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Georgia Gaveras, DO

Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Georgia Gaveras holds the position of Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer at Talkiatry. She is triple board-certified in child and adolescent psychiatry, adult psychiatry, and addiction medicine. She has been practicing for over 18 years.

Dr. Gaveras’s practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Gaveras may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.

She received her medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, ME, before moving back to NY to complete her residency at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital. After completing training, she remained and worked with dually-diagnosed adolescents at the Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Education Service (CARES) before becoming the Director of Training and Education for the Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals. She was then the associate director of child and adolescent emergency psychiatry at Cohen Children’s Medical Center before becoming the Director of the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn.

Dr. Gaveras has held academic appointments at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, Zucker School of Medicine, and SUNY Downstate Medical College. In addition, she has appeared in numerous professional publications and authored several research papers.

In addition to general, child, and adolescent psychiatry, Dr. Gaveras is also board-certified in addiction medicine and trained in the Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions Service (EDCAS) program at the William Alanson White Institute. She completed her undergraduate studies at New York University. While having treated a wide variety of patients, her primary clinical focus has been in treating adolescents and young adults with co-occurring substance use disorders.

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Ilisse Perlmutter, MD

Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Illise Perlmutter is the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Talkiatry. She is double board-certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry.

Before joining Talkiatry, Dr. Perlmutter was the Chair of Behavioral Health and Addiction Services at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. Prior to Bergen New Bridge, she was the Director of Inpatient Psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center-Wakefield, in New York. Over 35 years, Dr. Perlmutter has held numerous leadership roles with some of the largest hospital systems in the New York Metro Area.

Dr. Perlmutter is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has received awards for her contributions both locally and nationally. Dr. Perlmutter was included in Castle Connolly’s “America’s Top Doctors” list from 2006-2011 and 2017, as well as “Best Doctors in America” from 2009-2012.

Dr. Perlmutter received her MD from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. After an internship in pediatrics, she completed a residency in Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Medical Center followed by a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Perlmutter has held leadership roles in several academic institutions and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Perlmutter has authored numerous publications and research articles and has lectured and presented extensively on clinical, epidemiologic, and psychopharmacologic issues in child and adolescent psychiatry. She has made frequent media appearances addressing topical issues in Disaster Psychiatry in the course of her work in Disaster Psychiatry Outreach.

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Cheryl Person, MD

Director of Clinical Quality

Dr. Cheryl Person is the National Director of Clinical Quality at Talkiatry. She is board certified in general adult psychiatry and has been in practice for 20 years.

Dr. Person focuses on medication management but believes that is only part of successful treatment. She will spend her time providing motivational interviewing or supportive therapy, and believes it is often critical to have a therapist as part of the treatment team.

Dr. Person received her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. She completed her psychiatric residency at Johns Hopkins as well as a psychiatric epidemiology fellowship at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus on disaster mental health. After relocating to Texas in 2010 she worked as Director of Psychiatric Services of a large safety-net hospital in Houston. Prior to Talkiatry, she most recently was the executive director/chief physician of a large university student health center and campus pharmacy.

In addition to adult psychiatry, Dr. Person has worked extensively with victims of acute trauma and her primary focus is on working with patients who have anxiety and mood disorders.




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Cesar De Paz, MD

Chief Psychiatrist, Texas

Dr. De Paz received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX, and has been practicing for 9 years. He completed his psychiatric residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training at the University of Texas Medical Branch. After completing training, he worked at the Center for Health Care Services in San Antonio, TX. He worked with special needs children and adults who required the highest level of care both behaviorally and medically. He then continued his treatment of children and young adults at CommuniCare Health Center also in San Antonio. He served as Director of Behavioral Health for CommuniCare for 4 years.

Dr. De Paz completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology and Biology at the University of Houston in Houston, TX. While having treated a wide variety of patients, his primary clinical focus has been the treatment of ADHD in children and adults and working the special needs children and adults who may have Autism Spectrum Disorder or other Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities.

Dr. De Paz's practice focuses on medication management. He offers medication management evaluations and follow-up visits. If the need arises, he works with licensed therapists to provide behavioral support.

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Edgar Hernandez, MD

Chief Psychiatrist, Washington D.C.

