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Madan Uprety, M.D.
Dr. Uprety has extensive inpatient and outpatient, “real-world” Clinical Psychiatry experience treating thousands of patients in rural and urban areas. His compassion for the patient, combined with his efficient and effective practice methods, make him a clinician that is both patient and highly administrative. He is not only an outstanding clinician and talented teacher, but he is always fascinated with entrepreneurial involvement.Read More....
Dr. Uprety received recognition as one of the 15 most talented students in the nation and was awarded a full scholarship for six years of his medical education. He published the textbook “Essentials of MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) Entrance Examination” while he was studying medicine in Kathmandu, Nepal. He was also the chief resident in his fourth year of Psychiatry residency training at Brookdale University Medical Center, in Brooklyn, NY. As a Chief Resident, he provided leadership to 20 resident Psychiatrists, fostering their training and maturity.
Dr. Uprety has presented on a spectrum of clinical and business forums nationally and internationally. His vast professional experience dealing with people across the world has made him a calm and understanding human being.
Currently, he is serving as Medical Director at My Psychiatrist, PLC, and at Greenbrook TMS Neurohealth Centers, and as CEO at Diamond Home Health Care. He has also served as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Howard University School of Medicine.
Antoinette Stewart, M.D.
Dr. Antoinette Stewart received her undergraduate training from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill for Medical School. Dr. Stewart then went on to complete a Residency in Adult Psychiatry at Wake Forest University In Winston Salem, North Carolina. She then completed a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga.Read More....
Currently Dr. Stewart is providing only outpatient care but will refer to local inpatient programs as needed. She provides Diagnostic Evaluations and Psychopharmacology for mostly children and adolescents ages 7yo to 18yo. She treats Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD and patients with a history of trauma . Dr. Stewart has office hours Monday thru Thursday and sees patients inthe mornings and afternoons. Please contact our office to discuss availability.
John Getz, Psy.D.
Dr. Getz joined the staff at My Psychiatrist in 2015. Prior to his work here, he was on the faculty at Penn State University College of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry. He is a Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years of experience in the Psychology field. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Penn State’s Medical College, Dr. Getz treated patients on both child and adult inpatient Psychiatric wards. He also worked in the Adult Specialty Clinics, where he gained expertise in working with clients who have anxiety, depression, bipolar illness, eating disorders, insomnia, and sexual dysfunctions.
Dr. Getz participated in opening the Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic at Penn State, and, while he was there, he created an attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) clinic, which provided extensive services for adults, children, and adolescents. These services included providing extensive Psychoeducational Testing to determine if the patients met the criteria for a diagnosis of ADHD. This clinic was a teaching venue for medical students, Psychiatric residents, and Psychology interns. Dr. Getz was also part of the surgical weight loss team at Penn State, and he provided diverse psychological services to those patients discerning the bariatric surgery process.
He has extensive experience conducting Psychotherapy groups and had an ongoing outpatient therapy group for anxiety patients that was of seven years’ duration. Dr. Getz has done research on, and has special interests in, the areas of anxiety, insomnia, and childhood trauma. He was a contributing author to a text on Projective Drawings with a Canadian colleague and did a cross-cultural study on the effects of trauma, using drawings completed both by Tibetan child refugees and by children from the Central PA area. Dr. Getz also has administrative experience; he worked for the head of the Psychology Department at the Catholic University of America. While there, he worked with troubled youth and, in this setting, mastered his Psycho-Diagnostic testing skills.
He especially enjoys utilizing Projective Testing, especially the Rorschach Inkblot Test, both to clarify patients’ diagnoses and to aid in treatment planning. He utilizes eclectic therapy techniques and is trained to provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. At My Psychiatrist, Dr. Getz provides individual therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. He can also provide comprehensive psychological assessment.
Joshua Niekranz, PMHNP-BC
Joshua Niekranz is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) by the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC). He attended the top-ranked Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at Vanderbilt University where he received his Master of Science in Nursing degree and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from George Mason University. He is a veteran of the United States Navy where he served for more than 6 years. He is also a member of the American Nurses Association and the Virginia Nurses Association.
He believes in patient-centered care, collaborating with clients to find the best treatment for them as an individual by offering recommendations based on his education and experience while also taking into account the personal preferences of the patient. He believes that it is vital to ensure that the person is given the appropriate education regarding their condition and treatments so that they can make informed decisions regarding their care. He recognizes that the best treatment for the patient is the evidence-based treatment that they are going to adhere to, and having effective channels of communication between the provider and the patient is important to ensure that they are both on the same page. His number one priority as a healthcare provider is the safety and wellbeing of his patients.
