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The South Providence Adult Psychiatry Clinic provides adult mental health services. The health care team includes psychiatrists, resident physicians (physicians who are under the supervision of a board-certified psychiatrist), psychologists and licensed clinical social workers.

Providers

Lindsey Schrimpf, MD, is the medical director for the South Providence Psychiatry Clinic. Dr. Schrimpf received a medical degree from the University of Missouri. During her medical training, she completed a clerkship at the Tavistock psychiatric clinic in London, England. She completed her residency training at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, and is board certified in general psychiatry. While at SUNY Upstate, she underwent training in psychopharmacology as well as various schools of psychotherapy. Dr. Schrimpf has extensive training in short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy, family therapy, CBT and DBT. Family therapy is Dr. Schrimpf’s passion and she has an active practice at the South Providence clinic. She also uses her therapy skills to enhance her psychopharmacology practice.

Mohit Bhardwaj, MD, received a medical degree from Maulana Azad Medical College at the University of Delhi in India. He then completed residency training at the University of Missouri. He is board certified in general psychiatry. After finishing his residency training at the University of Missouri, he worked for three years as a staff psychiatrist at Prestera Center for Mental Health in Huntington, West Virginia. Dr. Bhardwaj now sees patients at the South Providence clinic. He has conducted research regarding the neural pathways for various psychiatric illnesses and is particularly interested in the neural pathways for depression and psychosis.

Kimberly Brandt, DO

Ganesh Gopalakrishna, MD, graduated from Bangalore Medical College in India and pursued his training in adult psychiatry. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 2011 and is board-certified in psychiatry. He also earned a master's degree in health administration from MU in 2015. His interests include long-acting injectable antipsychotics, use of technology in mental health and administrative psychiatry. He is the co-inventor of the Moodtrek app, which was released in 2015. He sees patients at the Missouri University Psychiatry Center and supervises residents at the South Providence Adult Psychiatry Clinic.

Muaid Ithman, MD, completed his residency training at the University of Missouri. He is board certified in general psychiatry. Dr. Ithman serves patients at the South Providence clinic as well as the Missouri Psychiatric Center. He has an active practice performing electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and other non-conventional treatment modalities such as cranial electrotherapy stimulation. Dr. Ithman’s clinical interests include treatment of resistant depression, schizophrenia and patients with developmental disabilities.

John Lauriello, MD, is the Chancellor's Chair of Excellence in Psychiatry at the University of Missouri and medical director of the Missouri Psychiatric Center. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of psychotic disorders, most notably schizophrenia.

Lynn Parshall, APRN, is an advanced practice nurse. She is certified as an adult mental health clinical nurse specialist and a family nurse practitioner. Lynn graduated from Mizzou with a dual-track master's degree in nursing in 1997. She has worked with adults facing mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, dementia and substance abuse problems. She is interested in how physical health and mental health holistically affect each other. Parshall is an experienced medication management provider for mental health symptoms, and her passion is for teaming up with people to explore and incorporate lifestyle improvements that enhance mental and physical health.

Margaret Yoest, APRN, is an advanced practice nurse. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a master’s degree in adult psychiatric mental health nursing from the University of Pittsburgh. She is credentialed and board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an adult psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist. She has worked in numerous areas of psychiatric nursing, including inpatient treatment, consultation and liaison roles, drug and alcohol research, psychiatric emergency room and outpatient psychotherapy and medication management, her primary interest. She has expertise in psychiatric interviewing and diagnostic assessment.

Resident Physicians

  • Adam Brown, MD
  • Rasha El Kady, MD
  • Garrett Lambert, MD
  • John Cummins, MD
  • Ayodeji Ogunleye, MD
  • Deepti Bahl, MD
  • Oluwole Popoola, MD
  • Angela Del Priore, MD

Therapists

Tracy Batten, LMHC, LPC, received a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University-Florida. She prefers insight-oriented forms of psychotherapy, as well as positive psychology and mindfulness incorporated with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and rational-emotive behavior therapy (REBT). Most of her patients are teens and adults. She provides individual and family counseling and typically treats symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma including post-traumatic stress disorder, grief, autism and sees patients with Asperger’s syndrome, life adjustment problems and dysfunction within families.

Hannia Burke-Agüero, MA,is a bilingual and bicultural therapist. She holds a master degree in counseling psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and has more than 15 years of combined experience in Costa Rica and the United States. Before coming to the United States, Burke- Agüero worked for the National Institute for the Protection of Children (PANI), in an economically deprived area of San Jose, Costa Rica. As part of her graduate training, she worked with the elderly and chronically ill children in a hospital setting. She has also worked with mentally ill children with learning disabilities and their families in a day treatment center. Burke-Agüero has worked extensively with sojourners and immigrants who face issues of acculturation and adaptation to the host culture. Burke- Agüero has worked with patients suffering from depression, anxiety, domestic violence and sexual abuse, among other issues. She has training in using action-oriented approaches in psychotherapy with emphasis in drama therapy. Her clinical interests include women’s issues, cultural transition and diversity, personal growth, decision making, stress management, boundaries and interpersonal relations.

Sara Samuels, MA, LPC, received a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Maryville University in St. Louis. She has been providing therapy for more than 10 years in various settings. She has provided therapy for patients ages 13 and older in residential, inpatient, outpatient and correctional settings. She has experience with individuals, couples and family therapy and has treated individuals with various issues, including substance abuse, eating disorders, self-harm, relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, trauma and severe mental illnesses. She is primarily a CBT and DBT therapist but carefully selects an individual approach that matches each patient’s needs.

Tiffany Sanford-Martens, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and the assistant clinic director at the South Providence Adult Psychiatry Clinic. She is an assistant professional practice professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri and received a degree in counseling psychology from MU in 2003. Dr. Sanford-Martens has provided individual therapy since then and worked in various clinical settings, including university counseling centers, private practice and VA hospitals. She has worked with clients with a wide range of issues, but she has specific interest and training in working with individuals with the following presenting concerns: adjustment to chronic illness, sleep difficulties and general life adjustment difficulties. Dr. Sanford-Martens has been trained primarily as a cognitive-behavioral therapist, but takes an individualized approach with clients to choose the type of therapy that is best for their situation and treatment goals. She typically uses a short-term therapy model and is goal-oriented.

Sarah Scheckter, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and assistant professional practice professor in the Department of Psychiatry at MU. She earned her doctorate in clinical developmental psychology from Bryn Mawr College, and completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Pennsylvania Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania Health System. During this time, Dr. Scheckter also saw patients at the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital. She enjoys working with individuals, couples and families. She primarily practices psychodynamic and insight-oriented psychotherapy and sometimes integrates mindfulness and CBT approaches. Dr. Scheckter’s areas of specialty include depression, anxiety, trauma, coping with cancer and medical illnesses, grief and loss, caregiver stress, self-esteem, life stage transitions, and partner or family relationship difficulties. Her research interests include adult development in retirement and later life, and narrative analysis and qualitative research methods.

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