"Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well, can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” Pema Chodron
Angelene Lawrence, MD has been practicing psychiatric medicine for 16 years. She has a core belief that each interaction is a therapeutic experience and values the time that patients take to share their lives. She seeks to connect with the underlying needs and personal goals of each person to create an individualized plan.
Dr. Lawrence is board certified in adult psychiatry. She received her medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine at Reno and completed psychiatric residency in Reno, Nevada where she served as Chief Resident in her final year. She has been clinical faculty at the University of Nevada at Reno since 2006, fostering her love of teaching medical students and psychiatric residents. Her experience ranges from emergency psychiatry, forensic psychiatry to private outpatient practice. She has been the medical director at a geriatric psychiatric facility as well as a general inpatient psychiatric facility.
She specializes in medication management with a synthesis of a wide range of treatment approaches, believing that treatment of mental health conditions includes evaluation of root causes in the mind, body and spirit. She is trained in integrative psychiatry and is interested in assisting patients look at the whole of their life and how this impacts their emotional well-being. Nutrition, exercise, nutraceuticals, mindfulness as well as cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance commitment therapy are a few of the adjunctive options that may be utilized to complement traditional psychiatric treatment and medication management. Occasionally, Dr. Lawrence may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.