Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
My name is Dr. Ann Kledzik, and I joined Axon Health Associates in 2013. I first became interested in Psychology and Psychiatry during my undergraduate years at Indiana University, where I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry with a Minor in Psychology.
After graduating from college, I was accepted at Indiana University School of Medicine. As part of medical school training, we rotate through different specialties, and I particularly enjoyed the Psychiatry clerkship during my third year. This clerkship focused on working with adults who struggled with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. Because of my enjoyment of this rotation, I chose several special electives during my fourth year of medical school to focus on the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric mental health difficulties.
By the end of medical school, I had developed a love of working with children and their families, but I had difficulty narrowing down my area of focus. I was fortunate to be accepted into a combined residency, allowing me to receive specialized training in Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry. I enjoyed all three specialties while in residency, but I felt that my Child Psychiatry rotations were the ones that called to me most strongly.
I graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine’s Triple Board program in 2009 and received board certification for Adult Psychiatry in 2010 and Child Psychiatry in 2011. I am board eligible in Pediatrics, and I am grateful to have received specialized medical training in this field, since there is a close relationship between physical symptoms and mental health symptoms in children and adolescents.
I was able to explore this connection between physical and mental health difficulties while working at Riley Hospital as the Consult-Liaison Psychiatry medical director. I worked with children with chronic medical issues and their families as they coped with hospitalizations and treatment for their medical conditions. I also formed a clinic in the Hematology-Oncology department to treat children with mental health concerns that are often related to cancer treatment, such as depression and cognitive issues.
I have enjoyed working in Dr. Dalton’s practice, Axon Health Associates, where we focus on diagnosis and treatment, using the most recent evidence-based studies. My special areas of interest are working with children and adolescents with ADHD, disruptive behavior, depression and anxiety.
When I am not at work, I enjoy reading, traveling, and spending time with my husband and three children.