Our Providers

Our Providers

Psychiatrists

Eleanor Annan, M.D. is a board eligible General Adult Psychiatrist. She earned her medical degree from Duke University and completed her general psychiatry residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Her clinical interests include mood and anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, cross-cultural psychiatry as well as student mental health. She is available for initial evaluations, second opinion consultations, medication management and psychotherapy for adults. Dr. Annan is available at both the downtown Chicago and Evanston locations.

Flavio A. Arana, M.D. is a founder and co-director of Meridian Psychiatric Partners, LLC. He completed his General Psychiatry residency at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Arana is a board-certified psychiatrist whose 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. He sees patients at the downtown Chicago location only.

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. She sees patients at the downtown Chicago location only.

Connie Choi, M.D. is board-certified in General Psychiatry. She completed her training at the 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.

Niyati Dhand, M.D. is board-certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Dhand attended medical school at The Ohio State University School of Medicine and completed her General Psychiatry Residency at the Cleveland Clinic. She went on to complete an Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Yale University. Dr. Dhand’s clinical interests include depressive and bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, women’s mental health including peripartum and postpartum care, substance use disorders, and treatment of impaired professionals. Dr. Dhand is available for initial psychiatric evaluations, second opinion consultations, psychotherapy and ongoing care with medication management. She sees patients at the Evanston location.

Kimberly A. Fenzl, M.D. is a board-certified General Adult Psychiatrist who received her medical degree from Rush University. She completed her general psychiatry residency at the 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 sees patients at the downtown Chicago location only.

Sara M. Gotheridge, M.D. is a founder of Meridian Psychiatric Partners, LLC. She completed her general psychiatry residency at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where she is on faculty and supervises psychiatry residents. Dr. Gotheridge is a board-certified psychiatrist whose interests include the treatment of mood and anxiety 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. She sees patients at both the downtown Chicago and Evanston locations

Alexandra Hedberg, M.D. is a board-certified General Adult Psychiatrist. She earned her medical degree from Brown University and completed her general psychiatry residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Hedberg is currently pursuing advanced training at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. Her clinical interests include mood and anxiety disorders as well as issues related to identity, self-efficacy, relationships and social functioning. She is available for initial evaluations, second opinion consultations, psychopharmacology management, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Dr. Hedberg sees patients at the downtown Chicago location only.

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. Dr. Kim has extensive expertise in the use of pharmacology in the treatment of psychiatric disorders, and his clinical interests include depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and OCD. Dr. Kim is available for initial evaluations, second opinion consultations, medication management and psychotherapy. Dr. Kim sees patients at the downtown Chicago location.

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. 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. He sees patients at the downtown Chicago location only.

Jordan Romero, M.D. is a board-certified General Adult Psychiatrist who received his medical degree from LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed his General Psychiatry residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School. His clinical interests include psychopharmacology and psychotherapy of anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, and substance abuse disorders. Dr. Romero is available for initial evaluations, second opinion consultations, as well as ongoing medication management and psychotherapy of adult patients. He sees patients at the downtown Chicago location only.

Kate Ruhl, M.D. is a board-certified General Adult and Geriatric Psychiatrist who received her medical degree from Rush University. She completed her general psychiatry residency and geriatric psychiatry fellowship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her clinical interests include depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, and the aging population. She is available for initial evaluations, second opinion consultations, psychopharmacology management, and psychotherapy.

Marcia Sawa, M.D. is board-certified in General Adult Psychiatry. She completed her General Psychiatry residency at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her clinical interests include depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, and PTSD. She also has experience treating psychiatric illness during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Dr. Sawa is available for initial psychiatric evaluations, second opinion consultations, and ongoing medication management for adults. She sees patients at both the downtown Chicago and Lake Forest locations.

Eric Yu, D.O. is board-certified in General Adult Psychiatry. He completed his General Psychiatry residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. His clinical interests include depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorders. He is available for initial evaluations, second opinion consultations and ongoing medication management for adults. Dr. Yu sees patients at the downtown Chicago location only.

Advanced Practice Nurse

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, then continued at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard University Medical School and the 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. Aside from her subspecialty cases, Ms. Christophersen also offers services for general psychiatric syndromes such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and life transition. She sees patients in both the Lake Forest and Evanston offices.

Therapists

Lori Allen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and certified yoga and meditation teacher. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Chicago and she completed her post-graduate fellowship at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Her areas of clinical passion are anxiety, depression, healing from trauma, grief and loss, young adult mental health, stage of life transitions, and adjusting/coping with medical illness. Ms. Allen utilizes an integrative therapeutic approach which is trauma-informed and includes positive psychology, mindfulness, attachment theory and body-centered therapy. Ms. Allen sees adolescent and adult patients in the Chicago and Evanston offices for individual therapy.

