Dr Schenk qualified as a medical doctor in 1992 and has worked as a consultant psychiatrist in South Africa and the NHS services for a period of over 7 years before being appointed as a staff consultant at the Priory Hospital Southampton in 2007.
His interests in medicine and psychiatry are numerous and his experience diverse. Prior to specialising he worked as a GP with a special interest in Chronic Fatigue (ME). Dr Schenk has been in charge of biological psychiatry unit as well as a psychotherapy unit assisting those with personality difficulties. He has worked in liason psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and eating disorders in urban as well as rural settings. His work outside of the UK has also afforded him a valuable cross cultural perspective on psychiatry and has completed parts 1 and 2 of the USMLE examinations (American Medical Licencing exams). He is currently registered with the following professional bodies: General Medical Council, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Medical Protection Society, British Society for Ecological Medicine. European Society of Lifestyle Medicine (founding member), The American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
Although he has trained in and employs a biological/medical model of psychiatry he has experience in assisting individuals with non pharmacological methods as well. For those who feel they may benefit from a more holistic approach Dr Schenk can advise on nutritional, exercise, general lifestyle and other complementary methods. He strongly believes in tailoring an individual approach suited to your specific needs.
In addition to clinical work Dr Schenk enjoys lecturing medical students and MRCPsych candidates. He is also regularly requested to undertake psychiatric assessments for medicolegal purposes as well as fitness to practice hearings.