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We Offer Non-Judgmental, Guided Self-Examination

Professionals in our practice work with clients whose life experiences have contributed to struggles with self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and blocked personal growth. Our approach enhances self-confidence, refines awareness and enables clients to make healthy changes and diminish fears that hinder achieving well-being and productivity.

All of the clinicians at Bick Wanck MD and Associates are licensed clinicians with years of experience. They are life-long students, constantly learning the latest approaches in wellness and treatment in order to better help you.

Our Staff

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Psychiatrists are medical doctors (MD and DO) who went on to 4 years of specialty training after medical school. They evaluate emotional suffering and disturbed thinking and help it with psychotherapy and medicine.
Nurse Practitioners (NPP) can do anything a psychiatrist can do. They receive advanced training in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. They prescribe medicine and can do talk therapy.
Psychologists (PhD, PsyD, and EdD) are graduates of doctoral programs in psychology. They have had extensive training in various forms of psychotherapy and psychological testing.
Social Workers (LCSW-R) have master’s degrees and years of training. They are licensed and certified to do assessments and provide various types of psychotherapy and counseling.
Licensed Mental Health Clinicians (LMHC) have master’s degrees in psychology and have had years of training. They are licensed to do assessments and provide various types of psychotherapy and counseling.

Below you will find a sortable listing of current staff. Just click on the filter you wish to search by to pull up all staff members pertaining to that filter. For example, if you wish to search by the Saratoga location, just click on “Saratoga Springs” to find all staff located at the Saratoga office.

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Bick Wanck, MD

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Board-certified psychiatrist. Teaching faculty, Albany Medical College . American Academy of Psychiatrists in Alcoholism & Addictions, founding member. National lecturer. Textbook and professional articles author. Committee for Physicians Health, member.

Visit his website www.BickWanckMD.com to read his latest blog posts.

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Rebecca Lawrence, MD

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Rebecca-Lawrence-MDSaratoga Springs native. Board Certified Psychiatrist. Trained at Yale. Multiple awards include American Medical Women’s Award for exceptional leadership and service and Merck Manual Award for outstanding performance in the clinical sciences. Numerous academic publications in psychiatry. Active member of the American Psychiatric Association.
 

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Jeanette Thornton, MD EdD

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Jeanette Thornton, MD,EdDAddiction Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry

Dr. Thornton is board-certified in Addiction Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry. She received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers University. She has over 28 years of experience in addiction psychiatry and insight-oriented cognitive behavioral therapy and specializes in the treatment of Food Addiction Obesity. Also, she has authored four books, three on Food Addiction Obesity and one about her family’s triumph over societal stereotypes.

Visit her website www.JeanetteThorntonMD.com for information about her books and television shows.

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Melanie Howard, PMHNP-BC

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Melanie Howard, PMHNP-BCMelanie Howard, NPP, is licensed by the State of New York as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and is Board certified as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  She received undergraduate degrees in Nursing and Psychology from Russell Sage College and a Master’s of Science Degree and certification as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from the Sage Colleges.  Melanie has extensive experience working with adults in inpatient, outpatient, crisis intervention and deployed settings.  Melanie is an Afghanistan veteran-Lt Col (Ret) and she has worked with military members and families both here and overseas with PTSD related issues.

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Susan Chalmers, PhD

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Susan Chalmers, PhDLicensed child, adolescent, and adult psychologist. Doctorate in Clinical Psychology earned at the University of Albany, State University of New York. Psychotherapy from CBT, Mindfulness, and Interpersonal perspectives for treating anxiety, phobias, OCD, PTSD, bereavement, depression, stress, and in maneuvering through life’s transitions.

Better results are typically achieved by those who are willing and able to implement at home the strategies learned in session and complete homework assignments.

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Maria Kuethe, PhD

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Maria Keuthe, PhDLicensed psychologist. Provides psychological evaluation of adults and children. Individual, family and group therapy for all ages.

Forensic evaluations and expert testimony available. Numerous presentations regarding children, stress, abuse survivorship.

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Supriya Poonati, Psy.D.

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Supriya Poonati, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Supriya has a diverse scope of experiences in the mental health field, including private practice, college counseling, community mental health, and residential treatment settings. She takes special interest in working with adults ready to heal from past traumas. Supriya values working with individuals looking to better understand their spiritual identity and questions about meaning and belonging. Supriya uses a collaborative approach in session, combining psychodynamic, mindfulness, trauma-informed, and CBT practices. She believes therapy is a rich experience for adults seeking wholehearted changes in their lives.

Learn more about working with Supriya at Little Leaf Healing.

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Katrina Smith, PsyD

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Katrina-Smith-PsyDLicensed Psychologist. Specializes in psychotherapy informed by individual mindfulness practices.

Experience teaching classes in mindful meditation for stress reduction for young adults.

Also conducts evaluations for bariatric surgery.

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Kim Taormina, M. Ed., LMHC

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Kim Taormina, LMHC

Kim has over 20 years experience treating individuals and couples in the mental health and personal growth field. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, PTSD, women’s issues, and couples counseling. Because she is also a trained yoga and meditation instructor, Kim is able to deliver mindfulness and stress reduction practices along with the therapeutic modalities of CBT, ACT, Thought Field Therapy, and EMDR in her client-centered therapy sessions.

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