Brief information about Dr. Mortimer's professional qualifications and his private practice
Below is a very brief summary about Dr. Mortimer's independent, solo, outpatient, for–profit, patient–centered, pro–family values, pro–choice, pro–life, solutions–based, future–focused private psychiatric practice at: 10,000 NE 7th Ave, # 385, Vancouver, WA. Phone: 360-882-9058. A much longer and more detailed description of Dr. Mortimer's solo private practice and how things are done in his private practice can be found in his essay, the title of which is: "Frequently Asked Questions about Dr. Mortimer's Private Practice in Child & Adolescent and General Adult Psychiatry."
If patients (and family members) are willing to make a significant investment in themselves – that is, those who are willing to WORK (i.e., put in the time required for a good treatment outcome, follow through with the agreed–on personalized and individualized treatment plan), and PAY for Dr. Mortimer's psychiatric services, then – then in about 90% of his patient population, they will reach a satisfactory treatment outcome within twelve office visits.
As part of the written treatment contract between the patient/guardians and Dr. Mortimer: Dr. Mortimer will strive to do his very best to provide patients with safe, ethical, cost effective, and competent psychiatric treatment. In return, Dr. Mortimer expect patients (and/or the patient's guardian) to:
– make an inviolable commitment to no self–harm;
– keep all scheduled appointments, and arrive on time (arriving early is better);
– be candid and honest with Dr. Mortimer;
– complete their homework and other agreed–on, out–of–office assignments;
– follow–through with the agreed–on treatment plan;
– keep prescribed medications in a safe location secured from theft and diversion;
– take medications as prescribed;
– abstain from ALL alcohol, ALL marijuana/THC/cannabis, and All other substances of abuse;
– avoid all non–prescribed herbs and supplements;
– obey all laws;
– establish and maintain a good relationship with a primary care physician;
– promptly pay any outstanding balances on their accounts with Dr. Mortimer; and
– notify Dr. Mortimer right away if any of these treatment contract conditions will not be met.
Below is some information about Dr. Mortimer's private psychiatric practice about which you might find of use.
- First of all, Dr. Mortimer wishes to point out what he and his patients know – which is that Ms Jill Messinger – Dr. Mortimer's office manager and medical assistant – is most assuredly the best office manager/medical assistant in the known universe.
- Unlike most other psychiatrists in the Vancouver–Portland area, Dr. Mortimer is not “booked out" six months in advance. If a prospective patient phones his office, then Jill can usually find time available to schedule the new patient within a week of the patient’s initial phone call.
- Having moved to Clark County in 1991, Dr. Mortimer now enjoys the distinction of having the longest established, out–patient psychiatric private practice in Clark County. Moreover, since Dr. Mortimer is one of the very few psychiatrists practicing in Clark County who actually lives in Washington State (and in Clark County), Dr. Mortimer believes that he is more familiar with local professional county resources than would be the case for many physicians who live either in Longview, Washington – or somewhere in Oregon.
- Since moving to Clark County, Dr. Mortimer has invested considerable time and effort to network with his local medical colleagues in other medical specialties. By Dr. Mortimer's count, he has sent over 1,000 mailings of clinical articles on topics that Dr. Mortimer has believed would be of great interest to over 550 local physicians, pharmacists, and psychologists. Dr. Mortimer has also invited Clark County primary care physicians to meet with him for breakfast or lunch (Dr. Mortimer always offers to pay) to discuss clinical issues, practice philosophies, and how they could be professionally helpful to each other. Dr. Mortimer has served the medical community in such positions as: physician presenter for the "Docs and Cops" ( – an educational program to middle school students on the medical and legal consequences of gunshot wounds); Board Member for the Stockford Village Business Association; and the self–appointed Chairman and Sole Member of the Clark County Medical Society Committee for the Promotion of Profit and Joy in Medical Practice (affectionately known by the Clark County Medical Society Executive Committee as “the CCMSCPPJMP”).
- With five to six years of post–graduate medical specialty training, a child and adolescent psychiatrist/ general adult psychiatrist such as Dr. Mortimer has had more formal medical specialty training than most pediatricians, neurologists, other non–surgical medical specialists, psychiatric nurse practitioners (e.g., those with PNHMP initials after their name), and Masters level therapists (i.e., those with MSW initials after their name). While the co–pay for each visit with Dr. Mortimer might cost the child’s parents or guardian more than would be the case if they consulted with a for–profit, managed–care contracted child & adolescent psychiatrist, since Dr. Mortimer is more likely to “get it right the first time,” Dr. Mortimer believes that the total out–of–pocket costs to the child’s family would ultimately be less than would be the case with a for–profit, managed care–contracted, less experienced child & adolescent psychiatrist.
- Dr. Mortimer is an internationally published expert on the diagnosis and treatment of attention–deficit/hyperactivity (ADHD) in children, teens, and adults. Dr. Mortimer can efficiently and effectively identify optimal medications and dosing for treating his ADHD patients.
