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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....

Antoinette Stewart

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....

John Getz Psy D

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.
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Clinicians

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, 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.

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.

Clinicians

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.

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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....

Meira Yasin

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.
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Mukta Gautam

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....

Shanya Hardie

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....

Clinicians

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.
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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....

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.
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Jenna Fried

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, CSAC

Jacqueline Lyle Reist , 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.

Joshua Niekranz

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.
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Clinicians

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.