Team

Ravikumar Bhalavat MD,D.F.A.P.A (Psychiatry)

Board Certified Psychiatrist

Board Certified in Addcition Medicine

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After completing his medical education at the Medical College, Bhavnagar India, Dr. Bhalavat completed his training in general psychiatry at Louisiana state university Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, Louisiana.  He Worked with Upper Cheasapeake medical center, the University of Maryland Health as a Psychiatrist.

He Treated various psychiatric patients of all ages in inpatient, Outpatient, Consultation-Liaison, and Emergency psychiatric Services.

He is working with American Psychiatric Care since 2015. 

Dr. Bhalavat is Board certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and American Board of Addiction Medicine. 

Dr. Bhalavat has been certified by Harvard Medical School for an Intensive course on Transcranial magnetic stimulation.

Dr. Bhalavat Has been affiliated with the University of Maryland Health System, John Hopkins Health, and Adventist Health Hospital. 

Dr. Bhalavat is a Distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Member of the Maryland Psychiatric Society. He also serves as an executive board member of the Maryland American Association of Indian origin Physician. 

Grace Onuegbu, MSN APRN-BC  

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

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Grace is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Grace has more than 4 years of experience working in mental health care, including inpatient Psychiatric Units. She has been a hardworking and empathetic provider.

She holds a national board certification with American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

Jessica Ditto, MS CRNP-PMHS

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Certified Mental Health Specialist

Jessica provides services for children and adolescents up to age 21. Jessica has extensive experience in the field of developmental/behavioral pediatrics, and spent 14 years at the Kennedy Krieger Institute working with children of all ages with mental health, developmental, and behavioral difficulties. She graduated from nursing school at the University of Delaware in 1996, and then completed her master’s degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, in 2005. Jessica is married and has 2 teenagers. She loves to travel when she gets the time. She is currently working toward her doctorate as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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Lerin Jackson MSN,APRN,PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Lerin is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Dual Diagnosis, and mental health ailments across the spectrum. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Coppin State University and a Master’s degree from Walden University. She holds a national board certification with American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as well as a Medication Assisted Treatment certification via American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA). 

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Cecilia Tako, MSN, PMHNP-BC.

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Cecilia is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with training treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She began her career in business administration after graduating from the Virginia Commonwealth University but followed her passion into nursing. After several years working as a nurse in different healthcare settings, she decided to specialize in mental health because of her personal experience with a loved one. 
She provides care using evidence-based practices and a holistic approach for both mind and body. Cecilia is a compassionate and result-driven professional whose work philosophy is individualized and patient-centric.
She received her MSN from Walden University and is married with 3 beautiful kids. In her leisure time she loves watching movies and enjoys baking. 

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Ruth Bissell MSN, PMHNP-BC, CARN, FN-CSA.

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Ruth Bissell, MSN, PMHNP-BC, CARN, FN-CSA is a Board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  With 15 years of experience caring for patients struggling with addictions, domestic or sexual abuse issues, and eldercare psychiatric issues, my goal is to combine my education in medicine and your knowledge of your needs so together we can work towards the relief of your symptoms.  

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Sherry Strine,CMA-C

Practice Manager

Sherry has more than 30 years experience working with patients from medicine to psychiatry.  She began her career as a Certified Medical Assistant (AAMA) in 1989, and continues to be an active member. She became an advisor with Medix School to encourage young women to become successful and independent. She continued her path to Healthcare Management in 2000; focusing on  Medical-legal administration. She continued her education in Marketing and Communications, while continuing to advance her career.  Sherry joined our practice in 2018.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Sarah Kregel CMA

Certified Medical Assistant

Sarah Kregel is a Certified Medical Assistant through the American Association of Medical Assistants(AAMA) and has her AA in Allied Health Sciences. She has worked as a medical assistant in Internal Medicine, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Psychiatry since 2017. She is our lead medical assistant for the Injection Clinic and performs our ADHD testing, as well as Cognitive and Memory Testing at our Bel Air Office. Sarah is married and has two young children. She enjoys hiking and taking family trips when she has the chance.

Looking for Team Players.

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Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

PMHNP-BC

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Psychotherapist

LCSW-C or LCPC

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Medical Assistant

CMA