Dr. Toy is a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist who works with patients who struggle with depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Furthermore, Dr. Toy has a particular interest in patients who suffer from neuropsychiatric conditions such as traumatic brain injury and psychiatric sequelae of conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and stroke.
He has always been fascinated by the human brain and brain health since he took his first neuroscience course in college. Dr. Toy views the brain as the most precious and complex organ and he remains excited to learn about how it both functions and conversely, malfunctions. He initially began training as a neurologist but realized he missed the unique, patient-centered approach to the clinical care of the mind that is offered in psychiatry, and so, his path training in psychiatry began. He sees psychiatry as the final frontier in modern medicine and is thankful to enter this journey with each individual patient.
Dr. Toy views his relationship with each patient as a partnership. The patient-doctor relationship is a shared decision-making process that will facilitate an individually tailored approach to achieve optimal mental health. He uses a holistic approach and considers biological, psychological, and social aspects of a client’s life to determine the best treatment paradigms. His ultimate goal is to help guide an individual patient to find his or her path for achieving optimal mental health.
He believes that both esketamine nasal spray and TMS are promising therapies that are helping psychiatrists provide robust effects for depression in relation to both speed and clinical efficacy. Given that antidepressants often take several weeks to work and will not work for every patient, it is exciting to know that, with these therapies, psychiatry is beginning to challenge what is currently possible for patients.
He joins Mindful Health Solutions in the Summer of 2021.
Dr. Toy has enjoyed ice hockey since growing up on the East Coast, playing hockey competitively up to college. He plans to get back on the ice one day. He enjoys all travel, and especially to Turkey, where, being a first-generation Turkish-American, he can see extended family and indulge in the food and culture. In his free time, he stays fit, hikes as often as he is able, and likes to read all genres of books, from philosophy to finance.
Dr. Toy received his Bachelor of Arts in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
After completing his undergraduate degree, he received his Master’s in Medical Science from Boston University of Medicine, and subsequently, matriculated to the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he was awarded his medical degree.
Both before and during his time in medical school, Dr. Toy remained very active in research. He worked in the lab of Paul Mathews, Ph.D., conducting research related to vaccines aimed to treat Alzheimer’s Disease at the Nathan Kline Institute/ NYU School of Medicine and also worked in the lab of Barry Kosofsky MD, PhD in the Department of Pediatric Neurology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, studying the effects of cocaine on neural development. Finally, he also spent time in a lab at NYU School of Medicine to better understand the neurobiology of depression in mice.
For his residency training, he completed an internship in internal medicine at Georgetown MedStar Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. During his internship, he gained experience in all aspects of patient care related to internal medicine, critical care, oncology, and neurology, among other areas of medicine.
He then completed a second year of residency training in Neurology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering. He learned to diagnose, treat, and address psychosocial factors related to diseases such as stroke, dementia, epilepsy, and other neuropsychiatric conditions.
Recognizing his passion for fostering a working patient-doctor relationship, he pursued a residency in Psychiatry at Boston University Medical Center. The program, recognized for its strengths in serving diverse cultural, racial, and socioeconomic communities provided a strong foundation in Addiction Psychiatry, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Cross-Cultural and Community Psychiatry, and Psychiatry Services. He acquired skills and experience in all areas of psychiatric practice, ranging from advocacy to psychopharmacology to psychodynamic psychotherapy. During his residency, he provided psychiatric care at the Boston Medical Center and Boston Veteran Affairs Administration, serving children, teens, and adults with a wide variety of needs and a diversity of backgrounds. After completing his residency, he took a position at the Orlando Veteran Affairs Administration treating military veterans who suffer from mental health conditions as a telepsychiatrist treating many veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Substance Abuse Disorder.
He is currently completing his Master’s in Public Health in Epidemiology/Biostatistics & Pharmaceutical Development and Delivery from the Boston University School of Public Health, gaining more skills in pharmaceutical development, delivery, policies, and programs, and preventative care.
He presently serves as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Central Florida in addition to his private telepsychiatry practice.
Jackson, A., Blaney, D Jr., Toy, O., Buczek, J,P., Borba, C. (n.d, ). Substance-Induced Anxiety and Co-Occurring Anxiety Disorders. (Substance Use and the Acute Psychiatric Patient: Emergency Management.). New York, NY: Springer International. December 2019
Toy, O., Boyle, E., & Delisi, L. (n.d.). Inflammatory mechanisms, the immune system and psychiatric illness. (Landmark Papers in Psychiatry.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. January 2019
“Psychosis in a Young Woman with Multiple Sclerosis.” Ozan Toy. American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, California. May 18, 2019 (In Press)
“Your Liver is Fine, But What is Causing Your High Ammonia Levels? (Valproic acid-induced hyperammonemia)” Muharem Yunce, Ozan Toy, Charmian Sittambalam. American College of Physicians Meeting. Baltimore, Maryland. May 26, 2016
Toy, O., Bogdasarian, R., and Etienne, M. Consequences of Sub-Concussion and Concussion in Male Ice Hockey Players. Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation, and Ergonomics. 2014 Aug; 4(2-3): 32-45
Toy, O., Amladi, A.. (2014, Feb 3rd). A Mind Based Approach to Addiction Treatment. In-Training Digital Magazine- Opinions Section
Toy, O., Berkowitz, A., Etienne, M (2014). A Summary of CNS Injuries Associated with the Sport of Ice Hockey. (Sports Injuries: Prevention, Management, and Risk Factors). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.
Pedraza, J. D., Ivanov, I., Toy, O., & Newcorn, J. (2012). Functional Genetic Variations and their Role in Aggressive Behavior in the Context of Disruptive Behavior Disorders. (Vol. 95, Advances in Psychology Research.). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science.
“Cognitive Function and Mental Health Screening in Geriatric Primary Care Setting”. Ozan Toy, James Ackerman, Samantha Conroy, Jen Chao, Mike Farretta. 1st Prize -The Commonwealth Medical College Research Day. Scranton, PA. May 10th, 2012.