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At Cleveland Psychiatry, we strive to provide compassionate and thorough psychiatric evaluation and treatment.

Syed E. Ahmed, MD

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Dr. Syed Ahmed has been practicing medicine for 30 years. He has trained and has experience treating mental health disorders across Asia, Europe, and North America. After his residency (training) at the University of Maryland, he had the opportunity to provide services in busy Psychiatry Emergency Rooms, Community Mental Health Centers, private inpatient units, and State mental health facilities. He is Board Certified and affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic Marymount Hospital.

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Elizabeth Holmes, PhD

Elizabeth Holmes is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and has experience in treatment and evaluation of children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Holmes has experience with many different treatment modalities, including cognitive behavioral treatment, solution-focused therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, EMDR, and play therapy. She has experience with clientele with many different diagnoses and presenting concerns in all age groups. Dr. Holmes has had over 20 years of experience working in mental health centers, schools, and private practices. She has specializations in autistic disorder, educational disabilities, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, anxiety disorders, and depression.

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Steve Pessefall, CNP

Certified Nurse Practitioner

Steve Pessefall is a Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP) focusing on providing treatment for a broad spectrum of mental health disorders. He earned his Master of Science in Nursing Degree from The University of Akron and is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He has experience in inpatient, outpatient, and community mental health settings as a Nurse Practitioner and over 25 years of experience as a registered nurse in psychiatric/behavioral health hospitals. Steve also earned his Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) credential from The University of Maryland. Steve’s area of specialization includes mood and anxiety disorders, PTSD, schizophrenia, ADHD, childhood behavioral disorders, and various other disorders. He is licensed and certified to treat and provide individualized medication management services across the lifespan, from childhood to older adults, and has full prescriptive authority.

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Dawn Whitehair, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Dawn Whitehair is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She is Board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and is dual boarded in both pediatric and adult psychiatry. Prior to her career as a nurse practitioner, she received the DAISY Award, a national recognition of extraordinary, compassionate nurses. She received her Master’s degree in nursing and PMHNP certificate from Northern Kentucky University, her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Ohio University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cleveland State University.
Dawn has experience in outpatient and inpatient settings, as well as having dedicated 10+ years to cancer research. Dawn sees patients of all ages (5 - 65+) and specializes in mood and anxiety disorders, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Bipolar Disorder, and is very passionate about perinatal mental health. As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Dawn Whitehair brings empathy, an easygoing communication style, and a sweet sense of humor, making it easy for her to engage with her patients and their family members.

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Carla J. Kastanis, LPCC-S

Every journey begins with taking your first step towards your destination. This first step may be your most challenging. By taking this first step, you must feel comfortable and safe in a non-judgmental environment. You may be experiencing anxiety, sadness, anger, or highs and lows because of chemical dependency, trauma, a mood disorder, or relationship issues. You may feel that you need to be heard and your feelings validated. Whatever you are experiencing, you may feel that you want to be a better you and be able to function more effectively. I am here to assist you in accomplishing your goals and take this journey with you.
I am a licensed clinical counselor who completed the Master’s program at Cleveland State University. My work experience as a dual diagnosis counselor in behavioral health agencies allowed me to advance my skills and gain experience in addiction, anxiety/depression, panic, trauma (PTSD), mood disorders, and anger. I have advanced training in EMDR, an intervention I use for trauma. My focus is on the adult population. I can help you understand different perspectives and teach you how to manage your thoughts and feelings to achieve what we all strive for – happiness and a sense of well-being.

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Matthew D. Johnson, LPCC-S

Matthew Johnson, LPCC-S, NCC, has over forty years of experience providing individual, family, and group counseling with adolescents and adults. He is a practitioner of mindfulness meditation, and his areas of expertise include recovery from substance abuse and other addictions, treatment of depression, anxiety, social phobia, ADHD and other learning disabilities, damaged relationships, anger management, social skills building, damaged self-worth; coping with stress, personality disorders, bipolar disorder, and surviving trauma, sexual abuse, and divorce. He uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness-based methodologies in his practice.

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Kelly M. Repas LPCC-S

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Kelly is a licensed professional counselor with a supervisory endorsement in Ohio. Kelly earned her graduate degree from Kent State University and has provided quality psychotherapy to children and adults. Kelly has had the opportunity to provide mental health services in various treatment settings, from residential, partial hospitalization programs, and intensive outpatient in the state of Oregon to private practice and community mental health in the state of Ohio. Kelly has over 12 years of expertise in treating a broad spectrum of mental health disorders, including eating disorders, anxiety/depression, ADHD, mood disorders, and trauma/stress-related disorders.

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Our Philosophy

Unlike cancer or heart disease, there are no medical tests to diagnose mental illness accurately. Skilled assessment of feelings and behaviors is key to uncovering and treating disorders that don’t always fit into a specific set of criteria. We aim to formulate evidence-based diagnoses, educate the patient, make recommendations, and create a collaborative treatment plan tailored to your needs. With the help of cognitive restructuring and lifestyle changes, our focus is on having you return to your highest level of functioning with the least amount of medication burden possible.

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    Virtual or In-person Evaluations

    We take care of patient’s virtually if in case they are unable to visit in person.

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    Quick Turnaround Appointments

    We ensure that you get your appointments done quickly and smoothly.

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    Late hours/Saturday Appointments

    We are there for you even if you are contacting us in late hours or on Saturdays.

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After the doctor reviews your file, we start planning the treatment process.

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Our Happy Clients say

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I have been seeing Dr. Ahmed for a while now. He is the best all around. Extremely patient, great personality. Most importantly he figures out what you need and he is very thorough. Also, he has a very big heart and truly cares about his patients. I feel very lucky to have found him.

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I've only seen Mr. Pessesall once so far however I am very pleased. I felt very understood. I love the fact that as soon as something wasn't right with my treatment, I became Steve's priority and he got me in as soon as possible. Great place great guy.
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I had a great experience with Steve. He really listened to my concerns and made me feel like I was a priority. Highly recommended.
Dr. Holmes Reveiws
Dr. Holmes is an intelligent and caring individual. She treated us with respect at all times.
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He (Dr. Ahmed) is a very intelligent and caring psychiatrist. His office staff is very warm and welcoming as well.

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