our providers

Dr. Simbiat Oladiran-Adighije, PMHNP, PhD

Dr. Simbiat Oladiran-Adighije, PMHNP, PhD (Dr. Sim) has over 12 years of experience specializing in Adult ADHD, Anxiety disorders, Mood Disorders (Depressive disorders & Bipolar disorders), Perinatal psychiatry and comorbid mental disorders. Dr. Sim practices as a Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner licensed in both New York and New Jersey. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rutgers University with her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degrees in Nursing. She further received her MD and PhD degree in Public Health from The University of Science, Arts and Technology, Montserrat (Florida campus).  

Dr. Sim believes in a personalized treatment plan for each patient that may include medication therapy and/or psychotherapy. She is an LGBTQ+ affirmative provider. Treatment approaches include Medication Management, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Genetic Testing, Motivational Interviewing and other Psychotherapy treatments. 

Dr. Sim is highly committed to evidence based practices and keeping up to date with new and emerging psychiatric treatment modalities. She does this by attending yearly continuing education/training in Psychopharmacology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. She believes in the possibilities of reaching one's highest potential and is highly committed to the well being of her patients physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. 

Dr. Ginger Simor, MD

Ginger Simor, MD is a Psychiatrist providing care to children, adolescents and adult residents of New York, (NJ) and Florida. Dr. Simor has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are adult psychiatry, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, bipolar disorders, ADHD and Substance Use Disorders/Addictions. Dr. Simor’s philosophy of care generally centers on a multi-disciplinary approach, utilizing psychopharmacology in combination with psychotherapeutic techniques, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical-behavioral therapy and mindfulness. She believes in treating people with a personalized approach tailored to the individual’s unique situation and to help the individual achieve a greater sense of well-being.

Dr. Simor achieved her BA in Psychology at the University of Albany, NY and went on to earn her medical degree abroad at Semmelweis University of Medicine in Budapest, Hungary, before returning to Albany Medical Center to complete her residency in Psychiatry. Dr. Simor enjoys learning about different cultural backgrounds in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the individual. Aside from her career, Dr. Simor enjoys spending time with her family, friends and dogs; traveling, cooking, exercising and being creative with decor when she personalizes her spaces. 

Dr. Tara Thompson, PMHNP, DNP

Dr. Tara Thompson, DNP, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing care to patients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Dr. Tara started her career as a therapist after earning a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree from Eastern University where she was trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy and systemic therapy. She later decided to change direction and pursue an education and career in nursing where she worked in cardiology and neurology. She eventually made the decision to return back to her “first love”, psychiatry, and obtained a Master of Science Degree in Nursing and later a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Drexel University. Dr. Tara has been working with patients across the life span in multiple settings including outpatient psychiatry where she treats individuals with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD and trauma related disorders. She also has experience in acute psychiatric inpatient care treating individuals in psychiatric crisis, and in consultation-liaison psychiatry focusing on the care of patients with comorbid psychiatric and general medical conditions.

Dr. Tara believes that people are multi-faceted and understanding their lives and experiences requires the ability to look at treatment from multiple perspectives including psychological, biological and developmental. She believes in nurturing the capacity for resilience and growth while diagnosing and treating mental health. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her “fur babies”. She loves to travel, watch horror movies, read fiction and Zumba!

Dr. Kevin Lemaire, DO

Dr Kevin Jean Lemaire is a Psychiatrist providing care to residents of New York, and New Jersey.  Dr Lemaire believes in “treating the patient as a whole” and that “laughter is the best medicine”. Dr Lemaire’s clinical interests include PTSD, anxiety, depression, ADHD and substance use.  Dr. Lemaire attended Brooklyn College, where he majored in both psychology and biology. During that time, he was on the executive board of the Haitian American Students Association, Minority Access to Research Careers Scholar, Organic Chemistry Tutor, & National Black Students in Science Organization. After college, he went on to study osteopathic medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem, NY. When he was not studying, Dr Lemaire was an active member of Psychiatry Student Interest Group, Cardiology Club of Touro COM, Student Ambassador Program, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Teacher's Assistant Program, & MedAchieve Mentor Scholar. He matched into a psychiatry residency program at Garnet Health in Middletown, NY, where he researched alternative therapies for PTSD, and was also the Chief Resident of his class.

 

Aside from her career, Dr. Lemaire enjoys watching movies, going on road trips, spending time with his family and his pet cat, “Meredith Grey”.

Elise Weisman, PMHNP-BC

NP Elise Weisman is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She views her clients as partners in their own mental health care. Elise views her clients holistically, with their mental health as one aspect of their multifaceted individuality. She considers it an honor to be part of an individual’s journey toward improvement of mental health or sobriety.

 

Elise Weisman received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Binghamton University, NY. She then received her Masters of Science in Nursing from New York University, NY. As a Nurse Practitioner, she has worked in a variety of outpatient settings, including community mental health centers and intensive outpatient centers for both mental health and substance abuse issues. She has helped clients with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and other mood disorders, attention and hyperactivity disorders, peripartum and postpartum mood disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, and alcohol and drug addictions. She finds reward in working with all populations.

 

Elise values the important connection between mental and physical health. She began running while in high school and continues that today, incorporating yoga and hiking. She encourages all individuals to find physical activity that aligns with their lifestyle.

Sandhya Praveen PHMNP-BC

NP Sandhya praveen is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in psychiatry to diagnose, treat and prescribe medications for children, adolescent and adults. Some of her practice specialty includes ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorders and Schizophrenia. Sandhya has a Masters of Science degree in nursing - Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from Fairleigh Dickerson University 

Sandhya Praveen believes in individualized treatment plan for every patient that include medication therapy and psychotherapy. Treatments includes cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and other psychotherapy treatments.

