Dr. Denise McDermott, M.D. is a medical doctor. She completed her Adult Psychiatry residency at Emory University and her Child Psychiatry fellowship at University of California Los Angeles and was acting Chief Fellow.

She treats children, adolescents and adults and has > 40,000 hours of clinical expertise in her private practice since 2001. Her goal is to empower her patients and their families to live their best life possible.

Dr. McDermott received the “Outstanding Physician Award” at UCLA (2000). She was President of the Southern California Psychiatric Society and guest lecturer at UCLA.

As an integrative psychiatrist her absolute passion is bridging science, spirituality and psychiatry which inspired her to launch an educational mental health website DrDeniseMD.com (2016) now reaching a global audience > 100,000 on all social media platforms (@drdenisemd).

She is author of “Mental Heath and How to Thrive,” and reaches an international audience with her blog.

Dr. McDermott was honored to be guest speaker at the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan Medical Society Fall 2018 lecturing on “Nurturing Children’s Mental Health.”

She produces and hosts her podcast show The Dr. Denise Show (~40K downloads) in which she interviews scholars, mental health advocates, athletes and other influencers.

Dr. Denise is a contributor to the revolutionary spiritual media  “Mind Dive” App created by Michel Pascal and includes Deepak Chopra, Gary Schwartz, Eben Alexander and other luminaries devoted to bridging science, psychology and spirituality.

In 2019 Dr. Denise was the health and wellness expert involved creating 30 wellness challenges for the United Kingdom based  Elomi Lingerie LiveLimitless Campaign to inspire women to love, honor and embrace their beauty and to promote body positivity!

Dr. Denise received “Best of 2020” Adult and Child Psychiatrist Redondo Beach and was honored as Top 100 Health and Fitness Influencer.

In April 2020 she  launched the talk show “KEEP IT REAL” with professional basketball player Jarnell Stokes, Emmy Award winning news reporter Cathleen O’Toole and Katherine Axiotis associate producer (Previous Content Marketing Producer Gaia, Inc)!

In October 2020 she founded Ascension Media and launched “The Ascension” series and The Dr. Denise Show is now also part of MHNRN which reaches > 190 countries.She is honored to be the  Creative Minds Advisor for the Hollywood Creative Academy founded by Matt Coleman.

Her intentions are  “in motion” and 2021 started out strong with Dr. Denise giving tips on sticking to your New Year’s resolutions on News Nation.

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 Ascension Media Press Release

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Keep It Real Sizzle 

Ascension In Motion 2021

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She is a proud Mom to her charismatic 12 year old son who is truly her biggest teacher in this lifetime!


Dr. Denise shares her best Tips, Myths and Facts on the most popular topics in Adult and Child Psychiatry today. Her unique Integrative approach focuses on wellness – not you or your child’s illness.

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