Jeffrey M. Benzick, MD, PA
14800 San Pedro Ave
San Antonio, TX 78232
210 490-9850 Phone
210 899-1432 Fax
Please call us to set up your appointment.
We are open during the following hours:
Monday-Thursday 8:15 AM to 4:45 PM
Friday 8:15 AM to 12 Noon
I stay after hours most Fridays to accommodate patient schedules. I also work two Saturdays a month. Please feel free to call if these better meet your needs.
I want you to be relaxed for our first visit. Please don't be anxious about coming to talk with a Psychiatrist. I'm just a dude. We're just going to talk. No hypnosis, no lying on the couch, just sixty minutes of me helping you make sense of all this.
Coming early for your first appointment will let me read and electronically scan your paperwork. Please be sure you have directions and allow for traffic.
You will provided a link for the Spruce app prior to your first appointment. This is a secure messaging app through which we can text, email, even have video and phone appointments. It also allows us to send secure documents. This will be how you'll contact me for medication requests, questions, that sort of thing. I will also send practice announcements through the app.
We'll use the last 20 minutes or so of our hour coming up with a treatment strategy. This might involve exercise, habit changes, referral for counseling, addressing spiritual issues, and the like. This is NOT just about which medicine to take. The reality is, of course, that I am a Psychiatrist and most referrals involve determining the right medication regimen for you. But I can assure you I want to know how other things in life are going, too. Medicine isn't going to fix a marriage, or find a job--but it certainly can reduce aggravating symptoms and improve quality of life, so that healthier coping strategies can start working!
People often ask if I do counseling. The answer is "ABSOLUTELY," although due to cost and the time constraints of a Psychiatrist, I don't have, for example, patients who come for an hour once or twice a week. But I will not just focus on medication, I will always ask about other facets of your life.
For patients who do need regular, weekly counseling, I have a wonderful network of colleagues to whom I refer. It is common practice, and cost effective, for folks to see me for meds and their counselor for talk therapy.
PLEASE, oh please, come early for your first appointment. I'm sure neither one of us wants to feel "rushed." If you haven't filled out the pre-appointment paperwork (see the "Patient Forms and Resources" tab above), allow yourself about 20 minutes to do so. I would like to look at the paperwork ahead of time, and I will scan it so I have an electronic copy. It's even better if you send it in ahead of time via fax or email.
Before your appointment, I will pull up your information on the Texas Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) website. This provides me access to your previous prescriptions for controlled drugs (e.g. opiate pain medication like Vicodin or Tylenol #3, benzodiazepines like Xanax or Valium, and stimulant medication like Adderall, Ritalin or Vyvanse). It is helpful for me to know if these types of drugs have been prescribed, or are currently being prescribed by another provider.
It is very helpful if you bring to the appointment:
At the end of the appointment, I'll provide you with a written summary of our initial plan. I'll send your prescriptions electonically to your pharmacy (I can handwrite them if you prefer, but it's pretty rare I have to write anymore!) and also order any necessary blood work.