New psychiatrist arrives in GP for more mental health support

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South Peace residents will now have more access to mental health services with the arrival of a new psychiatrist in the area.

Dr. Katrina King began practising in Grande Prairie last month in the Aberdeen Centre and the Queen Elizabeth II Regional Hospital.

“We have a wonderful team of mental health practitioners and specialists in Grande Prairie, and I am looking forward to being a part of it,” said King.

King will be the eighth psychiatry specialist in the city.

“Working to improve mental health services has been identified as a priority by both the community and Alberta Health Services (AHS),” says Susan Given, executive director of Addiction and Mental Health for AHS north zone.

“It’s important for Grande Prairie and area residents to have access to services locally for their mental health, not just their physical health, especially during this pandemic that’s been hard on all of us,” said Tracy Allard, MLA for Grande Prairie.

“The addition of Dr. King to the local addiction and mental health team is good news for residents,” she said.

King has been a resident of Grande Prairie since 2017 and received her medical training at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

King’s expertise in general psychiatry, but she comes with a special interest in mood and anxiety disorders, as well as perinatal and bariatric psychiatry.

Jesse Boily, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News

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