The Moore Counseling Center was incorporated by D. Gant Ward, Ph.D., in September of 2006, nine months after he was first licensed as a psychologist. Dr. Ward began as a one-man organization answering the phone, filing paper insurance claims, hand-writing notes, scheduling appointments, and seeing a few patients in what time was left over. As his caseload grew, in November of 2006 he renovated a large closet in his two-office suite at the Moore Medical Center to accommodate his first employee. A secretary was hired to assume many of the clerical duties, which allowed him more time to further grow the practice.
In January of 2007, Dr. Ward filled the empty office in his suite with his first clinician employee. Due to consistently high patient satisfaction, the Moore Counseling Center continued to grow, leading to Dr. Ward’s decision in January of 2008 to expand into a five-office suite across the street from the hospital in the Classen Center. Dr. Ward hired his first postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Jennifer L. Morris, Ph.D., in September of 2008 to begin an autism program, having recognized a strong need for such specialized services in the state. Dr. Ward continued to add doctoral-level providers to his clinical staff, eventually filling the five-office suite with the highest trained mental health professionals in the state.
After nearly a year of turning away business due to all five Moore Counseling Center psychologists having maxed-out their caseloads, Dr. Ward made the decision to buy a piece of commercial property and to build his own state-of-the-art facility from the ground up. Ground was broken at 1044 SW 4th Street in May of 2012.
Dr. Ward hired three additional Ph.D. providers, a nurse practitioner to run the medication clinic, and a PCIT specialist. The Office Staff was expanded to include a full-time office manager and her full-time assistant office manger. Dr. Ward also had the wherewithal to hire his wife, Sara Ward, away from her 10-year management position in the corporate world to run the business operations of the Moore Counseling Center.
Today, the Moore Counseling Center has delivered services to over 6,000 patients, employs 14 individuals full-time, 4 individuals part-time, and continues to expand its mental health services for the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area.