Clinical Trial Investigator
Tri lingual ( Spanish , Portuguese )
Board certified family nurse practitioner with over ten years of experience in medicine and clinical research.
MAT / Suboxone Maintenance Treatment
He has special interest in the following medical conditions:
Substance Abuse Disorder
Complex Regional Pain
In addition he is a DOT (Department of Transportation) Certified Practitioner for those patients needing medical examination for commercial driving. He also enjoys providing motivational counseling to those patients. Hobbies include martial arts, fitness, and traveling.
I am an experienced and empathic nurse practitioner that treats my patients with respect and dignity. I am very comfortable working with patients with dual diagnosis, intellectual disabilities, anxiety, depression, bipolar and ADHD. I work with adolescents and adults and have worked as a nurse practitioner for the last 10 years.
Unlike traditional mental health, which focuses on only the problems or deficits which dominates the treatment decision making, I focus on patient strengths, empowerment and choices which are needed to enhance the patient’s quality of life.
The work I do is based on my relationship with my patients. I invite you to meet with me and we can decide if we can work together to bring about symptom relief and increased sense of well-being.
FNP - BC
Tri lingual (Spanish , Portuguese)
I believe psychological support is crucial to improving all aspects of one’s life. I am an advocate for mental health treatment. I believe education is paramount to reduce the social stigma around mental illnesses that permeates our culture and prevents people from seeking care.
I have over 10 years of experience working in medicine and am a board-certified family nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry and completed my medical degree in Cuba. I am dedicated to improving the mental stability of the patients I serve. I treat a variety of mental illnesses in adults. Using an empathetic approach, I address the needs of patients with anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD and mood disorders.
In my down time I enjoy reading, hiking and traveling throughout the world.
MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
I’ve had a passion as far back as I can remember for helping others to become the best they can be. Starting in psychiatric nursing with my Bachelor’s in Nursing in 1974, I went on to receive my Master’s in Nursing in 2018. Mental Health has changed dramatically over the years yet has also stayed the same. The process involves the use of various forms of psychotherapy, complimentary approaches and/or medications to help ease your suffering and your struggles. Through this process, you can find your unique path to a fulfilling life. Over the years, I have worked with individuals facing a variety of life’s challenges on their path to healing and wholeness. I’ve experience with depression, anxiety, personality disorders, Bipolar Disorder and SMI amongst others.
Additionally, I’m comfortable exploring spiritual growth and concerns. I have a Master’s in Divinity with 25 years of experience as a UMC pastor. This role involved counseling and spiritual guidance. There are ways to work with you without any particular religious bias. Through a Chaplaincy training program I came to understand the different ways people experience their spiritual selves. I’ve also had training in Gestalt Pastoral Care which melds Spiritual healing and psychotherapy.
We will utilize a combination of approaches in your treatment depending on your comfort level, goals and struggles. This is a mutual endeavor. Through the process of therapy and medications you can find hope to move forward in your life and find a path that utilizes all your gifts and promises.
Martha Jean Stewart
MS, MPH, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC
Martha is a board certified APRN in Mental Health and in Family Medicine.
I work with children, adolescents and adults I have a passion for working with my
patients to help them to conquer symptoms related to anxiety disorders (such as
panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD), mood disorders (such as
depression), ADHD, and eating disorders (for example binge eating and
Depending on what your needs are, I can offer medication,
psychotherapy, or a combination of both.
Dr. G. Alexandra Weiss
Dr. G. Alexandra Weiss is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and a Diplomate of
The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and feels proud to serve
the patients of New Haven, Fairfield County and beyond. Dr. Weiss values
an empathetic, caring, and comprehensive approach to patient care and is
passionate about her work in mental health. She has extensive experience
working with children, adolescents and adults struggling with emotional,
behavioral, social, and relational problems.
Dr. Weiss treats patients with a range of mental disorders including: ADHD,
Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, and Substance Use Disorder. Dr. Weiss has worked in multiple settings including outpatient, inpatient, psychiatry emergency room, and intensive outpatient programs.
She has served as a Unit Chief Attending Psychiatrist on an Inpatient Unit, as a Psychiatry Clerkship Director, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry. She has taught and supervised medical students, psychiatry residents, and child and adolescent fellows.