- Dr. Mortimer asserts that he has the most legible handwriting of any psychiatrist practicing in Clark County.
- In addition to providing psychotherapy, Dr. Mortimer is also a nationally recognized expert on psychopharmacology, and can often identify psychiatric side effects from medications used to treat general medical conditions. Dr. Mortimer is also adept at identifying drug–drug interactions most likely to be causing undiagnosed and unintended seemingly psychiatric symptoms.
- If patients (and/ or the parents) are willing to follow through with agreed–on treatment, then Dr. Mortimer usually sees a satisfactory treatment outcome in about 90% of his patient population within 12 office visits. What does Dr. Mortimer mean by a satisfactory treatment outcome? Here are a few examples from his child & adolescent psychiatry practice:
– A sixth grade boy with multiple fears, phobias, time–consuming rituals, and poor academic performance had pretty much given up on school when he first met with Dr. Mortimer. Within one month of starting treatment with Dr. Mortimer, the youth’s confidence, concentration, academic productivity and efficiency had all significantly improved. After seven months of treatment with Dr. Mortimer, this boy’s semester grade point average (GPA) increased from 1.7 to 3.7!
– After receiving all “Fs” yet again on his report card, the parents of a 17 year–old asked Dr. Mortimer for his help. Dr. Mortimer learned that the teen had a nearly life–long history of problems with attention, motivation, severe shyness, and multiple tics. Within six months of working together, all treatment goals were met, and the teen’s subsequent report card showed a semester GPA improvement from 0.0 to 3.75 !
– A thirteen year–old boy had an explosive temper and very poor manners. At a follow–up office visit with Dr. Mortimer, the youngster’s mother concluded her update on her son’s improvement by commenting to Dr. Mortimer: “You have done more for my son in three office visits than have all the school counselors, therapists, and pediatricians he has seen for the past eight years!”
Below are some specifics about Dr. Mortimer's solo, out–patient psychiatric private practice:
– Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10AM to 4PM by appointment only.
– A comprehensive psychiatric assessment typically requires 2-4 hours of Dr. Mortimer's professional time. In addition to performing a thorough psychiatric interview, Dr. Mortimer often asks patients to complete normed behavioral/symptom checklists. If they are still extant, Dr. Mortimer can perform a careful review all of the patient’s elementary school report cards (looking in teacher comments for clues about the student’s ability to stay on task; and any evidence of math, reading or writing disorders), and Dr. Mortimer uses a neurodevelopmentally based, sophisticated software tool (“MedChek”) which is often a component of his neuropsychiatric assessment of patients' higher cerebral functioning. This computerized continuous performance task test provides an objective way to both assess his patients current cerebral functioning, as well as then monitor the effectiveness of treatment.
– About half of Dr. Mortimer's active patients are between 3 and 18 years old. The other 50% of Dr. Mortimer's active patients are adults. Since Dr. Mortimer doesn't claim to have medical expertise in geriatric psychiatry, he does not accept new patient referrals of those who are older than 60 years of age.
– Dr. Mortimer has opted out of Medicare, and Dr. Mortimer will not willingly consent to his professional medical time and medical expertise being unjustly discounted by any Federal or State (e.g., Washington, Oregon) agencies or programs (e.g., Medicare, Tri–Care, Apple Care, Molina, Moda, state medical "coupons," Crime Victims, CUP, or L&I).
– Many of Dr. Mortimer's active patient population have more than one psychiatric diagnosis. Among the many mental disorders which Dr. Mortimer diagnoses and treats, these include: attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, pessimistic explanatory style, various tic disorders, sensory over–responsivity, and various sleep disorders.
– In order for Dr. Mortimer to accurately evaluate adults who claim to have ADHD (but who were never diagnosed with ADHD), these individuals must be able to provide Dr. Mortimer with convincing, objective evidence (e.g., the prospective patient's elementary school report cards; neuropsychological testing results; and/or honest letters from their parents, teachers or siblings) which can document problems with attention, concentration, impulse control beginning in childhood – not beginning in adulthood.
– About 30% of Dr. Mortimer's active patients pay for their treatment entirely “out of–pocket.” All have spontaneously commented to Dr. Mortimer (and to his office manager Jill) that it has been money very well spent.
– Dr. Mortimer has contracted with Regence Blue Cross to be an “in network” provider. With the exception of Regence (and its affiliates), the balance of Dr. Mortimer's professional medical charges which not covered by a patient's medical insurance plan become the responsibility of the patient (or the parent/guardian or whomever else has signed Dr. Mortimer's Financial Agreement). Unless the family has medical “coverage” with a notoriously problematic, for–profit, Satan–controlled medical insurance plan, then medical insurance companies which are not affiliated with Regence still typically reimburse for most of Dr. Mortimer's professional medical charges somewhere between 50% and 100% of Dr. Mortimer's current fees.
– Insurances plans to which Dr. Mortimer's office frequently sends claims for his professional medical services include:
Various employer and union trust funds
Providence Good Health
Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield
United Behavioral Health