Dr. Ricardo Fermo, MD

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Age 58
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Dr. Ricardo Fermo, MD
My name is Ric Fermo. I am a double board certified adult and child & adolescent psychiatrist with over 25 years experience. I completed my residency training at the University of Cincinnati and child fellowship at the University of Cincinnati 's Children's Hospital. I provide a through diagnosis, including co-morbidities, support and psycho-education to my patients, so that they can make the best decision for an individualized treatment plan. Although I have been practicing psychiatry for many years, my experience in the field, goes back to my teenage years growing up with parents, who were both were psychiatrists. We lived on state hospital grounds prior to the deinstitutionalization in the late 70s and 80s. I began my work as a high school student working in food preparation at the age of 15 at Central State Hospital in Norman Oklahoma, and later working as a psychiatric aide at the facility, while I was a pre-medical student. Once I completed medical school, unlike many in the field of medicine, I was determined to be a psychiatrist. While I was a resident and fellow at the University of Cincinnati, I had excellent supervisors throughout my training including many thought leaders in the area of anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, major depression, psychotic disorders like schizophrenia, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. I have had extensive psycho-dynamic training to augment very strong psychopharmacological background. To augment this training, I moonlighted, and eventually became the director of the Alcoholism Clinic, Crisis Stabilization at the University of Cincinnati inpatient hospital, Psychiatric Emergency Services at U.C., and the homeless shelter in Cincinnati. I have worked with the chronically mentally ill as well as professionals with various forms of psychiatric conditions. Once I completed my fellowship in child psychiatry at Children's Hospital in Cincinnati, I moved to Charleston, South Carolina to work at a private psychiatric hospital. I worked on an acute inpatient psychiatric unit for both children and adults, as well as substance use disorders. I also started an outpatient psychiatric clinic at the facility. I was the clinical director of the child and adolescent program which included a residential treatment center. I eventually became the medical director of the psychiatric facility and in transition to a newly formed psychiatric corporation. I later transitioned the program to what is now called Palmetto Behavioral Health in Charleston South Carolina. After working in a private facility for many years I was brought on to the Medical University of South Carolina as an attending physician, in the position of Assistant Clinical Professor, working at two of their outpatient psychiatric sites in Mount Pleasant and West Ashley. I eventually became the Clinical Director of the East Cooper Outpatient Clinic for the Medical University of South Carolina. In 2010, I started a private outpatient clinic in Mount Pleasant called East Cooper's psychiatric solutions, LLC, which eventually evolved into my own solo private practice called Fermo Psychiatric Solutions, Incorporated. At this clinic I provide adult, including elderly, and child & adolescent psychiatric evaluations, diagnosis including treatment and educate my patients about their conditions to improve their prognosis. I strive to make them functional individuals and improve their quality of life.

887 Johnnie Dodds Blvd Ste 100

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Contact Information

(843) 856-6998

Dr. Ricardo Fermo, MD

Dr. Ricardo Fermo, MD

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  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina

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ADHD and-or ADD
more than 41% of peers
Psychiatric Diseases
more than 22% of peers
Major Depressive Disorder
more than 7% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Fermo "To provide promote outstanding, comprehensive outpatient psychiatric care, by making services quickly accessible, treating our clients with respect and dignity, providing our best expertise to the coastal Carolina area. I am patient oriented, believe in a strong therapeutic alliance, and I always have my patients "best interest" in mind. My Philosophy in treatment includes the 3 E's in treatment: Evidence based, Experience, and Emotional intuition. I keep up with the latest medical science involving psychiatry on a daily basis, so that I can provide my patients with the latest information they need, to give them the best prognosis for their condition. I also work to de-stigmatize psychiatry and help my patient understand that like many other medical conditions there is evidence based treatment and often these medical conditions are intertwined with psychiatry. Thus treating both conditions can improve an individual's, all round, well being. "


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  • Psychiatry
  • Adult Psychiatry
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Board Certifications

  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*
  • Psychiatry
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*

Conditions Treated

  • ADHD and-or ADD
  • Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Alcohol Related Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Childhood Depression
  • Childhood-Onset Bipolar Disorder
  • Fatigue
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Persistent Anxiety
  • Phobia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Psychiatric Diseases
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Tic Disorders
  • Tourette's Syndrome


