Physicians at AKTARI
Lauro Patino, MD
Medical Director & Psychiatrist
Board-certified in Psychiatry, Dr. Patino has over 25 years of clinical experience treating a wide range of neuropsychiatric disorders. He is a consultant for multiple community health organizations, and is also the Medical Director of the Oasis Behavioral Health Hospital in Chandler. As a current fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Patino was awarded the Sierra Tucson Gratitude Recognition — Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication and service to the mental health community of Arizona. He is one of very few psychiatrists in Arizona who has direct experience with Ketamine infusion therapy, and is active in clinical research with other cutting-edge therapies including Trans Magnetic Stimulation and targeted ECT for depression, bipolar syndrome, PTSD, and related neuropsychiatric
Mathew Crooks, MD
Chief Medical Officer & Anesthesiologist
Dr. Crooks is a double board certified, fellowship trained anesthesiologist. He worked with leading experts at two of the nation’s top medical institutions, completing his residency in Anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by a fellowship in Anesthesia and Pain Medicine at UCLA. He had the honor of being selected Chief Resident of the Department of Critical Care Medicine, and was elected by his peers as a Phoenix Magazine “Top Doc” in Anesthesiology and Pain Management. Delivering the highest quality patient care has been the primary focus of Dr. Crooks throughout his career in medicine, and he has published numerous articles in medical journals and textbooks. He believes that the best attribute a physician can have is the ability to listen to their patient, and to understand the importance of the doctor-patient relationship. This relationship is essential in restoring function and getting back to life.