A few announcements for our current and future patients. As of 7/1 we will be moving to the Meadows Office Park located at 1130 Ten Rod RD in North Kingstown, Building D suite 102. This space is handicap accessible and offers a great deal of space for parking. We have also updated our office policies which you can find under the section: office forms, located on our website. During the move: 6/26-7/3, the phones may be down. Please make sure to contact your provider for any refills/appt scheduling concerns etc during that time.
Ryan is now seeing his patients virtually. The electronic health record we use, has telemedicine built in. This means that patients who have difficulties with making appointments at certain times, or live a good distance away, may be able to schedule appointments better flexibility. Ryan is seeing patients by telemedicine Mondays 9-5 (including lunch break), and Saturdays 11-12p. If you are interested, please feel free to call the office at 401-267-4485.
As of 8/1/18 we are including telemedicine services to our patients. Telemedicine allows for easier scheduling, and can be helpful in situations where there is need for more prompt treatment. Telemedicine is not always appropriate for all patient types, please call the office to inquire if this is an option for your upcoming appointments.
Baxter Behavioral Health will be closed Tuesday March 14th 2017. We will reopen on Wednesday March 15th.
Please be advised that Baxter Behavioral Health will be closed 12/23/2016 until 1/3/17. Have a safe and wonderful holiday!
Baxter Behavioral Health, LLC
As of this week, we now are in network with TUFTS health plan. This is in addition to United Health and Blue Cross. Please call the office to schedule an appointment.
Due to some technical difficulties our phone system has been down since last night. If you were looking to get in touch with Baxter Behavioral Health, please feel free to call again. We apologize for the inconvenience. If the phone system is ever down in the future, feel free to contact Ryan Baxter at 401-829-6561.
Just a reminder that the office is closed 7/1/16 at 3pm to 7/5/16 at 9am due to the holiday weekend. Feel free to leave a message at 401-267-4485 for scheduling or non urgent needs. There will be no refill requests handled during this time until we return to the office on 7/5/16. If you are currently a patient of Ryan Baxter's you may call him at 401-829-6561 between 9 and 5pm. Please use emergency services if it an emergency. Thank you! Happy 4th of July!
Often we find ourselves inundated with daily schedules, tasks, appointments and phone calls. It is easy for us to get lost in the 'mix' and feel this pressure to 'do something'. I often hear patients say that they are 'stressed out' or on the 'verge of a breakdown'. Now for some, the latter can be a mix of psychopathology, environmental stressors along with a life long battle with poor coping skills. But for most of us, it is the appearance that we 'must do' certain things or say 'yes' because our inner dialogue tells us we 'must'. It is easy for us to go about our daily life and follow this script, or feel as if we need to follow some path that we did not choose but rather is forced upon us. Having two small children and running a business, I too have found myself at times running around feeling stressed out. A month ago I decided to change something. I grew tired of feeling like I 'needed' to do so much. We all would like to be happy. But what is happiness? Everyone has a different definition and it is personal to each individual. But when we examine what a majority of people believe is happiness, it goes something like this: "I want more time for me and my family", "I want to be financially secure", "I don't want to worry so much" etc. What if I told you those things were within your reach? You would probably say this was too optimistic or that I don't understand the pressure that is upon you. While many of us have many different types of stressors and pressures due to circumstances that are out of our control, or simply just a product of having a family and needing to pay bills. We all have the capacity to 'breathe'. Most of us go about our days taking shallow breaths, panting about the day not realizing that this may be exacerbating our anxiety/worries/stress. One practice that I have started with daily for the past 30 days is integrating small 'spot drills' throughout my day in which I take 2-5 minutes to concentrate on my breath. Now some will think of this a little 'earthy crunchy', but I'm telling you it works. A month ago I picked up a book by Commander Mark Divine, a retired Navy Seal commander. The book is entitled "Kokoro Yoga". You can learn more about the book by going to http://sealfit.com/sealfit-events/warrior-yoga/. In the book Mark describes a process called 'box breathing', in which you count your breaths in a specific sequence: for a 4x4 box breathing exercise you simply- inhale for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 4 seconds, exhale for 4 seconds, then hold your breath (lungs empty) for 4 seconds. Now you can change that from 4 to any number within reason. By practicing this type of breathing you bring awareness to your breath and the present moment as well as activate your parasympathetic nervous system which in part helps decrease your heart rate and naturally relax you. There are many other exercises similar to this in the book, and a lot more on: mindfulness, meditation, visualization and of course Yoga. So next time you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or simply catch yourself taking shallow breaths....give this a try. The greatest thing about this practice is that it is easy to follow, easy to do, and doesn't require a prescription.