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 (CBT)
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
Belinkie
Yael Belinkie, PhD
Senior Director, Substance Abuse Treatment Program (SATP) and Montefiore Einstein Psychiatry Associates (MEPA) Faculty Practice Operations
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Substance Use
Depression
Personality Disorders

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 (CBT)
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 (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
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
Michelle Blackmore, PhD
Michelle Blackmore, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

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

Expertise

 
LGBTQ
Transgender
Sexual Orientation
Gender Identity
Minority Stress
Psychodynamic
Alyssa Chimiklis, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Adolescents & Young Adults
Eating Disorders
Family-Based Treatment (FBT)
ADHD
Trauma
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Melissa Cintron-Arroyo
Melissa Cintron-Arroyo, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker

Expertise

 
Emerging Adulthood
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Mood/Anxiety
LGBTQIA+
Women’s Health
Parenting
Gladys Crespo-Ramos
Gladys Crespo-Ramos, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Adults
Spanish/English
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Depression
Anxiety
Austin Eklund
Austin Eklund, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
LGBTQ
Anxiety
Depression
Trauma
Attachment
Psychodynamic
Jenise English
Jenise English, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker

Expertise

 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Supportive Therapy
Motivational Interviewing
Couples Therapy
Anxiety
Depression
Bipolar
Feirsen
Nicole Feirsen, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Neuropsychology
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Depression
Anxiety
Martin Florimon
Martin Florimon, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Child/Adolescent
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Anxiety
Depression
Spanish Speaking
Forman
Howard Forman, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Anxiety
Depression
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Psychotherapy
Psychopharmacology
Melanie Fox, PsyD
Melanie Fox, PsyD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Eating Disorder
Anxiety
Youth & Emerging Adult
Relationships
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Gallo
Laurie Gallo, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Anxiety
Trauma
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Mindfulness
Stamatoula Georgiou
Stamatoula Georgiou, PsyD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Anxiety
Depression
Trauma
Psychodynamic Therapy
Miguelina German
Miguelina German, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Child/Adolescent/Young Adult
Attachment Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Depression
Anxiety
Trauma
Spanish Speaking
Glasgow_Allison_MD
Allison Glasgow, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Trauma
Depression
Anxiety
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Glueck
Benjamin Glueck, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Parent-Child Interacceptance and Commitment Therapy
Parent Management Training
Anxiety
Depression
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 (CBT)
Anita Jose, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
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
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
Pauline Levy
Pauline Levy, PsyD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Spanish Speaking
Relationships
Depression
Trauma
Grief
Cultural/Identity Stress
Anne Limowski
Anne Limowski, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Exposure and Response Prevention
OCD
Anxiety Disorders
Insomnia
Trauma/Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
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 (DBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Anxiety
Depression
Mindfulness
Jenny Merkin, PsyD
Jenny Merkin, PsyD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Integrative
Relationship Issues
Person-Centered
Trauma
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dr. Barbara Milrod
Barbara Milrod, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Panic Disorder
Agoraphobia
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Anxiety Disorders
Child Anxiety
Paroma Mitra
Paroma Mitra, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Geriatrics
Neurocognitive Disorders
Depression
Anxiety
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for older adults
Hindi and Bengali speaking
Moshe 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
Eric A. Nelson
Eric Nelson, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Depression
Anxiety
Bipolar Disorder
Veterans
Individual/Group Psychotherapy
Medication
Nguyen Bao Tran PsyD
Bao-Tran Nguyen, PsyD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
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 (CBT)
Youth & Emerging Adult
Anxiety
Depression
OCD
Liza Pincus, PsyD
Liza Pincus, PsyD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Trauma/Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Anxiety
OCD
Insomnia
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Platt
Melissa Platt , PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

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

Expertise

 
General Adult Psychiatry
Popiel
Maryann Popiel, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Melissa Ramrattan, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Depression
Anxiety
Trauma
Child/Adolescent/Young Adult
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Simon Rego, PsyD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
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
Ross
Rachel Ross, MD, PhD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

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

Expertise

 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Child/Adolescent
Anxiety and Related Disorders
OCD
Tics
Parent Training
Ian Rugg
Ian Rugg, PsyD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Anger
Boys, Men and Masculinity
Anxiety
Depression and Mood Disorders
Informed Dialectical Behavior Therapy
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
Elyssa Scharaga
Elyssa Scharaga, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Neuropsychology
Adjustment to Medical Conditions
Caregiver Burden
Cognitive Remediation (15 years old +)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Schneider
Matthew Schneider, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Depression
Anxiety
OCD
Psychopharmacology
Schwartz
Bruce Schwartz, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Bipolar Disorder
Depression
Anxiety
OCD
Jenny Seham, PhD
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
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
Chantal (Remi) Sowemimo-Coker
Chantal (Remi) Sowemimo-Coker, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Acculturative/Minority Stress and Trauma
Sexual Orientation and Gender Affirming Care
Systemic Oppression; Working in PWI
HAES; Body Positivity
Kink and Poly Affirming
Medical Industrial Complex/Medical Trauma
Spitzer (Sverd)
Sharon Spitzer (Sverd), PsyD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Relational
Depression
Trauma
Couples
Individuals
Crisis Management
Michael Tau, MD
Michael Tau, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Mood Disorders
Anxiety Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
OCD
Psychotherapy
Psychopharmacology
Teh
Lisa Teh, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Depression
Anxiety
Trauma
CBT for Insomnia
Angelica Tsakas
Angelica Tsakas, PsyD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Children, Adolescents, & Young Adults
Integrative Psychotherapy
Mood Disorders
Trauma
Relationships
Identity Exploration
Brittany C. Velardi, PsyD
Brittany Velardi, PsyD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Executive functioning
Crisis
Mindfulness
Adjustment
Relationships
Vileisis
Julia Vileisis, MD
Psychiatrist

Expertise

 
Perinatal Psychiatry
Gender Identity
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Mood Disorders
Postpartum Psychosis
Emerging Adulthood
Lauren B. Yadlosky
Lauren Yadlosky, PhD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Child/Adolescent
Emotion Dysregulation
Disordered Eating
Family Conflict
Zayde
Amanda Zayde, PsyD
Psychologist

Expertise

 
Emerging Adulthood
Parenting
Relationships
Attachment
Anxiety
Trauma
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