Meet Us - Suburban Psychiatric Associates

Meet Us

Frank Alabiso, PhD (Amherst)

Frank Alabiso, PhD is a licensed psychologist with over 30 years of clinical experience. His practice is directed to individuals requiring long term and reconstructive psychotherapy. He is a Fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association and is certified by the American Board of Psychological Specialties.

Adam Keller Ashton, M.D. (Amherst)

Adam Keller Ashton, M.D.

Adam Keller Ashton, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry with the State University of New York at Buffalo, distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association along with working in full-time private practice with Suburban Psychiatric Associates.  He has over 85 published book chapters, abstracts, posters and articles and has written extensively for psychiatric journals on treatment-induced sexual dysfunction.  He has lectured widely, having given over 2000 presentations and has been an invited guest lecturer at numerous national symposia.  He also was awarded the 2007 State University of New York at Buffalo Department of Psychiatry teaching award for outstanding contributions to medical student education.

Dr. Ashton received his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences.  He received his Medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine after completing his Master’s degree at the same facility.  He was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society.  He completed his residency in psychiatry also at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he was Chief Resident, with subsequent training in sex therapy at the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine in New Jersey.

Meredith Baker, LCSW (Hamburg)

Meredith S. Baker, LCSW-R is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in treating individuals, couples, families, and adolescents. She attended Binghamton University for her bachelors in psychology, and the University at Buffalo for her masters in social work. She has worked in the field since 1998 in various settings including; mental health clinics, hospitals, schools, private practice, and employee assistance programs. Meredith specializes in treating couples including pre-martial, marital, gay/lesbian couples, and infidelity. She works with adolescents ages 12 and above. She has also specialized with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and the treatment of traumatic brain injury patients. In recent years, Meredith has focused on treating parents of children on the autism spectrum and other related developmental disabilities. Meredith has daytime office appointments in the Hamburg location.

Emilia M. Banse, FPMHNP (Hamburg)

Graduated from SUNY Buffalo. Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner.
Years of experience as registered nurse in multiple settings. Bachelors in Nursing, Bachelors in Psychology/Premed 2005. Medical Administration in Air Force, medical evacuation unit. Able to see patients who speak Russian and French.

Richard G. Bennett, M.D. (Hamburg)

Dr. Bennett graduated from SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine in 1992. He completed his Residency in Psychiatry at Case Western/University Hospitals of Cleveland in 1996 and then did a one-year Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry. Dr Bennett has his out-patient practice at our Hamburg office, 4535 Southwestern Blvd, Building 700, Suite 704. Dr Bennett is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and has hours Mon-Fri, 8:30 to 4:45.

Maria Cartagena, MD (Amherst)

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Kristina Castillo, LCSW-R (Hamburg)

Kristina Castillo, LCSW-R: Kristina Castillo is a licensed clinical social worker with over ten years experience in the mental health field. She completed her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Rochester and her Masters in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University. She has a diverse background in addressing multiple clinical issues including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, interpersonal difficulties, and chronic health and mental health issues. Since 2005, Kristina has been a member of the American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health team, which addresses the needs of local and national communities in crisis. Kristina is a National Association of Social Workers (NASW) credentialed Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (DCSW) and Qualified Clinical Social Worker (QCSW).

Ann M. Chojnacki, LCSW-R (Hamburg)

Ann Chojnacki has over 25 years of experience in the mental health field, primarily working with children and their families. She has both provided treatment and managed residential treatment facilities for children with severe emotional disturbance. Additionally, Ann has worked in an outpatient clinic and spent two years providing social work services in Kingston, Jamaica.

Ann graduated with her Bachelor's degree in social work from Buffalo State College and with her Master's Degree from the University at Buffalo.

