Dr. Theresa (Terri) Prescott is a physician who practices psychiatry with children, adolescents, and adults. She has embraced a “bio-psycho-social” approach to patient care throughout the course of her career. She appreciates how a person’s life experiences may impact his or her biology. Those unseen biological changes in the brain and body may lead to emotional distress. Dr. Prescott believes that every person’s mental health needs are unique and require individualized treatment planning to improve functioning. In psychiatry, there are many different options in addition to or other than the medications developed by the pharmaceutical industry. There is an absolute need for these medications in certain instances but they need not always be a first-line option to help an individual reach his or her maximum potential. There are also alternatives, sometimes not psychiatric specific, that may address and improve someone’s emotional or physical pain. The use of alternative treatments sparked Dr. Prescott’s interest in newer alternative treatments that are currently being researched in the medical field.
In 1994, Dr. Prescott graduated from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. She trained in General Psychiatry at Albert Einstein Medical Center then completed a Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Prescott is board certified in General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Prescott is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She has experience with teaching and supervising other mental health professionals, has worked clinically with individuals and families who have been subjected to trauma, and has developed programs to address the mental health needs of at-risk individuals.
“Many patients and doctors are angry and disheartened by the medical field today. Insurance companies are dictating patient care and it is becoming more important to do paperwork than provide compassionate, comprehensive care. Spending time with a patient is becoming a luxury and that’s tragic. My goal is to practice medicine the way I feel it should be practiced - by providing patient-centered care. When doctors and patients work together as allies, the results are often dramatic."