The best provider for me


Choosing the right mental health provider can be challenging. Every provider has their own areas of expertise and experience. Here are some things to consider along with questions you might want to ask when you are deciding on the right type of mental health provider for you.

THERE ARE MANY TYPES OF MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS
Which one is best for you? A psychiatrist? Psychologist? Social worker? Counselor? APRN?
Most mental health providers have either a postgraduate degree level or doctoral level training.

Here are some titles you may see when looking through our staff below:
LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor
LCSW - Licensed Clinical Social Worker
MSW - Master of Social Work
ATR - Art Therapist Registered
MD - Medical Doctor (Psychiatrist)
APRN- Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Our staff



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team member

UNDERGRADUATE:
Washington University, St. Louis, MO

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
Universidad Autonoma of Guadalajara, Mexico

RESIDENCY:
Institute of Living, Hartford, CT

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Board Certified in Psychiatry, American Society of Addiction Certification 1994, Past President of the Fairfield County Psychiatric Society, Psychotherapy, Psychopharmacology, Chronic Pain, Forensic Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine, Spanish Speaking, TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)Treatment.

Mark Waynik, M.D.
Psychiatrist
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UNDERGRADUATE:
A.B. Columbia College, NY

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
State University of NY, Syracuse, NY

PEDIATRIC INTERNSHIP:
Montefiore Medical Center, NY

CHILD PSYCHIATRY FELLOWSHIP:
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY

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Director of Medical Student Training in Psychiatry: Montefiore Hospital, NY; Director of Adolescent Psychiatry: Holliswood Hospital, NY; Board Member: Society for Adolescent Psychiatry, NY; Diplomate, Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry; Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association; Fellow, American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology; American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Owen Schneider, M.D.
Psychiatrist
team member

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
University of Capetown Medical School, South Africa

RESIDENCY:
Groote Schurur Hospital, Capetown, South Africa
Fairfield Hills Hospital, Newtown, CT

DIPLOMATE:
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

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Past President of the Connecticut Psychiatric Society, Psychotherapy, Psychopharmacology

Cyril Waynik, M.D.
Retired
team member

UNDERGRADUATE:
State University of New York Stony Brook

MEDICAL SCHOOL:
University of Health Sciences Chicago Medical School

RESIDENCY:
UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute

BARRY KERNER, M.D.
PSYCHIATRIST
team member

UNDERGRADUATE:
Southern Connecticut State University, Magna Cum Laude

GRADUATE SCHOOL:
Yale University, Masters of Science in Nursing, Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

EXPERIENCE:
The Village for Families and children, Yale Behavioral Health, Yale New Haven Hospital

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Seeing children over seven years old, adolescents, adult and geriatric patients; Substance Abuse

Ryan Dillon
APRN
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UNDERGRADUATE:
The City University of New York

MASTERS:
Yeshiva University-Wurzweiler School of Social Work

THREE YEAR POST MASTERS CERTIFICATE IN FAMILY THERAPY:
The Center for Family Learning

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Individual Psychotherapy; Couples and group therapy; Supervising other therapists

Gayle Hoffman, LCSW, BCD
LCSW, Board Certified
team member

UNDERGRADUATE:
City University of New York

MASTERS:
Columbia University School of Social Work

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Marriage and Family Training Program at Bristol Hospital, Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Connecticut, Trained in Critical Incidence Stress Debriefing, Facilitator for Divorced Parenting Groups in Connecticut, Member of the State of Connecticut Mental Health Disaster Team,

Elaine Bluestein, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
team member

UNDERGRADUATE:
University of Miami

MASTERS:
Simmons School of Social Work

POST-GRADUATE 2 YEARS:
McLean Hospital/Harvard University

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Experience in individual and family psychotherapy and group therapy

Robin Hoffman, LCSW
LCSW and Substance Abuse Professional
team member

UNDERGRADUATE:
Ohio State University

MASTERS:
Columbia University

FOUR YEAR POST-GRADUATE:
Yale University

Justin Barsanti, LCSW
LCSW and Substance Abuse Professional
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BSN:
The University of Scranton

MSN:
Fairfield University

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Began nursing career in pediatrics at Monmouth Medical Center in NJ. Discovered a passion for psychiatry and moved to adolescent psychiatric unit at Yale New Haven Hospital and worked as a nurse at Center For Discovery in Fairfield. After completing MSN degree in psychiatric mental health has worked in private practice providing medication management to children age 6- adults.

Allison Hayes, APRN
Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
team member

UNDERGRADUATE:
Wesleyan University
Bachelor of Arts English Literature
GRADUATE:
Yale University School of Nursing
Master of Science Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.

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Experience: Chronic and Acute Mental Illness in Emergency, Community Health Outpatient and Inpatient Settings. Treating Late Adolescent, Adult and Geriatric patients.

Laura Thompson, APRN
Mental Health Nurse Practitioner