Genetic Testing Specialist

Psychiatry (Telehealth Visits Only) serving patients of Boston, MA, Issaquah, WA and Sugar Land, TX

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Genetic Testing services offered in Boston, MA, Issaquah, WA and Sugar Land, TX
If you struggle with a mental health disorder and need treatment, turn to PhillWell, a telepsychiatry practice in South Boston, Massachusetts; Issaquah, Washington; and Sugar Land, Texas. Board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner Doreen Phillips, DNP, APRN, PMHNP, and her staff offer Genomind® genetic testing to ensure your medication regimen is the best fit for your genetic makeup. Call the office to learn more or schedule a telehealth appointment online today.

Genetic Testing Q & A

What is genetic testing?

PhillWell partners with a company called Genomind to get an in-depth analysis of your genetic profile with a simple, painless tissue swab. Genetic tests allow the specialists at PhillWell to determine which treatment plan, especially which medication regimen, is likely the most effective for you.

What are the benefits of genetic testing?

The main benefit of genetic testing is finding out the medical conditions you’re at risk for, and which treatments best match your needs. Dr. Phillips can always make changes to your treatment plan when needed to give you the best outcome. And most importantly, you always have a voice in your care.

Why might I need genetic testing? 

To find out if you’re a candidate for genetic testing, Dr. Phillips discusses your symptoms and medical history with you. She completes an in-depth psychiatric assessment by asking you a series of questions about your mood, thoughts, emotions, and behavioral patterns.

Dr. Phillips also offers cognitive testing to determine which type of mental health challenge you may struggle with. Examples include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Attention-deficit disorder (ADD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Substance abuse disorder
  • Other mental health challenges

You might have more than one mental health disorder simultaneously, which is why undergoing genetic testing to find the most appropriate treatment is important. 

What should I expect during genetic testing?

Genetic testing using Genomind involves a simple cheek swab. You can have the testing kit sent directly to your doorstep. Just follow the instructions for swabbing your cheek and return the test as directed. When your results are ready, Dr. Phillips reviews them with you during your next telehealth appointment and lets you know for which treatments you’re a candidate.

Which treatments might I need?

Depending on the type of mental health challenges you struggle with and your genetic makeup, Dr. Phillips might recommend you take medications, make lifestyle changes, undergo psychotherapy, or combine all these treatments.  

Keep stress levels low, get regular exercise, and have a strong social support network in place. Take your medications exactly as directed by the PhillWell specialists and undergo telepsychiatry appointments with Dr. Phillips to keep unpleasant symptoms in check. 

To learn more about genetic testing available at PhillWell, call the office, or schedule a telehealth appointment online today.