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Pradeep Mathur
MD, FAPA
MEDICAL DIRECTOR / BOARD CERTIFIED CHILD, ADOLESCENT & ADULT PSYCHIATRIST / DISTINGUISHED FELLOW AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION
Dr. Mathur received his Medical Degree from the University of Delhi, New Delhi, India. He completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency and Child-Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Michigan State University. Dr. Mathur is a Double Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist and Child / Adolescent Psychiatrist. Formerly he served as the Chairman of the Center for Behavioral Medicine Department at Forum Health - Northside Medical Center; and as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM). Dr. Mathur is and has been a consultant for a number of Community Mental Health Centers in Mahoning and Columbiana Counties. He currently admits and treats child and adolescent patients at Belmont Pines Hospital in Youngstown, OH. Currently he serves in the positions of Head Psychiatrist, CEO, & Medical Director at Comprehensive Psychiatry Group.
Jana Altomare
MSW, LISW
LICENSED INDEPENDENT SOCIAL WORKER
Jana received her Bachelor of Science In Applied Science Degree from Youngstown State University in 2008. She went on to earn her Masters of Social Work Degree from the same university in 2012. Jana has been a Licensed Social Worker in the State of Ohio since 2012, received her independent licensure in 2014, and focuses much of her treatment on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness largely derived from Buddhist meditative practice. She also has experience as a Social Worker at Belmont Pines Hospital, a local Hospital Based Behavioral Health practice that offers Inpatient, Intensive Outpatient, and Traditional Outpatient Treatment options. Jana specializes in the treatment of adolescents and families at Comprehensive Psychiatry Group.
Leila Bahour
MSEd, LPC
LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR
Leila received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Youngstown State University. She went on to earn her Master of Science Degree in Education (Community Counseling) from the same university two years later. Leila is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania. She is a National Certified Counselor as well. Throughout the time period Leila worked on her degrees, she was a volunteer for Help Hotline Crisis Center in Youngstown, OH. Since earning her Master's Degree, Leila has worked as an Admissions Director at Belmont Pines Hospital, Patient-Family Liaison at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Youngstown, OH; a counselor in various other outpatient practices, Coordinator of a Partial Hospitalization Program at a local outpatient behavioral health practice in Howland, OH, a Counselor at Psychological Counseling & Consulting Services in Hermitage, PA; a Therapist with Comprehensive Psychiatry Specialists in Boardman, OH and in her current position as an Individual and Family Therapist at Comprehensive Psychiatry Group. Leila provides individual, marital and family therapy. Leila works with all ages of patients (children, adolescents and adults) with a wide variety of presenting problems at Comprehensive Psychiatry Group. Leila treats a variety of disorders including: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders, Personality Disorders, ADHD/Behavioral problems, PTSD, grief/loss issues, anger management, Autism Spectrum Disorders, marital and family problems, and working with families to improve communication. Leila also received specialized training in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) and Divorce/Family Mediation to assist children of high conflict divorces. Leila is sensitive to the multicultural issues in treating patients of a diverse cultural background.
Kristen Barefield
MSSA, LISW
LICENSED INDEPENDENT SOCIAL WORKER
Kristen received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Youngstown State University in 2007. She went on to earn her Masters of Science in Social Administration Degree from Case Western Reserve University in 2013. Kristen has been a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Ohio since 2008; she received her independent licensure in 2015. She has worked in a variety of Social Services positions including those of a Child Protection Social Worker in Kent, England in 2008; a Social Worker in Acute Care at Salem Community Hospital from 2009 - 2010; and as both a FreeSpace Therapist and an MST Therapist at Crisis Intervention and Recovery Center in Canton, OH from 2010 - 2013. Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive family and community-based treatment program that focuses on addressing all environmental systems that impact chronic and violent juvenile offenders -- their homes and families, schools and teachers, neighborhoods and friends. Kristen works with all ages of patients with a wide variety of presenting problems at Comprehensive Psychiatry Group and specializes in the treatment of children and families with issues of Anxiety, Depression, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. She most frequently uses a Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral approach with her clients.
