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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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Mohammed Ansari, DO
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Mohammed Ansari is an adult psychiatrist, board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has extensive experience in various practice settings and specializes in treating Adjustment disorder, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, insomnia and working through psychosocial stressors that his patients are experiencing.

Dr. Ansari focuses on medication management while also examining underlying causes contributing to mental illness including diet, exercise, and psychosocial stressors. He emphasizes taking a multifactorial approach to every case to ensure that he and his patients can identify the goals of treatment and underlying biopsychosocial presentation. It’s important to consider treatments that emphasize mindfulness, self-care, goal setting and process-oriented thinking to help achieve patient's maximum functioning and achieve benefit from mental health treatment.

Dr. Ansari enjoys working with his patients on setting tangible and realistic goals and working towards those goals with a mix of medications and therapy. He believes in a team-based approach to providing psychiatric care and working with his patients on choosing the treatment that they feel confident about.

Dr. Ansari completed his undergraduate degree with a focus on cultural anthropology while completing all prerequisites for attending medical school. Following that, he completed 4 years of medical school education at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine and then completed 4 years of Psychiatry residency training in South Florida at Woodmont Hospital. He received the honor of being named chief resident for his final year of psychiatry residency training.

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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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Victor Balta, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Spanish
Specialties
Medication Management, Geriatric

Dr. Balta is board-certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine. He is also psychoanalyst certified by the Manhattan's William Alanson White Institute. Throughout the years he has worked in different settings including inpatient psychiatry, addiction rehabilitation, administration and grants development.

He believes that there must be an initial phase of proactive psycho-pharmaco-therapy trials to find the best individualized medications. There are always psychological roots to a person's sufferings-symptoms and the goal is to learn the connection of the past to present symptoms, and work toward overcoming and having a balanced functional life.

Dr. Balta received his medical degree from Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru and he did his training in Internal Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri and psychiatric training at the Albert Einstein Program, in the Bronx Psychiatric Center. Dr. Balta has also held administrative medical directorship positions in New York and in Florida.

Dr. Balta provides psychiatric and psychodynamic treatment of adults 18 years and older. He provides holistic, integrated medical and psychotherapy interventions to alleviate and overcome sufferings-symptoms. His treatments are individualized, measured, psychopharmacological interventions that ideally are not indefinite.

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John Banks III, DO
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. John “Will” Banks is a board-eligible psychiatrist who completed his General Psychiatry residency training at Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, NY. During his residency training at Stony Brook University Hospital, Dr. Banks was selected by faculty to serve as an administrative chief resident based on his leadership qualities and integrity. He received numerous awards during his residency training including the Excellence in Compassionate Care Award, Academic Achievement Award, and Harold Pass Excellence in Psychotherapy Award. He also served as an Outpatient Senior Resident to help junior residents acclimate to the outpatient treatment setting and telehealth format.

Dr. Banks implements an integrative approach to his practice that primarily utilizes medication management and various psychotherapy disciplines such as cognitive-behavioral, supportive, and psychodynamic techniques. While Dr. Banks is trained in a variety of therapeutic fields, he works collaboratively with therapists and may recommend their inclusion as part of your treatment team to provide you with the level of care you deserve. The duration of follow-up appointments with Dr. Banks is typically 20-30 minutes.

He received his master’s degree from University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, TX. He then completed medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine – Seton Hill in Greensburg, PA where he served as president of his medical school’s chapter of Sigma Sigma Phi Honorary Service Fraternity and co-founder of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Campus Club. Upon graduation from medical school, Dr. Banks completed his residency training in General Psychiatry at Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, NY.

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John Bellavia, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management, Geriatric, LGBTQ+

Dr. Bellavia is an experienced board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in adult psychiatry. He was a faculty member of the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle for 8 years and has been a medical director and attending psychiatrist in several clinical settings including academic medical centers, outpatient private practice and consultation.

Dr Bellavia works collaboratively with each patient to identify presenting problems and stressors and utilizes evidence-based medication treatments along with individualized supportive and short-term psychotherapy strategies to reduce symptoms and improve function. If clinically indicated, he may recommend adding a psychotherapist to your care team.

Dr. Bellavia has particular interest in treating psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to, depression and bipolar disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, and adjustment problems. He has extensive experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, university students, creative and tech professionals, and expat communities. He uses a relaxed, nonjudgmental, empathic approach that is holistic and considers the biological, psychological, social, and cultural factors that impact mental well-being.

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Gira Borad, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
Hindi
English
Gujarati
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Borad is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and has specialized in Addiction Psychiatry. She finished her residency from WVU campus of Charleston, WV  and finished Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship from UPMC/Western Psychiatry Institute, Pittsburgh, PA. She has previously worked as an Assistant Professor at WVU of Charleston, where she was involved in working with residents in inpatient and outpatient settings, provided psychiatric consult services to hospitalized patients, and was part of the Outpatient Comprehensive Opioid treatment program where she provided Medication Assisted Treatment for patients with substance use disorders. She has interest in treating patients with mood , anxiety and psychotic disorders.

Dr. Borad has special interest in treating individuals having Substance use history and struggling to quit, and has expertise in treating patients with dual diagnosis of substance use with other psychiatric conditions. She primarily does medication management, in addition to providing some supportive therapy and Motivational interviewing to her patients in her 30minutes follow up appointments, in addition, may suggest to bring in a therapist to add to your care if clinically necessary.

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Giselle Brito, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Spanish
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Giselle Brito is board-certified in adult psychiatry and has been practicing for over 4 years. She received her medical degree from San Juan Bautista, School of Medicine in Puerto Rico and continued her medical education at Jackson Memorial Hospital & University of Miami Hospital for her 4-year psychiatry residency training program. After completing her training Dr. Brito worked at the Miami Veterans Affair Hospital and then the Orlando Veterans Affair Hospital in the primary care mental health integrated model. Dr. Brito also holds certification in Perinatal Mental Health.

Dr. Brito's practice focuses on medication management and supportive psychotherapy in typically 30-min follow up visits. At times additional psychotherapy is needed and a therapist may be added to provide best outcome.

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Stephen Brogdon, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Steve Brogdon is a board-certified psychiatrist who has been practicing psychiatry since 2007. He completed residency at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center and then worked in a number of community psychiatry settings. This offered an excellent opportunity to hone his craft and become an expert in psychopharmacology.

After several years in a successful private practice, he joined one of the oldest interventional psychiatric practices on the West Coast. There he participated in research and treatment with rapid acting medications, transcranial magnetic stimulation, psychedelics, deep brain stimulation, and vagal nerve stimulation.

He continues to treat a variety of conditions as well as offer consultations with other psychiatrists on difficult cases.  He uses a variety of therapeutic techniques, but is mostly interested in collaborating with patients, helping them understand what medications and supplements can and can’t do, so that they can make an informed decision on which treatment to pursue. This is done with therapy aimed at figuring out the unique cause of mental illness, and what changes patients can make to live their best lives.

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Hector Cardiel-Sam, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Spanish
Specialties
Child/Adolescent, Medication Management

Dr Cardiel- Sam is Board Certified in both General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He completed undergraduate training at University of Miami followed by medical school at St. Georges University. He has completed Residency in Psychiatry at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center and fellowship training for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Penn State University.  


His training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has given him a unique perspective on mental illness. He has found that these conditions rarely start in adulthood, but rather, are a product of multiple factors and years of lived experience. For this reason, Dr Cardiel- Sam approaches his patients through a trauma informed lens; an acknowledgement of the unique story and challenges that each individual has faced. He is comfortable treating a wide variety of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD and many more.


Working with Dr Cardiel- Sam, you can expect holistic and collaborative psychiatric treatment. He believes that medication along with therapeutic treatment should fit seamlessly into a patient’s life, with minimal inconvenience. He strives to empower patients in shared medical decision making, making time to explain risks/benefits and alternatives for treatment.

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Maria Carvajal-Ramirez, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Spanish
Specialties
Medication Management, Child/Adolescent

Dr. Maria Teresa Carvajal is an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist. She is originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador, and is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Dr. Carvajal earned her medical degree from Universidad de Guayaquil in Ecuador. She then participated in a medical program at The William J. Harrington Training Program for Latin America and the Caribbean, at Jackson Memorial Hospital, an affiliate of University of Miami in Florida. Afterwards, she completed her adult psychiatry residency at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Bronx Care Health System and her fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Northwell Health in New York. She has experience working in various settings including inpatient, outpatient, and the emergency department.

