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Outpatient Medical Professional Staff

 

Matthew  A.  Berger, MD

Dr. Matthew Berger has been practicing psychiatric medicine since 1989, with a special interest in forensic psychiatry.  He currently serves as the medical director for the geriatric psychiatric unit at Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton, Pennsylvania. 

Satish K.  Mallik, MD

 
Dr. Mallik joined the practice of Matthew A. Berger, MD, PC in 2013.  He has been practicing psychiatric medicine since 1997; serving adolescents, adults and the geriatric population in a private, out-patient setting.  Dr. Mallik formerly served as Medical Director for an in-patient Psychiatric Unit.

Kristie M. Nardell, MD

The psychiatric practice of Matthew Berger, M.D. is happy to announce the addition of a new full-time board certified psychiatrist specializing in children and adolescents. 
Dr. Nardell has recently relocated after having been employed at First Hospital as director of both the children and adolescent unit since 2001. 
Dr. Nardell is a graduate of Penn State University College of Medicine, completing a residence at Penn State University Department of Psychiatry. 
Dr. Nardell specializes in children and adolescents, working with a wide variety of patients including those with mood, anxiety, attention and affective disorders. 

 Teresa Clark, CRNP

Teresa joined Dr. Berger's practice in 2010 as a full time certified nurse practitioner.  She completed her associates degree in nursing in 1993 at Luzerne County Community College and undergraduate and graduate degrees in 2001 at Misericordia University with a masters degree in nursing with a specialization in family practice.  Teresa's previous experience includes working in physical medicine, rehabilitation and pain management and has been certified in rehabilitation since 1995.  Teresa provides patients with medication management services and specializes in adult psychiatric and mental health issues. 

Amanda J. Ecklund, MPAS, PA-C
 
Amanda joined Dr Berger's practice in 2013, as a full time physician assistant.  Amanda received her Bachelors degree in Science from Marywood University in 2011.  She received her Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Marywood University in 2012.  Amanda provides patients with medication management services and specializes in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Issues.

Jamie Durchin, PA-C

Jamie joined Dr. Berger’s practice in 2006, as a full time physician assistant.  Jamie received her Bachelors degree in Biology from Temple University in 2004.  She received her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Kings College in 2006.  Jamie provides patients with medication management services and specializes in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Issues.

Marian Farrell, PhD, PMHNP, BC, CRNP

Marian joined Dr. Berger’s practice in 2008, as a part time nurse practitioner/therapist.  Marian received her PhD from Adelphi University.  Marian received her Post Master's Certificate Nurse Practitioner in Adult Mental Health Psychiatric Nursing from Drexel University.  Marian provides patients with medication management services and specialized in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Issues.  Marian also provides patient with psychotherapy services by appointment.

Rachel Galati, RN, MSN, CRNP

Rachel joined Dr. Berger's practice in 2011 as a full-time certified registered nurse practitioner.  She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Scranton in PA.  Rachel also has experience in family medicine and emergency medicine.  She provides patients with medication management services and specializes in Adult and Adolescent Psychiatric and Mental Health Issues.



Jessica Sabato, CRNP

Jessica joined Dr. Berger's practice in 2013 as a full-time certified registered nurse practitioner. Jessica completed her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and her Master’s of Science in nursing both at the University of Scranton and is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Jessica provides psychiatric care and medication management for adult and geriatric patients in both outpatient and inpatient settings.


Katie Babkowski, PA-C

Katie joined Dr. Berger's practice in 2013, as a full-time certified physician assistant.  Katie completed her Bachelor of Health Science degree and her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant studies degree at Marywood University, Scranton PA.  Katie finished with her master's degree after completing the five year accelerated physician assistant program.  Katie provides patients with medication management services and specializes in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health issues.

Daryl Krouse, PA-C

Daryl joined Dr. Berger's practice as a full-time Physician Assistant in 2013.  Daryl received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Montclair State University.  She also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Studies and Master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Kings College.  Daryl provides psychiatric care for adult and geriatric patients in both outpatient and inpatient settings.

Julie Oja, PA-C

Julie joined Dr. Berger's practice as a full-time Physician Assistant in 2013.  She completed the Physician Assistant Program and received her Bachelor of Science degree at MCP Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA.  Julie provides psychiatric care for primarily adult and geriatric patients in both the outpatient and in patient settings.

Melanie Priebe, PA-C

Melanie joined Dr. Berger's practice in 2013.  She graduated from King's College Physician Assistant Program in 2001 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies - Cum Laude.  Melanie has worked in the field of psychiatry for over 8 years and provides medication management services to adults with psychiatric disorders in both the inpatient and out patient settings.

Lisbeth Turner, MSN, RN, CRNP

Lisbeth joined Dr Berger's team in 2013 and provides assessments, diagnosis, and treatment planning for children and adolescents with mental and behavioral  health care needs.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing  degree from Hahnemann University and her Master's of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  She is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner.

