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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.
  • After-hours care and holidays--please read our After-hours care document notice.

Welcome to Cornerstone Psychiatric Services, Inc.

**Please note**

Currently, we are not taking any new patients for Psychotherapy Services as our therapists are at full capacity with current patients. 

We are only accepting new patients for medication management services at this time.

Click the button above if interested in becoming a new patient

Click on the document below or the Disaster Relief Resources image on the left to get information on some disaster relief resources that may be available to you. 

Disaster Relief Resources
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Effective January 1, 2022  Change in after-hours services

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.

After-hours Services - Effective January 1, 2022
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Office Policies and Guidelines

During Coronavirus pandemic

Face Mask Policy Update - 5/31/2022

Mask policy is based on current local community risk level. Please follow the specified Mask Policy below based on Sarasota County current risk level.




For HIGH risk level: Masking indoors is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for all individuals no matter vaccination status.


For Medium risk level: Masking is OPTIONAL for Vaccinated Individuals and STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for Unvaccinated Individuals.  This is for the health and safety of you, other patients and our staff.


For Low risk level: Masking is OPTIONAL for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. However, strongly recommend to mask if you have high-risk medical condition(s). 


IIf you are not vaccinated or fully vaccinated for COVID-19, we highly recommend that you go get a COVID-19 vaccination or complete your vaccination status to "fully" vaccinated. We are all in this together and lets start working together to reduce the health risks and lives due to COVID-19.   Thank you.

Physical 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, Please review the COVID-19 Consent document posted on our lobby entrance door. By entering our offices, you agree and accept the posted conditions and consent. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 guest(s) that are coming with you to your appointment tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 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 

If you elect to do a telehealth visit, you must complete this Informed Consent form on Telehealth / Televisit Policy. Click on the Informed Consent image to complete or click here. You only need to complete this once, unless you want to update your emergency contact. 



Telehealth / Televisit Device Setting's Checklist
Review this document to make sure your mobile/tablet device settings are up-to-date.
Telehealth Device Setting Checklist.pdf
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Telehealth Instructions
We have a new version of our telehealth/televisit virtual care. Please read these insctructions.
UPDATED 6/29/2022
Telehealth Instructions v4.pdf
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Some insurance carriers are allowing and/or adding Telehealth visits to part of the benefit plan. Please contact your insurance plan directly to find out details of your plan benefit for Telehealth and if any authorization is required.


After the COVID-19 pandemic period, we are approved for telehealth with these plans only:

Insurance Company ID numbers beginning Telehealth Status
Aetna All plans During COVID-19 National Health Emergency order only
Aetna Medicare All plans During COVID-19 National Health Emergency order only


(BlueCross Blue Shield)

 *OUT OF STATE of Florida plans)


All out of state of FL plans Varies by plan. So, you must call your insurance company and ask if your benefit plan covers Telehealth services after COVID-19 pandemic period. Also ask if you need to get an authorization.


(Florida Blue)








If your FL BLUE id begins with any of these ID numbes, then Telehealth is available indefinitely. 
BCBS Medicare plans ALL During COVID-19 National Health Emergency order only
Cigna All plans Telehealth available indefinitely
Humana (non-Medicare) All plans During COVID-19 National Health Emergency order only
Humana (Medicare plans) All plans During COVID-19 National Health Emergency order only
Medicare (traditional) Traditional only During COVID-19 National Health Emergency order only
Magellan All plans During COVID-19 National Health Emergency order only
Tricare All plans During COVID-19 National Health Emergency order only
United Healthcare / United Behaviora / Optum Behavioral

Commercial plans (non-medicare)






Medicare Advantage plans by United Hlth

Most non-medicare plans are allowing telehealth indefinitely. However, please call your insurance plan to specifcally ask them if your specific plan will cover your provider at Cornerstone Psychiatric for telehealth after COVID-19 pandemic has ended.








During COVID-19 National Health Emergency Order

ALL other insurance plans  

Please call your insurance plan and ask the following:

1.) Is Telehealth benefit covered after COVID-19 National Health Emergency order?

2.) Does my provider have to register their Telehealth platform they are using with the insurance company? 

3) Are there any requirements my provider must do in order to provide Telehealth services under my insurance plan?

4.) Do I need authorization for Telehealth service? If so, get your authorization and provide this to the front office staff. 

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 in-office appointments which vary by day and by provider. We will begin offering in-office appointments starting June 22, 2020 (see details below). 

Starting Monday, June 22, 2020 to April 11, 2023*: 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. 

*If you have Traditional Medicare your telehealth services will be offered until April 11, 2023.This date is subject to change based on National Emergency Declaration order being extended or if CMS modifies telehealth rules post COVID19 PHE. If you have commercial insurance (non-medicare plan), we highly recommnd that you call your insurance plan and verify your insurance coverage is still providering telehealth coverage benefit. 

Post COVID-19 pandemic: Some insurance plans are adding Telehealth visits as part  of the on-going benefit after this pandemic period. As of 10/17/2021 only BlueCross BlueShield of Florida plans only, United Healthcare and Cigna Insurance carriers for non-medicare plans are offering extended Telehealth visits indefinitely until further notice. If you have a BlueCross BlueShield plan out of the state of Florida, you must contact your insurance plan and ask them about telehealth coverage beneffit after the pandemic period. All other insurance plans, it's highly recommended that you contact your insurance carrier and ask them about telehealth visit benefit and if any authorization is required.   This is subject to change at any time. 

(last updated 01/11/2023) 


David Donahue, D.O.

David Fawks, APRN

Smitha Ajesh, APRN

Lenice Haber, LCSW


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Nancy Stetter-Coblentz, LCSW: Telehealth or in-office on Thursday and Friday.


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.

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 national health emergency. Some insurance carriers are extending telehealth visits post COVID-19 pandemic. Please check this website for updates on this topic. 

*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. If you do not hear from the front office staff within 2 hours after your appointment, please contact us at 941-488-8884.

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.


Taking care of your behavioral health during a disaster, traumatic event or Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health
Tips for social distancing, quarantine, and isolation during an infectious disease outbreak
Coping with Social Distancing Isolation [...]
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Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event
CDC - Centers of Disease Control tip sheet on coping with a disaster or traumatic event.
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Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) document
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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.


Thank you for visiting our website.

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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