Dr. Nicholas Adamo is a psychiatrist who completed his residency program as the Chief Resident at Cooper University Health Care in NJ in 2023, where he also received the Chairman’s Recognition Award. Dr. Adamo completed his undergraduate education at Duke University and medical training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Through practicing medicine in Baltimore, MD and Camden, NJ, he has extensive experience in the treatment of diverse patient populations with complex problems. Dr. Adamo specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorders, ADHD, and patients with comorbid substance use disorders.
Dr. Adamo understands the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and its impact on treatment outcomes. He fosters a welcoming environment for those both new to the psychiatric world or with prior treatment, and is a strong advocate for his patients. He emphasizes the necessity of treating patients as a whole through understanding their current stressors and prior life experiences. Through this thorough evaluation Dr. Adamo provides targeted medication management for a patient’s specific symptoms and background, as well as compassionate therapeutic support that utilizes his background in cognitive behavioral, dialectical, and exposure therapy.
Dr. Alexandra (“Sasha”) Blaes is a board-certified psychiatrist. Before joining Talkiatry, she practiced consult-liaison psychiatry, seeing medically ill patients with psychiatric problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she also treated veterans in nursing homes.
Dr. Blaes graduated from New York University with a B.A. in philosophy and photography and worked in nonprofit marketing in New York before deciding she wanted to pursue a life in medicine. Following a post-baccalaureate, pre-medical program at Columbia University, Dr. Blaes completed medical school at The University of Maryland, followed by a psychiatry residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. While at Johns Hopkins, she mastered clinical assessment and treatment of general psychiatric problems. She also received specialized training in eating disorders, addiction, reproductive psychiatry, chronic pain, and geriatric psychiatry, an interest she pursued further with a fellowship at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. In fellowship and in her subsequent experience at the VA, she developed expertise in caring for the difficulties that can accompany aging, including depression, anxiety, and memory loss, as well as the stress of medical illness.
Dr. Blaes’ practice focuses on medication management. She works to foster a safe and collaborative space in which patients can address psychiatric illness and other barriers holding them back from the lives they want to lead. Typically, she offers appointments for medication management coupled with supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute sessions. When Dr. Blaes feels that additional therapy is needed, she will suggest inviting a therapist to join the team for additional support and guidance. She welcomes collaborations with other clinicians, be they therapists or other physicians caring for her patients. She strives to build strong therapeutic relationships that help patients grow and meet their goals - whatever their situation, challenge, or life stage.
Dr. Blaes welcomes patients from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds and is LGBTQ+ friendly. In addition to her background in geriatrics, she has experience working with peripartum women and enjoys working with patients navigating major life changes.
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.
Dr. Brenda Y. Camacho holds the position of Staff Psychiatrist at Talkiatry. She is board-certified in Adult Psychiatry. She has been practicing for over 25 years.
While having treated a wide range of adult patients, Dr. Camacho’s primary focus is treating adult outpatients with mood or psychotic disorders. Her practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive or insight-oriented therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. On occasion, Dr. Camacho will believe additional therapy is also needed and asks that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
Dr. Camacho completed her undergraduate studies at Tufts University. She received her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA and then continued with Temple for her residency in adult psychiatry. After completing training, Dr. Camacho worked at Cooper Hospital in Camden NJ as Associate Director of Consultation/Liaison Service and Psychiatry Residency Training and Co-Director of the Neuropsychiatry Clinic. She then began working exclusively in outpatient settings, joined NewPoint Behavioral Health Care, and served as Medical Director before and after their merge with Acenda Integrated Health.
Dr. Cyndia Choi has been board certified in psychiatry since 1991. She has 30 years of experience treating a diverse population of cultures, LGBTQ issues, and different age groups from young adults to seniors.
After attending Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore for her bachelor’s degree, Dr. Choi received her medical degree from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey at Rutgers Medical School. She went on to complete a general medical internship at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia and then her Psychiatric residency at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Choi has treated patients who have had a broad spectrum of diagnoses including major depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress, bipolar disorder, OCD, panic and anxiety, and addiction. Although the majority of her work has been in outpatient care, Dr. Choi has worked in emergency settings, inpatient units, and as a consultation-liaison to medical units. She has also enjoyed the honor of working with US military veterans.
