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.

Robert Brauer, DO

Psychiatrist

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.

Joseph Globokar, PAC MPAS

Physician's Assistant

Amanda McIntosh

LPN

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.

Mikaela Pope

PA-C

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

Kaleena Sorma

RN

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.

Debbie Swartz

LPN

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.

Aubrey Winkler

PA-C

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.

Charles Pearlmutter

Pharmacist, Pharm D

Charles has been a pharmacist for 15 years. He first worked in an old independent pharmacy in Brooklyn, NY in the early 90’s as a stock and delivery assistant and fell in love with the personalized services provided. After careers in food services and Wall Street I decided to go back to school to become a pharmacist in 2000. As a student in a brand new school I completed an experimental accelerated graduate program. There I was the founder and first president of our school’s student chapter of the National Community Pharmacist’s Association. During my pharmacist career I have worked for large chain retail pharmacies as well as having managed an independent compounding pharmacy, specialty pharmacy and held clinical positions with insurance and mail order pharmacies. Having been involved in a few start-ups, I enjoy the challenges and opportunities presented in bringing pharmacy services to the Charak Center through CCHW Pharmacy.

 

In my off time I enjoy spending time with my four children and two cats. I act as the events coordinator of my synagogue and I actively fundraise for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, an organization which has personal meaning to me. I also love to play guitar and strategy board games as well as reading.

 

I am very excited about growing our pharmacy program and helping our patients in any way that we can.

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.

 

Psychological and Counseling Staff

Matthew Paris, PsyD

Psychologist, Clinical Director

Dr. Matthew Paris was born and raised in northeastern Ohio, and he completed his undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University. He received his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2008. He completed an APA accredited, pre-doctoral internship at The Youth Opportunity Center (YOC) in Muncie, Indiana. At the YOC, he conducted psychological testing and group and individual psychotherapy with youth with severe emotional and behavioral disorders, many of whom were mandated by the courts to reside in one of the several residential homes at the YOC.

After he completed his internship, Dr. Paris completed his post-doctoral training at Western Mental Health Center in Marshall, Minnesota. At The Western Mental Health Center, Dr. Paris conducted psychological testing and individual, group and family psychotherapy with people ranging from 5-65 years old.

Dr. Paris was licensed as a psychologist in Ohio in May of 2011. He conducted psychological testing and disability evaluations for one year. He then worked at an outpatient mental health facility in Fairview Park, Ohio before he accepted a position at The Charak Center for Health and Wellness in January of 2013. Based on his clinical skills, diligent work-ethic, positive feedback from clients, and positive interactions with staff members, Dr. Paris was promoted to the Clinical Director position in June of 2013.  

Dr. Paris has worked and completed training in several hospitals, residential treatment facilities with adjudicated juveniles, and he has worked in jails and prison environments. Dr. Paris specializes with children, adolescents, and adults. He has extensive training with depression, anxiety, trauma, and personality disorders. He also has conducted several disability evaluations for Social Security and The Bureau of Worker’s Compensation and several psychological testing reports. Dr. Paris specializes in cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy and evidence-based treatments for mental health disorders.  

Jeffrey Neal

PHP/IOP Coordinator

Jeffrey travels to all offices

Kayla Craig, LISW

Therapist, Group Leader

Specialties include:  Adult Mental Health, Couples Counseling

Steven Davis, PhD

Psychologist

Dr. Davis is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years treating children and adolescents. Dr. Davis currently works on a part-time basis in our Medina and Stow offices.

Stephanie Hubbard, LSW, LCDC III

IOP Facilitator and Therapist

Stephanie Hubbard is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor III (LCDC III).  She earned by Bachelor Degree from Cleveland State University in 2012.   

 

Stephanie specializes in both substance abuse and mental health services. In her 15 years of clinical experience, she has worked in a variety of settings with diverse clients, which have included children, young adults, individuals, and families.  Stephanie feels that her main role as a therapist is to teach individuals how to modify their behavior and/or manage mental health symptoms on an ongoing basis.   

 

Through encouragement, empathy, compassion, and support she has seen individuals and families overcome obstacles and overcome difficulties and thrive in life. She also believes that change happens when people are given the guidance needed to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling lives. 

Bret Kalina, LPC

Therapist

Barbara Kates

Day Treatment Facilitator/Therapist

Michelle Lanzi, MSSA, LISW-S

Therapist

Michelle Lanzi, MSSA, LISW-S graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, and Case Western Reserve University with a Master’s of Science in Social Administration. Michelle has 16 years clinical experience in the field of mental health, and has specialized in the treatment of co-occurring disorders for individuals 18+ for more than a decade.  Michelle has worked in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient counseling centers, and inpatient hospital systems.  Michelle has experience in providing individual and group counseling, facilitation & management of Intensive Outpatient Programs, Clinical Supervision, Program Development & Implementation, and is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  Michelle’s areas of competence include: Assessment & Screening, Dual Diagnosis, Mood & Anxiety Disorders in Adults, Personality Disorders, and Chemical Dependency/Addictions.  Michelle is located at the Mentor office.

