Treatment Philosophy


You are almost certainly reading this because something has you concerned enough to seek outside help. 

I have yet to meet a patient I believe is "faulty" because of his or her condition. My goal is to help patients and their families take charge by utilizing their strengths to change and adapt in ways that will improve their lives.

Seeking care or consultation from a psychiatrist can carry strong emotions. Although knowledge about psychiatric disorders has increased dramatically in recent years, some people still believe that behavioral and emotional problems are solely within an individual's personal control. However, science has identified genetic vulnerabilities for many forms of psychiatric disorders, such as severe depression or psychosis. Scientists have also demonstrated actual physical changes in the brain associated with some of these conditions. 


Research clearly shows that changes in the chemistry in the brain and body can impact emotions and behaviors. For example, thyroid problems or side-effects associated with medications can cause a wide variety of mood and anxiety disorders. Additionally, some children are at a much higher risk for attentional and learning issues solely because they were born prematurely. 

Suffice it to say, we are the products of many factors outside of our control. Our goal is to fix the things that we can.  


I believe an integrative approach - which may include a combination of therapies, techniques, lifestyle changes and medications - is the best method for treating most conditions. 


Please note that medications used in psychiatry are similar to those used for other disorders, except that they are used to treat behaviors and emotions. All medications have known benefits, side-effects, and adverse effects. I will assess and educate you about all available treatment options, including medications, and make recommendations accordingly.

Welcome to the Practice

Bringing yourself or your child to a psychiatrist is no easy task. My goal is to work collaboratively with you, and your other providers, to care for you or your loved one.

I will provide information that will help you weigh the risks and benefits of various treatment options, so that you can choose a course of action that makes sense for you and your family.

I routinely offer:

Psychiatric consultations for children, adolescents, adults and their families
Treatment formulation and recommendations
Medication management
Ongoing collaboration with other mental health providers
Parental guidance and education
One-time consultation services or second opinions for patients, families, physicians and other healthcare providers

Specialty services provided through the Pediatric ADHD Clinic (link)



David Penner MD PLLC

Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist
324 West Bay Dr NW #214, Olympia WA 98502
Phone:  360 539-1736  Fax:  360-350-5610