Our Team

Contemporary Care has a team of highly trained psychiatrists and psychotherapists with specialties ranging from psychopharmacology to eating disorders.

Psychiatrists

Tarique Perera, MD

Tarique Perera, MD

Training
Dr. Perera is a board psychiatrist with offices in Greenwich and Danbury CT, and Manhattan, NY. He graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University, MA with degrees in Biochemistry and Economics. He received his medical doctorate (MD) training at Harvard Medical School and residency training at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI). Besides world-class training in medication management and psychotherapy at facilities such as Massachusetts General Hospital, Mclean Hospital, and NYSPI, Dr. Perera gained expertise in various forms of brain stimulation therapy. During residency he became certified in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), and Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) Therapy. He also witnessed the development of Magnetic Seizure Therapy and Focally Electrically-Administered Seizure Therapy (FEAST).

Research Experience
Following residency, Dr. Perera completed a research fellowship at Columbia University. Next, he was appointed Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University and became Director of Preclinical Research at the Division of Biological Psychiatry. Dr. Perera established a research laborartory that studied neuro-biological mechanisms involved in the successful treatment of major depression. His work has demonstrated that new neuron formation (neurogensis) in a brain region called the hippocampus was an essential step in the treatment of depression. The Perera Lab was supported by many grant awards including the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Brain Behavior and Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD), the New Work Stem Cell Initiative, and the Eli Lilly Fellowship Award. His groundbreaking findings have been featured at many international meetings, including the American College of Neuro-psychopharmacology (ACNP), Society for Biological Psychiatry, and the European Psychiatric Association.

Please see a list of his publications, Boston Globe article on his research findings.

Medication Management
Dr. Perera is considered an expert psycho-pharmacologist (medication management) and has extensive experience in psychotherapy. He is consistently rated one of the Best Psychiatrist in America annually. Dr. Perera lectures psychiatrists and primary physicians throughout the country and has taught psychiatry residents and medical students at Columbia University. He is a lecturer at Columbia's CME-based training program for ECT and TMS, which attract psychiatrists from across the world. 

Contemporary Care
Dr. Perera founded Contemporary Care of Connecticut in October 2010 to provide comprehensive psychiatric and psychological treatment.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy
Besides providing medication management and psychotherapy, Contemporary Care offers TMS Therapy. Over the past few years the practice has grown into one of the most successful TMS practices in the country. There are several reasons for this success. Dr. Perera has longstanding experience with TMS, having participated in some of the pioneering trials of TMS at Columbia, and predicted the value of TMS as far back as the year 2000. He is the founding president of the Clinical TMS Society that includes TMS experts from across the world. The society will be establishing standards for the practice of TMS Therapy worldwide and working towards expanding insurance coverage. Contemporary Care has a highly skilled and empathic team of TMS administrators with experience in successfully treating a large number of psychiatric and some neurological disorders with customized TMS protocols. Please see Contemporary Care TMS featured on Dr. OZ

 

Joseph Deltito MD

Joseph Deltito MD is currently a full Clinical Professor at NY Medical College and a Senior Research Fellow at the Gianfranco Delisio Institute for Behavioral Research in Pisa, Italy. Dr. Deltito is a member of the advisory board of the International Review of Bipolar Disorders. He is the author of over 100 articles on the diagnoses and treatment of Psychiatric Illnesses.

He received his Undergraduate and Medical Degrees from Brown University and completed his Psychiatric residency at Harvard Medical School (The Massachusetts General Hospital). He has served as a visiting Professor at the Christchurch School of Medicine (New Zealand) and the University of Pisa (Italy).His main areas of expertise include the treatment of Anxiety ( Panic Disorder, Obsessive -Compulsive Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Mood Disorders ( Bipolar and Unipolar), Borderline Personality Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder in Adults. In additional Dr Deltito is an expert in the delivery of High Intensity Light Therapy and the rational use of Medical Hypnoses.

He is proud to have been awarded the Professor of the Year award at both Cornell Medical School and New York Medical College. He has received the William Gaston Award for Oratory and the Silver Hill Award for outstanding contributions for Mental Health Awareness in the Media. He is highly recognizable throughout the country due to his greater than 300 appearances as a Psychiatric Expert on CNN, Headline News,MsNBC, Fox News and Court TV. He is very much in demand as a Forensic consultant in legal cases where Psychiatric issues are crucial to the case.

Dr. Deltito continues to be an outspoken and opinionated advocate for those suffering from Mental illnesses.

Psychologists

Lisa Fraidin, PhD

Lisa Fraidin, Ph.D.

Lisa Fraidin, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Connecticut. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Tulane University and her Doctorate in Clinical Health Psychology at Yeshiva University - Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After completing her internship in The Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, she worked in private practices and interdisciplinary settings in San Francisco, CA and Danbury, CT. Dr. Fraidin has conducted and published research in the areas of pain management and caregiver strain.

Erica Saypol, Ph.D.

Erica B. Saypol, Ph.D.

