About Dr Penner

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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.”

– Dr. Penner

Education & Experience

I was attracted to psychiatry during early adolescence and began my formal training while attending medical school. I purposely chose training programs that integrated the psychological and biological approaches. I have been fortunate enough to work with, and be educated by, some of the best mentors and teachers in the field.

Board Certification
Board Certified Diplomate in Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, June 2011
Board Certified Diplomate in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, November 2013

Residency/Fellowship Training
Harvard/Cambridge Health Alliance Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, September 2009-August 2011
Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program Resident in Adult Psychiatry, June 2006-August 2009

Medical Internship Training
Mount Auburn Hospital
Intern, January 2006-January 2007

Medical Education
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
Doctorate of Medicine, April 2006

Undergraduate Education
University of Washington, Seattle
BA in Chemistry, cum laude, June 2002

Professional Experience

Psychiatrist in Private Practice, Olympia, WA, September 2011 – Current
Solo private practice psychiatrist full time focusing predominately on evaluation, integration of care, and medication management for a wide variety of disorders in children, adolescents, adults and limited geriatric patients.

Psychiatric Expert Witness, States of Washington and Oregon, July 2017 – Current
Licensed in both Washington and Oregon providing forensic psychiatric services, independent medical examination with report, record review, attorney conference, deposition and testimony predominately for claims for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in both children and adults. Cases predominately involving motor vehicle accidents or allegations of professional negligence.

Independent Medical Examiner, ExamWorks LLC, August 2018 – January 2019
Performed independent medical examinations with report, treatment recommendations and impairment ratings for the Department of Labor and Industries.

Clinical Fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Harvard/Cambridge Health Alliance, September 2009 – August 2011
Served a wide variety of child psychiatry settings – including inpatient, outpatient and consultative liaison – for the Department of Children and Families, family court and public schools. Major sites included Cambridge Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Health Services, Harvard University Health Services, and Cambridge Public Schools.

Psychiatry Resident, Harvard Longwood Psychiatry residency Training Program, June 2006 – August 2009
Served a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient clinical training and patient care activities, with major rotations at Children’s Hospital Boston and Faulkner Hospital.

Covering Psychiatrist, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA, September 2008 – August 2011
Covered two inpatient units of approximately 45 patients with a wide range of psychiatric diagnoses, performing admission evaluations, physical examinations, emergency department consultations and medical/surgical consult liaison services.

Covering Psychiatrist, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA, September 2008 – August 2011
Performed emergency department consultations, arranging and coordinating dispositions, medical/surgical consult liaison coverage, and admission evaluations with crisis response to Mount Auburn’s geriatric psychiatry unit.

Covering Psychiatrist, Highpoint Treatment Center, Plymouth, MA, August 2008 – August 2011
Covered 16-bed inpatient unit, with a dual diagnosis and/or chronic psychosis patient population and served as sole physician coverage for several other onsite voluntary recovery programs. Performed admission evaluations, physical examinations, weekend rounding and off-unit crisis management.