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Brett Abernethy, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

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 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.

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Tiffany Abtahi, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Tiffany Abtahi is board certified in adult psychiatry and has been in practice for over 6 years. She completed her residency at Icahn School of Medicine, Elmhurst Hospital Center program where she served as Chief Resident in her final year.

After completing her residency training, Dr Abtahi worked as a staff psychiatrist in the VA Medical Center focusing on PTSD, depression and anxiety. Dr. Abtahi has held an academic appointment at University of UT Southwestern medical school and has spent her professional career supervising/teaching medical students and psychiatry residents.

Dr. Abtahi’s practice focuses on medication management and providing psychoeducation to her patients. However, if indicated Dr. Abtahi may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.

Dr. Abtahi has experience treating a large variety of mental health conditions across a variety of populations. She strongly believes in tailoring treatments through a holistic and patient-centered approach based on individual and multi-faceted histories. Dr. Abtahi looks forward to working with you.

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Gaurav Agarwal, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Hindi
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Agarwal is a board certified 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 depression, anxiety, PTSD, 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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Jamelle Amouri, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management, Child/Adolescent

Dr. Jamelleh Amouri is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and board-certified 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, and trauma-related disorders.

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Osman Athar, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Arabic
Hindi
Spanish
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Osman Athar is board certified in General Psychiatry and board eligible in Consult-Liaison Psychiatry. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rice University, from McGovern Medical School for his medical doctorate, and went on to complete a Psychiatry residency at the University of Texas-Houston where he served as a chief resident. Afterward, he completed a fellowship in Consult-Liaison Psychiatry at Louisiana State University - Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans.

Dr. Athar has experience in treating a wide variety of conditions, including Major Depression, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Eating Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, Substance Use Disorders, Delirium, Dementia, and Mental Disorders due to Another Medical Conditions.

Dr. Athar primarily focuses on medication management in his practice but will typically also use supportive therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy skills with his patients in order to maximize wellness and recovery.

Dr. Athar has held an academic appointment at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. He served as the Clerkship Director for the Medical Neuroscience and Behavior Course during his appointment, the required six-week course for third-year medical students which included four weeks of Psychiatry education.  During his appointment, Dr. Athar was also very active in resident education focusing on topics in Consult-Liaison Psychiatry.

Dr. Athar has experience in treating a wide variety of conditions, including Major Depression, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Eating Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, Substance Use Disorders, Delirium, Dementia, and Mental Disorders due to Another Medical Conditions. Dr. Athar primarily focuses on medication management in his practice.

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Phillip Azouz, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Phillip Azouz is a board-certified general adult psychiatrist. His approach encompasses a relaxed, conversational, and non-judgmental space for clients to reflect on and integrate all aspects of their lives. He believes that vulnerability is the key to healing and growth and works with anyone looking to lift mood, reduce anxiety, improve sleep, boost attention, or heal from trauma. Dr. Azouz strives to help each client unlock their true potential.

Dr. Azouz’s psychiatric practice blends the latest research in medical treatment with insights from psychotherapy and coaching. He treats a variety of psychiatric illnesses including major depression, anxiety disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), addiction, and personality disorders.

Dr. Azouz graduated from University of Michigan Medical School where he was awarded the Albert M. Barret Award for Distinguished Performance in Psychiatry. While a medical student, he conducted research at the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Center. He completed his psychiatric residency at Florida Atlantic University.

Prior to medical studies, he worked as a Mental Health Specialist at McLean Psychiatric Hospital and conducted research at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed his undergraduate degree in economics with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Moni Baidya, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Hindi
Nepali
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Moni Baidya is double board-certified in adult 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 in starting 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.

Dr. Baidya 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 her gaining experience about psychodynamic, CBT, supportive and couple’s therapy. After completing the training at the University of Virginia, she worked in a nursing home, an acute rehabilitation center treating diverse patient population and an inpatient and outpatient setting. She has experience treating various psychiatric conditions not limited to mood disorder, anxiety disorder, OCD, PTSD and dementia with behavioral problems.

Dr. Baidya has worked with several patients with complex medical problems that affect the patient’s emotional health. This led her to believe in holistic care and collaborating with the interdisciplinary team and family members when possible.

In addition to general adulty psychiatry, Dr. Baidya 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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Austin Bailey, DO
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Bailey is a board certified psychiatrist, specializing in medication management and psychotherapy. He enjoys the opportunity to help patients better understand their diagnosis and how biological, psychological and social interventions can be applied to live a more fulfilling life.

As a recipient of the Army Health Professions Scholarship Program, Dr. Bailey earned his medical degree from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia followed by residency at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

After completing residency, Dr. Bailey served at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX where he held several positions including Chief of Inpatient Behavioral Health Services. He also completed operational assignments, most notably a nine-month deployment to Iraq for which he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. Dr. Bailey enjoys teaching and has held academic appointments at Long School of Medicine and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

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Beverly Bryant, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management, Child/Adolescent

Dr. Bryant graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine to complete her adult training and the Yale Child Study Center/Riverview Hospital for Children Program to complete her fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. A native Texan, she returned to Tyler, TX in 2020 to accept the position of Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. She also established an accredited child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship in Tyler. Prior to that, she served as the Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where she was also the Program Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

Working with survivors of trauma has always been an important part of Dr. Bryant's practice. She currently serves as the co-chair of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Committee on Child Maltreatment and Violence and she is a representative for the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse. Dr. Bryant also served as the program director of the Eating Disorders and Trauma Recovery program at Menninger Clinic in Topeka. She is board certified in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry and she has over 32 years of experience as a practicing psychiatrist.

Dr. Bryant specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, mood disorders, developmental disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and family relational problems for both children and adults. She believes that "knowledge is power" and that the more a person can understand about how the brain is affected by various mental health conditions, the more treatment makes sense.

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Benjamin Joe Chambers, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Benjamin Joe Chambers is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of adults. He has been practicing for 7 years.  His practice focuses on medication management and brief psychotherapy for patients struggling with a wide array of psychological problems. For patients who need more intensive psychotherapy, Dr. Chambers works closely with a team of therapists who can step in and provide additional interventions.

Dr. Chambers attended medical school at Texas A&M College of Medicine and completed his residency training at the University of Colorado in Denver. Having completed training, he returned to Austin, TX, and was an inpatient psychiatrist and Assistant Professor for Dell Medical School. He was extensively involved in resident physician education and helped run the medical school’s primary inpatient mental-health training site throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. He was known amongst residents for his strong focus on utilizing psychotherapy to better understand and treat patients regardless of the treatment setting.

Dr. Chambers treats adult patients, with a special focus on mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, and interpersonal conflict.

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Sharonda Clark, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management, Child/Adolescent

Dr. Clark is a double board certified psychiatrist specializing in General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She completed her psychiatry residency training at Baylor College of Medicine and subsequent child fellowship at UT Health Science Center of Houston. Over her career, she has provided quality patient-centered care in various community mental health, inpatient, outpatient, residential, consult liaison and emergency room settings in Texas and New Jersey. Additionally, Dr. Clark has held volunteer academic appointments where she instructed medical students, residents & fellows at Baylor College of Medicine, UT Southwestern and Rutgers.

With more than 8 years of experience treating culturally diverse patient populations with anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, family and relationship issues, and other mental health issues, Dr. Clark has a strong dedication to ensuring all her clients have access to evidence-based treatment regardless of age, race, or socio-economic status.

The philosophy of her practice is to sufficiently educate her clients on their mental health, available pharmacologic and therapeutic treatment options, and to collaborate with them in formulating a treatment plan that is patient centered, evidence-based, and aligns with the clients values and goals.



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Lillian Cole, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Lillian Cole is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who completed her undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She earned both her master’s in biomedical sciences and medical degree at Texas Tech University. She completed her psychiatry residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she was exposed to patient populations that were ethnoculturally, socioeconomically, and clinically diverse.

