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, PA-C

Physician's Assistant

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.

Linn LeClair, PA-C

Physician's Assistant

Linn graduated from Cleveland State University with a Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) and a certificate in Physician Assistant studies from Cuyahoga Community College in 2015. She is board-certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants. One of her strengths is connecting with people and providing an environment of openness and trust without judgment. Linn helps her patients achieve a healthier body and mind through goal-setting, plan-making and guidance.

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.

Sindu Kurup, PA-C

Physician's Assistant

Chander Mohan, MD


Craig Myers, PA-C

Physician's Assistant

Adrienne Orihill, PA-C

Physician's Assistant

Aditi Sheth, MD

Child Psychiatrist

Sandeep Sheth, MD


Patrick Bennett

TMS Clinical Coordinator

Patrick has a wide variety of experience in the medical field ranging from being a FireFighter/EMT in his community to working with an International Flight Medivac Service. Patrick has also been recognized in EMS World Magazine for his humanitarian efforts and dedication to improving prehospital care in Haiti.

Nicole Berry, NP

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.

Courtney Brumfield, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Sheila Jones, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Nicole Nickens, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Angalesia Rucker, MSN, APRN, CNP

Nurse Practitioner

Angalesia Rucker, an ursuline college alumna, brings over 15 years of clinical experience, her professional career has included staff registered nurse, patient care coordinator, administrative and supervisory roles, and nurse practitioner.


She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing/Adult Certified Nurse Practitioner from Ursuline College. Later, Angel continued her education to obtain specialized training and education from Ursuline College as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.


Education of patients, families, and medical staff has been a constant thread throughout Angalesia’s career. Her passion for education has carried over into her commitment to education of patients and families with mental health diagnosis. Angalesia is committed to several professional organizations, such as American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She also served on the board of directors for Community Shares, an organization that focuses on social justice.

Marie Thompson, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Marie completed  her undergraduate, masters, and post-masters degree at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio. She is dual certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Marie has over eleven years of nursing experience in various settings including: medical-surgical, orthopedics,  trauma, oncology, geriatrics, family practice and psychiatry.

Kaleena Sorma, RN

Nursing Staff

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.

Charlotte Steerman, RN

Nursing Staff

Shayla Thomas, RN

Nursing Staff

Amanda McIntosh, LPN

Nursing Staff

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, LPN

Nursing Staff

Debbie is the addiction nurse in Elyria. Before coming to Charak, she worked with the MRDD population for 5 years. Her office extension is 1007.

Laura Negri, MA

Medical Records/Medical Assistant

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.


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