Garrick Tong

Child & Adolescent MD (CA)

CA US

About Me

Prescribes Medication: Yes

Age Range: 5-16 ONLY


Garrick Tong, M.D. is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who serves Californian minors aged 5-16 years old in English, Spanish or Cantonese. He has expertise working with those who are struggling with depression, anxiety, oppositional defiance, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity, and other mental or behavioral health issues. Dr. Tong is an emphatic, occasionally humorous, and a down-to-earth physician that takes the time to listen to patients. His honesty and transparent style immediately stands out when communicating with families. 


Besides medicine, Dr. Tong also possesses superior knowledge about child obsessions in Minecraft, SnapChat, Pokémon, Shopkins, and Dragonball Z. He relates very well with children and parents and has a humble, personable yet professional demeanor.  When it comes to medication, Dr. Tong is very conservative and judiciously prescribes the smallest doses necessary. Still, he maintains an open-mind in using holistic approaches and will endorse natural remedies or complementary and alternative medicine when appropriate.  


Lastly, Dr. Tong is a proud father of two energetic youngsters, so he fully understands the multitude of challenges parents face. Dr. Tong brings these together these perspectives together and strives to make a true difference in families’ lives.


"Do or do not. There is no try". - Yoda 



**Please note that Dr. Tong does not treat individuals over the age of 16.


**Please note due to legal restrictions, Dr. Tong is unable to be the primary prescriber of scheduled/controlled substances (such as Ritalin, Adderall, Xanax, etc). However he is able to and is happy to offer second opinions on all psychiatric medication treatment regimens.


Dr. Tong requires no less than twenty-four (24) hours advance notice of a canceled appointment.


Clients canceling appointments with less than 24 hours notice, will be billed the full charge for the visit as a No Show Fee. This fee will be billed automatically to the client’s credit card at the time of the cancellation.


Credits for No Show Fee: After having been billed a No Show Fee, all first time clients have the option to reschedule and receive full credit. Upon rescheduling and participating in an initial session within 21 days of the canceled session, the client’s account will be credited with the full No Show fee, and this credit can be applied to future sessions.

Qualifications

Experience

In addition to receiving numerous awards and completing many publications, Dr. Tong has worked as a medical consultant for textbooks, in the psychiatric emergency room, and as a medical director. He currently enjoys teaching psychiatry to family medicine physicians in-training. In addition, he serves as the assistant medical director of child psychiatry, supervising several other child psychiatrists at one of the largest community health clinics in the nation. 



  • Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) certified
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) certified in general psychiatry
  • Diplomate of the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons (NPBAS)
  • Experienced in giving care via telepsychiatry
Education

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California (7/09 – 6/11)

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship: Chief Fellow


University of California, Los Angeles, California (6/06 – 6/09) Psychiatry Residency: UCLA/San Fernando Valley


Albany Medical College, Albany, New York (9/02 – 5/06)

Doctor of Medicine


University of California, San Diego, California (9/97 – 6/01)

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Cell Biology

Minor: Economics

Specialties

  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Parenting
  • Relationships
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Career Guidance
  • Effective Communication
  • Anger Management
  • Wellness and Health Promotion
  • PMS
  • Peri or Menopausal Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Life Coaching
  • Substance Abuse
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • ADHD (child and adolescent)
  • Attachment Disorder
  • Autism spectrum disorders (child and adolescent)
  • Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disability
  • Family Therapy
  • LGBT Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Obsessive-compulsive Disorder
  • Oppositional-defiant Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Play Therapy (child and adolescent)
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Sexual Issues
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Grief Counseling
  • Men's Issues and Health
  • Women's Issues and Health
  • Marriage and Relationship Counseling