DR. SEEMA KAZI, MD
“Most caring Psychiatrist in Dallas Fort Worth Area – Seema Kazi, MD is a board certified psychiatrist having board certifications in Medicine and Geriatrics. Dr. Kazi specializes in the treatment and therapy of Depression, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Schizophrenia, Panic Disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Substance Abuse and is also a licensed Suboxone Provider treating from age 16 and adults. She has extensive training and expertise in psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and mental health.
Dr. Kazi is licensed to perform psychiatric evaluations and prescribe medication if needed. Dr. Kazi is trained to use holistic treatment using a comprehensive and individualized approach for mental health care. Dr. Kazi’s goal is to maintain psychiatric care which may include continuation of medications, changes and possible discontinuation. Dr. Kazi does Psychiatric Evaluation using on site state of the art technology providing results at the time of the patients’ visit. Dr. Kazi works closely with the patient’s existing physician and when needed, refers patient to a in house therapist or to a therapist in the community.
Seema Kazi, MD completed her dual-residency program in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut in 1998, and in 1999 continued on to complete her fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at NYU. She has been in private practice for over 15 years, recently having moved her practice from Princeton, New Jersey to Grapevine, Texas.
Dr. Kazi accepts all major insurances, including Medicare and currently accepting new patients.”
CERTIFICATION & LICENSURE
Board Certified in Psychiatry by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Board Certified with Added Qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Debora Simpson, MA, LPC
Deb believes working as a team she can explore what is happening in your life. As an insight-oriented, action-focused psychotherapist she offers an encouraging, nonjudgmental environment in which to resolve current issues, identify problematic patterns, and take steps toward fulfillment. Whether it is the presence of life stressors, or long standing issues, her goal is to support your self-exploration in order to gain an improved sense of well being.
As a strong working relationship is established, she wants you to experience the benefits of support, empathy, and empowerment, while working to better your life. Challenging with warmth and a sense of humor, you will find her approach authentic and relatable.
Her areas of expertise include relationship concerns, alleviation of anxiety and depression, phase of life issues, coping with stress, and self-esteem enhancement. She work intuitively and creatively with you to strengthen relationships, implement effective coping strategies, change unhealthy patterns, make personal self-discoveries, and ultimately feel calm and self-assured.
She brings a unique array of knowledge and skills to the therapeutic relationship, but most importantly, she is down to earth. Feel free to contact Mid Cities Psychiatry with questions about her techniques, philosophies, and specializations. She is open to discussing how she can work effectively as a team!
Rebecca Perthel, MMSc, PA-C
Rebecca is a Physician Assistant specializing in Psychiatry. She comes to Mid Cities Psychiatry from San Antonio where she was practicing as an outpatient Psychiatric Physician Assistant. She originally graduated from University of Wisconsin–Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. During this time she gained experience working with autistic children and special needs adults. There after she attended Physician Assistant school at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, one of the top PA schools in the nation. Upon graduation she moved to Texas to be with her husband and they eventually found their way to the Dallas area. She makes it a goal of hers to provide a safe and comfortable medical home for every one of her patients. She enjoys yoga, soccer, traveling, camping, and animals.
Rebeca F. Meyer
Rebeca Meyer is a Licensed Professional Counselor who graduated with her Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2013. Since then, her career as a Bilingual Spanish-English counselor has honed her skills in a diverse array of issues, including anxiety, depression, Traumatic Brain Injury, grief, chemical dependency, trauma, chronic pain, family issues, relationship issues, communication problems, and other general life circumstances. Her counseling approach is informed by a variety of theories that are proven to be most effective, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Person-Centered, and others. She understands the importance of the decision to enter counseling and is prepared to collaborate with her clients in an active change process that is informed by the client's goals and desires for personal transformation. As such, she has worked with adolescents, adults, families, and couples. What Rebeca most values in her career is the deep trust that is established in the counseling process, something that she regards as a gift that cannot be taken lightly.
Megan is a physician assistant and new addition to our clinic. She earned a double Bachelors of Science in Biology and Nutrition from Texas A&M University. Afterwards, she pursued her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Texas Health Center in San Antonio. While in school, she developed a passion for the field of psychiatry. Her time spent alongside patients with anxiety and mood disorders sensitized her to address the stigma associated with mental illness. She aims to provide a supportive, nonjudgmental environment for patients to help address their health issues and concerns. She believes in a holistic approach to mental health, addressing a person’s mental, emotional, physical, and social states of well-being as well as medication management. A lifelong resident of Texas, she enjoys reading, gaming, and crocheting in her free time.
