Today we’d like to introduce you to Dion Metzger.
Dion, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m a New Yorker who has been in a love affair with Atlanta for over two decades. This city swept me off my teenage feet when I came here in 1998 to attend Emory University. My career story began with a fascination with human behavior in high school. A psychology class during my senior year at Friends Academy was the first to peak my interest.
I went on to major in psychology at Emory and then pursued psychiatry as my career. I did all my medical training right here at Atlanta’s finest hospitals including many on-call nights at Grady and doing consults at Emory University Hospital. After finishing residency, I realized that there was a lot the public didn’t know about mental health and a whole lot of stigma about seeking treatment. In addition to seeing patients, I began pursuing a larger platform to educate about our mental health and why it needs to be a priority. I have been given amazing opportunities to promote mental health awareness in media including appearing on “The Doctors”, HLN, CBS, NBC and in The New York Times. I also am a professor at Morehouse School of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine and Medical College of Georgia. I have been able to create a network of colleagues here in Atlanta that has helped me to build my private practice but also advocate for better resources for mental wellness within our community.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It definitely wasn’t a smooth road. The thing about medicine is that if you’re not passionate about being a doctor, the road can feel never-ending. I always had the fire in me so the light at the end of the tunnel never seemed too far away. I believe the biggest struggle during my 20’s was making decisions that were best for me. It was a time where I learned to make better decisions about what I do but also where I am and who I am around. I also did not completely understand the necessity of faith until I got to medical school. I am appreciative of the dumb moves of my 20’s because it has helped me make smarter decisions in my 30s.
Please tell us about Dion S. Metzger, MD.
My solo private practice is Dion S. Metzger, MD, PC. It’s a psychiatric practice where I provide therapy and medication management. I specialize in treating depression and anxiety. I have a wide spectrum of patients including college students, fellow physicians, new mothers, and corporate executives. I am the most proud of my patient care and the results I see. Since this practice is my own, I am able to create the ideal setting to see my patients thrive.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Sports. Basketball, volleyball, ice skating, sailing, lacrosse, field hockey, archery, horseback riding, softball…you name it, I did it. The games, summer camp, and all those practices are some of my most treasured childhood memories.
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