Oluwatoyin Iseyemi is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner offering services to children, adolescents and adults in California. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia and mood disorders.
Dr. Rouzi Shengelia is a board-certified psychiatrist offering services to adults in California and New York. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in adult psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, mood disorder, anxiety disorders and depression. In her practice, Dr. Shengelia believes that in order to feel fulfilled in life, one’s mind and body should be in harmony.
Dr. Shengelia’s interest in mental and behavioral health care came naturally with having always been fascinated by people’s minds.
Dr. Shengelia has traveled to Lapland, she loves spending time with friends and getting licensed as a clinician in the United States was a childhood dream of hers.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” —Mother Teresa
Dr. Elise Griffin is a board-certified psychiatrist offering services to adults in Texas. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, anger management and mood disorders. In her practice, Dr. Griffin’s philosophy of care is to use treatment history and listen to the patients’ needs in order to come up with the best treatment options.
Dr. Griffin’s interest in mental and behavioral health care developed naturally due to her general curiosity of why people behave the way they do and how it relates to brain function.
Dr. Griffin has traveled to almost all U.S. states. She likes collecting buttons and loves shopping.
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein
Dr. Nicole Christian-Brathwaite is a board-certified psychiatrist offering services to children, adolescents and adults in Illinois and Massachusetts. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in mood disorders, child and adolescent psychiatry, trauma and racial trauma. Her philosophy of care is patient-centered and strength-based.
Dr. Christian-Brathwaite became interested in mental and behavioral health care after working as an elementary school teacher. She realized that the children who were having the most difficulty were those with a history of trauma or mental health concerns.
Dr. Christian-Brathwaite is originally from Philadelphia and will always be an Eagles and Sixers fan. Her favorite singer is Whitney Houston.
“Statistics don’t lie, statisticians do.”
Dr. Sara Bodner is a board-certified psychiatrist offering services to adults in California, Florida and Illinois. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in bipolar, post-traumatic stress disorder, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and schizophrenia. Sara’s philosophy of care is centered around her personal view of mental health being like a seesaw. She believes that a psychiatrist must improve things enough so that the balance shifts the patient’s mood, psyche and cognition from going down to going up. When that shift occurs, the patient can better help themselves through therapy, exercise and behavioral interventions.
Sara had a relative who had a mental health problem which left an impression on her and lead her to a career in mental and behavioral health care.
Sara used to work in cancer research and did some of the early research on tumor suppressor genes. In addition to being a psychiatrist, she has three board certifications in pathology. Sara trained in psychiatry at Yale, where her father is an alumnus.
“I’m a man of principle and the principal principle is flexibility.“ – Sam Ervin
Margaret Parker is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner offering services to adults in New York and California. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in mood disorders, anxiety disorders and schizophrenia. Margaret believes that people should be provided with the opportunity to reach their full potential. As a mental health professional, she possesses the skills to nurture and provide holistic care to patients suffering from mental health disabilities. In addition, her profession grants her the opportunity to provide clients with a chance to grow and live a more fulfilling life.
Margaret‘s interest in mental and behavioral health care developed while living in Sierra Leon during her formative years. She saw how Sierra Leon suffered from a lack of mental health professionals; with a population of over seven million people, the country only had two psychiatrists, two clinical psychologists and 19 mental health nurses. She witnessed individuals with mental disorders be discriminated against, stigmatized and marginalized. Many individuals were also subjected to emotional and physical abuse in institutions and in their own communities. Margaret decided to pursue a career in mental health to fully understand mental disabilities and bring about change.
Margaret enjoys cooking, reading and traveling.
“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”—John Ruskin
Haidy Willis is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner offering services to adults in California. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in mood disorders, anxiety disorders and bipolar disorders. Haidy’s philosophy of care is to treat each client with respect and dignity, listen and empathize, and provide them with the risks and benefits of treatment so they can make the best treatment decisions for their unique situation.
Haidy has been in the mental and behavioral health care field for more than 20 years. She began pursuing a career in mental health after her clinical rotation, where she worked with intriguing and resilient patients. At 23 years old, Haidy set a goal of obtaining a doctorate degree. The day she left Suriname for the United States she told her father, “I will return as Dr. Haidy Kent.” She obtained her Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2017.
Haidy is originally from Suriname. She has traveled to several countries such as Italy, where she saw Napolean’s villa, The Netherlands, where she visited Ann Frank’s house, Puerto Rico, Curacao, Trinidad, Barbados and Hawaii. Haidy is a quilter and loves to cook and garden.
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them at least don’t hurt them.” –Dalai Lama
Dr. Meera Joseph is a board-certified psychiatrist offering services to adult residents in Florida. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, she specializes in mood disorders, geriatric psychiatry and adult psychiatry. In her practice, Dr. Joseph’s philosophy of care is patient-centered and collaborative. She believes that less is more, limiting medications and combining therapy as an adjunct.
Dr. Joseph’s interest in mental and behavioral health care developed from her interest in the functioning of the brain and mind, and how she can positively impact lives with the proper medication. She believes that our society lacks awareness around mental health and would like to bring attention to how mental health issues are a real illness, as real as diabetes or hypertension.
Dr. Joseph enjoys reading and world travel.
Age Range: 20+
Rhonda Schwindt is a psychiatric nurse practitioner offering services to adult residents in Virginia and New Jersey. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in the treatment of mood, anxiety, thought and substance use disorders as well as post-traumatic stress. She also has extensive experience assisting people who are ready to quit smoking. While she enjoys working with all patient populations, she has a special interest in serving the LGBTQ community. Rhonda’s philosophy of care is deeply grounded in two fundamental principles. First, each person has the capacity for healing and possesses a unique set of strengths. Second, mental health care is not about a specific disease state or a list of criteria found inside a diagnostic manual. Rather, it is about soliciting each person’s life story and creating a collaborative plan that respects their individuality.
In addition to maintaining an active clinical practice, Rhonda is an associate professor at The George Washington University School of Nursing and Director of the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. She has extensive experience in graduate education and has an established program of research focused on reducing the disproportionate impact of substance use disorders among those living with mental illness.
Rhonda is also a martial artist and an avid runner.
Shawn Shukla, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist offering services to adult residents in California. He has a variety of clinical interests; however, he specializes in depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Dr. Shukla’s philosophy of care is to use his expertise in medicine and psychotropic medications, while treating patients with compassion and providing them the therapeutic support they need.
Dr. Shukla’s interest in mental and behavioral health care stems from his innate love for the human mind and human behavior. He studied a lot of different fields before going into medicine and found psychiatry to be a natural fit.
Dr. Shukla was co-chief resident during his final year of residency. He enjoys spending time with loved ones and enjoys eating, traveling and sports.