An Elevated Experience

Dr. Kannaday believes that working with a psychiatrist goes beyond medical care. It should be therapeutic and productive, never intimidating; trust is vital. She strives to be available not only to hear, but to help

Your mental health is the top priority; you won’t wait months for a rushed appointment. When you walk in the door, you are granted solace, guaranteed privacy, and given abundant time dedicated to your care. 

Dr. Kannaday is eager to involve you in your own care, helping you understand both the why and the how of your treatment plan. 

For Referrals or to request an appointment with Dr. Kannaday, please call 803-592-6003 or fax 803-677-1424. In the event of an emergency, please call 911.

Melissa H. Kannaday, M.D.

General Psychiatrist Specializing in Medication Management & Psychotherapy in Columbia, SC

Dr. Melissa Harris Kannaday is Board Certified in General Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is highly experienced in acute adult inpatient and outpatient psychiatry, including psychopharmacological medication management and psychotherapy, in addition to the treatment of women’s mental health. Dr. Kannaday has previously served as the medical director of a psychiatric hospital and the director and treating psychiatrist of a partial hospitalization & intensive outpatient program. 

Dr. Kannaday has been pursuing her passion of outpatient psychiatry since 2014, combining her psychotherapy specialty with exceptional medication management.

Highly sought-after as an expert in her field, Dr. Kannaday is known equally for her warmth and compassion. Dr. Kannaday earned her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and her M.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. She is published in Current Psychiatry Reports, International Journal of Eating Disorders, & Hot Topics in Neurology and Psychiatry.

Areas of Special Interest

Major Depressive Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Eating Disorders

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Grief and Loss

Relationship Issues

Postpartum Depression

Clinical Services and Fees

Dr. Kannaday does not participate in any insurance plans in order to provide a highly personalized, confidential, therapeutic experience that is impossible within the confines placed by insurance companies. She believes it is important that you are given time to share your symptoms and stressors without feeling rushed or pressured. As a result, an appropriate treatment plan can be formulated with you at each visit, and you are met with an elevated care experience.
Initial Psychiatric Evaluation

90 minutes

A comprehensive review of your current symptoms, personal history, and your goals for treatment. We will discuss and implement a personalized treatment plan.

Second Visit

45 minutes

An extended visit to evaluate progress following your initial treatment.

Subsequent Visits

30-50 minutes

Medication management & therapy. Fee based on your needs and treatment goals.


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