Rebekah Smith, MD

Dr. Rebekah Smith is a board-certified psychiatrist who offers outpatient diagnostic evaluations, medical managment and therapy for teenagers and adults ages 13 years and older. She is a lifelong Alaskan, raised in Eagle River and a graduate of Chugiak High School. Dr. Smith studied pre-medicine in Minnesota, while also earning a Bachelors degree in Studio Art. Dr. Smith then returned to Alaska for two years to enjoy old friends and snowy mountains, before leaving again for medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle. She had particular interests in psychiatry, anatomy and medical illustration, preventative medicine, and women's health.

Dr. Smith then trekked south to sunny New Mexico for Adult Psychiatry residency training, where she loved the high desert enough to stay for fellowship in Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. During her residency and fellowship, she developed a passion for working with teenagers and young adults, and pursued additional training to serve people with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Smith also has specific training and interests in areas of PTSD and trauma-related concerns, perinatal/maternal mental health, eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders.

Dr. Smith has led art therapy groups in the past, which is an unreasonable amount of fun. She loves to collaborate with schools and other systems of care, to ensure that teens have the best opportunities to succeed both socially and academically. Dr. Smith believes in a holistic approach to mental healthcare, with an emphasis on exercise, nutrition, sleep, relationship building, and development of positive habits.

In her free-time, Dr. Smith enjoys reading, skiing, drawing, painting, and backpacking. She is a terrible cook, although people are usually too kind to complain, and the dogs don't seem to mind. Dr. Smith aspires to speak better Spanish and go to the gym in the mornings, and is making modest progress towards these goals. She recently gave away her rollerblades, having finally realized they were more dangerous than fun. Dr.Smith is delighted to be home in Alaska  enjoying our green summers and snowy winters.