Dr. Carvajal has submitted and presented work in the American Psychiatric Association and has also collaborated in a book publication.

Dr. Carvajal has experience treating children and adults with anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, dementia, etc. She utilizes medication management in conjunction with emotional and supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. She is passionate about her work and understands the impact of mental illnesses in daily life activities and in the family system. She will work with each patient in an individualized manner and will tailor personalized treatment plans that may include pharmacological treatment. In addition, Dr. Carvajal may recommend including a therapist in your care team to provide the best outcome.

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Alejandra Cattan, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Spanish
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Alejandra Cattan is a bilingual Psychiatrist that delivers care in English and Spanish. She went to medical school in Buenos Aires, Argentina and completed her psychiatry residency at Bronx Care Health system. She then completed additional training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at NY Medical College Psychoanalytic Institute. After completing residency, she worked as an attending psychiatrist in New York and later transitioned to dedicated outpatient work.

Dr. Cattan brings exceptional care to her patients. She provides supportive psychotherapy and applies psychodynamic psychotherapy skills to discover the root of their suffering, in conjunction with medication management resources.

Dr. Cattan believes in a biopsychosocial model to address her patients’ issues. Her areas of expertise include  medication management, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder ,PTSD and substance use disorders.

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Lourdes Chahin, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Spanish
Specialties
Medication Management, Child/Adolescent

Dr. Lourdes J Chahin is a bilingual (Spanish) Child, Adolescent and Adult psychiatrist. She completed her adult residency at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, and her Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She has over 20 years of experience helping children, adolescents and adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD, phobias, bipolar mood disorder and many other psychiatric conditions.

Dr. Chahin has practiced in various settings over her career: outpatient private practice, community mental health, Nurse Practitioners and medical student supervision, partial hospitalization and dual diagnosis rehabilitation programs. She is licensed in the states of New York, Florida and Georgia.

She also volunteers at the largest free clinic in Florida, helping uninsured children, teenagers and families who cannot otherwise afford mental health care. She enjoys writing medical poetry, and her poems have been published in the AACAP journal.

Dr. Chahin is very passionate about what she does and she loves making a difference in people’s lives. It is her philosophy to consider patients and their families as unique, taking the time to listen carefully to all of their concerns, building trust gradually and offering medications only when absolutely necessary. In addition to psychopharmacology, she uses psycho education, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, supportive and mindfulness-based therapies.

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

Dr. Clark is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She is fellowship-trained in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and has been in practice for 11 years. She received her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.  Dr. Clark then completed her residency training and continued her training in child and adolescent fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia.

Dr. Clark works with patients to create an environment where they feel comfortable and supported.  She focuses on medication management along with supportive therapy. Normally visits are 30-minute follow-ups to allow time to focus on areas of support needed.  If additional therapy is recommended, she will request a therapist be added to your care team to meet all your needs.

Dr. Clark has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings with adult and child and adolescent populations.  She has worked in private practice as well as community mental health where she worked with reaching under-served communities.

Dr. Clark has a passion for treating both adult and child and adolescent patients with anxiety and depression.  


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Bryce Cragg, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Bryce Cragg is a board-certified psychiatrist with over 10 years of experience in medicine, medical education, and research. He has a special interest in treating anxiety and depression, and he is passionate about helping his patients achieve their mental health goals. Dr. Cragg is a strong advocate for evidence-based treatments, and he is committed to providing his patients with the highest quality of care.

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Swarnalata Debbarma, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Bengali
Hindi
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Debbarma is double board certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Debbarma is also certified in mindfulness therapy. Prior to joining Talkiatry, Dr. Debbarma was working as an attending psychiatrist and teaching faculty in an Academic hospital. She has experience of managing diverse patients ranging from chronic severe mental illness , dual diagnosis patients, crisis management and high functioning outpatients population.

Dr. Debbarma is an International medical graduate from India with post graduate training in Psychiatry and Family Medicine.  To better understand USA public health and preventive care, Dr. Debbarma pursued advanced degree in Master of Public Health from Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. Due to interest in global health, Dr. Debbarma worked as a post-doctoral fellow in Global Health at Rutgers university. Dr. Debbarma completed psychiatry residency from Cooper University Hospital and served as a chief resident.

Dr. Debbarma has diverse experiences in health care. Prior to moving to USA, she worked as a medical officer in government hospital system. Dr. Debbarma has years of experience in treating patients from different cultural and religious background. As an Individual Dr. Debbarma is intrigued by human mind and behavior that’s why she choose to specialize in psychiatry. She focuses on "wholeness" by understanding the whole person not just their symptoms.

Her treatment approach includes bio-psycho-sociocultural model and patient centered care.  She offers medication management and supportive therapy. Based on clinical need Dr. Debbarma also incorporate CBT, Mindfulness, MI. Dr. Debbarma has special interest in women mental health and cultural psychiatry.

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Sarah Debrey, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Debrey is board-certified in adult psychiatry. Her approach is client-centered, individualized, and collaborative. She focuses on building a strong therapeutic alliance with each client to work towards achieving enhanced functioning and meaning in their lives. She works with individuals experiencing a wide range of mental health concerns, including depression and other mood concerns, bipolar spectrum illnesses, OCD, PTSD, anxiety disorders, and substance use disorders. Though she specializes in medication management, she believes in an integrative and comprehensive treatment program that incorporates multiple aspects of an individual’s health and wellness.

Along with discussion of physical health concerns, diet, exercise, personal connection, and stress management, she incorporates aspects of various therapeutic modalities, including CBT, DBT, ACT and mindfulness, into her work. In some instances, Dr. Debrey may recommend more intensive psychotherapy with a collaborating therapist in order to help facilitate the best care possible.

Dr. Debrey received her medical degree from Rush Medical College. She also holds a graduate degree in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Following medical school, she completed her residency in psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine. During her final year of residency, she served as chief resident at Grady Memorial Hospital. Prior to joining Talkiatry, Dr. Debrey was as an assistant professor at Emory University Department of Psychiatry, where she worked as an attending psychiatrist at Grady Behavioral Health. While at Grady, Dr. Debrey worked primarily as a community psychiatrist with a focus on working with individuals experiencing psychosis. She also frequently worked on the inpatient psychiatry service at Grady. As an Emory faculty member, teaching and mentorship were an especially meaningful part of her work.

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Thayanne Delima-Tokarz, DO
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Portuguese
Spanish
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Delima-Tokarz is double Board Certified in Psychiatry and Lifestyle medicine. She completed her psychiatry residency training at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt, where she served as the chief resident. She has practiced in various settings over her career including working for the Department of Defense, private practice, as well as community mental health. Dr. Delima-Tokarz is fluent in Portuguese, English, and Spanish.

Dr. Delima-Tokarz has more than five years of experience treating patients with anxiety, depression, PTSD, Bipolar, OCD, ADHD, and other mental health issues. She employs pharmacotherapy along with supportive therapy and integrative approaches. Dr. Delima-Tokarz is currently working on completing her Ph.D. in Integrative Medicine and is passionate about a holistic and integrative approach to mental health. Her philosophy includes a healing-oriented approach that considers the whole person, including all lifestyle aspects.

Dr. Delima-Tokarz aims to provide collaborative and comprehensive care which may include medication management, lifestyle interventions, stress reduction techniques, as well as other integrative approaches. She believes building a strong therapeutic relationship where the patient feels empowered is the key to healing.

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Kevin DiCesare, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Kevin DiCesare is a board-certified psychiatrist, treating adults. He received his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, his medical degree at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and then went on to train at Maine Medical Center for his psychiatric residency. He has 22 years of expertise in diagnosing and treating psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety, Bipolar spectrum disorders, adjustment problems, and other disorders. He is well versed in psychopharmacological interventions, but is a proponent of patients also seeing a therapist whenever appropriate. He prides himself in collaboratively arriving at treatment decisions with his patients, and taking the time to listen to their concerns and answer their questions.

