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Cornerstone Psychiatric Services, Inc.

1790 E. Venice Ave. Ste. 204
Venice, FL 34292


Phone: (941) 488-8884

Fax: (941) 488-5554

Medical Records Fax:

(941) 375-0119

Monday - Thurs: 8am-5pm


Friday: 8am-12:00pm


Sat./Sun.: Closed



  • We are closed for lunch from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Office visits are by appointment only. We are not set up for emergencies or walk-in appointments.

Welcome to Cornerstone Psychiatric Services, Inc.

Appointment Information and COVID-19 Updates

Appointment Information

Please read important information about your upcoming appointment options and availability as to Telehealth or in-office appointment.  

Scroll down below to Telehealth Services and Appointment Information section for details.

COVID-19 Updates

Please read important information regarding COVID-19 Office Policies and Guidelines

Office Policies and Guidelines

During Coronavirus pandemic

Face Mask or Face Covering Requirement

Please wear a mask or face covering before entering our office. This is for the health and safety of you, other patients and our staff.  

Social Distancing

We have removed some chairs in the lobby area. Therefore, if you arrive and there is not a seat available, we kindly ask that you wait outside the front office door until you see a seat become available. Another option is to please wait in your vehicle until your appointment time and come up at that time.


Our hallway is narrow, so we ask that you please do your best in maintaining distance when walking down the hallway. Once inside your provider office, your seat will be at minimum 6 feet distance from your provider.

Wash Hands / Sanitize Hands

We have guest bathroom available for washing your hands with soap and water. Also available is hand sanitizer at the front desk window, the guest bathroom and inside your provider office room. 

Patient Screening Prior to Office Visit

  • For in-office appointments, you will be required to sign a COVID-19 Consent Form. This form will be sent to your mobile as a text link to the electronic form. You will receive this text the day before or the day of your in-office appointment and must be completed BEFORE you can be seen. If you don't have a mobile device, please check in at front desk for alternative option.
  • Please check your temperature the morning of your appointment. If your temperature is over 100.4....DO NOT COME INTO THE OFFICE. Please call the office to cancel and re-schedule or switch to a Telehealth appointment. The front office staff will also be doing temperature checks at check-in.
  • If you have any signs of fever, significant cough, and/or flu-like symptoms such as body aches, headache, weakness, fatigue....DO NOT COME INTO THE OFFICE. Call your Primarcy Care Provider (PCP) for guidance. 
  • Have you or a guest that is coming with you to your appointment traveled domestically or internationally in the prior 14 days? If yes, DO NOT COME INTO THE OFFICE; and call us to re-schedule your appointment or consider Telehealth appointment option.
  • Limit patient accompaniment to just yourself or if needed one other guest.

 Telehealth Services and Appointment Information 

We continue to evaluate the growing concerns about Coronavirus COVID-19, your health, as well as the health of our providers and staff, is important to us. We are open and currently offering Telehealth video call appointments to all patients Monday through Friday and limited in-office appointments which vary by day and by provider. We will begin offering limited in-office appointments starting June 22nd (see details below). By default, your appointment will be Telehealth unless a member of the staff and you have confirmed to have your appointment in the office.

Starting Monday, June 22, 2020 to December 31, 2020*: We will continue to offer Telehealth video call appointments with your provider (Monday through Friday), as long as your insurance plan is allowing during the national emergency declaration. We will start offering in-office appointments on specific days and varies by provider.  Please review the table below as to the appointment offerings for your provider. Please check this website routinely for updates. Please contact the front office staff to verify your appointment details or to make changes in requesting Telehealth or in-office appointment. By default, your appointment will be Telehealth unless a member of the staff and you have confirmed to have your appointment in the office. 

*End date December 31, 2020 for all Commercial Insurance. If you have Traditional Medicare your telehealth services will be offered until January 22, 2021.

(last updated 10/07/2020) 


David Donahue, D.O.

David Fawks, APRN

Nina Kirchgessner, APRN

Joan Flynn, LCSW


Telehealth or In-office

Telehealth only

Telehealth or in-office

Telehealth only


Telehealth or In-office

Telehealth only

Telehealth or in-office

Telehealth only


Telehealth or In-office

Telehealth only

Telehealth only

Telehealth or In-office


Telehealth or In-office

Telehealth or In-office

Telehealth only

Telehealth or In-office


Telehealth or In-office

Telehealth or In-office

Not available

Telehealth or In-office


With Telehealth virtual care, you will be able to connect to a professional through a live video connection using your smartphone, tablet or pc with camera and microphone. This is available for all patients until further notice.

