Meet Our Team

Psychiatric Staff

Rakesh Ranjan, MD

Psychiatrist, Founder and CEO

Dr. Ranjan received his initial training in psychiatry as a resident (1989-1993) at Akron General Medical Center (Affiliated with Northeast Ohio Medical University — NEOMED) and as a research fellow (1993-1994) in psychopharmacology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio (CWRU). Thereafter he served as the Medical Director of the world renowned Psychobiology Clinic (founded by an eminent psychopharmacologist, Dr. Herbert Y. Meltzer who closely mentored Dr. Ranjan throughout his stay at CWRU). It’s worthy to mention that The Psychobiology Clinic was featured in numerous local and national television/radio shows as well as in Time Magazine as a cover story.

Shalini Baijal


Shalini graduated from the Physician’s Assistant program at Cleveland State University in 2017. She came to the United States over 16 years ago after marrying her current husband. They have lived here in Ohio for over 10 years after moving from Michigan and have one beautiful daughter together as well as a furry child named Tuffy. Shalini is dedicated to the wellness of her patient’s here at Charak, by providing a systematic and empathetic approach to mental health.

Robert Brauer, DO


Dr. Brauer brings over 17 years of experience working with a culturally and economically diverse population in a variety of settings. A native of Northeast Ohio, he received his psychiatry training at the Adult Psychiatry Residency program at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, serving as Chief Resident. He has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient care; private practice, community mental health centers; and psychiatric emergency departments in Northeast Ohio.  During his career, he has had an exceptional background in psychopharmacology with a keen interest in new treatment modalities including TMS, Spravato, MAT, and clinical trials of novel psychotropic drugs.

Sindu Kurup


Yelena Levandovski, PA-C

Physician's Assistant

Yelena received Bachelor of Science at Baldwin Wallace University. Completed Masters of Health Science through Cleveland State University/ Cuyahoga Community College Physician Assistant program and is fluent in the Ukrainian language.

Joseph Globokar, PA-C MPAS

Physician's Assistant

Joe is an Ohio native who enjoys practicing medicine in the areas of addiction and mental health. He received a B.S. degree from Cleveland State University majoring in both Chemistry and Biology, and a master's degree from Nebraska Medical College. In 1994, Joe received his certification as a Physician's Assistant, and has has been helping to make the world a better place one person at a time.

Craig Myers

Physician's Assistant

Mikaela Pope


Mikaela started with Charak in 2018. She has a undergraduate degree from Wilmington college and received her masters through the Cuyahoga Community College/Cleveland State University program in 2016. 

Aditi Sheth, MD

Child Psychiatrist

Sandeep Sheth


Aubrey Winkler-Krueger


Aubrey completed her undergraduate degree at Cornell University before moving to San Francisco for several years, and then to Cleveland eight years ago. She obtained her Masters of Health Science through Cleveland State University's Physician Assistant program. Aubrey is trained in all areas of medicine, but currently dedicates her career to mental health and addiction services. Aubrey lives in Cleveland with her husband and new baby daughter, and is thrilled to be a part of the Charak team.

Amanda McIntosh


Amanda has been working in mental health for the past 8 years. She is currently working at the Elyria office as mainly the Suboxone Nurse but she does see some mental health clients as well.

Debbie Swartz


Debbie is the addiction nurse in Elyria. Before coming to Charak, she worked with the MRDD population for 5 years. Her office extension is 107.

Laura Negri

Medical Assistant/Medical Records

Laura has been working for Charak for six years. She is currently working at the Garfield office as a Medical Assistant, bus she also assist with our Medical Records Department.

Nicole Berry

Nurse Practitioner

Nicole obtained her Baccalaureate degree in Psychology from Ashland University in 1995.  She was a Social Worker/Case Manager for over 13 years.  Nicole then began her second career as an LPN, working her way up in becoming a dual board certified nurse practitioner, family and psychiatric mental health, from schools Purdue University and Ursuline College.  Nicole is a wife of 21.5 years, mother of 4, and grandmother.

Angalesia Rucker

Nurse Practitioner

Marie Thompson

Nurse Practitioner

Jaime Gamiere


Kashara Jacobs


Kaleena Sorma


Kaleena began her nursing career in 2007 after graduating from the Central School of Practical Nursing. In 2012, she graduated as a Registered Nurse. Throughout her nursing journey she has held a variety of positions and has met many other bright, talented professionals along the way. She has always been interested in Holistic health, mental health, wellness, and fitness; and how these areas all intertwine to make a person happy and healthy. She is primarily in the Medina office.


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