AboutNYC Psychiatric Associates

Taking care of one’s mental health is just as important as taking care of one’s physical health. However, people are less likely to consider any form of mental health treatment until it becomes absolutely necessary. Instead of waiting for the treatment to reach its worst state, NYC Psychiatric Associates provides customized treatment to help patients through it.

Mental health issues can occur together and influence one another. In these cases, treating one issue instead of both can result in the untreated issue becoming worse. At NYC Psychiatric Associates, we can provide treatment, along with therapy, and counseling services. Our goal is to help patients to find effective coping and treatment methods to live a healthier lifestyle.

There is no reason to struggle alone. Call us to seek help today (917) 391-0076.

Dr. Todd Mekles

As the founder and CEO of NYC Psychiatric Associates, Dr. Mekles has dedicated his career to improving the mental health of New Yorkers. Graduate of the University of Kansas medical center Psychiatry program he scored the highest on the psychiatric in service exam every year in residency, and was among the top performers on this knowledge based in the entire US. A recognized expert in treating all forms of psychiatric conditions, his targeted approach utilizing the biopsychosocial model allows him to zero in on the appropriate medications and therapy to support and enhance the mental wellbeing of his patients. With over eight years of experience successfully treating the most challenging of all psychiatric pathologies, including substance abuse, psychosis, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety and PTSD, Dr. Mekles focuses on building a strong therapeutic alliance with each and every patient. By providing in-network psychiatric care in a city that by and large does not offer it, his leadership has revolutionized the way mental health is delivered, creating a more efficient and effective model for patients across New York. Dr. Mekles has taken the toughest, most refractory cases in Psychiatry and succeeded. Dr. Mekles prides himself on availability, reliability, and accessibility. He has not missed one day of work in 10 years of practice, and he has never refused to take a patient case.

Dr. Fan

Dr. Matthew Fan

Dr. Fan joined this private practice with the goal of providing his patients an extra level of care and compassion. He is aware that every patient is different and manages treatment with that in mind; he works to get to know his patients and find the best treatment approach for each specific condition and situation. Dr. Fan’s depth and breadth of clinical experience is unique, having served as psychiatrist in emergency room, inpatient units and forensic settings. Dr. Fan’s goal is to facilitate the start of a journey to recovery with every patient.

Dr. Melikian

Dr. Noah Melikian

Dr. Melikian is a board-certified psychiatrist with a pragmatic style of treatment. Utilizing a focused approach with shared decision making, his clients rapidly feel at ease and confident that their treatment goals are within reach. With two years of training in general surgery in addition to his specialty in psychiatry, Dr. Melikian offers an unparalleled understanding of the physiological issues that may affect an individual’s psychological well-being. In addition to his extensive training in psychiatry, Dr. Melikian obtained a master’s degree in Biotechnology from Georgetown University giving him a unique perspective on the latest in drug development to aid him in assessing cutting-edge treatments.

Skilled in treating all manners of psychiatric disorders, you will be in good hands with an excellent support team with Dr. Melikian at NYC Psychiatric Associates. Make an appointment today!

Dr. Jaskaran Singh Grewal

Dr. Jaskaran Singh Grewal is a highly skilled psychiatrist with a passion for helping his patients live better lives. Dr. Grewal earned his medical degree from the American University of Antigua in Antigua and Barbuda. He then went on to complete his residency in psychiatry at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, New York. A distinguished member of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Grewal believes in working collaboratively with his patients in a down-to-earth and practical manner while offering the most up-to-date and scientifically proven treatment. Dr. Grewal cares for adults who are looking for an individualized treatment plan for a wide range of mental health needs including anxiety, depression, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar, and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. Dr. Grewal is fluent in English, Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu.

Dr. Adena Blickstein

Dr. Blickstein (MD, MPH) is a practicing child and adult Psychiatrist in New York with a passion for the positive wellbeing and mental health of children as well as the welfare of the public at large. After graduating from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Dr. Blickstein completed her medical internship at Westchester Medical Center and her psychiatry residency at Metropolitan Hospital. Additionally, Dr. Blickstein completed specialty training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Blickstein’s approach to treatment is oriented in working with patients to help them make changes that allow them to taper off prescription psychiatric medications or at least reduce their dosages. Dr. Blickstein is a catalyst for self-empowerment while patients are experiencing mental health disorders or, working through life struggles such as grief/bereavement, abuse (physical, sexual, etc), sexuality and gender identity, postpartum issues, and the child/parent dynamic. Dr. Blickstein has studied diverse treatment options and will incorporate modalities such as mindfulness practices, dietary changes, and optimization of sleep for true, overall well-being. Dr. Blickstein is fluent in English, Spanish, Hebrew, Yiddish, French, and Russian.

