Dr. David Torres Joins Southeast Mental Health Services

Dr. David Torres

La Junta, CO—March 18, 2012—Southeast Mental Health Services

Dr. David Torres, MD, is the new full-time psychiatrist at Southeast Mental Health Services, a position previously held by Dr. John Hardy, MD. Dr. Torres earned his medical degree from Stony Brook School of Medicine in Long Island, New York, and completed his psychiatric residency training at the University of Colorado. He holds credentials from the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology in the practice of Advanced Clinical Psychopharmacology. Having served the Boulder and Denver Metropolitan areas for over 20 years, Dr. Torres appreciates the complex relationship between the mind/brain and body.

“I have been looking for a position where I can work as part of a close-knit team,” said Dr. Torres, who began with SEMHS in early March. “I was impressed by the level of professionalism at SEMHS, and the cutting-edge approach taken by the leadership team.”

In addition to a lengthy private practice, Dr. Torres has experience at two other community mental health centers–the Jefferson Center for Mental Health and the Mental Health Corporation of Denver’s El Centro Clinic. His inpatient hospital experience includes Centennial Peaks Hospital, West Pines Psychiatric Hospital, Genesis Treatment Center, North Suburban Medical Center Geriatric Psychiatric Unit, and the Cleo Wallace Center. He also served as a Resident Staff Psychiatrist at the Colorado State Hospital GAPS Unit 67.

“I believe an integrative approach is essential to excellent care,” said Torres. In addition to medications, therapy, recommendations for nutritional support, and exercise, Dr. Torres incorporates holistic treatment to support recovery from illnesses. “I believe some illnesses with more minor symptoms, such as memory and mind function, anxiety disorders, depression, and sleep disorders, can be managed with holistic pharmacology alone. Many treatments are most successfully managed by a combination of conventional pharmacology and natural-based treatments,” said Torres.

Dr. Torres is a member of the Neuroscience Education Institute, the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, the American Holistic Medical Association, and the American Neuropsychiatric Association. His wife of 22 years works as a Neurologist in the Denver-area, and their son is beginning his first year of study at the University of Denver. In his spare time, Dr. Torres races mountain bikes, annually pursuing the “Leadville 100.”


Editors Note: Dr. Torres will see clients at the Lamar office most Wednesdays.
Clients can contact Lisa Chavez (719-384-5446 or 719-336-7501) if they would like to schedule appointments.

Photo Credit: Jeanne Ballard, Absolut Images

Contact: Jeannie Larsen, Human Resource Specialist


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