Katherine Dennis, LCSW (Amherst)

Katherine Dennis, LCSW-R is a New York Certified Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years experience working in the health care field. She graduated in 1995 from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan with a Bachelor and Master Degree in Social Work. She is a Certified Advanced Clinical Hydrotherapist trained at The Wellness Institute in Seattle, Washington. She is Certified in Trauma Counseling through the University at Buffalo. In Michigan she worked from 1993 to 1996 with domestic violence victims who sought out emergency care in shelters. She worked at Avalon Eating Disorder Center for four years treating those who suffer with eating disorders. She has a diverse background of clinical experience, with her focus on adult issues, which may include depression, anxiety, relationship issues, or interpersonal problems. Prior to coming to Suburban Psychiatric Associates, she was employed in private practice. She has lived in Western New York since 1996.

Sarah Brandt-Douglas, LCSW-R (Amherst)

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Edward Giannino, LCSW (Amherst)

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Michael Godzala, M.D (Amherst)

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David Gray, CSW-R  (Amherst)

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Michael Hallett, MD (Amherst)

Dr. Michael Hallett originates from Tonawanda, New York. Graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Nursing, 1985. Graduated from the University at Buffalo Medical School, cum laude in 1989. Psychiatric residency received from the University at Buffalo, 1993. Received his board certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1994 and was re-certified on 2004. He is one of the original partners of Suburban psychiatric Associates, founded in 1996. His primary focus is outpatient treatment in adolescent and adult psychiatry. He provides psychopharmacological medication management and psychotherapy. He specializes in treatment resistant depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Dr. Hallett is a clinical Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo Department of Psychiatry.

Jerry S. Kelly, LCSW-R (Hamburg)

Jerry is a Licensed clinical social worker who specializes in treating adults and older teens. He has a Master's Degree from SUNY at Buffalo, and is a trainer with the Trauma Institute / Child Trauma Institute of Greenfield, Massachusetts. He has worked in a variety of counseling settings since 1988, including counseling clinics, local agencies, and private practice.

Jerry is trained and certified in EMDR (Eye Movement De-sensitization Re-Processing) and specializes in trauma informed treatment. Trauma informed care can be effective with resolving many problems, such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and post-traumatic stress disorder. He also specializes in treating survivors of domestic violence, and survivors of childhood abuse. Jerry offers daytime and evening hours, Monday - Friday at the Hamburg office.

Peter Leising LCSW-R (Hamburg)

Mr. Leising received his MSW in clinical social work from University of Michigan in 1979. He is a certified and licensed social worker in the State New York. Past professional experience includes Clinical Director at Crisis Services of Erie County , and Treatment Team Leader of the adolescent psychiatric unit at Western New York Children Psychiatric Center. Mr. Leising also has extensive experience in the area of adolescent forensic mental health. Teaching experience entails past adjunct professor at Canisius College Graduate Dept. of Counselor Education.

Mr. Leising provides treatment to adolescents and adults. Areas of expertise includes trauma, sexual abuse, depression, affective disorders, substance abuse and alcohol abuse.

Julie Makar, LCSW (Amherst)

Julie Makar is an LCSW who started her practice with SPA in January of 2009. She has been practicing since 1981 and is trained in trauma work, specifically with survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence. She is also trained in the area of eating disorders, grief, depression and anxiety, including phobias. She works with adult and teen populations.

Christopher Martin, MD (Amherst)

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Melissa A. Merlin, PMHNP (Hamburg)

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Sophia Miller, LCSW, (Hamburg)

Sophia Miller, LCSW-R is a licensed clinical social worker with 26 years experience in mental health field, with background in community mental health and private practice settings. Completed B.A and then Masters in Social Work at State University of New York in Buffalo in 1985.

Provides treatment to individuals with various clinical problems, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, aging, and other psychosocial and mental health issues.

Maria Nickolova, MD (Amherst)

Maria Nickolova, MD is a board certified psychiatrist who has had extensive psychopharmacology experience. She is a graduate of the University of Buffalo Psychiatry Residency and has had extensive experience in Buffalo's psychiatric community. She has previously worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings at Buffalo General Hospital, Erie County Medical Center and the Horizons Human Services outpatient centers. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and program chair at Western New York Psychiatric Society. Dr. Nickolova is a Clinical Assistant Professor at SUNY Department of Psychiatry.