Dr. DiCesare has worked in various settings, including community mental health centers and large hospital systems, with experience in inpatient, outpatient, and consultative roles. Prior to joining Talkiatry, he most recently served as an attending psychiatrist on the staff of Southern New Hampshire Health System, where he provided consultative care to referrals made from primary care providers and various specialists.

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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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Albert Fernandez, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Spanish
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Albert Fernandez is a board-certified physician who specializes in adult psychiatry. He has expertise in medication management and psychotherapy. His practice emphasizes a holistic approach to treatment and his style is empathic, insight-oriented, and flexible. He has particular interests in helping individuals struggling with depression, difficulty functioning at work or school, life transitions, bipolar spectrum disorders, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorders, relationship struggles, anxiety disorders, sleep disturbances, low self-esteem, and more.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in Psychology with a certificate in Neuroscience. He earned his M.D. from Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University and completed his residency training in psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Morningside and West Hospitals. He has supervised junior residents and medical students. He also worked as a staff psychiatrist at Fordham University and published a review article on the effects of residential relocation on mental health.  He is currently a Post-Doctoral Candidate in the Adult Analytic Training Program at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

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Joyln Ferrell, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Joyln Ferrell is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in providing patient-centered care to treat depression and anxiety disorders. She enjoys working with patients to improve their quality of life and helping them reach their specific treatment goals. She received her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine, and also holds a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Georgia. She completed her residency training in psychiatry at VA Boston/Harvard Medical School with significant training experiences at McLean Hospital. She additionally completed a fellowship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

Dr. Ferrell provides medication management in conjunction with supportive therapy. A typical followup visit will average 20-30 minutes. In some cases, additional therapy support may be needed and a separate individual therapist may be brought into your care team to help you achieve the best treatment outcome.

Dr. Ferrell looks forward to meeting you and helping you on your journey to achieving a greater level of self-awareness and overall wellness. Note that Talkiatry takes medication management seriously. Limited and cautious use of controlled medications will be applied.

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Alicia Garcete, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Spanish
Specialties
Medication Management, Child/Adolescent

Dr. Alicia Garcete is a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist in practice for over 12 years. Her practice focuses on medication management, recognizing  family involvement is extremely important and is an integral part of treatment. Dr. Garcete has treated a wide variety of patients with medication management and she can provide supportive therapy and elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy but on occasions more therapy support is needed. Additionally, she can provide supportive therapy and elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy but on occasions more therapy support may be needed, and the recommendation to bring a psychotherapist on the care team may occur to provide an optimal outcome. Dr. Garcete is bilingual and provides care in both Spanish and English.

Prior to Talkiatry, Dr. Garcete treated children, adolescents, and adults was at the intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization levels of care with focus on behavioral approaches in the Depression recovery and Anxiety/OCD programs.

Dr. Garcete earned her Medical Degree from the Universidad Nacional de Asuncion, Facultad de Ciencias Medicas in Paraguay. She completed her general psychiatrist residency at Maimonides Medical Center in New York. She was also a Fellow in Psychoanalysis at the Psychoanalytic Institute, Affiliate to New York University School of Medicine, and completed her child and adolescent psychiatrist fellowship at Elmhurst Hospital Center, affiliate to Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Garcete also held a clinical assistant professor appointment from the department of psychiatry at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

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Caitlin Gardiner, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management, Child/Adolescent

Dr. Caitlin Gardiner is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy.

Dr. Caitlin Gardiner's practice is based on the biopsychosocial model and believes that the foundation of healing is in psychotherapy and human connection. She is known for incorporating therapy into her medication management practice. Typically she offers 30-minute follow-up visits for medication management with focused therapy based on individual needs.

As a known helper, Dr. Gardiner started her career with a bachelors degree in social work from Cazenovia College in Cazenovia, NY. After changing career paths she received her medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. She stayed at Upstate to complete her general psychiatry residency where she was chief resident during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following this, she completed her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Upstate due to the high quality of training. Dr. Gardiner has completed 3 years of advanced training in Dynamic Deconstructive Psychotherapy as well as specialized training in DBT.

Dr. Gardiner is a well -rounded psychiatrist who enjoys treating youth and young adults during transitional phases of life while providing a safe and supportive environment. She believes strongly in reducing polypharmacy and providing high-quality medication management through a therapeutic and developmental lens.

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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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Shelby Goicochea, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Spanish
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Goicochea is Peruvian and speaks Spanish fluently. She is a “triple Gator” having completed her undergraduate and medical degree at the University of Florida (UF) and psychiatric training at UF Jacksonville. She was recognized by the Gold Humanism Honor Society for exemplary service, integrity, clinical excellence and compassion and awarded Resident of the Year for exceptional clinical skills and commitment to patients.

Dr. Goicochea is an adult psychiatrist who specializes in providing person-centered mental health care. She believes in a comprehensive, holistic approach to best improve the overall well-being of her patients; she explores psychosocial and physical health contributions to psychiatric symptoms and incorporates therapy into visits to develop a deeper understanding of the particular psychiatric concerns and their impact on patients’ lives. Dr. Goicochea actively listens and creates an empathetic, non-judgmental space to work collaboratively with patients in achieving treatment goals.

Dr. Goicochea's expertise is in the combination of evidence-based medication management with psychotherapy including supportive, person-centered, cognitive behavioral, acceptance and commitment, interpersonal, and solution focused therapy. While she enjoys working with young adults, her skills and experience allow her to effectively assist patients of all ages. Her clinical areas of interest include the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and ADHD.

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Milena Goldshmidt, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Russian
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Milena Goldshmidt is double-boarded in Adult Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine and has been practicing for 10 years. She enjoys working from home after the new addition to her family.

Dr. Goldshmidt's focus is on medication management as well as supportive and emotionally focused therapy. She gives ample time in new patient appointments and has 30-minute follow up sessions. She is a believer of additional therapy and/or additional medical and procedural therapies, if needed, to provide the best care and outcomes to her patients.

Dr. Goldshmidt is a graduate of the American University of Antigua. She started her psychiatric career with residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center/Sheppard Pratt. She then moved up to New England to attend a Sleep Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She has since worked on an inpatient psychiatric unit in Lake Champlain NY. This was followed by an outpatient in both psychiatry and sleep medicine at St. Lukes University Health Network in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania.

In addition to general psychiatry, Dr. Goldshmidt is board certified in Sleep Medicine. She also completed training in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation at Duke University. She did her undergraduate studies at Hunter College in New York City. She has vast experience with the whole spectrum of psychiatric disorders, she concentrates on anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and all sleep disorders.

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Anisha Gulati, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Gulati is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who has been in practice for over 10 years. She has worked in inpatient units, private practice, and community mental health, as well as served as Chief Medical Officer of a large psychiatric hospital. In 2018 she was awarded the Charleston Choice Award for Best Psychiatrist in Charleston, South Carolina. She currently resides in South Florida.

Dr. Gulati's practice centers around treating the whole patient: mind, body, and spirit. She believes the judicious use of psychiatric medications, coupled with psychotherapy and alternative treatments such as meditation and yoga, can bring about transformative changes in the lives of those suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental conditions and life issues.

Dr. Gulati graduated with Honors in Psychology from The University of Florida, received her medical degree from The University of South Alabama School of Medicine, completed a clinical postdoctoral research fellowship at Boston University School of Medicine, and completed her Psychiatry residency training at The University of North Carolina. She is currently obtaining her MBA. After residency, she worked as a psychiatric hospitalist at Trident Medical Center in Charleston and has also worked in private practice. Most recently she served as Chief Medical Officer for an 80-bed psychiatric hospital- Coral Shores Behavioral Hospital in Stuart, FL.

In addition to general adult psychiatry, Dr. Gulati received extensive training in one of the nation's largest women's mood disorder programs at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and enjoys treating peripartum and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. She is also well trained in addiction medicine and received additional training in buprenorphine use for opioid addiction.

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Alexandra Hamlyn, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management, Child/Adolescent

Dr. Alexandra Hamlyn is a board-certified adult psychiatrist and board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. She completed her medical education at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and then completed her residency in adult psychiatry at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. She then went on to complete her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at NYU Langone and Bellevue Hospital. During this time, she also taught a course titled Love Actually at NYU School of Arts and Science. During training, Dr. Hamlyn gained extensive clinical experience in psychiatric inpatient, outpatient, and emergency settings, allowing her the opportunity to treat patients of all ages and backgrounds in numerous busy hospitals in New York City.  

