Edgewood Psychiatrists are board-certified, licensed physicians providing the following behavioral health services:
Our psychiatrists focus on identifying and encouraging positive coping styles and lifestyle choices while at the same time working to change the choices/coping strategies that may get in the way. They also spend time educating patients on the various aspects of their issues and treatment options. Initially, you will review your symptoms, personal history, life goals, and treatment goals together. From there the psychiatrist will create a plan for returning visits to monitor your progress and responses to any prescribed medications or new treatment modalities. The psychiatrist partners with each patient to optimize wellness with the support of our multi-disciplinary team providing a broad spectrum of therapeutic services promoting physical and emotional health and well-being.
Dr. Chris Sinnappan
Board-certified in General Psychiatry as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dr. Sinnappan is a physician specializing in treating mental health disorders. As part of his evaluation of his patients, Dr. Sinnappan may prescribe and provide psychiatric medication management, refer for specific physical examinations and other medical evaluations, and order and interpret laboratory tests.
Dr. Sinnappan has broad experience in helping children as young as 4 through adults age 55 with a wide range of challenges. The doctor specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorders and has over 20 years of experience helping patients with depression, mood & thought disorders, anxiety, stress or relationship issues, sleep struggles, trauma, alcohol and substance use, behavior and attention problems.
Dr. Sinnappan has had the opportunity to work closely with individuals and families in a variety of treatment settings including hospitals, day treatment programs, community mental health centers and private practice. He believes that the psychiatrist-patient relationship should be collaborative. It takes time to understand and deal with most emotional issues and although medication is often an integral part of treatment, it should not be used as a substitute for psychotherapy and lifestyle changes.
Dr. Akshatha Shetty
Board Certified in General Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Shetty is trained in evaluating and treating mental health disorders in outpatient and inpatient settings. As part of her evaluation of her patients, Dr. Shetty may prescribe and provide psychiatric medication management and refer for psychotherapy.
Dr. Shetty has been working with adult patients (18 years and older) from diverse backgrounds for 15 years, both abroad and in the United States. Dr. Shetty specializes in the pharmacological intervention of psychiatric disorders with special areas of interest in OCD, Generalized Anxiety & Mood Disorders in women. Dr. Shetty uses short term trials with medication coupled with psychotherapy. Once the patient is stabilized she works with the patient to wean them off of medication. She strongly believes psychoeducation and psychotherapy play a key role in promoting optimal emotional wellness.
Dr. Christopher Sinnappan: Csinn@Edgewoodclinicalservices.com
Dr. Akshatha Shetty: firstname.lastname@example.org
Psychiatry Coordinator, Jes McIlvain: jesm@Edgewoodclinicalservices.com
ECS Psychiatrists participate in the following insurance plans:
Please Note: Edgewood has no way of knowing which insurance plans cover any given prescription. If the doctor prescribes a medication that is not covered by your specific insurance plan, he or she would be happy to discuss this with you at your next appointment and try to accommodate you in any way possible.
Unfortunately, EAP services do not cover Psychiatric care. Typically, Psychiatry Services are billed through your primary medical carrier, but occasionally the behavioral health provider is still the payer for the doctor’s claims. Any questions should be directed to the Billing Department for assistance around understanding and verifying your insurance benefits.
Dr. Sinnappan sees patients Monday through Thursday 1-6:00 pm, in the South Naperville location.
Dr. Shetty sees patients Tuesday and Thursday 8:00am-1:00pm in the South Naperville Location.
No, but they will work with and prescribe psychotropic medications for clients who have a substance use history or current substance abuse struggles.
Dr. Sinnappan spends 45-60 minutes will each adult for their intake appointment. Initial appointments for children under 18 will take 60 minutes and should involve parent or caregivers.
Dr. Sinnappan’s Follow-up Medication Management Appointments are typically scheduled for 15 minutes each. In some situations, the doctor may recommend a client returns for a 30 minute follow up appointment to allow more time for family interaction and discussion, review labs and reports requested during the initial appointment, or spend sufficient time evaluating a more complex medication change or adjustment.
Dr. Shetty typically spends 60 minutes with each patient for their intake appointment.
Dr. Shetty’s Follow-up Medication Management Appointments are typically scheduled for 20 minutes each. In some situations, the doctor may recommend a client returns for a 40 minute follow up appointment to allow more time for family interaction and discussion, review labs and reports requested during the initial appointment, or spend sufficient time evaluating a more complex medication change or adjustment.
At the intake appointment, the doctor will facilitate a thorough initial assessment, which will include but is not limited to:
Psychiatric, Medical, Social, Developmental and Family Health History, Substance Use/Abuse, Potential to Harm Self or Others and the client’s Response to the usual vicissitudes of life such as divorces, job loss, death of friends or family, behavior while driving.
The doctor will likely suggest psychotherapy if not already engaged with a therapist or in some instances, suggest a medication to help with the client’s symptoms. The doctor will not always prescribe medication at the first visit.
Additional labs or tests may also be ordered to rule out other medical conditions that could be contributing to the patient’s complaints or symptoms.
Follow Up appointments are set to allow enough time for adequate observation, communication, assessment, exchange of information and ongoing decision making. During that time, no question, concern or problem is ever too minor or unimportant to be discussed during a follow-up appointment. You are also welcome to ask for more time to be reserved for your next visit at the next follow-up appointment.
Write down a list of symptoms you have been having to help facilitate a conversation that is direct and informative during the appointment.
Prepare any important medical or mental health records to be shared with the doctor.
Create a list of your medications and reasons taken or plan to bring your medications in the prescription bottles to the appointment.
As a friend or family member to come to their appointment with you if you feel that they can provide a unique perspective and/or help you feel less anxious or more comfortable in the process.
Write down questions about the diagnosis and about any treatments or further assessments available. Our psychiatrists are very open to exploring alternative care and different treatment fields. Consider sleep studies, light therapy, chiropractic care, a nutritionist, psychological testing, or group therapy.
Depending on the clinical situation, labs or outside tests ordered, the length of time or frequency of visits will vary. However, Dr. Sinnappan typically requests a follow up visit within 4-8 weeks after the initial intake visit and will decrease the frequency and increase the time between appointments thereafter to every 3-6 months if the medication is effective and the client is stable. Dr. Shetty typically requests a follow up visit two weeks after the initial intake visit and a 4 week follow up thereafter.
When the agreed upon length of time on medications has passed, and the original complaints are resolved, the medication will be tapered and possibly discontinued to see if medication is no longer needed to keep the symptoms treated.
If a rash has developed after starting a new medication, stop taking the medication and contact the office to make a follow-up appointment in the earliest available time slot. The intake department will assist in fitting you into an emergency opening. The client should email the doctor and copy his Psychiatry Coordinator, Jes McIlvain on the message.
If a patient has trouble breathing, stop the medication immediately and seek medical attention by calling 911 or going to the nearest emergency room. Once the patient has medical attention, he or she should email the doctor and copy his Psychiatry Coordinator, Jes McIlvain on the message. The patient should also contact the Psychiatry Coordinator to make a follow-up appointment in the earliest available time slot or will assist in fitting you into an emergency opening.
Other side effects or developing symptoms may occur after starting a new medication. If the situation seems urgent, the client should contact his or her primary care provider or pediatrician or go to the nearest emergency room. The patient is welcome to contact the doctor via email with non-urgent questions and copy Jes McIlvain on the message.