Dr. Cole places great value on fostering the doctor-patient relationship and believes that listening, collaboration, and compassion are the key components to championing a patient toward recovery. She focuses on a holistic approach that integrates evidence-based medicine with assessments of the whole individual, to deliver patient-centered care aimed at improving overall well-being.  

Dr. Cole provides psychiatric medication management and has gained extensive training in caring for a wide array of diagnoses including but not limited to mood disorders, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, and substance use disorders. She incorporates psychotherapeutic techniques, lifestyle interventions, and psychoeducation. When additional therapy is indicated to produce the best outcome, Dr. Cole may recommend that her patients work with a therapist as part of the treatment plan.

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Jorge Corona, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Spanish
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Corona is a staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He attended the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio School of Medicine where he completed his medical degree. He received his Adult Psychiatry Residency training at UT Health San Antonio.

Dr. Corona combines medication management with therapeutic techniques and works collaboratively with therapists, as needed, to create an individualized treatment plan for his patients. He begins with a detailed initial evaluation and subsequent thorough follow-ups to help clarify diagnosis and best determine the most optimal treatment modalities for each individual. He is transparent in his thought process and enjoys involving patients in the formulation of their personalized treatment plans.

Dr. Corona has experience treating diverse patient populations. He enjoys working with patients with depression, anxiety, stress management, lack of fulfillment, strained relationships, life transitions, trauma-based, as well as other psychiatric conditions and other life challenges.

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Christa DeFries, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Christa DeFries is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist. She attended medical school in Dallas, TX at UT Southwestern Medical School, and completed Residency in Adult Psychiatry at Baylor Scott & White in Temple, TX. Dr. DeFries then worked with the homeless and formerly homeless population in New York City for one year before joining Talkiatry. This experience gave her more exposure to treating people with a history of trauma and substance addictions. She practices Adult Psychiatry and enjoys treating a variety of conditions. Dr. DeFries uses medication, psychotherapy methods, and lifestyle modifications together and recognizes that everyone benefits from a different mix of these three aspects of treatment.

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Valentina Doumanian, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
German
Bulgarian
Russian
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Valentina Doumanian is a board-certified psychiatrist. She completed her psychiatry residency training at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She has practiced in various settings over her career including in-patient and community mental health as well as Veteran affairs out-patient clinics. Dr. Doumanian has held leadership and teaching positions where she instructed medical students, residents & fellows.

Dr. Doumanian has more than 17 years of experience treating patients with anxiety, depression, OCD, grief, PTSD, adjustment disorders, and other mental health issues. She uses pharmacotherapy along with cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and supportive therapy as needed. The philosophy of her practice is to collaborate with patients to meet their specific needs to make an impact in various stages of their life.


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Lisa Ekeanyanwu, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Lisa Ekeanyanwu is a board eligible Psychiatrist. She completed her psychiatry residency training at Stanford. She has practiced in various settings over her career including in-patient, out-patient, community settings, emergency rooms, tele-health settings, as well as international clinical fieldwork settings.

Dr. Ekeanyanwu's practice centers on pharmacotherapy. She offers this in conjunction with supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychodynamic therapy, to treat psychiatric conditions. Occasionally she may believe that additional therapy may be necessary and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.

Dr. Ekeanyanwu believes in the importance of providing safe clinical care centered on meeting everyone’s specific goals and improving their overall quality of life. She has a special interest in the impact that culture and/micro-culture has on mental health and strives to understand and respect her patient's life experiences and values. The philosophy of her practice is to collaborate with patients to meet their specific needs to make an impact in various stages of their life.



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Charli Ellis, DO
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Charli Ellis is a board-certified psychiatrist. She has practiced in myriad settings including psychiatric emergency departments, inpatient hospitals, medical hospitals, and outpatient clinics. Due to her love of teaching, she has also worked as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Atrium Health Wake Forest Medical School. She has been a practicing attending physician since 2014.

Dr. Ellis’ practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this along with supportive psychotherapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, if indicated Dr. Ellis may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.

Training for general psychiatry prepared Dr. Ellis for treating people with a wide breadth of mental health concerns including but not limited to depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Dr. Ellis’ philosophy is that patient-centered care is paramount to ensuring the treatment plan aligns with the patient’s values and treatment goals. Dr. Ellis weaves together evidence-based treatment with complementary and alternative medicine for the best outcome for her patients.

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Michael Escamilla, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Spanish
Specialties
Medication Management, LGBTQ+, Geriatric

Dr. Escamilla is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He completed his psychiatry training at the University of California at San Francisco and also completed a research fellowship with the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Escamilla has over 20 years experience treating patients with mental health challenges and has an extensive history of research publications. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and also is a practicing Jungian Analyst. He is the author of the book Bleuler, Jung and the Creation of the Schizophrenias. He also holds positions as adjunct professor at Rutgers University Department of Psychiatry and is the Frank McMillan Jr. Scholar at the Jung Center of Houston.

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Elizabeth Faust, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Spanish
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Elizabeth Faust is board-certified in Psychiatry with a fellowship in Integrative Psychiatry. She started in Family Medicine while in the Navy, where she also was a Flight Surgeon. She has practiced medicine since 1999, focusing on Psychiatry since 2007.

Dr. Faust practices with an integrative approach to see what medical factors contribute to symptoms, unhealthy thought or relationship patterns, and lifestyle factors that maintain dysfunction. Unexamined, medications will only work briefly. While medications are part of treatment to acutely improve symptoms, she also brings in lifestyle changes, nutrition, spirituality, and social connection as resources to recover function and maintain wellness.

1995-1999 MD from Texas A&M University US Navy 1999-2004; Family Medicine Internship, Aerospace Medicine training/Flight Surgeon; 2004-2007 the Psychiatry Residency University of Wisconsin. Dr. Faust worked at Iowa City VA, out of residency, treating fellow veterans and training residents at the University of Iowa. She then worked for Group Health in Washington, followed by independent work in telepsychiatry long before the pandemic. Most recently, she worked for Virginia Mason Franciscan to establish a Collaborative Care model of practice to provide expert consultation and support for primary care physicians to continue to care for their patient's mental health within the primary care setting.

While Dr. Faust treats all major psychiatric disorders, she has developed a focus and expertise in treating PTSD and ADHD and associated disorders like Binge Eating, GAD, Social Anxiety, and "treatment-resistant" depressions that are often misdiagnosed. She enjoys working with patients who are ready to make a change that leads them to their better selves.

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Cecilia Fitz-Gerald, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Cecilia Fitz-Gerald is a board-certified psychiatrist trained in adult psychiatry and consultation-liaison psychiatry, formerly known as psychosomatic medicine. She has been practicing for over five years and has extensive experience working in a variety of clinical settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and emergency psychiatry. In addition, she specializes in working with patients with acute and chronic medical conditions that may be affecting their mental health, such as cancer, stroke, or a heart condition. She provides patient-centered care utilizing a collaborative approach to help her patients reach their goals.

She is a native of Louisiana and a graduate of the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport. She was elected to the prestigious medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha, during her fourth year of medical school and was awarded the John W. Bick Excellence in Psychiatry award. She completed her psychiatry residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center where she served as Chief Resident and was a PRITE Fellow. Afterwards, she completed a fellowship in consultation-liaison psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Dr. Fitz-Gerald has multiple scholarly publications, particularly in the fields of emergency psychiatry and hospital delirium and has presented at the annual conference for the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. She is passionate about academic medicine and enjoys teaching medical students and residents. Her other areas of clinical interest include ICU delirium and cardiac psychiatry.

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Sabrina Ghim, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Sabrina Ghim is a board-certified physician specializing in adult psychiatry and practices adult psychiatric medication management. She focuses on building a strong therapeutic and collaborative environment with patients. She works with individuals struggling with depression, ADHD, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety, and social anxiety.