Gene O'Donnell, LCSW, PA-C

Gene joined Dr Berger's practice as a full time physician assistant in 2013.  Gene received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Physician Assistant from King's College in 1980.  He received his Masters degree in Social Work from Marywood University in 1988.  He has 32 years clinical experience working at Community Mental Health Center, before joining Dr Berger's practice.  Gene provides medication management and specializes in Adult Psychiatry.

Lula Thomas, RN, MSN,CRNP

Lula  joined Dr. Berger's practice in 2013 as a full time Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.  She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Rutgers University, New Brunswick,NJ  and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing-Summa Cum Laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She received her  Masters of Science degree in nursing- Summa Cum Laude from Penn State University in 2013 with specialization in Family Practice. She has previous experience as a Certified Case Manager both inpatient and outpatient.  Lula provides patient medication management services and specializes in adult psychiatric and mental health issues.

Jill Cosgrove, RN, MS, CRNP, PMHNP-BC

Jill joined Dr. Berger’s practice in 2014 as a full-time certified registered nurse practitioner.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Misericordia University and her Master of Science with a major in nursing and a concentration in psychiatric/mental health nursing from Wilkes University.  She also holds a certificate in Addictions Counseling from Misericordia University.  Jill provides patients with medication management and specializes in psychiatric and mental health issues across the lifespan. 

Joette Hoffman, CRNP

Joette joined Dr. Berger's practice in 2014 as a full time certified nurse practitioner. She completed her associates degree in nursing in 2010 at Northampton County Community College and undergraduate and graduate degrees in 2014 at Wilkes University with a masters of science degree in nursing, specializing in advanced psychiatric/mental health nursing. Joette's previous nursing experience includes a residential care facility for children and adolescents. Joette provides full time medication management and psychiatric care across the lifespan.

Tracy Jayne, PA-C

Tracy joined Dr. Berger's practice in 2014.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Medical Studies in 2012 from King's College.  Received her Master of Science degree in Physician Studies in 2013 after completing King's 5 year accelerated program.  Tracy provides psychiatric care for adult and geriatric patients in both outpatient and inpatient settings.

Amanda Fidiam, PA-C

Amanda joined Dr. Berger's practice in 2014 as a full-time Physician Assistant. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science from Marywood University in 2010. She received a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Marywood University in 2011 after completing the five year accelerated program. Amanda provides medication management and specializes in pediatric psychiatric and mental health issues.

Jennifer Pajakinas, PA-C

Jennifer Pajakinas joined Dr Bergers Practice in 2014.  Jennifer recieved her Bachelors of Science in Medical Studies from King's College in 2010 and her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2011 after graduating suma cum laude from the Kings College Accelerated PA program.  Jennifer provides full time medication management and psychiatric care for Pediatric, Adolescent and Adult Patients.



Outpatient Therapists

 Marian Farrell, PhD, PMHNP, BC, CRNP

Marian joined Dr. Berger’s practice in 2008, as a part time nurse practitioner/therapist.  Marian received her PhD from Adelphi University.  Marian received her Post Master's Certificate Nurse Practitioner in Adult Mental Health Psychiatric Nursing from Drexel University.  Marian provides patients with medication management services and specialized in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Issues.  Marian also provides patient with psychotherapy services by appointment.

Tina Gordon, Licensed Marital & Family Therapist

Tina joined Dr. Berger’s practice in April of 2010, as a part-time marriage and family therapist.  Tina graduated from Phillips Graduate Institute, California.  Tina specializes in addiction issues, domestic violence,  gay and lesbian issues, as well as marital and family therapy.  Tina provide patients with psychotherapy services by appointment. 

Martin Kravchick, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Martin joined Dr. Berger’s practice in 2008, as a full time social worker.  Martin received his Master in Social Work as Adelphi Univerity in New York.  He has over 20 years post graduate clinical experience and has achieved numerous certificates.  Martin has also lectured at several institutions including the National Conference on Child Abuse and neglect.  Martin provides patients with psychotherapy services.   

Anne Krupa, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Anne joined Dr. Berger’s practice in 2001, as a social worker.  Anne received her degree from Marywood University and specializes in grief therapy, individual and couples therapy.  Anne also has experience in drug and alcohol therapy.  Anne provides patient with psychotherapy services by appointment.  Nights and weekends available.

Joseph A. Lopes, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
     
Joe joined Dr. Berger's practice in August, 2012 as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Joe received his Bachelors Degree in Biology from Penn State University, his Masters In Counselor Education from the University of Scranton, and his Masters Social Work from Marywood College. Joe has also studied at Temple University and University of Pennsylvania schools of Social Work. Joe has worked in Psychiatry, Addictive Medicine, and Behavioral Health Management for the past 34 years.  Joe's experience is varied with diverse populations, treatment specialites, specific issues and enjoys practicing from a family persepctive and a cognitive behavioral approach.


