What is Telepsychiatry?
There is no question that telemedicine has become an essential service within healthcare in the United States. The lack of access to proper psychiatric care is one of the biggest struggles of the American public health system, and telepsychiatry has opened doors to obtaining quality care- despite geographical location.
Telepsychiatry is one of the most promising developments in the fight to provide more patient-centered, affordable and effective interventions for individuals who need psychiatric care.
How It Works
At the time of your appointment, you will be led into a private room by a Medical Assistant. The Medical Assistant will take your vitals, communicate them to your provider and then leave the room (you may request her to stay) and your consultation with your provider will begin. These telepsychiatry sessions are private and confidential. Over time, patients and practitioners develop a strong relationship.
Meet Dr. Valerie Ernst
Dr. Ernst is a Board-Certified psychiatrist currently residing in Naperville, Illinois. She completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology at the University of Illinois, Urbana. She went on to attend medical school at Western University of Health Sciences in California where she earned her medical degree in Osteopathic Medicine. Most recently, Dr. Ernst was the Founder and President of her own Adult Mental Health Service organization. She oversaw all clinical operations and worked directly with patients to develop treatment plans for a variety of diagnoses. She has also worked with the State of Illinois as a psychiatrist for the Forensic Treatment Program.
Dr. Ernst describes herself as reliable and hardworking. She also has a great sense of humor. Dr. Ernst’s philosophy on psychiatry is that treatment is a team sport. We all have different roles, but each team member plays an integral part in helping the patient achieve wellness.
Dr. Ernst comes from a very large family. She is the youngest of six children. She also has a fraternal twin sister that was born fifteen minutes before her. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, who love to crack jokes and make each other laugh. She also loves reading, riding bikes with her husband and baking sweet treats.