Dr. Gellman usually responds to inquiries by phone or online within 24-48 hours. Our time together begins with the initial consultation over the phone, which includes specific concerns about your child's mood, anxiety, behavior, or struggles and reasons for seeking treatment. The consultation is an opportunity for you and Dr. Gellman to get to know each other and see if you want to establish a formal doctor-patient relationship. The consultation process ensures the expectations of Dr. Gellman and your family are aligned and that we are a good fit together. Your treatment plan may include interventions such as medications, psychotherapy, and lifestyle modifications such as diet and exercise.
After the initial consultation, we will schedule an initial evaluation and regular follow up visits to check in on your child and his or her progress in treatment. With current availability, these visits can typically be scheduled within 1 week. At our visits we will discuss updates and then I will provide updated recommendations on medications, lifestyle interventions, as well as potential labs or recommendations for medical workup to obtain if needed as pertaining to the mental health condition.
During our visits, Dr. Gellman will also include teaching of some brief therapeutic strategies and interventions to trial to help with your child's symptoms, for the patients and families alike. If you or your child would like a more prolonged visit for further therapeutic management, we can discuss the possibility in our treatment plans. Dr. Gellman aims to work with the needs and goals of your family and child to ensure our treatment plans align, and we will continue to collaborate as a team throughout our sessions together.
In between visits, if needed, Dr. Gellman can collaborate with the rest of your child's providers such as therapists, pediatricians, and other specialists. With her background as a pediatrician, she believes a well-rounded and team approach is the most effective to helping your child feel better as quickly as possible and help maintain that stability.
Dr. Gellman conducts diagnostic evaluations for Autism, as she would for any other mental health or relevant developmental condition. This will likely occur over 1-2 visits during which Dr. Gellman will evaluate for autism and other mental health conditions based on extensive history, screening instruments, and interactions with your child. Dr. Gellman does not do ADOS testing for autism. If requested, after these visits, Dr. Gellman will produce a report summarizing diagnostic findings. She will make recommendations for additional referrals, services, and medications during visits if needed, which will also be included in the report. In some circumstances, the case may be more complex and require more thorough testing, in which case Dr. Gellman will refer you to another specialist for more intensive testing to clarify the diagnosis. Evaluations are conducted on a fee per hour basis, as summarized in the fee schedule. If medications are prescribed, your child will be scheduled for regular follow up with Dr. Gellman in clinic similar to other medication management cases.
Please note: the initial consultation comes with no guarantee or expectation of treatment/medical care (such as prescription for medication) or formation of a treatment relationship. The consultation may require multiple encounters prior to formation of a doctor-patient relationship. Should the doctor and patient each agree to enter a doctor-patient relationship, a professional relationship is only then established.
Initial intake visits and diagnostic assessments will be conducted in person at Dr. Gellman's office location. After initial evaluations, visits will be may be conducted via telehealth or in person, depending on preference of patient, Dr. Gellman, and any needs that may require in person visit. Sometimes, it may be deemed necessary to meet in person by the physician or by any changes that may occur based on federal regulation of prescribing practices.
Dr. Gellman does not provide services for custody evaluations, workers' compensation, forensic evaluations, or disability evaluations.