Dr. Dana Sibilsky is a board-certified psychiatrist who offers treatment to patients through her private practice, North Georgia Psychiatry. As a practicing psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Sibilsky has served in a number of different roles within her field of medicine. She has served in a variety of settings within the field, including in emergency care, hospital care, private practice and in a hospital setting while providing acute inpatient stabilization. Dr. Sibilsky frequently draws on her wealth of experience in psychiatry in treating patients at the private clinic in which she has created a safe, stable and non-judgmental environment.
A compassionate and well-rounded psychiatrist, Dr. Sibilsky has a reputation within the field for providing the highest level of care possible and for treating patients in a respectful and caring manner. Patients who seek out the psychiatric care of Dr. Sibilsky will find that the doctor is extremely knowledgeable and is able to offer a great deal of insight into identifying the ideal treatment for even the most trying of psychiatric conditions.
Dr. Sibilsky holds an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Michigan and a graduate degree in microbiology from Oakland University. She attended American University Medical School, and she completed her residency at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. With her strong academic background and many years of experience in practicing psychiatry, Dr. Sibilsky firmly believes that she will be able to offer a great deal of assistance to clients who seek out the services of North Georgia Psychiatry.
How did you get started? What sparked this business idea?
I have had a strong desire to go back into private practice for quite a while now, and I felt that this area could benefit greatly from the services I am able to offer. I have provided care in a private practice setting before, so I am very familiar with this type of setting and I believe that this business venture is going to help so many people through the care that they ultimately receive.
How do you make money?
The overwhelming majority of health insurance plans cover psychiatric care, so we typically collect payment through the insurance carrier of each individual client. In the case of an individual who is without health insurance, we do have policies in place that will enable those patients to receive care even without being covered by insurance.
How long did it take to get your business into the black?
We had prepared for it to take longer than it did, but we have attracted enough clients to the practice so far that I have had a full schedule almost every day. We are very happy about that, as it means that those who are in need of care are now able to have access to professional assistance. We are certainly more than glad to be able to help through the professional care we provide.
When you were starting out, was there ever a time you doubted it would work? If so, how did you handle that?
No, there was never any doubt. I have a very strong background in psychiatric care and I knew that I would be able to accomplish a lot of good through private practice.
How did you get your first customer?
We announced that we would be opening for business soon, and it was shortly thereafter that we starting fielding calls for appointments. A few clients knew about the work I had done elsewhere, and others had heard about the range of services we offer.
How are you marketing your business? What strategy works best?
The marketing for psychiatric care is not really the same as it is for other businesses. Essentially we try to inform the community of the various conditions we treat through our practice and provide information on the symptoms of those conditions. There are a lot of people out there who do not even realize that what they are experiencing is something that can be diagnosed and treated through psychiatry.
Is there a trend in your industry that particularly excites you right now?
There is always so much research that goes into finding the most suitable course of action in treating any medical condition, and this research always lead to improvements into the level of care that we are able to provide. I do everything I can to contribute and to be knowledgeable with regard to the latest developments, as I always want to be able to help my patients in the best way possible.
What is the toughest decision you’ve had to make in the last few months?
Any decisions that we make in the office with regard to care are always done collaboratively and only with the best interest of the patient in mind. As long as we continue to make decisions in this way, they will never be all that tough.
What do you think it is that makes you successful?
I am proud to say that I have always done everything within my power to make sure that my clients receive nothing but the best in terms of the care they receive. I think this mindset in which the needs of the patient always come first has contributed a great deal to my professional success.
What has been your most satisfying moment in business?
The great thing about psychiatry is being able to see tangible improvements in the quality of life of each patient. Every time I see progress in a patient it is incredibly rewarding, so I cannot point to just one individual moment as the most satisfying.
Tell us about one of your hobbies when you’re not working.
There are so many, but I really enjoy scuba diving and skydiving. I enjoy anything that allows me to be active and is an experience in and of itself.
What can patients expect from you during their first visit?
Patients who come into the office for the first time can expect to be greeted by a kind and courteous staff, and they can then expect to have their questions and concerns heard by an experienced professional who wants nothing more than to offer them the help that they need. We will work very diligently to identify the best course of action for each individual patient, and we will do so in a compassionate and caring way.