Willa Shields is a psychiatric nurse practitioner offering behavioral health services to children and adults throughout Arkansas, Louisiana, and New Jersey. She treats a full list of specialties; however, her specialties include depression, stress management, bipolar disorder, racial inequality, and life coaching.

Willa received her Master of Science in Nursing in 2009 from the University of Arkansas. She also received her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Vanderbilt University in 2016.

Willa’s philosophy of care is to work with her patients to reach personal levels of understanding and empowerment through education and communication.

Willa is an avid gardener and loves the outdoors. The beach and ocean are her happy place.

Her favorite quote is, “Start each day with a grateful heart.”

Bolanle Ahazie is a licensed nurse practitioner offering behavioral health services to adults throughout the state of New Jersey. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specialties include depression, anxiety, insomnia, bipolar disorder, and PTSD.

Bolanle’s experience in nursing school and her career, as well as personal experiences, spark her passion in mental health care. She always reminds her clients that they are worthy and capable of living fulfilling lives. Bolanle cherishes the opportunity to advocate for a vulnerable population that may otherwise not have “a voice.”

Through individualized and holistic care, Bolanle believes in caring for others as she would herself, without prejudice, and with compassion, patience, and kindness.

“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, more unashamed conversation.” – Glenn Close

Dr. Henry Sakow is a board-certified adult psychiatrist offering behavioral health services to young adults and adults throughout Georgia. He treats a full list of issues; however, his specialties include ADHD, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder.

Dr. Sakow received his Doctor of Medicine in 1981 from Ross University.

Dr. Sakow’s philosophy of care is that the patient is always right.

Alexia Smith is a psychiatric nurse practitioner offering behavioral health services to children and adults throughout Michigan, Montana, and Wisconsin. She treats a full list of specialties; however, her specialties include child/adolescent psychiatry, ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD.

Alexia received her Master of Science in Nursing in 2012 from the University of Cincinnati.

Alexia’s philosophy of care is to listen. She always tries to listen to what the patient is trying to tell her. Sometimes its needing to listen to the parent as well. She wants to understand what a patient is trying to tell her, even if the patient is unsure on how to express it. When using medication, she tries to imagine the best possible outcome with a medication(s). The decision is a team decision. She likes to give an idea of the different options that may or may not work, but ultimately, that choice is made together.

Michelle loves to paint, crochet, and do other fun crafts. Another fun fact is that she has a very large extended family, with 27 first cousins!

Her favorite quote is, “Everything happens for a reason, maybe it’s a lesson – but find your reason.”

Michelle Perkins is a licensed clinical social worker offering behavioral health services to young adults and adults throughout Florida and Ohio. She treats a full list of specialties; however, her specialties include anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD, relationship issues, substance abuse, dependence and addiction, and anger management.

Michelle received her Master of Social Work in 2012 from the University of Michigan.

Michelle’s philosophy of care is that everyone has different life experiences that have brought them to where they are today. No one is better than another, and as a therapist, Michelle tires to meet the client where they are at, in an open and honest therapeutic relationship, where they work towards the client’s self-determined goals for treatment.

Michelle’s favorite relaxation time is either relaxing on the beach or watching movies and television with her daughter.

Her favorite quote is, “The only behavior I can control is my own and my reactions to other peoples’ behavior.”

Jeanette Rivas is a licensed clinical social worker offering behavioral health services to children and adults throughout Florida and Indiana. She treats a full list of specialties; however, her specialties include domestic violence, autism, and trauma.

Jeanette received her Master of Social Work in 2014 from the University of Southern California.

Jeanette’s philosophy of care is to take a person-centered team approach. She likes to empower the individual to work with her to make changes in their lives that works for their lifestyle.

Jeanette has a degree in theatre and has studied and performed professionally. She also started a nonprofit to bring awareness to Autism and bullying.

“When faced with obstacles, keep pushing through them, they make you stronger.”

Joshua Opatowsky is a licensed clinical social worker offering behavioral health services to young adults and adults throughout California and Oklahoma. He treats a full list of specialties; however, his specialties include anxiety disorders, depression, LGBT issues, trauma/PTSD, and mood disorders.

Joshua received his Master of Social Work in 2014 from California State University, Bakersfield.

Joshua’s therapeutic style is both cooperative and client-driven. His goal is to ensure that all sessions and interactions are as cooperative as possible. Joshua believes that all clients have underlying strengths that serve to benefit them in life and in the therapeutic process.

Joshua is a marathoner and has run over 100 races total. He also enjoys playing video games online while broadcasting them live to an audience.

“If you will it, it is no dream.” – Theodor Herzl

Claudia R. Scott, Ed. D., PMHNP-BC is a psychiatric nurse practitioner from Holt, MI. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, Dr. Scott graduated with her Masters of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from the University of Rochester School of Nursing. Dr. Scott completed her Post-Masters degree and Doctor of Education at the University of Rochester.

Patti Rodgers, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner offering mental health services to adults in Colorado and Florida. Patti has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations include anxiety and panic disorders, bipolar disorders, mood disorders, post-partum depression, menopausal issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, adult and geriatric psychiatry and women’s health. Patti believes mental wellness guides every aspect of our lives and is often taken for granted. Through the power of the therapeutic relationship, she believes everyone has the ability to make positive changes in their world, no matter how great or small.

She became interested in mental health care during a nursing school rotation in psychiatry and mental health. She felt a need to advocate for those suffering with mental illness and desired to make an impact in their lives through furthering the cause to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues.

Patti enjoys playing the piano and the tambourine. One of her hobbies is boating and she has traveled through many canals and small lakes in Germany. She also loves to dance and aspires to learn salsa dancing.

Katie Lyon is a licensed professional counselor offering behavioral health services to young adults and adults throughout Texas. She treats a full list of specialties; however, her specialties include depression, LGBT, life transitions, trauma, and mood disorders.

Katie’s first career was in music therapy. Situations continued to pop up where Katie thought a degree in counseling would be beneficial. She now uses her music therapy lens and counseling lens to help her clients.

Katie is a firm believer that not every method of care works for every client. She is flexible in her counseling approach and uses that flexibility to find out what works best for each person.

Katie is a dog lover and enjoys running 5K’s with her friends. She has also earned two Master Degrees.

“Be who you are and say how you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

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