Dr. Hamlyn’s primary focus is on medication management though she also has experience working in four different outpatient clinics where she has gained expertise in multiple different therapy modalities. If appropriate, Dr. Hamlyn will refer you for psychotherapy and collaborate with your therapist to support your care. She appreciates the importance of fostering a meaningful therapeutic relationship, and her goal is to make every patient feel welcomed in a non-judgmental treatment environment. She also takes a holistic approach as she understands that good health creates a sense of overall well-being and improved mental health. She strongly emphasizes the importance of mindfulness, self-compassion, exercise, nutrition, and interpersonal relationships throughout treatment. She looks forward to meeting and working with you.

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John Hendrick, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. John Hendrick is a practicing Psychiatrist most recently serving as Medical Director for Clinical Services at Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital in Chattanooga, TN. After several years of private practice he had served as Chief of Inpatient Psychiatric Services and then as Chief of Psychiatry at Mountain Home VA Medical Center. During his time at Mountain Home VA he was also a Professor of Psychiatry at Quillen Medical School at East Tennessee State University where he taught General Psychiatry courses and the Neurosciences of Psychiatry. His specialties include affective and anxiety disorders and he has specific expertise in neuropsychiatry, psychopharmacology and alternative treatments for affective disorders.

He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is a Past President of both the Tennessee Psychiatric Association and the Southern Psychiatric Association. He has been awarded a Distinguished Service Award from the United States Public Health Service. He has been twice named the Outstanding Teacher Award from the ETSU Psychiatry Residency program and was awarded Course Director of the year for the Neurosciences residency course he developed. He holds an Irma J. Bland Award for Excellence in Psychiatric Education from the APA. He has extensive psychiatric background in practice and as a teacher. He practices psychotherapy from an Eriksonian perspective and is well versed in individual and psychodynamic psychotherapies.

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Reaghan Hicks, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Reaghan Hicks is a double board-certified psychiatrist in General and Addiction Psychiatry. She completed her undergraduate training at The College of Charleston followed by medical school at The University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Hicks completed Residency in General Psychiatry at The University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville followed by Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at The Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr. Hicks is an experienced clinician that specializes in treating individuals with a variety of diagnoses including adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and substance use disorders.


She has an approachable style and values building rapport with her patients. She believes it is a privilege to be a part of someone’s journey towards recovery and wellness. Dr. Hicks aims to meet each patient where they are while maintaining a nonjudgemental, patient-centered, and evidenced-based treatment approach.
Dr. Hicks provides supportive psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral skills, and utilizes motivational interviewing to meet the needs of her patients. She believes effective utilization of therapy skills in conjunction with medication management can help patients meet their individualized treatment goals.

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Joy James, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Punjabi
Urdu
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. James is a board certified adult psychiatrist. She has 32 years of clinical experience and worked as a Chief of Psychiatry at Pro Medica healthcare company. She has experience in outpatient, inpatient, Consult Liaison and ER settings. Dr. James graduated from Tufts University Boston's affiliated program. She was awarded the resident teaching award for excellent teaching program at Steward  St. Elizabeth Medical Center Boston where she initiated in her residency program. Her inclination is towards community adult psychiatry and is invested in the care of the families and a variety of individual adult populations.

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Patricia Klaine, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Patricia Klaine is an attending physician working at Talkiatry. She is board certified in adult psychiatry. After completing her training in adult psychiatry, she continued her education by completing a fellowship in consultation-liaison psychiatry which enables her to confidently treat patients with a variety of medical comorbidities. Dr. Klaine focuses on medication management. She offers this in addition to supportive psychotherapy in 30-minute follow up visits. For some patients, it may be important to bring in additional psychotherapy for well-rounded care.

Dr. Klaine received her medical degree from St. George's University in Grenada. Following that she completed her training in general adult psychiatry at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She went on to complete a fellowship in consultation-liaison psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. After completing her training, she worked on an inpatient psychiatric unit before deciding to transition into outpatient psychiatric care. She looks forward to a collaborative relationship with her patients.

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Emily Komarczyk, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Komarczyk is a board-eligible adult psychiatrist. She takes a special interest in developing the therapeutic alliance with each patient by providing an informative, encouraging, and holistic approach to mental health.  At the heart of her practice is creating a warm, empathetic, and non-judgmental space that allows her to work collaboratively with her patients to help them achieve their goals. Her treatment plans include evidence-based medication management as well as cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy. At times, Dr. Komarczyk may believe that additional therapy can be helpful and incorporate a therapist into your care plan.

Dr. Komarczyk focuses on treating adult patients suffering from a diversity of disorders, including major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and addiction. She takes a special interest in treating patients with OCD. Dr. Komarczyk graduated valedictorian from Hawaii Pacific University, where she majored in biology/human health sciences. She completed her medical degree at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. During her time in medical school, she was heavily involved in research examining how horsemanship groundwork exercises in equine therapy can be used to improve medical students’ bedside manners. She went on to complete her residency training at Florida Atlantic University where she served as a chief resident. She received The Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award that recognizes outstanding humanistic teaching residents as identified by their medical students.

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Sujal Kotadia, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Hindi
Gujarati
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Kotadia is a board-certified psychiatrist who completed his psychiatry residency training program at Nassau University Medical Center in Long Island, NY. After completing training, he has been practicing outpatient psychiatry and specializes in the evaluation and management of major psychiatric disorders including depression, and anxiety. He uniquely combines his education, training and practical experiences into specialized treatment plans. Typically, he offers this in conjunction with supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Kotadia may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.

A story that Dr. Kotadia came across years back still inspires him each day. A man was taking a morning walk at the beach. He saw that along with the morning tide, came hundreds of starfish. When the tide receded, the starfish were left behind and would die in the morning sun. While the tide was fresh, and the starfish were alive, the man took a few steps, picked one up and threw it into the water and continued throwing starfish back into the ocean. Behind him was a stranger who couldn’t understand what this man was doing. He caught up with him and asked, “What are you doing? There are hundreds of starfish. How many can you help? What difference does it make?” The man did not reply, rather he took two more steps, picked up another one, threw it into the water, and said, “It makes a difference to this one.”

With this story as his motivation and ultimate objective, it has always been Dr. Kotadia’s goal, with each patient, to provide superior services..

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Puja Kumar, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management, Child/Adolescent

Dr. Puja Kumar is trained in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry. She is a board-certified pediatrician who, after five years of pediatric practice, decided to pursue her passion in psychiatry.

Dr. Kumar provides medication management in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. In addition, she believes in taking a holistic approach to each patient and emphasizes the impact of lifestyle, parenting practices, and family dynamics in treatment.

Dr. Kumar completed her BSc at University of Calgary and received her medical degree from St. George's University in Grenada. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Maimonides Medical Center in NY, and went on to practice pediatrics with the MedStar Shah Medical Group in Maryland. Dr. Kumar received her training in child and adult psychiatry at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center.

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Christopher La Riche, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Spanish
Portuguese
French
Italian
Specialties
Addiction, Medication Management

Dr. Christopher La Riche’s humanistic, person-centered approach to working with patients started with a literature degree from Yale University and an applied linguistics Masters from Columbia University. He is a fluent speaker of six languages (English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German and French) which allows him to care for patients in their preferred language. After earning his MD with clinical distinction from Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico, he did his residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in addiction psychiatry at the University of Miami. He then completed a two-year psychotherapy fellowship at the Florida Psychoanalytic Institute where he was recognized with the institute’s psychotherapy award each year.

Dr. La Riche is double-board certified in Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry and specializes in diagnosing/treating psychiatric and addictive disorders, including bipolar spectrum disorders and depression, addictions (and co-occurring disorders), anxiety and the effects of early-life trauma on adult experience. His publications include a book chapter in the Neurobiology of Mood Disorders He is an impassioned advocate for the humane treatment of people with addictions and mental-health disorders and has lectured in Brazil, Paraguay, Portugal and across the United States on a range of topics including the science of depression to the importance of psychological freedom. At Talkiatry, he offers appointments for medication management with focused therapy in 30-minute sessions and when needed may suggest inviting a therapist to join the team to ensure comprehensive support and guidance.