Dr. Saypol is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She studied psychology as an undergraduate at Princeton University and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University. She completed her clinical internship at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City and her postdoctoral fellowship in Counseling and Psychological Services at Princeton University. Dr. Saypol serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University in addition to seeing patients in her private practice (Erica B. Saypol, Ph.D., LLC). Dr. Saypol is particular skilled at the treatment of depression and anxiety and helps people to decrease stress and become more effective in their relationships, work, and school. Her approach is collaborative and she often helps people navigate transitions. She draws upon her psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral training and works with people to develop an approach that supports their strengths and targets their particular goals.

Theresa Pizzo

Theresa Pizzo, M.S., L.P.C., is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Connecticut. She received a Master of Science in Counseling Education from Western Connecticut State University. For the past 10 years, Ms. Pizzo has been in private practice employing a therapeutic style that is highly engaging, skillful, individualized, and collaborative, serving individuals, couples and families. Her client-centered approach incorporates mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and solution-focused therapy. Ms. Pizzo also has extensive experience and advanced training in the treatment of Depression and Mood Disorders, and Anxiety and Panic Disorders, as well as significant experience and interest in helping clients through life transitions, coping with divorce, grief, family and parenting issues. 

Ms. Pizzo was formerly a Director at the Danbury Regional Commission on Child Care, Rights and Abuse in Danbury, CT where she trained and supervised individuals and graduate students to counsel and mentor parents at-risk child abuse, as well as developed statewide initiatives and programs for the growing population of grandparents raising grandchildren, and for adoptive and foster families. Ms. Pizzo also worked at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT, where she supervised psychotherapists and facilitated psycho-educational groups for adult and adolescent populations.

TMS Treaters

Adam Shapiro, MD

Adam Shapiro, MD

Dr. Shapiro has more than three years of experience in the use of TMS for the treatment of depression and other disorders. He has witnessed first-hand the treatment courses of several hundred patients and can offer patients guidance throughout the recovery process. He has personally administered over 3000 treatments himself, and has a technical expertise in the operation of all FDA approved TMS devices. Dr. Shapiro's unique technical skills have been consulted by TMS device manufacturers worldwide. He is a member of the Clinical TMS Society where he sits on several committees and is a contributing author for society publications. He is the Primary Operator in an investigational study looking at TMS and bipolar depression, and assists Dr. Perera in his neurogenesis lab at Columbia University. Dr. Shapiro combines his diversified medical background with his exceptional clinical skills to provide the highest level of care to all of Contemporary Care's patients.

Christine Petrucco M.S.

Christine is a recent graduate from Columbia University with a Masters in Psychology and focused her studies on substance abuse. Christine received a BA in psychology from Hofstra University in 2007. While earning her degree at Hofstra University, she spent a semester studying in Venice, Italy. She also studied at Columbia University School of Social Work for a semester in 2008. Christine is part of current research labs at Columbia University, most recent being a Facial Action Coding System lab and is a certified coder. During her studies at Columbia University, she was involved with Harlem Children Zone and McBurney YMCA working with children and young teens. Christine is now a TMS Treater for Contemporary Care.

Nicki Dunn RN

A registered nurse for the state of Connecticut, Nicki Dunn, earned her degree at Norwalk Community College, as well as attended Brigham Young University. While studying at BYU she was chosen to represent her school in Idaho's INBRE (Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence program) and gained valuable experience working closely with a team of researchers at Boise State University. She has extensive familiarity in working with patients suffering from Alzheimer Disease. Nicki has actively participated in various clinical experiences located in all three local hospitals as well as Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center. She now uses her extensive background as a Registered Nurse to treat patients using TMS therapy at Contemporary Care.

Brittany Wrobel

Brittany is a Certified Neuronetics TMS Technician. She has been administering TMS treatments for the last three years and joined the Contemporary Care team in October of 2011. She is dedicated to assisting patients in achieving the optimal benefit from TMS Therapy. While continuing her educational degree in the field of mental health, Brittany also works as an administrator for the Clinical TMS Society, Inc and is involved in creating standards for treatment guidelines and educating the world on TMS therapy.

Minoli Fry Perera MS

Minoli received a BS in Bio-Psychology from Tufts University and a MS in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University. She has worked with both children and geriatric populations in Massachusetts. Minoli is an administrator at CPC Associates in Danbury, CT for over 10 years. She is a Certified Neuronetics TMS technician who uses her experiences to effectively treat TMS patients.

Administration

Shelly-Ann Walker

Shelly is the first point of contact at Contemporary Care. When you call or enter our office you will be delighted to hear her usual greeting "Hi, how can I help?" Shelly handles all administrative details including scheduling, medication refills, and insurance claims for our Contemporary Care patients. While the majority of Shelly's career has been in Education, she has spearheaded the development of partnerships with distinguished universities within the US, London, and the Caribbean. Shelly holds a Bachelors of Science degree in International Business Management from Post University and a diploma in International Studies from Berlin, Germany.

Tanya Barrera, CB

As a financial professional, Tanya Barrera is committed to providing vital information for small business owners to achieve control over their books. In her 10 years of Bookkeeping and internal auditing she has dealt with many great responsibilities. She has earned her certification through AIPB as well as NCC. She currently holds a seat as a boardmember of the Greater Stamford Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is very involved in the community.


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