Dr. Ghim usually meets with patients monthly for psychiatric follow up appointments. She provides psychiatric medication management in a comprehensive manner, paying careful attention to each patient’s unique biological, psychological, and cultural make-up. She is diligent about keeping up-to-date on the research and expanding frontiers of psychiatry and psychopharmacology. She strongly believes in tailoring treatment in an integrative and collaborative manner to provide the best outcome for each unique patient. In some instances, Dr. Ghim may recommend the addition of a separate therapist in order to help facilitate the best care possible.

Dr. Ghim experienced various cultures growing up in different countries and environments, shaping her open-minded demeanor and views, and eventually her interest in the human mind and psychiatry. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology with honors, and Doctorate of Medicine (M.D.) degree from the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. She completed her Adult Psychiatric Internship and Residency training in New York City, at the Mount Sinai Morningside and West Hospitals, where she treated a diverse patient population with psychiatric illnesses in emergency, inpatient, and outpatient settings.

Dr. Ghim is currently licensed in and seeing patients located in the states of New York, Florida, and Texas for medication management.

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Nereida Gonzalez-Berrios, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Spanish
Specialties
Medication Management

Nereida Gonzalez-Berrios, MD is a General Psychiatrist who works in the Katy area. She was born and raised in the beautiful tropical island of Puerto Rico when she later decided to relocate with her family to Texas to further her career. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.

She always had a passion for science and health and after finishing her bachelor's degree in Microbiology at the University of Puerto Rico, Dr. Gonzalez-Berrios completed a medical doctorate degree in the prestigious Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico (currently known as Ponce Health Sciences University). It was during her medical internship and clinical rotations that she decided to specialize in one of the most rewarding specialties in medicine, Psychiatry. She completed her General Psychiatry Training Program at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus and graduated in 2008.

She started her own private practice in a small town in Puerto Rico called Barceloneta, until she decided to relocate to Texas with her loving husband and children. Dr. Gonzalez-Berrios started her medical journey in Texas working at the Michael E. DeBakey VA health system helping those who protected our country in times of war. She worked in the VA system for over 5 years helping those in need of mental health services. She then had the opportunity to do telemedicine during her VA system position and outside of the VA as a locum tenens provider and has gained experience in this newly emerging field since then.

Dr. Gonzalez-Berrios has been providing mental health services in the Katy area since 2018 and will start providing telemedicine services as a general psychiatrist on Talkiatry. She has vast knowledge in treating different conditions such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, intellectual impairment, ADHD, eating disorders, PTSD, personality disorders, etc. She is looking forward to helping others with their mental health and wellbeing. She is also trained to be a motivational speaker, a wellness coach and recently got certified as a personal fitness trainer, nutrition coach as well as a weight-loss specialist which gives her more tools to help her patients in the mental health field.

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Troy Grantham, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management, LGBTQ+

Dr. Troy Grantham is a board-certified staff psychiatrist who treats adult patients. A former engineer, Dr. Grantham has developed a passion for guiding patients along the road to recovery. He completed his undergraduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin and later completed medical school and residency in General Psychiatry at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Dr. Grantham's practice focuses on medication management. He utilizes a systematic approach to ensure diagnoses are accurate and treatment plans are optimized to each individual patient. His approach is also holistic in nature, often incorporating therapy and lifestyle modification into the treatment plan. Dr. Grantham employs multiple therapeutic approaches in his practice depending on the needs of the patient including supportive therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He places great emphasis on psychoeducation so that patients are aware of the nature and prognosis of their conditions as well as the treatment options available. When multiple treatment options are reasonable, Dr. Grantham takes patient preference into account, offering flexibility to the patient experience. He treats a variety of psychiatric disorders with a particular focus on mood disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and trauma-related disorders.

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Matthew Hamilton, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Matthew Hamilton is a psychiatrist who works with adults at all stages of life in improving mental health.  He emphasizes a holistic approach in collaboration with patients to help them identify and achieve their goals.  He has experience helping adults from a diversity of backgrounds with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, panic, OCD, ADHD, substance use and autism spectrum disorder.  He offers one-hour initial consultation appointments, as well as 20 to 30 minutes for follow up visits.

Dr. Hamilton received his undergraduate education at the University of Texas at Austin, his medical degree at Texas Tech University Health and Sciences Center, and completed his residency training at the University of Texas Medical Branch.  During training he worked primarily with adults in local clinics and acute care hospitals in the greater Houston area.  He was honored with an award for his accomplishments in psychotherapy during his senior year of residency.

Dr. Hamilton offers his expertise in both medication management and psychotherapy in his practice including cognitive, behavioral, motivational, and supportive therapies.  He will collaborate with your therapist when you are working with one and may offer a referral to a specialist therapist if indicated.

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Christopher Hasseltine, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Christopher Hasseltine is a board-certified psychiatrist who has seen over 20,000 patients and has practiced psychiatry in four states, two countries, and at five major medical centers. He has worked in most psychiatric settings: universities, emergency rooms, adult and adolescent inpatient units, dual diagnosis units, consult liaisons, four nursing homes, seven community mental health centers, prisons, and maximum security units, and has had a large outpatient psychiatric practice.

Dr. Hasseltine’s practice focuses on accurate diagnosis and medication management. Typically, he offers this in conjunction with supportive psychotherapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. He tends to be engaging and supportive and believes people grow with dialogue. Occasionally, Dr. Hasseltine may recommend that additional therapy is necessary to achieve the best outcome.

Dr. Hasseltine received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas. He started an internship in family practice at the University of Texas at Houston and then changed to a psychiatry internship at SUNY Health Science Center Syracuse, New York. He completed his residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He started his practice career at Marion General Hospital in Ohio where he developed a large outpatient psychiatric practice and worked in the inpatient unit and performed psychiatric consults.

Dr. Hasseltine started his own large psychiatric practice and worked at three area nursing homes. He was the president of the Psychiatry Society of Central Ohio and was on the board at NAMI-Franklin County. He was then recruited to be an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, teaching medical students and residents on the dual diagnosis unit, and the adolescent unit. He worked at the North Texas State Hospital maximum security unit and worked to restore competency to patients with severe psychiatric illness who had felony-level charges.

He practiced in New Zealand with the Maori population and their Assertive Community Treatment. He then worked at Eastway- the largest community mental health center in Dayton Ohio. Next, he worked at Kettering Behavioral Medicine Center where he worked in the adult and behavioral intensive care units, as well as performing consults and having an outpatient clinic. Dr. Hasseltine was also on call for ten hospitals and performed psychiatric consults. During his psychiatric career, he has testified as an expert witness over 100 times and has been a speaker for nine pharmaceutical companies giving about 70 different presentations to groups of physicians and other providers related to psychiatric illness.

Dr. Hassletine has worked hard to have an advanced understanding of neurophysiology, psychopathology, psychiatric diagnosis, and psychopharmacology. His focus is on the person in the room. He believes that the modern civilization has become increasingly complex and difficult for people to navigate - with or without psychiatric illness and that seeking psychiatric counsel is often a necessary part of that equation. He wants to use his years of experience to improve the life of the person in treatment, help them achieve their goals, and to be able to adapt to life, work, and relationships.

Dr. Hassletine really enjoys it when his patients do better in school and work, have better relationships with people close to them, feel better, make more money, become more productive, have more joy, create more meaning, and achieve their own goals.

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Shuo (Sally) He, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. He is board-certified in adult psychiatry and addiction medicine. She is passionate about providing quality and accessible mental health care while considering each patient’s concerns, values, and life circumstances. She received her Medical Doctor degree from State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center, and completed her psychiatry residency at George Washington University Hospital in DC. Prior to medical school, she completed Master of Public Health from Yale School of Public Health.

Dr. He has special clinical interests in providing trauma-informed and culturally competent care in the treatment of mental health conditions. She has experiences working with special populations, such as minorities, immigrant, perinatal women, and LGBTQ+ communities. She holds a certificate from Harvard in Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Program. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for a non-profit organization in Washington DC to prepare people recovering from mental illness to improve their quality of life.

Although Dr. He’s practice primarily focuses on medication management, she looks forward to getting to know you and incorporating her experiences with insight-oriented therapy in 20 or 30 minute follow-up visits.