Dr. Edgar I. Hernandez is board certified in Adult Psychiatry. He has been practicing for over 10 years. His areas of interest includes psychopharmacology, interventional psychiatry, and medical education.

Dr. Hernandez’s practice focuses on medication management. He typically offers this in conjunction with supportive psychotherapy in 30-minutes follow up visits. However, Dr. Hernandez understands the importance of psychotherapy and may ask to bring in a therapist into your treatment team to provide the best care and outcome.

Dr. Hernandez received his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. While his career began in surgery, Dr. Hernandez found that his most satisfying moments came from sitting down and talking with his patients about their problems. As his interest shifted to focus on emotional health, Dr. Hernandez completed his general psychiatry residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. and then joined Kaiser Permanente where he served as the Assistant Chief of Psychiatry.

Dr. Hernandez has gained extensive experience treating various psychiatric disorders in diverse populations including minority patients, LGBTQ+ individuals, and veterans. He has focused his career in treating treatment-resistant mood disorders with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Dr. Hernandez also has a passion for the transformation of healthcare with the use of technology.




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Avreliya Shapiro, MD

Chief Psychiatrist, New York

Dr. Avreliya Shapiro is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who has been in practice for over 10 years. At the heart of Dr. Shapiro’s clinical approach is a strong emphasis on establishing trust and building a therapeutic relationship to help patients achieve their goals.

Dr. Shapiro’s practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. Occasionally, Dr. Shapiro may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.

She received her medical degree from Upstate Medical University and went on to complete her residency in psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital of Northwell Health. After completing training, Dr. Shapiro remained in Zucker Hillside Hospital, where she worked as an Attending Psychiatrist in the Adult Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic, treating patients with various psychiatric conditions.

With a strong interest in psychotherapy, Dr. Shapiro also opened a faculty practice to spend more time with patients and provide both psychotherapy and medication management. Dr. Shapiro then transitioned to working at Maimonides Medical Center as a Staff Psychiatrist in their Adult Outpatient Clinic. She also worked in the Maimonides Psychiatric Emergency Room, consulting on patients who presented with acute psychiatric symptoms.

Dr. Shapiro has held academic appointments at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and SUNY Downstate Medical Center and has spent most of her professional career supervising and teaching medical students and psychiatry residents.

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Angela Shields, MD

Chief Psychiatrist, Tennessee

Dr. Angela Shields is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with over 10 years of experience. Dr. Shields’ clinical expertise includes treating adults with depression, anxiety, PTSD,  and bipolar disorder.

Dr. Shields’ greatest passion is bringing healing and hopes to those experiencing stress in their lives. Dr. Shields takes an evidence-based, whole health approach to patient care and believes in meeting you “where you are” on your road to recovery. Dr. Shields will welcome you with empathy and sincerity combined with a direct approach to treatment.

Dr. Shields grew up in Gulf Breeze, FL. She obtained her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She then completed the Medical Scientist Training Program at Vanderbilt Medical School, earning both her MD and her Ph.D. in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics. Her Ph.D. research focused on stress and its role in relapse to addiction. Following a four-year residency in Psychiatry at Vanderbilt Medical Center, Dr. Shields became board certified in both General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Shields lives in Nashville, TN with her husband and two step-children. She enjoys hiking, rock climbing, reading, puzzles, and travel.

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Daniel Weiss, MD

Chief Psychiatrist, New York

Dr. Daniel Weiss is a double board-certified psychiatrist in adult and forensic psychiatry. His expertise is in diagnosing and treating psychiatric conditions, including depression and bipolar spectrum disorders, anxiety, stress and adjustment problems, insomnia, maternal mental health, OCD, and other disorders. In addition, he has extensive experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, college and graduate students, creative professionals, and a range of working adults.

Through a supportive psychopharmacologic approach, Dr. Weiss strives to provide a comfortable experience in which doctor and patient work to understand the presenting problems, reduce symptoms, and optimize functioning. In addition, Dr. Weiss encourages concurrent therapy and will communicate with that provider in a collaborative care arrangement.

Dr. Weiss previously served as an attending psychiatrist on the staff of Montefiore Medical Center and was formerly a faculty member at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Before joining Talkiatry, Dr. Weiss spent a decade working at The New School as the university’s staff psychiatrist.

