Survey Response: Alicia B. Batson, MD

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This survey was last updated in December 2014.

Degrees/Licenses Held: MD, Combined Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Contact Information:
Alicia B. Batson MD
Center for the Treatment of Psychophysiologic Disorders, PLLC
2021 Richard Jones Road, Ste 340B
Nashville, TN 37189

Number of years in practice helping people with TMS: I’ve only recently begun helping people with TMS.

Number of clients you have seen who have had TMS: My TMS-specific practice has only recently opened.

What is your association to the TMS community?
After having experienced TMS symptoms for 10 years and healing with the help of TMS practitioners, I am now opening a TMS treatment practice to help others in their journey as they recover their lives.

Have you ever suffered from TMS? If so, how did you recover? (optional)
Yes, I suffered with debilitating symptoms for 10 years. I recovered under the guidance of Dr. Howard Schubiner and Alan T. Gordon.

What insurance plans do you currently accept? While I don’t bill insurance companies directly, I do provide each patient with a superbill which they can turn in to their insurance company.

Do you have a sliding scale of payment for people who are not covered by insurance? No.

Are you able to conduct sessions over the phone and/or via internet video services (i.e. Skype or FaceTime)?
The first session must by necessity be in person since I conduct a thorough history and physical exam. After that, if the patient lives in Tennessee but not near Nashville, and is willing to sign an authorization to conduct appointments via non-secure media such as Skype or FaceTime, then we can do that every 3 of 4 visits.

What have you done to educate yourself about TMS, and what plans do you have for further education about TMS?
My TMS journey which has taken me from experiencing over 20 symptoms resulting in tremendous disability to placing first in my age group in my first triathlon following recovery has blessed me with first hand experience of all that my patients go through. Beyond my direct experience, I have spent a week with Dr. Howard Schubiner, a renowned TMS physician, learning from his patient care. I have also attended an educational conference for TMS therapists sponsored by the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association.

What mindbody books do you recommend to your patients? In particular do you recommend Dr. Sarno's books?
There are many helpful TMS books which have been published and also some online programs. I don’t think one could go wrong with any of them.

As we are going to post your answers on the TMS Wiki, feel free to write some text to introduce yourself.
I have undergone dual-training in internal medicine and psychiatry at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and have a long standing personal and professional interest in the effects of emotions, thoughts, health behaviors and the environment on health outcomes and quality of life. Through my service on the local board of public health, farmers market board and environmental sustainability committees, I have worked to improve access to fresh food, active transportation and a cleaner environment, as well as ensuring people live in safe environments with access to quality health care. Having experienced debilitating MBS/TMS symptoms myself for 10 years before finding help, I fully understand what my patients are going through and am able to guide them in their recovery.

Questions Specific to Physicians

What services do you provide your patients after diagnosis?
Following a thorough history and physical exam and once we both feel assured that the patient is suffering from TMS, I educate them about what TMS is, how it works and we explore why this may have occurred in their life. The patient will learn cognitive behavioral techniques to interact with the pain in a way that doesn’t perpetuate the symptoms and how to better care for themselves so the pain has no reason to exist. We may also explore internal emotional pain which may be causing and perpetuating the symptoms.

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