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Lindsay Legnon, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Lindsay Legnon is board-certified in Psychiatry and has 15 years of experience in outpatient clinical psychiatry. Her focus is primarily on medication management, but she does incorporate brief cognitive behavioral therapy and supportive therapy when appropriate. If more extensive psychotherapy is felt to be beneficial, she will recommend a therapist and collaborate with them for optimal care.

She completed her medical degree at Louisiana State University in Shreveport and her residency at Tulane University in New Orleans, where she served as Chief Resident. After completing her residency, she worked primarily in outpatient clinics treating a wide range of mental health disorders.

She has extensive experience treating major depressive disorder, a variety of anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, and bipolar disorder, among others. Medication is felt to be an important tool for many in achieving wellness and, in addition, she encourages a holistic approach to improve outcomes. Her hope is to provide relief and help people achieve their goals in their journey back to wellness.

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Michael Lukowski, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Michael Lukowski is an adult psychiatrist who holds board certification with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has been practicing medicine for over 4 years.

Dr. Lukowski focuses on medication management combined with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. He practices whole-person medicine, caring for the wellness of your mind, body, and spirit and helping you enjoy your relationships with those around you.

Dr. Lukowski received his medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno, NV, before moving to southern California to complete his residency at Loma Linda University. After completing training, Dr. Lukowski began working with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group in Riverside, CA, where he treated a variety of psychiatric disorders in an outpatient setting. In March of 2020, as the pandemic changed life and medicine forever, Dr. Lukowski adopted a strictly telepsychiatry role at his clinic. He has also held a staff psychiatrist position as an adult inpatient psychiatrist in Tennessee.

Dr. Lukowski treats a wide variety of psychiatric disorders within the adult demographic.

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Albert Luong, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Albert Luong is a Board Certified adult psychiatrist who integrates a friendly and collaborative approach to treating psychiatric conditions. For him, building strong therapeutic relationships is key to helping patients achieve their goals.

In line with holistic treatment, Dr. Luong utilizes psychotherapy and medication management to implement a safe, empathic, and individualistic framework that allows for healing and wellness. Dr. Luong works primarily with patients dealing with depression, anxiety, stress management, and lack of fulfillment, among other life challenges.

Dr. Luong completed undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in biological sciences and graduating with the highest distinction. He received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed an adult psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. As part of his training, he was the Chief Resident of the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Department, supervising trainees and treating patients with various psychiatric illnesses.

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Lois Macdonnell, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management, Geriatric

Dr. Macdonnell is a double-boarded psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience in adult psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry.

Dr. Macdonnell focuses on treating individuals with medication management. Supportive and interpersonal therapy is incorporated as needed. When additional therapy or longer sessions are necessary to enhance the individual’s treatment she invites a therapist to become a member of your care team.

Dr. Macdonnell attended undergraduate school at Manhattan School of Music earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree in violin performance and musicology. She then attended the City University of New York – Hunter College campus majoring in premedical sciences. Dr. Macdonnell attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York earning the degree of MD. She completed an internship in internal medicine before entering psychiatry residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital – Westchester Division. After completing her residency, she stayed on an additional year completing a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry. She was promoted to Attending Psychiatrist and Unit Chief of the Geriatric Partial Hospital Program. After two years in academic psychiatry, she entered private practice in New York and Connecticut for 8 years. She then served 2 years in the National Health Service providing outpatient care to an underserved area in central Florida. Moving to Georgia she has worked in private practice and academic psychiatry at Mercer University College of Medicine before moving on to Veteran’s care at Atlanta VA and Carl Vinson VA Medical Center.

While Dr. Macdonnell has a wide range of experience she focuses on general adult psychiatry.

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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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Sarah Mennella, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Mennella is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. Her practice focuses on medication management and supportive therapy. Treatment emphasizes patient education and autonomy. Dr. Mennella is a proponent of shared decision-making and believes this facilitates a strong therapeutic relationship, greater satisfaction with care, and improved clinical outcomes.

She completed an undergraduate degree in Information Technology from Purdue University and a master’s degree in information systems from DePaul University. She received her medical degree from the University of Toledo College of Medicine and then completed her psychiatry residency at Loyola University Medical Center.

Areas of interest include depression, bipolar, anxiety, and PTSD.

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Caitlin Meyer, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Spanish
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr.  Caitlin Meyer is a board- certified in adult psychiatry with experience in a wide variety of psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, women’s mental health, and ADHD.  Dr. Meyer’s practice is focused on medication management with supportive therapy offered in 30-minute follow-up visits.  

Dr. Meyer received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas where she received the North Texas Society of Psychiatric Physician’s Award for outstanding medical student in Psychiatry.  She pursued her residency in adult psychiatry at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island with particular interest and training in child, adolescent, and young adult Psychiatry.  After completing training, Dr. Meyer worked with children and adults in a variety of treatment settings including Community Mental Health Centers and hospitals, providing inpatient, residential and outpatient services. Prior to joining the Talkiatry team, Dr. Meyer participated in psychiatric research developing new treatment methods for complex psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Meyer enjoys treating patients across the lifespan from young adulthood through senior care.  She sees each patient as a unique individual and works together with her patients to develop a treatment plan specific to their needs and goals.

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Shama Milon, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Urdu
Specialties
Medication Management, LGBTQ+, Child/Adolescent

Dr. Shama Milon is a triple-board eligible physician in Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has experience treating mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, and other conditions, including specializing in treating patients with co-occurring psychiatric and medical conditions.

Although experienced in treating patients in a variety of settings, she is focused on outpatient care in order to build longitudinal relationships. Central to her philosophy as a physician is to understand the unique physical, emotional, and psychological needs of her patients. She strives to provide an empathetic and judgment-free space where her patients and families can feel supported and understood.

Dr. Milon provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and treatment using medication management and psychotherapy, with training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, CBT, DBT, play and dyadic therapy, and family therapy. Occasionally, she may believe additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome. She graduated from Duke University and then attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She completed her combined training in Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, where she served as chief resident during her final year of training.

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Jonathan Myrtil, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management,

Dr. Jonathan Myrtil is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. He received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine and completed his Residency in Adult Psychiatry at the University of Central Florida affiliated with North Florida Regional Medical Center.  Prior to joining Talkiatry, Dr. Myrtil stayed on at North Florida Regional as an Adult Psychiatrist and supervising physician where he treated patients from diverse settings including inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization and IOP.  

Dr Myrtil believes in a collaborative approach and utilizes supportive therapy along with medication management. His primary focus has been on treating adults with mood and anxiety disorders, PTSD and ADHD.

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Xiomara Nieves Alvarado, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Spanish
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Nieves-Alvarado is a recent psychiatry graduate from Duke Psychiatry Residency program. She is board-certified and has experience with psychodynamic and supportive therapy. Dr. Nieves-Alvarado is originally from Puerto Rico and practices psychiatry in both English and Spanish.

Dr. Nieves-Alvarado practice focuses on medication management with adjunct insight oriented therapy on all of her visits. She works on a team-based approach and advocates for most of her patients to engage in some type of therapy for better outcomes and sustained symptom improvement. She received her medical degree from the Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine in Bayamon, PR, before moving to North Carolina to complete her residency at Duke University Hospital. During training, she was nominated for a fellowship in psychodynamic practice by the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. She was also an advocate against childhood sexual trauma. Her training was well rounded including experience at the jail and forensics psychiatry. She also worked with patients on substance use disorders treatment centers and holds experience with medically assisted treatment.

Dr. Nieves-Alvarado treats a wide age range from young adults to elderly. After completing training, she joined Talkiatry to improve mental health access to patients who are time constricted or have transportation issues. She continues to seek for constant improvement and working hand on hand with her patients to achieve mental wellness.

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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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Mary Phelps, DO
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Phelps is a board-eligible adult psychiatrist. She was elected chief resident by her residency program at the University of Central Florida. She obtained her medical degree at Nova Southeastern University. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University. Dr. Phelps believes in patient-centered care and a holistic approach to medicine. Her practice focuses on medication management, in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. If additional therapy is needed, she utilizes referrals to psychotherapists to enhance management of mental illness and provide the best treatment outcomes.

Dr. Phelps has worked in a variety of medical settings with different patient populations, including outpatient, consult liaison, and inpatient psychiatry. Her primary focus is treating adults with depression, anxiety, ADHD, insomnia, and bipolar disorder. Dr. Phelps aims to build a strong therapeutic relationship and improve the quality of life of her patients.

