Our Team

Contemporary Care features a highly-trained and competent staff of mental health professionals, administrators, and TMS Treaters. Each member of our team is here to help with questions, treatments, insurance, or appointment scheduling.


Psychiatrists


 

Tarique Perera, MD

Training

Dr. Perera is a board certified psychiatrist with his primary practices in Greenwich and Danbury, CT, as well as Manhattan, NY. Additional TMS locations are in Fairfield, Hamden, and Stamford, CT, Manhasset and Planview, Long Island, and Ludlow, MA. He graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University 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 (neurogenesis) 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 York 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 Psychiatrists 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. 

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy

Dr. Perera is internationally recognized as an expert in TMS.  He founded Contemporary Care of Greenwich, which quickly became one of the leading TMS practices in the country. Following this success, he embarked on establishing several satellite clinics that provide the same high quality of TMS across the northeast region. He is the Founding President of the Clinical TMS Society. The Society is the leading authority in TMS, with members including the leading experts from all six continents. Dr. Perera was the first author on the official TMS guidelines published by the society in 2016. 
Please see Contemporary Care TMS featured on Dr. OZ 


 

Sunanda Muralee, MD 

Dr. Sunanda Muralee is an experienced and highly regarded Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. Receiving her medical degree from St Eustatius Medical School, she completed did both her general psychiatric training and child and adolescent fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. She remains on the Yale Child Psychiatry staff.  

Dr. Muralee has published over twenty research articles, book chapters, and books on diverse psychiatric topics including ADHD and depression.

Dr. Muralee served as the Unit Chief on the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit at St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health Center in Westport, CT. Most recently was the Director of Psychiatry at Newport Academy, a residential treatment facility in Bethlehem, CT.

Dr. Muralee brings her warm and caring style, superb training, and extensive experience to the outpatient community by joining the Contemporary Care team.


Claudia Sickinger, M.D. 

Dr. Sickinger is a graduate of Vassar College, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center Department of Psychiatry, and Columbia University/NY State Psychiatric Institute Fellowship in Public Psychiatry, with a focus on complex needs in mental health.  Dr. Sickinger has served as Medical Director of a large regional community service agency for over 15 years.  She has extensive experience caring for adults with disabilities and chronic mental health problems. Dr. Sickinger has also worked in private practice, with families, and has an interest in a whole patient approach.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Ammerman, M.D.

Dr. Don Ammerman is a highly experienced and versatile psychiatrist who treats patients throughout the lifespan. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and completed his Postdoctoral training in Psychiatry at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. He is licensed to provide psychiatric services in several states.

While at Dartmouth, Dr. Ammerman did research on infectious diseases and co-morbidities and etiologies in mental illness as well as on the genomics and proteomics of psychiatric illnesses. He was also an instructor at Dartmouth College and the Medical Director of the Clara Martin Center Criminal Justice Weekend/DWI Program.

His work encompasses the full range of psychiatric modalities across all age groups, but especially with college-age students and patients with dual diagnoses. Dr. Ammerman establishes a strong empathic relationship with his patients, providing a framework for a variety of treatment that include medication management, psychotherapy, and TMS. In addition, he lectures other clinicians on medication management. 

After a decade of excellent patent care at CPC Associates, Dr Ammerman brings his immense experience and skills to the Contemporary Care team.


Gony Weiss, MD

Dr. Gony A. Weiss is an experienced Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. Her training includes residency in General Psychiatry and fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at St. Luke’s Hospital Center, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. During her training, Dr Weiss participated in numerous research studies and published many papers on adjunctive treatment for refractory unipolar depression; motivational interviewing; importance of extracurricular activities for teens; and emotional resiliency.  

As Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at New York Medical College, Dr Weiss served as the Director of Psychiatry Clerkship for psychiatry residents. As Chief of the Pediatric Psychiatry Unit at Westchester Medical Center, she received the Patient's Choice Compassionate Doctor Award in 2012. In addition, Dr. Weiss has several years of experience directing her own private clinical practice in New Jersey.  