Jarrod Pyle, CDCA QMHS

Therapist, Group Leader

Specialties include:  Substance Use Disorder, Co-occurring mental illness , Individual Care

Cherarae Weisend, LPCC

Therapist

Cheri has her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kent State University. She has experience working as a Crisis Interventionist, Crime Victim Outreach Advocate, juvenile offenders, school and community based-therapy as well as outpatient therapy. Her areas of specialty include working with children, families, couples, and trauma victims. She is an LPCC and is located at the Stow office.

 

Addictions Staff

Michael Nash

CDCA, Chemical Dependency Counselor

Michael has been in the AOD treatment field for 16 years.    He started here at Charak in March of 2015 as a AOD case manager and was switched to AOD Counselor and IOP facilitator. He does AOD assessments, individual AOD counseling and IOP group facilitation. He is located at the Garfield office.

 

Case Management Staff

Jason Kravetz

Director of Case Management Services

Jason is currently the Director of Case Management services at Charak Center for Health and Wellness. He is married and has a 5 year old son. He enjoys running and Cleveland sports in his spare time. His educational background is a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters of Education degree in School Counseling, both from Kent State University. His educational background is primarily in the school setting, however his work experience has been almost exclusively in the community setting. As far as work experience, he has done case management work for the past 8 and a half years. In November of 2014, he was promoted to the Director of Case Management at Charak and has been working in the role since. Since assuming responsibilities of this role, the growth of the case management services at each site has increased and they are now working to increase overall awareness of the service within the communities they serve. 

Garfield Heights:

Lishawn Burton

Transportation Manager

Lishawn started at Charak in 2011. She has worked with PHP and IOP clients, and helps coordinate transportation for patients in groups and with appointments.

Bethany Longstaff

Case Manager

Bethany attended Bowling Green State University where she acquired her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She is currently studying to obtain her Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling. Bethany is a case manager at the Garfield Heights Location.

Janayia Thompson 

Case Manager

Scott Wells 

Case Manager

Anna Wisniewski 

Case Manager

Stow:

Medina:

Caitlin Green

Case Manager

Caitlin graduated from Tiffin Univeristy in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Forensic Psychology and a minor in Forensic Science. She is currently working toward earning her master's degree in Psychology from Tiffin University as well. She has a background in mental health and substance use in teens, earning both her CDCA and QMHS. She is a case manager at the Medina location.

Erik Mckean

Case Manager

Mentor:

Kalie Warren

Case Manager

Elyria:

Emma Basci

Case Manager

Analia Colon

Case Manager

Analia has her associates of Arts degree and has her CDCA. She works as a case manager but also does assessments and AOD therapy. Analia works out of the Elyria office.

Sarina Colon

Case Manager

Summer Flemming

Case Manager

Nikki Kopp

Case Manager

Nichole worked as the front desk assistant in Elyria for a year before becoming a case manager.

Lori Kuntz

Case Manager

Alesha Mahone

Case Manager

Amber Mahone

Case Manager

Marisa Rodgers

Case Manager

 

Business & HR Staff

Anish Ranjan

Director of Operations

Andrew Coll

Human Resources Manager

Andrew graduated Kent State University with his Bachelor's Degree in Applied Communications, Public Relations, and Advertising. As the Human Resources Manager at Charak Center, he exercises discretion and independent judgment in the management and administration of Charak's human resource operations. He also performs customer service functions both in-person and by telephone by answering employee requests and questions. 

Marc Duvin

Legal and Business Consultant

Marc Duvin graduated from Dartmouth College in 1987, and joined the Ohio and Texas bars since graduating with honors from Southern Methodist University in 1990. In addition to practicing law, Marc is a business owner and entrepreneur who has operated and participated in successful businesses at all levels. In 2013, in pursuit of a Masters of Law specializing in Healthcare, Marc began an intensive study of healthcare law at Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Marc successfully completed all course work, garnering the Healthcare Student of the Year Award in 2014, and will formally receive his LL.M. upon completion and acceptance of his thesis. Marc's ultimate goal is to focus on Charak's varied business and legal issues so Charak's talented doctors and clinicians can focus on helping Charak's clients.

Christine Kelly

Regional BWC Coordinator

Christine has been at Charak for many years. Christine has her Associates degree in Human Services / Social Work with an emphasis on Crisis Management and Addiction Services.

Janet Tomasek

Billing Manager

Janet is a Mayfield High School graduate and attended Bowling Green State University.  She has been in the medical field of billing for the last 34 years.  The past 19 years, She has worked in the behavioral health field of supervising and managing the billing department. 

Sherrie Robinson

Credentials Coordinator

 

Practice Managers

Michelle Cottrell

Marketing and Practice Manager

Michelle brings to our team an extensive background in marketing and public relations with experience working in the medical, industrial and pharmaceutical industries in Upstate New York, Germany and here in Ohio. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations from Syracuse University, and is currently working on her Master's degree in Integrated Marketing Communications at West Virginia University. She enjoys writing poetry, biking, hiking and kayaking the various parks here in Ohio along with her two children.

Sue Husky

Elyria Practice Manager

Suzanne is happily married and a long time resident of Northeast Ohio. She has three sons and five adorable grandsons, as well as two wonderful rescue cats that keep her very busy.

Kelsey Jakupca

Stow Practice Manager

Kelsey is located at the Stow office.

Nikki Janusz

Mentor Practice Manager

Nikki is located at the Mentor office.

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