Dr. Weiss completed her residency training in Adult Psychiatry and fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in New York City at The Mount Sinai-St. Luke's Hospital, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her medical degree is from the Sackler School of Medicine-New
York/American Program. During her training, Dr. Weiss presented Grand Rounds on Resilience: Helping Teens Overcome
Adversity, has presented her research on the Importance of Extracurricular Activities at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Conference, and How to Talk to Your Teenager about Drugs and Alcohol, among other presentations. During her years in private practice, Dr. Weiss was recognized for her work with a Most Compassionate Doctor Award and, in 2007, a Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry Educational Outreach Program for General Psychiatry Residents Award.
Dr. Weiss feels grateful and looks forward to meeting you.
Karen Cooper Tripp
APRN, FNP, NP-C
Karen has been working for the past few years as a provider in the inner city of Waterbury, CT managing and maintaining a school based health center in one of the public high and middle schools. Her pediatric experience consists working independently at the School Based Health Center in one of the public schools in the area.
Working with a diverse population from 5-19 years of age. Karen’s adult experience has been in a clinic which consists of seeing patients ranging from 19-80 years of age , she also has experience working in a program that supports the recently incarcerated population obtain mental health support.
She specializes in the management of dual diagnosed psychiatric conditions such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, stress and ADD/ADHD.
Marina Melnikov is a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 10 years of experience working in a variety of settings including in patient hospitals, substance abuse rehab centers and private practices.
She specializes in the treatment of substance abuse, ADHD, depression, mood and anxiety disorders in adults. She works in collaboration with a team of psychiatrist and psychotherapists in a large group practice that accepts most insurance plans. Championing a whole person approach to health and well being, she believes in an interdisciplinary approach in treating psychological conditions.
Marina believes in fostering mental wellbeing through psychotherapy, medication
management, education, diet and exercise, and mindfulness help her patients achieve their optimal wellness. Marina prioritizes that patients are actively involved in making well-informed decisions about their treatment plan.
Marina believes that good therapeutic rapport, and frequent discussions to better understand the patient’s priorities and desires is an important step for setting the foundation to achieve any treatment goal.
Dr. Mohamed Elsamra
Our main goal at Restart Behavioral Health and wellness is to help people take an active step towards their happiness. I am dedicated and committed in helping everyone I meet.
I worked as a Research Post Doc at Yale and was the Medical Director for a few mental health and substance abuse clinics in Connecticut. If there is one thing I learned from all my years of experience, is that I have to be available when my clients need me and to help them achieve fulfilling relationships, goals and potentials.
I believe that medications and therapy , in addition to a healthy lifestyle and nutrition are essential to feel better. I am going to ask you to eat healthy, do simple exercise and enjoy time with your family and friends as much as you can.
Helping clients with addiction, anxiety, depression, ADHD and other mood disorders are some of my favorite areas to work in. We use suboxone, vivitrol and disulfiram for treating clients with substance abuse.
Dr. Elsamra received his medical education and specialty training at the
University of Connecticut. He is board certified by the American Board of
Psychiatry and Neurology in psychiatry.
Gregory has a Masters in Nursing and is board certified in psychiatry. With over 30 years of experience in providing psychiatric services in outpatient, emergency, and inpatient settings he offers psychiatric evaluations and treatment for adolescents and adults. His belief is that seeking treatment is a step to healing and self-care. Seeking out mental health services is a collaborative way to determine whether medications can be helpful in managing your overall health.
Gregory’s belief is on educating individuals around their mental health issues including depression, mood disorders, anxiety, bipolar, substance abuse disorder or schizophrenia. His goal is to help individuals be able to manage their symptoms more consistently. It is a process of understanding, anticipating, and then reacting in a way that allows one to feel more comfortable with their own being.
Shel Taylor is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She is comfortable in treating patients with substance abuse and mental health disorders. She has over 7 years of experience working in the largest mental health facility in Connecticut.
In 2013, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Masters of Science 2017, both at Chamberlain University.
Every patient will be treated individually, with a specific course of treatment directly relating to their needs, and with the utmost respect. Shel is qualified to diagnose, treat and prescribe medications to patients who suffer with, but not limited to, the following:
Substance use disorders