Meet Our Team
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.
Michael Anikeev, MD
Shalini Baijal, PA-C
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, PA-C
Yelena Levandovski, PA-C
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.
Craig Myers, PA-C
Christa Burton, PA
Aditi Sheth, MD
Dr. Aditi Sheth, MD is a board certified child & adolescent psychiatrist. She graduated with honors from Berhampur University / Maharaja Krishna Chandra Gajapati Medical College medical school in 2000. With more than 21 years of diverse experience in the field of psychiatry, Dr. Sheth has considerable expertise with neurodevelopmental disorders.
Sandeep Sheth, MD
Nicole Berry, NP
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.
Hakim Nuru, NP
Angalesia Rucker, MSN, APRN, CNP
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
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.
Kulling Abi, NP
Stephen Okolo, NP
Laura Negri, MA
Medical Records/Medical Assistant
Laura has been working for Charak for ten years. She is currently working at the Garfield office as a Medical Assistant, but she also assists with our Medical Records Department.
Rebecca Riepenhoff, LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse
Jolitta McGraw, LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse
Rachel Saleh, NP
LaDaneia Lee, RN
Kristen Pratt, LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse
Aubrey Winkler, PA-C, CAQ-Psych
Aubrey completed her Undergraduate degree at Cornell University, later learned the practice of massage therapy, then transitioned into medicine by completing her Master's Degree here in Cleveland. Aubrey has earned her Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Psychiatry, showing her dedication to her patients and the practice of medicine in mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Aubrey is an adventurer, traveler, avid reader, beginner surfer, and lifelong science enthusiast. She lives with her wonderful blended family and never underestimates the medicine in kindness, laughter, and the serenity of nature.
Melanie Matheny, RN