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Stuart Hedgpeth, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management, LGBTQ+

Dr. Stuart Hedgpeth is a board-eligible psychiatrist. While Dr. Hedgpeth primarily focuses on medication management, he understands that mental health often requires approaches from multiple perspectives.  Psychodynamic and supportive therapies are offered on an as-needed basis in addition to medication management.  New patients are provided 60 minutes for initial visits and follow ups are given 30 minutes.

Dr. Hedgpeth graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, NC.  He completed his adult psychiatry residency training at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, VA.

Dr. Hedgpeth's training has positioned him to care for adults of all ages with a wide spectrum mental health disorders and related conditions.  In his residency he sought out additional experience working with patients undergoing treatment for HIV, patients with trauma-related disorders, and the LGBTQ+ population.

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Columban Heo, DO
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Columban Heo is a board-certified psychiatrist who is dedicated to improving the quality of life of his patients. He received his medical degree from Touro University Nevada and residency training from Unity Health White County Medical Center. He went on to complete a fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Cleveland Clinic, where he became well-versed in working with multidisciplinary healthcare teams and treating psychiatric patients with complex medical conditions.

Dr. Heo specializes in treating a wide range of psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and PTSD. In addition to medication management, Dr. Heo incorporates a holistic approach to treatment, focusing on the mind, body, and spirit connection. He believes overall health extends far beyond the body and emphasizes the importance of healthy relationships. As mental health treatment is not a one size fits all, Dr. Heo integrates therapy and medications to personalize each individual's treatment.

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Heather Inano, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Inano is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She obtained her bachelor’s in psychology from Xavier University in New Orleans, before obtaining her medical degree from University of California Davis. She then went on to complete a general psychiatry residency at the University of Texas at Austin Dell School of Medicine.

Prior to making the transition to private practice, Dr. Inano worked within the Veterans Affairs healthcare system. She has treated a wide range of mental health conditions, with a particular focus on depression, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders. She has also completed additional training in psychotherapeutic modalities for PTSD. She has supervised and trained psychiatry residents as an Affiliate Faculty member for the University of Texas at Austin Dell School of Medicine.

Dr. Inano takes a kind, collaborative, and patient-centered approach when working with her patients. She works to create a safe and supportive environment where her patients can explore their concerns and work towards healing.

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Nina Jaffarzad, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Persian/Farsi
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Jaffarzad is a board eligible adult psychiatrist who completed her undergraduate training at the University of Texas at Austin and earned her medical degree at the American University of the Caribbean. She completed her psychiatry residency at Louisiana State University Our Lady of the Lake Psychiatry Residency Program.

After completing residency, she worked in an outpatient setting and provided consultation liaison services at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. Moreover, she held volunteer academic positions supervising and instructing residents and medical students. She has experience treating culturally diverse patient populations with a variety of mental health conditions.

Dr. Jaffarzad offers primarily medication management in conjunction with supportive therapy during follow up visits. She values the importance of open communication and a strong doctor-patient therapeutic alliance.

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Eunjin Jang, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Eunjin Jang is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and completed her residency training at the University of Chicago, where she was chief resident.

Dr. Jang aims to help patients achieve optimal health and functioning by providing compassionate and thorough care. Education is an important part of the treatment plan, as it allows patients to actively participate in their care. She specializes in treating a wide range of psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and OCD.

Although Dr. Jang’s practice focuses primarily on medication management, she integrates psychotherapy into her sessions. Occasionally, Dr. Jang may recommend additional therapy to achieve the best outcome.

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Rana Kaleemullah, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Hindi
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Kaleemullah is originally from New Orleans and went to Loyola University of New Orleans where she obtained her degree in Chemistry with summa cum laude distinction. She then went to Tulane School of Medicine and completed her psychiatry residency at Tulane Behavioral Health in New Orleans.

Having been affected personally by Hurricane Katrina and the loss of a loved one in 2005, she quickly understood the importance of biopsychosocial impacts on health, especially mental health. She is very keen on establishing rapport with her patients and ensuring that their feelings are validated.

After completing her residency, she moved to Toronto and worked at Grey Bruce Health Services where she did a combination of ER psychiatry, inpatient, and outpatient services. After having kids, she then became more interested in telepsychiatry in 2017, which increased accessibility to care for her patients.

Dr. Kaleemullah has interest in psychopharmacology, but also believes in psychoeducation and supportive counseling. If she feels more interventions are needed, she may refer to counselors with expertise in other modalities such as CBT, DBT, and trauma.

Dr. Kaleemullah enjoys spending time with family and meditation when she’s not working. She is fluent in English and Urdu/Hindi.

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Jacob Kannarkat , MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Jacob T. Kannarkat is an adult psychiatrist.

Dr. Kannarkat's practice focuses on medication management. In his visits, he uses an integrative approach, blending an empathic, problem-solving orientation with an understanding that the reasons for an individual's condition can be complex. He has experience dealing with many forms of mental illness and works collaboratively with his patients and their other treatment providers in making a plan for recovery.

Dr. Kannarkat completed undergraduate studies at the University of Florida. After receiving his medical degree at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Dr. Kannarkat continued for residency at the University of Miami/Jackson Health System. He ultimately completed his training as Chief of Psychiatric Emergency Services at Yale School of Medicine.

Dr. Kannarkat has experience working with adults of all ages who are dealing with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, substance use disorders, and many other conditions.

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Matthew Koller, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Matthew Koller is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who joined Talkiatry after he completed his psychiatry residency. Dr. Koller believes that a person must be known before they are treated, and he works with patients to understand their goals of care while prioritizing a collaborative treatment approach. His practice focuses on medication management, however he allows space for supportive therapy and other therapeutic modalities within sessions. He may include a therapist in the treatment plan for optimal care.

Dr. Koller completed his undergraduate training at The University of Texas at Austin before pursuing his medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed his general adult psychiatry training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, where he served as Chief Resident of Education during his final year of training. Dr. Koller focuses on treating the adult population from ages 18+.

He has training in both psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatment and emphasizes a patient-centered, interprofessional approach to care. He has experience in treating a variety of mental health illness, including depression, anxiety, insomnia, personality disorders, bipolar disorder, PTSD, and psychotic disorders.

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Alexis Kropf, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Spanish
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Alexis Kropf is a board-eligible adult psychiatrist beginning her practice at Talkiatry after four years of clinical experience in residency.

Dr. Kropf primarily focuses on providing medication management during 30-minute follow-up visits, weaving in elements of supportive therapy according to the needs of her clients. When additional therapy is indicated to promote recovery, Dr. Kropf may recommend that her clients work with a therapist as part of the treatment team.

Dr. Kropf credits her undergraduate education at Southwestern University, a small liberal arts college, for strengthening her curiosity about and dedication to serving others. She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, where she also completed her psychiatry residency training. During residency, she was involved in medical student education and resident leadership, serving as a chief resident during her final year of training. She also utilized her fluency in Spanish and medical Spanish interpreter training to serve Spanish-speaking patients and to lead Spanish-language group therapy sessions. In addition to psychopharmacology, Dr. Kropf studied psychotherapeutic interventions, including psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapies.

She has experience working with clients experiencing many different mental health challenges, with a primary clinical focus including the treatment of anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

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Shadi Lavasani, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management, Child/Adolescent

Dr. Lavasani is a double board-certified Psychiatrist, specializing in both Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She received her medical degree from Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and went on to complete both her residency in psychiatry and fellowship in child & adolescent psychiatry at Baylor Scott & White medical center in Temple, Texas. She has experience in treating patients with diverse backgrounds and a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses including depressive and anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, psychosis, intellectual disability, autism spectrum, attachment and other mood disorders. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings including inpatient psychiatric units, emergency rooms, outpatient community clinics as well as consultative work within medical and surgical teams.

