fresh Start Psychiatry and Recovery
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNPBC, CARN-AP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tyler, TX 75707  (Online Only)
Are you ready for a fresh start? Are you tired of living life chained to a mental health and/or a substance problem? If you want to heal your anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, mood problems (Depression, Bipolar, Mixed moods)-we can together! If you want to break the chains of binging and addiction to alcohol, cannabis, opioids, kratom, benzodiazepine, stimulants, with or without a psychiatric condition- we will do great work as you journey from surviving- to thriving! STEP 1: contact me today for your FREE screening!
Are you ready for a fresh start? Are you tired of living life chained to a mental health and/or a substance problem? If you want to heal your anxiety, PTSD, insomnia, mood problems (Depression, Bipolar, Mixed moods)-we can together! If you want to break the chains of binging and addiction to alcohol, cannabis, opioids, kratom, benzodiazepine, stimulants, with or without a psychiatric condition- we will do great work as you journey from surviving- to thriving! STEP 1: contact me today for your FREE screening!
(903) 600-9210 View (903) 600-9210
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Omar Masihuddin (Addiction Treatment)
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Huntsville, TX 77340
Don't settle for a generic drug and alcohol therapist. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
Don't settle for a generic drug and alcohol therapist. You deserve help that actually helps you feel happy again. (And, that's in-network with your insurance).
(979) 475-2693 View (979) 475-2693
Photo of Ifeoma Irokwe, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nacogdoches County, TX
Ifeoma Irokwe
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tyler, TX 75703
Welcome to Effulgence Psychiatry, where your journey to mental wellness is honored with compassion, expertise, and a commitment to holistic care. My name is Ifeoma Irokwe, a mental health nurse practitioner, I envision my clients as individuals with unique struggles, seeking solace in their darkest moments. Understanding their needs for compassionate care, I strive to empower them to reclaim their lives, overcome obstacles, and achieve personal growth. My goal is to foster an environment where clients feel heard, valued, and supported, paving the way for them to pursue a future filled with hope, resilience, and fulfillment.
Welcome to Effulgence Psychiatry, where your journey to mental wellness is honored with compassion, expertise, and a commitment to holistic care. My name is Ifeoma Irokwe, a mental health nurse practitioner, I envision my clients as individuals with unique struggles, seeking solace in their darkest moments. Understanding their needs for compassionate care, I strive to empower them to reclaim their lives, overcome obstacles, and achieve personal growth. My goal is to foster an environment where clients feel heard, valued, and supported, paving the way for them to pursue a future filled with hope, resilience, and fulfillment.
(903) 827-3233 View (903) 827-3233
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Creekdale Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tyler, TX 75701  (Online Only)
Hello there, my name is Angela Sanders and I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I treat adult patients 18 and up with mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders, PTSD, OCD, and more. I genuinely care about my patient's mental health and want to help them along the way to mental wellness.
Hello there, my name is Angela Sanders and I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. I treat adult patients 18 and up with mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders, PTSD, OCD, and more. I genuinely care about my patient's mental health and want to help them along the way to mental wellness.
(903) 500-7580 View (903) 500-7580
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Ryan Wilke
Psychiatrist, DO, ABPN
Verified Verified
Lufkin, TX 75904
Dr. Wilke is a Board Certified Psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is currently the Director of the Kaiser-Permanente Unit at Aurora Behavioral Healthcare, San Diego. He also maintains an outpatient private practice in Rancho Bernardo. It is Dr. Wilke's goal to provide accessible and affordable healthcare of the highest quality to his home community.
Dr. Wilke is a Board Certified Psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is currently the Director of the Kaiser-Permanente Unit at Aurora Behavioral Healthcare, San Diego. He also maintains an outpatient private practice in Rancho Bernardo. It is Dr. Wilke's goal to provide accessible and affordable healthcare of the highest quality to his home community.
(858) 780-5026 x8 View (858) 780-5026 x8
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Equanimity Behavioral Health & Consultation Serv
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Huntsville, TX 77343  (Online Only)