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Nidhi Sharoha, DO

Associate Director of Clinical Education

Dr. Nidhi Sharoha is a double board certified psychiatrist in Psychiatry and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry. She completed her undergraduate training at Stony Brook University followed by medical school at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has completed both a Residency in Psychiatry and Fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Nassau University Medical Center.

Dr. Sharoha has held academic appointment at Stony Brook University Hospital practicing as a consultant psychiatrist as well as Associate Director of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship. She has been deeply involved in teaching throughout her years

She has a genuine interest in treating a vast array of psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, post traumatic stress disorders and obsessive compulsive and related disorders. She also has experience in treating patients with medical comorbidities and has training in issues related to women’s health.

Patients looking for a psychiatric provider will find that Dr. Sharoha has a gentle approach to diagnosis and management of her patients. She believes in the principle that body and mind are interconnected which allows her to provide comprehensive care to all of her patients.

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Brett Abernethy, MD

Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Abernethy is a board-certified psychiatrist. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He completed his internship at UT Southwestern in Dallas, and later obtained a Master's of Public Health in Epidemiology and Occupational and Environmental Health at Texas A&M. Dr. Abernethy then completed his psychiatry residency training at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center.

Post-residency, Dr. Abernethy has more than 12 years of experience practicing psychiatry in various outpatient settings including private practice and community mental health centers in both Texas and Oklahoma reaching underserved communities. He has experience treating a wide scope of mental health related symptomatology among diverse populations ranging from mood and anxiety related issues to behavioral manifestations of Autism and other developmental disorders.

Dr. Abernethy is willing to treat the younger population, and actually a majority of Dr. Abernethy's experience over the past decade has been with treating Children and Adolescents including but not limited to ADHD symptoms, conduct/behavioral related issues, anxiety, and teenage depression. However, Dr. Abernethy will accept individuals across most all age ranges.

Dr. Abernethy employs a collaborative and patient centered approach, and his practice focuses on providing medication interventions in cooperation with the individual and their specific treatment goals as deemed clinically indicated to help treat/reduce mental health related issues. Dr. Abernethy does offer supportive treatment which would usually be in conjunction with medication management services. A typical follow up visit may average 20-30 minutes. Depending on the case and severity of the issues, a separate individual or family, group counselor/therapist may also be recommended for best treatment outcomes.

Note that Talkiatry takes medication management seriously. All state-controlled substance databases are reviewed and taken into consideration during your initial evaluation, and will also be periodically reviewed throughout the treatment process.

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Zebib Abraham, MD

Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Zebib Abraham is a board-certified psychiatrist trained in Adult Psychiatry. She completed her medical training at Weill Cornell Medical College and completed psychiatry residency training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Dr. Abraham received additional training in psychoanalytic therapy at the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute. She previously worked as an assistant professor at Mount Sinai Hospital and was part of the Mount Sinai World Trade Center Program.

She has a wide range of experience in depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorders, and personality- and trauma-related disorders. Dr. Abraham's approach is holistic, collaborative, supportive, and patient-centered. She has a particular interest in incorporating awareness of marginalized identities into her psychiatric work.

Dr. Abraham incorporates therapeutic techniques into medication management visits, but occasionally, she may also recommend that you add a therapist to your care team for the best results.

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Gaurav Agarwal, MD

Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Agarwal is a board-eligible adult psychiatrist. He was elected chief resident from his residency program at the University of Central Florida. He graduated cum laude from the American University of Antigua where he obtained his medical degree and received a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California at Irvine.

Dr. Agarwal aims to create a collaborative and patient-centered treatment environment. His practice focuses on medication management. Typically, he offers this in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. He is a proponent of psychoeducation and believes it is an integral part of each treatment plan.

Dr. Agarwal has worked with a variety of patients in medical settings such as inpatient, outpatient, and consult psychiatry. His primary focus has been on treating adults with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and insomnia. He has experience treating patients suffering from medical comorbidities such as obesity, hypertension, pain, and diabetes, who also have a psychiatric illness.

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Caitilin Aguiar, MD

Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Caitlin Aguiar is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She received her medical degree from St. George's University and went on to start her residency training at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh where she was chief resident. She completed training at Northwell's Staten Island University Hospital.

