Our Medical Team

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Psychiatrists

Sandra Parker, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Parker graduated from the University of Alabama in 1982 with an honors degree in biology. She attended medical school and completed residency training in psychiatry at the University of Alabama-School of Medicine in Birmingham. Parker completed her fellowship in child/adolescent psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for the Health Sciences in Little Rock. As a second year resident, she was awarded her department’s Most Outstanding Resident Award, and as a fellow, she was awarded her department’s Most Outstanding Child Fellow Award. Parker is dual certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry. During her tenure at AltaPointe, the organization has grown from 300 employees to more than 1,300 employees. In addition to her role as AltaPointe’s medical director, she is vice-chair and associate professor for the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Parker has received numerous honors and awards throughout her career. She is the president of the Alabama Hospital Psychiatric Association and past president of the Mobile Bay Psychiatric Association, a local chapter of the American Psychiatric Association. In 2007, she was named an Alabama Health Care Hero by the Alabama Hospital Association. She was appointed by Alabama Governor Bob Riley to serve as a member of the Alabama Interagency Autism Coordinating Council, a position she still holds. She serves as an adjunct faculty member in the USA College of Allied Health Professions, Department of Physician Assistant Studies, and in the USA College of Nursing. Parker has served as a member of the USA Center for Healthy Communities Advisory Committee. Past appointments include the Mercy Medical Advisory Board, the Mayor’s Transitional Task Force on Healthcare, and the Mobile Ballet Board of Directors. Her major psychiatric interests are in the fields of autism related disorders, health care disparities and telepsychiatry.

Luke Engeriser, MD
Deputy Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Engeriser attended medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill., where he was the recipient of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grant in molecular biology and environmental pathology. Before entering medical school, he completed a master of arts in divinity at the University of Chicago and worked as a teacher of English at the Teacher Training College in Torun, Poland. His psychiatry residency training was at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hi.  During his final year of residency, Engeriser received the Al Glass Award, the military’s highest resident research award, for his paper exploring the psychological effects of warfare. He served an additional three years in the US Army at Fort Benning, Ga., where he held the position of chief, department of behavioral health. After separating from the Army, Engeriser was medical director of Mid-Coast Mental Health Center/PenBay Psychiatry in Rockland, Maine. He has served the past three years on the executive council of the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association. He is board certified in adult psychiatry. His academic interests include treatment of combat veterans and spiritual/religious issues in psychiatry. Engeriser is an assistant professor and the residency training director for the University of South Alabama (USA) College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.

Marianne Saitz, DO, MPH
Assistant Medical Director of Outpatient Services

Dr. Saitz is originally from Pittsburgh, Penn. She received a master's of Public Health in Epidemiology from Emory University in 1996 and graduated  from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2000. She graduated from her Adult Psychiatry training at East Carolina University in 2004. She is board certified in Adult Psychiatry. Dr. Saitz is the assistant medical director of outpatient services at AltaPointe Health. Prior to this, she was the assistant medical director of community mental health, and the medical director for the methadone clinic at AltaPointe. Saitz is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.

William Billett, MD

Dr. Billett attended a six-year combined BS/MD program at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in 1987. He spent one year in general surgery at SUNY Stony Brook, and then completed psychiatry residency at University of Florida where his training emphasized biological psychiatry but was also well rounded. Billett was Board Certified in General Adult Psychiatry in 1992. He has a strong clinical background and has had 16 years post graduate practice experience. During his career, Billett has treated patients in a variety of settings including private practice, acute care hospital units, consultation and liaison, nursing homes, state hospitals, and community mental health based outpatient clinics. Interests currently are focused on anxiety disorders and schizophrenia. Outside work, he is interested in aviation and is a private pilot. Billett is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.

Julie Bernstein, DO

Julie Bernstein, DO, joined AltaPointe Health in 2016 after earning her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed a psychiatric residency at the University of South Alabama (USA).  Bernstein graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology from Shawnee State University in 2006. While at USA Bernstein had the opportunity to serve as chief resident to the General Psychiatry program and was invited to stay on as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow.  She took part in policy development as the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program Evaluation Committee resident representative.  Upon successful completion of her residency, Bernstein became a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

 

 

 

 

W. Bogan Brooks, III, MD
W. Bogan Brooks, III, MD

Dr. Brooks, a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his doctor of medicine degree at the University of Tennessee in Memphis where he served on the Honor Council. After the completion of his Psychiatry Residency at the University of Tennessee where he served as Chief Resident, Brooks joined the faculty of the UT College of Medicine where he served as Medical Director of the university's psychiatric emergency services. After leaving Memphis to enter private practice in Lewiston, Maine, he served as the president of the Maine Association of Psychiatric Physicians and served as Maine's Representative to the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association. Brooks worked at community mental health centers in Damariscotta, Maine and Portland, Maine before completing his Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Brooks is an associate professor in the University of South Alabama College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, the psychiatry clerkship director for third year medical students, and the co-course director for the Fundamentals of Doctoring II course for second year medical students. He was named Faculty Teacher of the Year in 2012 and 2014 by the USA Department of Psychiatry.

