Mental illness may be caused by a number of factors. Some people define mental illness as a chemical imbalance, while others believe it is due to some conflict, crisis, stress or trauma the individual is experiencing. If you, or someone you know, has some impairment in their normal thinking, emotional, or behavioral functioning, it is important that professional help is sought. Medication management, in addition to counseling, is usually the most effective treatment. Our medical team at T. W. Ponessa consists of experienced psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses. Our goal is to help bring you, or someone you know, back into the swing of life.

For information about our psychiatric medical staff, see below:

Felicia F. DeJesus, MD, Medical Director

Specialties: General Psychiatry; Languages: English, Spanish
Education:

Medical School: University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Medical School, Camden, NJ
Internship: Montefiore Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Residency: Montefiore Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Fellowship: Administrative Psychiatry, Montefiore Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY


Robert Sack, MD

Specialties: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry; General Psychiatry; Languages: English
Education:

Medical School:University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH
Internship: University of Cincinnati Hospital, Cincinnati, OH
Residency: University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
Fellowship: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry; Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, CT


Maria Reis, MD

Specialties: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, General Psychiatry; Languages: English
Education:

Medical School: University of Santo Tomas, Phillippines
Internship: Frankford Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Residency: Norristown State Hospital, Norristown, PA


Maurice Picciotto, MD

Specialties: General Psychiatry; Languages: English, Spanish
Education:

Medical School: Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, Guatemala City, Guatemala CA
Internship: State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY
Residency: State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY


Eugenia Abonyi, MD

Specialties: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, General Psychiatry; Languages: English, Ibo, Russian
Education:

Medical School: Volgograd State Medical Institute, Russia
Internship: MetroHealth Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Residency: MetroHealth Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Fellowship: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH


Mustafa Kaleem, MD

Specialties: General Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry; Languages: English, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi
Education:

Medical School: Rawalpindi Medical College, Pakistan
Internship: Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY
Residency: Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY


Bethany G. Sampsell, MS, CRNP

Specialties: General Psychiatry; Languages: English
Education:

Post Graduate Training: Post Masters Certificate-Adult Nurse Practitioner; The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
Graduate Training:Master in Nursing/Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult/Older Adult; The Pennsylvania State University; State College, PA
Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science in Nursing; The Pennsylvania State Universtiy, State College, PA
RN Nursing Diploma: Geisinger Medical Center School of Nursing, Danville, PA


Simrit Kahlon, PA-C

Specialties: General Psychiatry; Languages: English, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu
Education:

Graduate Training: Masters of Physician Assistant Studies; Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science Pre-Medicine; The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA


Sheila Dyer, MSN, CRNP

Specialties: General Psychiatry; Languages: English
Education:

Graduate Training: Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner; La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA
Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science in Nursing; The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY
RN Nursing Diploma:Eugenio Hostos Community College, Bronx, NY


  • Our Nurses

    • Beth Collins, LPN, Nurse Supervisor
    • Damika, McDowell, LPN
    • Julie Beck, LPN
    • Ashley Fink, LPN
    • Nydrea Bridgman, LPN
  • Our Medical Support Staff

    • Carolyn Rineer
    • Emily Terlizzi