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Marla Richard, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management, Geriatric

Dr. Marla Richard is Stanford trained board-certified psychiatrist and board eligible in geriatric psychiatry from UCSD. She has been practicing in a variety of settings for the last 30 years. Dr. Richard uses an an integrated health paradigm with general and geriatric patients using traditional psychopharmacology, interpersonal neurobiology practices, and personality assessments to look at root motivations for behaviors to address core issues and with medication management as needed. Dr. Marla believes that you need to take a whole-person approach to both mental and physical health.

She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and followed by medical school at Stanford Medical School to complete her MD. With visions of becoming a general surgeon, she went to the University Hospitals of Cleveland and completed two years of general surgery training before seeing the light and transferring to psychiatry. She completed her psychiatry training at Stanford University and geriatric training many years later at UCSD.

Her focus includes an integrated approach to the consideration of mental and physical health, while incorporating tools of mindfulness to teach skills of stress and anxiety management in everyday life. In conjunction with medication management, she uses interpersonal neurobiology to help clients understand triggers as well as methods to calm overactive stress responses and reactivity.

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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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Daniel Rodriguez, DO
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Spanish
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Rodriguez is a board eligible adult psychiatrist, who is also fluent in Spanish. He completed residency at North Florida Regional in Gainesville via the University of Central Florida, where he also served as chief resident for education. He received his medical degree from Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tennessee. He also holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of South Florida, in Tampa.

Dr. Rodriguez has worked with a wide array of patients across various medical settings and has experience treating patients with psychiatric illness who may also be suffering from medical comorbidities, such as obesity, hypertension, pain, and diabetes.  He has been deeply involved with teaching and emphasizes psychoeducation while working in collaboration with his patients to help tailor their personalized treatment plan. His primary focus has been on treating adults with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD, OCD and PTSD.

Dr. Rodriguez has an approachable, patient-centered style, combined with a passion for optimizing sleep as it pertains to management of a psychiatric illness and overall well-being. He offers supportive therapy as part of his medication management visits, and at times may also offer cognitive behavioral therapy to address underlying stressors which may be contributing to one’s presenting ailments. He may also recommend including a therapist in your care team to optimize outcomes.

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Ana Rodriguez, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Spanish
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Rodriguez is an adult psychiatrist, who is fluent in Spanish and English. She completed residency at St Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City via Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons followed by a Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry in a combined Cornell University - Columbia University program with the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She obtained her medical degree at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestro in the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Rodriguez is an adult psychiatrist and has worked with a wide array of patients across various medical settings including extensive experience in Telehealth. Her experience includes Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn New York in addition to outpatient experience in both clinics and correctional facilities.

Dr. Rodriguez has experience treating patients with psychiatric illness who may also be suffering from medical comorbidities, such as obesity, hypertension, pain, and diabetes. She has been deeply involved with teaching and emphasizes psychoeducation while working in collaboration with her patients to help tailor their personalized treatment plan. Her primary focus has been on treating adults with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD, OCD and PTSD.

Dr. Rodriguez has an approachable, patient-centered style, combined with a passion for optimizing sleep as it pertains to management of a psychiatric illness and overall well-being.She offers supportive therapy as part of her medication management visits, and at times may also offer cognitive behavioral therapy to address underlying stressors which may becontributing to one’s presenting ailments. She may also recommend including a therapist in your care team to optimize outcomes.

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Julie Rodriguez, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Spanish
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Julie Rodriguez is an ABPN boarded adult psychiatrist with clinical experience of over 15 years. Dr. Rodriguez practice focuses on medication management which is offered in conjunction with supportive therapy.

Dr. Rodriguez obtained her medical degree from the Universidad Catholic Madre y Maestra Dominican Republic. She then completed her residency in adult psychiatry at the University of Florida, in Gainesville. After completing training Dr. Rodriguez became a Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Florida Department of Psychiatry. In this role she served students at UF Student Mental Health at the Counseling and Wellness Center. She also provided treatment to adults in inpatient services and other settings.
While doctor Dr. Rodriguez treats a variety of age ranges and diagnosis, she is most passionate about college student mental health with a clinical expertise in the area of mood and anxiety disorders.

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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 physician who specializes in psychiatric diagnosis and treatment in anxiety disorders, mood disorders, trauma and stressor related disorders, ADHD, and pregnancy related psychiatric conditions.

Dr. Ruiz received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry, graduating from the Honors College with Magna Cum Laude. She later completed four-years of medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and an additional four-years of psychiatric residency training. Dr. Ruiz has a diverse experience in psychiatry, including working in psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, IOP, PHP, emergency rooms, and academic teaching. Dr. Ruiz is up to date on literature and current treatment guidelines. She has authored research publications. She has received recognition and awards including the AWP International Fellowship Award and the ADMSEP Innovations Award.

Dr. Ruiz's practice focuses on a combination of medication management and therapy, as research demonstrates that this results in better outcomes.

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Jason Reece Sadeh, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Jason Reece Sadeh is a compassionate, highly skilled, and board-certified psychiatrist dedicated to patient care. With a blend of professionalism and a touch of levity, Dr. Sadeh brings a unique approach to psychiatry that combines expertise and a warm, relatable demeanor.

Dr. Sadeh completed his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis. He then graduated from the Sackler School of Medicine, New York Program. Dr. Sadeh completed his psychiatry residency at New York Medical College, Metropolitan Hospital, where he was selected to serve as chief resident during his final year. When not practicing psychiatry, Dr. Sadeh finds joy in pursuing various hobbies and interests, including tennis, figure skating, exploring new restaurants, and watching all things Bravo.

Dr. Sadeh specializes in psychopharmacology, especially tailoring individualized treatment to serve the needs of patients with a variety of conditions. He has a lot of experience in treating patients with ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and OCD. If deemed helpful or necessary, Dr. Sadeh may recommend the addition of a therapist with whom he will collaborate in order to facilitate the best care for his patients. As a patient of Dr. Sadeh, you can expect a warm and welcoming environment where you can feel comfortable sharing your concerns and working towards improved mental health.

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Sabera Saklayen, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management, LGBTQ+

Dr. Sabera Saklayen is a board-certified psychiatrist licensed in Adult Psychiatry. She obtained her bachelor's degree from Ohio State University and her medical degree from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. She completed training from Stony Brook University Hospital where she served as chief resident and was a recipient of the William Turner Award for outstanding performance in psychiatry residency.

Dr. Saklayen treats all patients from ages 18 and up. She treats a variety of diagnoses including depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety, OCD, insomnia, and substance use disorders, as well as those navigating difficult life circumstances or transitions. Dr. Saklayen particularly excels in treating college students. She has worked extensively with vulnerable and underserved populations at Bellevue Hospital, where she served as an outpatient psychiatrist for two years. Throughout her experience in New York City and within her own background, Dr. Saklayen has unique insight into the needs of a diverse patient population, and enjoys continuously learning and evolving with her patients.

Dr. Saklayen primarily focuses on medication management, however will often bring in integrative therapy approaches such as supportive, CBT and MI within each 30 min follow visit. If she feels more in depth therapy may be beneficial, she may refer you to a therapist on the care team to best suit your needs.

Overall, Dr. Saklayen has a patient-centered and holistic approach to care. She will work with you to understand you and include you in your individualized treatment plan, and to ultimately help you feel comfortable with your mental health treatment.

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Kristina Schnitzer, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Kristina Schnitzer is board-certified in Psychiatry and obtained her MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Schnitzer's practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Schnitzer 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. Schnitzer received her medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine and is a graduate of the Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. Following residency, she completed a one year clinical and research fellowship in Public and Community Psychiatry through Massachusetts General Hospital and the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.

Dr. Schnitzer has experience working in a wide variety of inpatient, emergency, and outpatient psychiatric settings and in treating a broad spectrum of psychiatric disorders. She has been practicing for over 3 years.



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Kendra Scott, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Kendra M. Scott is a native of Charleston, SC. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina where she majored in Biology and minored in Education.  She completed her medical degree and psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Scott is a board-eligible psychiatrist and has worked for several years at the Veterans Administration providing medication management for various diagnoses including PTSD, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and Anxiety.

