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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

Psychiatrist

Training
Dr. Perera is a board psychiatrist with offices in Greenwich and Danbury CT, and Manhattan, NY as well as additional TMS locations in Fairfield CT, Ludlow MA, The Bronx NY, Manhasset LI. 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 laboratory 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 10 years in a row. 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 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 for more information on TMS go to contemporarytms.com. 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 past 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

Eunjie Klegar, MD

Psychiatrist

Dr. Klegar is a board-certified general adult psychiatrist, trained at Yale, and a practitioner of Japanese acupuncture, certified by Harvard Medical School.

She has an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and an MD from NYU School of Medicine. She takes a holistic and integrative approach to treatment, with the goal of understanding the biological, psychological and social context of each individual's situation.

Psychologists:

Lisa Fraidin, Ph.D.

Psychologist

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 B. Saypol, Ph.D.

Psychologist

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 particularly 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

Psychologist

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 who have child abuse risk, 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.

Megan VanGurp, LMSW

Psychologist

Megan received her BA in Psychology, Community Health and Family Studies from Hofstra University, and obtained her Masters in Social Work

at Adelphi University. She has a New York State License, LMSW. Ms. VanGurp’s field experience began in a school setting, working within the special education department; her services then expanded to the elementary, middle and high school level students doing individual and group therapy. From there, Megan spent time at a well renown hospital “Stony Brook” on Long Island, New York, the mother-baby unit and general medicine where she worked with patients who suffered from depression and anxiety. Megan has worked in a community residence with an extremely sensitive population (Schizophrenic, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, substance dependency). In addition, spent time working in an out-patient facility attending to those whom suffer from mental illness and substance abuse where she also facilitated groups. In addition, she has worked with developmentally disabled persons; assisting in ADL skills and community integration, as well as offering couples and group therapy.

Beverly Gaughran, LMSW

LMSW

Ms. Gaughran possesses more than two decades of experience in psychotherapy specializing in children adolescents, individuals, couples and groups.

She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of New York and a Licensed Master Social Worker in the State of Connecticut. Ms. Gaughran holds a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work, and she is a graduate of Columbia School of Business Executive Program, Fordham University School of Social Work and Long Island University.

During her career, she has held positions as Psychotherapist and Social Worker at institutions, such as Yonkers Board of Education, New Rochelle Police Department and Yonkers Public Schools. In those capacities, she provided clinical supervision to teachers and school social workers, conducted individual and group therapy services to teenage girls with children in foster care, led crisis intervention for the police force, guided Second Step Violence Prevention programs, and spearheaded social work casework services to adults with intellectual disabilities and psychiatric challenges.

Ms. Gaughran is also a certified Health Coach focusing on Weight Management for Teens and Adults, an expert in Pre and Post Bariatric counseling, and is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectectial Behavioral therapy modalities.

She is the recipient of the Service Award from the Westchester Office of the County Executive, the Office of Women Westchester County for work of behalf of Domestic Violence Victims and the Yonkers Public Schools PTA Recognition Award

Amy Lane, MBA, LMSW

MBA, LMSW

Amy Lane, MBA, LMSW is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of New York and Connecticut. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work

from the University of Pittsburgh, Master's Degree in Social Work from Fordham University, and Master's Degree in Business Administration from Pace University. During her graduate clinical internship as an outpatient therapist, she also conducted and was featured in published research in the areas of anxiety, depression, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

Amy's professional experience includes working as a clinical social worker in the Intensive Care, Trauma, and Burn Units of Jacobi Medical Center in Bronx, New York, where she specialized in crisis intervention, individual and family counseling, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, and geriatrics including Alzheimer's and other dementia diseases. Amy also has 15 years of experience in academic medical research administration at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City facilitating bench to bedside translational research.

Amy's areas of specialization include geriatric depression, general depression, anxiety, phobias, OCD, traumatic brain injury (TBI), Alzheimer's and other dementia diseases, utilizing CBT and other general psychotherapy techniques.

