Padam Bhatia, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist and founder of Elevate Psychiatry. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. A Virginia native, Dr. Bhatia completed his undergraduate studies at Pennsylvania State University, where he graduated with honors and became determined to pursue a calling in medicine. He received his doctorate degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College (formerly Jefferson Medical College) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he completed his medical training and fell in love with the field of psychiatry. His passion led him to serve as chief resident in adult psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital in New York, one of the premiere independent psychiatric hospitals in the country.
Dr. Bhatia is also an expert in electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), compassionate use, and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). He takes a progressive approach to treating patients by incorporating traditional medicine with evidence-based holistic therapies. He uses his expertise to develop effective treatment plans which focus on creating healthy lifestyles. Dr. Bhatia's peer-reviewed literature has been published in nationally recognized medical journals including Epilepsy & Behavior and Psychiatric Quarterly. He has been given the national, honorable recognition of Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (FAPA) for his dedication to psychiatry.
Dr. Bhatia is fluent in English and speaks some Hindi.
Polina Dasgupta, PA-C, is a board-certified physician assistant (PA). Polina also holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology with a focus on biology and chemistry (summa cum laude) from Alcorn State University, where she was awarded a full academic scholarship. She received her masters of medical sciences degree in physician assistant studies from Arcadia University located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her clinical physician assistant training included psychiatry, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, family and emergency medicine, as well as others.
Prior to PA school, Polina was pursuing graduate work in neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. The focus of her research was biological psychiatry, which resulted in several publications in scientific journals such as Cerebral Cortex and Brain and Behavior. Polina additionally worked as a milieu therapist at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center), a destination for some of the best psychiatric care in the US. There, she provided care to patients suffering from major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance abuse, and autistic spectrum disorders.
Polina is fluent in Russian, English, and Spanish, and speaks some Portuguese.
Fiorella Castillo is a bilingual Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida International University and masters degree in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Fiorella has been in the mental health field since 2011 and has experience in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals as well as senior living facilities. She has worked with various people of different ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation, and mental health conditions. Fiorella has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Mindfulness, Guided Imagery, Solution Focused Therapy, and Reminiscence Therapy.
Fiorella is fluent in English and Spanish.
Puppy is our very own therapy dog! While in our waiting room, feel free to relax, interact with Puppy, and enjoy all the benefits of being around a trained therapy animal. Puppy is a fantastic listener and is almost guaranteed to cheer you up.
Puppy is fluent in Doggy.