Bettina Franz, M.D., Ph.D.
Services Offered by Dr. Franz
 
Comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis.
Dr. Franz spends about an hour in face-to-face interview to get the history of the problem and the current symptoms.

Psychiatric medications
Medication will be prescribed based on symptoms, brain biochemistry and reactions from past medications tried, if any.

For Information on common psychiatric medications, please go to the web site: PsychiatricDrugs.org.  (*Please note, you will be leaving this web site by clicking this link, and Dr. Franz is not responsible for the information on the site)

Technology now exists to further tailor prescription medications to your individual biology.

The following tests can cut down on the trial-and error process of finding the right medication and getting you on the road to wellness much faster:

Pharmacogenetic testing
DNA testing from a saliva sample taken in the office can determine which medications you metabolize normally, which you need lower doses of to avoid side effects, and which you need higher doses of to get efficacy.  It can also reveal dangerous drug-drug interactions with other medications that you are taking.

Medications that can be tested include antidepressants, antipsychotics, stimulants, and opiate pain medications, as well as numerous medications used for other medical conditions.

For more information, please go to the following links:
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www.GeneSight.com

www.YouScript.com

PEER (Referenced EEG)
Referenced EEG called PEER is a technique that predicts which antidepressants might benefit you.  An electroencephalogram (EEG) recording is made. This EEG is then read by experts who review the recording and make recommendations about which medications will be beneficial for you.
       
To find out more about referenced EEG, please go to the web site: www.MyndAnalytics.com.
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Hormones
Hormone levels will be assessed by laboratory evaluation and replacement hormones will be prescribed, if needed.

Dietary Supplements
Vitamin and mineral levels will be assessed by laboratory evaluation, and recommendations for dietary supplements will be made when appropriate.

Alpha-Stim Therapy

Alpha-Stim is a small, portable device using a 9-volt battery that delivers a micro-current of electricity (about 600 micro Amp) through ear-clip electrodes. It utilizes level of electricity comparable to to bio-electricity present in the body. 

It is FDA approved for the treatment of depression, anxiety, insomnia, and pain.

It can be used alone, or as add-on therapy to medication. It is an excellent option for those who have found medications to be ineffective or to cause severe side effects.

Dr. Franz offers Alpha-Stim on a rent-to-own payment plan to allow an affordable trial period.

To find out more about Alph-Stim, please go to the web site:
www.Alpha-Stim.com  (*Please note, you will be leaving this web site by clicking this link, and Dr. Franz is not responsible for the information on the site)


Psychotherapy
Dr Franz is certified in EMDR, which is a type of psychotherapy that is very helpful for healing traumatic events that result in anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, OCD, depression, or any other psychological symptom. To find out more about this kind of psychotherapy, please go to www.EMDRIA.org (*Please note, you will be leaving this web site by clicking this link, and Dr. Franz is not responsible for the information on the site)


Dr. Franz works also closely with therapists as a part of Aliso Viejo Mental Health.  Please go to the web site: www.AlisoViejoMentalHealth.com to find out more.
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Memory Testing and Cognitive Assessment

Dr. Franz does memory testing and treatment of dementia and other cognitive problems in accordance with the guidelines established by the Orange County Vital Aging Program
       
To find out more, please go to t: www.OCVitalAging.org.
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