Kimberly Pisarcik-Mines: Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Kim is a recent addition to Dr. Berger's practice and is available by appointment. She received her graduate degree from Marywod University in 1994. Kim has worked in the Mental Health field since 1987. She was the director of parenting education of the state of Hawaii and has extensive knowledge of child and adolescent development and family dynamics. She was an adjunct facility member of College Misercordia; teaching the epidemiology of Eating Disorders. Kim specializes in treating adolescents and adults dealing with post traumatic stress, personality disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders and addictions, anger management, and anxiety. She is currently working towards certification in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Predominantly, she uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Insight-Oriented Therapy, Strategic and Structural Family Therapies and skills training to address her clients unique abilities and challenges.


Donna O’Donnell, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor

Donna joined Dr. Berger’s practice in 2005 as a full time therapist.  Donna received her Bachelors of Science degree in Social Work and Sociology from Kings College.  She received her Masters Degree in Psychology, clinical concentration, from Marywood University.  She is a board certified psychotherapist and a licensed professional therapist.  Donna provides patients with psychotherapy services. 

Andrea Oravec, Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

Andrea joined Dr. Berger’s practice in 2002  as a full time social worker.  Andrea received her degree from Marywood University and is currently a member of the National Association of Social Workers.  Andrea specializes in individual, family and couples therapy.  Andrea provides patients with psychotherapy services by appointment.     

Priscilla Pancoast, Licensed Clinical Social Worker 

 
Priscilla joined Dr. Berger's practice in 2011 as a part time social worker.  She received her MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work in New York City and completed post graduate training in Cognitive Therapy with Arthur Freeman, Ed D.  She has over 35 years as a clinical therapist providing individual, couples, parent-child and family therapy.  Her areas of interest include depression, anxiety, anger management, chronic pain management, and couples counseling.  Priscilla uses and eclectic approach to counseling with an emphasis on cognitive therapy.

Joan M. Rogan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Joan joined Dr. Berger's practice in 2011 as part time social worker. Joan is Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Syracuse University and her Master of Socal Work degree from Boston University.  Joan specializes in individual, family and couples therapy.  Joan is a DOT Substance Abuse Professional Evaluator.  She has over 40 years of post graduate clinical experience.  Joan provides patients with psychotherapy by appointment.

 
Robert Tryzenski, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor

Robert joined Dr. Berger’s practice in 2009 as a therapist.  Robert received his degree from Marywood University with additional education at Philadelphia Child Guidance Center.  Robert’s specializes in treating anxiety and depression in adults, children and adolescents .  Robert provides patients with psychotherapy services by appointment.

Mary Keegan, 
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

 Mary joined Dr. Berger's practice in 2013 as a part-time social worker providing psychotherapy services to adults with mental health issues. Mary received Bachelors Degrees in Human Services and Sociology from The University of Scranton and attained her Masters of Social Work from Marywood College. She has practiced social work in hospital and behavioral health settings over the course of the last thirty years and holds the BCD (Board of Clinical Diplomate) credential. Her areas of interest include grief and loss issues, depression and anxiety and she particularly enjoys the gero-psychiatric realm of practice.


Theresa A. Kovacs, MA, MS, Psy.D.
 
Dr. Kovacs is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She joined the practice in 2013. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Degree in 2007 from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at The Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center with rotations in behavioral medicine, neuropsychology, and outpatient psychotherapy. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Early Career Psychologist Award by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association for outstanding contributions to the field. She has presented publicly for the American Heart Association and numerous other venues regarding co-morbid medical illness that impact health and wellness.
 
Dr. Kovacs has been practicing cognitive-behavioral therapy, an active, short-term, focused model that has been shown to provide results quickly and effectively, for over 15 years. She believes that a supportive, collaborative, working relationship is key in making a difference in people's lives. A trusting relationship with a professional psychologist is the foundation for success in therapeutic change. But it takes more than that; it takes expertise in knowing the right course to take that can make a real difference in ones unique set of circumstances. She has expertise treating a variety of problems like obsessive compulsive disorders, phobias, social anxiety, breast cancer, chronic medical illnesses, severe stress, and depression.


Kelsey Nataupsky,  Licensed Marital & Family Therapist

Kelsey joined Dr. Berger's practice in 2014 as a full time marriage and family therapist. Kelsey graduated from Syracuse University with her master's degree in marriage and family therapy and is currently a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.  Kelsey specializes in trauma, sexual abuse, parent-child relationships, and working with couples. Kelsey provides individual and family therapy by appointment.

 
Karlene Albrecht, MA, ATR-BC, Licensed Professional Counselor
 
Karlene is a recent addition to the practice and is available by appointment.   She completed a bachelor’s of science from Kutztown University and a Master of Arts from Marywood College. She has over 25 years as a clinical therapist providing individual, group, and parent-child therapy.  Karlene’s experience is varied with diverse populations  but specializes in children, adolescents and their families.  She is also a board certified, registered art therapist and uses an eclectic approach to counseling with an emphasis on psychotherapy.



 


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