Her practice primarily focuses on medication management with psychoeducation while incorporating varying therapeutic interventions such as supportive, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioral therapies in 30 minute follow up visits. In most cases, Dr. Lavasani will recommend bringing a dedicated psychotherapist into your care team to provide the best outcomes. Dr. Lavasani aims to create a welcoming, collaborative and patient centered space and will work alongside you to create a holistic treatment plan. Currently, her primary focus is treating children, adolescents, and young adults from ages 6 through 25 years old.

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Diane Lewis, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Diane Lewis is an adult psychiatrist at Talkiatry. She is board-certified in general psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has been practicing for over eight years, and she has a special interest in college mental health.

Her practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. Often, Dr. Lewis encourages additional therapy and asks that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.

She received her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. She then also earned her medical degree from Texas A&M University in College Station and Temple, TX before moving to Austin to complete her general psychiatry residency at UT Southwestern - Austin Programs, now part of the Dell Medical School residency programs. After completing training she stayed in Austin and had the privilege of spending eight years working as a staff psychiatrist at the University of Texas’ student counseling center. She has also worked in hospital admission and emergency department settings.

Dr. Lewis has treated a large variety of mental health conditions across a variety of populations, but her primary focus has been college mental health. This has included treating a variety of conditions ranging from the simple to the complex in patients aged 18 to 45. She enjoys getting to know her patients and considering their concerns within the context of their entire lives, recognizing and emphasizing that a person may have a diagnosis but IS not that diagnosis. Her patients value her authenticity, compassion, and down-to-earth style and have consistently thanked her for taking the time to truly listen to them.

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Austin Lin, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Austin Lin is a double board-certified adult and addiction psychiatrist who has been in practice for over 9 years. At the center of Dr. Lin’s clinical approach is a strong emphasis on establishing trust and using a collaborative approach to help patients develop an individualized and cohesive plan so that they are able to achieve their goals.

Dr. Lin's practice focuses on medication management. Typically, he offers this in conjunction with supportive therapy, motivational interviewing, and/or cognitive behavioral therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. Occasionally, Dr. Lin may recommend that additional therapy is needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team in order to provide the best outcome.

Dr. Lin received his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine. He went on to complete his residency in psychiatry at Harvard South Shore, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, where he served as Chief Resident and earned his 360° Professionalism award. He then had additional training in Addiction Psychiatry through his fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. After completing training, Dr. Lin has worked as an Addiction Psychiatrist and Director of Adult Services in the Trauma and Resilience Center (TRC) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). He specialized in treating patients with a history of depression, anxiety, trauma, and substance use disorders.

Dr. Lin has held an academic appointment at UTHealth, and he has spent his professional career supervising and teaching medical students and psychiatry residents.



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Laura Long, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Long is a board-certified psychiatrist with over 14 years of experience treating adult and older adult patients from a wide variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Dr. Long's practice focuses primarily on medication management, in addition to supportive and cognitive and behavioral therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. Sometimes Dr. Long will suggest additional therapy be included in your treatment plan in order to provide the best outcome.

Dr. Long received her medical degree from the University of Illinois and completed her residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She has worked in emergency psychiatry, community psychiatry and private practice and operated her own independent practice in downtown Chicago. Most recently she has spent over 9 years working with veterans with PTSD and other mental health issues.

Dr. Long received her B.A. from Yale University, graduating cum laude with a double major in Biology and Literature. She enjoys working with a wide variety of patients of different ages and from different cultural backgrounds and has extensive experience treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders and PTSD along with comorbid substance use disorders. Dr. Long views patients as partners working toward a common goal of improving patients' quality of life. She also appreciates the strong connection between physical and mental health and provides encouragement and support to patients that hope to make behavioral changes that will benefit both.

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Jennifer Lyman, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Lyman is a board-certified psychiatrist who values the lived experience of every individual seeking treatment. She completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University, received her MPH from University of Hawai'i, Manoa and graduated with her MD from the John A. Burns School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Psychiatry at the Queens Medical Center, where she served as chief resident. She is currently pursuing a nutritional psychiatry certificate through the Integrative Psychiatry Institute and has a particular interest in the connection between the food we consume and our emotional well-being.

While her practice focuses on medication management, she often takes the time to provide supportive, cognitive or dialectical based therapy in a follow-up visit. She believes that achieving mental wellness extends beyond addressing one's symptoms and hopes to guide her patients towards feeling aware and empowered. She has experience treating depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, bipolar as well as other conditions.

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Gerald Matthews, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Gerald Matthews is a staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He is board-certified in adult psychiatry, and has experience treating civilians, as well as active duty military and veterans. The majority of Dr. Matthews's practice is in providing medication management, however he often collaborates with therapists in caring for his patients, where indicated.

He received his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, KY, and then entered active duty service in the US Army at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI, where he completed his residency training. Upon completion, he moved to Fort Hood, TX, where he practiced as a staff psychiatrist as he completed his service obligation.

Dr. Matthews is board-certified in general psychiatry and treats mostly adults, on an outpatient basis. Some examples of conditions he has experience in treating during his time in practice include mood and anxiety disorders, psychosis, and trauma-related disorders.

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Jessica Matthews, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Jessica Matthews is a staff physician who is board certified in general psychiatry. Dr. Matthew's practice focuses primarily on medication management. She typically offers this in addition to applicable supportive and cognitive behavioral focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, Dr. Matthews may believe that additional therapy is needed and asks that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.

She received her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, in San Antonio, TX, before moving to Honolulu, HI to complete her residency in psychiatry at Tripler Army Medical Center. After completing training, she was stationed at Fort Hood, TX. She worked a staff physician in the inpatient unit at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center before becoming the inpatient medical director. Then, she moved on to be a staff physician and then clinic chief in the outpatient embedded behavioral health clinics. She continued as a staff physician after leaving the military.

While having treated a variety of patients, her primary focus has been treating adults in the areas of depression, anxiety and stress/trauma-related disorders. .

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Stephanie Negrey, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Stephanie Negrey is a board certified psychiatrist. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology and History at Fordham University in the Bronx and then attended medical school at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. She completed her residency at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio as a member of the United States Air Force. Dr. Negrey served as an active duty psychiatrist; her duties included medical director of the mental health clinic at a special operations base as well as a program manager for the Air Force substance use program.

Dr. Negrey has experience treating a wide range of ages and diagnoses, with particular emphasis on personality disorders, depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder. She integrates supportive and psychodynamic therapies into her medication management appointments with a goal of achieving improvement through a holistic approach. Dr. Negrey will work with patients to reach their goals for their mental health care while also providing a compassionate and collaborative environment.

Dr. Negrey looks forward to working with you!

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Maria Orejarena, MD, PhD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Spanish
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Orejarena is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She finished her residency from Yale University and the University of Texas Houston. She has done extensive research on psychiatry during her PhD in Neuropsychopharmacology and a Masters in Neuroscience. She is bilingual in Spanish and English.

She incorporates different therapy modalities and evidence-based treatments, tailored to each person’s needs. She enjoys applying her knowledge in neuroscience and pharmacology into her clinical practice and believes combination of medication and psychotherapy yields best treatment outcomes. Her ultimate goal is to help patients feel their best and accomplish their own goals by developing tools to navigate internal or external obstacles that are part of life.

Dr. Orejarena, is originally from Colombia, where she earned her medical degree from Universidad Industrial de Santander. She pursued a Masters in Neuroscience at University of Barcelona and a PhD in Neuropharmacology at Universidad Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. Her PhD thesis was honored summa cum laude. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship training at the Institut de Neurobiologie de la Méditerranée in Marseille, France and is author of multiple peer reviewed publications and has presented her research in national and international meetings.

Over the years, she has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, acute care, psychiatric hospitals as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center.

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Gloria Oyeniyi, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management, LGBTQ+

Dr. Gloria Oyeniyi is a board-certified psychiatrist who treats adult patients. She completed her undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD where she received her Bachelor's degree with Honors in Public Health, then completed her medical degree at The University of Texas at Houston. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at The University of Texas Dell Medical School at Austin where she served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Oyeniyi has worked in several clinical, leadership and administrative positions and has been actively involved in teaching and community outreach. She previously worked at The Menninger Clinic which specializes in psychotherapeutic treatments. Dr. Oyeniyi has expertise in treating a wide variety of mental health disorders including depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, OCD, and addiction.

