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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 in order to find psychiatrists in the area. 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.
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
Jennifer Chow attended medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University. She did her general adult psychiatry residency at the combined civilian-military program, University of Texas Health Sciences University San Antonio/Wilford Hall Medical Center and then completed a child/adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Oregon Health Sciences University. From there, she served active duty military members, their family and children at numerous Air Force bases located in Republic of Korea, Germany, United Kingdom, Turkey, and Dayton, Ohio. Her last assignment active duty assignment was working for the US Air Force Surgeon General’s office in Falls Church, VA.
She has taught residents at Wright Patterson Air Force BAse in Ohio, served as Medical Director and Flight Commander at several Air Force clinics, and as Chief of the Medical Staff at Osan Air Base in Korea and Incirlik Clinic in Turkey.
She enjoys seeing a variety of patients and mental health conditions from ages 3 and up.
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.
Alexandra (Allie) Dwight
Alexandra (Allie) Dwight is a Masters-Level Resident in Counseling registered with the Virginia Board of Counseling . She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Florida State University in 2017, and graduated with a Masters Degree in Art Therapy from George Washington University in 2019.
Allie provides services to adults, adolescents, and children, incorporating art interventions, mindfulness, and grounding techniques into sessions. In addition to her training in art therapy, Allie is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Sand Tray. She has worked with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, grief, abuse, relationship conflicts, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Through a caring and collaborative relationship, Allie aims to hold a safe space in which individuals can develop new coping skills and perspectives, safely process trauma at their own pace, and improve overall well-being
Michael Walsh, M.A., Resident in Counsel
Michael is a licensed Resident in Counseling in the state of Virginia. Michael received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2019 and graduated with his Master’s of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Crisis Intervention and Trauma Interventions in May 2022. During his time pursuing his Master’s degree, Michael was inducted into the academic honors society Chi Sigma Iota.
Before working for My Psychiatrist, Michael worked in a residential treatment facility working with children and adolescents facilitating daily groups as well as aiding in crisis interventions. Michael also worked with an outpatient clinic to serve those dealing with substance addictions, facilitating intensive outpatient groups while also facilitating groups for children whose parents experienced addiction to develop coping strategies, as well develop healthy interpersonal relationships with peers.
While walking on the road to improved well-being, Michael looks to create and maintain a healthy space while learning and developing coping skills.
Daniela Otoya is a Masters-Level Resident in Counseling registered with the Virginia Board of Counseling. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Shepherd University in 2017, and graduated with a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2020.
Daniela provides services to adults and adolescents who struggle with a range of issues such as depression, anxiety, life changes, grief, trauma and more. Daniela incorporates mindfulness techniques alongside cognitive-behavioral therapy and psychodynamic to aim for taking a holistic approach.
Daniela embraces and appreciates all walks of life and makes sure to hold a non-judgemental, open and safe environment. She also strives to empower clients by supporting them in realizing they have the ability to heal themselves and find the solutions within.
Elisa Litchfield, Psy.D.
Dr. Elisa Litchfield is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D) who obtained her doctoral degree and completed her education, training, and supervision in 2011. Currently, she is preparing to take her licensure exam as a clinical psychologist with the Commonwealth of Virginia and hopes to be licensed by June 2023.
As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Litchfield follows a holistic approach to individual psychotherapy, integrating theories of psychology that address both the mind and body. She encourages her clients to reflect on past experiences, identify current struggles, become aware of their cognitive, behavioral, and relational patterns, and develop desired goals and treatment strategies. Through a collaborative effort, Dr. Litchfield empowers her clients to recognize and build upon their own strengths and find meaning in their struggles, offering them psychoeducational resources, practical skills, and manageable short-term goals.
The types of psychotherapy utilized will be determined after an appropriate individualized treatment plan is developed. However, Dr. Litchfield typically utilizes cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral models.
With over 35 years of experience in psychology, including volunteer work after graduating high school, Dr. Litchfield holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Philosophy from George Mason University and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D) from Regent University. She is divorced and has no children, spending most of her life in Northern Virginia. She also served in the United States Army for 6 years.
Dr. Litchfield has a warm, relational style and is kind, empathetic, and non-judgmental. She has a special interest in working with former military, police, fire, and EMS personnel and has received specialized training in the integration of faith and psychology. In her free time, she enjoys animals, art, and music.
Michele Gunter, LCSW
Michele Gunter is a highly experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in Virginia, with a career spanning over 26 years. Her expertise lies in providing comprehensive clinical assessments and therapeutic care to individuals of various age groups, including children, adolescents, teenagers, and adults aged 70 and above. Michele’s practice encompasses working with individuals, couples, families, and groups, addressing a wide range of mental health concerns.
With a background in clinical mental health, private practice, and virtual therapy, Michele has consistently demonstrated her commitment to delivering compassionate and effective treatment. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences at Virginia Tech/Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1994, followed by a Master of Social Work from Radford University in 1996.
Michele’s therapeutic approach is characterized by understanding, empathy, humor, creativity, and a strong foundation in education and life experience. She creates a safe, non-judgmental, and confidential environment, fostering healing and personal growth for her clients. Throughout her career, Michele has successfully treated individuals with mood disorders, various forms of abuse, early childhood issues, anxiety, depression, life transitions, PTSD/trauma, grief/loss, attachment issues, obsessive-compulsive disorder, illness and aging, substance abuse, anger management, family conflict, multicultural challenges, relationship issues, and stress management.
Michele possesses a diverse range of therapeutic modalities in her toolkit, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment-Based Therapy, Trauma-Informed approaches, Christian Counseling, Play Therapy, Filial Play Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Exposure Response Prevention, and Mindfulness. She firmly believes in the power of empathy, non-judgment, and a strengths-based perspective to empower clients in developing positive thought patterns and effective coping skills for managing their challenges. Michele holds the belief that everyone has the capacity for positive change and can work towards achieving their own goals.
An essential aspect of Michele’s therapeutic philosophy is the value she places on the working alliance between therapist and client. She recognizes that this connection plays a pivotal role in the success of therapy and endeavors to foster a positive rapport with her clients. Michele strives to create a therapeutic environment where individuals feel secure in sharing and exploring their thoughts and emotions.
Michele Gunter is a highly skilled and compassionate Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has dedicated her career to helping individuals overcome their mental health challenges. Through her extensive experience, diverse therapeutic modalities, and unwavering commitment to her clients’ well-being, Michele is a trusted professional who facilitates healing, growth, and positive change.
Sanju Adhikari, M.D.
Dr. Adhikari completed her General Psychiatry residency at the 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 if you look for a psychiatrist in my area.
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.
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.
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.
Melody Ege M.A., Resident in Counseling
“Melody Ege is a caring, empathetic counselor who adapts her modalites to every individual’s needs. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and her Master’s Degree from New York University (NYU). She has experience working with children, young adults, and adults with anxiety, life stress, obsessive compulsive disorder, and more.
Her approach is to create an environment in which you can freely express your internal thoughts and emotions without judgment. She is committed to nurturing change in a safe and secure therapeutic relationship. Her hope is to help you navigate life challenges and provide you with the tools and skills you need to achieve your goals.
The therapy modalities Melody uses are integrative and individualised. She incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavioral techniques, solution-focused therapy, person-centered therapy, and a culturally sensitive approach.”