Dr. Faith Consiglio

Dr. Faith Consiglio received her doctorate from the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University in New York and completed her residency in Psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center in New York. As a licensed physician, Dr. Consiglio works with adults and couples seeking compassionate care and a deeper understanding of their best selves. She provides effective treatment for conditions such as anxiety, depression, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), personality disorders, grief, and conditions related to women’s health such as premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Dr. Consiglio is certified in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and works with patients interested in exploring an integrated approach that considers all facets of life including the nuances of their physical, mental and social well-being.

Dr. Paul Cristofano

Dr. Paul Cristofano is a graduate of the combined Siena/Albany Medical College program which places a special emphasis on the combination of humanities with the study of medicine. During his medical training, he volunteered his time both locally and internationally. Dr. Cristofano completed his adult psychiatric training at Westchester Medical Center during which time he piloted a mental health hotline that provided real-time psychiatric assistance to health care workers on the front line during the pandemic. He was awarded the New York Medical College Resident Gold Humanism Honor Society Award in 2020. Dr. Paul Cristofano approaches appointments with both patience and empathy, and places special importance on taking the time to fully understand his patients to create a truly collaborative approach to treatment.

Dr. Dara Fernandez Duran

Dr. Duran is an expert in treating all psychiatric conditions and employs a targeted approach utilizing the biopsychosocial model to target appropriate medications, and utilized the appropriate therapy for mental well being. She has years of success in treating the most refractory of cases. We work together to form the strongest therapeutic alliance so you can be well. She has 10 years of experience managing all psychiatric conditions. Excellence and mastery of psychopharmacology and drug interactions. Successfully have treated the most difficult and refractory of all psychiatric pathologies. Will see patients on weekends. Let’s get you better together! We'll work to treat you together and then maintain the success as we strive for new heights across the board!

Dr. Marcel Green

Dr. Marcel Green earned his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He then went on to complete his Psychiatry residency at Mount Sinai Saint Luke’s and West Hospitals in New York City. He is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology as well as in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Green has extensive expertise and vast research knowledge in the treatment of psychiatric and psychological conditions of children, adults, and families He has worked in various care environments, including the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Lifespan (Brown University), and Hofstra-Northwell Health systems. Dr. Green has also worked within the community hospital health systems of Brookdale Hospital, Brooklyn Hospital Center (Brooklyn, NY), Jamaica and Flushing Hospitals (Queens, NY), and the Catholic Health Services of Long Island. His commitment to the mental health of children continues as he works with the adoption and foster care systems as well as a number of community clinics within Manhattan and Brooklyn. Through these many experiences, Dr. Green has developed an exceptional capacity to care for patients of all cultural and social economic stations and all levels of acuity.

Dr. Devesh Jalan

A distinguished graduate of Rutgers University and St. George's University School of Medicine, Dr. Devesh Jalan is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in providing patient-centered care. After serving as an attending psychiatrist for family health centers in Florida and California caring for patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings, Dr. Jalan brings a wealth of experience to his work with patients at NYC Psychiatric Associates. Dr. Jalan’s unfailing commitment to helping patients build effective coping techniques offers hope not only for finding relief from their issues, but also a better life. At the heart of Dr. Jalan’s clinical approach is a strong emphasis on establishing trust and building a therapeutic relationship to help patients achieve their goals.

Dr. Alexandra Khanyutin

Dr. Khanyutin is a board certified psychiatrist, who is passionate about providing high quality integrative care. Her goal is to provide compassionate, comprehensive and collaborative care to all her patients. Treatment plan will include pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches, such as mindfulness based interventions.

Dr. Khanyutin practices general psychiatry for patients eighteen and older. However, she has a particular interest in perinatal mental health and has obtained further training through Postpartum Support International in perinatal psychiatry to provide care to women in need. Dr. Khanyutin is committed to finding a solution that will work best for you.

