& compationate psychiatric care.
Madan Uprety, MD
Is currently the medical director at the inpatient unit of Adventist Behavioral Health, Assistant Professor at Howard University School of Medicine, and CEO and President of My Psychiatrist PLC. Dr. Uprety has extensive in-patient and outpatient psychiatry “real world” clinical experience treating thousands of patients in rural and urban areas. His compassion for the patient combined with his efficient and effective practice methods make him a clinician both patient and administration truly value.
Dr. Uprety is not only an outstanding clinician, efficient researcher and talented teacher, but he is always fascinated with entrepreneurial evolvement. His entrepreneur spirit has spanned decades as evident by the educational institute he established and ran in Nepal at the age 19, the half dozen organizations he ran by the time he graduated from Medical School at 25.
He is currently leading a team to develop tele-psychiatry model to help mental health clinics and individual patient residing at rural communities.
Dr. Uprety received a recognition as one of the 15 most talented students in the nation and awarded to receive an opportunity for 6 years’ medical education with full scholarship. He published textbook “Essentials of MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) entrance examination” while he was studying medicine in Kathmandu, Nepal.
He was a chief resident at his fourth year of psychiatry residency training at Brookdale University Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY. As a chief resident, he provided leadership to 20 resident psychiatrist fostering their training and maturity.
Dr. Uprety has presented on a spectrum of clinical and business forum nationally and internationally. His vast professional experience dealing with people across the world has made him a placid human.
Sanju Adhikari, MD
Dr. Adhikari completed her General Psychiatry residency from Metropolitan Hospital of New York Medical College in New York, NY. Her most recent work experience as a general psychiatrist includes working outpatient at Carolina Partners In Mental Health, Raleigh, NC and Bristol Hospital Multispecialty Group in Bristol, Connecticut where she worked for three years with both inpatient and outpatient patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar, depression, substance abuse, anxiety, schizoaffective disorder and ADHD, among others.
She first studied medicine and surgery at Rajshahi Medical College in Bangladesh and worked as a medical officer in Kathmandu, Nepal and later worked as an extern for the Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program (SARP) at the VA Medical Center in Washington DC and also at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Washington DC.
Dr. Adhikari is currently accepting patients 18 years and up at My Psychiatrist PLC in Reston, VA where she specializes in ADHD, anxiety, depression, schizoaffective and bipolar disorders among others.
Samina Raja, MD
Is a native of northern Virginia and has had a lifelong interest in the very enigmatic aspects of the human mind, body, and behavior. Psychiatry, therefore, was a natural choice of specialty. She is equally fascinated by the fields of mathematics, chemistry, and microbiology. After graduating salutatorian from Chantilly High School, Dr. Raja obtained her Bachelor of Science in chemistry with specialization in biochemistry from the University of Virginia. Prior to matriculating at St. George’s University Medical School, she studied human gross anatomy from Georgetown University’s Summer Medical Institute program. Dr. Raja completed her residency training from Rutgers University—New Jersey Medical School. She is co-editor of “Mastering the Psychiatric Diagnoses: Three Practice Exams for Novices and Experts.” Following residency, she completed a geriatric psychiatry fellowship from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Raja’s experience includes working as an outpatient adult psychiatrist for the INOVA health system. Her professional interests include stress management strategies, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and depressive disorders.
Sahley Razai, PA-C
Sahley is a nationally board-certified Physician Assistant who graduated with a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She completed and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a second major in Spanish at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. Sahley was very involved in volunteer work all throughout her college years as she helped out at many non-profit organizations to provide care for undeserved populations. She also has experience working in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine and Psychiatry; however, she finds working in mental health especially rewarding and humbling and views it as not only a career but a passion.
She has worked with both adolescents and adults to treat a number of mental illnesses like Anxiety disorders, Depression, ADHD/ADD, Sleep difficulties, Bipolar disorders, and PTSD. She hopes to build the optimum patient-provider relationship by fostering a trusting, sympathetic, and cordial relationship with patients. She strongly believes in interprofessional healthcare or the coordinated care of patients by a collaborative team and often collaborates with patient’s therapists and/or psychologists to develop the best treatment plan for patient care.
She is originally from Queens, New York where she lived with her father, mother, 2 sisters and brother; however, she spent most of her life and teenage years in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a fairly new Virginian resident and looks forward to exploring the new city. During her free time, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, learn about new cultures and travel.
