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Joel Last, MD


Dr. Last is a psychiatrist who is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and has been practicing psychiatry in Western Pennsylvania since 1991. He has his own full-time practice and has for the past ten years. Prior to that, Dr. Last has been affiliated with Excela Health, and has been on staff at Latrobe, Westmoreland, Jeanette, and Frick Hospitals. He has also served as the Director of Psychiatric Services for over ten years at Cove Forge.

Dr. Last uses natural remedies as well in his approach to wellbeing and recovery. He has used the Serenity Prayer as the basis for helping clients deal with anxiety and depression. He has over 20 years of experience in treating adolescents and those with drug and alcohol/co-occurring issues.

Dr. Last completed his residency in Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., in 1990. His training in psychiatry spans the spectrum from the biological approaches to the treatment of mental health, to the Freudian based psychoanalytic approaches. Prior to completing medical school, Dr. Last was a practicing pharmacist for three years at Children’s Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, which gives him an excellent background in the use of medications.

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Marks of Quality Care
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • Glasser Quality Organization
  • Pennsylvania Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs
  • The Jason Foundation