Dr. Weiss is a highly empathic psychiatrist committed to delivering holistic care to patients struggling with a range of disorders. She brings her skills to serve both children and adults to Contemporary Care.

 

Physician Assistants


 

 

Jennifer Young, PA

Jennifer Young is a board-certified Physician's Assistant. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics. Jennifer continued her studies at the Pace University- Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program and graduated with a Master of Science degree in 2010.

During the last seven years as a Physician Assistant, Jennifer has worked in the Emergency Room, Urgent Care, and at an Acute Care Psychiatric Facility. She has also established her own medical spa.

Jennifer brings her well-rounded knowledge of both Emergency Medicine and In-patient Psychiatry to Contemporary Care. She has excelled in forming strong alliances and in helping patients with all levels of psychiatric acuity. 

 

 

Brittney Bernardini, PA

Brittney is a board-certified Physician Assistant, who has worked in the field since 2010. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, Brittney obtained her Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Pace University. Shortly after she graduated she began working in Reconstructive Surgery, where she performed both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. Brittney has experience in many different fields including Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care, as well directing a Medical Spa.

Brittney takes pride in tailoring treatment regimens to fit the needs and expectations of her patients. She brings to Contemporary Care her multifaceted experience and passion for helping patients.

 


 

Nurses


  

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret Scalia, APRN

Margaret Scalia, board certified APRN has been in the medical field for twenty-five years. She is a graduate of the CUNY Lehman Scholars Program and the College of Mount St Vincent Adult and Aged Nurse Practitioner Program. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Margaret has trained at Albert Einstein Hospital, Calvary Hospital, Montefiore Hospital, Bronx VA, and the White Plains Psychiatric Center, to name a few. She also serves as an Adjunct Nursing Instructor at PACE University.

Margaret’s treatment approach involves combining psychopharmaceuticals with psychodynamic and supportive psychotherapy. She works with a varied background including but not limited to dealing with issues related to aging, chronic disease, and emerging mental health issues.

Margaret's provides several contributions to the Contemporary Care team, most notable of which is serving geriatric populations.

 


Psychologists


 

Lisa Fraidin, Ph.D.

Lisa Fraidin, Ph.D. 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.  


 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Miranda Jones, LCSW (Therapist)

Miranda Jones is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Health Coach who treats adults and children. After receiving her Master's degree in clinical social work from New York University, she pursued further training in relationships and intimate partner violence, geriatric, and end of life issues. She was a therapist for CHE Senior Psychological Services serving adult and geriatric populations in skilled nursing facilities. She has also worked as a therapist for children and adults at a domestic violence agency. She has completed internships at The New York Foundling, which is a foster care agency in NYC, and Farnam Neighborhood House, a specialized after school program for children in New Haven, CT.

Miranda uses her expertise to help individuals who struggle to cope with depression, anxiety, life transitions, significant health/medical diagnoses, dementia, grief/loss, relationships, and trauma.

Additionally, Miranda will be a certified Health Coach. Her coaching will involve motivational interviewing and lifestyle behavior changes focusing on, but are not limited to: tobacco cessation, weight loss and maintenance, and stress management. These services will provide an important holistic element to Contemporary Care's offerings.


 

 

 

 

  

 

Ellen Casale, LMFT

Ellen Casale, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, received her training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy at Four Winds Hospital where she was a member of the hospital’s DBT clinical team for five years. Having completed internships at the Jewish Child Care Association and Green Chimneys Children’s Services, she received a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mercy College. Her post-graduate work was completed at The Minuchin Center for the Family-Structural Family Therapy and Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City.

Ellen is a member of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and American Family Therapy Academy. Ellen worked at CPC Associates for the past decade. In addition to therapy she runs weekly groups providing DBT for adults, adolescents, and children. She brings her experience and expertise to Contemporary Care.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Vincoli, LPC

Michelle Vincoli is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University. Michelle worked for 6 years as a Substance Abuse Counselor in multiple outpatient clinics and at SUNY Purchase College. Additionally, she has provided crisis counseling, education, and advocacy to victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse. Most recently, Michelle served as the Supervisor of the Counseling Department at The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education. She has trained law enforcement officers, hospital personnel, and volunteers on trauma response.