Dr. Choi’s specialty is medication management, however, she believes that a therapeutic relationship is crucial to treatment. Dr. Choi values the privilege of getting to know each patient personally to develop a patient-centered plan of care.
Typical follow-up appointments with Dr. Choi are 30 minutes in length to check on medication effects and for supportive therapy. If she believes that you may benefit from more in depth therapy, she may recommend adding a therapist to your treatment team. Dr. Choi also believes in a holistic approach toward helping you achieve a healthy and fulfilling quality of life.
Dr. Raafay Deen is a board eligible adult psychiatrist. At the heart of Dr. Deen’s clinical approach is a strong emphasis on establishing trust and building a therapeutic relationship to help patients achieve their goals.
Dr. Deen’s practice focuses on medication management. Typically, he offers this in conjunction with supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. Occasionally, Dr. Deen 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. Deen received his medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete his residency in psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center. He has practiced in various settings over his career including inpatient psychiatric units, outpatient clinics, emergency rooms an inpatient substance abuse rehab/detox programs where he treated patients with a variety of psychiatric illnesses. 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.
Dr. Desir is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who completed her undergraduate training at The University of Scranton followed by medical school at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed psychiatry residency at Nassau University Medical Center where she served as the Administrative Chief Resident in her final year. Dr. Desir has been in practice for 4 years and has provided patients with compassionate psychiatric care. She has worked in community mental health settings throughout her career in which she served a wide variety of patient populations. Dr. Desir is experienced in treating various psychiatric illnesses including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, and ADHD.
At the heart of Dr. Desir's clinical approach is a strong emphasis on establishing trust and building a therapeutic relationship. She also provides psychoeducation to help patients make informed decisions regarding their care. She works collaboratively with patients to develop individualized treatment plans to help them achieve their goals.
Dr. Desir's practice focuses on medication management. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. Occasionally, Dr. Desir may believe that additional therapy is also needed and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome. Talkiatry takes medication management seriously. All state-controlled substance databases are reviewed and taken into consideration during your initial evaluation.
Dr. Sheena Dohar is a board certified general psychiatrist. Before joining Talkiatry, she practiced extensively in community mental health with adults of all ages in both outpatient and inpatient settings and as the medical director of several intensive outpatient and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) based programs. She has experience in private practice and in the dual diagnoses of mental health and substance abuse disorders.
Dr. Dohar graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology and then completed medical school at West Virginia University School of Medicine. She trained during her residency at WVU as well where she served as a chief resident and received the Brandon K. Fuller Award for Physician Empathy in 2017.
Dr. Dohar's practice focuses on medication management. Her goals include helping people feel comfortable seeking treatment as well as promoting an understanding of the purpose and reasoning behind the use of various medications to treat psychiatric disorders. Typically, she offers this in conjunction with supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. When Dr. Dohar may believe that additional therapy is also needed, she will ask that you bring a therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome. Dr. Dohar appreciates and values working with therapists within the Talkiatry practice and in the community in an collaborative effort to promote wellness. She strives to build strong therapeutic relationships with the people that she sees in her practice. Her passions include working in the community at large to encourage a better understanding of mental health disorders and to promote suicide awareness and prevention. She has interests in pharmacogenomics as well as treatment resistant approaches to depression. Dr. Dohar appears in several professional publications.
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.
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.
Dr. Jenna Hartman is double board certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Hartman graduated from Tufts University before completing medical school at New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. She then completed residency at Maimonides Medical Center, where she was a Chief Resident, and then pursued an addiction psychiatry fellowship at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Dr. Hartman also trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy through the Psychoanalytic Association of NY. Following her training Dr. Hartman returned to Maimonides Medical Center where she worked as an attending in the adult outpatient clinic, treating patients from many different backgrounds with a wide array of diagnoses. She holds a special interest in treating mood disorders, anxiety disorders and OCD.
