SIKESTON - Khursheed Zia, MD, psychiatrist is the new medical director for Bootheel Counseling Services medication management services and psychiatric evaluation program.
Zia joined Bootheel Counseling in April 2003. A 1982 medical school graduate, he practiced as an internist for 13 years and has been practicing psychiatry for 10 years.
Zia is familiar and very comfortable with serving in the community counseling arena as he has practiced psychiatry in two other similar organizations. "Bootheel is very family oriented organization and the staff is very dedicated," Zia said.
According to the new medical director his vision for the psychiatry services is to hire two more psychiatrists, which will allow for more services to be provided and to decrease the waiting period for new clients. Zia added he wants to work closely with family practitioners in the area and coordinate with other mental health providers and increase community education outreach for all of the communities in the four county service area.
"We are pleased to have the caliber of Dr. Zia and proud to name him medical director." said Ron Steinmetz, executive director.
Zia has lived in Southeast Missouri in for five years. Presently, he resides in Cape Girardeau with his wife, 16-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son.
To schedule any community speaking or outreach events call Bootheel Counseling Services at 573-471-0800.
Bootheel Counseling Services accepts Medicare, Medicaid, Private Insurance, and has a reduced rate scale for those who qualify.