Providers

Flavio A. Arana, M.D. is co-director of Meridian Psychiatric Partners, LLC. He completed his General Psychiatry residency at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine where he is now on faculty and staff. Dr. Arana is a board- certified psychiatrist and his clinical interests include psychopharmacology and psychotherapy of anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, depressive disorders, and women's mental health issues. Dr. Arana is available for initial evaluations, second opinion consultations, as well as ongoing medication management and psychotherapy. Dr. Arana only sees patients at the downtown Chicago location.

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Deborah Cano, M.D. is board-certified in both General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. She completed her General Psychiatry residency at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City and then completed her Addiction Psychiatry fellowship at New York University. Her clinical interests include depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, PTSD, and substance use disorders. Dr. Cano is available for initial psychiatric evaluations, second opinion consultations, and ongoing medication management for adults. Dr. Cano only sees patients at the downtown Chicago location.

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Connie Choi, M.D. is board-certified in General Psychiatry. She completed her training at University of California, San Francisco's Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. She joins the practice from the Northwestern Memorial Faculty Foundation and continues to be a faculty member at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Choi has expertise in the treatment of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and grief. She has a special interest in treating women in the postpartum and peripartum periods. She is available for initial evaluations, second opinion consultations, psychopharmacology management, and psychotherapy. Dr. Choi sees patients at the Evanston location only.

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Rebecca Christophersen, A.P.N. is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Loyola University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Rush University.  Ms. Christophersen has extensive subspecialty training and experience in perinatal psychiatry.  Her perinatal psychiatry work began at the University of Illinois Women’s Mental Health Program and then continued at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard University Medical School and Women and Infants’ Hospital Day Program at Brown University Medical School.  Ms. Christophersen performs initial psychiatric evaluations, psychopharmacologic management, and individual psychotherapy.  Her interests include: preconception counseling; mood and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum period; transition to motherhood including mother-infant attachment; and psychiatric symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle, perimenopause and menopause.  Ms. Christophersen only sees patients in the downtown Chicago office.

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Rebecca Durkin, M.D. is a board-eligible general adult psychiatrist who received her medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She completed her general psychiatry residency at Rush University Medical Center where she also served as Chief Administrative Resident. Her clinical interests include depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, and psychotherapy in adults. She is pursuing additional psychotherapy training at The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. She is available for initial evaluations, second opinion consultations, psychopharmacology management, and psychotherapy. Dr. Durkin only sees patients at the downtown Chicago location.

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Kimberly A. Fenzl, M.D. is a board-eligible general adult psychiatrist who received her medical degree from Rush University. She completed her general psychiatry residency at University of Illinois at Chicago. Her clinical interests include depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and women's mental health. She is available for initial evaluations, second opinion consultations, psychopharmacology management, and psychotherapy. Dr. Fenzl only sees patients at the downtown Chicago location.

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Sara M. Gotheridge, M.D. is co-director of Meridian Psychiatric Partners, LLC. She completed her general psychiatry residency at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine where she is now on faculty and staff. Dr. Gotheridge is a board-certified psychiatrist and her interests include the treatment of mood disorders in adults and the medically ill. She has extensive experience in the treatment of psychiatric illness associated with pregnancy, the postpartum period and menopause. She is also a specialist in the area of severe and persistent mental illness, including psychotic and personality disorders. Dr. Gotheridge is available for initial evaluations, second opinion consultations, and ongoing medication management and psychotherapy. Dr. Gotheridge sees patients at both the downtown Chicago and Evanston locations.

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Daniel Y. Kim, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and completed his general psychiatry residency at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City. He is currently on faculty and staff at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and joined our practice after four years as unit chief and teaching attending at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. As such, Dr. Kim has extensive expertise in the use of cutting edge pharmacology in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Dr. Kim is available for initial evaluations, second opinion consultations, medication management and psychotherapy. Dr. Kim only sees patients at the downtown Chicago location.