Lucinda Blanch
BA, QMHS
CASE MANAGER
Lucinda received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Degree from Baldwin Wallace College in 1997. Since earning her degree, Lucinda has worked as a Therapeutic Support Staff member at the Mercer County Youth Advocate Program from 1998-1999; and as a Mental Health Associate at Youth Services Unit, Tod Children's Hospital from 2001 - 2002. Also from 1999 - 2010, she functioned in the role of Juvenile Diversion Specialist with the Poland Township Police Department. She has long been interested and devoted to assisting special need individuals; especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorder lead fuller, healthier lives. Lucinda joined Comprehensive Psychiatry Group in December of 2009 in her current position as a Case Manager and a Qualified Mental Health Specialist. In that position, Lucinda works as in integral part of a team of providers working with special needs children and their families, and most frequently meets with patients and their families in community-based settings including their schools, homes, work environments etc. Lucinda has received specialized training in the effective treatment of Autistic individuals from Bittersweet Farms in the Toledo, OH area. She has successfully integrated Bittersweet' approaches with countless autistic individuals and families at Comprehensive Psychiatry Group, and has also been instrumental in training numerous members of local school and other key community resources in best practices in treating autistic individuals. Lucinda is also certified as a WrapAround Facilitator under the direction of Mahoning County Family First Council.
Nancy Bleggi
MSEd, LPCC-S
LICENSED PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL COUNSELOR
Nancy received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Youngstown State University in 1989. She went on to earn her Master of Science Degree in Education (Community Counseling) from the same university in 2007. Nancy was a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Ohio from January 2008 until January of 2010 when she became licensed as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Since 2010, she has been a National Certified Counselor as well. Since earning her Master's Degree, Nancy has worked as a Professional Counselor at Catholic Charities Regional Agency in Youngstown, OH; and in her current position as an Individual and Family Therapist at Comprehensive Psychiatry Group. Nancy specializes in treating patients of all ages to assist them with issues of abuse / trauma, ADHD, anxiety, depression, divorce / separation, family, grief & loss, marital, and school or work related issues. She has also received supervision designation status.
Kristine Carchedi
MSEd, LPCC-S
LICENSED PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL COUNSELOR
Kris received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Youngstown State University. She went on to earn her Master of Science Degree in Education (Community Counseling) from the same university a few years later. Kris is licensed as a Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of Ohio. Since earning her Master's Degree, Kris has worked as a Mental Health Associate at Youth Services Unit at Tod Children's Hospital; a Therapist in outpatient behavioral health practices, an Individual and Family Therapist with Comprehensive Psychiatry Specialists in Boardman, OH; and in her current position as an Individual and Family Therapist at Comprehensive Psychiatry Group. Kris specializes in treating children and adults dealing with ADHD, adjustment, anxiety, and depressive disorders.
Jerry Carter
M.Ed., LPCC-S, LICDC-S
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Licensed independent Chemical Dependency Counselor, both with Supervisory designation
Jerry received both a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh. Jerry treats adults with a broad range of mental disorders. He also has significant experience in the trauma informed treatment of people with substance related and addictive disorders especially those in early recovery who have co-occurring mental disorders. He has a special interest in the treatment of people who have been impacted by living with people with substance use disorders (e.g. family members, adult children of alcoholics, etc.).
Tina Croyle
QMHS
CASE MANAGER
Tina joined Comprehensive Psychiatry Group in June of 2010 in the role of a Qualified Mental Health Specialist. As such, she functions in the role of a Case Manager. In that role, Tina works as in integral part of a team of providers working with special needs children and their families, and most frequently meets with patients and their families in community - based settings including their schools, homes, work environments etc. Prior to joining Comprehensive Psychiatry Group Tina functioned as a Case Manager, Qualified Mental Health Specialist at another Behavioral Health practice in the Trumbull County area from 2007 - 2010. She previously worked in the role of a Therapeutic Support Staff member at Family Counseling and Children Services in Sharon, PA from 2004 - 2007.
Mark Demetrios
MSN, PMHNP-BC
PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER - BOARD CERTIFIED
Mark received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1994 from Youngstown State University and obtained his Psychiatric Mental Health Certification in 1997. He later went on to earn his Master's Degree in Nursing from the University of Akron in 2013. He is credentialed by the ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) as a PMHNP-BC (Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - Board Certified). He has over 20 years of experience working in an inpatient psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents where he functioned in various capacities including Director of Nursing for over 13 years. He was also a long standing member of OPNA (Ohio Psychiatric Nurse Administrators) and volunteered on several OHA (Ohio Hospital Association) committees to improve patient care and outcomes. He is trained in numerous therapy modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness. He Currently works in the capacity of medication management at Comprehensive Psychiatry Group, working collaboratively with the patient, therapist, psychologist, and community agencies to meet the treatment goals of the patient.
