Dr. Bryce Thacker provides online psychiatry in Colorado for Axis Integrated Mental Health. He began his career as an advanced practice nurse in family medicine, which gives him a holistic view of mental and physical health. He then identified his passion for mental health and worked as a primary care mental health provider for six years.
Dr. Thacker then returned to school to gain an even deeper knowledge of psychiatric care. Axis Integrated Mental Health is happy to have Dr. Thacker and his years of experience as part of our team. He specializes in treatment-resistant depression for adults and teenage depression. In conjunction with our clinic in Aurora or Louisville, Dr. Thacker can work with you on advanced treatments like ketamine, Spravato, or TMS, as well as traditional medication management.
Dr. Bryce Thacker is available for online psychiatry in Colorado, seeing patients 5 and older. You can book and appointment with him at the link below.
Question 1: Tell us about your background and what got you started in mental health?
I grew up in the Panhandle of Nebraska and went to school starting in Family Practice with a desire to serve Rural populations. I started focusing on mental health while practicing as a Family Nurse Practitioner and enjoyed being part of the clients’ healthcare journey regarding their mental health. I then formally went back to school to specialize in psychiatric mental health and now have the privilege of being part of a client’s mental healthcare journey on a full-time basis. Being an online psychiatric provider in Colorado has been terrific because it gives me the ability to balance family life with a lot of professional satisfaction. It is truly a blessing to be able to be part of people’s mental health journey.
Question 2: How do you spend your free time?
Spending time with my family first and foremost. I also enjoy fly fishing, golfing, and watching my Nebraska Cornhuskers 😊. You can take the man out of Nebraska. But you can't take the Nebraska out of the man.
Question 3: Online psychiatry in Colorado has been in great demand since the pandemic. What areas do you think are under researched in mental health?
Cultural sensitivity with community health in rural areas. I have a big passion for serving the underserved and one of the benefits of being able to do online psychiatry in Colorado is that it increases accessibility to these rural areas. It's shocking to know that 2.8 million Coloradoans live in mental healthcare professional shortage areas (HPSAs). That's nearly 48% of Colorado's state population! We've put together an interesting blog post about Where Colorado ranks in mental health care and I'm proud that Axis Integrated Mental Health is working tirelessly to help more people in Colorado get access to the care they need.
Question 4: What’s your guilty pleasure?
Nebraska Football and Mike and Ike candy (original)
Question 5: What’s something that most online psychiatric providers in Colorado are skeptical about but actually surprised you because it’s so effective?
How effective TMS is in transforming so many lives in a positive way. It is amazing to hear stories of how lives have been changed by this non-invasive intervention.
Question 6: If there was one thing that you could get more patients to do to take care of their mental health, what would it be?
Just know that it takes active participation to change habits and behaviors through non-pharmacological interventions. Medication alone usually doesn't get people to their goal or to be their best selves. It's often a combination of treatments, supports, and interventions that helps people see real and lasting results, which of course, is what we do at Axis Integrated Mental Health.
Question 7: Do you define success differently today than you did when you were younger? How?
Yes, I look at the world much more holistically now, from a qualitative perspective. As you would expect, when I was younger, I would focus on measurable and quantifiable goals and how they compared to peers. Now, how do my actions affect the population/community as a group, and how do I help people achieve their goal of being an active participant in their culture and community. Also, its ok to fail and learn what doesn’t work... I'm at peace with that.
Question 8: Do you have any tips for managing your mental health?
Try and limit self-defeating thoughts. Large, small, it doesn't matter.
Wuf.E is our Great Pyranees/ Newfoundland Mix and his mental health game is strong. Don't forget to take time to relax and enjoy the moment no matter how crazy it looks.
Question 9: Do you have any hobbies, projects or side hustles that you’re passionate about?
I enjoy tying “flies” (fishing).
Question 10: What’s the phone app you use the most?
Question 11: What’s a book you think everyone should read?
Anything by Agatha Christie, or of course Harry Potter.
Mental health: stop walking on eggshells – really helps/teaches you how to manage your self-defeating thoughts in so many ways.