Our Providers

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., M.S., DLFAPA has served as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry with the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association along with working in full-time private practice as a partner with Suburban Psychiatric Associates.  He has over 100 published book chapters, abstracts, posters and articles and has written extensively for psychiatric journals on treatment-induced sexual dysfunction.  He is certified by both the National Football League and Major League Baseball as an ADHD evaluator.  He has lectured widely, having given over 2500 presentations and has been an invited guest lecturer at dozens of national symposia.  He has spoken on behalf of over 45 pharmaceutical and medical education companies in addition to the American Psychiatric Association.  Dr. Ashton also was awarded the State University of New York at Buffalo Department of Psychiatry teaching award for outstanding contributions to medical student education, the Sandoz Award in recognition of superior academic achievement and contribution to health care and the first ever Buffalo Medical Group award for contributions to my profession and community.  He has been named to America’s Top Doctors 24 times.

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-R (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. Additionally, Meredith has received training in autism evaluations for adults. She currently will administer the Autism Diagnostic Interview for the ages of 18 years and above. Meredith has daytime office appointments in the Hamburg location.

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.

Mark Burgess, LCSW-R (Amherst)

Mark Burgess, LCSW-R is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in treatment of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma issues, co-occurring disorders, substance abuse, mood disorders and PTSD. Mark is currently seeing patients aged 16 and up in the Amherst office.

Maria Cartagena, MD (Amherst)

Dr. Maria Cartagena is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in adult psychiatry. Dr. Maria Cartagena graduated from State University Of New York At Buffalo School Of Medicine in 1994. Dr. Cartagena trained at the University of Buffalo’s Department of Psychiatry Residency, located at Erie County Medical Center. Dr. Maria Cartagena works with men and women on their psychological well-being, with an ability to identify and treat all of the different types of psychological illness. These might include depressive disorders, eating disorders, bipolar disorder or anxiety disorders, for example. Dr. Cartagena may provide solutions including medication management plans to unique forms of therapy. Her high levels of commitment, knowledge and professionalism will allow her to provide excellent patient care.

Kristina Castillo, LCSW-R (Amherst/Hamburg)

Kristina Castillo, LCSW-R: Kristina Castillo is a licensed clinical social worker with over twenty 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).

Krista Clever, DNP, PMHNP-BC (Hamburg)

Krista Clever, DNP, PMHNP-BC is an ANCC board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner across the lifespan. She completed her first undergraduate degree at SUNY Fredonia in Biology in 2007. She then went on to complete her Bachelor’s in Nursing at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2009. She worked as a psychiatric nurse at the Department of Mental Hygiene in Dunkirk, NY while working on her doctoral degree. She completed her doctorate of nursing practice degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2015.

Krista is from Western New York, but chose to move to Indiana for a year with her husband after completing her degree. She worked at a community mental health center where she did medication management for children and adolescents. She also spent some time on their Acute Care Unit working with chronically ill adults. After spending a year in Indiana, Krista and her husband decided to come back to their roots of Western New York. Krista loves the Buffalo Bills, the outdoors and spoiling her two dogs. Krista’s passion is working with children and adolescents, but will see some adults. She is currently seeing patient’s from the age of 6-40. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the American Journal of Psychiatry.

Emily Davison, PMHNP-BC (Amherst)

Emily Davison is an ANCC board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Prior to obtaining her Master of Science in Nursing at D’Youville University, Emily worked as registered nurse for seven years in both the medical and burn intensive care units at Erie County Medical Center. Her experience working with a diverse patient population helped her to develop a standard of care focused on patient quality, safety, and autonomy. Emily sees patients 18+ at the Amherst location.

Katherine Dennis, LCSW-R (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.

David Gray, LCSW-R (Amherst)

David F Gray, LCSW, is a Clinical Social Worker specialist in Amherst, New York. He attended and graduated from State University Of New York At Buffalo School Of Medicine in 1979, having over 43 years of diverse experience, especially in Clinical Social Worker. David currently provides psychotherapy for patients aged 4 and up with ADHD, ODD, disruptive disorder of child and adolescents, PTSD, Panic, Bi-polar disorder, personality disorders (excluding dementia), Depression, Anxiety, mood disorders, and ADHD testing.

Petra Guilmain, PMHNP-BC (Hamburg)

Petra Guilmain is an ANCC board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from D’Youville College in 2009 and currently holds a Master of Science from D’Youville College in 2019. Before working as a Nurse Practitioner she worked for many years in adult inpatient psychiatry and medical surgical at ECMC in Buffalo, NY. As a PMHNP she has worked in community behavioral health as well as well as the private practice setting with adults with psychiatric disorders including anxiety and mood disorders. Petra specializes in adult behavioral health, ages 25-65.She is passionate about providing quality mental health care to the community and works as a clinical preceptor for several local universities.

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.

Kyle Liszewski, Psy.D. (Amherst)

Kyle Liszewski, Psy.D., is a Psychologist with experience spanning an array of outpatient and inpatient settings over the last 5 years. He earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and completed his APA approved pre-doctoral internship at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, where he provided comprehensive psychotherapeutic and assessment services to individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness. His doctoral research centered on identifying characteristics and qualities that distinguish most effective mental health clinicians. With a strong background in generalist psychotherapeutic training, his work includes treating individuals with diverse and complex presenting problems, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, psychosis, bipolar disorder, trauma, relational difficulties, and identity issues. Dr. Liszewski places significant value on the therapy relationship and works collaboratively with individuals to enhance access to the underlying thoughts, emotions, needs/wants, and learned patterns that motivate unwanted and distressing behaviors and experiences.