Karen Folkwein
BSAS, RN
REGISTERED NURSE
Karen received her Bachelor of Science in Applied Sciences Degree from Youngstown State University. She is a licensed nurse in the state of Ohio. Since earning her Bachelor's Degree Karen has worked as an Agency Nurse at a residential program for psychiatric patients; a Nurse at local community mental health centers; and in her current position as a Psychiatric Nurse at Comprehensive Psychiatry Group Karen works in conjunction with Dr. Mathur to meet the medication management needs of patients of all ages.
Marlene Hanisko
MSEd, LPCC-S
LICENSED PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL COUNSELOR
Marlene received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Miami University of Ohio. She went on to earn her Master of Science Degree in Education (Community Counseling) from Youngstown State University a few years later. Marlene is licensed as a Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC-S) in the state of Ohio. She is a National Certified Counselor as well. Since earning her Master's Degree, Marlene has worked as a Counselor and Supervisor / Coordinator in a variety of Mental Health Agencies throughout Mahoning County. In her current position as an Individual and Family Therapist at Comprehensive Psychiatry Group, Marlene specializes in treating children, adolescents, and adults dealing with issues of marital conflict, grief / loss, family communication problems, depression, and anxiety. She has done extensive work in the areas of bullying and violence prevention, and incorporates this into her work with her patients.
Gary Jennings
MSSA, LISW-S
LICENSED INDEPENDENT SOCIAL WORKER
Gary received his Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Youngstown State University in 2004. He went on to earn his Master of Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in 2008. Gary was initially licensed in the state of Ohio as a Social Worker (LSW) in 2005 and went on to earn his Independent License as a Social Worker (LISW) in 2011. Since graduating with his MSSA degree, Gary has served our community in a variety of social service positions including: a Medical Social Worker at Akron Children’s Hospital in Boardman; a Clinical Therapist at another local private Mental Health practice; a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor; and an SSA (Service and Support Administrator) with the developmentally disabled population; and in his current position as an Individual and Family Therapist at Comprehensive Psychiatry Group. Gary treats patients of all ages, and he specializes in the treatment of trauma victims and persons with co-occurring substance use disorders.
Lisa Leskovec
MSEd, LPCC
LICENSED PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL COUNSELOR
Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Degree in from Youngstown State University. She went on to earn her Master of Science Degree in Education (Community Counseling) from the same university a few years later. Lisa is licensed in the state of Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), and as a Social Worker (LSW). Since earning her Master's Degree, Lisa has worked as a Case Manager / Individual, Family & Group Therapist in Alliance, OH; a Residential Treatment Facility Director in Butler, PA; an Individual, Family, & Group Therapist as well as a Residential Treatment Center Program Director at Belmont Pines Hospital in Youngstown, OH; an Individual and Family Therapist with Comprehensive Psychiatry Specialists in Boardman, OH; and in her current position as an Individual and Family Therapist at Comprehensive Psychiatry Group. Lisa treats patients from ages 5 to 21 and she specializes in the treatment of Behavior / Conduct Issues, Depression, Anger Management, & Self-Esteem Issues.
Scott Marlin
MA, LSW
LICENSED SOCIAL WORKER / CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Scott received his Bachelor of Science of Education Degree in Art Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He went on to earn his Master of Arts Degree in Art Psychotherapy (a counseling related field), from the same university a few years later. Scott is a licensed Social Worker in the state of Ohio. Since earning his Master's Degree, Scott has worked as an Art Teacher / Art Therapist at Abraxis Group (a residential chemical dependency treatment facility for adolescents) in Marienville, PA; an Art Therapist at Human Services Center in New Castle, PA; an Individual, Family, Group Therapist, Predetermination Coordinator for General Motors EAP Program at Family Services Agency In Youngstown, OH; an Individual Therapist at the Adolescent Chemical Dependency Program of the Alcoholic Clinic of Youngstown; a Counselor / Case Coordinator at Youth Service Unit at Tod Children's Hospital in Youngstown, OH; an Individual and Family Therapist / Administrator with Comprehensive Psychiatry Specialists in Boardman, OH; and in his current position as an Individual and Family Therapist and Clinical Director at Comprehensive Psychiatry Group. Scott treats patients of all ages and specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults, with a focus on the areas of ADHD / Behavioral problems; Anger Management problems, Parent-Child Conflict, Depression, and Anxiety. In addition to being a therapist, Scott also serves as the Clinical Director of Comprehensive Psychiatry Group.
