Expert Forensic Psychiatry & Competency Evaluations

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Having a thorough and intelligent forensic psychiatrist is vital when working with complex civil and criminal cases, and with each state having their own restrictions and legal proceedings, an experienced psychiatrist will make a big difference in supporting a case.

Clay Pavlis, M.D., Psychiatrist
Christopher Davidson, M.D., Psychiatrist

Clay Pavlis, M.D., Psychiatrist

Dr. Clay Pavlis has been supporting legal professionals in counties all over South Dakota, and is recognized for his unbiased, knowledgeable, and professional evaluations. Hand-chosen as the Psychiatrist for South Dakota’s 22-member Task Force on Community Justice and Mental Illness Early Intervention, which convened in 2016 to improve the state’s criminal justice system relating to individuals with mental health issues, Dr. Pavlis is recognized by many attorneys and legal professionals because of his acute understanding of the legal process and thorough medical evaluations and medical record reviews.

As an accomplished mental health psychiatrist with years of experience providing mental health care in correctional facilities, Dr. Pavlis provides complete medical record reviews, consultations, and expert witness testimony in civil and criminal cases, combining medical knowledge and experience to answer difficult legal questions accurately and fairly.

Dr. Pavlis has worked with a number of different counties across South Dakota, including Pennington County, Hughes County, Brown County, Brookings County, Minnehaha County, Codington County, and Faulk County. His criminal work has including evaluation of criminal competencies, assessment of mental illness, assessments of insanity plea, and both juvenile and adult sentencing options relating to mental health care. Licensed in South Dakota and Minnesota, with North Dakota in-process, Dr Pavlis also welcomes forensic telehealth evaluations.

Christopher Davidson, M.D., Psychiatrist

Dr. Christopher Davidson attended medical school and completed his general psychiatry residency at University of South Dakota School of Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry, the American Board of Addiction Medicine in Addiction Medicine, and the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry.

Dr. Davidson has extensive experience working with adults and children, including correctional facility psychiatric care and addiction treatment, and is known for his depth of knowledge and level of influence in a variety of scholarly journals.

Dr. Davidson has specific interests in neuropsychiatric manifestations of medical disorders, forensic psychiatry, scholarly pursuits, and multidimensional wellness. Licensed in Minnesota and Iowa, with South Dakota and Florida in-process, Dr. Davidson welcomes forensic evaluations via telehealth.

A good forensic psychiatrist will offer written witness testimony that will often prevent the case from even getting called to trial, and if an attorney needs a key mental health witness, Dr. Pavlis & Dr. Davidson are the well-spoken, level-headed psychiatrists that they hope for. They each have a broad range of forensic experience and welcome every new case with enthusiasm, working through every aspect with a thorough process.

Attorneys that are looking for psychiatric consultation, licensed professionals who are involved in a malpractice suit or licensing board investigation, or individuals seeking information about psychological assessments including Testamentary Capacity evaluations, Competency to Stand Trial (CST), and independent medical exams may contact MWI at and we will provide you with the information you need or connect you to Dr. Pavlis or Dr. Davidson. If you wish to get a free quote for services, you may also contact Kyle Korver, CEO, at 507-220-1585.

Independent Psychiatric Evaluations

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Dr. Pavlis, MWI’s Chief Medical Director and Psychiatrist, is experienced in providing independent psychiatric evaluations for Veteran’s Affairs (VA) services, always striving to offer an unbiased, knowledgeable, and professional evaluation. We schedule quickly and provide reports in a timely manner.

Dr. Pavlis provides psychiatric evaluations including PTSD and TBI regularly to our nation’s heroes and workforce through our contract partner, QTC. You may also contact us at 605-573-2000 to schedule an evaluation or for more information, or email us at

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