Dr. W Gaertner, MD

Adult & Adolescent Psychiatry  |  
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Age 65
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Dr. W Gaertner, MD
W. Ronald Gaertner, M.D.,L.F.A.P.A.,A.B.A.M. Dr. Gaertner formed Gaertner Psychiatric PC in 2013 to provide outpatient services to the Fredericksburg, VA and Richmond, VA areas. He also provides inpatient services at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA. In addition to his outpatient practice, he has been the Medical Director at Snowden at Fredericksburg and Behavioral Health Services Medical Director for Mary Washington Hospital since 2007. Previously while in private practice in Richmond, VA and he served as the Behavioral Health Services Regional System Director for Bon Secours Richmond Health System and the Medical Director for Outpatient Substance Abuse for VCU Health Systems, MCV Physicians in Richmond. He is also the Medical Director of Substance Abuse Services for FCCR Rehabilitation Services in Richmond. Dr. Gaertner completed his medical degree at Louisiana State School of Medicine and his psychiatric residency at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, LA. He also completed a fellowship in the study of autistic disorders. Dr. Gaertner is board certified in both psychiatry and addictionology. Ms. McKay has experience in the diagnosis and medication management of children,adolescents and adults needing evaluation and treatment for mental health concerns. Ms. McKay only sees patients at Mary Washington Hospital (Snowden).

603 Jefferson Davis Hwy

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Contact Information

(540) 372-2028

Dr. W Gaertner, MD

Dr. W Gaertner, MD

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  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • HealthSmart
  • Humana
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • 3 More

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Schizophreniform and Schizoaffective Disorder
very high
more than 95% of peers
Schizoaffective Disorder
very high
more than 95% of peers
Suicidal Ideation
very high
more than 95% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Gaertner "WHAT WE DO:

Gaertner Psychiatric PC is a full service inpatient and outpatient psychiatric medical practice serving Fredericksburg and Richmond, VA. Gaertner Psychiatric provides psychiatric treatment,  inpatient and outpatient care and medication management.

Gaertner Psychiatric providers practice a "continuity of care" treatment approach that emphasizes collaboration between you, your psychiatrist or psychiatric provider, your therapist, and anyone you choose among your family members and significant loved ones. Our aim is to help you stabilize your life and to get you from crisis-living to healthy living.


– To treat you as a "whole person" and not just a diagnosis.

– To assist you in your overall mental health.

– To provide you with psychiatric care and medication management.

– To provide you psychiatric medical care that you can trust.

– To provide you with inpatient and outpatient care and support."


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  • Adult & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Addiction Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry

Board Certifications

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Conditions Treated

  • ADHD and-or ADD
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Alcohol-Induced Mental Disorders
  • Alcoholism (Alcohol Dependence)
  • Amphetamine and Other Psychostimulant Dependence
  • Anorexia
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Bulimia
  • Cocaine Addiction
  • Combination Drug Dependence
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Confusion
  • Conversion Disorder
  • Cyclothymia (Chronic Mood Disorder)
  • Delusional Disorder
  • Developmental and Learning Disorders
  • Dissociative Disorder
  • Dissociative, Conversion, and Factitious Disorders
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  • Drug-Induced Mental Disorders
  • Dysthymia (Chronic Depression)
  • Dysthymia and Cyclothymia (Mood Disorders)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Disturbances of Childhood and Adolescence
  • Factitious Disorders
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Hallucinogen Dependence
  • Homicidal Ideation
  • Hypochondriasis
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Mania
  • Marijuana Addiction
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Nondependent Alcohol Abuse
  • Nondependent Amphetamine or Related Acting Sympathomimetic Abuse
  • Nondependent Antidepressant Abuse
  • Nondependent Cocaine Abuse
  • Nondependent Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Nondependent Hallucinogen Abuse
  • Nondependent Marijuana Abuse
  • Nondependent Opioid Abuse
  • Nondependent Sedative, Hypnotic, or Anxiolytic Abuse
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)
  • Opioid Dependence
  • Paranoid Personality Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Psychiatric Diseases
  • Psychogenic Disorders (incl. Psychogenic Pain)
  • Psychosis
  • Psychosis Due to Mental Illness
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Schizoid and Schizotypal Personality Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizophreniform Disorder
  • Schizophreniform and Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Sedative, Hypnotic, or Anxiolytic Dependence
  • Somatoform Disorders
  • Speech, Language and Learning Disorders
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Tobacco Use Disorder


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  • Family Psychotherapy
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Psychiatric Medication Therapy
  • Psychotherapy and Psychophysiological Therapy (incl. Biofeedback)

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Virginia.

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.


  • Louisiana State University School Of Med In New Orleans New Orleans La
    Medical School | Graduated 1979
  • Ochsner Med Foundation
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1980
  • Ochsner Med Foundation
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1983
  • Louisiana State Med School
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1975

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

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Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Gaertner's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Gaertner to family and friends
based on 14 total reviews (5 with comments)
Dr. Gaertner's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (5)
in manchester Tennessee |
Our experience with Dr Gaertner and Elizabeth Wheatley and their staff has always been wonderful. The doctors are very caring and thorough. The staff is just as caring and thorough also. The staff works very long hard hours everyday and they have a positive impact on so many people that they help. The doctors couldn't do what they do without the excellent staff that are backing them up. We appreciate everything that the girls at dr Gaetner ' s office do so much. Always , Cheryl and Jen
in Stafford, VA |
I wish I could give them ZERO stars. They dont deserve even one star. This is an absolutely horrific practice. They have some of the rudest and most condescending staff that we have ever encountered, in any medical / professional practice, ever. "Angie" at the front desk is a real piece of work. For her, sarcarsm, condescension, and arrogance are as natural as breathing. Their billing is a mess. They can't get their charges or fees straight. Their bookkeeping works crazy early AM hours and never
Fredericksburg, VA |
Rude staff, incorrect Rx and numberous billing issues
in Chesterfield, VA |
He is honest, and I personally sometimes change my medications back to what they were previously prescribed without telling Dr Gaertner and he never gets mad at me (unlike every other psychiatrist) because he knows I'm just trying to feel better and he doesn't just say oh well it's your fault you shouldn't have done that he takes ownership in the first place.
in Richmond, VA |
Dr. Gaetner is by far one of the best psychiatrists we have ever dealt with... which is saying a lot since my husband has had a major mental illness for over thirty years. He is competent and professional as well as caring and perceptive. I would highly recommend him.... the problem is that he doesn't see many new patients because once he becomes your doctor, you never want to switch.
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Hospitals where Dr. Gaertner has admitting privileges

Mary Washington Hospital
1001 Sam Perry Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Stafford Hospital
101 Hospital Center Blvd
Stafford, VA 22554
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