Dr. Aguiar's mental health care incorporates a holistic approach while treating clients to facilitate healing and wellness. She incorporates non-pharmaceutical interventions to supplement medication management including, but not limited to, mindfulness, breathwork, CBT, DBT, and supportive therapy in 30min sessions.

While having treated a wide variety of patients, her focus during training has been treating young adults with adjustment, depressive and anxiety disorders, and ADHD. She has a passion for working with women in the perinatal period and the LGBTQIA2S+ community. Following residency, she worked at NYC's HHC Harlem Hospital as an Attending Physician in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP).

She completed her undergraduate studies at Notre Dame University.

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Oluwakemi Aje, MD

Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Aje is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, in Adult Psychiatry. She is also board certified in Lifestyle Medicine. She completed her psychiatry residency training at St Elizabeth's Hospital, Washington DC. She has practiced in various settings over her career including outpatient, consult liaison and inpatient settings. She has held leadership positions, administrative roles and enjoys teaching.

Dr. Aje served as a Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, while also working as an Attending Psychiatrist for resident doctors at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. She served as a Physician Site Lead at her next assignment and served as a Chief Resident during her residency training.

Dr. Aje believes in innovative psychiatry, and she has experience in interventional psychiatry using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. She brings with her an extensive wealth of experience using pharmacotherapy along with guidance on therapeutic interventions. The philosophy of Dr. Aje’s practice is to collaborate with patients to meet their specific needs to make an impact in various stages of their lives.

Talkiatry takes medication management seriously. All state-controlled substance databases are reviewed and taken into consideration during your initial evaluation.

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Cory Alfers, DO

Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Alfers is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in adult psychiatry. He has been practicing for over 11 years.

He completed his undergraduate education at Virginia Tech, graduating Cum Laude with degrees in Biology and Chemistry. Following graduation, he attended a research internship at the National Institutes of Health where he received a Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award. Dr. Alfers completed his medical degree from the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. He completed his General Psychiatry Residency at Georgetown University, where he served as Chief Resident. After residency, he entered private practice in McLean, VA.

Dr. Alfers takes a comprehensive approach to patient care. He integrates biological, psychological, and environmental factors into treatment planning. He focuses on developing a meaningful therapeutic relationship and providing medication interventions for specific treatment goals. Dr. Alfers provides interpersonal psychotherapy in conjunction with medication management services. Typical follow-up visits average about 20 minutes.

Dr. Alfers has a special interest in the treatment of multiple mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and OCD. Dr. Alfers treats adults ages 18 to 65 years old.

For established patients of Dr. Alfers, please call 917-634-5311 to schedule an appointment and let the care coordinator know you are an established patient.

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Courtney Allen, MD

Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Courtney Allen is double board-certified in adult and geriatric psychiatry and specializes in medication management and various psychotherapies to treat anxiety and depressive disorders. Dr. Allen completed her undergraduate studies at Spelman College and received her medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. She completed her adult psychiatry residency and geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Montefiore/Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

In addition to her interests in anxiety and depressive disorders, Dr. Allen also has a special interest in relationships and has completed a scholarly fellowship that focused on learning from some of the leaders in relationship science such as The Gottman Institute and PREP Inc. During this fellowship, she also served as a relationship coach at Montefiore Medical Center’s Supporting Healthy Relationships Program.

In her role as a psychiatrist, Dr. Allen seeks to create a safe space for her patients to feel supported while healing and figuring out how to lead a life that is fulfilling for them. To achieve this, Dr. Allen focuses on creating a strong therapeutic relationship which in turn helps to develop an effective treatment plan that will aim to address key factors that may be hindering one from their ideal level of emotional well-being. She looks forward to meeting you and helping you on your wellness journey.

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Zeynep F. Altun, MD

Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Zeynep Altun is board-certified in Psychiatry and holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Dr. Altun graduated cum laude from Istanbul University, Istanbul Medical School. She completed her residency training in Neurology and is Turkish board-certified in clinical Neurology. Subsequently, she moved to the U.S. and finished her Ph.D. in cellular Neuroscience at Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences.

