Meet the Team

 

We are the faculty group practice of psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. We are the only health system in NYC recognized for distinction in integrated behavioral health by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Our leadership

Alpert
Jonathan Alpert, MD, PhD
Chairman
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
Professor
Psychiatry
Neuroscience
Pediatrics
Psychopharmacology
Depression
Anxiety
OCD
Bipolar Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
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Simon Rego, PsyD
Chief of Psychology
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Anxiety
OCD
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Depression
Insomnia
Schneider
Matthew Schneider, MD
Vice Chair for Clinical Services
Depression
Anxiety
OCD
Psychopharmacology
Velji
Salimah Velji, MBA, MPH
Unified Executive Administrator
Mueller
Sabrina Mueller, LCSW
Senior Director of Clinical Operations
Anthony Rocchio
Anthony Rocchio,
Senior Director of Business Development & Finance

Our team members

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Alpert
Jonathan Alpert, MD, PhD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Psychopharmacology
Depression
Anxiety
OCD
Bipolar Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Gifty Ampadu, PhD
Gifty Ampadu, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Anxiety
Depression
Adolescents
Emerging Adults
Acculturative Stress
Dalal (Dala) Badreddine
Dalal (Dala) Badreddine, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Relational
Acculturative & Minority Stress
Emerging Adults
Depression
Identity Exploration
Belinkie
Yael Belinkie, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Substance Use
Depression
Personality Disorders
Carol Bernstein, MD
Carol Bernstein, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Depression
Anxiety
Yash Bhambhani, PhD
Yash Bhambhani, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Mindfulness
Racial Stress/Trauma
LGBTQIA+
Minority Stress
Queer
Bhatia
Rajiv Bhatia, DO
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Child & Adolescent
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Mood Disorders
Trauma
School-Based Mental Health
Michelle Blackmore, PhD
Michelle Blackmore, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy/Mindfulness
Anxiety
Depression
Insomnia
Breslow
Aaron Breslow, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
LGBTQ
Transgender
Sexual Orientation
Gender Identity
Minority Stress
Psychodynamic
Stephanie Carlson, PhD
Stephanie Carlson, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Women’s Health
Parenting
Anxiety
Depression
Attachment
Mindfulness
Delapp
Ryan Delapp, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Anxiety
Depression
Racial Stress/Trauma
Child/Adolescent
Emerging Adults
Nicole Eskenasi
Nicole Eskenasi, PsyD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Mindfulness
Anxiety
OCD
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Insomnia
Feirsen
Nicole Feirsen, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Neuropsychology
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Depression
Anxiety
Forman
Howard Forman, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Anxiety
Depression
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Psychotherapy
Psychopharmacology
Dr. Joseph Gallego
Joseph Gallego, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Child
Adolescents
Transgender
Psychotherapy
Medication Management
Gallo
Laurie Gallo, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Anxiety
Trauma
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Mindfulness
Gardner
Laura Gardner, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Psychopharmacology
Psychotherapy
Schizophrenia
Bipolar
Depression
Anxiety
Glueck
Benjamin Glueck, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Parent-Child Interacceptance and Commitment Therapy
Parent Management Training
Anxiety
Depression
Gonzalez-Alonso
Rafael Gonzalez-Alonso, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Depression
Anxiety
Adjustment
Herman
Merrill Herman, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Addiction
Psychotherapy
 Teresa Hsu-Walklet, PhD
Teresa Hsu-Walklet, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Acculturative Stress
Anxiety Disorders
Adjustment
Child/Adolescent/Young Adult
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Anita Jose, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Depression
Anxiety
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Couples
Katsnelson
Nelly Katsnelson, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Cultural Psychodynamics
Individual/Group Psychotherapy
Mind-Body Psychopharmacology
Sarah Kay
Sarah Kay, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Depression
Anxiety
Trauma
Psychodynamic Therapy
Kennedy
Gary Kennedy, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Dementia
Geriatric Depression
Old Age Adjustment
Rebecca Klein, MD
Rebecca Klein, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Child/Adolescent/Young Adult
LGBTQ+
Mood Disorders
Panic Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Knowles
Adam Knowles, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Depression
Anxiety
Bipolar Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Medication
Kranzler
Amy Kranzler, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Anxiety
OCD
Emerging Adults
Women’s Health
Insomnia
Burn Out
Lad
Shilpa Lad, MS, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Depression
Anxiety
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Psychodynamic Therapy
Supportive Therapy
Psycho-oncology
Markova
Natalia Markova, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Adult Psychiatry
Geriatric Psychiatry
Juan Martinez, MD
Juan Martinez, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker

Expertise

 
Spanish Speaking
Depression
Anxiety
Substance Use
Psychodynamic
Couples
Matzner
Fredrick Matzner, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Child
Adolescent and Adult Psychopharmacology
Maynigo
Traci Maynigo, PsyD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Couples
Marital
Family
Multicultural
Emotionally Focused
Mccoy
Katrina Mccoy, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Anxiety
Depression
Mindfulness
Dr. Barbara Milrod
Barbara Milrod, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Panic Disorder
Agoraphobia
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Anxiety Disorders
Child Anxiety
Moeller
Moshe Moeller, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Couples
Parenting
Fatherhood
Emotion Focused Therapy
Trauma
Psychodynamic
Motamedinia
Shahab Motamedinia, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Depression
Anxiety
Panic
Relationships
Psychodynamic
Nguyen Bao Tran PsyD
Bao-Tran Nguyen, PsyD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Mindfulness
Multicultural
Vietnamese Speaking
Ozdoba
Ana Ozdoba, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Spanish Speaking
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Psychopharmacology
Pimentel
Sandra Pimentel, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Youth & Emerging Adult
Anxiety
Depression
OCD
Platt
Melissa Platt , PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Trauma
Neurodivergence
Mindfulness
Relationships
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Podolec
Renata Podolec , MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
General Adult Psychiatry
Popiel
Maryann Popiel, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Vanessa J. Pressimone
Vanessa Pressimone, PhD

Expertise

 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Anxiety
Parenting
Adjustment
Health Psychology
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Simon Rego, PsyD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Anxiety
OCD
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Depression
Insomnia
Usman Riaz, MD
Usman Riaz, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Mental Health Disorders
Psychiatric Disorders
Addiction Disorders
Substance Abuse
Sleep Disorders
Insomnia
Hypersomnia
Sleep Apnea
Esther Rollhaus, M.D.
Esther Rollhaus, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Anxiety Disorders
Depression
Reproductive Psychiatry
Ross
Rachel Ross, MD, PhD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Neuroscience
Neuroendocrine
Anxiety
Trauma
Eating Disorder
Obesity
Maria Rozon, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Child/Adolescent
Anxiety and Related Disorders
OCD
Tics
Parent Training
Rustomji
Kashmira Rustomji, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Anxiety
Depression
Trauma/Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
LGBTQ
Adolescents
Scalmati
Alessandra Scalmati, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Geriatrics
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Mood Disorder
Neurocognitive Disorder
Schneider
Matthew Schneider, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Depression
Anxiety
OCD
Psychopharmacology
Schwartz
Bruce Schwartz, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Geriatrics
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Mood Disorder
Neurocognitive Disorder
Seham
Jenny Seham, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Anxiety
Trauma
Depression
Family
Relationships
Addiction
Shaffer
Scott Shaffer, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Child/Adolescent/Young Adult
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Anxiety
LGBTQ+
Mahrokh Shayanpour, MD
Mahrokh Shayanpour, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Addiction
Mood Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Addiction Disorders
Siber-Sanderowitz
Shaina Siber-Sanderowitz , LSCW
Clinical Social Worker

Expertise

 
Trauma
Relationship Issues
Depression
Anxiety
LGBTQ+/TGNB Affirming
Psychodynamic Therapy
Interpersonal Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Silver
Jessica Silver, PsyD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Depression
Anxiety
Relationship Issues
Trauma
Simpson
Brett Simpson, PsyD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Chronic Pain
Depression
Anxiety
Adjustment
Health Psychology
Family Therapy
Lucas Sjulson
Lucas Sjulson, MD, PhD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Deep Brain Stimulation
OCD
Depression
Anxiety
Spitzer (Sverd)
Sharon Spitzer (Sverd), PsyD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Relational
Depression
Trauma
Couples
Individuals
Crisis Management
Teh
Lisa Teh, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Depression
Anxiety
Trauma
Psychodynamic Therapy
Brittany C. Velardi, PsyD
Brittany Velardi, PsyD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Executive functioning
Crisis
Mindfulness
Adjustment
Relationships
Wetzler
Scott Wetzler, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Anxiety
Relationships
Personality
Yoon
Yesie Yoon, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Pediatric
Outpatient Psychiatric Consultation
Common Mental Illnesses In Childhood
Zayde
Amanda Zayde, PsyD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Emerging Adulthood
Parenting
Relationships
Attachment
Anxiety
Trauma
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