|Ravi Kant, MD | Kirstyn Kameg DNP, PMHNP | Tricia Smith, L. Ac.
|Lisa Young, Ph. D. | Alexa Stacher, LCSW | Judith A. Merritt, Ph D|
|Jessica L. Torick, NCC, LPC | Kristen Graziano, DNP, FPMHNP|
Dr. Kant was the director of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Clinic at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh and the director of Residential Program for children at Fox Run Hospital, St. Clairsville, OH, the staff psychiatrist at Bradley Center and Vision Quest residential treatment facilities.
He has extensively published clinical research in the areas of brain injury and child psychiatry in peer-reviewed, prestigious, international journals. He has lectured at national and international conferences, and continues to stay active in clinical research and teaching.
Dr. Kant looks at problems in a holistic manner and believes in minimal use of medications. He looks for the underlying cause(s) of a problem, including allergies, nutrition, sleep, medication interactions, etc. Many times simple, natural interventions have profound effects without the need for any medications. He looks for correcting underlying physiological processes such as sleep, nutrition, exercise, daily routines, energy balance, etc.
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Kirstyn Kameg, DNP, PMHNP-BC is an associate professor at Robert Morris University's School of Nursing and board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her bachelor and master degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and her doctorate in nursing practice degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.
She has been working in psychiatry as a nurse practitioner for the past 10 years treating adolescent and adult patients with a variety of psychiatric diagnoses some of which include: anxiety, depression, bipolar, ADHD, and eating disorders. Kirstyn has conducted research and been invited to lecture and present on a wide range of mental health topics throughout the U.S. Her current research interest is the use of high-fidelity simulation to teach undergraduate nursing students the art of communicating with patients experiencing mental illness. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of mental health topics.
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Tricia Smith, MS, L.Ac. is a board-certified acupuncturist providing complementary care and pain management for patients of the NeuroPsychiatry Center. She received her Clinical Master's Degree in Acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York City. In 2006, she completed a clinical internship in Beijing, China under a World Health Organization-sponsored acupuncture training exchange program. She is also certified by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA).
Tricia enjoys combining her knowledge of Chinese, Japanese and myofascial trigger point acupuncture methods to design a comprehensive and holistic treatment plan for each patient. She specializes in treating chronic pain and myofascial issues, but also holds a special professional interest in acupuncture for sleep disturbances, emotional issues and hormonal imbalances.
Lisa Young is a Licensed Psychologist providing Psychotherapy and Neuro-psychological Assessment. She received her Bachelor's degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and received her Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. She received additional training in Neuro-psychology at Allegheny General Hospital and Allegheny Neuro-psychiatric Institute. She focuses on a Cognitive Behavioral approach to psychotherapy and has been working in private practice for over 14 years. She works with exclusively with adults and has specialties in the areas of mood disorders, head injury, and geriatrics.
Alexa Stacher is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Bachelor degree in Psychology from Washington and Jefferson College and her Master degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland. She has been working in the field for over seven years and in private practice for six years.
Alexa has worked as a mental health therapist at the Bradley Center South Campus, a residential treatment facility for adolescents. Alexa was the Director of Community-Based Services at Try-Again Homes, Inc., a private nonprofit agency, for five years and recently became their Quality Assurance Manager. Currently, Alexa is a field instructor for master’s level counseling and social work students at the University of Pittsburgh, Waynesburg University and California University of Pennsylvania.
Alexa treats adolescents and adult patients with a variety of concerns such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, childhood disorders, interpersonal problems, parent/child conflict, history of trauma/abuse, and self esteem. All treatment is individualized and may include a various methods of intervention such as cognitive-behavioral, client-focused and psychoanalytic therapy.
Judy Merritt, Ph.D. has been a licensed psychologist since 1993. Her clinical work has focused on developmental trauma disorder, attachment disorders, anxiety, and mood disorders in children and adults, as well as Autism and Autism Spectrum disorders. Dr. Merritt worked with Michael DeBellis, MD, Duke University, in the first research Dr. DeBellis conducted in Pittsburgh on the effect of trauma on the physical and emotional development of the child. In addition to working with children, she also provides parenting support. Along with insight-oriented therapy from a developmental and psychoanalytic perspective, she offers to clients a mind-body-spirit methodology of artistic, personal expression which is helpful in identifying and healing the effects of trauma from childhood through adulthood. All therapy is geared toward the needs and goals of the individual and is grounded in a holistic belief in healing. Judy also offers therapeutic groups for women.
Judy is a Usui Reiki Level 3 Practitioner. She brings the practice of holistic, natural healing technique to The Neuropsychiatry Center as a complementary treatment in this holistic psychiatric practice. She is available for individual Reiki treatment sessions.
Jessica L. Torick is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor. She received her Bachelor degree in Psychology from Westminster College and her Master degree in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University, as well as her K-12 guidance counseling certificate. She has been working in the field for over ten years.
Jessica has worked as a mental health therapist and assistant clinical director at the Bradley Center Robinson Campus, a residential treatment facility for adolescents. She has also previously worked for Southwestern Human Services providing BHRS/Wraparound services as a mobile therapist, group therapist, and behavior consultant. Jessica is also a school-based counselor for Wesley Spectrum Services. She is based in local public high and elementary schools, providing individual and family therapy to students as well as academic consultation. Jessica is a also a Parent-Child Interaction therapist at Wesley Spectrum Services, providing empirically-supported treatment for conduct-disordered young children that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns
Jessica treats adolescents and adult patients with a variety of concerns such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, childhood disorders, interpersonal problems, parent/child conflict, history of trauma/abuse, and self-esteem. All treatment is individualized and may include a various methods of intervention, with focus on cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, play, and client-focused therapy.
Kristen Graziano, DNP, FPMHNP-BC is board certified as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is also a part-time faculty member at Robert Morris University teaching undergraduate nursing students in the clinical setting. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from Robert Morris University in Moon Township, PA.
She has four years of experience as a critical care nurse in neurology and neurosurgery treating adolescents and adults with a wide variety of neurological disorders. Some of these include: traumatic brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, seizure disorders, and myasthenia gravis, among others. Kristen also has experience treating a wide variety of psychiatric disorders such as: depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and conduct disorders, among others. Kristen has conducted most of her research regarding mental illness within the homeless population and continues to expand research in this area.