Dr. Scott is relatable, compassionate, and believes in a team approach when working with her patients. She is a strong advocate of therapy and strives to help her patients attain the best quality of life.

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Shelley Sellinger, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management, LGBTQ+

Dr. Shelley Sellinger is a board-certified psychiatrist in practice for 25 years. Her career has been devoted to serving both her local community as well as high-risk and underserved patients. As a pioneer and advocate for the use of telepsychiatry years prior to the pandemic, she has presented at the American Telehealth conference as well as at grand rounds.

Dr. Sellinger’s practice focuses on medication management as well as supportive and insight-oriented psychotherapy. She believes that a combination of therapy, as well as the use of medications, helps provide a patient with the best outcome. Her goal is to help patients live their best and most fulfilling lives. In addition to general psychiatry, she has a keen interest in mood disorders, helping creatives achieve their goals and the LGBTQ community.

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Meena Shah, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management, Child/Adolescent

Dr. Meena Shah is a board-eligible psychiatrist and has been practicing for over 16 years. She specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Shah's practice focuses on medication management in conjunction with supportive and emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow up visits. Dr. Shah believes in the importance of building a therapeutic relationship with her patients and families to help achieve their emotional goals.

Dr. Shah completed her residency training through Richmond University Medical Center with NY Medical College and completed her fellowship at Brookdale University Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Shah has extensive experience with the child and adolescent population and worked with foster care programs as well as juvenile residential facility programs.

Dr. Shah served as Children's Associate Medical Director at Directions for Living Mental Health Clinic and went on to become Medical Director at Sequel Care of Florida. In addition, Dr. Shah also received her Master's degree in Hyperbaric Medicine. She completed her undergraduate studies at University of Florida with a major in psychology. Dr. Shah's primary clinical focus has been treating children, and young adults with ADHD, mood disorders and anxiety and helping them establish coping skills to overcome any life obstacle.

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Seth Sherman, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management, LGBTQ+

Dr. Seth Sherman is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who has been in practice for over ten years. At the heart of Dr. Sherman’s clinical approach is a strong emphasis on establishing trust, rapport, and therapeutic alliance to help persons to feel and live well and to progress toward their goals, both in treatment and in life.

Dr. Sherman begins with consultation, a compassionate, collaborative process of discovery that culminates in a working diagnostic impression and, in turn, treatment recommendations. For those with whom he engages in a treatment relationship, Dr. Sherman provides psychoeducation, medication management, and individual psychotherapy, this last modality predominantly drawing from both psychodynamic and behavioral psychological models to tailor treatment to each patient. On some occasions, Dr. Sherman may believe that additional therapy is needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.

Dr. Sherman received his medical degree from Stanford University and went on to complete his residency in psychiatry at Harvard University. After completing training, he cultivated a private practice of psychiatry in San Francisco, California, treating persons with a variety of psychiatric illnesses, while also providing consultation and clinical supervision to psychotherapists in day-treatment and office-based practices.

Next, Dr. Sherman served as a psychiatry professor at the Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine in Florida, where, as Associate Director of the Psychiatry Residency Training Program, he provided psychiatric inpatient treatment while bringing leadership, scholarship, teaching, supervision, and mentoring to psychiatry residents and medical students.

Most recently, Dr. Sherman worked as a Senior Medical Officer/Consultant Psychiatrist in New Zealand’s public health system, serving local communities with expert diagnosis of and treatment for a wide range of mental health conditions. He also continued to supervise U.S.-based psychiatrists, along with New Zealand psychotherapists, in advanced and complex clinical psychopharmacology and psychotherapy.



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Mark Simonds, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management, Child/Adolescent

Dr. Mark Simonds is a Board-Certified general psychiatrist with training and certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  He has been practicing general psychiatry for about 25 years. His practice focuses on initial assessment of psychiatric conditions, treatment planning, and psychotropic medication management, typically with a one-hour initial intake and 30-minute follow-up visits. Collaboration with a psychotherapist for the best treatment outcome is welcome and encouraged.

Dr. Simonds is a graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in General Psychiatry at the University of Southern California, followed by a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry also at USC.

Dr. Simonds specializes in psychopharmacology, and as a generalist, he has a lot of experience treating patients with mood disorders (including Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder); trauma and reactive psychoses; pain and psychosomatic disorders; and ADHD and Developmental Disorders, such as Aspergers.

Having grown up in the Southern Appalachians, but living most of his professional life in Los Angeles, he has worked with clients of various socioeconomics, religions and ethnicities, as well as LGBT youth and adults. He lived abroad in Leeds, England, for one year in college, and continues to travel and obtain knowledge through these experiences.  He trains regularly in the gym and does long-distance street biking, and encourages exercise and good diet as part of his clients’ mental health recovery.

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Geoffrey Sinner, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Sinner is Board Certified in Psychiatry. He completed his psychiatry residency training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He has practiced in various settings over his career including 5 years in inpatient settings in Vermont, where he also served as Medical Director for a state hospital psychiatric unit and taught medical students, followed by 5 years in an outpatient community mental health center in Pennsylvania before beginning his telepsychiatry practice serving individuals in Pennsylvania, Florida and New York.

He has more than 14 years of experience providing patients with compassionate psychiatric care treating patients with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD, neuropsychiatric disorders, developmental disorders and personality disorders. He uses pharmacotherapy along with cognitive behavioral therapy and supportive therapy as needed.

The philosophy of his 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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Faujia Sobhan, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management, Geriatric

Welcome to Talkiatry.

My passion is caring for patients with Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Social Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD.

My philosophy is to provide a comprehensive approach utilizing medication, supportive therapy and psychoeducation.

I strive to provide care in a compassionate, non judgmental, and nurturing environment, taking time to explore symptoms, actively listen to the patient thus getting to know the person as a whole, their life stressors and what they are striving to achieve.

My goal is to provide the support my patients need to achieve their optimal functioning.

I believe a person’s ability to heal and be their best begins with a trusting relationship with their healthcare provider.

I completed my Adult Psychiatry Residency Training at Creighton-Nebraska University and have been practicing psychiatry for over20years in Nebraska and South Florida.

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Marnie Stefan, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Spanish
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Stefan has vast experience in multiple psychiatric care settings including outpatient care, inpatient care, and assertive community treatment and has served as medical director for large institutions, serving a wide range of complex mental illnesses. Her main focus is patient-centered care, adapting her role to the individual needs of her patients.

Dr. Stefan was born and raised in Puerto Rico and therefore is fluent in English and Spanish. She attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. She then went on to complete her residency in Psychiatry at the University of Florida where she received accolades for her abilities as a psychotherapist.

In the many roles Dr. Stefan has held throughout the 10 years as a psychiatrist, one thing remains constant, which is her strong commitment to her patients and ensuring that she treats all aspects of the life of her patients. She is a firm believer in addressing the patient as a whole, not as a diagnosis, as every patient is unique and has their own set of psychosocial circumstances.

What has defined Dr. Stefan throughout her career is her deep connection to her patients, her ability to provide meaningful psychotherapeutic interventions in all her encounter and her mission to remain committed to the unique needs of her patients. Her patients have described her as being very personable as well as having an engaging and caring style when it comes to her patient interactions. Having worked in multiple telemedicine settings since 2013, Dr. Stefan will ensure that her patient's telehealth experience equates to or exceeds an in-person encounter.

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Philip Sullivan, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Doctor Phillip Sullivan is a staff psychiatrist at Talkiatry. He is board certified in both adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. His interest in psychiatric treatment was originally triggered by the humanistic writings of Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers, and Rollo May. As he earned his medical degree and started post-graduate psychiatric training, he went on to learn psycho-pharmacological, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic treatment approaches. He combines these perspectives in diagnosing and treating psychiatric conditions including depression, bipolar spectrum disorders, anxiety, stress and trauma related disorders, adjustment problems, maternal mental health, OCD, ADHD and other disorders. His practice focuses on supportive pharmacological treatment, and he sees listening and empathy as essential elements of the treatment process. He strives to provide a comfortable experience in which doctor and patient work together to understand the presenting problems, develop a treatment plan, reduce symptoms, and optimize functioning. Doctor Sullivan supports and encourages concurrent psychotherapy and will work collaboratively with therapists to optimize the best treatment results.

