Britany Alexander, MD Integrative Psychiatrist
Who I Am
I am a Board Certified Integrative psychiatrist and psychotherapist. I have trained with top specialists in evidence-based psychiatric interventions, natural medicines, and psychotherapy.
I've had many years of experience treating patients, doing research, and teaching other medical providers how to provide optimized mental health interventions. For many years I served as Pain Management Liaison at Kaiser Permanente, helping individuals and their families navigate the complexities of tough medical diagnoses, co-morbidities, and chronic pain. I have a passion for helping people to flourish into the version of themselves they want to be.
Who I Help
I specialize in helping people with anxiety disorders such as panic and phobias, mood disorders such as depression and Bipolar, chronic pain related to back issues, fibromyalgia, headaches, neuropathy, obesity, medical trauma, pregnancy, pregnancy related and postpartum mental health concerns to find healing, function, and balance. I really value being able to help my patients to modulate the discomfort they feel in difficult situations. Watching my patients grow is one of the most rewarding aspects of my work.
I create an individualized plan for everyone, but my interventions may include talk therapy, lifestyle, medication and supplement recommendations, and investigating the body’s inner functions through lab testing if needed. All these valuable elements are delivered in a safe, casual, friendly environment. My patients often remark to me their surprise at just being able to relax and express themselves, even on the first visit.
I warms my heart when my patients get better and start to feel free to live again! This could mean approaching a phobia with less avoidance more ease, or becoming free of panic attacks. For some people, success means having more energy, losing weight, and sleeping better. I love to see new mothers begin to feel a sense of confidence in themselves as parents and leave unwarranted guilt and anxiety in the past. And for those who suffer from chronic pain, it's wonderful to see a decrease in emotional distress, which can contribute to better function, more good days, and feeling less controlled by the vice grip of pain.
A Personal Note
People might hesitate to seek mental health care because of shame, stigma, or simply because they are unsure that a comfortable connection can be made with a mental health provider. Part of my goal is to create the space for my clients to have freedom of expression and to feel understood. My perspective as a psychiatrist is unique, in part, because of some of my own life experiences. While pregnant with my first child, I was diagnosed with a benign, but destructive brain tumor. Now, having survived and adjusted, I can truly conceptualize what others experience when they feel that their minds, bodies, and even their spirits have failed them. My preference though, is to emphasize the word "survive." Because it is possible to live through and even thrive after pain, tragedy, and challenges. I have dedicated myself to helping people get to that place.
BS in Biology from Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL
MD from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN
Psychiatry Residency Training at Harbor UCLA Medical Center
Trained under renowned Psychodynamic Psychotherapist Warren Procci, MD
Board Certified in Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Graduated from Meharry Medical College with Honors in Internal Medicine and Growth, Development, and Aging,
Multi-year MAPPS (Patient Satisfaction) Honor Roll Awardee
Kaiser Riverside's Psychiatrist of the Year Award in 2021.
Media Ambassador for Kaiser Permanente
How I Recharge
In keeping with the principles I teach my clients, I strive for balance and have a variety of hobbies. One of which is moonlighting as a trained opera singer! When I'm not singing the coloratura soprano part in a lyrical aria or opera, it's safe to say I am either in my vegetable garden, or on a long nature walk with my children and two dogs, Rainbow and Trixie.