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Michael D. Raida, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist. He completed his general psychiatry residency at Duke University Medical Center and his fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine where he is now on faculty and staff. Dr. Raida treats both adult patients and geriatric patients. His interests include anxiety and mood disorders, Alzheimer's disease, and other dementias. Dr. Raida is available for initial evaluations, second opinion consultations, and ongoing medication management. Dr. Raida only sees patients at the downtown Chicago location.

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Elise E. Rehn, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist with specialized training in Women’s Mental Health. She completed her general psychiatry residency at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and her fellowship in Women’s Mental Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has expertise in treating psychiatric illness associated with the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, the postpartum period, and perimenopause. Dr. Rehn is available for initial evaluations, second opinion consultations, pre-conception planning, as well as ongoing medication management and psychotherapy. Dr. Rehn only sees patients at the downtown Chicago location.

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Leo Barriga, L.C.S.W. is a licensed clinical social worker with expertise in the field of child/adolescent and family therapy. He offers individual therapy for children and adolescents, as well as their families. He also treats adults with anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, bipolar disorders and stage-of-life transition issues in his psychotherapy practice. Mr. Barriga only sees patients at the downtown Chicago location.

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Gretchen L. Doninger, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received post-graduate training in the field of women's mental health and health psychology at Loyola University Medical Center. Dr. Doninger utilizes multiple modalities of psychotherapy in her work with patients, including cognitive behavioral, supportive, interpersonal and psychodynamic therapy. She has significant experience in the treatment of eating disorders and obesity. Dr. Doninger offers psychotherapy for individuals and couples. Dr. Doninger sees patients at both the downtown Chicago and Evanston locations.

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Daniel Fontaine, M.A., L.C.P.C., C.A.D.C. is a licensed clinical professional counselor and a certified alcohol and drug counselor. His interests include mood disorders, stage-of-life transitions, relationship problems, and issues related to sexual orientation. He has extensive expertise in the treatment of addictions using motivational enhancement techniques. Mr. Fontaine is available for individual psychotherapy. Mr. Fontaine only sees patients at the downtown Chicago location.

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Carolyn Kanagy, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She works primarily with adults and her interests and expertise are in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, grief, life transitions, and relationship issues. Dr. Kanagy utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as her primary approach but has experience with interpersonal and supportive therapy as well. Dr. Kanagy is available for individual psychotherapy at both the downtown Chicago and Evanston locations.

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Sue Kehias, M.A., L.C.P.C. is a licensed professional counselor. She offers individual psychotherapy for adults. Her clinical interests include anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, bipolar disorders and women's mental health issues associated with pregnancy and motherhood. She has particular interest in working with women who are striving to find balance between family and professional life. Ms. Kehias only sees patients at the downtown Chicago location.

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Linda L. Michaels, Psy.D., MBA is a licensed clinical psychologist. After completing her doctorate at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, she obtained postdoctoral training in individual and couples therapy at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Her clinical interests include: working with individuals experiencing loss, trauma, relationship difficulties or life transitions; as well as couples dealing with conflict, communication and intimacy issues. She also has particular interests in depression, anxiety, identity development, women’s issues and multicultural concerns. Dr. Michaels provides psychotherapy for adults, adolescents and couples. She is fluent in Spanish and also works with Spanish-speaking patients. Dr. Michaels sees patients at the downtown Chicago location.

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Drew McLeod, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology at Loyola University. He then completed his clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine where he is currently on faculty. Dr. McLeod has over 20 years of experience providing therapy using cognitive, interpersonal, and psychodynamic approaches.  He works with clients who are coping with depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, personality issues, relationship and professional identity struggles, marital or partnership conflicts, as well as issues related to sexuality and gender. Dr. McLeod offers psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families. He treats general adults and adolescents. Dr. McLeod only sees patients at the downtown Chicago location.

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Anjali N. Polan, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist. She completed her clinical and post-doctoral fellowship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her interests include: anxiety and mood disorders; relationship issues; mental health in young adulthood; and issues of particular concern to women, such as motherhood, balancing work and family, and reproductive health. She is available for individual therapy with adolescents and adults. Dr. Polan only sees patients at the downtown Chicago location.

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