Frequently Asked Questions

What insurance do you accept?

The list below should not be considered exhaustive. To make sure I take your insurance, please call the office to confirm:
Aetna
AvMed
Beacon
Careplus
Cigna
Coventry
Humana
Magellan
Medicare
Memorial
Meritain
Molina (Medicare only)
Oscar
Positive Healthcare
Simply
United

I’m an attorney, how do I contact you about a case?

If you are an attorney, and would like to speak to me about a legal matter for your client, please EMAIL ME first at drbyk.forensics@gmail.com. If you would like to speak on the phone, leave a number and best time to call and I’ll get back to you. If you contact me by phone at my office the response time may be delayed.

What are your office hours?

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 8:45am through 4:15p.

You don’t work on Monday or Friday?

No. At this time Monday & Friday appointments are unavailable.

I can’t make it during those hours. Do you see patients on the weekend?

Unfortunately, the office is closed over the weekend.

What if I need to call you after hours?

After hours calls are picked up by the answering service. Although, I only see patients during my office hours Tuesday through Thursday, the general office hours are Monday through Thursday 8am-4:30pm and Friday 8am-3pm. Messages left with the service after hours may be returned any time during the general office hours. Alternatively you may email me at drbyk.forensics@gmail.com. Emails to me may be answered sooner than messages left with the answering service.
Please note that my office does not handle emergencies at any time day or night. If you have an emergency please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department.

What if I have an emergency?

My office does not handle emergencies at any time day or night. If you have an emergency please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department.

What are you usual wait times to be seen?

Wait times cannot be guaranteed. However, in general, I try to run as close to on time as possible. Wait time can also vary depending on your arrival time and time it takes to fill out paperwork.

The only thing that works for me is Xanax/Klonopin, why won’t you prescribe it to me?

Although I do prescribe benzodiazepine medication, such as Xanax(alprazolam), Ativan(lorazepam), and Klonopin(clonazepam), recent research has shown deleterious effects and links to dementia with long term use. Also, the FDA has recently required a black box warning to be placed on opioid medications when they are in combination with benzodiazepines. Therefore, I have discontinued prescribing these medications for longer than a few months as a bridge until more long term treatment(such as SSRIs or SNRIs) can take effect. Although, this has upset individuals that make appointments with the assumption that I will continue to prescribe whatever their previous physician was treating them with, I believe it is the current best medical practice.

Will you fill out my disability paperwork?

I do not perform disability evaluations and I will not fill out disability paperwork for an company, attorney, or agency. If you decide to see me as a patient I will do my best to diagnose and treat whatever conditions and symptoms exist, however this precludes me from taking a more forensic role which is generally required for disability work. Therefore, even if you are a patient I cannot do any disability work for you.

How long is an appointment?

First visits are scheduled for 30 minutes. Follow up visits are scheduled for 15.

Can you do longer appointments?

Please call the office to enquire about appointments longer than 30 minutes.

Do you see children?

No. Only adults age 18 and older.

What is a forensic psychiatrist?

A forensic psychiatrist provides support and expertise in the domains where psychiatry and the law intersect. These include:

  • Violence
  • Criminal responsibility
  • Competence, civil and criminal
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Psychic injury
  • Mental disability
  • Malpractice
  • Confidentiality
  • Involuntary treatment
  • Correctional psychiatry
  • Juvenile justice
  • Ethics and human rights

Can I talk to you about a legal problem?

As a forensic psychiatrist I’m able to give information regarding the mental health aspects of legal issues. I cannot, however, give legal advice. This is best discussed with an attorney.