Richard Yokell MD

Integrated Psychiatry also has on staff Dr Richard Yokell, who WAS Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry under American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, from 2007 until 31 December 2017. He purposefully let that certification expire, but he is pursuing a different certification under the National Board of Physicians And Surgeons, which is not yet recognized by the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision. Dr Yokell has lived in Edmond since 2005. He enjoys a collaborative "treatment team" approach, joining with a patient's therapist to maximize therapeutic gains.

Education and Training

  • The Ohio State University, undergraduate - no degree due to early acceptance to Veterinary College - September 1982 - June 1984
  • The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Columbus, Ohio - DVM degree - August 1984 - June 1988
  • The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio - MD degree - Health Professions Scholarship Program (Air Force paid tuition/fees/stipend for agreement to serve) - August 1990 - June 1994
  • Residency in Psychiatry: Wright State University / Wright Patterson AFB Medical Center, Dayton, Ohio. Settings included private hospitals, public institutions (state and Veterans Affairs), military treatment facility, all running the full gamut of biological treatments and psychotherapies. - July 1994 - June 1998

Dr Yokell has broad experience in adult mental health, and he has trained in various therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioral, Supportive, Cognitive Processing, Psychodynamic, Interpersonal, and Prolonged Exposure. He has taught family practitioners, physician assistants, and has offered guidance to psychologists, social workers and chaplains.

Military / Civilian Assignments and Awards

1988-1990 As a new veterinarian, Dr Yokell served as a Director of the Public Health Department at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas. He sought additional challenges and so pursued medical school through the Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program.

1998-2002 Staff psychiatrist at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, during which he worked variously on the Inpatient Acute Psychiatry ward, the Inpatient Substance Abuse Rehabilitation unit, the step-down Partial Hospitalization (Day Program) unit, and he provided outpatient/forensic care in the Mental Health Clinic. During this span, he also served as Adjunct (unpaid) Faculty in the Family Practice residency program of University of North Texas.

2002-2005 Staff psychiatrist at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia. He was Medical Director and acting Administrative Director, which garnered promotion to Lieutenant Colonel. He taught student rotations in the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Tri-Service (Army, Navy, Air Force) Physician Assistant program.

2005-2012 Staff psychiatrist at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Dr Yokell worked as Medical Director and acting Administrative Director. He deployed to Afghanistan for six months in 2008. Upon return, he assumed duties as Chief of the Medical Staff (senior physician) for the Medical Group at Tinker, performing as medical advisor to the Commander, and monitoring quality services, credentialing, therapeutics and Patient Safety programs. Called back to patient care, he returned to Clinic in 2010, then later retired on 1 Oct 2012.

2012-13 After his retirement, Dr Yokell took a contract job at Fort Sill, in Lawton, Oklahoma bringing the same high quality care to soldiers until he could join us at our brand new location.

Major Awards and Decorations

  • Bronze Star Medal, 2008
  • Meritorious Service Medal, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2012
  • Air Force Commendation Medal, 1990
  • Air Force Achievement Medal, 2012
  • Army Achievement Medal, 2008
  • Meritorious Unit Award (once), Outstanding Unit Award (five times), Afghanistan Campaign Medal (once), and the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon (pistol) (twice).

When Dr Yokell departed Fort Sill, he received plaque citations for appreciation of his service, and for recognition as "an exemplary physician and incomparable leader."

Information for Patients

Dr Yokell has experience with the entire gamut of psychiatric disorders. He often tells patients "I am not in the business of pushing prescriptions on people," meaning he believes psychotherapy/counseling is often at least as important as medications to reach full recovery. He is open to discuss opportunities for complementary or alternative treatments such as herbals/supplements. He does firmly endorse "lifestyle modification" rather than fad diets.

Dr Yokell is Board Certified in adult psychiatry, and he does not see individuals who are less than 18 years of age unless fully emancipated. Dr Yokell does not bill himself as a Master Psychopharmacologist, preferring to work with individuals who are not already taking multiple psychiatric medications.

He does not routinely use controlled medications such as Adderall or Xanax/Ativan due to concerns for risks of addiction or other problems from these groups of pills. Instead, Dr Yokell favors non-addicting medications such as Strattera or Wellbutrin for adult ADHD, and various non-benzodiazepine medications for anxiety or sleep. Dr Yokell has worked with multiple patients in finding effective alternatives and in slowly tapering off controlled drugs.

Patients should plan for at least 2 hours for the initial visit; intake paperwork can be downloaded from the website or emailed by office staff for completion prior to the appointment.

Dr Yokell easily works with individuals of any faith or spiritual background. He does not judge or chastise patients for their historical situations or past decisions; rather, Dr Yokell strives to find and then actively use a forward-thinking perspective.

Information for Referring Physicians and Therapists

Broad training occurred in multiple settings during Dr Yokell's psychiatry residency - he worked in private and State Hospitals, and the Dayton, Ohio VA hospital. He trained with a wide variety of faculty in Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic (including psychoanalysts from Cincinnati), consult/liaison and forensics. He is used to working closely with therapists in CBT, EMDR, CPT, Interpersonal, and Mindfulness therapies and Prolonged Exposure.

Dr Yokell has years of experience in the Federal Health System and he himself is a veteran who deployed to Afghanistan, so he is quite adept at dealing with military issues both with veterans who served, and with their families. He is less experienced dealing with Medicaid or indigent care or with individuals who qualify for Social Security Disability for serious mental illness. He has run inpatient and outpatient substance abuse rehabilitation programs; he does offer random drug testing when appropriate.

Integrated Psychiatry's office works actively with almost all insurance companies, although Dr Yokell currently does so on an "out of network" basis. This means he accepts a discounted payment at time of service and the office then bills insurance on behalf of the patient to seek partial reimbursement. For most patients, this results in out of pocket expenses only slightly more than a routine co-payment. (many patients are unaware that their insurance company offers payment for care given by non-network providers - please encourage prospective patients to call to speak with our office manager to explore)

Dr Yokell prefers collaboration with therapists, and routinely asks patients to sign release of information for open communication between treating providers. A treatment summary or other synopsis is greatly appreciated with new referrals to minimize reinventing already compiled historical data.

Routine first visit is 2 hours, with subsequent follow-ups ranging from 30 to 60 or more minutes depending upon complexity. Many patients have already expressed considerable appreciation for the time he takes to explore, understand and then build and thoughtfully explain treatment options.

For patients whose care has been provided by Primary Care Managers, therapists might consider the value added by the additional time Dr Yokell can spend with their clients.

Dr Yokell is sensitive to all faiths or spiritual backgrounds; while he does not consider himself to be a "Christian Counselor" nor pray with his patients, he does not hide that he himself is Roman Catholic, and he often incorporates spirituality into the care he provides.

Favorite Quotes

"We can get this better."

"There are no rights or wrongs, or time limits for grief."

"Have you heard of post-traumatic growth?"

"Well, it depends on a number of factors…."

"What would you like to do?"

Favorite Quotes

"I could tell this guy anything."

"Dr Y has a gift for explaining why."

"…[he] has helped my family to find peace in our lives once again. As a caring professional, Dr Yokell always took the time to listen to my questions and concerns, never rushing my appointments."