Our Providers

Trisha K. Bender, MD, ACAAP

About Me

We are so excited to have Dr. Bender join our team to serve the kids of our community! She started her career in child and adolescent psychiatry as an officer in the U.S. Army. Dr. Bender served in the 25th Infantry Division as the Behavioral Health advisor to the CG and as a Deputy Inspector General for Behavioral Health concerns during her tour in Iraq. Additionally, she supported the re-establishment of the Tikrit, Iraq, teaching hospital as an academic professor. After serving her country, she began her civilian career as a child and adolescent psychiatrist.

Dr. Bender is a Pierce County master gardener and besides gardening, she enjoys horseback riding, hiking, and traveling with her school-aged daughter.


  • Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science in genetics, Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas.)

  • Medical School: University of Arkansas Medical School (Little Rock, Ark.)

  • Residency: Tripler Army Medical Center ( Hawaii); Psychiatry Residency

  • Fellowship: Tripler Army Medical Center (Hawaii); Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

Languages Spoken

  • English

Days Available

Monday – Friday