Dr. Oyeniyi strongly believes in treating the person and not the diagnosis. Dr. Oyeniyi's approach is holistic, collaborative, supportive, and patient-centered. Dr. Oyeniyi has been in practice for 9 years.

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Knoelle Park, DO
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Knoelle Park is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who is joining the Talkiatry team to begin her post-residency career. Dr. Park knows a patient is much more than an illness. With empathic listening, she collaborates with her clients to understand their background, values, and goals for treatment. Although her practice focuses on medication management, she strives to incorporate modalities such as supportive therapy to enhance treatment and will encourage her clients to seek more intensive therapy when indicated.

Dr. Park completed her undergraduate training at the University of Texas at Austin and subsequently received her medical degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. She recently completed her general adult psychiatry training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Dr. Park focuses on treating the adult population between the ages of 18-65 years. She utilizes both psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic treatment interventions. She has experience treating a wide range of diagnoses including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, psychotic disorders, PTSD, and OCD.

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Shubhada Reddy, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Reddy completed her general psychiatry training at the University of Illinois in Peoria, and went on to complete her child and adolescent fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern. She is double board certified in adult as well as child and adolescent psychiatry. She has experience working in various levels of care within mental health and has most recently served as the medical director for a partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient program (PHP/IOP) for adolescents in the Dallas/Forth Worth area. She Is knowledgeable in treating a wide variety of diagnoses including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, and eating disorders.

Dr. Reddy is passionate about working with LGBTQIA+ populations, providing culturally informed care, and taking a person-centered approach to providing comprehensive care to her patients. She is well versed in incorporating psychotherapeutic approaches, in conjunction with medication management, with special interests in cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy.

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Eduardo Rivera Mirabal, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Spanish
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Rivera Mirabal completed his undergraduate education in Neuroscience at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He received his Medical Doctorate at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He completed his Psychiatry Residency at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Rivera Mirabal has extensive experience and a genuine interest in treating patients with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, adjustment disorders, and trauma-related disorders. He is committed to fostering a collaborative and trusting relationship with each patient, working together to address mental health concerns and promote overall well-being. Dr Rivera Mirabal is a compassionate and skilled psychiatrist committed to providing holistic and humanistic care. He has robust training in psychotherapy, including psychodynamic, supportive, Acceptance and Commitment Psychotherapy (ACT), and CBT. He is bilingual (English and Spanish).

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Jennifer Ruch, DO
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Jennifer Ruch is a board-certified psychiatrist who strives to understand her patients’ lived experiences and aspirations to develop supportive therapeutic relationships through empathetic listening, mutual trust, and respect. She collaboratively creates individualized care plans that align with personal treatment goals in a safe and judgment-free environment.

After completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology with a focus in psychology from the University of California, Merced, she earned her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Ruch completed her General Psychiatry Residency at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in New York. Her clinical experience involves treating individuals of all age groups from diverse populations and socioeconomic backgrounds suffering from anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, and neurocognitive disorders.

She has provided care in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric facilities, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, emergency rooms, state facilities, and an inpatient chemical dependency center. She also performed pre-procedure psychological evaluations for bariatric and spinal cord surgeries, and psychiatric consult liaison services on medical units and has clinical training in inpatient and outpatient neurology. Her clinical experience incorporated treatment modalities such as pharmacotherapy and interventional psychiatry, including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Spravato.

Dr. Ruch integrates a wide array of psychotherapy as needed; however, her practice primarily focuses on medication management while utilizing referrals to therapists and providing collaborative care for optimal outcomes.

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Anastasia Ruiz, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Mandarin
Specialties
Medication Management

Doctor Ruiz is a board-certified psychiatrist with over five years of experience in psychiatry. She values the connections she makes with her clients. Dr. Ruiz works with her clients’ goals of treatment to achieve maximal results. Dr. Ruiz is a perinatal psychiatrist, and is specialized to treat women, pregnant women, and postpartum women.

Before becoming a psychiatrist, Dr. Ruiz worked as a cashier at Walgreens in high school, and later worked as a pharmacy technician through college where she received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. Dr. Ruiz later completed four-years of medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and an additional four-years of psychiatric residency training that included rotating in different specialties including psychiatry, internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, and neurology. Dr. Ruiz has a diverse experience in psychiatry, including working in psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, IOP and PHP programs, emergency rooms, consult-liaison, research, teaching, and academics. With her well-rounded experience, Dr. Ruiz is skilled in providing accurate psychiatric diagnosis and treatment for anxiety, depression, panic disorder, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, adjustment disorder, PMDD, perinatal and postpartum depression and anxiety, etc. Dr. Ruiz is up-to-date on literature and current treatment guidelines, and has authored research publications. She has received recognition and awards for her dedication and passion in the field of medicine and psychiatry.

Dr. Ruiz's practice focuses on a combination of medication management and therapy, as research demonstrates that this results in better outcomes. Dr. Ruiz has found that the most rewarding thing about her job is being a part of her clients’ journey to living the fullest of their lives, and she looks forward to bringing positivity to each appointment!

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Aurianna Santos, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Santos is a psychiatrist with more than 4 years of experience practicing in a variety of settings with an emphasis on psychiatric outpatient care. She is experienced in treating several psychiatric disorders including but not limited to: Bipolar and Related Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, and Substance Related and Addictive Disorders.

Dr. Santos received her medical degree from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia / Ochsner Clinical School in New Orleans, Louisiana. She completed her residency training at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Dr. Santos tailors her approach to the individual patient. She focuses on medication management and incorporates several therapeutic techniques including supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance therapy and mindfulness.

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Rachel Sherhart, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Rachel Sherhart is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who has been in practice for over 4 years. She specializes in medication management with 30-minute follow-up visits. This may be accompanied by elements of supportive therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and psychodynamic therapy. If more in-depth work is needed, she may refer patients to a collaborating psychotherapist.

Dr. Sherhart received her medical degree from Texas A&M Health Science Center and completed her psychiatry residency training at University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, Texas.  She has served as faculty at Texas A&M University College of Medicine, providing education and supervision for psychiatry residents and medical students.

She has experience treating adult patients from many walks of life with a broad range of diagnoses, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and trauma-related disorders. Dr. Sherhart has a passion for providing excellent patient care and education. Her goal is that patients feel heard and find a safe place to discuss their concerns. She is motivated to work collaboratively with patients to find a solution that best fits their treatment goals and improves their overall quality of life.

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Holly Shiao, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Holly Shiao is a psychiatrist who has worked extensively with medically complex patients, including a special focus in psycho-oncology with cancer patients. She is double board-certified in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. She has been practicing for over 7 years.

Before Talkiatry, Dr. Shiao worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. She also worked as an Assistant Professor and was Director of Emergency Psychiatry at the University of Chicago. She has presented nationally at the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and written a book chapter about psycho-oncology.

Dr. Shiao attended medical school at John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School at the University Health Science Center at Houston. She then completed an Adult Psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, followed by a Consultation-Liaison fellowship at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Shiao is interested in the mind-body connection in overall emotional and mental well-being. She likes to integrate therapy modalities, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, supportive therapy, mindfulness and meditation with medication management to optimize a patient’s mental health.

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Ayanna Swinton Jamison, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Ayanna Swinton Jamison is a board-certified psychiatrist with over 18 years of experience in general, and child and adolescent psychiatry. She has extensive experience in counseling, and medication management. Dr. Jamison is committed to educating her patients about their illness and providing personalized care for each patient.

Dr. Jamison received her undergraduate degree from Jackson State University. She graduated from Saint Louis University Medical School, and completed her residency training for general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Jamison is a proud mom of four who enjoys spending time with her family, and attending her kid’s sports event.