Prior to becoming a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner he has had significant experience as a Registered Nurse in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including inpatient behavioral health, inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation, inpatient medical-surgical/acute inpatient rehabilitation, medical triage, and several nursing leadership roles.
Bethany Balette M.A., Resident in Counseling
Bethany Balette is licensed as a Resident in Counseling in the state of Virginia. Bethany was trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy. She has experience working with a variety of patient populations. Diagnoses include PTSD and complex trauma, anxiety, depression, suicidality, behavioral issues, relationship issues, co-morbidities, difficult life circumstances, and situational issues. Bethany believes all aspects of a person’s life are significant and practices evidence-based and individualized care.
Prior to joining My Psychiatrist, she worked extensively with veterans of active-duty military status as well as students, retirees and their families dealing with a plethora of issues, as described above. While serving a military population she also conducted fitness for duty evaluations and safety assessments. In addition, she co-led Intensive Outpatient group therapy and Continuing Care group therapy for those suffering from substance use disorders and disorders co-morbid with substance use. In parallel, she was and is interested in remaining at the forefront of psychological practice for overall betterment of patient care. As such, she continues her research efforts and was most recently published in The Practitioner Scholar: Journal of the International Trauma Training Institute.
Originally from Buffalo, NY Bethany received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Florida State University and her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Graduating from both institutions with honors, additional academic accolades from FSU include Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society and Psi Chi Honor Society induction. Accolades from TCSPP include Chi Sigma Iota induction and the Academic Distinction Certificate which was awarded to Bethany in recognition of the highest possible academic performance achieved. Bethany has become settled and established in the greater Washington area as of August 2020.
Jennifer Chow, MD
Gregory John Vitale, Psy.D.
Dr. Vitale started at My Psychiatrist in 2022 as a licensed clinical psychologist in Virginia and Washington, D.C. His areas of competence include neuropsychological assessment for the evaluation of a variety of issues and diagnoses. He has worked most prominently with patients with concussion/TBI and stroke. He also has extensive experience and competence in evaluating for dementia or other neurocognitive disorders due to neurological disease. He has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, serving in multidisciplinary teams including comprehensive neurorehabilitation, sports medicine clinics, and community living centers to name a few. His interventions are focused on time-limited approaches including cognitive-behavioral therapy for sleep difficulties (CBT-i), adjustment to medical diagnosis, and behavioral health interventions with a rehabilitation focus. He has held psychoeducational groups focused on health psychology topics including sleep, diabetes management, and brain health. He has worked with patients post-COVID-19 illness who have experienced new-onset psychological and neurocognitive difficulties both in research and clinical capacity.
He has always remained active in research and alongside the aforementioned COVID-19 work has led several projects that went on to journal publication or presentation at national conferences, with a handful having been nominated for awards. He is a member of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists, the International Neuropsychological Society, and the Sports Neuropsychology Society. He regularly attends professional conferences to remain up-to-date on advancements in the field.
He completed his doctoral training in clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University with a specialization in neuropsychology. His internship at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, MS included a major emphasis in neuropsychology. He completed a postdoctoral residency in primary care mental health integration at the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System in Oklahoma City, OK. He completed his two-year postdoctoral residency at the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Heidi Cook, MA, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Heidi Cook, MA, MSN, PMHNP-BC, is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has spent the last 22 years in the nursing profession. She is committed to the holistic care of those dealing with mental health issues. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Liberty University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Nursing from The University of Virginia-with a specialty in Psychiatry, and is certified by the ANCC. She also completed training in substance abuse and medication assisted treatment. Combining aspects of counseling and nursing allows her to offer patients a therapeutic provider-client relationship, as well as evidence-based practice care through holistic, individualized, and compassionate treatment planning.
Throughout her nursing career Heidi has worked in Critical Care, Transplant Coordinating/Organ Donation, Psychiatry, Interventional Radiology, Post-operative, and a host of other areas. She has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her psychiatry experience includes inpatient, substance use, intensive outpatient services, and outpatient mental health services. She has seen children, adolescents and adults. Currently she is seeing patients 18-65yrs old. Heidi sees patients for anxiety, depression, PTSD, mood disorders, substance use, and ADHD. Brief psychotherapy and supportive therapy are also offered as needed throughout appointments. In her free time, Heidi enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and going to the beach.
