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Dr. Carrie Parente

About Carrie Parente

Dr. Carrie Parente is a board-certified general adult psychiatrist. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Public Policy Analysis at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. She attended medical school at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN. She then completed a general psychiatry residency at the University of Minnesota where she was chief resident during her final year.

During residency, Dr. Parente obtained intensive psychotherapy training and cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, group therapy, supportive therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. She finds her therapy training to be essential to her clinical practice. She has been practicing in private practice in Wayzata for fifteen years and has worked at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Medical Center and First Street Center in Waconia.

Everyone needs a direction, once in a while.

Dr. Parente’s treatment approach is to work closely with her patients in order to understand their concerns and develop a comprehensive treatment plan to address their unique situation. This treatment plan may consist of a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes as indicated. She believes that treatment cannot be successful without trust and collaboration between her and her patients.


2004-2005 Chief Resident, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2001-2005 Resident, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1999-2001 M.D., Medicine, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

1997-1999 Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland (1997-1999).

1989 M.S., Public Policy Analysis, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.

1988 B.A., Psychology, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.


American Psychiatric Association
2003 – present, Fellow

Minnesota Psychiatric Society
2003 – present, member


Anxiety Disorder
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Binge Eating Disorder
Bipolar Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder
Substance Abuse
Compulsive Disorders
Grief Management
High Risk Behaviors
Life Transitions
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-Partum Depression
Relationship Issues
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Serious And Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI)
Sleep Issues
Stress Management
Traumatic Loss
Women’s Issues





Chanhassen, MN


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Interpersonal Therapy
Supportive Psychotherapy

Meet the team

Our clinical team is diverse and in keeping with our vision this allows for choice. We merge personal background and experience, education, creativity, and passion into a professional vision: commitment to diversity in both theory and practice. We make every effort to assign clinicians with respect to a client’s and/or family’s therapeutic and cultural needs.

Think of us as your cheerleaders on the sidelines. You've seen it, the smile, the simple nod of the head. Small gestures that say: we understand, we are listening and we are here for you. That's who we are.