Dr. Gayathri Mahendiran

Dr. Mahendiran obtained her General Psychiatry training at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center and completed her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Nassau University Medical Center, where she was administrative chief fellow. Dr. Mahendiran is board certified in Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and brings to NYC Psychiatric Associates experiences from New York and Pennsylvania, previously working in state hospital inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Mahendiran is known for providing her patients with compassionate support and guidance. By implementing evidence-based practice standards, she helps guide her clients towards mental and emotional well-being.

Dr. Ahmed Maher

Dr. Ahmed Maher is a board certified psychiatrist who is licensed to practice in the states of Missouri, Kansas and Colorado. He earned his doctorate in medicine from the University of Alexandria Faculty of Medicine, in Alexandria, Egypt. He then completed his residency in psychiatry at Truman Medical Centers with the University of Missouri – Kansas City, where he also served as the chief resident. He then completed a fellowship in medical genetics and metabolismat Children’s Hospital Colorado with the University of Colorado – Denver.

Dr. Ahmed Maher has been practicing psychiatry since 2010. He currently holds a faculty position at the University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and specializes in child psychiatry with a special focus on family dynamics for the improvement of pediatric mental health. He serves patients of all ages at our Olathe Clinic.

Dr. Marci Manna

Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Manna worked as a doctorate level clinical psychologist in private practice for 15 years. She attended the International University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine in St. Kitts, and completed her psychiatric residency at the prestigious Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. She is a board certified psychiatrist and a member of the Academy of Medical Psychology. Furthermore, Dr. Manna is a Certified Pet Therapist who alongside her team has helped people recover from or better cope with health problems at various hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics. Dr. Manna has extensive experience in both inpatient and outpatient environments, specializing in the treatment of those who suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis.

Dr. Marco Christian Michael

Dr. Marco Christian Micahel, BMedSc (Hons), completed psychiatry residency at State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate where he served as Academic Chief Resident. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine from Universitas Indonesia and an Honors Degree in Biomedical Science from Monash University in Australia. He is currently a geriatric psychiatry fellow at Weill Cornell Medicine / New York Presbyterian Westchester Division. Dr. Micheal has been published in peer-reviewed psychiatric journals and presented in international meetings on a range of topics including geriatric psychiatry, psychotherapy, cultural psychiatry, community and international psychiatry, and interventional psychiatry. Dr. Micheal treats adults aged 18 and older. He provides comprehensive, compassionate psychiatric care and listens actively to the biological, psychological, and socio-environmental factors which contribute to his patients active problem(s). Dr. Micheal is a member of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP), American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis (AADPP), American Psychiatric Association (APA), and the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) - Psychotherapy Section. Dr. Micheal is fluent in Indonesian, English, and French.

Dr. Taiye Ogundipe

Certified in Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry, Dr. Ogundipe joined the skilled team at NYC Psychiatric Associates after completing Fellowships in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and, Sleep Medicine, at the renowned Stony Brook University School of Medicine (SUNY) in New York as well as a Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at Yale University. A distinguished member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Ogundipe specializes in treating patients suffering from mood disorders, ADHD, schizophrenia, and trauma. His extensive experience in child psychiatry also puts him in a unique position to care for children with disruptive behavior, anxiety and learning disorders, all while offering school-based interventions that help these vulnerable patients thrive.

Dr. Chiedozie Ojimba

Dr. Ojimba is board certified in general Psychiatry and Neurology and board eligible in Addiction Psychiatry. He received the coveted Chief Resident award during his residency training at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. He received his Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship training from Montefiore, the University Hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York. Dr. Ojimba received his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Ilorin in Nigeria. He attended the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom, where he earned his Masters in Public Health. Dr. Ojimba specializes in addiction, Public Health, and treats the adult and geriatric population for various mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance use disorders (Alcohol use disorder, Opioid use disorder, Stimulant use disorder), and compulsive gambling. Dr. Ojimba utilizes his evidence-based practice of medicine, applying the most current neuroscience and research results. He uses a Holistic approach to treating his patients.