Julie Makar, LCSW-R (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.

Nichol Melcher, PMHNP-BC (Hamburg)

Nichol is an ANCC board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Niagara University and currently holds a Master of Science degree from D’Youville University. Nichol has 26 years of extensive nursing experience in psychiatric and behavioral health, emergency, trauma, and public health through which she has established a strong foundation of clinical knowledge, sharp assessment skills and ease in establishing rapport with patients. Nichol’s travel nursing career has taken her throughout the United States affording her the opportunity to deliver compassionate care to diverse populations in a multitude of cultural settings. Nichol spent many years as a healthcare leader in a nurse manager position and has served as an adjunct psychiatric nursing professor at D’Youville University and Finger Lakes Community College. Nichol is dedicated to her professional development and is an ANCC board certified nurse executive, holds a legal nurse consultant certificate from Duke University and is a member of the Neuroscience Education Institute, The Nurse Practitioner Association of New Yok State and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society.

Nichol’s empathetic nature and sincere commitment to providing exceptional mental health care and reducing the stigma around mental illness were the driving forces that lead her to advance her practice in psychiatry. She is passionate about her work and believes in developing a lasting partnership with patients to create individualized plans of care that empower patients to continually work toward their goals for mental wellness. She delivers holistic, evidenced based and empathetic care in a supportive environment and is currently seeing adolescent and adult patients in our Hamburg location.

Christopher Martin, MD (Amherst)

Dr. Christopher Martin is a Board Certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist seeing patients in our Amherst office. He graduated with honors from State University Of New York At Buffalo School Of Medicine in 1991. Dr. Martin has more than 31 years of diverse experiences in both outpatient and inpatient settings.

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.

Lora Perreault, LCSW-R (Hamburg)

Lora is a Licensed clinical social worker who specializes in treating adults, couples and older teens. She has worked in a variety of counseling settings, including counseling clinics, and local agencies.

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.

Sharon Prior, PMHNP-BC (Amherst)

Bio coming soon

Deniese Reding, LCSW-R (Amherst)

Deniese Reding, LCSW-R is a licensed clinical social worker with over ten years of experience working in the mental health field. She completed her Bachelors and Master’s Degree at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY. Her experience includes seven years working as a clinician at Genesee County Mental Health Services and three years with Hillside Children’s Center assisting adolescents and families in the Waiver Program and therapeutic foster care system. Currently she is employed in a collegiate setting where she provides individual therapy services to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level students.

Deniese has worked with individuals and families with a variety of life transitions and diagnoses including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationship challenges, attachment issues, trauma, and abuse. Offering a person centered therapeutic approach tailored to the individual and/or family’s needs, helping to nurture positive growth and overall well-being are important components to Deniese’s work. Her approaches may include DBT, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, and solution focused interventions. Presently, she is located at the Amherst office and is accepting clients ages 12 and above. Afternoon, evening and Saturday appointments are available.

Monica Reeves, LCSW-R (Amherst)

Monica Reeves, LCSW-R, is a licensed clinical social worker with over 12years of experience in the mental health field. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at Niagara University with a Master’s Degree from the University at Buffalo. Monica’s specialty is working with children, families and adults, focused on but not limited to: anxiety, depression, grief and loss, chronic health, PTSD, mood disorders, and behavioral disorders. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Monica’s availability is Monday through Friday with daytime hours.

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.

Emily Ross, PMHNP-BC (Amherst)

Bio coming soon

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.

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.

Taylor Simon, PMHNP-BC (Amherst)

Taylor Simon is an ANCC board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with a master’s degree from D’Youville University. She has extensive experience in mental health, having worked inpatient psychiatry with children, adolescents, and adults. Prior to this, Taylor worked with adults with developmental disabilities. She prides herself on being a good listener, coupled with strong clinical skills. She is seeing patients ages 6 and up in our Amherst office.

Tisha Tanyi, PMHNP-BC (Amherst)

Tisha is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC). She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. Tisha possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition.

Kathleen Toner, PhD. (Amherst)

Kathleen Toner, PhD is a clinical psychologist who treats a wide range of patients aged 18 and up. She specializes in anxiety, depression, OCD, personality D/O, grief/loss, sexual abuse survivors, trauma.

Rosemary Trimboli-Burgio, LCSW-R (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-R (Amherst)

Karen Wasiura, LCSW-R, is a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years’ experience in the mental health field. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Denison University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University at Buffalo in 1997. Karen has previous work experience with children, adolescents and adults in inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse settings. At Suburban Psychiatric Associates, Karen works with children over the age of 5, adolescents and adults in the treatment of anxiety, depression, mood disorders, interpersonal issues and behavioral disorders.

Amy L. Zaprzal, LCSW-R (Hamburg)

Amy L. Zaprzal, LCSW-R is a licensed clinical social worker with over 12 years if experience in the mental health field. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Social Work from University at Buffalo in 2008. Amy’s specialty is working with children, adolescents and families. She has a diverse background in addressing multiple clinical issues including ADHD, depression, anxiety, OCD, grief and loss, PTSD, mood disorders, and behavioral disorders. Treatment approaches CBT, DBT, mindfulness, meditation, and yoga. Amy is a registered Yoga teacher (RYT 500) with special training in Yoga for Mental Health. She is also trained to provide Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE), a parent based treatment program for children and adolescents with anxiety, OCD and related problems.  Amy sees patients aged 5-35 in our Hamburg location.