Dr. Richard Gestring founded Empower Psych Centers in 2015 with the goal to break down barriers that prevent mental health and substance abuse treatment, and to empower those who otherwise might not get the help they need. By acknowledging the broad spectrum of issues within the field, he strives to provide the most up-to-date evidence-based treatments along with tailoring an individualized plan to help with their struggles and begin moving towards a more adaptive future. Dr. Gestring and his staff are determined to empower individuals by giving them the tools and support to strive, progress and ultimately maintain recovery.

Dr. Gestring graduated with his Doctor of Medicine in 2009 from American University of Antigua College of Medicine, then completed his residency with Vidant Medical Center at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine in 2014.

His interests in the mental health field originate from his life experiences, including his deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Sergeant (retired) in the US-Army. Currently while maintaining his private practice, Dr. Gestring also provides treatment at Harris House Treatment and Recovery Center and CenterPointe Hospital.

Board Certification- 

Certified Buprenorphine Physician by SAMHSA

Alicia joined the Empower Psych team in 2017 to fulfill her passion of helping others while maintain her strong business skills.  She has the valued ability to build a strong rapport with each patient and embraces each day with compassion and professionalism. 

Alicia graduated from the University of Missouri St. Louis with dual majors in Business Administration & Business Communications and dual minors in Marketing & Psychology. During her education, Alicia received her insurance license, in health and life coverage, allowing her to broaden her experience as a benefits and reimbursement specialist.

In collaboration with Dr. Richard Gestring, Alicia can provide monthly injections of Vivitrol (Naltrexone IM) to the patients who are receiving continued treatment and support with our providers. Alicia can assist in medical administration, follow-up visits, insurance issues, and any prior authorizations.


Crystal joined the Empower Psych team in 2019 and is the smiling face you see when you walk through the door. “I got in the medical field because I love helping others. It is a great feeling knowing you have made an impact on someone’s life.” Her duties and responsibilities are not only booking patients for appointments with our health care providers, but also ensuring our patients receive the best care and treatment. Crystal is very passionate about helping her community and she ensures that each patient will have a welcoming and comfortable experience.

Richard Gestring, M.D.

Crystal Hackett - Receptionist 

Alicia Clayton - Office Manager & Vivitrol Administrator 

555 N New Ballas Road. Suite 220

St. Louis, Missouri 63141

+1 (314) 200-2628


​​Are you accepting new patients?

- At this time we are not accepting new patients.