Dr. Teresa Poprawski
As a board-certified neuropsychiatrist and one of 60 quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) diplomates in the world, Dr. Poprawski has been instrumental in the field of neuropsychiatry by initiating best practices and improving her patients’ quality of life. She is also an associate professor at the University of Illinois.
As chief resident at Loyola University where she completed her training, Dr. Poprawski received multiple achievement awards. As a member of the American Neuropsychiatric Association and the Clinical Neuroscience Society, she has presented her research on the use of QEEG in psychiatry.
Her research has been published in several scientific journals including the article “Intensity-dependent Auditory Evoked Potential Defines Subgroups of Patients with PTSD: A Multimodality Imaging Study” (2009). Dr. Poprawski also co-authored a chapter entitled “Quantitative EEG Studies of Attention Disorders and Mood Disorders in Children” from the book Sleep and Psychiatric Disorders in Children and Adolescents (2008).
Her commitment to providing the best patient care is unparalleled and could even be described as contagious in her daily interactions with patients and peers. Dr. Poprawski conducts neuropscyhiatry training to providers in the community, typically at no cost to the attendees. Through multi-disciplinary team meetings and collaboration with all providers, Dr. Poprawski has a proven track record of outstanding outcomes in the field of neuropsychiatry.
Dr. Sanjay Dharmapuri, Associate Chief Medial Officer
Dr. Sanjay Dharmapuri’s extensive work and educational background prior to his career in medicine which has informed and shaped his holistic approach to psychiatric treatment. His interest in psychiatry began with his work as an English instructor in Bogota, Colombia, where he learned to speak Spanish. This led him to a career in public education as a middle school teacher in New York City. Dr. Dharmapuri then pursued and completed his MA in clinical and social psychology at the New School School. After the completion of his MA in psychology, he returned to his home town of Chicago and spent several years working in the field of community mental health as a crisis intervention specialist, therapist and case manager.
Dr. Dharmapuri received his medical training at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. He was conferred his Doctorate of Medicine in 2014. He was a recipient of the Chancellors Award for Service and Leadership and was inducted as a fellow of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He completed his residency training in general adult psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center in 2016 and finished his fellowship and sub-specialty training in child and adolescent psychiatry in 2019. In his residency, he received awards for novel research, clinical care and service excellence. He also served as chief fellow during his child and adolescent psychiatry training.
Dr. Dharmapuri received a leadership award from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America for his involvement in medical education initiatives and his research interests in the neuro-biologic framework of mental. He also presented his original work on autism and mood disorders at the annual congress of the European Psychiatric Association.
“My work as an educator, therapist and physician has led me to view mental health as a complex interplay of biologic systems and psycho-social factors. Therefore, effective treatment should be based on an integrated and multidisciplinary approach that addresses the needs of the individual and family. I believe my role as a psychiatrist is to act as a steward of safety, confidant and active participant in the treatment of the people I serve. My experience has led me to understand excellence in medical and mental health as a result of patient-physician communication, and the commitment to a shared vision of achieving a better quality of life.”
Dr. Meh Jabeen Hussain
Dr. Hussain is a highly reputed child and adolescent psychiatrist and has been in practice for more than 12 years. She completed her general psychiatry training at Loyola University Medical Center and continued to sub-specialize in child and adolescent psychiatry by completing her fellowship at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center. She is an active member in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has worked in many different settings including inpatient hospital programs, partial hospital programs, private practice, community mental health, residential care, tele-psychiatry and correctional facilities.
Dr. Hussain has extensive knowledge in the treatment of various psychiatric disorders including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mood disorders including bipolar disorder and depression, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, autism spectrum disorders and behavioral disorders. She works closely with families, schools and therapists to provide a comprehensive treatment plan for all of her patients. Her goal will be to help determine the right medication regimen, if appropriate, for you or your family member.
Treatment Philosophy: “I am passionate about making positive changes in the lives of my patients. Development of a strong therapeutic alliance is important in helping make the treatment meaningful and effective for my child and adolescent patients. Education and family environment are emphasized, as well as the impact of emotional and behavioral symptoms on the most meaningful areas of life for patients. My goal is to assist patients and their families in getting the treatment they need to help eradicate the sense of helplessness they may feel about themselves or their loved ones.”
Dr. Amal Asiri
Dr. Asiri’s approach consists of utilizing physical and mental evaluation of an individual’s health as well as identifying areas of strength to capitalize on. She shares the belief that educating both families and children about diagnosis and treatment is vital. With a strong focus on behavior modification, Dr. Asiri has experience treating various diagnoses while collaborating with other member’s involved in a patient’s care such as schools, therapy agencies and families.
Dr. Asiri’s goal is to always ensure success for a child, both now and in their adulthood, by focusing on these important domains: Increasing a child’s success in school through teaching behavior management techniques, building appropriate social skills, strengthening problem solving techniques and working with parents to develop more effective parenting skills.
Sue Patton, PMHNP-BC, APN
Sue Patton joined Garfield Park Hospital in 2018 as an advanced practice nurse (APN). She brings over 30 years of nursing experience, 20 of those as an APN. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Loyola University in Chicago.
During her 10 years as an inpatient RN on a Neurology and Neurosurgery unit at Children’s Memorial Hospital (now known as Lurie Children’s), she recognized the incredible resilience and strength of children and families in the face of great adversity. She developed a passion for working with children and families faced with life altering diagnoses. A desire to broaden her clinical knowledge and skills led her to return to Rush University, where she received her Master of Science in Nursing.
She then worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner providing primary care in a variety of positions. In her most recent position, Sue worked with foster care youth and their families to advocate for appropriate medical and behavioral services. This position made her acutely aware of the shortage of psychiatric services, particularly in vulnerable populations, leading her to return to school at University of St Francis, where she became certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
Now at Garfield Park Behavioral Hospital, Sue is committed to providing compassionate, high-quality psychiatric services in an effort to help youth realize and reach their full potential.
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Kevin Ahrens, LCPC, CPPA
Chief Operating Officer
Laura Castillo, RN
Director of Nursing
Liz Piasecki, LCSW
Director of Clinical Services
Megan Raubolt, LCSW
Director of Emergency Services
Richard Green, MBA
Director of Business Development
Angie Scott, LCPC
Director of Risk Management and Performance Improvement
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Call 773-265-3700 if you or a loved one is experiencing a psychiatric emergency. We are available 24/7 to discuss treatment options and provide no-cost, confidential assessments. You can also use our online contact form for program inquiries.
In case of emergency, please dial 911 or seek the nearest emergency room right away.