Susan K. Sparkman, MD, FAAP, a Psychiatrist in Private Practice

Get to know Psychiatrist Dr. Susan K. Sparkman, who serves patients in Houston, Texas.

Board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Sparkman, is highly trained in treating emotional and behavioral problems through medical techniques and interventions. Specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry, she has been serving patients at her private practice in Houston, Texas for more than two decades. 

A 1975 graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, she went on to complete her internship in pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. This was followed by her residency in pediatrics and psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, as well as her fellowship in child & adolescent psychiatry at the same educational venue. 

In addition to being a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the doctor is board-certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics, whose mission is to advance child health by certifying pediatricians who meet standards of excellence and are committed to continuous learning and improvement. She is also board-certified in psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, which is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to promoting high-quality patient care for the public through the initial and continuing certification of psychiatrists and neurologists.

Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental disorders. These include various maladaptations related to mood, behavior, cognition, and perceptions. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in mental health, including substance use disorders. They are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of mental health issues. As such, Dr. Sparkman is particularly knowledgeable of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), which is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of depression. TMS is typically used when other depression treatments have not been effective. 

Among her philanthropic endeavors, Dr. Sparkman served as a junior volunteer candy striper at a hospital all throughout her high school education. Since 2010, she has served as a medical physician for BP MS-150, which is the largest fundraising bike ride in the United States for the National MS Society. It is a 180-mile ride from Houston to Austin, Texas.

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