Mary E. Cohen-Colson, MD

Dr. Cohen-Colson joined AltaPointe’s Department of Psychiatric Services in 2013. Cohen-Colson earned her medical degree from Penn State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Delaware. She also attended the Shenandoah University Conservatory of Music in Winchester, Va. After medical school, Cohen-Colson completed a combined internal medicine/psychiatry residency at the University of Virginia. She previously worked as outpatient psychiatrist with the Lakeview Center in Pensacola, Fla., and was medical director of the medical/geriatric psychiatric unit at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, Miss. Cohen-Colson also was an inpatient psychiatrist at the Biloxi Veterans Affairs Medical Center and an outpatient psychiatrist at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Penn. Her interests are in geriatrics and psychosomatic medicine.

Edgar W. Finn, MD

Dr. Finn joined AltaPointe as a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist in the summer of 2012. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Alabama in Birmingham before going on to earn a medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Finn completed residency training in general psychiatry at UAB and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, and child/adolescent psychiatry at Vanderbilt where he was selected chief fellow his second year. He is board-certified in adult psychiatry and in child/adolescent psychiatry. Following residency training and fellowship, Finn worked at the Children's Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham as a staff psychiatrist of the Vaughan Psychiatric Service. He is a member of the Alabama Medicaid Physician's Advisory Committee. Finn most recently served as medical director at Glenwood, Inc. in Birmingham. His professional experience has led to a primary interest in autism and other developmental disorders. Finn has three adult children and two precious grandchildren. Finn is a USA College of Medicine-Department of Psychiatry assistant professor and the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Director.

Janak Ghelani, MD

Janak Ghelani, MD, joined AltaPointe in 2016. He was born, raised and educated in Mumbai, India. Ghelani received a bachelor’s degree in medicine and a bachelor’s degree in surgery from Seth G. S. Medical College. He performed his clinical rotation as a medical student at King Edward Memorial Hospital. Ghelani moved to the United States to pursue public health coursework at the University of Iowa. He did his internship at East Tennessee State University completed his psychiatry residency training at Texas Tech University, Lubbock Texas, and completed fellowship training in child and adolescent sub-specialty at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Ghelani is dual board-certified in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Kinjal Ghelani, MD

Dr. Kinjal Ghelani joined AltaPointe Health in 2016, after completing her general psychiatry residency at University of Alabama in Birmingham.  During her residency she was awarded Resident of Month in 2012 and 2013. In her fourth year of residency, Ghelani certified in Electroconvulsive Therapy, and has provider experience in Tele psychiatry. She received her medical degree from Grant Medical College & Sir J.J Group of Hospitals in Mumbai, India. She is trained and has work experience in Internal medicine and Critical care from Bombay Hospital, Mumbai. Ghelani speaks English, Hindi, Gujrati and Marathi. Her special interests are inpatient psychiatry and psychopharmacology.

Lori Lowthert, MD

Dr. Lowthert joined AltaPointe as an adult psychiatrist in 2017. She earned her medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. She completed residency training in adult psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry of the Yale University School of Medicine, followed by a fellowship in chronic mental illness research through the Yale Department of Psychiatry. Lowthert comes to AltaPointe after working for the past five years for the University of Connecticut Correctional Managed Healthcare system, providing psychiatric services to male inmates in the Connecticut Department of Corrections, during incarceration and transition back to the community. She is board certified in adult psychiatry. Her professional interests include community psychiatry, treatment of severe and persistent mental illness, and forensic psychiatry.

 

J. Clint Moore, DO

J. Clint Moore, DO, joined BayPointe Hospital as a child psychiatrist on the inpatient unit. A familiar face to many, Moore did his internship with AltaPointe through the University of South Alabama Department of Psychiatry in 2012 and has moonlighted in both child and adult units since that time. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree in applied psychology from the University of South Alabama. Moore attended medical school at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of Pikeville where he served as class president. During his residency training at the USA, he served as chief resident and completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. Moore has served on the executive council for the Alabama Psychiatric Physicians Association and, while a resident, he served for several years on the Medical Association of the State of Alabama Board of Censors. He is board certified in general psychiatry.

