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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.
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.
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.
Rauf Dean, FNP
Joined the staff at My Psychiatrist, PLC in July of 2017. He has a B.S. N. from the Shenandoah University. He also has a Master’s degree in Nursing Science from Wilmington University. He has done extensive work in the areas of family medicine, long-term geriatric care, occupational medicine, urgent care, and walk-in clinics. Rauf worked in these areas for over 10 years. He is proud to share his background in the United States Navy. Rauf was excited to transition into the psychiatric field here at My Psychiatrist. He has a keen interest in treating patients who present with depression, anxiety, other mood disorders, and ADHD.
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.
Astrid D’Cunha, PhD
Is a licensed psychologist with experience in individual, family, and group therapy for issues such as depression, anxiety, and stress. She also provides behavior modification and parent management training and has a special interest in addressing the impact of career, immigration, and cultural, racial, gender, spiritual, and sexual identities, on mental health.
Dr. D’Cunha’s approach is integrated and consists of cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and solution-focused techniques. She believes in empowering clients to be active in their treatment by improving knowledge about mental illness and its treatment. Dr. D’Cunha also provides psychological testing for questions related to ADHD and diagnostic clarification of other symptoms.
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.
Emily Ann Ozgul, MS LPC
Graduated with a Master’s Degree in Agency Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1992. She has been a member of the National Board of Certified Counselor’s since 1993. She is a Licensed Professional Therapist in Virginia.
She has experience in providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents, families and adults presenting with a wide range of mental health and behavioral disorders. She has advanced training in CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) which focuses on the clients’ strengths. She also has training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desentization Reprocessing Therapy) for those who are struggling with trauma. She also has several years of experience as a school counselor.
She has been a military wife for more than 19 years. She has lived in several states and two foreign countries. She enjoys the challenges and experiences the military life-style has given her. She is married and has three adult sons.
Patricia Dean, LCSW
Is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with an office located in Reston, VA. She works with children, young adults, and individuals using an approach tailored to the individual needs of each new client. Areas of expertise include:
– Anxiety and depression
– Relationship challenges
Patricia specializes in the treatment of trauma using EMDR and TF-CBT. She offers treatment for people experiencing the effects of childhood sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. She also works with people experiencing complex posttraumatic and dissociative conditions.
Alex Madrid, LPC
Is a clinical Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He received his Master’s degree from Gordon Conwell, Boston MA, in counseling. He received training in cognitive-behavioral therapy and marriage and family therapy.
His supervised practicum training included work in hospital-based settings such as McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School Hospital. He also received training in community mental health centers, university based health centers, and substance abuse counseling.
He completed his internship at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA at the Psychotic and Mood Disorders Unit at McLean Hospital.
Alison K. Lawhead, LCSW
Born and raised in Boise, Idaho. Completed Bachelor’s in Fine Art at the University of Idaho. Obtained Master’s in Social Work from Boise State University. Has nearly 20 years’ experience working in the health care field. Initially began as a Certified Nursing Assistant in Long-term care settings and Activities Coordinator for individuals with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. As a social worker, has worked with the Alzheimer’s Association and facilitated Caregiver Support Groups. Most recent work was on a Psychiatric Inpatient unit as a Behavioral Health Clinician coordinating case management, conducting crisis assessments, and facilitating Dialectical Behavior Therapy groups. Additional time has been spent working with individuals who have Intellectual Disabilities and those on the Autism Spectrum.