Dr. Brian Pell

A graduate of Fordham University in Bronx, New York, as well as Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Brian Pell is a distinguished member of the American Psychiatric Association and the New York Psychiatric Society. Dr. Pell brings 20+ years of experience caring for patients’ mental health and managing a range of psychological issues. Dr. Pell’s guidance, support, and expertise serve as a strong foundation of excellence in care that helps his patients move forward and manage the psychiatric issues that have been holding them back from living the lives they truly deserve.

Dr. Jonathan Rubenstein

Dr. Jonathan Rubenstein is a highly-skilled psychiatrist who has brought his years of experience in caring for patients to NYC Psychiatric Associates. A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, as well as St. George’s University School of Medicine, Dr. Rubenstein went on to serve as Chief Psychiatry Resident at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Rubenstein specializes in the pharmacologic treatment of psychiatric disorders with a special interest in incorporating psychotherapy into his treatment plans. His scientific, evidence-based approach and dedication to whole-person care uniquely equip Dr. Rubenstein to help patients with a variety of emotional difficulties and conditions that affect mood, thinking, and behavior. Dr. Rubenstein provides a safe, non-judgmental setting in which to explore issues and concerns while working towards alleviating psychological and mental distress.

Dr. Safwa Zafar

Dr. Zafar is a board-certified psychiatrist, who received her medical degree from St. George’s University, and then completed her Psychiatric Residency at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, New York. Dr. Zafar also earned her Fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, equipping her with the ability to provide the type of evidence-based and compassionate care vulnerable patients need and deserve. She has experience working with patients of all ages and their families. Dr. Zafar is also a distinguished member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Zafar has a special interest in psychoanalysis and psychodynamic psychiatry and has completed additional education at New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute. Dr. Zafar believes in working with patients collaboratively in order to provide pharmacological and non-pharmacological based treatment.

Beatriz Makhoulian, P-NP

A highly skilled, board-certified Nurse Practitioner, Beatriz Makhoulian is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese. With a Masters of Science in Nursing from Lehman College, Beatriz brings with her extensive experience involving medical and psychiatric emergency rooms for a large Metropolitan Hospital in New York City. Beatriz’ desire to advocate for those most in need has led her to believe that everyone should have access to affordable, quality mental health care no matter where a patient may be located. This has made her a perfect fit for NYC Psychiatric Associates, whose mission to provide in-network psychiatric care in a city where the needed service has been sadly lacking continues on a daily basis. Beatriz’ dedication to continually improving the care she offers each and every patient means that she is currently pursuing her doctoral degree with a concentration in mental health.

Joonkwon Bak, PA-C

Joonkwon Bak (Bak), a board-certified Physician Assistant at NYC Psychiatric Associates, takes a detailed oriented approach involving his patients. After earning an academic scholarship to attend St John’s University, he received his Bachelor's degree in Physician Assistant studies, while on the Dean’s Honor list. After serving at the renowned Montefiore Medical Center in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine, Bak brings unique skills to serving patients. Bak seeks to create a safe space for his patients to feel supported while figuring out how to lead a life that is fulfilling for them. To achieve this, Bak focuses on effective treatment plans that aim to address key factors that may be hindering one from their ideal level of well-being.

Kelly Dinh, PA-C

A compassionate and expert physician assistant with extensive experience in both internal and family medicine, Kelly Dinh is nationally board certified by the NCCPA. A graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, Kelly earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Her focus on providing support to those who need it most, along with her extensive experience as a mom of three, uniquely equip Kelly to serve the patients at NYC Psychiatric Associates throughout all stages of their journey to mental health wellness and a better life.

Belinda Fugalli, RPA-C

Belinda Fugalli, RPA-C

Belinda Fugalli, who received her degree from CUNY-York College in Physician Assistant Studies, offers over 10 years of comprehensive, board-certified experience in multiple specialties. Belinda has acquired both the unique skills and compassionate understanding to provide better treatment options and outcomes for NYC Psychiatric Associates’ patients. Her background in Internal Medicine, General and Urological Surgery (including OB-GYN), has given Belinda important insight and the ingrained belief that active listening, education, self-empowerment and collaboration are essential to positive patient care.

