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Michael Agress, MD

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My specialty:
Psychiatry

My provider affiliation:
Kaiser Permanente provider

I speak: English

My gender: Male

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About me

Welcome to my Web page. I am happy to have this chance to introduce myself to you and tell you about my work as a physician at Kaiser Permanente.

Biography

I am a board certified adult psychiatrist and have practiced for more than 25 years at Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center. I feel fortunate to be able to work at Kaiser Permanente, especially in these times of change in the practice of medicine in general and psychiatry in particular. I am an East Coast native. I came to California to follow close friends who moved here after college and medical school. I did my residency in psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. In the process of raising my children, I found that Kaiser Permanente allowed me to have a good balance between my medical practice and my family life.

About my practice

The Psychiatry Department at Woodland Hills uses a split-treatment model. Our therapists, who may be licensed clinical social workers or marriage and family therapists, as well as psychologists, generally provide psychotherapy. My practice is limited to adult psychiatry; predominately biological psychiatry. Because of the great progress in biological psychiatry, my focus is generally on accurate diagnosis and use of medication. Medication can be a very powerful tool in alleviating emotional suffering. It is quite rewarding to see people feel better. At the same time, we are fortunate to have a team of phone-advice nurses who can help if you develop side effects or feel you are not doing well. When you speak with the nurse, please let him or her know all your current medications, doses, and describe the problem you are having in detail. The nurse will give me the details and call back with my recommendations. The literature is clear: Exercise helps your mind stay young and your mood stay bright. Because of my training in behavioral therapy, I use reasoning to help deal with upsets when they come my way.

How I thrive

I enjoy science fiction, photography, and I am the family computer geek (on a limited basis.) I force myself to use my exercise machine at home at least three times a week. Prayer and religious life contribute to the well-being of my spirit as well as providing fellowship and community. Going to conferences and staying abreast of psychiatric literature keep my mind quite busy.

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My office

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My Provider type

Physicians and Surgeons

Medical groups and plans

Southern California Permanente Medical Group

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Psychiatry Department
145 Hodencamp Rd Ste 100, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Contact information

  • Appointments/information
  • 1-833-574-2273 (1-833-KP4CARE) (toll free)
  • California Relay Service
  • 711 (TTY for the hearing/speech impaired)

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My training, certifications and licensing

Medical school

State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn
Brooklyn , NY

Board certification

Psychiatry

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Medical training

Internship

Rotating

Kings County Hospital Center
Brooklyn , NY

Residency

Psychiatry

Los Angeles County-Harbor-UC Los Angeles Medical Center
Los Angeles , CA

Joined Permanente Medical Group

1984

Active license information

License number

G39059

License type

PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON

License issuing state

CALIFORNIA

National Provider Identifier (NPI)

1255489068
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My hospitals

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4867 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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This page was last updated on:

12/18/2018