About Dr. Chip Stone
Orange County Psychiatrist at “Work” with his Children
Dr. Stone is a native of Washington State and the proud father of three beautiful children. His family plays an integral part of his daily life, which provides a treasure trove of amusing stories and anecdotes.
As importantly as the formal training that physicians and psychiatrists undergo, Dr. Stone’s own life experiences have helped him fully understand the challenges of everyday life. He gets daily lessons from his friends and family about how to use his own tumbles to become a better counselor and coach for his clients.
It’s that uplifting, light-hearted, easy-going attitude and personal touch that you can expect with Dr. Stone, rather than a stuffy, uptight, overly-formal experience. You will sense very quickly that he is not only someone who knows his craft, but also someone with whom you can relate. Thus, you will quickly feel not just comfortable, but also safe with him as a professional.
Dr. Chip Stone has dedicated his professional life to uplifting wounded spirits, inspiring hope, and helping to transform lives that were otherwise filled with despair, depression, anxiety, and fear. He gets excited for you and finds that one of his greatest passions and joys is watching people get fired up, climb closer to their potential, and begin to better enjoy life. He will often tell you that what he cares most about in life is “how you feel and how you function.” And whether with the assistance of medication, coaching, cheer-leading, or therapy, you will be in a unique set of hands that are focused on helping you to succeed in whatever way you define success.
Dr. Stone has, from his youngest years of opening “Chip’s Worms and Crawlers” in Metaline Falls, WA, had an entrepreneurial spirit and a goal of doing what he can to improve the efficiency of other people’s lives. He lists as a foundation of his character a “never-give-up spirit” in line with Jimmy Valvano’s 1993 ESPY Awards Speech.
He is a Corporate President and Manager, and Member of professional organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Psychiatry and Law, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, American Osteopathic Association, and Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of California. He is an author and contributor to press and media, academic journals, and an invited speaker to academic conferences and scientific programs.
Dr. Stone was trained with a broad awareness of the importance of managing general medical issues during medical school as well as during his first year of Internal Medicine Residency at Creighton University in Omaha Nebraska. Because Dr. Stone studied Internal Medicine in addition to Psychiatry during his residency years, he is uniquely positioned to have a depth and awareness of other medical issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stomach problems, emergency medicine, shoulder pain, asthma, and low back pain, that may impact the health and safety of his patients.
Dr. Stone received specialized residency training in Psychiatry and advanced fellowship training in Forensic Psychiatry. During these times he was trained in both the clinical care of patients experiencing emotional challenges as well as the objective analyses of situations and legal areas which are impacted by a person’s mental state. Thus, Dr. Stone is sought by patients and families as well as attorneys and courts for his services and skill areas.
Dr. Stone’s acumen for highly intense situations is becoming increasingly recognized. He has been asked to evaluate, assess, and treat people convicted of sex crimes, murder, drug trafficking, child abuse, attempted murder, violent attacks during sleepwalking episodes, and other violent crimes. He has been sought by attorneys to evaluate the veracity of claims of Ambien-induced sleep driving. He has provided consultations and treatment at State Forensic Hospitals and prisons from California to Virginia. He has managed some of the more dangerous inmates in the State of California, yet even in many of those situations, Dr. Stone tends to bring about calm, smiles, laughter, and shifts in perspectives and ways of thinking. ”One of my goals“, Dr. Stone has said, “is to always approach people as one person to another…I’m no better and no worse…I make mistakes and try to learn from them. I try to pass on things that I have learned living and bumping my way through this life…whether that helps an inmate in a correctional facility or a single mother of two at least in some way perhaps I’ve made a difference in someone’s life and consequently that difference will be felt by others…”
In addition to Biology, Physics, and Chemistry, during college Dr. Stone also devoted a considerable amount of his course of study to Psychology, Political Science, American Government, American Jurisprudence, Latin American Politics, Eastern European Politics, and International Law. It was the collection of these interests that directed Dr. Stone toward the field referred to as “Forensic Psychiatry”.
Dr. Stone studied behavioral psychology at Gonzaga University, and later under the guidance of his dear friend and mentor Dr. Merle Prim at Western Washington University in his hometown of Bellingham, Washington. It was from him that Dr. Stone learned to appreciate qualities of the human spirit and learned to journal his thoughts and creative ideas. It was from him that Dr. Stone began to see both the biological as well as emotional and psychological bases of our behaviors and Dr. Stone credits him as one of the most highly influential people in his life.
Dr. Stone was introduced to the field of medicine and patient care during college by his family physician S. Gregory Hipskind, M.D., Ph.D. and further taught by the ageless kindness and wisdom of his dear friend W. David Jones, M.D., who not only was an instrumental professional mentor, but an unmatched spiritual and emotional model as well.
Dr. Stone received formal medical training at the University of New England, the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD and later the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. In 1997, he graduated from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa. It was here that he was disciplined in the broad range of skills and sensitivity to patient care of an effective osteopathic physician by such mentors as the late Joseph Walsh, D.O., Gregory Peterson, D.O., Dale Grunwald, D.O., and Scott Wilson, D.O. of the University of Iowa. He was next in the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska where his skills as a physician were further sculpted addressing issues such as Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Lung Disease, and Peptic Ulcer Disease.
He then completed his Psychiatry Residency Training at the University of Virginia in beautiful Charlottesville, where he was trained by the skilled minds and compassionate treatment methods of wonderful physicians such as Anita Clayton, M.D., Randolf J. Canterbury, M.D., and the late John Buckman, M.D. At the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy in Charlottesville, he completed training seminars in both adult and Juvenile Forensic Evaluations, participated in law courses at the University of Virginia School of Law, and served as a qualified expert for psychiatric testimony in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He was recognized as a qualified Juvenile Forensic Expert for psychiatric evaluations. He evaluated, authored reports, and testified as a qualified expert witness in Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity and Trial Competency cases. It was here at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy that he was influenced by the talents and brilliant minds of people such as Janet Warren, D.S.W, Richard Bonnie, LL.B, John T. Monahan, Ph.D. and Bruce Cohen, M.D.
Dr. Stone then made California his full-time home after completing his Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at UCLA in 2002 where his skill as a psychiatric expert witness was further refined through hours of tutelage by forensic psychiatrists such as Saul Faerstein, M.D., Robert Weinstock, M.D., and his friends Park E. Dietz, M.D., Ph.D, and Hadley Osran, M.D. His early skill as a practicing clinical psychiatrist and expert witness was further polished by skilled mentors such as Richard Rosner, M.D. from NYU and Michael Zona, M.D. from the University of Southern California.