Palos Behavioral Health Professionals is pleased to announce the addition of two new Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists to the practice; Dr. Vijay Chand and Dr. Eliza Sukiennik.
Dr. Chand completed his Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and served as Chief Resident at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He was also Chief Resident as Nassau University Medical Center in New York where he completed his residency. Dr. Chand is board-eligible for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; he will be joining our practice on July 17, 2017.
Dr. Sukiennik is joining us from Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where she completed her residency in General Psychiatry and was the Chief Fellow of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Sukiennik is board-eligible for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; she will be joining our practice on August 14, 2017.
Christopher Higgins, PsyD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Clinical Director of Palos Behavioral Health Professionals. Dr. Higgins started PBHP in 2001. He has over 25 years' experience in the field of psychology. Dr. Higgins obtained his PsyD from Adler Institute of Professional Psychology in Chicago. Dr. Higgins works primarily with adults dealing with parenting, martial, depression, or other adult issues. Dr. Higgins also serves as President of the Community Service Foundation Board. CSF serves the population of Mentally Delayed Adults.
Rajithia Avva, MD Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She completed both psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Rush University.
Ramesh Doshi, MD, is a Board Certified psychiatrist specializing in adult psychiatric care. He is a graduate of the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute
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Tammy S. Yuen, MD, is a practicing Psychiatrist in Northbrook and Deerfield, IL. Dr. Yuen graduated from Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center in 2001 and has been in practice for 13 years. Her specialties include Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry.
Richard Ackley earned his PhD from IIT and MBA from DePaul University. His professional career has had a broad range. He was Professor of Psychology and Director of the doctoral program in Consulting Psychology at the Chicago School. In addition, he has been a Contributing Editor for the APA journal, PsycCritiques. He was also Managing Director for Change Resources Inc., a consulting/clinical psychology firm. As a clinician, he has over 25 years of experience in private and group practice. His specialty is assessing and treating affective dysregulation in Axis I and II disorders with adolescents and adults as well as executive dysfunction across the attentional spectrum with children and adolescents.
Natasha Begich, PsyD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She received both her Master's and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She has been working clinically since 2009. Dr. Begich has a broad range of experience working therapeutically with children, adolescents, and adults with diverse clinical concerns. She also has experience working in a variety of clinical settings, including private practice, college counseling, and community mental health. In addition, Dr. Begich provides services in psychoneurotherapy (specifically neurofeedback) and play therapy. She provides services at both our Palos Heights and Burr Ridge locations.
Corey Cashen, PsyD, received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2008 and has been practicing as a psychotherapist since 2004. his areas of clinical specialty include working with pre-adolescents, adolescents, and young adults who have struggles related to trauma, depression, anxiety, confidence issues, substance abuse, oppositional behavior, and family relationship difficulties. Dr. Cashen is also the Clinical Director of our Frankfort office location.
Amanda Jenkins, PsyD, is a graduate of Adler University. Amanda has worked with children, adolescents, and adults within community mental health centers and private practice for six years. She also provides supervision to students for psychological testing at Palos Behavioral Health Professionals.
Julie Johnson, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist. She is also a supervisor and training director for the pre-doctoral internship program. She graduated from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and has over 12 years' experience with the child, adolescent, and adult treatment. Julie likes to travel, eat new foods, and enjoys family time.
Jessica Mikulecky, PsyD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, earning her Master's in Counseling and Doctorate from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. She works primarily with adolescents and adults, and is also involved in psychological testing at Palos Behavioral Health Professionals.
Cynthia Rangel, PsyD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She has been working clinically since 2010. Dr. Rangel has experience working therapeutically with children, adolescents, and adults with diverse presenting issues. She also has experience working in a variety of clinical settings, including private practice, college counseling, and community mental health. In addition, Dr. Rangel provides services in psychoneurotherapy (specifically neurofeedback), play therapy, and couples therapy. She provides services at both our Palos Heights and Burr Ridge locations.
Ari Richelson, PsyD, received his Master's degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He went on to earn his doctorate degree in clinical psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology as well. He has over 10 years of experience working with adolescents, adults, and couples in a variety of clinical setting, including private practice, college counseling centers, and psychological rehabilitation centers. Dr. Richelson is also trained in Mindfullness and body work treatments and uses these practices regularly.
David Yesko, PsyD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years' of experience working with individuals, couples and families. He has both a Master's in Marriage and Family therapy and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
Gery Gilbo, LCPC, has been practicing for the past 40 years in hospital and private practice settings. He has been instrumental in developing two clinic practices with other mental health care practitioners. Gery's focus of expertise centers in the following areas: ADHD, depression, PTSD, anxiety disorders and neurocognitive assessment. Additionally, Gery is certified in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and multiple advanced levels of NLP.
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Christina K. Nolan, Ed.D., NCC, LCPC received her master's degree in counseling from Governor State University and her doctorate in educational leadership from National Louis University. Dr. Nolan is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and holds her certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She has over 15 years' experience working in a variety of clinical counseling setting such as private practice, residential and community agency with children, adults, families and couples. Additionally, Dr. Nolan has over 30 years' experience in school systems (university, school counselor, community college, high school, middle school, elementary) in various roles such as assistant professor, school counselor, reading specialist, and classroom teacher.
