Allan L. Levy, M.D.
172 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite 204
Frederick, MD 21702
Phone: 301 663 8343
Fax: 301 695 0746
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about DR.LEVY

Dr. Levy received a Bachelor of Science Degree in psychology from Georgetown University. He was graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at Rush Medical Center in Chicago, where he was the Chief Resident. He and his wife Wendy have lived in Frederick for 28 years where they have raised two sons and run a multidisciplinary private psychiatric practice.

Dr. Levy was on the psychiatric staff of Frederick Memorial Hospital where he served as Department Chairman and Associate Medical Director.
He is certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

His practice focuses on medical treatment of psychiatric disorders and a Suboxone based outpatient opiate dependence group therapy program. Dr. Levy has extensive experience performing forensic employment and disability evaluations and is certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners.

certifications

American Board of Addiction Medicine
http://www.asam.org/abam.html

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
http://www.abpn.com/

American Board of Independent Medical Examiners
http://www.abime.org/

my clinical PHILOSOPHY

I believe that the universe is creative, and that human beings must continuously create their lives to survive in a constantly changing world. We can only do that by playing roles in each others' lives to help each other co-create our lives. I have been most influenced by two psychiatrists who studied creativity in clinical practice. Jacob Levy Moreno (no relation) invented psychodrama and pioneered group therapy. Hector Sabelli has explored the mathematical measurement of creativity throughout the universe ( heart rate sequences, prime numbers, musical note sequences etc) as well as its application to psychiatric practice.

The formula for finding creative solutions to everyday human problems is found in the Serenity Prayer:

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

Accepting the things I cannot change means being honest. To maintain trust with patients I must accept them as they are and find productive ways to discuss honestly what I think is going on and what needs to be done.

Courage to change the things I can means acting in the face of uncertainty. I would rather make mistakes than to not act out of fear of failure. Patients expect some movement, even if that means saying “I don't know, let's get help elsewhere.”

Wisdom to know the difference comes from being part of something larger — a commitment to both a group of people and the ideals they stand for. A doctor must find that for himself, and help patients find ways to embrace this in their lives. It is absolutely necessary for good health. I am lucky to have these connections with my family, the people I work with in my practice, my profession and specialties of psychiatry and addiction medicine, and my psychodrama community.
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The other important influence on how I practice is the model of family medicine. I treat patients of all ages, and like to see patients with their families. I often treat several members of the same family. Though much of my practice centers on psycho-pharmacology, I believe you treat the whole person. Not everyone needs to take medicine, but if you do then medical treatment comes before counseling. You need an intact brain to learn to cope with life. Next comes basic social needs — food, housing as a safe, supportive place in your every day life. Only then can you address the psychological/spiritual issues thatultimately are the most things in life.