New tele-psychiatry practice brings services to rural Montana

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Eric Arzubi, co-founder and CEO of Frontier Psychiatry, sits in his office space Friday in downtown Billings.

RYAN BERRY, Billings Gazette

Access to psychiatric care will be easier in state with the introduction of a new Montana-based tele-psychiatry practice.

Frontier Psychiatry, in partnership with Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center, is providing much-needed treatment services to rural areas in the state.

Telehealth has been used in the state for years, but access to psychiatric care has been challenging, said Dr. Eric Arzubi, CEO of Frontier Psychiatry. Psychiatrists are doctors of medicine with training in the assessment, treatment and medication management of psychiatric disorders.

The practice offers addiction medicine, child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, emergency psychiatry and others.

“We definitely had some foresight in understanding that we’re never going to hire enough psychiatrists to come here, live in Montana and see people in person to address the problems that we have in the state, and that’s why we felt like creating Frontier Psychiatry and making it an all-virtual practice was really necessary in a place

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