Sanju Adhikari, M.D.
Dr. Adhikari completed her General Psychiatry residency from Metropolitan Hospital of New York Medical College in New York, NY. Her most recent work experience as a General Psychiatrist includes working outpatient care at Carolina Partners In Mental Health, in Raleigh, NC, and at Bristol Hospital Multispecialty Group in Bristol, CT, where she worked for three years with both inpatients and outpatients diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, substance abuse, anxiety, schizoaffective disorder, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), among others.Read More....
She first studied medicine and surgery at Rajshahi Medical College in Bangladesh and worked as a medical officer in Kathmandu, Nepal. She later worked as an extern for the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP) at the VA Medical Center in Washington, DC, and at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Washington, DC.
Dr. Adhikari is currently accepting patients 18 years and up at My Psychiatrist, PLC, in Reston, VA, where she specializes in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, schizoaffective, and bipolar disorders, among others.
Meira Yasin, PMHNP-BC
Meira Yasin has worked as a nurse since 2009 in the areas of Women’s Health, Neurology, Neurosurgery/Neurology Intensive Care, Medical/Surgical, and Mental Health. In 2016, she completed a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) as a Family Nurse Practitioner, and then completed a Post-Doctorate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program in 2017. She has worked in global health and provided care to people in underserved areas locally and abroad, with a focus on trauma-informed care and adverse childhood experiences.
Dr. Yasin served as an Assistant Professor in the East Tennessee State University College of Nursing Undergraduate Programs, where she also practiced as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Student Health on campus. She has experience working in community mental health with different populations, including children in the foster care system and those with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She is passionate about helping to address health disparities for vulnerable populations and to decrease mental health stigmas. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, working out, drinking coffee, reading, traveling, and meeting new people.
Mukta Gautam, PMHNP-BC
Mukta Gautam is a Dual Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP-BC) by the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC). She received her Masters of Science in Nursing, with a concentration in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner discipline, from Regis College. She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honors Society of Nursing during her Bachelor’s Studies in Nursing at the College of St. Elizabeth.Read More....
She is profoundly invested in helping to make her patients’ lives better. She is not only keen on treating the illness, but she also strongly values compassionate care while improving the overall quality of life of her patients. During her nursing school days, she was nominated and awarded with the prestigious “Lester Z Lieberman Humanism in Healthcare Award.” Mukta is also an active member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA).
She has significant experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, including in the areas of Med-Surge, Telemetry, Renal, and Cardiology. She also has experience in Transitional Care. She has volunteered in the community by educating community members and raising their awareness towards preventative care and health promotion.
Shanya Hardie, PMHNP-BC
Shanya Hardie is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. Before joining My Psychiatrist, she spent over 15 years at the National Institutes of Health as a Clinical Research Nurse. In this role, she managed diverse biomedical research participants, performed as a department nurse educator, and participated in numerous leadership, teaching, and mentorship initiatives.Read More....
Shanya possesses strong clinical skills which are enhanced by her natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. Clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition allow her to provide personalized attention to each patient in the promotion of health and wellness, disease prevention, and management of mental health symptoms. Her practice incorporates a holistic approach to care that is rooted in evidence-based practice. She is passionate about providing quality patient-centered, comprehensive mental health services across the lifespan, and is enthusiastic to apply her experience and compassion with clients to address issues that will help them to improve their quality of life and remove the stigma of psychiatric disorders.
Kathleen Martens, Psy.D.
Prior to beginning her work with My Psychiatrist in 2021, Dr. Kathleen Martens worked at an inpatient psychiatric facility, offering individual and group therapies, psychoeducation groups, and outreach. Dr. Martens has been practicing for nearly 15 years in the area of Clinical Psychology and is well versed in the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic, Internal Family Systems, and Mindfulness. She tailors her interventions to meet the needs and goals of her clients.
Her training includes an Undergraduate Bachelor’s Degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Psychology and both a Master’s and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University, Washington, D.C., campus. She is certified in the treatment of complex trauma, as well as the diagnosis and care of Dementia. Her research and publications are in the areas of eating disorders, gerontological issues, such as dementia and depression in older adults, and cross-cultural psychological testing measures. She also recently earned her graduate certificate in the field of Gerontology in May 2021 from the University of Pittsburgh.