Tracy Burns is a licensed professional counselor. She received her Master's Degree from the Institute for Clinical Social Work, a 2 year certificate in Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, and a certificate in DBT from the University of Chicago. Ms. Burns practices from an integrative approach informed by self psychology, attachment theory, and DBT. Ms. Burns sees adolescents, adults, and couples who are dealing with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma, and sexual abuse at the downtown Chicago, Evanston, and Lake Forest locations.

Suzie Condon-Paskiewicz, L.C.S.W., is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Master's Degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Suzie has expertise in the area of Women's Mental Health, including issues related to fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum mood and anxiety syndromes. Her 20 years of clinical experience in community mental health and hospital settings also developed her skills and interest in working with patients dealing with chronic illness, grief and loss. Suzie uses various therapeutic techniques including: cognitive behavioral interventions, interpersonal psychotherapy, motivational interviewing, and supportive counseling. Suzie sees individuals and couples at the downtown Chicago and Lake Forest locations.

Susan Doig, L.C.S.W., C.A.D.C. is a licensed clinical social worker and a certified alcohol and drug counselor. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois. Susan has over 20 years of clinical experience in multiple clinical settings. Her interests include mood disorders, stage-of-life transitions, trauma, relationship problems, work stress and managing challenging work place dynamics. She has extensive expertise in the treatment of addictions and comorbid addiction with mood disorders using motivational enhancement techniques. Ms. Doig is available for individual psychotherapy. She sees patients at both the downtown Chicago and Evanston locations and has weekend and evening hours.

Gretchen L. Doninger, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in 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, mindfulness-based approaches, cognitive behavioral, and psychodynamic. She has significant experience working with young adult patient populations and specializes in issues focusing on women’s health (e.g., pregnancy and postpartum depression), eating disorders and obesity, chronic illness (e.g., cancer, multiple sclerosis, pain, bipolar disorder), and general life adjustment. Dr. Doninger offers psychotherapy for adult individuals at both the downtown Chicago and Evanston locations.

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. He sees patients at the downtown Chicago location only.

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.

Sue Kehias, M.A., L.C.P.C. is a licensed professional counselor. She received her Master’s Degree from Northwestern University. She offers individual therapy for adult individuals and couples, using CBT and psychodynamic methods. Her clinical interests include anxiety and mood disorders, family transition issues, especially those associated with pregnancy and parenthood. She also has a long-time interest in working with sexual assault survivors. Ms. Kehias sees patients at the downtown Chicago location.

Drew McLeod, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology at Loyola University and 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. He offers psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families and works with adults and adolescents. Dr. McLeod sees patients at the downtown Chicago location.

Anjali N. Polan, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from DePaul University and completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral 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 adults. Dr. Polan sees patients at the downtown Chicago location only.

Scott Harms Rose, MSW, PhD, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He earned his master’s degree from Loyola University Chicago, and his doctorate from The Institute for Clinical Social Work. He has spent more than 20 years working in social service agencies, in private practice, and in academia. Dr. Rose served on the clinical staff at Howard Brown Health Center, and was Director of Mental Health and Clinical Training at Center on Halsted. He has taught master’s courses at The University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, master’s and doctoral courses at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work, and master’s and doctoral courses at The Institute for Clinical Social Work, where he also served on the Faculty and is past President and Dean. He works with patients coping with anxiety, depression, anger management, severe trauma histories, relationships, and LGBTQ concerns. He sees adolescents, emerging adults, and works with both individuals and couples. Dr. Rose works primarily from a psychodynamic perspective, and sees patients at the downtown Chicago location.

Paul Wiemerslage, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He received his Master's Degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He works with adults and couples using an integrative approach incorporating CBT and supportive therapy. His areas of interest and clinical expertise include LGBTQ concerns, substance abuse and addiction, sexual issues, polyamorous and open relationships, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, and stage of life transitions. His background in community health has given him extensive experience working with clients living with HIV. Paul sees patients at the downtown Chicago location.


Stephanie Zangrilli is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Child Development Specialist. She received her Master's in Social Work from Loyola University and her Master's in Child Development from Erikson Institute with a specialization in Infant Development. Stephanie is passionate about women's mental health, specifically perinatal and postpartum depression, identity of the new mother, attachment, and fertility and loss. She also has several years experience working with children and adolescents who are coping with AD/HD, trauma, life changes, etc. Stephanie uses a variety of therapeutic techniques including attachment, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational therapy, and strengths based. Stephanie sees clients at the downtown location.