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Shanda B. Priest, M.D.
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Dr. Shanda Priest is a warm and caring adult psychiatrist who specializes in women’s and young adult mental health treatment. She is board certified in General Adult Psychiatry and commonly works with patients to treat Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders including Bipolar illness and depression, ADHD, Schizophrenia, Trauma Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, and a host of other challenges.
As a psychiatrist, Dr. Priest uses evidence-based treatments including traditional and integrative approaches to evaluate, diagnose and treat psychiatric conditions. She often works with a treatment team composed of a nutritionist, psychotherapists, and other health specialists to provide a holistic care model. Ongoing care may include psychotherapy, medication management, skill building, and a number of other interventions.
Dr. Priest earned her undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. She then earned a medical degree and completed her psychiatry residency at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. She served as Chief Resident during her final year of residency.
Following residency, Dr. Priest served as an Active-Duty psychiatrist in the US Air Force from 2006-2011 at Eglin Air Force Base. There she had the privilege of serving both Active-Duty service members and their families. In 2008 she deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan for 6 months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom providing direct care for soldiers, sailors, and airmen and command support. She was awarded the Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Golder Border, Army Commendation Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Meritorious Unit Award, and the 5 NATO Medal and the Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short.
After her military service, Dr. Priest has worked in several settings including community based, traditional outpatient care, inpatient care, and as a consultant for Intense Outpatient Programs (IOP). She enjoys meeting patients where they are, listening to their needs, and working with them to develop an optimal individualized treatment plan.