Dr. Hartman uses a compassionate and thoughtful approach in order to form a collaborative partnership with her patients. She believes in treating the person as a whole and tailoring treatments to each individual's specific needs. Dr. Hartman works with patients in 30 minute follow up session, where in addition to medication management she provides supportive and at times psychodynamic therapeutic techniques.
Dr. Susmita Hazarika is a board eligible psychiatrist, who completed her psychiatry residency at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, North Carolina. She was a board-certified psychiatrist practicing in India after completing her medical school at Gauhati medical college, followed by a psychiatry residency at Silchar Medical College. She moved to the US after her marriage and continued to pursue her career in psychiatry here.
She has expertise in treating patients with various psychopathologies which include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD and behavioral issues associated with other medical conditions. She believes in adopting individual treatment plans tailored to meet the requirements of patients based on their presentations and goals. She adopts an approach that combines evidence-based psychopharmacology alongside supportive, cognitive behavioral and individualized psychotherapy. Patients can expect to find an environment that is secure and free of judgments where they can take an active role in achieving their desired goals. With her vast and diverse clinical experience, she can help with the cross-cultural psychiatric issues experienced by people of multi-cultural origin.
Dr. Jenny Joseph is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who specializes in medication management for a variety of psychiatric conditions. She completed medical school at St. George’s University School of Medicine and completed her adult psychiatry residency training at New York Medical College at Metropolitan Hospital Center. She has worked with an array of patient populations and treats conditions including mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders. She believes in the importance of empathy and open communication, employing a patient-centered approach with a focus on medication management, psychoeducation, and supportive therapy. If deemed helpful or necessary, Dr. Joseph may recommend the addition of a therapist with whom she will collaborate in order to facilitate the best care for her patients.
Dr. Tim Kelly specializes in adult psychiatry. His practice focuses primarily on medication management but often incorporates aspects of supportive, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioral therapies into his 30-minute follow-up visits. Dr. Kelly also strongly believes in working in conjunction with therapists for the best possible outcomes for his patients. He feels it is important to create strong therapeutic relationships with his patients in order to help patients achieve their treatment goals.
Dr. Kelly received his undergraduate degrees in Human Biology and Spanish from Michigan State University. He then completed his medical education as well as a master's degree in Medical Humanities and Bioethics at Northwestern University. He completed his adult psychiatry residency at the University of Washington. He has authored papers in medical education and LGBTQ advocacy.
Dr. Kelly now lives in Pennsylvania with his husband, Kevin, and two dogs, Taquito and Fergie. While Dr. Kelly treats adults of all backgrounds, he has a particular interest in working with young adults, students, and LGBTQ individuals.
Dr. Liu is board certified in Adult Psychiatry. She primarily focuses on medication management but integrates therapeutic support into her sessions. For more in depth therapy needs, Dr. Liu encourages patients to have their own individual therapist.
She received her undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. She then moved to Morgantown, West Virginia to complete her psychiatry residency.
Dr. Liu has experience working with patients from different backgrounds in inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization settings. She particularly enjoys working with young adults and areas related to women's health such as perinatal mental health. She welcomes people from all cultures and is LGBTQ+ friendly.
Dr. Munoz is a board eligible adult psychiatrist who completed his medical training at Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School. Most recently, he completed his psychiatric residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Over the course of his training, Dr. Munoz has practiced in various settings, including outpatient and inpatient, as well as in the psychiatric emergency room.
Dr. Munoz has more than three years of experience providing patients with compassionate psychiatric care through pharmacotherapy and supportive therapy. He has expertise in treating patients with depression, anxiety, bipolar, and psychotic disorders. In addition, Dr. Munoz has vast experience with working in the LGBTQ+ and Spanish-Speaking communities.
The philosophy of his practice is to view patients as a whole and to meet their specific needs to make an impact in various stages of their life. Dr. Munoz emphasizes the importance of exercise, relationships, and general well-being in his practice.
