Dr. Denise McDermott, M.D. is a medical doctor, podcast host, producer, author and paradigm progression pioneer.

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 for nearly a decade to teach others how to set up a successful psychiatric private practice.

She is passionate about bridging science, spirituality and mental wellness which inspired her to launch an educational mental health website DrDeniseMD.com (2016) now reaching a global audience > 150,000 on all social media platforms (@drdenisemd).

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

Dr. McDermott was honored to be guest speaker at the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan Medical Society Fall 2018 in Dharamshala, India lecturing on “Nurturing Children’s Mental Health.” In Spring of 2019 she shared this experience as in an educational series at the Wayfarer’s Chapel in Palos Verdes, California.

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. She is Creative Minds Advisor to the Hollywood Creative Academy.

She produces and hosts her award winning podcast  The Dr. Denise Show (75 K downloads) in which she interviews scholars, mental health advocates, athletes and other influencers.

October 2020 she founded Ascension Media   an expansion of her trans media collaborations and intentions.

During the heart of the pandemic she co-produced The Ascension carve out series of The Dr. Denise Show with Cathleen O’Toole & other paradigm progression pioneers to offer listeners hope, comfort and unity when WE all needed it the most.

Fall of 2021 she strategically launched carve out series within her Dr. Denise Show podcast: The Creative Minds Series, Diva Discussions, Embrace Your Neurostyle and Beyond.

In January 2022 an additional series, “On Staying Sane with Cathleen O’Toole” was birthed with hopes of offering tips, tools and mindful ingestion of the media and our environment.

Blubrry Podcaster of the Month March 2022

The Dr. Denise Show Sizzle 

 Ascension Media Press Release

The Ascension Press Release

On Alchemy Sizzle Reel

Keep It Real Sizzle 

Ascension In Motion 2021

Ascension Media 

 New Year’s resolutions on News Nation.2021

She is a proud Mom to her charismatic teen son, 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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