About Us

WHAT WE DO

When you are struggling with life-controlling problems, it is important to get the help that you need.
We provide the most advanced psychiatric medical treatments for:
• Major Depression
• Generalized Anxiety Disorder
• Bipolar Disorder
• Psychosis
• Schizophrenia
• Delusional Disorders
• Social Anxiety and Phobias
• Personality Disorders
• Panic Attacks
• Paranoia
• Major Affective Disorders
• Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors
• Grief
• Trauma
• Anger Management
• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
• Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
• Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
• Inpatient, Partial Hospitalization, and Outpatient services
We offer the most advanced psychiatric medicine treatments and evidenced-based medicine. We are here to help you achieve your best mental health and addiction recovery possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the First Office Visit like?

The first step to improving your mental health is obtaining a proper diagnosis. This should always come before starting a treatment plan. A comprehensive psychiatric evaluation helps to uncover what diagnosis (or diagnoses) explain the symptoms, struggles and negative consequences you have experienced.

Your first visit is likely a similar experience to other medical professionals that you may have seen in the past. We will discuss what brought you into the office, in other words, “what we will be working on together.” Next, we’ll go through a series of questions together, regarding current and past mental health, general health, and family history. The initial appointment lasts about 60 minutes.

Can you diagnosis me on one appointment?

Every patient is unique and comes with a history of different symptoms, life experiences, treatment failures, treatment successes and treatment options that have not been tried in the past. The goal is to help the patient determine an accurate diagnosis or diagnoses. Even if a diagnosis seems obvious, other conditions will be ruled out such as depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, anxiety, psychosis, addiction and certain medical conditions, as these conditions influence which medications and therapeutic treatment options would be most suitable. In some cases, it can take several follow up sessions to further clarify the diagnosis.

How does my diagnosis affect my treatment plan?

A patient’s treatment plan is based on many factors, including the severity of the symptoms, how much their condition is impacting their ability to function at work and/or home, and their history of previous treatments. Additionally, each patient has preferences about taking medication, what types of medications, and other treatments used to individualize their treatment plan.
What if I want to be diagnosed but I do not want medication?

My goal as a mental health professional is to first establish an accurate diagnosis (or diagnoses). Only then, can the patient understand all of their treatment options which may include medication and non-mediation treatment options.

How often are my appointments?

Follow up appointments are centered around medication changes, so initially they can be more frequent. Once the patient is doing better and the symptoms have stabilized, the frequency of the appointments will decrease. Since every patient has different needs, each patient is treated with a personalized approach that enable us to work together toward a common goal of optimal mental health. It is not uncommon during a patient’s treatment plan to try several medications over time to achieve optimum results.

MISSION STATEMENT

To treat you as a “whole person” and not just a diagnosis.

To assist you in your overall mental health.

To provide you with psychiatric care and medication management.

To provide you psychiatric medical care that you can trust.

To provide you with inpatient and outpatient care and support.

About Us

Gaertner Psychiatric PC is made up of Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistant Providers dedicated to helping individuals and families achieve their maximum potential. Gaertner Psychiatric PC provides a treatment team of specialists to each client served.

621 Jefferson Davis Highway, Ste 201, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-372-2028

3721 Westerre Parkway, Ste 7F, Henrico, VA 23233
804-269-4916

Susan Dunmyer - Administrator
540-372-2028

Monday - Friday
9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday - Sunday
Closed

Fredericksburg Office

Richmond Office

Effective: January 1, 2022

Our location address will be renamed to:
621 Emancipation HWY, Suite 201
Fredericksburg, VA 22401