Our Providers understand life brings challenges that at some point can be very overwhelming to handle alone, leading to the inability to maintain mental calmness and happiness to live to our fullest potential. Our Mission is to provide a warm, calm, and compassionate environment for us to walk on the journey together to see you reach your goals. You are not just a number, to us, you are a very special person, so we are here to listen to you and together we will develop a partnership that will help us to evaluate, diagnose, and develop an individualized treatment plan best suited for you to achieve optimal outcomes
Our Providers understand life brings challenges that at some point can be very overwhelming to handle alone, leading to the inability to maintain mental calmness and happiness to live to our fullest potential. Our Mission is to provide a warm, calm, and compassionate environment for us to walk on the journey together to see you reach your goals. You are not just a number, to us, you are a very special person, so we are here to listen to you and together we will develop a partnership that will help us to evaluate, diagnose, and develop an individualized treatment plan best suited for you to achieve optimal outcomes
(936) 213-8480 View (936) 213-8480
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Mercygrace Mental Wellness,PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Palestine, TX 75801  (Online Only)
Mercy graduated from Texas State University with an M.S. in Nursing and is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mercy has over 8 years of expertise in psychiatric nursing and specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety problems in adults and adolescents. Mercy, as a provider, takes a nonjudgmental, sympathetic approach and believes that every individual has the ability to reach his or her full potential. Mercy adds wellness therapies such as healthy sleep, exercise, diet, mindfulness, and social connectedness into her clients' treatment programs in addition to medication management.
Mercy graduated from Texas State University with an M.S. in Nursing and is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mercy has over 8 years of expertise in psychiatric nursing and specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety problems in adults and adolescents. Mercy, as a provider, takes a nonjudgmental, sympathetic approach and believes that every individual has the ability to reach his or her full potential. Mercy adds wellness therapies such as healthy sleep, exercise, diet, mindfulness, and social connectedness into her clients' treatment programs in addition to medication management.
(915) 348-3129 View (915) 348-3129
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Sunshine Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, FNP-C, CPNP-PC, ENP-C
Verified Verified
Lumberton, TX 77657  (Online Only)
Sunshine Health was established to help adult and pediatric clients achieve their highest level of mental and physical health. Our approach to health is comprehensive including psychiatric and medical care, therapy, nutrition, weight, and activity management tailored to each individual patient to work toward their goals. We also offer corporate consulting to businesses and schools.
Sunshine Health was established to help adult and pediatric clients achieve their highest level of mental and physical health. Our approach to health is comprehensive including psychiatric and medical care, therapy, nutrition, weight, and activity management tailored to each individual patient to work toward their goals. We also offer corporate consulting to businesses and schools.
(409) 359-2399 View (409) 359-2399
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Serenity Mental Health PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Winnsboro, TX 75494
We have been living in some of the most challenging days that any of us can imagine. This creates stress in our every day lives. There is hope! There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but sometimes it is difficult to see. Let me help you work through these turbulent times. Please, don't hesitate to call. We are able to schedule most individuals with in 2-3 weeks. Psalms 139:14 "I am fearfully and wonderfully made....."
We have been living in some of the most challenging days that any of us can imagine. This creates stress in our every day lives. There is hope! There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but sometimes it is difficult to see. Let me help you work through these turbulent times. Please, don't hesitate to call. We are able to schedule most individuals with in 2-3 weeks. Psalms 139:14 "I am fearfully and wonderfully made....."
(430) 255-5358 View (430) 255-5358
Photo of Angela Sanders, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nacogdoches County, TX
Angela Sanders
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
White Oak, TX 75693  (Online Only)
Hello there, my name is Angela Sanders and I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner.
Hello there, my name is Angela Sanders and I'm a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner.
(903) 587-5627 View (903) 587-5627
Photo of Robin Turner Watson, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nacogdoches County, TX
Robin Turner Watson
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Longview, TX 75601
