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. Valeria Serban, MD-PhD

Dr. Valeria Serban is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. With over 20 years of experience, she has a dual degree (MD - PhD) which gives her combined perspectives. Dr. Serban completed her residency at Temple University Hospital and fellowship program at Harvard – Massachusetts General Hospital, MA. She has several years of experiencing working with patients with different and unique diagnosis including Depressive disorders, Anxiety disorders, Dual diagnosis, Substance use disorders (amongst others). She has served as Medical Director at several healthcare organizations and takes pride in her contribution to humanity through her years of pro bono work. 

 

Dr. Serban believes that "Brain is power". She has always found amazing how our brain functions which has committed her to a career in clinical medicine and research. She has always been intrigued by how our thoughts are generated in our brain’s grayish matter - "It is stunning when you think about it… how a soft jelly-like substance can define who we are. Our thoughts, speech, plans, memories, feelings all originate in our brain, an enigmatic and mysterious machinery… there is nothing like it”. 
 

Her medical career has been focused on studying the brain and understanding its connections to the body. It is her greatest privilege to help patients get and feel better as she committed to excellence in every aspect of her work.

Elise Weisman, PMHNP-BC

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.

 

Grace Taylor, PMHNP-BC

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.

Sandhya Praveen PHMNP-BC

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.

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.