Kevin Kinback MD ’92, Asst. Clinical Prof of Psychiatry, LLUSM (2000-pres).
I’m expanding my psychiatry group in Ladera Ranch to have 6 clinicians this year and still growing. With the virus, we had to stop procedures like Spravato (ketamine) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). While this creates a major loss of revenue, we are blessed that our EMR allowed immediate change to 100% Telehealth, so we are able to stay safe and keep adapting. Normally, 100% outpatient, we have the capability to co virtual psych consults to hospitals during the emergency but oddly we haven’t been called to do that. Psych issues seem less important when infection puts lives are at stake but those needs are still in the mix somewhere. We volunteer to teach residents, PA, and NP students, but this is all on hold for now for social distancing. We eagerly await and pray for the vaccine to come quickly to restore normality.