Dr. O'Brien is a board eligible adult psychiatrist who completed his medical education at Northeast Ohio Medical University. Following his graduation from NEOMED, he completed a residency in Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at West Virginia University/Charleston Area Medical Center. Throughout his training, he has enjoyed working in both outpatient and hospital settings and has a great passion for medical education and teaching the next generation of mental healthcare providers.
Dr. O'Brien's practice focuses on medication management for a wide variety of mental health diagnoses, including anxiety disorders, depression, Bipolar Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tic Disorders, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In addition to medication, he offers a mixture of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy during 30 minute follow up appointments. Dr. O'Brien believes in a truly collaborative and holistic approach to mental healthcare, striving to involve patients and all members of the healthcare team in every aspect of care.
Dr. Othmer is an Attending Psychiatrist at Talkiatry and is double board-certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry. Before joining Talkiatry, Dr. Othmer moved to Lititz, PA in 2011, worked at Philhaven (now Wellspan Philhaven) in both the York & Mount Gretna Child & Adolescent Partial Programs (2011-2016). Followed by working at Lancaster General Hospital Outpatient; C+L, and Inpatient coverage; PA Counseling, and TeamCare Behavioral Health during the Pandemic. During this time, he developed a commitment to optimizing the patient experience and removing treatment barriers (for families — both Adults and Children/adolescents) through using merging Telehealth technologies, an area of Psychiatry he first experienced in the early 2000s, considered "niche" at the time but of significant benefit in client access to care.
Dr. Othmer started his career at WPIC in Pittsburgh, serving as Clinical Chief Resident and then Assistant Professor of Psychiatry working at all levels of care Inpatient, Outpatient, Partial, RTF, Psychiatric ER, as well as Consult-Liason Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Experiencing the dramatic changes that Managed Care wrought on the practice of Academic Psychiatry — and up-ending well-established traditional Institutions within the City he trained.
He moved back-home to Kansas City to join his father’s practice, learning a great deal from his father’s clinical expertise as a Teacher, Scientist, Academician, and Clinician, collaborating on ongoing academic Clinical Interviewing Publications, and medical student Teaching, and his specialty of the difficult-to-treat patient. New opportunities and connections led to expanding clinical experiences — including VA work in America’s tumultuous war years with vets from WW II through Vietnam to OEF and OIF. Family led to he and his wife moving back to her home-town area in small-town Central PA, leading to a diversity of experiences to stay-up-to-date with both adult and Child/Adolescent Populations, including Correctional Work, and a stint at the local State Hospital, until relocating to Lititz, PA with his growing family in 2011.
Dr. Walter Piddoubny is a double boarded psychiatrist in Adult Psychiatry and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry. He completed his undergraduate degree at Stony Brook University followed by his medical degree at SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He completed his Psychiatry Residency at Stony Brook University Hospital followed by his fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Yale New Haven Hospital. Dr. Piddoubny has held academic appointment at Stony Brook University Hospital practicing as a consultant psychiatrist as well as Associate Program Director of the Psychiatry Residency Program. He has been actively involved in teaching and was awarded "Teacher of the Year" in 2018 by the psychiatry residents.
Dr. Piddoubny's practice focuses on medication management. Typically he offers this in conjunction with supportive or emotionally focused therapy in 30-minute follow-up visits. Occasionally, Dr. Piddoubny may believe that additional therapy is warranted and ask that you bring a therapist into your care team in order to provide the best possible outcome.
Dr. Qureshi is a Board-Certified General Psychiatrist. She was born and raised in Hyderabad, India. She underwent her medical training at Mamata Medical College, India and completed residency at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY.
Dr. Qureshi has gained extensive training in psychiatric inpatient, outpatient, and emergency settings and has worked with diverse populations. She has practiced Telepsychiatry since her graduation including working at community mental health centers serving the serious mentally ill in underserved areas. Dr. Qureshi’s practice includes management of psychiatric disorders in adults including Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, PTSD, OCD, and others. She is interested in treating issues related to women’s health as well.