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Nilesh Tannu, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Hindi
Specialties
Medication Management

Nilesh Tannu, MD, is board-certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has been practicing General Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry since past 7 years at Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Tannu uses the bio-psycho-social model to provide evidence-based psychopharmacologic treatment. He also integrates supportive and cognitive-behavioral therapy modalities into his practice. Dr. Tannu is strongly committed to mental health care, education and helping patients achieve optimal functioning to accomplish their life goals.

Dr. Tannu completed his medical school from B.J. Medical College in Pune. He graduated adult psychiatry residency at University of Texas Medical School at Houston, where he also fulfilled the role of chief resident. During the residency training he won awards from Society of Biological Psychiatry, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education. After graduating residency, he stayed at the Texas medical Center as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry where he worked at UT Physicians Clinics and Memorial Hermann Hospital. He is also on Editorial Board for BMC Genomics- Journal.

Dr. Tannu practices adult general psychiatry and treats wide variety of psychiatric disorders including ADHD, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, insomnia, eating disorders along with complex medical co-morbidities.

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Mustafa Taquee, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Hindi
Gujarati
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Mustafa Taquee is a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, he completed his medical degree at Oakland University William Beaumont in Rochester, MI. He is a graduate of the Adult Psychiatry Residency Program at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia, MI. As a testament to Dr. Taquee’s desire to help patients reach their full potential, he has also completed a psychotherapy fellowship through the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute.

Dr. Taquee believes that every patient brings their own mosaic of experiences embedded in a unique story. He understands that building a strong therapeutic relationship through empathy, compassion, trust, and respect is essential. He enjoys taking time to understand his patient's goals, offer psychoeducation, and create a collaborative plan for treatment with the patient. He believes in a holistic approach to mental health treatment, which includes medication management, supportive and cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, as well as mind-body medicine techniques. He also has a special interest in psychodynamic therapy, an in-depth therapy modality, which he incorporates in all patient interactions and sessions.

Due to the diversity and richness of culture in southeast Michigan, Dr.Taquee has experience working with patients from varied backgrounds. He enjoys the challenge such a heterogeneous environment brings and is particularly fond of working with young adults experiencing life transitions. He also has experience working with patients from the lower socioeconomic backgrounds, adolescents, and geriatric populations.

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Elizabeth Tiffany, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr Elizabeth Tiffany is a compassionate psychiatrist boarded in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine.  She completed her residency in Psychiatry and Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at University of Cincinnati in Ohio. Since completing fellowship in 2016, she has held several positions with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs treating veterans with addictions and other mental health conditions. She has also worked for the University of Cincinnati providing psychiatric and addictions treatment to those admitted to the hospital for other medical concerns. She is passionate about education and was the addiction psychiatry fellowship director at both Oregon Health and Science University and University of Cincinnati, assisted in training general psychiatrists at both programs, and has given talks to physicians in various specialties to promote treatment of mental health concerns.

While considered a well-rounded psychiatrist who enjoys working with patients from a variety of backgrounds and situations, she has extensive experience working with patients who have experienced trauma and those who have psychiatric concerns and may be using more alcohol or cannabis than they would prefer. Dr Tiffany is a personable, nonjudgmental psychiatrist who will collaborate with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that combines medication management with psychotherapeutic tools for a more whole person approach to your recovery.

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Megan Tusken, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Megan Tusken is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her Medical Doctor degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Prior to joining Talkiatry, Dr. Tusken completed residency training in general psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Tusken provides evidence-based, patient-centered care and considers a trusting doctor patient relationship integral to helping her patients achieve their treatment goals. During training, Dr. Tusken gained extensive experience in inpatient, consult, emergency room, and outpatient practice settings with culturally and socioeconomically diverse patient populations. She also elected to acquire additional experience with specific patient populations, including patients with treatment-resistant depression, substance use disorders, and sleep disorders, as well as LGBTQ+ individuals and older adults

Dr. Tusken’s treatment approach is collaborative and holistic. She provides medication management for a variety of mental health conditions, with particular interest in mood and anxiety disorders. In addition to psychopharmacologic interventions, she firmly believes in the mind-body connection, and she incorporates psychotherapeutic techniques into her visits to provide the best, individualized care for each patient.

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Kaycia Vansickle, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Vansickle is a board‐certified adult psychiatrist, who has been in practice for over 25 years. At the heart of Dr. Vansickle's clinical approach is a strong emphasis on establishing trust and building a therapeutic relationship to help patients achieve their goals.

Dr. Vansickle'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. Vansickle 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 University of Texas Health Sciences Center San Antonio and went on to complete her internship at UAB, and residency in psychiatry from the University of Louisville Hospital, where she was chief resident, and the recipient of a national award in community psychiatry.

Dr. Vansickle then transitioned to working at both inpatient and outpatient practice as a Staff Psychiatrist primarily with facilities in Texas and Alabama for most of her career.

She has had experience in clinics affiliated with the VAMC and community mental health centers in Alabama, as well as with hospital-based clinics in Alabama, Kentucky, and Texas. She has treated seriously mentally ill patients on inpatient units and has performed psychiatric consultations to medically ill inpatients. She has experience with guardianship and competency evaluations, as well. She has supervised medical students, residents, and Nurse Practitioner practicum students.

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Mark Varela,MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Mark Varela is a board-certified psychiatrist joining Talkiatry directly out of residency. He focuses primarily on medication management, often accompanied by brief cognitive, motivational, or supportive therapy. He may request that you also meet with a therapist regularly for your benefit.

Dr. Varela received his medical degree and general psychiatric residency training both from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in west Texas. He treats young adults and adults with a wide variety of mental health concerns, including ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety, OCD, and PTSD.

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John Whittier, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. John Whittier is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, PTSD, insomnia, bipolar disorder, and ADHD.

Dr. Whittier is primarily focused on medication management of general psychiatric conditions. He approaches each client as an individual, using the one-hour initial intake to get a comprehensive look at each person’s unique needs. From there he works with his clients to provide options and flexibility in the treatment plan utilizing a combination of supportive therapy, medications, and evidence-based alternative therapies. Follow-ups typically last 20 to 30 minutes with the goal to evaluate the treatment plan and adjust accordingly. He also maintains a psychodynamic psychotherapy panel for hour-long appointments where he works with his clients to understand developmental and relational patterns that contribute to their symptoms.

Dr. Whittier attended the University of Colorado at Boulder for a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology prior to obtaining his master’s degree in Medical Science at Loyola University Chicago. He completed his training in medicine at the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont and then returned to Colorado to attend residency in psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He specialized in the psychotherapy scholars program there and has4 years of experience treating psychiatric conditions through telehealth.

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Amanda Wright, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management, LGBTQ+

Dr. Amanda Wright is a board certified adult Psychiatrist who has been in practice for ten years. Her practice offers in-depth evaluations for new patients, personalized medication management, and supportive and motivational therapy within 30-minute follow up visits. Dr. Wright’s professional interest is in mind- body wellness; she believes in psychotropic medication management as one of the tenants of overall wellness and also recognizes that non-medicinal interventions such as psychotherapy can enhance patients’ ability to reach their full potential. To that end, if Dr. Wright feels you would benefit from working with a therapist in conjunction to medication management, she welcomes collaboration with your therapy provider.

Dr. Wright is a graduate of The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio where she also completed her Psychiatric Internship and Residency training in 2013. From 2013 through 2022 she practiced Psychiatry in Louisiana. While practicing with Ochsner Health System, Dr. Wright was recognized locally (within her practice region) as “Provider of the Month” and later, “Provider of the Quarter” for the larger system of Ochsner. These awards were based primarily on patient feedback and highlight her warm and open approach as well as her genuine care for each patient’s best long term outcomes.

In 2022, Dr. Wright and her family moved back to her home state of Texas where she has been practicing both in- and outpatient Psychiatry within a hospital system in the Rio Grande Valley.  The broad scope of her professional experience lends itself to working with a variety of Psychiatric issues ranging from mood to anxiety spectrum disorders. Dr. Wright looks forward to returning her focus to outpatient Psychiatry and providing compassionate, individualized care for those seeking treatment.

