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  Sameen Ahmad, M.D.

  Dr. Ahmad completed her residency in psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and her medical school education at Aga
  Khan 
University Medical College. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and neurology.
 
  Dr. Ahmad loves to practice general psychiatry with the adult population. Her clinical interests include anxiety,
  psychosis, depression and bipolar disorder. Dr. Ahmad believes psychiatry is in an exciting phase with a progressively expanding
  spectrum of pharmacological interventions as well as therapeutic modalities. She finds it particularly rewarding to see people
  overcome adversity and restore quality of life despite their initial limitations.




                                     
Joyce Babb
M.S.W., L.C.S.W., B.C.D.

Received her graduate degree from the University of Chicago. She has extensive experience, both overseas and in the U.S., in working with children, adolescents, adults, and families who are experiencing a wide variety of personal and interpersonal problems.







Sharon Beck
D.N.P., P.M.H.N.P.-B.C., L.C.S.W.

Dr Beck graduated with her doctorate in psychiatric mental health nursing practice from Brandman University in Irvine California; she also has a master's in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr Beck's primary interest is medication management, serving a variety of types of patients. including teenagers, adults, and seniors. She enjoys working with people with mood disorders, PTSD, anxiety, and attention deficit disorder. She continues to see a limited number of clients for both medication and psychotherapy. She has specialized training in family therapy from the Institute of Juvenile Research, and has a particular interest in divorce, remarriage and blended family issues. In addition, she has experience with treatment of dissociative identity disorders and does EMDR. 

 

Beverly J. Burch
M.A., L.C.P.C.

Completed her graduate studies in counseling psychology at Wheaton Graduate School.  Her areas of special interest include anxiety, depression, issues of early and middle adulthood, women’s issues, and the integration of faith with personal healing and growth.







Todd Cartmell
Psy.D.

Is a licensed clinical psychologist who received his doctoral degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and completed postdoctoral training at the Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Cartmell works with children, adolescents, parents, and families and specializes in a wide range of child and adolescent issues









Lisa J. Hopkins
NCC, LCPC, CADC, PCGC

Lisa J. Hopkins received her graduate degree from National-Louis University.  She is a certified substance abuse and pathological gambling counselor.  She is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). Lisa enjoys working with individuals and couples.








Bonnie Knox
M.Ed., L.C.P.C., C.A.D.C

Is a licensed clinical professional counselor who completed her graduate training at DePaul University in Chicago. She is also a certified alcohol and drug counselor.




 


Andrew C. Nichols
M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Completed his graduate training in clinical social work and family therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has extensive experience working with adolescents and adults experiencing a wide variety of difficulties including mood disorders, anxiety, substance abuse, self-injury, grief, and trauma recovery. Treatment modalities include individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy.




 

Dr. Mackender completed her medical school education at Southern Illinois University and her residency training in psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center at Chicago.  She practices general psychiatry with specialization in pharmacology and is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  She enjoys treating adults and adolescents with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, ADHD and other mental health problems.  She also has a special interest in the area of women's mental health as well as treatment of psychiatric disorders during pregnancy and postpartum.  Dr. Mackender values multidisciplinary approach to mental health with comprehensive assessment of psychotherapy or life style modification recommendations as a potential benefit to overall wellbeing of her patients. Dr. Mackender is also fluent in Polish.
 
 

Danielle Romano-Cihak
Psy.D.

Is a licensed clinical psychologist. She earned the Doctor of Psychology degree from Midwestern University and completed postdoctoral training at the DuPage County Health Department in Lombard, Illinois.








Jeffrey L. Santee
Ph.D.

Is a licensed clinical psychologist with doctoral degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He has advanced training in behavioral medicine from Rush-Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center.





 

Rita Tranquilli 
M.D.

Dr. Tranquilli received her medical degree from the University of Illinois. She completed a psychiatry residency, as well as a movement disorders fellowship, at Duke University and a neurology residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She has practiced both specialties for many years and is  dually certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Tranquilli enjoys working with adults of all ages. Her clinical interests include  mood disorders, psychosis, OCD, ADHD, dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, Tourette Syndrome, and medication-induced movement disorders. She is  particularly interested in the interface of spirituality and medicine. Dr. Tranquilli believes that compassion is the most important trait that a clinician brings  to the doctor-patient relationship.




David J. Van Dyke
Ph.D., L.M.F.T.

Is a licensed marriage and family therapist who received his masters degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a doctoral degree from the University of Georgia in child and family development. He is a faculty member at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology.




 

Daniel Wyma
M.D.

Received his M.D. from the University of Iowa, completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Chicago, and did a fellowship in neuropsychiatry at the University of Rochester (N.Y.). He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Adolescent Psychiatry.




 

 

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