Peter Pinto, MD
“Providing insight, fostering trust, giving hope and selecting the most appropriate treatment are the keys to achieving excellent patient outcomes.”
I chose psychiatry because I believe it to be the least algorithmic of the medical specialties. Each patient brings to the table an incredibly unique mix of present circumstances, past experiences, personality, learned habits and genetic predispositions – trying to figure out the interplay between these dynamic variables always keeps me on my toes and eager to take on the next challenge.
I believe the most effective doctor-patient relationship is based on trust and inspiring confidence. A patient needs to trust the recommendations of his or her physician which, in turn, builds confidence and sets the course of treatment in the right direction. More trust is always associated with greater improvement. Managing a patient’s expectations is a key component of this trust equation. Medications should be conceptualized as useful and sometimes necessary tools, not as magic hammers.
I am very interested in nutrigenomics which studies the effects food, herbs and supplements have on gene expression. I am also interested in the study of pharmacogenetics which looks at why a person may be more sensitive or have a better response to a medication than another.
Why The Everett Clinic?
I chose to be a part of The Everett Clinic because I want to practice medicine in a model that emphasizes providing the best patient care possible in a collaborative and collegial environment.