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Fang Yang, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Mandarin
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Yang is board-certified in both general psychiatry and addiction psychiatry, and she holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience.

Dr. Yang received her medical degree from the Medical School of Nanjing University in China. She went on to complete her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the State University of New York in Buffalo, followed by several years of neuroscience research at Tufts University and Columbia University. She had completed her psychiatry residency training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston – McGovern Medical School (UTHealth) and the addiction psychiatry fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. After completing her training, Dr. Yang worked as a general and addiction psychiatrist at the Mental Health Clinic, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center at Houston. She also held an academic position at Baylor College of Medicine, supervising medical students, residents, and physician assistant students.

She is specialized in treating patients with a history of depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety, substance use disorders, ADHD, and trauma-related disorders. Dr. Yang’s practice focuses on medication management and she incorporates supportive therapy and motivational interviewing, striving to build a strong therapeutic relationship to help patients achieve their goals.

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Maxine Zhou, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Zhou is a board-certified psychiatrist who has more than 4 years of experience practicing in various clinical settings with an emphasis on mental health care in outpatient settings. She practices a holistic approach to developing an individualized plan to work toward a patient's goals. Dr. Zhou is experienced in treating depression, bipolar spectrum disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder generalized anxiety, and other related psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Zhou received her medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine and completed her adult psychiatry residency training at LSU Health Shreveport.

Dr. Zhou’s background and experiences have broadened her understanding of cultural stigmas and the relationship it plays in psychiatric care. She incorporates a multitude of treatment modalities such as supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness practices as an adjunct to pharmacotherapy. Dr. Zhou recognizes the value of a multifaceted approach to wellbeing and may recommend treatment modalities that are complementary to medication management.

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Frequently asked questions

What is a psychiatrist?

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions through medication management and supportive therapy. Think of a psychiatrist as a doctor for your mind. If you’re struggling with your mental health and aren’t sure where to start, a psychiatrist can help. 

Take our 10-minute assessment to see if Talkiatry is right for you and get matched with a psychiatrist in

Houston, TX

who meets your needs.

Is it better to see a psychiatrist or psychologist?

You may not need to choose between a psychologist and a psychiatrist—although there are differences in the types of treatment and expertise mental health professionals can provide, they often collaborate on your care.

That said, here’s a quick guide to help you decide if a psychologist or psychiatrist is the best starting place.

See a psychiatrist if:

  • You’re experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition that are making it hard to go about your day-to-day life.
  • You’re experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition and/or have a family history of mental health issues.
  • You’re interested in exploring psychiatric medications, such as antidepressants, for mental health treatment.

See a psychologist if:

  • You’re looking for a psychotherapy outlet to help address behavioral or emotional challenges.
  • The concern you’re hoping to address is specific to relationship challenges, stress, grieving, or a life transition.  

Not sure if your symptoms are severe enough to warrant medication? We always recommend consulting with a psychiatrist first to discuss your options. Also, keep in mind that if you’re looking for virtual care, you need to be sure your doctor or psychologist is registered to practice in

Houston, TX

(or for non-

Houston, TX

residents, the state where you live).

What is a psychiatrist vs therapist?

The term “therapist” can apply to a range of professionals including social workers, mental health counselors,psychologists, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychoanalysts. Working with a therapist generally involves regular talk therapy sessions where you discuss your feelings, problem-solving strategies,and coping mechanisms to help with your condition.

Psychiatrists are doctors who have specialized training in diagnosing and treating complex mental health conditions through medication management. If you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, or similar, a psychiatrist may be a good place to start. Other signs that you should see a psychiatrist include:

  • Your primary care doctor or another doctor thinks you may benefit from the services of a psychiatrist and provides a referral
  • You are interested in taking medication to treat a mental health condition
  • Your symptoms are severe enough to regularly interfere with your everyday life

While both therapy and psychiatry are both available online, you'll still need to be sure that the therapist or clinician is licensed to practice in

Houston, TX

(or for non-

Houston, TX

residents, the state where you live).

What to expect from your first psychiatrist visit?

It’s ok to be a little nervous about your first visit with your psychiatrist. But remember, they’re there to help you feel better.Psychiatrists have years of experience working with new patients and will help you feel comfortable during your sessions.

Here’s what to expect in your first visit at Talkiatry:

Evaluation: During your first visit with a Talkiatry psychiatrist, you’ll get to meet each other and answer questions about your current symptoms, personal history,medical history, and mental health goals.

Diagnosis: Based on the information you’ve shared, your psychiatrist will be able to provide a diagnosis of your condition, if you have one. Getting a diagnosis can feel scary, but it can also feel validating to finally put a name to what you've been experiencing. Your psychiatrist will help you navigate any emotions that come up and work with you on a path to move forward.

Treatment plan: You’ll collaborate with your psychiatrist on the best way to manage your symptoms. If medication is appropriate, you’ll discuss your options, including the benefits and potential side effects of each medication. Your psychiatrist will provide supportive therapy throughout your session and may also recommend working with one of our therapists. Our therapists partner with our psychiatrists in a collaborative model to provide holistic care.

To get started,take our free online assessment, to see if Talkiatry is right for you and get matched with a psychiatrist.

Will I need medication?

Medication can be an effective part of your treatment plan but medication is not right for everyone. Your psychiatrist will work with you to determine if medication is right for you.  

Ready to talk with a psychiatrist? Take our 10-minute online assessment to see if Talkiatry is right for you and get matched with a psychiatrist who serves in

Houston, TX

.

Also note that prescribing laws can vary from state to state. During yourfirst visit, your doctor will be able to talk you through how it works in

Houston, TX

(or for non-

Houston, TX

residents, the state where you live).

What is the cost of a psychiatrist visit in
Houston, TX
?

The main factor that determines the cost of your visit is your insurance coverage. The majority of our patients pay $25 or less per visit.* If you have a deductible plan and haven’t met your deductible yet, the average cost is between $325 and $414. The best way to get an estimate of your total cost is to contact your insurance company and ask about their coverage for outpatient psychiatric services.

*Includes all types of patient costs: copayment, deductible, and coinsurance. Excludes no-shows and includes $0 payments.

What treatments are available for mental disorders?

Medication and talk therapy (also called psychotherapy) are the gold standard for treating mental health conditions but treatment is highly personalized. A treatment that works for you may not work for someone else. Luckily, psychiatrists are experts in treating mental health conditions and can guide you through different treatment options and help you find one that’s right for you.

At Talkiatry, we make it easy to find a psychiatrist in

Houston, TX

who matches your needs. Take our 10-minute online assessment to see if Talkiatry is right for you.

What can’t Talkiatry treat?

Our goal is to help you find the best treatment option for your needs and there may be some cases where virtual care isn't the right fit. If this is the case, your psychiatrist will be able to recommend other treatment options within your first visit. Our 10-minute online assessment will also help you determine whether or not Talkiatry is the right fit for your care.

What we can’t treat: Schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorders: This is a complex condition that responds best to treatments that aren’t safe to provide in an online-only setting. Since we’re a virtual practice, we aren’t able to treat patients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorders.

Certain personality disorders, like borderline personality disorder: Generally,borderline personality disorder doesn’t respond well to medication. As a psychiatry practice, one of our main focuses is medication management. One of the most effective treatments for borderline personality disorder is dialectical behavioral therapy, which is something our clinicians aren’t specialized in.

Patients who have been hospitalized or required to stay overnight in a clinic or in-patient setting for a mental health condition in the last 6 months: Our goal is to provide safe, effective care. For patients who have been required to stay overnight for a condition, a virtual practice can’t provide the right level of care.

Patients looking for therapy only: Our psychiatrists specialize in medication management. While we do have some therapists on staff to support patients who’d benefit from both medication and dedicated therapy, we don’t treat patients looking for talk therapy only.

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