If you are a new patient for a first visit, please follow these required checklist of items we need BEFORE your first appointment date  

  1. New Patient Registration Form completed and returned to our office, if you have a printed copy of the form. We prefer you complete the Online Version of the New Patient form.
  2. Copy of your primary insurance card (front and back); If you have a secondary insurance plan, we will need a front and back copy as well.  These can be uploaded within the Online Version of the New Patient Registration Form or you can upload separately using the Upload Document feature.
  3. Copy of your photo id (drivers license or other photo id). This can be uploaded within the Online Version of the New Patient Registration Form or you can upload separately using the Upload Document feature.


Instructions on how this telehealth works:

1.) You will receive a text message from your provider on the day of your scheduled appointment and around the same time as your scheduled appointment time. This text message will have a link. Click on the link which then opens a window in your mobile phone internet browser. (Note: if you do not have a mobile phone or text capability, then an email will be sent to you with the link).

2) Within a few seconds after you click on the link, the provider will see that you are 'online' and will initiate the call to you. You will be prompted to accept or reject a call. Press 'ACCEPT'.

3) A second prompt pop-up will come up asking to allow your microphone and camera. Press 'ALLOW'.

4) You then should see and hear your provider and vice-versa. If you have issues with audio, check your audio volume and make sure the microphone is not muted.

Before your telehealth appointment date, please go through these steps of checking certain settings on your mobile phone or ipad device:

If you have an iPhone or ipad, please check these settings and restart your iphone/ipad afterward:

Important your phone is on the latest version software update.

1.) Go to Settings

2.) Click on General

3.) Click on Software Update.

4.) Download and install any update. 


All devices: Best that you are connected to wiFi network versus just using your phone cellular data roaming. 


iPhone devices: After the update is complete then perform these steps:

  1. Click Settings
  2. Click Safari. Scroll down and check these settings:
  • Click 'ADVANCED' (very bottom) then 'Experimental Features'
    • Scroll down list to find 'Media Recorder'.  Make sure this is set to 'Enabled' (green button is on)
    • Scroll down list and find all the WebRTC options (usually 2 to 4 listed); and make sure these are set to Enabled
  • Go back to your SAFARI settings and
  • Click Camera - make sure this it set to either ask or allow and then
  • Click Microphone - make sure this it set to either ask or allow


Only follow these 4 steps below if you have an issue with Safari browser not coming up or it appears your video link is buffering (you see just yourself in the bottom corner, but not the provider video image). Then, try resetting all network settings on your iPhone. This will delete all the stored Wi-Fi passwords, so after you complete these steps, your phone should automatically reboot and then you will have to connect back to your wiFi network. These steps may be able to resolve Safari cannot open the page iPhone error as well.

  1. Click 'Settings', then click on 'General'.
  2. Click on 'Reset' located at very bottom of screen.
  3. Click on 'Reset Network Settings' option and a pop up box will appear on your iPhone screen to confirm settings.  
  4. Your iPhone should restart. After restart, re-connect to your wi-fi network and you may need to re-enter your wi-fi password. 


For most insurances, telehealth is covered no differently than if you came into the office (in terms of co-pay, coinsurance, deductible, etc.).

*The Telehealth / Virtural care is only temporary during this health emergency. 

*After your telehealth visit, a member of the front staff will call you to schedule a follow-up appointment that will be back in the office* (*unless we contact you otherwise for another telehealth visit). The front office staff will also collect any copay/coinsurance/deductible amounts over the phone with credit card payments.

Thank you for being our patient, we look forward to providing you with the highest quality care and treatment during this time of national health emergency.


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Octobert 10th is World Mental Health Day.

Come into our office on this day to pick up educational brochures and product giveaways.


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We are located at the corner of Venice Avenue and Auburn Rd. We are on the second floor of the building. Lobby entrance is on the West side of the building through double glass doors. The building is located next to (and shares parking lot) Moose Lodge and American Legion.  



The diagnosis and treatment of clinical depression and other psychiatric disorders requires a physician or qualified mental health professional. The information provided through this website is intended for informational purposes only.  None of the information on this website is a substitute for a diagnosis for mental illness by a physician or qualified mental health professional.


The screening test on this website is intended solely for the purposes of identifying the symptoms of depressive disorders, and is not designed to provide a diagnosis.  Additionally, the screening test on this website is not appropriate for, and should not be completed by, persons under age 18. Persons under age 18 with depressive symptoms are advised to talk with their parents or guardians about receiving a clinical evaluation from a physician or qualified mental health professional. 


Cornerstone Psychiatric Services, Inc. has not made any independent investigation of any provider/organization listed and has not verified the credentials of any provider/organization not owned or employed by Cornerstone Psychiatric. Cornerstone Psychiatric Services, Inc. and its staff shall have no liability for claims by, or damages of any kind whatsoever to, a user of this website or any other person for a decision or action taken in reliance on the information contained on this website. Such damages include, without limitation, direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages. 



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