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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.

Michael Anikeev, MD

Physician

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

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, 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

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.

Chander Mohan, MD

Psychiatrist

Craig Myers, PA-C

Physician's Assistant

Aditi Sheth, MD

Child Psychiatrist

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

Psychiatrist

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.

Kimberly Cromer, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Char Kicos, NP

Nurse Practitioner

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.

Nicole Nickens, NP

Nurse Practitioner

Hakim Nuru, RN

Nursing Staff

Carolyn Porcelli, RN

Nursing Staff

Mia Proffett, LPN

Nursing Staff

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.

Charlotte Steerman, NP

Nurse Practitioner

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.

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.

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.