After completing research in the field of Gerontology at the University of Jönköping in Sweden, she continued her career working with clients presenting with addiction issues, comorbid Psychiatric disorders, and health/medical Psychiatric disorders. Dr. Martens has helped lead the Behavioral Health Units at both MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, MD, and at Novant Health UVA Prince William Medical Center in Manassas, VA, caring for patients on both the medical floors and within the Emergency Department. She spent five years at The Women’s Center providing individual and couples counseling in a community mental health outpatient setting. She is licensed in Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Maryland.
Jeff Martens, Ph.D.
Prior to beginning his work with My Psychiatrist in 2021, Dr. Jeff Martens worked as a Clinical Psychologist at a residential psychiatric facility for adults, offering individual and group therapies, psychoeducation groups, and conducting psychological evaluations. He provided treatment for mood, anxiety, addictions, anger, boundary, and personality-related issues. Dr. Martens has been practicing for roughly 15 years in the area of Clinical Psychology and is well versed in the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,Read More....
He comes to My Psychiatrist with diverse professional training experiences. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, he earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. His research focused on various forms and functions of aggression. He also provided clinical services during graduate school in community mental health, in day programs for adults with developmental disabilities, in behavior management training for parents of children with behavioral or attentional issues (e.g., attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder), and in the administration of Neuropsychological assessment measures for adults with traumatic brain injury. Dr. Martens interned at an inpatient state psychiatric hospital, working with adults with a wide range of severe mental health concerns and forensic issues. He continued on there as their Coordinator of Trauma Services through the Hospital’s Addictions, Co-Occurring, and Trauma Recovery Service.
Dr. Martens is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia and Maryland.
Kara Callaghan, LPC
As a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia, Kara works with adults and adolescents. She has been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and has experience working with a diverse population of clients with mental health issues, co-occurring disorders, and relationship issues. Kara believes each individual is unique and, therefore, each person’s treatment should reflect that perspective.
Kara is originally from Long Island, NY. She received her undergraduate BA degree in Communications from The American University, in Washington, DC. After living in the Metro DC area for 15 years, Kara attended graduate school at Argosy University in Phoenix, AZ, where she received her MA in Sport and Exercise Psychology, as well as her MA in Mental Health Counseling.
Kara practiced as a Mental Health Counselor in Phoenix, AZ, for 13 years and in Florida for two years before returning to the Washington, DC, area she considers her home. She joined My Psychiatrist in 2019.
Jenna Fried, M.S., Resident in Counseling
Jenna Fried is a compassionate and dedicated Licensed Resident in Counseling, using evidence-based therapeutic methods, models and principles to promote human development, wellness, and mental health in the state of Virginia. Before joining My Psychiatrist in 2022, she received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of West Florida, and obtained her Master of Science degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from West Virginia University. She acquired patient care and counseling experience by working in assisted living facilities, in inpatient settings with psychiatric populations, supplying vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities, and providing therapy to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families presenting with a wide array of psychological concerns.
Jenna’s research and publications focus on women’s health and reproductive rights, and she continues to work with individuals and couples navigating infertility, pregnancy loss, and postpartum depression. Jenna believes in creating a safe and encouraging therapeutic environment, and tailoring approaches according to the needs of her patients. In addition to utilizing experiential, cognitive behavioral and solution-focused therapies, she compliments interventions with mindfulness activities, resilience building exercises and stress reduction techniques to enhance the autonomy and mental health of those she is working with.
Jacqueline Lyle, MS, LPC, LSATP
As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, Jackie works with the young adult and adult population on a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, work stress, adjustment issues, grief and loss, infertility, and relationship issues. Jackie has extensive experience with substance use disorders and behavioral addictions. Jackie utilizes techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, Person-Centered, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Jackie was born and raised in the DC area. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from George Mason University and her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Longwood University. Jackie completed her clinical internship at Richmond Behavioral Health Authority, receiving advanced training in individual, couples, and group therapy for both mental health and substance use disorders.
Prior to joining My Psychiatrist, she worked extensively with young adults, adults, couples, and families in correctional, inpatient, and outpatient counseling settings. Jackie has experience conducting Substance Abuse Assessments and Evaluations. She spent the last three years at Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Center as the Lead Counselor and then later promoted to Assistant Clinical Director.
Jackie’s approach to therapy is empathetic and understanding. Within the therapeutic relationship, Jackie and the client will create a safe, collaborative environment for the client to gain greater insight into self and presenting issues. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, barre classes, traveling, and spending time with family and her dogs.