Dr. Qureshi has an empathetic and culturally sensitive approach that is patient centered and focused on building a strong therapeutic alliance. She believes in collaborating with other providers involved in the patient’s care. Her approach involves medication management in tandem with therapy techniques like CBT, Supportive therapy, IPT, motivation therapy.
Dr. Abby Reineck currently serves as an outpatient child and adolescent psychiatrist. She has been practicing for 13 years.
Dr. Reineck's practice is primarily medication-management services, offered in conjunction with either supportive or eclectic therapy. Follow-up appointments average 30 minutes, but may be more or less. Occasionally, Dr. Reineck believes the addition of a therapist is needed and will request you bring a therapist into your care team. This will be asked of individuals if she believes it will lead to an improved clinical outcome
Dr. Reineck received her medical degree from Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University, located in Dayton, OH. She completed her psychiatry residency and child and adolescent fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Hanover, NH.
After completing her training, Dr. Reineck moved to Brattleboro, VT, where she became an attending psychiatrist at The Brattleboro Retreat, working on both the child and adolescent inpatient units. The Brattleboro Retreat's location was such that it served a large number of patients from nearby states, which included New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. However, it also served as the only psychiatric inpatient facility for children and adolescents in the entire state of Vermont.
Dr. Reineck also worked as the lead psychiatrist on the inpatient, adult, dual-diagnosis unit. This unit provided care for individuals struggling with addiction and mental-health related issues, some of whom required medically supervised detoxification. After roughly five years, Dr. Reineck moved from Vermont to Erie, PA. She began working at a residential treatment facility for child and adolescent patients who required care in a highly supervised and highly structured setting. Dr. Reineck also began serving as a child and adolescent psychiatrist for patients enrolled in a school-based partial-hospitalization program.
Dr. Reineck gradually transitioned from these roles into strictly outpatient work. She worked as an outpatient psychiatrist in Butler, PA, where she treated child, adolescent, and adult patients. Dr. Reineck eventually narrowed her scope of practice to providing psychiatric treatment for only outpatient children and adolescents. She did so out of facilities located in Erie and Meadville, PA.
Dr. Reineck completed her undergraduate studies at Ohio University. While Dr. Reineck has experience treating a wide variety of patients, her primary focus has been treating children and adolescents with a vast array of presenting concerns.
Dr. Jeffrey Seley is board certified in adult psychiatry. He has been in practice for over 21 years.
Dr. Seley's practice focuses on medication management in conjunction with supportive therapy and psychoeducation in 20-30 minute follow-up visits. At times, Dr. Seley may recommend additional therapy and ask that you bring another therapist into your care team to provide the best outcome.
Dr. Seley graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. degree in psychology. He received his medical degree from the University of South Florida and completed his residency at New York University and its affiliated hospitals, including Tisch and Lenox Hill, where he served as chief resident. He has worked for over twenty years in private practice and at a large community hospital in Pennsylvania. His extensive hospital experience kept him sharply focused on the connection between medical issues and mental health presentations.
Dr. Seley brings to his patients over twenty years of experience in general adult psychiatry treating a wide variety of conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, addiction, and geriatric issues. His treatment philosophy stresses the importance of being responsive, compassionate, and kind. He sees his work as the enhancement of hope.
Dr. Shaughnessy is boarded in adult psychiatry and has over 30 years experience.
Dr. Shaughnessy practices medication management in a supportive collaborative environment. Treatment recommendations may include psychotherapy with another professional in addition to medication management.
Dr. Shaughnessy has worked with individuals having the spectrum of psychiatric disorders but is particularly interested in working with those with mood and anxiety disorders.
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.
Dr. Sierra-Cintron is board-certified in adult psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has been in practice for 12 years.
Dr. Sierra-Cintron focuses her practice on medication management. She also engages in supportive therapy in a comprehensive way, focusing on the patient as a whole and not just the symptoms. Dr. Sierra-Cintron has a broad understanding of vitamin support as an adjunctive treatment to traditional medication. She has broadened her understanding of second-line treatment, having been certified in Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), conducting clinics in Clozapine and Long-Acting Antipsychotics (LOA), and even conducting assessments for patients interested in weight loss surgery. Dr. Sierra-Cintron has a comprehensive approach to treatment, and might consider the addition of therapy, either by referral or collaborating with an existing therapist for a more rounded approach and improved outcome.
