Laura Elder MD

Dr. Laura Elder grew up in Ohio. She graduated from Miami University with a B.A. in Zoology and then went on to get her M.D. from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine. She completed her psychiatric training at the University of North Carolina and the University of Pittsburgh. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Elder has over 35 years of experience in treating patients with psychiatric disorders. She had her own practice in Dallas, TX for 20 years, and then moved to Tampa, FL where she worked at the VA and taught at the University Of South Florida Department Of Psychiatry. Dr. Elder was awarded the Distinguished Life Fellowship by the American Psychiatric Association for her contributions to psychiatry in clinical care, teaching, and administration.  Prior to coming to Matthews-Vu Medical Group she worked at AspenPointe.

Dr. Elder felt called to the practice of psychiatry. She is very passionate about treating the whole person, and believes that good mental health is achieved not only through treating the disorder but also through strong connections with others and healthful diet, exercise, and sleep.  She offers genetic testing to those who have had difficulty finding the right antidepressant medication.

Dr. Elder, her husband, and their four cats moved to Colorado Springs to be near family.  She enjoys spending time with family, reading, cooking, visiting our beautiful national parks, hiking, photography, and painting.