In the current healthcare environment, finding a provider to prescribe medications for mental health concerns can be a difficult and frustrating process. Many people search for months for a prescriber only to be told they must wait even longer on a waiting list. Some shy away from entering treatment due to fear of being judged or looked down upon because of their mental health or addiction struggles. The providers at Resolute are here to bridge the gap for people in need of psychiatric medication management and substance use treatment.
In the current healthcare environment, finding a provider to prescribe medications for mental health concerns can be a difficult and frustrating process. Many people search for months for a prescriber only to be told they must wait even longer on a waiting list. Some shy away from entering treatment due to fear of being judged or looked down upon because of their mental health or addiction struggles. The providers at Resolute are here to bridge the gap for people in need of psychiatric medication management and substance use treatment.
(903) 662-2598 View (903) 662-2598
Photo of Wacha's Wellness PLLC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nacogdoches County, TX
Wacha's Wellness PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Palestine, TX 75801
Hello! I have been a nurse practitioner since 2016 and I am board certified in both family and psychiatry. I have long had a passion for serving those with mental illness and it is my joy to help clients reach their full potential. I look at the body as a whole and know that each individual has unique needs, which means they each require a specific combination of treatments to help them find wellness. I treat a range of mental health conditions and tailor each treatment plan according to your needs.
Hello! I have been a nurse practitioner since 2016 and I am board certified in both family and psychiatry. I have long had a passion for serving those with mental illness and it is my joy to help clients reach their full potential. I look at the body as a whole and know that each individual has unique needs, which means they each require a specific combination of treatments to help them find wellness. I treat a range of mental health conditions and tailor each treatment plan according to your needs.
(903) 500-7715 View (903) 500-7715
Photo of Whispering Pines Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nacogdoches County, TX
Whispering Pines Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Tyler, TX 75703
At Whispering Pines Psychiatry, our mission is to provide compassionate, comprehensive, and evidence-based mental health care to our clients. We are dedicated to fostering a supportive and healing environment where every patient feels valued and understood. By combining traditional psychiatric care with a holistic, well-rounded approach, we address the mind, body, and spirit, ensuring that our patients receive the most thorough and personalized treatment possible.
At Whispering Pines Psychiatry, our mission is to provide compassionate, comprehensive, and evidence-based mental health care to our clients. We are dedicated to fostering a supportive and healing environment where every patient feels valued and understood. By combining traditional psychiatric care with a holistic, well-rounded approach, we address the mind, body, and spirit, ensuring that our patients receive the most thorough and personalized treatment possible.
(430) 202-6712 View (430) 202-6712
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Pacificah Nyangau Doctor Of Nursing Practice
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP , APRN-RN, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Athens, TX 75751
I understand life brings challenges that at some point can be very overwhelming to handle alone, leading to the inability to maintain mental calmness and happiness to live to our fullest potential. My Mission is to provide a warm, calm, and compassionate environment for us to walk on the journey together to see you reach your goals. You are not just a number, to me, you are a very special person, so I am here to listen to you and together we will develop a partnership that will help us to evaluate, diagnose, and develop an individualized treatment plan best suited for you to achieve optimal outcomes.
I understand life brings challenges that at some point can be very overwhelming to handle alone, leading to the inability to maintain mental calmness and happiness to live to our fullest potential. My Mission is to provide a warm, calm, and compassionate environment for us to walk on the journey together to see you reach your goals. You are not just a number, to me, you are a very special person, so I am here to listen to you and together we will develop a partnership that will help us to evaluate, diagnose, and develop an individualized treatment plan best suited for you to achieve optimal outcomes.
(832) 957-9499 View (832) 957-9499

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Number of Psychiatrists in Nacogdoches County, TX

< 10

Psychiatrists in Nacogdoches County, TX who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Medication Management
50% ADHD
50% Chronic Pain
50% Geriatric and Seniors
50% Grief

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% Aetna
100% Amerigroup
100% BHS | Behavioral Health Systems

How Psychiatrists in Nacogdoches County, TX see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Nacogdoches 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.