Marco "Jack" Katada
MSc, RN, PMHNP-BC
Empathic and professional, he began his career as a registered-nurse over 12 years ago, specializing in mental heath. He worked as a nurse care manager for 7 years at Truman Medical Center in downtown Kansas City, MO and eventually decided to get his Master's Degree at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. He graduated in 2013 and started his career as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Board-Certified. Marco worked in a Community Based Health Center in Southwest Kansas taking care of various psychiatric illnesses across the lifespan. This included the SPMI population (Severe and Persistent Mentally Ill), Major Depression,Bipolar, Substance abuse, and Anxiety among others. During this time, he also saw forensic clients from a local detention center regarding their mental health issues. Marco then moved to Houston where he continued his career in mental health taking care of the Geriatric population in an inpatient acute care setting. Recently he has transferred to Dallas to continue to do out patient work and to be closer with his family. He strives hard to attain the best possible outcome using a patient centric approach to treatment. When Marco is not treating patients, he enjoys going on road trips with family and friends, and the beach is definitely his happy place.
Michelle is a physician assistant specializing in psychiatry and has extensive experience practicing as a PA for over 11 years. Before joining Mid Cities Psychiatry, she worked in various clinic settings, including family practice and emergency medicine. Michelle is originally from Mobile, Alabama. After graduating from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama, with a Bachelor’s degree in Radiologic Sciences, she completed her Masters of Health Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of South Alabama as well. Michelle is board certified with the Texas Physician Assistant Board, as well as nationally by the NCCPA. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Texas Academy of Physician Assistants, and Association of Physician Assistants in Psychiatry. Michelle provides collaborative care with the client, family, and other mental health providers in order to provide personalized, individualized care while focusing on you as a unique person and not just a diagnosis. Michelle strives to take time and listen openly and carefully to your needs with her warm and approachable style to come up with creative and contemporary solutions to meet your needs. In her free time, Michelle enjoys camping in national parks with her friends and family, bicycling, and working in her garden.
Adam W. Turner
Adam is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Adam’s approach to individual therapy is practical and generally focuses on linking a client’s thoughts and behaviors to their emotions, and learning new ways of thought and action to improve a person’s everyday experience. He works to incorporate what will work best for each client. Adam’s theoretical approach is called Cognitive- behavioral therapy.
Primary specialties include Anxiety/Fear, Depression, Parenting/Conflict Issues, Behavioral Issues, Couples Counseling, Christian Counseling, and Grief.
Adam’s approach to couples therapy is characterized by focusing on strengths each member brings to the relationship. He believes in identifying communication issues as well as forgiveness, the re-instillation of hope, respect, love, and intimacy are his primary strategies.
Services provided by Adam include
INDIVIDUALS, COUPLES, FAMILY, BLENDED FAMILIES
COUNSELING FOR ADOLESCENTS AND ADULTS
MA, LPC, LCDCi
Jessica is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern (LCDCi). She graduated with Honors from Texas Wesleyan University with a Masters Degree in Professional Counseling. She has several years in experience providing therapy in private practice, a mental wellness hospital PHP/IOP program and a community outreach program. Jessica’s experience includes working with adolescents, adults, couples and groups from diverse backgrounds with various life struggles. She has experience working with clients who struggle with anxiety/depression, Bi Polar, PTSD, substance, pain medication and alcohol dependency, relapse prevention, life transitions, loss/grief, couples therapy, conflict resolution, Women’s issues, domestic violence and relationship issues. Some of the therapy modalities she uses include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. She provides individualized treatment for each patient to focus on their unique goals for therapy. She is very passionate about helping patients help themselves to get their life back on track and moving forward in a positive direction.
Amy L. McDonald
Amy McDonald is a board-certified Physician Assistant with over 9 years of experience practicing in Medicine, her passion is Mental Health. Amy is a native Texan, and grew up locally in Bedford. After graduating from Trinity High School, she attended Texas A&M University in College Station to receive her Bachelor of Science in Biology. While at Texas A&M, she met her husband and they moved to Houston after graduation. She attended Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2010. Amy is certified by both the Texas Physician Assistant Board and the NCCPA. She is an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Association of Physician Assistants in Psychiatry. Amy’s mission is to help others by providing compassionate and collaborative care supported by current evidence-based medicine practices. Patient care is of utmost importance to Amy, as is creating a safe environment where her patients feel respected and truly heard.