Dr. Sierra-Cintron received her medical degree from the Universidad Central del Caribe located in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Upon graduation, she relocated to Philadelphia, where she started her residency program at Einstein Medical Center. After completing her training, she worked for 8 years in a community mental health clinic, treating an underserved population in all modalities of psychiatric care. In her 12-year career, Dr. Sierra-Cintron has treated both adult males and females, including seniors. This has led to varied and wide-ranging diagnoses during the length of her career. After leaving the community clinic setting, she started working for an outpatient clinic in a suburb of Philadelphia.
Dr. Sierra-Cintron’s current areas of focus are adults with Mood Disorders, Anxiety Co-Occurring Substance disorders, as well as patients with varied concomitant medical problems.
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.
Dr. Luke Swider is a psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of adults.
Dr. Swider approaches patient care in a collaborative manner with the goal of supporting a person's overall well-being. Dr. Swider provides medication management and supportive therapy services in 30 minute follow up visits.
Dr. Swider received his medical degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Following this, he completed his residency in adult psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
During residency, Dr. Swider developed a simultaneously holistic and scientific approach by working in an integrative and complementary medicine clinic, all the while applying evidence-based medication management in multiple settings.
Dr. Swider also gained experience researching and treating the effects of Long COVID, and has trained in specialized clinics addressing PTSD, OCD, substance use disorders, and insomnia. Additionally, he has pursued training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and CBT, further balancing his perspective on patient care.
Dr. Swider also assists individuals dealing with ADHD, mood disorders, and anxiety.
Dr. Kirsten Tollefson is a board-certified adult psychiatrist. She has been practicing for over 9 years. Her practice focuses on medication management, combined with brief psychotherapeutic interventions. Typically visits last 30 minutes. In certain cases, Dr Tollefson may recommend that you engage in additional individual, or family, therapy, to provide the most effective treatment combination. She sees the goal of psychiatric treatment as restoring, to each person, an emotional balance that facilitates their living out their own, unique, life goals. Psychiatric medications are prescribed based on scientific evidence, individual preference, and medical safety. Benefits are discussed, as well as potential risks and side effects. All state-controlled substance databases are reviewed and taken into consideration during the initial evaluation. Current non-psychiatric medications and supplements are also checked for negative interactions with psychiatric medication. Non-pharmacological treatment options are also discussed.
Dr. Tollefson received her medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University College of Medicine. She then began her internship in psychiatry at Yale University College of Medicine, in New Haven, Connecticut. She completed her training in adult psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Following residency, she practiced adult, inpatient, psychiatry, at Danville State Hospital, treating individuals struggling with severe mental illness, for 3 years. She then changed her practice to outpatient psychiatry, in a community mental health clinic in rural Pennsylvania, where she worked with individuals from a broad range of psychiatric struggles, and diverse life experiences. She subsequently became the medical director of that clinic.
Dr. Thy Vo is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of adults, adolescents, and children.
Dr. Vo approaches patients as whole human beings with the goal of providing a safe therapeutic space that will help patients understand and address their suffering as well as fostering healthy emotional expression and self-awareness. Dr. Vo is collaborative with treatment needs, which may include medication and/or supportive or insight-oriented psychotherapy in 30 or 45 minute follow-up visits.
She received Master's in Global Health Systems and Development at Tulane University and then received her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine. Afterwards, she completed her adult psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training at Western Psychiatric Hospital of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
During her training, Dr. Vo has treated patients of all ages and diverse backgrounds with particular interest in immigrants and refugees. She works with people dealing with trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, relationship conflicts, life transitions, and existential concerns. She has also received additional training in psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Dr. Weasen is a board-eligible adult psychiatrist with Talkiatry. He received his medical degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He then moved to Washington, D.C. to complete his residency training at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital, where he served as Chief Resident during his final year. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and has presented at the APA Annual Meeting on the topic of virtual fatigue. He has had extensive experience working with a wide array of patients, including college/graduate students, geriatric patients, military veterans, and LGBTQ+ populations.