Dr. Altun completed her psychiatry residency training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and after, her clinical fellowship in Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program in Columbia University Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Altun has practiced in various settings including Bellevue Hospital, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia Doctors Faculty Practice Office, Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai Morningside Hospitals.

Dr. Altun has held various academic appointments at New York University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry; New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical College Department of Psychiatry; New York State Psychiatric Institute and Mount Sinai School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. She spent most of her professional career supervising and teaching medical students, psychiatry residents and nurse practitioners.

As an adult psychiatrist, Dr. Altun has extensive theoretical knowledge of the nervous system and its disorders and more than 10 years of experience in treating various mental illnesses including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, autism-spectrum and neuropsychiatric disorders, psychiatric emergencies and crisis management as well as cognitive behavioral and supportive psychotherapy. In Columbia Doctors, she collaborated closely with the Lieber Recovery Clinic, treating young adults with various mental illnesses.

The philosophy of her practice is to collaborate with patients and work together with them so that they can lead symptom-free, productive, and stable lives.

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Jamelle Amouri, MD

Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Jamelleh Amouri is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and board-eligible child and adolescent psychiatrist who specializes in treating children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Amouri is a firm believer in early intervention, patient and family-centered care, and a holistic approach to mental health treatment. Dr. Amouri's practice focuses on medication management, which she offers in conjunction with psychotherapeutic interventions in her follow-up visits. Occasionally, Dr. Amouri may believe that additional therapy is needed to achieve the best outcome and may ask that you bring a therapist into your care team.

Dr. Amouri received her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. She then completed her general psychiatry residency training followed by a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she was selected as chief fellow. During her training, Dr. Amouri developed an interest in teaching and gave educational talks in various settings to fellow trainees, children's services case workers, school-based therapists, and individuals and families with lived experience.

Dr. Amouri has experience working with individuals of all ages, backgrounds and psychiatric conditions. Her areas of clinical interest include mood and anxiety disorders, OCD, ADHD, and trauma-related disorders.

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Chidinma Anamah, MD

Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Anamah is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist in adult and geriatric psychiatry. Dr. Anamah has been in practice for 3 years providing care for patients with varied psychopathologies in both in/outpatient setting.

Dr. Anamah received her medical degree from Abia State University in Nigeria before moving to Ireland where she started her psychiatry training as a Senior House Officer and later a Registrar with the Health Service Executive, Carlow/Killkenny & Laois/Offlay. Dr. Anamah continued her training in psychiatry after moving to the United States where she completed a residency program at Elmhurst Hospital, New York where she served as Chief Resident in her final year. She then completed a fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital.

Dr. Anamahs' practice focuses on medication management along with supportive therapy and providing psychoeducation to her patients. She promotes mental health wellness and collaborates with patients to achieve their desired goals. Occasionally Dr. Anamah may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.

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Dayana Arteaga, DO

Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Dayana Arteaga recently graduated from psychiatry residency in July 2021. She currently works as an inpatient psychiatrist in Springfield, MO Dr. Arteaga spent a large portion of her psychiatry training working in the outpatient setting, and she is very excited and looking forward to starting a new chapter working with Talkiatry.

Dr. Arteaga's practice focuses on medication management. She also offers supportive therapy to her patients. She practices evidence-based medication management and treats her patients in a compassionate and caring manner.

Dr. Dayana Arteaga received her medical degree from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma 2016. She completed part of her psychiatry residency at the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa and finished her psychiatry residency at the University of Missouri Kansas City psychiatry program in 2021, where she was able to work in the field of Forensic Psychiatry.

Dr. Arteaga focuses on treating adult patients suffering from a diversity of disorders, including major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and addiction.

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Steve Atkins, MD

Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Atkins is a staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He is board-certified in adult psychiatry and has been in practice for the past 2 years. He has received several awards for teaching and the treatment of chronically ill patients including Stony Brook University's "William Turner Award" for excellence in education and leadership.

Dr. Atkins has focused his practice primarily on medication management. He combines medication management with a therapeutic style that is a blend of supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing. Follow‐up appointments with Dr. Atkins typically last 20‐30 minutes. While Dr. Atkins is trained in a variety of therapeutic techniques, he works collaboratively with therapists and may recommend their inclusion as part of your treatment team depending on your individualized treatment plan.