Doctor Sullivan received his MD degree from Brown University Alpert School of Medicine. After completing a medical-surgical internship, he went on to a residency in adult psychiatry and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts Mental Health Center. He has held academic appointments at Harvard Medical School and the University of New England School of Osteopathic Medicine. In the 36 years following completion of his training, he has worked as the medical director of a mental health center on the under-served Eastern Shore of Maryland, as the medical director of a child and adolescent psychiatric inpatient unit, as a staff psychiatrist at New Hampshire’s Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic, and as the medical director of child and adolescent psychiatric  services at Concord New Hampshire’s mental health center. Before joining Talkiatry he served for 18 years as the chief of psychiatry at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center where he also spent three years as the hospital’s chief of staff.

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Tetyana Tarnavsky, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Russian
Ukrainian
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Tetyana Tarnavsky is a board-certified psychiatrist trained in Adult Psychiatry. She attended Dnipropetrovsk State Medical Academy in Ukraine where she received her M.D., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Psychiatry. Dr. Tarnavsky has completed her residency at Harvard South Shore Psychiatry Residency Training Program in MA where she was elected Chief Resident.

Dr. Tarnavsky has an extensive research experience in Ukraine and USA. She had studied computer addiction for her dissertation; had multiple abstracts and presentations; published several articles in peer-reviewed psychiatric journals as well as a book entitled Computer Addiction: Formation, Diagnosis, Correction and Prophylaxis. She has helped to organize international conferences with the goal to improve access and quality of healthcare in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, and to provide a national model for health care reform.

Dr. Tarnavsky has worked with a variety of patients with diverse backgrounds in a Community Health Center and in the Partial Hospitalization Program as well as supervised medical students, psychiatry residents, and nurse practitioners. She has been a Lecturer on Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and was involved in the training of Psychiatry Residents from Harvard South Shore Psychiatry Training Program. Her primary focus has been on treating adults with depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder, ADHD and other disorders. Dr. Tarnavsky strives to provide quality and compassionate treatment to individuals and their families.

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Chad Terry, DO
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management, Geriatric, Child/Adolescent

Dr. Chad Terry is trained in adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. He has experience treating a wide variety of conditions including depression, anxiety, and ADHD. He provides medication management in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits.Dr. Terry received his medical degree from Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his psychiatry residency at Detroit-Wayne County Health Authority in Michigan and then received Child & Adolescent Fellowship training at University of Nevada Las Vegas.Dr. Terry looks forward to the opportunity to help patients understand their diagnosis and help them lead more fulfilling lives.

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Rishell Tsujimoto-Ryzewski
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Tsujimoto-Ryzewski is a board-certified adult psychiatrist.  She received her medical degree from the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.  She completed her residency with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine where she served as a chief resident during her last year of training.  Dr. Tsujimoto-Ryzewski has treated patients with a wide variety of diagnoses both during her residency and after her training while working at a busy private practice clinic as well as for the Veteran’s Administration.  

Dr Tsujimoto-Ryzewski focuses on medication management and supportive psychotherapy.  If she feels that additional therapy is needed, she will ask that you bring in a therapist as part of the treatment team.  Dr. Tsujimoto-Ryzewski will work collaboratively with you in a caring environment to assist you in reaching your goals.

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Ahmed Valdes, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Spanish
Specialties
Medication Management, Geriatric

Dr. Ahmed Valdes is a board certified adult psychiatrist and burgeoning Geriatric Psychiatrist.

After completing his undergraduate education at Florida State University, he attended medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where he graduated with a combined M.D./M.S. in Genomic Medicine. He subsequently completed psychiatry residency at Jackson Health System/University of Miami and further subspecialized with a fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry.

Dr. Valdes has had the opportunity of working with a diverse array of patients including veterans, inmates, the severely mentally ill, geriatric, and cancer patients across three distinct hospital systems. Dr. Valdes has had varied clinical experiences in specialty inpatient psychiatry units (detox, geriatric, mood disorder), emergency psychiatry, consultation liaison psychiatry, psycho-oncology, and outpatient specialty clinics (HIV, dementia, integrative and collaborative care) via telemedicine and face to face interactions.

Dr. Valdes has experience working with adults of all ages, particularly those with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, substance use disorders, PTSD, and more. Dr. Valdes employs empathic listening, supportive psychotherapy techniques, and a comprehensive and methodological approach to his visits. Given his broad and diverse training experiences, he enjoys problem solving and working collaboratively with patients to navigate their complex issues and jointly focusing on simple solutions to work towards improving their mental health.

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Katherine Vital-Daley, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Katherine Vital-Daley is an adult psychiatrist at Talkiatry. She treats all adults and her passion lies in providing accessible care for women facing challenges throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum and in reproductive psychiatry.


Dr. Vital-Daley's academic background is rooted in science, with an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Merced. She then pursued her medical doctorate at the Medical University of the Americas. Following medical school, she completed her psychiatry residency training. The first two years were spent at East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine, with a culmination of her last two year of residency at Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to further specialize in women’s mental health, which solidified her expertise in this vital area.


At Allegheny Health Network's Women's Behavioral Health clinic, Dr. Vital-Daley honed her skills in treating a range of conditions, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, and related issues and served as a medical provider for their intensive perinatal/postpartum outpatient clinic. She also developed a deep understanding of perinatal mental health, supporting patients coping with perinatal loss and traumatic birthing experiences. In her practice, she employs supportive psychotherapy and mindfulness along with evidence-based medication management, utilizing the most current clinical guidelines and treatment modalities.


Dr. Vital-Daley’s approach is rooted in collaborative treatment approach. She works closely with patients, exploring past and current stressors and any relevant medical conditions to develop a comprehensive understanding of their individual needs. Recognizing the importance of cultural competency, she incorporates patients' unique backgrounds, beliefs, and core values into her care plans.

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Candice Webb, DO
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Webb received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. She obtained her medical degree in Osteopathic Medicine from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed residency at Palm Beach Consortium for Graduate Medical Education in Tamarac, Florida. Dr. Webb is currently board-certified under the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. After completing training, Dr. Webb worked as an Attending psychiatrist with the Department of Veteran Affairs in Miami, FL. She also served as an attending psychiatrist and mentor for residents in training with the University of Miami, Florida International University and University Hospital and Medical Center in Tamarac, FL.

By building a therapeutic relationship with her patients and incorporating conservative psychological treatments with lifestyle modification, Dr. Webb aims to enhance her patient’s quality of life and overall well-being. Typically, she offers medication management in conjunction with supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Webb 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. Webb specializes in treating patients with a variety of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, OCD, and PTSD. She believes in cultivating a strong rapport with her patients in order to create a care plan that is unique to an individual’s needs. By building a therapeutic relationship with her patients and incorporating conservative psychological treatments with lifestyle modification, Dr. Webb aims to enhance her patient’s quality of life and overall well-being. She specializes in treating patients with a variety of psychiatric conditions.

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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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Virginia Yates, MD
Staff Psychiatrist
Languages
English
Specialties
Medication Management

Dr. Yates is a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist. Her practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. However, occasionally Dr. Yates 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. Yates received her medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in San Antonio and has over 20 years of experience as a physician. She completed residencies in both Psychiatry and Family Medicine. She served a full career in the US Army to includes combat tours as a physician with a focus in her later military career as a psychiatrist serving with an inpatient addiction rehabilitation team. Since military retirement, her psychiatric work has included general and geriatric psychiatry. She maintains her primary care skills with medical missionary work in Central and South America and Africa.

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Why people in

Tampa, FL

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100% online care

See a psychiatrist from the comfort of home (or wherever you feel comfortable).

Doctors who listen

All our doctors are individually vetted for experience, expertise, and empathy.

Easy scheduling

No commute means it’s easier to find time. See someone between meetings or errands, or on your lunch break.

How it works

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Treatment can include medication and supportive therapy.
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The majority of our visits cost patients $30 or less after insurance.*

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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

Tampa, FL

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

Tampa, FL

(or for non-

Tampa, FL

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

Tampa, FL

(or for non-

Tampa, FL

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

Tampa, FL

.

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

Tampa, FL

(or for non-

Tampa, FL

residents, the state where you live).

What is the cost of a psychiatrist visit in
Tampa, FL
?

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

Tampa, FL

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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