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Dr. Mara Fiorentino

Psychiatry
Destin, FL
37 years experience female

Locations

Office

Destin, FL

Address

4507 Furling Lane, Suite 110, Destin, FL, US
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My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Florida

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About

Bio

WWW.MaraFiorentinoMD.com Dr Mara Fiorentino graduated from University of Buenos Aires, trained as a child psychiatrist, and worked for the Ministry of Health and Social Services in Buenos Aires, Argentina before establishing in the United States in 1992. She specialized in adult and geriatric psychiatry at Bergen Regional Medical Center and in community psychiatry at Columbia University School of Physicians and Surgeons, and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. After working for the NYS Office of Mental Health for five years, practicing for Mt Sinai Services and Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, she relocated to sunny Destin, in Florida. Presently, she has a private practice and serves as child and adult psychiatrist.

Specialties
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Psychiatry

Child Psychiatry

Licenses

United States: Florida, New York

Languages spoken

English, Italian

Doctor Q&A

297 Answers
357 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Visit your local : To find a professional first vist your local listings, then contact your medical insurance providers, then call the professional and ask for their ava... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Memory problems: Memory problems are very common and varied. After illnesses like the ones caused by accidents, you can have blackouts due to head trauma, being forget... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) : Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) (amphetamine salts) is an stimulant used for the treatment of adhd. It is prescribed in doses up ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Mind communication: There is no documented evidence that experiencing hallucinations is a form of mind communication. Auditory hallucinations are caused by stimulation of... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Clonazepam: Clonazepam is prescribed for anxiety disorders. Doses may vary from person to person, and may be effective to reduce tension, also create tolerance to... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Too much air? : I am not sure what it means to have too much air in your body? Please try to elaborate on your thoughts. It may be important to know if you are feelin... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Memory loss: I am unaware of foods or supplements which may improve memory, attention or concentration. Ginkgo biloba has been given some credit. Memory loss c... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Antiepileptics: The most rational way to approach the treatment of comorbid conditions is to use medications which treat both. Anti epileptic medications are used as ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Buspirone or Buspar (buspirone): Buspirone needs to be taken regularly every 6-8 hours in an amount enough to reduce anxiety. It does not work prn because it needs to build a level in... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Consultation : Drinking alcohol might be the most likely and preventable cause of severe depression in the young adult. Otherwise you may have predisposition to de... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Brain changes: The intent of prescribing psychiatric medications is to affect the brain improving its function and performance. It is beneficial to produce long term... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Weight loss: Losing weight is a challenge at any time, whatever are the medications you are on. Risperdal oral, or injectable as consta, is only one of the drugs l... Read More
A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Mental exercise: There are many ways to maintain your mind active at any age. Mental exercise includes reading, crosswords, sudoku, playing cards, puzzles, etc. www.lu... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Sad view of life: There are as many views of life as individuals in the world. You are seeing life as a cold and unforgiving place, and most likely, you have many reaso... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Lexapro (escitalopram): Lexapro is prescribed at 10 mg once a day, and it could be increased from 2.5 mg to 5 mg in several days without complications. You can take it in the... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Ritalin (methylphenidate): Any stimulant prescribed for adhd could cause svt. Also you might have developed it spontaneously, or associated to sleep apnea, anxiety, cardiac cong... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Emotional response: The blocking of emotions, emotional numbness or detachment are common responses that preserve us from an emotional breakdown or drainage. Also, they a... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Muscle Spasm: Most likely it will go away soon. If you still have problems after a week or two, please see your psychiatrist, an ophthalmologist or neurologist who ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Time of meds: Some people react differently to certain medications, and experimenting to know how you would react to them will benefit your treatment since you will... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Gabapentin: Possibly there will be no interactions. Gabapentin is a neurotrophic anticonvulsant which can cause sedation, in some cases weight gain, but it is we... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
High liver enzymes: Elevated liver enzymes are the consequence of alcoholism and other liver diseases which can be diagnosed thru blood tests by an specialists. It depen... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Side effects: All medications cause side effects because they are affecting the functioning of the system at some level. If a medication does not produce a side ef... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Memory problems: Memory and concentration problems are common in depressive states. If you are not depressed anymore, but still experience poor memory and loss of conc... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Insomnia: Insomnia may be caused by multiple conditions. Disrupted sleeping cycle by changing sleeping and waking up hours (shift work sleeping disorder) or hyp... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Alprazolam: Is a short acting benzodiazepine, a sedative lasting up to 4-6 hours in your body, but depending in the amount and time consuming it, you may have wit... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Steroid-induced Sx: Steroids may produce more problems than insomnia, like hypomania or full mania in a person with predisposition to bipolar disorder. If sleep deprivati... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Amnesia : Amnesia is loss of memory. It may be transient, temporary or permanent. Usually is due to brain injury, trauma, or brain disorders. It could be antero... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Involuntary movement: They may be caused by: essential tremor (an inherited condition) parkinsonism (caused by parkinson's disease or by antipsychotics) tardive dyskinesia ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Hyper sexuality : If your hyper sexual state is related to lack of sleep, increased energy, increased physical and psychic activity, fast and uninterrupted speech, raci... Read More