Sally Norman, PhD. (Amherst)

Sally Norman, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of clinical experience.  She earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Norman has worked in a variety of mental health settings, inpatient and outpatient. Her work includes treating individuals with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.  With a strong background in Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine, she has treated people struggling with diverse medical conditions; focusing on strategies to assist in coping with and perhaps manage symptoms of health problems.  Dr. Norman trained and worked in the Detroit Medical Center for ten years, where served on staff at a multidisciplinary pain clinic (Gertrude Levin Pain Center) for five years, was a member of an interdisciplinary team on a bone marrow transplant unit, and worked at a trauma hospital providing care for individuals with posttraumatic stress syndromes who were the victims of gunshot wounds, assaults, and other traumatic events.  Her doctoral research involved a cognitive behavioral intervention for women suffering from chronic pelvic pain.  She has worked with a wide range of doctors and is familiar with aspects of a number of medical conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome and sleep disorders.  She has a current interest in working with individuals who have been diagnosed with non-epileptic events, vertigo, or mitochondrial disease. 

Rebecca Phillips, M.D. (Amherst)

Rebecca Phillips MD is a general psychiatrist certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She typically works with adults from age 18-70. She is experienced in diagnosing and treating many psychiatric problems, but has particular interest in Major Depression (including treatment-resistant major depression) and Anxiety disorders (Generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, OCD, Panic disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Dr. Phillips was born and raised in Western New York and has graduated from Canisius College Honors Program, SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and SUNY Buffalo SMBS Psychiatry Residency. Dr. Phillips works only at Suburban Psychiatric Associates, caring for adult outpatients.

Andrew Reichert, MD (Amherst)

Dr. Andrew Reichert originates from the Albany area. He did his undergraduate work at Johns Hopkins University and first came to Buffalo in 1983 to pursue his medical doctorate, which he received from the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine Program, in 1987. He then did his medical internship and residency in Psychiatry at Strong Memorial Hospital and the University of Rochester.

After spending a year in New Hampshire following his residency, Dr. Reichert decided to return to Buffalo in 1992, where he worked doing psychiatric consultations on the medical/surgical service at The Buffalo General Hospital and was involved in teaching medical students and residents. He also served as an outpatient consultant to Health Care Plan/Univera, in addition to building his private practice. Dr. Reichert joined Suburban Psychiatric Associates, LLP at its inception in 1996. He is board certified and maintains his practice in general adult psychiatry. Although most of his practice consists of psychopharmacologic medication management, Dr. Reichert maintains an interest in psychodynamic psychotherapy, as well as the biologic and psychotherapeutic treatment of mood disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Rosalina Rizzo, LCSW-R (Hamburg)

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Ann Rousselle, PhD. (Hamburg)

Ann Rousselle is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with over 20 years of clinical experience. She worked at the Western New York Institute for the Psychotherapies and then moved to work in the National Health Service in Britain as a psychologist where she worked on adult and children's mental health teams, in primary care, outpatient and inpatient settings . She left Britain in 2011 and worked at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City in the outpatient clinic for children's behavioral health until June 2012. She joined this practice in November 2012. She specializes in work with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples, both for parenting and marital therapy.

Jeanne Salada-Conroy, APRN-BC (Amherst)

Jeanne Salada-Conroy, APRN-BC, is an ANCC board certified adult and psychiatric nurse practitioner with extensive experience with the adult and adolescent population. She is a graduate of Niagara University School of Nursing, as well as, a graduate of their School of Education. She is also a graduate of the State University at Buffalo’s graduate program for Rehabilitation Nursing and their post-masters Adult Nurse Practitioner Program. Jeanne has vast clinical experience working in Inpatient Addiction units, and Mental Health and forensic facilities.

