Forsythia Behavioral Health Services
The forsythia plant is a hardy, deciduous shrub whose flowers are the first to bloom in spring. It is a beacon of hope, coming out of cold, dark times. Our motto is “A Crisis is a Terrible Thing to Waste”. FBHS is founded on the idea that we create our own reality based on how we view the world. We can choose to grow, reach towards the light, start to bloom, and learn tremendous amounts as we engage in the process of healing from a crisis. Let us help you learn and grow from your trauma.
FBHS was created in 2018 by Simon Desjardins, MD, MBA, to improve access, improve outcomes, improve patient experience, and reduce cost for those suffering from mental illness. We are dedicated to developing and implementing innovative models for improving access to world class, gold standard outpatient psychiatric care. We are committed to diagnostic accuracy. The sooner you get an accurate diagnosis, the sooner you can start the right treatment, and the sooner you can get back to feeling good and functioning normally. Patients who don’t have access to the right treatment can escalate to the point where they need to go to an emergency room or get admitted to an inpatient psychiatric unit. Let us help you avoid the wait times and inaccurate evaluation of emergency department visits and the need for an inpatient hospitalization from the comfort of your own home.
We are an urgent care outpatient clinic that truly understands mental illness. Let Forsythia guide the way to a new beginning.
Our mission is to improve the mental well-being of patients in need of psychiatric care by providing immediate access to gold standard, psychiatric care via our Online Urgent Psychiatric Clinic and ongoing care through our Online Longitudinal Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic. We are experts in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy and take pride in our ability to bring fast relief to patients in acute distress and maintain that relief so that they can regain stability and functionality.
Psychiatry is the medical specialty that deals with the prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of mental illness. Our primary goal at FBHS is the relief of mental suffering associated with disorder and improvement of mental well-being.
What Sets Us Apart
Forsythia offers a range of treatment options using leading technological telecommunication and traditional practices giving our patients world class care with ease and convenience.
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Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Simon Desjardins
I am a Board Certified General Psychiatrist with experience caring for patients in multiple psychiatric settings. I currently serve as an Inpatient Staff Psychiatrist at McLean Hospital, in Belmont, MA, and have expertise in stabilizing patients suffering from acute and/or chronic psychiatric symptoms with multiple modalities, including psychotropic medications, psychotherapy, and electroconvulsive therapy. I have extensive experience in emergency psychiatry, inpatient and outpatient psychiatry, and urgent care psychiatry, and is an expert in psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, stabilization, and short and long-term treatment.
Originally from Southeastern Massachusetts, I earned my medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY, in 2011. I trained at the Psychiatry Residency Program at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City from 2011-2014 and served as Chief Resident for the Program from 2014-2015. While at Sinai, I trained extensively in psychopharmacology (both inpatient and outpatient) and psychotherapy (psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and transference focused psychotherapy) and simultaneously completed an MBA in Healthcare Administration at Baruch College from 2013-2016.
After residency, I had the privilege to work with veterans at the Bronx VA where I served as the first Medical Director of the Rapid Access Clinic, a psychiatric outpatient walk-in clinic that specializes in rapid assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of veterans with urgent psychiatric needs. Next, I took a position as an Attending Psychiatrist in Psychiatric Emergency Services and the Consult Liaison Service at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital in San Francisco, CA, where he continued to gain expertise stabilizing patients in acute psychiatric crises and treating medically and psychiatrically ill patients on the inpatient medical units. After CA, I decided to return to my native New England where he was once again granted the opportunity to work with veterans at the Providence VA as an Attending Psychiatrist on the Consult Liaison Psychiatric Service, working with patients suffering from both medical and psychiatric illness on the inpatient medical units. Prior to my position at McLean, I was an inpatient attending at Butler Hospital in Providence, RI.
I have held academic appointments at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, The New York University School of Medicine, The University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and The Johnson and Wales University Center for Physician Assistant Studies. I currently hold an appointment as an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry of Harvard Medical School.
I am committed to developing innovative models for improving access to psychiatric care for those in need, and the potential for digital connectivity and analysis to revolutionize screening, assessment, crisis intervention, referral, and short and long-term treatment. I feel that new systems of care should be designed to avoid psychiatric hospitalization, psychiatric emergency room visits, and incarceration, and instead provide relief to people in distress and help maintain stability in their lives.
Additional psychopharm training
Psychiatry Update 2019 - Current Psychiatry/AACP Encore Presentation, December 8-10, 2019
Harvard Medical School Psychopharmacology Master Class, April 4-5, 2020
Electroconvulsive Therapy Visiting Fellowship, Duke Medical Center, 2017
Baruch College Masters in Healthcare Administration, 2013-2016
Prior Academic Appointments
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 2015 – 2016
Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry, The New York University School of Medicine, 2015 – 2016
HS Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Step 1, The University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, 2016 – 2017
Current Academic Appointments
Instructor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, 2018 – present
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, The Johnson and Wales University, Center for Physician Assistant Studies, 2020 – present
General Psychiatry Postgraduate Training
Intern, Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 2011 – 2012
Resident, Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 2012 – 2014
Chief Resident, Psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 2014 – 2015
The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 2007-2011