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. Glen Davis is a psychiatrist providing services to adults in New York. He has a variety of clinical interests, specializing in mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, and LGBT issues. As an undergraduate, Dr. Davis studied literature because he was interested in character development and loved learning about people’s stories. After medical school he decided to pursue psychiatry because of his interest in the social and psychological determinants of health.
Dr. Davis’ approach to care is person-centered and collaborative. He draws from diverse professional experience working in a spectrum of community-based settings. His approach is holistic, helping people maximize their potential in life through health and wellness.
Fun fact: Prior to medical school, Dr. Davis served for three years as a community health education volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in Burkina Faso (West Africa).
When not providing care to AtHome patients, Dr. Davis serves as a medical director for a social services agency that provides psychiatric and medical care to homeless individuals in New York City. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for a non-governmental organization that funds health, education and entrepreneurial projects in the developing world.
“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.” – Pema Chödrön
Dr. Shane Rau offers behavioral health care services to adults in North Carolina 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.
Mona Birk is a licensed nurse practitioner with over 20 years of experience offering behavioral health care services to adults in New Jersey. She has a variety of clinical interests, and her specialties include anxiety, depression, and geriatrics. Mona prefers a patient-centered approach to treatment that involves working with her patients to understand their unique issues and goals to establish trust and a relationship. She provides psychotherapy to adults and geriatrics and work on issues including life transitions, stress, and other life challenges.
Mona knew that she wanted to pursue a career in behavioral health care when she witnessed conflict, stress, the inability to make one’s own decisions, individuals being stuck and desires for behavior change.
When not treating her patients, Mona serves on the Board of Health in her local community and likes to spend time her poodles.
“If positive psychology teaches us anything, it is that all of us are a mixture of strengths and weaknesses. No one has it all, and no one lacks it all.” – Christopher Peterson
Dr. Mitushi Mishra offers behavioral care services to adults in Colorado, Michigan and Wisconsin. She had many clinical interests and her expertise include MDD, GAD and PTSD. Dr. Mishra’s approach to care is referred to as optimal treatment which includes a combination of medication management and therapy.
Dr. Mishra has always been interested in the mind and how it works. In college, she enjoyed courses in philosophy focusing on ethics and existentialism. During her earlier years, she began an Amnesty International chapter in high school due to her passion for human rights issues. As her career progressed, her interest evolved and is related to her clinical interest in generational trauma and complex PTSD. Dr. Mishra admits that as challenging as mental health work can be, it is gratifying that she can be part of a field where she can help provide some relief, some validation, as well as address underlying mental health issues that can exacerbate physical concerns with the goal of helping patients pursue a better quality of life.
Dr. Mishra is also quite the traveler having lived in New Zealand for six months and visited Haiti twice to serve as a medical volunteer. She highly recommends the food!
“A mind to me a kingdom is; Such perfect joy therein I find That it excels all other bliss That world affords or grows by kind.” – Sir Edward Dyer
Nnaemeka “Emeka” Anosike is a licensed nurse practitioner offering services to adults and adolescents in California. He has a variety of clinical interests, however, he specializes in bipolar disorder, mood disorders and ADHD. Emeka became a nurse practitioner because he believes in helping individuals manage and deal with mental and behavioral conditions.
When Emeka is not providing service to his patients, he enjoys traveling and he absolutely loves being on the soccer field!
Natalie Roncallo is a board-certified psychiatrist offering services to adolescents and adults in Colorado, Florida and Pennsylvania. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, stress management, trauma and PTSD. In her practice, Dr. Roncallo’s philosophy of care is centered around the belief that giving patients room to feel comfortable and speak, in what can be a very vulnerable experience, should be of utmost importance. As she educates and guides patients through their treatment, she also finds it important that patients take an active role in their treatment as well.
Dr. Roncallo became interested in mental and behavioral health care early on in her medical training when she realized mental health care encompasses all fields of medicine and is a strong determinant in patient success. She feels grateful for having the privilege of assisting patients in improving their mental health, and in turn, other aspects of their lives as well.
Dr. Roncallo has an Australian Shepherd and a Yorkshire Terrier. Her favorite hobby is Olympic weightlifting. She loves reading, listening to audiobooks and learning new things.
“The mind is just like a muscle – the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets and the more it can expand.” – Idowu Koyenikan