Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist
Dr Spencer Augustin
I was born and raised here in Anchorage, Alaska. Following my graduation from South Anchorage High School I attended Pacific Lutheran University, where I played college soccer and completed degrees in Biology and Psychology. After college I moved back to Alaska, where I spent a year working as a commercial fisherman and as a teacher assistant in a special education classroom. I later enrolled at Pacific Northwest University for medical school, where I completed two years of classroom study in Washington before again returning to Anchorage to complete my clinical rotations.
Adult psychiatry residency took me to Pennsylvania for three years, where I served as chief resident of my program. Following completion of adult psychiatry training I decided to continue my education to specialize in the treatment of child and adolescent populations. For this, I spent an additional two years of training at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute through the University of Utah. I was once again selected to serve as chief resident.
I am now board certified in Child, Adolescent, and Adult psychiatry with special interests in ADHD, anxiety, and depression.
As someone who’s family has been in Alaska almost 80 years, it felt natural to come back and treat the members of my community. Today my focus is on providing support as my patient’s seek to better their lives and improve their functioning. To accomplish this, I first focus on completing an in depth psychiatric evaluation, with particular focus on reported areas of distress. Once the assessment is completed my goal becomes to inform patients about the biological, psychological, and social factors that impact their functioning. In doing this, my hope is to create well informed patients who are empowered to make the best decisions for their individual treatment needs.