Dr. Atkins attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine where he received his medical degree. He completed his psychiatry residency at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York. Postresidency, he worked with general adult patients as well as older adults at Manchester Memorial Hospital where he served as both an outpatient psychiatrist and Director of the Geriatric Intensive Outpatient Program.

Although Dr. Atkins does not treat child or adolescent patients, he has experience working with all other ages from young adults upwards. He has experience treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, patients in the perinatal period, and patients with co‐occurring substance use disorders. He has regularly managed behavioral problems in adults with autism spectrum disorders as well as dementia. He particularly enjoys working with patients dealing with life or role transitions, older adults, and patients with bipolar or other affective disorders.

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Monica Badillo, MD

Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Monica Badillo is double board-certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She received additional training and certification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at the New York Medical College Psychoanalytic Institute.

Dr. Badillo is bilingual and speaks Spanish and English to deliver quality care for patients and parents. She provides medication management while incorporating psychoeducation, supportive, and psychodynamic psychotherapies. Generally, she employs 30-minute follow up sessions, and she may request a psychotherapist to participate in treatment. She listens and builds rapport with patients and families, while utilizing a trauma-informed, patient-centered, comprehensive, and collaborative approach.

She completed her undergraduate degree at Fordham University in New York, and subsequently received her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica. She then completed general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, BronxCare Health System. She excelled in her program and was awarded honors as Chief Fellow in achievement and professionalism. After completing training, Dr. Badillo continued to work at the institution as an attending psychiatrist in the Child and Adult Outpatient Services, Pediatric Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP), and Pediatric Consultation Liaison services. She has held leadership roles, and instructed medical students, fellows, and resident physicians.

Dr. Badillo has treated patients of all age ranges, with diverse backgrounds in community mental health settings. Her primary focus is treating children, adolescents,
and young-early adults for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, ADHD, trauma-related disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, and other psychiatric conditions.

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Moni Baidya, MD

Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Moni Baidya is double board-certified in adult psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. She has been practicing for over 9 years. She strongly believes developing a good therapeutic rapport with a patient is an important milestone to start any treatment. Dr. Baidya’s practice focuses on medication management. Normally, she combines this in conjunction with supportive or psychodynamic therapy in 20 -30-minute follow-up- visits. However, Dr. Baidya may believe that additional therapy is crucial and advise you to bring a therapist on board to provide the best outcome.

She received her medical degree from Manipal college of medical sciences. She completed her psychiatry residency training and geriatric fellowship training at University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Her interest in therapy has led to gain some experience about psychodynamic, CBT, supportive and couple’s therapy. After completing the training, she worked in an outpatient setting, inpatient setting, nursing home and acute rehabilitation center treating diverse patient population. She has experience treating various psychiatric conditions but not limited to mood disorder, anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD and dementia with behavioral problems. She has worked with number of patients who has complex medical problems that affect the patient’s emotional health. This led her to believe in holistic care and working with the interdisciplinary team and family members when possible.

In addition to general adulty psychiatry she is also board certified in Geriatric Psychiatry and trained in women’s health. Her primary clinical focus has been treating women with mood and anxiety disorder and geriatric patients with new onset of psychiatric problem.

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Alexandra Baluna, MD

Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Alexandra Baluna, MD is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has trained and worked across a wide variety of settings including Fordham University and the Albert Einstein Student Mental Health Counseling Center. Most Recently, Dr. Baluna was an outpatient psychiatrist at Maimonides Medical Center where she enjoyed teaching and supervising Residents.

Dr. Baluna believes in offering a warm, empathic, non-judgmental space in order to collaboratively create an individualized treatment plan that takes into account cultural, biological, psychological, and social factors. With a strong interest in therapy, she often implements ego-supportive and insight-oriented therapy during follow-up visits.

Dr. Baluna received her medical degree from LSUHC- Shreveport. She completed her psychiatry residency training at Montefiore/Albert-Einstein College of medicine where she served as chief of the C/L service. After completing her residency, Dr. Baluna served as Senior Chief during which time she received the Leo M. Davidoff Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Medical Students.

Dr. Baluna takes an individualized approach to treatment, primarily focused on the whole individual, rather than isolated symptoms.

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