Michael Schoenwetter, LCSW (Hamburg)

Michael Schoenwetter is a 1985 graduate of Boston University School of Social Work and has been providing counseling services for a wide range of behavioral health problems since then. This includes substance abuse problems that are not mandated to treatment. He uses a variety of approaches in his practice, including cognitive behavioral and EMDR. He treats individuals 17 and older.

Lori Sebian, LCSW (Amherst)

Ms. Sebian has been a social work for over 25 years and has worked in a multitude of settings. She worked for over 10 years in the substance abuse field providing chemical dependancy assessments, family therapy, children of alcoholic group services and adult recovery services. Ms. Sebian has also worked for family agencies providing individual, group and family therapy. in working with kids diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder, she has utilized theraply@ to effectively provide therapy to parents and children in order to establish and enhance bonding. Ms. Sebian has also worked in the private practice sector since 1990 and has treated affective disorders, personality disorders and PTSD. Ms. Sebian has also served as a supervisor at Wayne County Services in Wooster OH, as well as Gateway Longview Theraputic Services in Bowmansville, NY.

Martha King-Sedwick, LCSW-R (Hamburg)

Martha King-Sedwick is a licensed clinical social worker with over 30 years of experience. She has worked with individuals, couples, and families in mental health and addiction out-patient settings. Martha specializes in a assisting individuals age 17 years and older in areas of mood disorders, anxiety, stress management, grief issues, life transitions, and interpersonal difficulties. Martha emphasizes finding creative solutions for the problems people bring into their counseling experience.

Martha attended SUNY at Buffalo for her Masters in Social Work in Masters in Natural Science (Roswell Park Cancer Institute). She attended Adelphi University for her Bachelors in Biology.

Leah M. Snyder, LCSW-R (Hamburg)

Leah Snyder is a certified and licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years experience. She obtained an Associate Degree in Gerontology from Villa Maria College and a Bachelor Degree in Social Work from Daemen College. At the University of New York at Buffalo, she earned a Master Degree in Clinical Social Work with a concentration in health, mental health, and disability.

Leah has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, mental health clinics, children’s homes and hospice. She has served as an educator by providing clinical supervision to social work teams and as a guest lecturer at local schools of social work.

Leah specializes in the treatment of grief and loss. She has extensive experience working with those coping with either chronic or terminal illness. Additional areas of expertise include anxiety and depression, caregiver stress, veteran’s issues and life transitions.

Leah is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network.

Leah serves individuals age 17 and older.

Kathleen Toner, PhD. (Amherst)

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Rosemary Trimboli-Burgio, LCSW (Amherst)

Rosemary Trimboli-Burgio, LCSW-R is a University of Michigan graduate with nearly 20 years experience as a mental health therapist. She trained at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Rosemary sees adolescents and adults in individual, family and couples treatment. She specializes in depression, anxiety, grief and loss, life transitions, divorce, caregiving, aging and other interpersonal issues.

Karen Wasiura, LCSW (Amherst)

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Diana Watson, PhD. (Hamburg)

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Suzie West, LCSW (Hamburg)

Suzanne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20yr experience in the mental health field.

Suzanne received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the State University of NY at Buffalo where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She earned her Master in Social Work Degree from Loyola University, Chicago

Suzanne has a diverse background in addressing multiple clinical issues which includes mood and thought disorders, child and adolescent behavioral issues, crisis and trauma, life stage transition, and the aging process. She has provided these services in multiple settings; a crisis center, mental health agency, day treatment program , group home setting, psychiatric and medical hospitals. She is currently practicing exclusively at SPA. Suzanne uses several approaches including CBT and Mindfulness.

Suzanne has served as an educator in the Bachelor of Social Work program at Buffalo State College, has been a guest lecturer at area schools and for Independent Health Association, and has been a clinical supervisor of interns in the Master of Social Work program at State University of NY at Buffalo.

Although Suzanne does see some children and adolescents with mood and behavioral issues her current focus is on working with the adult population to address chronic mood disturbances including depression, anxiety, OCD , stress management, interpersonal and relationship issues, life stage transition and aging issues .