Meira Yasin, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Meira Yasin has worked as a nurse since 2009 in the areas of Women’s Health, Neurology, Neurosurgery/Neurology intensive care, Medical/Surgical, and Mental Health. In 2016, she completed a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) as a Family Nurse Practitioner and then completed a post-doctorate Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate program in 2017. She has done global health and provided care to people in underserved areas locally and abroad, with a focus on trauma-informed care and adverse childhood experiences. Dr. Yasin served as an Assistant Professor in the East Tennessee State University College of Nursing undergraduate programs, where she practiced as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the student health on campus. She has experience working in community mental health with different populations, including children in the foster care system and those with PTSD. She is passionate about helping to address health disparities for vulnerable populations and decrease mental health stigmas. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, working out, drinking coffee, reading, traveling, and meeting new people.
Phyllis Brodie, PhD
Has practiced psychology for over twenty years. She has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings with civilian and military clients. She spent ten years as a contract psychologist with the U.S. Army where she helped combat veterans and their families work through problems related to trauma and re-integration.
She is trained in most evidence-based therapies and applies cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic principles to meet the individual needs of each client. Services offered include individual, couples and group therapy as well as psychological assessment.
Dr. Brodie received her Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Business Administration from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and her doctorate of philosophy in clinical psychology from George Mason University in Virginia.
Kara Callaghan, LPC
A Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia, Kara works with adult and adolescents and adults. She has been trained in CBT and DBS and has experience e working with a diverse population of clients with mental health issues, co-occurring disorders and relationship issues. Kara believes each individual is unique and, therefore, each person’s treatment should reflect that perspective.
Kara is originally from Long Island, New York. She received her undergraduate degree with a BA in Communications from The American University, in Washington, DC. After living in the metro DC area for 15 years, Kara attended graduate school at Argosy University in Phoenix, AZ where she received her MA in Sport and Exercise Psychology as well as an MA in Mental Health Counseling.
Kara practiced as a mental health counselor in Phoenix, AZ for 13 years and in Florida for two years before returning to the Washington, DC area which she considers her home. She joined My Psychiatrist in 2019.
John Getz, Psy.D
Joined the staff at My Psychiatrist in 2015. Prior to his work here, he was on the faculty at Penn State University College of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry. He is a clinical psychologist with over 25 years’ experience in the psychology field. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Penn State’s Medical College, Dr. Getz treated patients on the child and adult inpatient psychiatric wards. He also worked in the Adult Specialty clinics where he gained expertise in working with clients who have anxiety, depression, bipolar illness, eating disorders, insomnia, and sexual dysfunctions. Dr. Getz participated in opening the outpatient psychiatric clinic at Penn State and while he was there, he created an ADHD clinic, which provided extensive services for adults, children and adolescents who have ADHD. These services included providing extensive psychoeducational testing to determine if the patients met the criteria for a diagnosis of ADHD. This clinic was a teaching venue for medical students, psychiatric residents, and psychology interns. Dr. Getz was also part of the surgical weight loss team at Penn State and he provided diverse psychological services to those patients discerning the bariatric surgery process. He has extensive experience conducting psychotherapy groups and had an ongoing outpatient therapy group for anxiety patients that was of 7 years’ duration. Dr. Getz has done research and has special interests in anxiety, insomnia and childhood trauma. He was a contributing author to a text on projective drawings with a Canadian colleague and did a cross-cultural study of the effects of trauma using drawings completed by Tibetan child refugees and children form the Central PA area. Dr. Getz also has administrative experience; he worked for the head of the Psychology department at the Catholic University of America. While there, he worked with troubled youth and it was in this setting that he mastered his psycho- diagnostic testing skills. He especially enjoys utilizing projective testing, especially the Rorschach inkblot technique, to diagnose patients and to aid in treatment planning. He utilizes eclectic therapy techniques and, is trained to provide cognitive-behavioral therapy. At My Psychiatrist Dr. Getz provided individual therapy for children, adolescents and adults. He also can provide comprehensive psychological assesses.
Alison K. Lawhead, LCSW
Born and raised in the Pacific North West. Has 20 plus years combined experience in the medical field; with specialties in Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, Autism Spectrum, Intellectual and Physical Disabilities, and Mental health. Received Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from the University of Idaho and Master’s in Social Work from Boise State University. Obtained Clinical Social Work License while working as a Case Manager and Crisis Clinician on an Inpatient Psychiatric Unit. Uses an eclectic therapeutic approach that includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Strengths Based Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. Currently working with adults ages 18 and over and is licensed in the state of Virginia.