  • Medication Management
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Psychiatric Medication Therapy
  • Psychoeducation
  • Psychopharmacologic Treatment
  • Supportive Counseling

Background Check

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Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for South Carolina.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Oklahoma
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1982
  • Far Eastern Univ Hosp
    Medical School | Graduated 1989
  • Robert Wood Johnson Hosp-Umdnj
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1990
  • University Of Cincinnati Medical Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1993
  • University Of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Centers
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Norman, High School, Norman, Ok
    Other Education | Completed 1977

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Voted Best Psychiatrist in Mount Pleasant, SC by Mount Pleasant Magazine, 2013
Media & Publications

Dr. Fermo has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Fermo's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Fermo to family and friends
based on 65 total reviews (11 with comments)
Dr. Fermo Says:

I look forward to patient satisfaction surveys. I will use the feedback to constructively improve the quality of care I provide. I believe the more feedback I receive will help me follow trends to help me provide a better service. I will start to recommend to all of my patients, to provide feedback.

Dr. Fermo's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    31 to 45 minutes
Patient Comments (11)
Charleston, SC |
Dr. Furmo is knowledgeable but has no idea what he is doing in his practice. I made my appointments at 6am in the morning because he runs so far behind and you will be in the office all day. He does not take adequate notes and has caused serious complications with my mental health, because he does not keep up with anything. He does not let his staff do anything but answer the phones/appointments. He does everything else which is a complete mess! I you want to get better stay away from dr furmo!
in Mt Pleasant SC |
Dr Fermo provides excellent care. As a Dual Diagnosis Alcoholic patient I feel confident that I am with the right doctor.
Charleston, SC |
I try to schedule multiple appointments in one day so that I don't have to miss multiple days of work. I assumed my 8am appointment wouldn't interfere with my 10am appointment, especially if I showed up at 7:30. Wrong. I waited 30 minutes in the General waiting room before waiting another 30 in his office to be seen. I understand other patients have appointments before me, but if they show up after me there should be some kind of scheduling switch. And the receptionists are emotionless.
Myrtle Beach, SC |
Called a week ago and no call back for appointment. He was recommended by another doctor.
Charleston, SC |
Dr. Fermo is a such a great psychiatrist. He has helped me out tremendously. I really love his office atmosphere as it is very relaxing. Would recommend him highly.
Charleston, SC |
He doesn't answer phone calls even when it's urgent....Luckily I got in contact with my pharmacist to see if me staying awake for almost 48 hours on the new medication and he told me how to go off it safely. I got a call 2 weeks after I called mulitple times. He also prescribed me a medication the pharmacy said interacted with another medication. I asked him & he said that there were no interactions...looked it up and everything says the two meds do have negative effects when combined
Hamlet, NC |
compassionate psychiatrist.
in Mp, sc |
Worst run business in town. Has 3 assistants and still can not run a Biz. Very good doc but every time I know I'm going to see him it is a dreaded day , all day wait and never calls back. Stay away !!!
in Charleston, SC |
Dr. Fermo is very comfortable to talk to. I was being treated for depression and very heavy anxiety, so needless to say, i wasn't very forthcoming when i was asked questions. Dr Fermo was very patient and never made me feel rushed. I've been seeing him for over 6 years now, and i'm like night and day. My life is so much more than it was. I'm lucky i found Dr Fermo.
in Charleston, SC |
Dr.Fermo made me feel as though I am not alone, suffering from anxiety and depression. I always feel better after my visits with him. He is honest and attentive .I honestly don't know how I would get through this without him . I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs help with their own issues . I thank Him. Sincerely, Paula Elizabeth Schaefer
Mount Pleasant, SC |
I would not recommend this doctor. He is knowledgeable but does not return calls ...hopefully you don't use him if you have a serious situation.
There are situations when I may have a patient in a crisis situation which could extend the wait time. We tried to notify the patient in these unforeseeable situations in practice AIDET in our office. We even go as far as contacting the patients by phone if there is an emergency. This would be the case in any outpatient practice when there is an emergency. I spend a lot of time with my patients explaining the risk benefits and alternatives to treatment. Which make the last three items false.
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