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Qualifications and Experience
Dr. Waltrip is specialized in individualized evaluation and medical treatment for ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, and Anger Problems. He is a Board Certified Psychiatrist, which is the highest certification in the field of Psychiatry, provided by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Waltrip has been practicing Psychiatry for over 36 years and is considered highly trust worthy by peers and patients. Dr. Waltrip accepts United Behavioral Healthcare, Cigna PPO, and Medicare (non-assignment).
Verified Patient Reviews
Dr. Waltrip saved my life. Please read this. I have been a patient of Dr. Waltrip for close to a year. I am at a loss to understand how another reviewer could have given him and his office a one-star rating. Therefore, even though I have never written an on-line review in my life, I wanted to post a five-star rating and to explain the basis for it (something, I note, that the one-star reviewer barely did for his/her rating). My first contact with Dr. Waltrip's office was through his sole staff member, Sheila. As I told her during our initial phone call, she is an outstanding ambassador for Dr. Waltrip's practice (and, therefore, I do not understand the one-star reviewer's complaints about the "staff"). Sheila was (and is) responsive, caring, helpful, and informative. I hung up from my first call with her thinking to myself, "This seems like a good psychiatrist." And indeed Dr. Waltrip is. He is a great psychiatrist. When I first came to Dr. Waltrip's office, I was spending most hours of most days either sad, worried, or usually both. I had not ever tried literally to kill myself (nor seriously considered it); but I was so materially and pervasively staining the quality of my life through worry and sadness that, in some very literal ways, I was killing myself (and those around me). I had largely shut down any interactions with people except those necessary for my job. I felt alone. I often barraged myself with cruel, inaccurate, and self-loathing thoughts. I would sometimes flee, or altogether avoid, social engagements for fear of germs and getting sick. My body often hurt. Colors were dull. Sounds were muted. Time seemed to pass with painful slowness, yet I would often look up on the anniversary of some event and realize (with great sadness) just how much time had passed (and how quickly it had passed) since the event. Dr. Waltrip helped me see my (now obvious) problems with depression and anxiety. During our first meeting, he told me, with understated but firm confidence, that I would benefit tremendously from medication. I resisted strongly, having long since decided that I did not want to take drugs. With great detail, I articulated for Dr. Waltrip all the reasons why I thought drugs were bad - both for people generally and for me specifically. He listened to my lengthy explanation with great calm, not once trying to interrupt me and not once trying to argue his point. Instead, after I had finished, he said simply, "Okay. You won't take medication unless and until YOU decide that it's right for YOU." He then invited me to bring in any books, articles, or other materials I had read that gave me concerns about taking medication. I did so. In subsequent sessions, we talked about my concerns. In my own time and in my own way, I decided that medication would benefit me and began taking it. And I am grateful every day that I did. My biggest fear of drugs -- that they would make me "somebody else" or "not me" -- was 180 degrees wrong. To the contrary, I am more "myself" now than I have been in 10 years (or longer). My family has recovered its "old husband"/"old son"/"old brother"/"old grandson"/"old nephew." This is the sense in which I say that Dr. Waltrip saved my life. Dr. Waltrip's care goes far beyond expert management of medication. He has shown me new ways to look at a wide range of life situations that have changed my interaction with the world and, especially, myself in some very fundamental ways. He listens to me as if the matters I speak of concern him personally, like he is a friend; and yet he is a consummate professional at all times. When he answers me, I know he has not only listened to me but understood me. If you become one of Dr. Waltrip's patients, don't be surprised if you receive an unsolicited email from him here and there that inquires simply, "Are you doing okay?" If you have a sudden problem and you contact him about it, don't be surprised if you receive a prompt and gracious response (even on a Saturday). And finally, if you try to make an appointment with him, don't be surprised if you have only one or two choices for dates, even over a period of several weeks -- which is surely the most convincing affirmation of this five-star doctor.
Very friendly and professional.
I rated him one star on all of the above although just speaking with his staff made me not want to attend my appointment. They were very rude and unprofessional. I would not recommend this doctor to ANYONE.
Always helps out and works with my adjusting schedule.
The visits are always kind, efficient, and prompt.