Catherine Jackson, PsyD, currently has a Master's degree in Human Service/Counseling, a Post-Master's Certificate in School Counseling and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has been providing mental and behavioral health services since 1999. Dr. Jackson has experience providing services to children, adolescents, adults, families and couples for a variety of mental health concerns working in community mental health, school and private practice settings. In addition to traditional psychotherapy, Dr. Jackson provides services in neuropsychological and psychoeducational testing and psychoneurotherapy (e.g. neurofeedback and cognitive remediation).
Neel Mehta Psy.D. earned his doctorate at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He has had experience as an integrative practitioner in working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families who present with a wide range of concerns. He has worked in various settings including hospitals, elementary schools, college campuses, community mental health centers, and in private practice.
Anna Jasiewicz, PsyD, BCN, QEEG-D is a graduate of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago. She provides a variety of psychological services, including nerurpsychological testing. Anna is diplomate certified in Brain-Mapping (qEEG). She uses Brain-Mapping to aid in the evaluation of many different conditions and to assist in the selection of treatment interventions that would best fit the individual. Her clinical experience has centered on treating a multitude of conditions including stress, emotional distress, attention and memory difficulties, processing and executive functioning difficulties, concussions/neurocognitive disorders, trauma, and OCD. Her approach to therapy is relational, holistic, and integrative. She strives to create an inviting and safe setting in which clients can feel heard, deeply understood, and supported through their journey of self-exploration. Dr. Jasiewicz is Board Certified in Neurofeedback and has found complimentary mindfulness-based treatment approaches to be powerful in facilitating change, acceptance and healing.
Elizabeth Polek, PsyD, is a graduate of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a current Post-Doctoral Fellow. Her interests include working with children, adolescents, and their families, although she enjoys and has worked with clients across the lifespan. More recently, she has expanded her interests to reach clients with Autism Spectrum and related concerns by seeking ongoing treatment. Dr. Polek strives to obtain a holistic understanding of each client as she engages them in a collaborative effort to realize a personalized sense of well-being. She can be found providing services in both Palos Heights and Frankfort offices.
Julie Bennington, PsyD, graduated from The Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Currently, she is a Clinical Psychology Doctoral Fellow who has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Bennington has trained in a therapeutic day school, psychosocial rehabilitation center for adults with intellectual disabilities and severe mental illness, and adolescents participating in a partial hospitalization program. She strives to help each patient feel understood and supported in his or her journey of self-exploration in a safe and compassionate environment. Dr. Bennington looks forward to providing services to her patients in our Palos Heights and Frankfort offices.
Elizabeth Smith, PsyD, received her Master's and doctorate degrees at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Along with individual and family therapy, she co-facilitates the Boy's Social Skills Groups at PBHP. Much of her clinical, research, and training background has focused on the treatment of complicated life struggles including emotional distress, depression, anxiety, identity development, trauma, and relationship stress. She has worked in multiple settings, including school systems, hospitals, and private practice. She strives to honor each person's unique story while providing a safe, accepting environment for self-exploration and complex stress management. Her collaborative therapeutic approach is relational, holistic, and often incorporates body-centered/mindfulness, expressive therapy, and play.
Alyssa Abbate, MA, LPC, received her Master's in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, where she is currently completing her doctorate. She is a pre-doctoral clinical psychology intern as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Alyssa has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of setting including private practices, schools, and social service agencies. Some of her clinical experience has included work with individuals struggling with learning disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD and domestic violence.
Melissa Buchmeier, MA, L.P.C., is a pre-doctoral intern completing her doctorate in clincal psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is licensed as a professional counselor in the state of Illinois. Her prior training experience of four years has involved working with people of all ages across the lifespan at a hospital-based psychiatric clinic and in private practice. She has experience with a variety of clinical issues. She believes that therapy provides an opportunity for healing, lifestyle changes, and personal growth/ she utilizes an integrative approach to treatment, which includes a collaborative therapeutic relationship combined with mindfullness-based skills, cognitive-behavioral techniques, narrative, and expressive arts, according to what best fits the needs of her clients.
Breanne Gremillion, MA, received her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Breanne has worked in community mental health setting, private mental health practice settings and school settings. Breanne is working toward obtaining her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She is currently a 5th year student and is completing her Doctoral Internship at PBHP. Breanne provides integrative treatment, including psychotherapy, psychological testing, and psychoneurotherapy, to children, adolescents, adults, and families.
Madhuvanti Patwardhan, B.A. is currently employed as a part-time psychometrician at Chicago Neurobehavioral Specialists in Orland Park. Madhuvanti's clinical experience includes working with a diverse population at a community mental health setting, providing services to clients with anxiety, depression, trauma and interpersonal conflicts. She is currently a 3rd year doctoral student at the Adler University and is completing her Assessment Practicum at PBHP.
Jessica Twardowski-Deskin received her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Specialization from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Jessica has worked in a variety of mental health settings including community based programs and residential treatment centers. Some of her clinical experience has included anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma, and depression. She is currently a 2nd year doctoral student at Adler University and is completing her Assessment Practicum at PBHP.