Psychiatrists are physicians that have specific training in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illnesses. They have a degree in medicine (MD) and as such can prescribe medications. Psychologists and licensed counselors have specific training in conducting psychotherapy and administering psychological tests, but they are not able to prescribe medications.
We are located at 604 N. Bell Ave, Denton, TX 76209. If you are using a GPS device, it may be helpful to type in 614 N. Bell Ave, Denton, TX. We are located right across from the Denton Civic Center pool, south of the TWU campus. Look for the CASA sign in the yard of the office complex. Please call us at 940-448-0304 if you need further directions.
Non- clinical staff office hours are Monday to Thursday 9-4pm and Fridays 9-3pm. Dr. Aponte’s schedule varies so please contact the office for more information.
We do not have evening or weekend appointments.
Dr. Aponte sees adults and kids ages 18 to 65. For our younger patients, we recommend evaluations with a child and adolescent psychiatrist. For our older patients, we recommend a geriatric psychiatrist. The counselors in the practice do see patients of all ages. Please contact the office for additional information.
Dr. Aponte specializes in mood disorders, like depression and bipolar disorder; anxiety disorders, like panic disorder and PTSD; and Attention Deficit Disorders.
We have information for area specialists that we can provide at your request. You can also contact your insurance provider or primary care physician for resources and referrals.
- Substance abuse treatments, such as methadone or suboxone.
- Inpatient treatment.
- Treatment with injectable medications, such as Risperdal Consta or Haldol Decanoate.
- Neuropsychiatric testing.
- Disability evaluations (short term or long term disability, FMLA leave from work, or social security disability).
- Court evaluations or appearances / legal letters of medical opinions
Please bring your new patient paperwork filled out prior to your appointment. The forms are located on our website. If you are not able to print/complete the paperwork prior to your appointment, please arrive 20-30 minutes prior to your appointment time.
You can download the new patient paperwork from our Forms & Documents section.
New patient appointments are 40-45 minutes. Medication management/follow up appointments are 20-30 minutes depending on your condition.
Please contact us at 940-448-0304 as soon as possible. We understand traffic delays and emergencies happen and we will do our best to accommodate you. Please understand that such accommodations may include rescheduling your appointment if the doctor’s schedule for the rest of the day is full. Because we highly value your time, if you show up late for your appointment you’ll only be seen for the remainder of the time left on your appointment. This will prevent the doctor from running behind on the schedule and taking time away from the patients that are scheduled after you.
Cancellation of appointments must be made with 24 business hours advance notice. Saturdays and Sundays are not considered business hours. If you have to cancel your appointment within 24 hours or don’t show up to the appointment, there is a cancellation/no show fee. These fees are not billable to your insurance company and need to be paid prior to your next visit.
As a courtesy to our patients, we make every attempt to contact you prior to your appointment to remind you of your upcoming visit. However, you will still be responsible for your appointment/fees if we are not able to reach you during our reminder call/email.
Please ask your pharmacy to send an electronic refill request. This is the easiest and fastest way to get your medications and it should be your first call. Please allow 48 business hours for medication refills that are requested during regular office hours. Refills will not be answered on weekends or holidays. The only medications that cannot be refilled or prescribed electronically are Schedule II and IV controlled substances (i.e. ADD/ADHD, sleep, and anxiety medications, etc.), which require paper prescriptions. Because we understand how important it is to avoid stopping your medications abruptly, we recommend keeping a close eye on your medications and requesting your refills in a timely manner.
Refills requested after regular business hours, on weekends or holidays will be promptly answered on the next business day.
Unfortunately, the doctor will not be able to refill medications for patients that have not been seen for an evaluation.
The doctor is only able to refill the psychiatric medications that she is managing for you.
These are prescriptions for controlled substances, like stimulants to treat ADD. These prescriptions have to be written on a monthly basis and cannot be refilled or called in to the pharmacy for you. If you need a refill of your C2 medication, please contact the office for information.
Contact us at the office during regular business hours. If your emergency occurs outside of our regular business hours, please go to your nearest ER, call 911 or the Emergency Hotline 972-233-2233.
Dr. Aponte does not hold admitting privileges at local area hospitals. In case of an emergency or if your condition requires hospitalization or crisis intervention, you will be referred to the local emergency room for care and evaluation by the inpatient psychiatrist.
Testing is available. Please contact the office for more information.
Your visit fees will depend on your insurance coverage and may change throughout the year. This is secondary to updates in insurance fees/coverage/ deductibles (if you carry insurance) or the type of visit you are scheduled for with the doctor. If you do not have insurance, please contact the office for information on fee for service rates.
The doctor currently accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance. If you have a different insurance carrier, we will be happy to provide you with a detailed receipt so you can file it with your insurance yourself. We would be considered an out of network provider for insurance plans other than Blue Cross Blue Shield. It would be helpful to check with your insurance company prior to scheduling an appointment to confirm that the reimbursement amount will be acceptable to you. Contact the “members” number located on the back of your insurance card for additional information. It is important for all Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) members to verify with their insurance whether their Mental Health Benefits are managed by BCBS or a different carrier. This information is not readily available to our staff. Since Dr. Aponte is only in network with BCBS, any mental health services sub-contracted out to another insurance carrier will be considered out of network and will need to be paid in full.
Dr. Aponte is not a Medicare or Medicaid provider.
We accept cash and checks. Credit cards are accepted for payments over $150. Some FSA cards are not compatible with our credit card system. We recommend having an alternate form of payment just in case. We will supply you with a detailed receipt that can be submitted to your FSA for reimbursement.
You may call the office directly or you may fill out website form if you feel comfortable for faster service.
We consider insurance, age, and need, and pair you with the most experienced best fit.