Emmanuel Metzer-Metayer is a nurse practitioner offering behavioral health services to adults in Arizona, Florida, Washington, and Wisconsin. He has a broad range of clinical interests; however, his specialties include ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, sleep disorders, PTSD, and mood disorder.

Emmanuel first became interested in mental and behavioral health care due to the vulnerability of this population. His philosophy of care is patient-centered care, providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs and values.

He loves his God, his family, and traveling!

“Where there is love there is life.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Cheryl Zupancic is a nurse practitioner offering services to adolescents and adults in Maryland and Virginia. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, she specializes in ADHD, anxiety disorders, and depression.

Cheryl became interested in behavioral health care in the early 2000’s when she worked as a clinician in a variety of settings – trauma, burn intensive care and surgical intensive care. She was usually routed to patients with significant mental illness as a causative factor of their medical illness. Also, during this time, her mother was known as the “Warrior Nurse” for her advocacy to fight to save DC General Hospital. She passed in 2014, but Cheryl was proud to follow in her mother’s footsteps by becoming a nurse.

Cheryl believes in the treatment of an individual as a whole and that often medical co-morbidities are harsh life circumstances are the root cause of mental health maladies. Effective treatment includes medication management alongside therapeutic care, but also acknowledgement and modification of troubling life circumstances that impair mental health.

As a mental and physical health advocate, her favorite quote is a simple phrase “never give up”. Cheryl believes that mental health is achievable by all, regardless of circumstances and even the most so-called hopeless of cases can result in well mental health and recovery. So, one should never give up.

Fun fact: Cheryl has two master’s degrees, the first of which was earned in Communication and Culture with a focus on Health Communications. It has been essential to her to understand human health behavior as we have navigated through the turbulence of the global pandemic.

Rachel Zettl, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist offering services to children, adolescents, and adults in Texas. She has an array of clinical interests; however, she specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry, depression, anxiety, and behavioral disorders. Dr. Zettl became interested in behavioral health care after watching individuals in the community where she grew up struggle silently with mental health disorders due to lack of resources and stigma. She wanted to provide good quality care without the judgement or stigma that keep so many from seeking the care that can improve their lives.

Dr. Zettl’s approach to care is that this is a journey she and her patient will be taking together. The patient is the captain, and the provider should be the navigator. Dr. Zettl believes that the provider is only there to help keep the treatment on track, and the patient should be the one setting the destination.

Fun fact: Dr. Zettl was a high school teacher prior to medical school. She also loves pugs and enjoys crocheting.

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a person changes their own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards the person… We need not wait to see what others do.”

Vlatka Plymale is a board-certified psychiatrist offering services to adults in Tennessee and Virginia. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are PTSD, depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder and addiction. 

During her tenure as a primary care physician, Dr. Plymale noted significant behavioral health issues in her patient population and felt that she did not have the right tools to serve her patients. This is what sparked her interest in moving her medical career into behavioral health care. 

When deciding between MD and DO training, she took the time to learn about both options and chose DO due to its holistic 360-degree approach to the patient. She believes that treating a patient as a whole being is how one should approach medicine.  

Dr. Plymale is a 10-year survivor of a civil war in Yugoslavia and served in the US Army for 10 years. Prior to entering medical school at age 34, she was a professional classically trained flute performer.  

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll 

Dr. Shane Rau offers behavioral health care services to adults in North Carolina, New Jersey, Tennessee and Virginia. He has many clinical interests and his expertise lies in mood disorders, anxiety disorders, panic disorder, trauma & PTSD and psychosis. Dr. Rau’s interest in mental health arose at the intersection of his interests in the study of the brain and mind with a hope to make a difference in people’s lives. 

Dr. Rau’s prefers to take a shared decision-making approach to understand his patient’s perspective to ultimately empower his patient to improve their mental health. 

Dr. Rau is a huge movie buff with a special interest in science fiction and historical drama. He also loves nature and enjoys the time that he can spend outdoors. 

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha 

Dr. Renu Gupta offers services to adolescents and adults throughout Illinois. Dr. Gupta has many clinical interests that include mood disorders, PTSD, depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar disorders. She prefers to utilize positive psychology and psychodynamic models of treatment with her patients. There are no populations that Dr. Gupta is not willing to work with.

Jeanine Miles is a licensed professional counselor offering services to children, adolescents and adults in New Jersey and Virginia. Jeanine has a vast array of clinical interests and her expertise include weight management, eating disorders, women’s issues, adolescent girl’s issues and ADHD. Jeanine’s interest in mental and behavioral health care stems from her passion to help others. 

When treating patients, Jeanine likes to provide a calm and nurturing environment for individuals for self-exploration, expressing and emotional healing. Patient centered-humanistic approach and wholeness oriented. 

Jeanine enjoys hiking and traveling. She is also a certified bariatric counselor.  

“Courage…
1 Asking for what you need
2 Speak the truth
3 Owning your own story
4 Setting boundaries
5 Reaching out for support”
– Brene Brown 

Mark Lancet is a licensed professional counselor providing services to adolescents and adults in Pennsylvania and Virginia. He has a vast array of clinical interests and his areas of expertise include addiction, depression, codependency, geriatric therapy and self-esteem. Mark first became interested in behavioral health care because he wanted to make a positive impact on other people’s lives and to assist in constructing a path forward in partnership with each patient. Mark’s philosophy of care is to meet a person where they’re currently at in a non-judgmental and accepting way.  

Fun facts about Mark include that he has appeared nationally on the Geraldo Rivera Show and has performed at the New York World’s Fair. Additionally, Mary has travelled to Great Britain, Spain and Italy. 

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.” – Elie Wiesel 

Nadya Gifeisman is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adolescents and adults in Pennsylvania. She has a vast array of clinical interests, and her expertise includes depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, PTSD, physical trauma, emotional abuse and adjustment to a phase of life. Nadya has always been interested in humanity and psychology and found counseling to be one of the most rewarding ways to care for the person. She enjoys connecting with people and finding creative ways to help people deal with life changes.  

Nadya’s style of counseling is tailored to meet her patient’s unique needs. Her approach to care is guided by the need to attain solutions to problems while finding balance in daily living. Nadya can provide therapeutic interventions that respect diverse spiritual and cultural backgrounds, allowing her patient to grow and become empowered to make their own life choices and decisions.  

To relax, Nadya likes to read books, listen to music, watch movies and cook. She also enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and swimming.  

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” 

Patricia Riley is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescents and adults in California. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in women’s health, domestic violence, child custody and crisis weightrelated issues.  In her practice, her philosophy of care is to first and foremost do no harmIn addition, she meets clients where they are in life regarding their current situation and their ability to process information. 

Patricia lives in a rural area. She loveanimals and has rescued severabreeds of dogs. She also loves anything outdoors including gardening, walking, fishing and exploring. 

“If you are going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill 

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” – Mother Teresa 

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