“Don't speak negatively about yourself, even as a joke. Your body doesn't know the difference. Words are energy and cast spells, that's why it's called spelling. Change the way you speak about yourself and you can change your life. What you're not changing, you're also choosing.” - Unknown
Dr. David L. Spiggle, MD, is board-certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Louisville. He completed his Psychiatry residency training at Boston University, where he served as Chief Resident during his final year. He then completed his fellowship at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital in Psychosomatic Medicine, which focuses on the overlap of medical and psychiatric illnesses.
In his 20 years of clinical practice Dr. Spiggle has worked in various settings including inpatient units, emergency services, hospital consult services, outpatient psychiatry and addiction medicine clinics, Intensive Outpatient Programs for Addiction treatment, and a residential substance abuse program. He has served as an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School teaching medical students, residents and fellows. Prior to joining Talkiatry, Dr. Spiggle was a psychiatrist at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s Betty Ford Center.
Dr. Spiggle's approach is non-judgmental and empathic with a goal of establishing a therapeutic space in which patients feel comfortable. He makes a comprehensive assessment, considering the biological, psychological, and social factors informing the patient's unique life experience. He believes in a collaborative treatment planning process incorporating pharmacology, lifestyle modification, and self-management strategies. His practice is focused on medication management typically in 20-30 minute visits, incorporating supportive, cognitive behavioral therapy, and Positive Psychology strategies. He has a special interest in treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, patients with dual diagnosis, and the LGBTQI+ population.