Mid Cities Psychiatry
Mid Cities Psychiatry specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental health, including substance use disorders. We are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological disturbance.
Mental disturbances refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors.
Many people have mental health concerns from time to time. But a mental health concern becomes a mental illness when ongoing signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect your ability to function.
Mental disturbances can make one miserable and can cause problems in one’s daily life, such as at work or in relationships. In most cases, symptoms can be managed with a combination of medications and counseling (psychotherapy).
People seek psychiatric help for many reasons. The problems can be sudden such as a panic attack, or frightening hallucinations, thoughts of suicide, or hearing "voices." Or they may be more long-term, such as feelings of sadness and hopelessness or anxious feelings that never seem to lift, causing everyday life to feel distorted or out of control.
Mid Cities Psychiatry use a variety of treatments, including psychotherapy, medication, and other treatments.
Psychotherapy, sometimes called talk therapy, is a treatment that involves a talking relationship between a therapist and patient.
It can be used to treat a broad variety of mental disorders and emotional difficulties. The goal of psychotherapy is to eliminate or control disabling or troubling symptoms so the patient can function better. Depending on the extent of the problem, treatment may take just a few sessions over a week or two or may take many sessions over a period of years. There are many forms of psychotherapy and it can be done individually, with a family, or in a group. Some mental health require limited but ongoing treatment in order to manage chronic conditions.
Medications are used by psychiatrists in much the same way that medications are used to treat high blood pressure or diabetes. After medical and psychological evaluations, psychiatrists can prescribe medications to help treat mental disorders. Psychiatric medications can help correct imbalances in brain chemistry that are thought to be involved in some mental disorders. Psychiatrists often use medications in combination with psychotherapy. Patients on long-term medication treatment will need to meet with their psychiatrist periodically in order to monitor the effects of medications.
Other treatments are also sometimes used by psychiatrists. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), a medical treatment that involves applying electrical currents to the brain, is used most often to treat severe depression that has not responded to other treatments. Deep brain stimulation, vagus nerve stimulation, and repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation are a few of the newer therapies being used to treat some mental disorders. Light therapy used to treat seasonal depression.
To our clients, we are committed to provide individualized and quality care that enables them to regain hope in a supportive, caring environment.
We are committed to continue to develop partnerships with physicians, professionals, and payers within the communities we serve through the delivery of high quality specialty behavioral health services at affordable costs while always putting the patient first.
To our team member, our goal is to build careers worth having by offering an enviable internal culture and environment that encourages and supports both professional and personal growth that they are proud of.
To be recognized as the behavioral health leader and the practice of choice.
Continue to learn and practice adequate mental health knowledge while imparting the virtues of professional ethics and moral standards in practice by providing the best assessable, affordable and available behavioral healthcare to clients.
Good relations and communication between patient and the staff of Mid Cities Psychiatry are central factors with regard to the quality of care while focusing to provide the best behavioral healthcare to clients.
Dr. Steve Chennankara D.O.
Dr. Steve is a dually board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Trauma, and Stressor related disorders, Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders and Psychotic Disorders along with Neurocognitive Disorders like ADHD. He has specialized expertise in developmental and psychosomatic medicine which includes treating mental health concerns that occur in the context of other medical conditions. He also has a special interest in caring for the population with both behavioral health and spiritual or religious concerns.
After high school, he pursued a career in computer science. It was at this time he decided to pursue psychiatry after taking a psychology course during his undergraduate studies at the University of Houston.
After completing his residency in General Psychiatry and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent psychiatry, he practiced at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center and McLane Children's Hospital in Temple, TX. While on staff, he was directly involved in the supervision and training of medical students, residents, and fellows along with providing regular educational seminars for community mental health clinicians.
His philosophy of treatment is unique: Mental health struggles can happen to anyone at any time. While transient in some and chronic in others, the suffering, and dysfunction that occurs during its course can be devastating. Therefore, he is a proponent of early intervention. Early intervention results in better outcomes. Fortunately, the perceived distress from mental illness is not always an indicator of chronicity. Getting help from caring and knowledgeable experts early on will not only help alleviate the suffering, but
also provide clarity on the formulation, trajectory, and course of the condition.
He is a physician first and psychiatrist second which allows him to tap into his medical training and specialized psychiatric expertise to provide comprehensive and reliable care for his patients. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling, playing music, and spending time with his family. He also serves and is involved in his local church.