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) HCl 25 mg: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) in that dose is an effective dose for many patients with insomnia, but it could be too low for most of them. Usually 50 mg ... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
I am not Dr Heston, : And in my opinion, that combination is very good as long as those medications work together to relieve the symptoms of depression, anxiety and chronic... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
PTSD: In the context of an acute trauma, like a car accident, you developed an acute stress disorder, which can produce depression and suicidal ideas. If af... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Vivid dreams: are entirely normal, and even desirable. Most likely, if the dream has made an impression on you, you may be able to describe it with all the details.... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
ADD and Depression: It is a very common association. In fact, it is possible that if you are not treated for ADD, you will develop depression. The reason is that the neur... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Cymbalta (duloxetine): Is an antidepressant, which recently has been launched as a generic with lower costs to the public. You may like to try again. Gabapentin, a neurotrop... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Anxiety: Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a condition which is responsive to a combination of medication and psychotherapy techniques. Whether you participate i... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Waking: Waking up during the night having panic attacks is very common. Ask your doctor to start prazosin.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Manic episode: Some individuals in a manic state are unable to make decisions for themselves. They might need intervention, like acute psychiatric treatment or hospi... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Brain Fog: The term " brain fog " is confusing, to say the least. Lack of concentration and memory problems are common to many psychiatric conditions, and caus... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Fibromyalgia: Please refer to many other responses on the topic by specialists in this website. Fibromyalgia is a syndrome consisting of numerous symptoms and signs... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Insomnia: Insomnia is not easily treated with medications only, but a combination of techniques: routine sleep time and wake up time, diet, exercise, relaxation... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Numbness: There are many reasons to feel numb. It could be a vitamin b and Folic Acid deficiency, a generalized polyneuropathy caused by diabetes, herpetic or o... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Abilify (aripiprazole): Usually there is not decreased effect when taking medications with food. Sometimes there are absorbed better. Abilify (aripiprazole) is usually prescr... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Pregabalin: Pregabalin (lyrica) is prescribed for chronic pain conditions and neuropathy. Not necessarily, it will cause the same side effects than Gabapentin (ne... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Headaches/Neck pain: The association of headaches and neck pain may be seen in cases of tension, problems with posture, lack of sleep, and with trauma or lesions of the ce... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Tratamiento: No hay un solo mejor tratamiento sino que depende del paciente y de su condicion. La combinacion de antidepresivos, calmantes del dolor y medicinas pa... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Parasomnia: I am not aware that parasomnias have been studies with eeg, although any seizure disorder, Alpha or delta wave abnormality, or other spike and wave di... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
No: There are no reports of those symptoms linked to the use of psychotropics. Most people who have experience bodily changes or fears of having body defo... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Self Hypnosis : Yes. Self hypnosis, like other therapeutic and behavioral techniques will change your perception, your understanding, and your response to the issues ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Fibromyalgia: Please read other physician' s comments on fibromyalgia. There is great variation from one patient to another, and each case needs individualized asse... Read More

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Jul 20, 2014
Dr Fiorentino has consistently shown thoughtful and useful advise to patients in her interactions. She is an expert in her field. I highly recommend her for your health care needs !
Jul 29, 2013
Dr Fiorentino is providing an excellent service to the public through Healthtap. She is knowledgeable & her responses are understandable & clear. I recommend Dr. Fiorentino.
Great physician, wonderful, hard working doctor that can be trusted with your problems.
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Idk I've heard you could get more but yeah I would prefer concerta. how high can the dosage go on concerta bc I've tried 18 mg concerta?
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Thanks for your quick reply! Gracias x su respuesta yo estoy con tratamiento antidepresivo fluoxetina 2al día, clonazepan 1 en la noche, sulindaco 2 al dia, martesia 75
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Have been off seroquel Zoloft& risperdal cold turk. 16 mos Since psych left. Hanging tough & feel great.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine
Graduated 1985MD

Residency

Bergen Regional Medical Center

Residency

Ministry of Health and Social Services - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Awards

Patients' Choice, Healthgrades
Columbia University- Associate Clinical Professor
2013-2014 Woman of the Year- National Association of Professional Women

Affiliations

Argentine-American Medical Society
Mount Sinai Services
State of New York Office of Mental Health
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