Jasmine Joseph, PA-C

Jasmine Joseph, PA-C

A highly skilled and experienced Physician Assistant with experience in patient care, as well as overall medical management, Jasmine Joseph’s background in Internal Medicine gives her a unique perspective into those with mental health concerns. She brings with her over five years’ experience in diagnosing and treating an extensive list of complex diseases at Montefiore Medical Center, a premier academic medical center and nationally recognized leader in patient care, in the Bronx. Her focus in helping to oversee the medication management for patients with anxiety, depression, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and bipolar disorder offers the highest standard of whole person psychiatric care for the people of New York.

Effie Rabinowitz, PA-C

Effie Rabinowitz grew up in Astoria, New York and is fluent in Greek. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology and her physician assistant studies from St. John's University. She has over 10 years of comprehensive experience in medicine. Effie’s approach to care is rooted in a partnership with each patient, collaborating to develop a treatment plan that aligns best with the patient’s lifestyle and values. She believes through education, pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods, each patient can be empowered to be their best self. She practices with the philosophy that everyone has strengths and building on these strengths we can accomplish individual wellness and growth.

Amanda Ulmer, PA-C

Amanda Ulmer, PA-C

A graduate of St. John's University, Amanda Ulmer joined NYC Psychiatric Associates, bringing with her a new level of compassionate patient care. As a board certified Physician Assistant with 15 years’ experience in internal medicine, her strong communication skills, vast medical knowledge and long-term commitment gives patients hope and accountability. Amanda encourages patient involvement and shares their need in understanding the various treatment methods available to improve their wellbeing and their lives. As a mother of three, her compassionate and empathetic nature comes through in her practice, where she believes in working together to achieve the best patient outcome possible.

Integrative Wellness Advisor

Austin Hamilton

Austin Hamilton is a wellness and relationship advisor and coach. She focuses on the integration between mindful awareness techniques and cognitive behavioral patterning in order to improve her client’s relationship with themselves as well as others. Austin graduated from Columbia University in New York and attended the School of Visual Arts Master's in Art Therapy. She is trained in multiple modalities including; dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, expressive art therapy, guided meditation, somatic therapy, and yoga. Austin’s sessions are geared toward creating a meaningful and supportive conversation with the ultimate goal of establishing solid and effective strategies to aid her clients in more authentic self-development.

For questions or to schedule an appointment with Austin, please contact her directly at:

https://www.aahadvisory.com/contact

Certified Life Coach

Daniel De Zamacona

Daniel is a certified life coach who helps his clients re-create themselves from within to enable them to design the life they truly want. Daniel’s clients rewire their minds so they see themselves and their world differently. By doing so, his clients feel stronger emotionally, improve their behavior, and create their desired results.

Daniel knows that with the right mindset you can have, be, or do whatever you desire. He transformed his own life with this process from a life of depression and anxiety to a life of flow and purpose. Now, it’s his mission to help others realize their best lives. He achieves this by creating a safe place for clients to explore, know, and embrace themselves. He helps executives, artists, entrepreneurs, athletes, stay at home parents, and more transform their lives intentionally.

In addition to being a certified life coach by the CTA, Daniel is also a professional tennis coach certified by the USPTA, a NASM certified personal trainer, and a previous scholar at the Life Coach School. When not coaching or teaching tennis, he enjoys playing and competing in sports, meeting new people, and exploring new places.

To schedule a discovery session or for more information, contact Daniel at [email protected] or www.Zama.one.

Wellness and Lifestyle Coach

Cara Price

As a Well-Being and Lifestyle Coach, Cara specializes in helping others live their best life today, focusing on the shift from survival mode to a place of ease, confidence and health.

She has over 20 years of experience in personal development and lifestyle coaching.

Cara implements an integrative and holistic approach to wellness and helps to create a customized simple healthy living plan through plant-based products and guidance for lifestyle modifications. She assesses individual needs to help clients as an alternative to or working alongside a medical plan for mental and physical health.

Her mission is helping those who want to experience improvements in daily life to discover simple shifts that can make significant changes to their quality of life.

Meet The Staff

Malinda

Chief Human Resource Officer

Ara

TMS Director/Chief Technician

Phillip

CFO & Patient Services Director

Todd R.

Billing, AR and Reconciliation Specialist

Lorena

Patient Care & Welcome Coordinator

Jean

Patient Services Manager

Jose

Intake Specialist

Jasmine

Intake Specialist
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