She believes that a significant advantage of telepsychiatry is that it can provide a practical and effective alternative to in-person psychiatric services from the comfort of one’s home. It is suitable for people of all ages including children, adolescent and adults.

Laura Velli, PMHNP-BC

Laura Velli is a board certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 5 years of experience. She earned her Master of Science degree from the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at Vanderbilt University in 2016. She earned her Bachelor of Science from the Accelerated Second-Degree Nursing. Laura also received her first undergraduate degree in English from Rutgers University.

 

Laura is a compassionate clinician and dedicated to improving the quality of care that clients receive. Laura is a member of the esteemed Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and the New York Advanced Practice Nurses Association. She particularly enjoys working with patients with mood disorders, anxiety, depression, women’s issues, emotional disturbance, relationship issues, and anger management.

 

Belinda Narine, PMHNP-BC

"I have always been committed to excellence throughout my personal and professional life. Finding reasons to evolve each day is just the beginning of my journey to wellness in mental health". Belinda Narine is ANCC certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds dual Masters of Science in Nursing from both Adelphi University and Molloy College. In addition, she hold a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Care Management from New York University.

 

With her multiple degrees, She brings exceptional knowledge and experience in emergency medicine, internal medicine, pain management, nephrology, gastroenterology, healthcare management and psychiatry.

 

Belinda realized there was an overwhelming need for more access to mental health services and care which warranted her career change from emergency and internal medicine. Having a family member battle major depression and helping them avoid multiple suicide attempts made her  realize this transition was a need. She has witnessed many shy away from getting help that they need due to the significant amount of negative stigma associated with mental illness. Her goal is My goal is to decrease hospital stays while providing excellent care to patients right from the comfort of your own home through Telepsychiatry.

 

"My passion in life has become to normalize mental health and allow people to feel comfortable and safe expressing themselves. Having worked multiple specialty care areas, mental health care is just as important going to your primary care provider for routine health visits. No more suffering in silence and keeping quiet. No more being judged for talking about mental illness".

Grace Taylor, PMHNP-BC

NP Grace Taylor is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who believes in treating the whole. Ms. Taylor partners with her clients in helping them achieve emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. She uses psychotherapy, medication therapy, and evidence-based alternative therapies to achieve client goals.

Grace Taylor received her BA in psychology from Barnard College, NY. She then received her Masters degree in Communications, Computing and Technology in Education from Columbia University. She has worked in world-wide training of the US and Taiwan military, MIT, Boeing, Northrop, Siemens amongst others. After working as a software engineer at a large corporations and experiencing first hand the impact of work on our daily lives and mental health, Ms. Taylor felt a desire to make a greater personal impact in the lives of others and returned to school for her healthcare degrees. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL and received her Master of Science in Nursing from Hunter College, NY, as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. In the field of Psychiatry, she has experience in child, adolescents, adults and geriatric mental health. She has helped clients and families with holistic treatment of depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, eating issues, psychosis, ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s dementia, substance use disorders and aggression.

Ms. Taylor enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to and creating music, meditating, writing and traveling.

Patricia Witkowsky, APRN-C

Patricia has 26 years experience as an Advanced Practice Nurse. She specializes in Psychiatry including treating anxiety and mood disorders, depression, bipolar and substance abuse / addiction disorders. Patricia holds a Masters in Nursing Science from Rutgers University and completed post masters work at the University of Massachusetts. Patricia experience includes the treatment of patients at community health centers as well as substance use disorder facilities. Her passion is to provide excellence in mental health care. Patricia strives to support and empower her patients in managing challenges and improve lives.

 

Patricia’s interests include supporting community mental health events. Patricia is also an active participant at Valerie Fund Centers for pediatric cancers and blood disorders. In addition, Patricia along with her husband, enjoy many activities and travel with her four children.

Stavroula Sassos, LMSW

Stavroula Sassos, LMSW is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She graduated from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College with her Master of Social Work degree. Throughout her work in the clinical field, Stavroula has provided care to a wide variety of clients including those diagnosed with Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, ADHD, and Substance Use Disorders. Stavroula also works with her clients to address their other personal concerns which range from relationship conflicts, low self-worth, occupational stress, self-empowerment, and difficult life transitions. Stavroula is an LGBTQ+ affirmative therapist. She acknowledges the importance of addressing the specific clinical concerns that arise within the LGBTQ+ population such as gender identity, familial conflict, and discrimination by systems.

Stavroula utilizes a number of modalities in her approach to therapy, pulling from psychodynamic theory, motivational interviewing, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Her goal is to create an atmosphere of safety, warmth, and openness to work with her clients in achieving meaningful work.

Deborah Hampton MS, LPC

Deborah Hampton, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years clinical experience working with adults, adolescents, children, and families. Much of her psychotherapeutic treatment is based on cognitive-behavioral principals. She uses several therapeutic modalities including but not limited to Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Psychoeducation, Behavior Modification, and Family Systems (Theory). She has worked in a variety of settings. These have included community mental health settings, schools, and inpatient and outpatient settings. She has a broad range of clinical experience working with individuals in the following areas: Depression and Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Anger and Stress management, Family relationship Issues, Self-Esteem Issues, ADHD, Behavioral and Discipline Challenges.

Deborah graduated from Montclair State University with her Master of Counseling degree. She is especially sensitive to social issues that impact individuals and families. She is passionate about providing the utmost quality of services to individuals struggling with mental health disorders. Her goal is to develop genuine connections and instill hope as she recognizes and helps develop client strengths.

Deborah enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.