In the 1990s, Dr. David Conant-Norville and Dr. Robert George shared an office, but had separate solo psychiatric private practices. During this time, they often discussed the high-frequency of psychiatric disturbances in the population, and the complexity of providing quality treatment.
In conversations had with primary care providers, they learned that a psychiatric referral was the most difficult medical referral for a primary care physician to make. This problem was primarily due to a lack of access, complicated by poor communication between the mental health clinician and the primary care office.
Dr. Conant-Norville and Dr. George not only recognized how extreme the shortage of qualified Child & Adolescent psychiatrists in the United States, but also just how many mental health professional clinicians such as psychologists, licensed counselors, and social workers, have had excellent training in mental health care.
Those conversations led to a newfound passion and commitment to building a unique psychiatric practice with the goal of providing "timely access to quality psychiatric care."
The doctors envisioned a practice which provides medically appropriate, comprehensive care, delivered by a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals. They hoped to create a pleasant and supportive overall experience of quality and compassion from the first phone call, to the end of successful treatment.
They aspired to improve the quality of comprehensive patient care by requiring all patients to provide initial referrals from their primary care physician, and by providing treatment reports back to these referring physicians.
They wanted to build a system where psychiatric physicians, the highest- trained clinicians, were initially responsible for a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan.
They dreamed of being able to provide many types of treatment services by non-physician mental health clinicians, and realized the importance of supporting clinicians, and particularly the psychiatric physicians, with a nursing and clerical team.
They envisioned providing effective care to both the family and the individual in an effort to fight the negative stigma of mental illness by demonstrating that common psychiatric problems could be effectively identified, diagnosed, and treated, and that while many psychiatric conditions have chronic symptoms, they need not be debilitating or shaming.
Their dream became a reality in September 2001, and Mind Matters Child & Family Psychiatry Clinic soon employed four clinicians in the St. Vincent Hospital Medical Office building.
As they added clinicians, the team quickly outgrew the space however, and the practice would soon move to a much bigger office near the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, OR. Having realized the importance of hiring support staff, the practice began hiring nurses, billing, and administrative staff, and it was in this location that the clinic continued growing for another 12 years.
Soon enough, Mind Matters, P.C. added a satellite office in Pendleton, OR, where they began experimenting with videoconferencing technology.
In July 2014, the practice moved to our current location at the Providence Tanasbourne Medical Plaza, again more than doubling our office space in order to add more clinicians in a variety of different clinical specialties and services.
Mind Matters, P.C. is now able to provide unique group therapy opportunities in our community room, and is excited to have recently added adult psychiatric services in addition to treating children and their families.
We continue to believe that care for all members of the family is critical if any member of the family is to overcome a complex psychiatric disorder. In addition to direct clinical services, we hope to offer educational services and community support experiences in the future.
Our vision remains unchanged as we seek to improve the health of the community by providing timely access to quality psychiatric care.
As in all effective medical care, we hope to continue identifying problems early, to treat them effectively and decisively, and to assist in developing treatment goals and teaching strategies which improve and sustain healthy, fulfilled lifestyles for our patients, their families, and our community.