Amy is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences.

Debra Morra, LMSW

LMSW

Debra Morra is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in NY and Connecticut. She received her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Management. from the State University of NY at Buffalo.

She obtained her Masters in Social Work from NYU School of Social Work, a program that specializes in preparing its graduates for clinically-focused work. Debra also has a master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in the City of NY. As well as having extensive experience treating depression and anxiety, she has specialized training and background in the fields of psychological trauma, death/dying/bereavement and palliative care/chronic illness, LGBT issues, Recovery and Adult Child of Dysfunctional Family issues, mindfulness, and spirituality issues.

She has worked extensively as an outpatient psychotherapist and also has been a hospital chaplain, a medical care manager, and has run a mental-health outreach program, all in New York City.

Debra uses an eclectic psychodynamic approach to treatment that includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindlfulness, Attachment and other elements. Her collaborative approach helps clients to develop insight and make connections that allow them to increase their options to respond intentionally to life’s challenges. Debra works exclusively with adults.

TMS Treaters:

Christine Petrucco M.S.

TMS Treater

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.

Ryan Webler

TMS Treater

Ryan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts in 2013 with a degree in political science and minors in psychology and history.

He serves as an rTMS treater and conducts research at Contemporary Care and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He aspires to study the neural correlates of depression in a clinical psychology PhD program en route to becoming a translational neuropsychologist.

Brittany Cassela

TMS Treater

Brittany is a Certified Neuronetics TMS Technician. She was one of the first technicians to be trained in TMS since its approval and has been

administering TMS treatments for the last several years. She 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 is involved in creating standards for TMS treatment.

Minoli Fry Perera MS

TMS Treater

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.

Brian Gallagher

TMS Treater

Brian Gallagher is a graduate from Juniata College who received his Bachelor's of Science in Biology.

While there, he followed a pre-medicine course track. During college he studied abroad in Mexico and Ecuador for several months where he learned to speak Spanish conversationally and spent much of his time volunteering in hospitals. Currently he is a certified TMS Treater for CCA. Brian also coordinates TMS research at CCA and New York Psychiatric Institute in the Experimental Therapeutics department.

Milijana Lacmanovic

TMS Treater

Milijana graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a B.A. degree in Psychology and Anthropology.

While in college, she spent a semester studying abroad in Ecuador, where she volunteered as an English teacher. During her senior year, she completed a year-long practicum where she served as a residential counselor for children with a history of child abuse and trauma. After graduating college, she assumed a position as a psychiatric counselor working with adults suffering from severe mental illness. Currently, Milijana is an M.A. candidate in the Clinical Psychology/Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling program at The New School for Social Research. She is a member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab where she works on research involving implicit memory, cognitive impairment, and the effect of anxiety and depression on memory. Milijana is now a certified TMS treater for Contemporary Care.

Melissa Gesualdi

TMS Treater

Melissa brings a wealth of experience to contemporary care

  • BA in Communications from University of Hartford
  • Certified TMS Tech
  • Mental Health Worker at Four Winds Hospital in Katonah, NY working with pts ages. 3-Adult
  • Small Business Management 20+ years
  • Plans to pursue Masters Degree in Counseling
Administration:

Shelly-Ann Walker

Insurance Approvals

Shelly is an expert in dealing with all of the insurance companies. It is always her goal to get patients approves as quickly as possible. She is also proficient

at filing appeals.

Tanya Barrera, CB

Administration

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.

Julia Morse

Administration

Julia is the first point of contact at Contemporary Care. When you call or enter our office you will be delighted work with her.

Julia will be graduating from Western Connecticut State University with a BBA in Business Management, with a concentration in Human Resource Management. Since joining the Contemporary Care team, Julia has worked both in the office and with marketing for Contemporary Care. Julia is extremely passionate about her work, and hopes to help patients throughout the entire scheduling/appointment process and beyond.