Garrett Ryder, MD
Nominee for 2010 Samaritan of the Year Award
Garrett Ryder, M.D. has been practicing general adult and geriatric psychiatry for 16 years. He has been in Lake Charles for the past 15 years. Dr. Ryder's experience growing up under the tutelage of his Christian psychiatrist father helped him develop a keen interest in the interplay between biology and mental processes. This interest was further refined in his undergraduate studies in Psychology at Baylor University and solidified while in Medical School at LSUMC-Shreveport where he chose to specialize in Psychiatry. While in training at the University of Oklahoma, he served two years as Chief Resident. Since completion of his training, Dr. Ryder has developed numerous geriatric psychiatric programs in a variety of hospitals including Charter, Calcasieu Oakes, Christus St. Patrick's, and most recently Oceans Behavioral Hospital where he has served as Medical Director for the past three years. In this capacity, he has had the privilege of working with the elderly and their families to help them cope with the unique challenges the aging process poses. Dr. Ryder derives personal and professional satisfaction through helping his patients and their loved ones navigate this difficult time with dignity, while achieving the greatest quality of life possible for each individual patient. While his primary interest is in geriatric psychiatry, Dr. Ryder also enjoys working with younger adults who are motivated to improve their lives. He gains much satisfaction from seeing positive results in the lives of all of his patients. He truly feels blessed to be able to help those who are facing some tough challenges. Dr. Ryder and his family are members of Vineyard Christian Fellowship where he enjoys serving by leading a small group for young married couples because he believes strongly in the importance of marriage and family preservation.