Dr. Weasen provides a combination of medication management and supportive psychotherapy. Occasionally, he may work with you on finding additional support as well, including bringing on a dedicated therapist as part of your treatment team. He believes in tailoring treatment to each person’s needs. He primarily treats mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, and insomnia, but believes in seeing beyond the diagnosis and focusing on the individual first and foremost.
Dr. Triston Wong is a board-certified adult psychiatrist who emphasizes a collaborative approach and strong therapeutic alliance in the treatment of psychiatric conditions.
Though his practice focuses on medication management, Dr. Wong advocates for a holistic approach to treatment. He may incorporate elements of various psychotherapies, including supportive, cognitive-behavioral (CBT), and insight-oriented therapy. At times, Dr. Wong may believe that additional therapy is needed for the best outcome and recommend that you bring a dedicated therapist into your care team.
Dr. Wong completed his undergraduate studies at Tulane University. He received his medical degree from Louisiana State University New Orleans School of Medicine, then completed his residency training in general psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Wong has experience working with patients of widely varying backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses. He works primarily with adult patients struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and grief.
Dr. Megan Wynne is board certified in adult psychiatry and completed fellowship training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (Psychosomatic Medicine). She has been in practicing psychiatry since 2006.
Dr. Wynne completed her medical degree at Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, her psychiatric residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA and her consultation/liaison psychiatric fellowship at Long Island Jewish Hospital in Queens, NY. She continued to work in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at North Shore Hospital in NY, before working for nine years at Philadelphia Veterans Administration Hospital as a staff psychiatrist and associate at the University of Pennsylvania University Hospital. During this time, she worked closely with patients struggling with Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression and Anxiety. She acted as an attending psychiatrist in training medical students, psychiatric residents and fellows. Following a move to New Zealand, she worked as lead psychiatrist for Te Puna Waiora, Maori Mental Health team (Indigenous Person mental health clinic) at Counties Manakau District Health Board. She worked with multiple patients facing cultural challenges, as well as psychosocial stressors (poverty, family fragmentation, poor education). During this time, she worked within the indigenous system of mental health, which treats not just emotional or physical issues for a person, but spiritual and familial as well. She has incorporated this into her treatment approach for all patients.
Dr. Wynne has always believed that medication must be used in conjunction with psychodynamic therapy, and medical and social supports to most appropriately treat a patient. She offers 30-minute sessions consisting of medication management and brief therapeutic support. She specializes in treating victims of trauma, medical comorbidity.
Dr. Yang is board-certified in both general psychiatry and addiction psychiatry, and she holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience.
Dr. Yang received her medical degree from the Medical School of Nanjing University in China. She went on to complete her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the State University of New York in Buffalo, followed by several years of neuroscience research at Tufts University and Columbia University. She had completed her psychiatry residency training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston – McGovern Medical School (UTHealth) and the addiction psychiatry fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. After completing her training, Dr. Yang worked as a general and addiction psychiatrist at the Mental Health Clinic, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center at Houston. She also held an academic position at Baylor College of Medicine, supervising medical students, residents, and physician assistant students.
She is specialized in treating patients with a history of depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety, substance use disorders, ADHD, and trauma-related disorders. Dr. Yang’s practice focuses on medication management and she incorporates supportive therapy and motivational interviewing, striving to build a strong therapeutic relationship to help patients achieve their goals.
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
who meets your needs.
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:
See a psychologist if:
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
(or, for non-
residents, the state where you live).
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:
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
(or, for non-
residents, the state where you live).
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.
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
Also note that prescribing laws can vary from state to state. During your first visit, your doctor will be able to talk you through how it works in
(or, for non-
residents, the state where you live).
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.
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
who matches your needs. Take our 10-minute online assessment to see if Talkiatry is right for you.
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.
We have excellent clinicians serving in
. Want to find a psychiatrist in
? We’ll match you with one through our online assessment. It just takes 10 minutes.