Back in 2013, Dr. Patel and Dr. Sweet joined forces and started Specialty Clinic of Austin to provide psychiatric services covered by insurance to adults and adolescents with the hopes of improving access to behavioral health care. The technologically-based model here at SCoA includes physician assistants that treat patients with psychiatric needs. Our PAs are highly trained and practice the same way that our doctors do. Patient treatment is based on a wellness model in which our clinicians do not just prescribe medication, but also encourage proper nutrition, sufficient exercise, and socialization. All of these aspects play a major role in mental health, and our unique, evidence-based wellness approach is designed to prevent future mental health crises and assist our patients to function without medication so they can live a normal and healthy life.