Chrysann Mitzel
MSEd, LPCC-S
LICENSED PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL COUNSELOR
Chrysann received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Youngstown State University. She went on to earn her Master of Science Degree in Education (Community Counseling) from the same university a few years later. Chrysann is licensed in the state of Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). She coordinates a monthly professional Lunchtime Learning series for Counselors & Social Workers that is sponsored in part by Comprehensive Psychiatry Group. She has presented locally and state-wide on a variety of mental health issues, and serves as the President and Facilitator of the First Ohio Chapter of Federation of Families Support Group. Chrysann is also involved in numerous community organizations and boards including Help Hotline, and the Mahoning County Mental Health Board. Since earning her Master's Degree, Chrysann has worked as an Individual Family and Marriage Therapist at a number of behavioral health practices in Mahoning and Columbiana Counties, an Individual and Family Therapist with Comprehensive Psychiatry Specialists in Boardman, OH; and in her current position as an Individual and Family Therapist at Comprehensive Psychiatry Group. Chrysann treats patients of all ages, and she specializes in the treatment of Women's Issues, Marital Counseling, and Christian Counseling.
Matthew Reiter
MAEd, LPCc
LICENSED PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL COUNSELOR
Matt graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry Degree in 1997. He went on to earn his Master's Degree in Education, Clinical Counseling at Malone University in 2012. Matt has been licensed in the state of Ohio as a Counselor since 2012 and received his independent licensure in 2017. Matt has worked part-time as a therapist at Comprehensive Psychiatry Group since October 2012 and he also works at a Community Mental Health Center in Columbiana County. Matt works with all ages of patients with a wide range of presenting problems.
Jerry Semivan
MSED, LPCC-S
LICENSED PROFESSIONAL CLINICAL COUNSELOR
Jerry holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Kent State University and a Master of Science Degree in Education (Community Counseling) from Youngstown State University. Jerry is a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of Ohio. He has worked as a clinical counselor at a number of behavioral health practices in Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Jerry specializes in treating teens and adults with mood or anxiety problems, family therapy for a variety of issues, and marriage counseling.
Nicole Simons
BS, QMHS
QUALIFIED MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST
Nicole joined CPG in March 2016. She received her BS in Psychology at the University of Mount Union in May 2015. Nicole is currently enrolled in the Masters Degree program of Clinical Mental Counseling at Youngstown State University, and will graduate December of 2017. At CPG, Nicole serves in the role of a Qualified Mental Health Specialist / Case Manager. She works alongside our counselors, social workers, psychiatrist, and nurse practitioners to help meet the needs of patients in the community. She works mainly within the patients' home and school.
Brandy Smith
RMA
REGISTERED MEDICAL ASSISTANT
Brandy is a Registered Medical Assistant and is a certified member of the American Medical Technologists organization. She earned her Associates Degree in Business Management from ITT Technical Institute in 1999, and then went on to earn her Associates Degree in Applied Sciences from National College in 2012. Prior to joining Comprehensive Psychiatry Group in June of 2013; she worked as an STNA (State Tested Nursing Assistant), in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties from 2002 - 2009. In her role of RMA at Comprehensive Psychiatry Group, Brandy works in conjunction with Dr. Mathur to meet the medication management needs of patients of all ages.
Michael Stern
PSY.D.
PSYCHOLOGIST
Dr. Stern earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Princeton University. He went on to further his education and earned his Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from Baylor University in Texas. Dr. Stern is a licensed as a Psychologist in the states of Ohio and Pennsylvania. Since earning his Doctorate Degree, Dr. Stern has worked as a Staff Psychologist at Human Services Center in New Castle, PA; a Staff Psychologist at the Community Mental Health Center in Beaver County in Beaver PA; a Consulting Psychologist in Private Practice; a Pediatric Psychologist at Tod Children's Hospital in Youngstown, OH; a Consulting Psychologist at various behavioral health agencies in Western PA; a Psychologist as Churchill Counseling in Canfield, OH; a Medical Health Consultant to WKBN Channel 27 News in Youngstown, OH; an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Northeastern Ohio University's College of Medicine (NEOUCOM); and in his current position as the Director of Psychology at Comprehensive Psychiatry Group. Dr. Stern treats patients from 18 months to 18 years of age, but will complete psychological testing on children and adults of all ages. He specializes in the diagnosis, testing, and treatment of ADHD, Aspergers, Autism, Learning Disabilities, and a wide variety of other behavioral health disorders that afflict children, and adolescents. Additionally, he offers second opinions, diagnostic evaluations / clarifications.
 
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