Her background includes providing therapy to adolescents and adults with: Depression, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, PTSD, Life Transitions, Gender Identity, Sexual Health, and Relationships.

Michelle utilizes a person centered and strength based approach when working with individuals. She draws upon CBT, psychodynamic strategies, and Mindfulness to empower individuals to discover their inner strength.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abbe Ravens, LCSW

Abbe Ravens has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 30 years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the City University of New York in 1973 and her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University in 1978. She has extensive post-master's training in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, substance abuse, and dependence.

Abbe works with patients experiencing mood, personality, anxiety, alcoholism, and addictions. Her work entails helping people to become aware of and to understand emotional obstacles so that they can live their lives to the fullest potential. Abbe Ravens works with adults 18 and over in individual, group, and marital therapy.

She will be conducting groups for women and another for patients with dual diagnoses this summer. After well over a decade with CPC, Abbe is joining the Contemporary Care family to continue to treat the greater Danbury area.


 

Chananya Abraham, 
LCSW

Chananya has been working as a psychotherapist for the past 8 years. He has been trained under Drs. Cory Neuman and Judith Bech in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with a concentration in substance abuse and addictions. He has experience in group, individual and family therapies. Chananya enjoys working with children, adolescents, teenagers, and young adults. He has experience working with CBT, Harm Reduction, Crisis Intervention, Motivational Interviewing modalities and takes a holistic approach with his patients. He graduated Magna cum Laude from Post University with a Masters of Science degree. He continued his education at The New School of Social Research and obtained an additional masters in psychology and is currently a doctoral candidate at The New School. Chananya is currently a licensed therapist in the state of Connecticut. He is a passionate sports fan and lives in New Haven County with his wife and 4 children.  


 

Diane Reilly, LPC

 

Diane Reilly is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Pace University. She has worked as a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counselor at Arms Acres, where she provided individual and group therapy on the Women’s Unit. She helped patients suffering from sexual trauma, PTSD, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, panic, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and substance dependence.

Diane utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Mindfulness to help individuals develop their strengths. She believes in a person-centered approach to therapy that includes educating clients on how mind, body, and spirit are interconnected. Diane now brings these skills to Contemporary Care. 


 

 

Monique Quiles NLP

 

Monique Quiles is a certified Hypnotherapist, Life Coach, and Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner. She is committed to empowering and healing the lives of others so that they may live to their fullest potential.

As a hypnotherapist, Monique treats several different disorders including but not limited to: weight loss, trauma, smoking cessation, phobias, and addictions. Her unique therapeutic techniques compliment the more traditional services offered by the Contemporary Care team.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Therapist, LPT

 

Hello, I am a Licensed Professional Therapist. I have worked with children of all ages, families, couples, adults and seniors. I have a BA and an MS from Western CT State University.  I am here to help you learn, express and change in ways that you want to improve your life and well-being. I know change can be scary and hard, but I believe that you can make changes in your life with the right support, tools and encouragement.  We will work together to move you forward and enjoy your future.

I use person-centered theory in my approach, so I recognize the positive in people who aren't always able to see it for themselves. While I believe that people can change, I also believe that acceptance -- of self, of others, and of circumstance is often times just enough.

The approaches that I utilize are cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal approaches, as well as mindfulness activities. Through my work experiences in child development, drug & alcohol rehabilitation, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and trauma we will find healthy ways to develop a stronger you in your future.  I look forward in working with you and making this journey together.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Patricia Pagano, LCSW (Social Worker)

 

Patricia Pagano, L.C.S.W. is a psychotherapist and consultant in private practice for over 17 years in Greenwich, Connecticut, Westchester and Manhattan. Her current areas of interest include working with adults of all ages, children and adolescents experiencing anxiety, depression, addictions, bereavement, spirituality and end of life issues. She also enjoys providing family and couples counseling, while enhancing stress management, communication and parenting skills. She received her bachelors degree from Fordham University and her Masters Degree from the Hunter College Graduate School or Social Work. She is a seasoned professional with extensive post graduate clinical experience and training. 

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