Praveen Narahari, MD

Dr. Narahari received his medical degree from NTR University of Health Sciences - Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal, India in 2005. He also earned a master’s degree in community nutrition (MS) from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond in 2008. Later, Narahari volunteered as research assistant at the University of Louisville Department of Psychiatry before beginning his residency in adult psychiatry at the University of South Alabama in 2009. He served as chief resident of psychiatry during his fourth year of residency at the University of South Alabama. Narahari also served on the Graduate Medical Education Committee as a member-in-training representative at the University of South Alabama. His special interests are in the area of biological psychiatry and psychopharmacology. Narahari speaks English, Hindi and Telugu. He is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry.

Candace Perry, MD

Candace Perry, MD, is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. Perry earned a bachelor’s in English and biology from Agnes Scott College in Georgia. She completed her psychiatry residency at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine where she served as the associate chief resident of education, and supervised junior residents in weekly chief’s resident’s clinic. Perry is board certificate in psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. She joined AltaPointe via the Department of Veteran Affairs where she was a staff psychiatrist.

Since joining AltaPointe in 2015, Dr. Perry has worked with the EastPointe Hospital Involuntary Unit. Most recently, AltaPointe has begun expanding its hospital consultation services in Baldwin County, and she has agreed to become the Baldwin County consultation/liaison psychiatrist, the AHS provider for these services.

Aneek Shoemaker, MD

Dr. Shoemaker has joined AltaPointe as psychiatrist at the BayView Professional Associates Fairhope location. Shoemaker is board certified in both adult, and child and adolescent psychiatry. She has spent the past three and a half years as the director of child psychiatry at a community mental health center in southwestern New Hampshire. She attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and completed her adult residency in psychiatry at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, affiliated with the Albert Einstein School of Medicine. She completed fellowships in both addiction psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. Shoemaker has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and their families in the outpatient setting. Her special interests lie in preschool mental health, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and treating children and adolescents with complex psychiatric presentations.

Nurse Practitioners

Jeff Barker, CRNP

Jeff Barker joined AltaPointe Health in 2013 as a registered nurse and became a Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 2016. Barker earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of South Alabama. He holds a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal communications from Lamar University. Currently, Barker is working on his doctor of nursing practice degree at the University of South Alabama. He has worked across AltaPointe’s continuum of care including weekend house supervisor at EastPointe Hospital and nursing coordinator at BayPointe Hospital. Barker is an active member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Previously, Barker spent nine years working as a television news anchor and reporter.

Keri Barr, CRNP

Keri Barr, CRNP has joined AltaPointe working in adult outpatient services. Barr received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), Hattiesburg. She was awarded the Master of Science in Nursing Award from the USM College of Nursing for her graduate program and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau honor society. Barr is a board certified Family Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Prior to obtaining her nurse practitioner certification in 2015, she was a psychiatric nurse for eighteen years working at East Mississippi State Hospital (EMSH) in Meridian. During those years, she worked as a charge nurse, nurse educator, and nursing supervisor. Barr continued to work for EMSH after becoming a nurse practitioner.  She has worked with inpatient, involuntarily court-committed adults with severe mental illness as well as clients having dual-diagnosis mental illness/Intellectual Developmental disorders.

Chereta Beverly, CRNP

Chereta Beverly, CRNP joined AltaPointe Health in 2017. She has more than 14 years of experience in nursing including psychiatric healthcare. She is a graduate of the University of Mobile with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), and Faulkner State Community College in Bay Minette, Ala., with an associate in applied science (nursing) degree. Beverly graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree specializing in psychiatric mental health. She has been a member of the United States military for more than 15 years and is board certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).

Mildred “Midge” Blandamer, CRNP

Mildred “Midge” Blandamer, CRNP, joined AltaPointe in August 2016 following the merger with Cheaha Regional Mental Health Center (CHRMC). Prior to CHRMC Blandamer worked as a psychiatric mental health CRNP for West Georgia Regional Hospital in Columbus, Ga. She is also a veteran of the U.S. Army and earned the Army Commendation Medal.  Blandamer earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center, and master’s in nursing from the University of Oklahoma. She earned a post master’s Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner certification from the University of Virginia.

Dolores Bray, CRNP

Dolores Bray, CRNP joined AltaPointe Health in 2005. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in nursing with a focus on community mental health from the University of South Alabama in 1996 and is a 1976 graduate of the Mastin School of Nursing. Bray earned her post masters in Family Psychiatric Nursing in 2005. She is Board certified thru the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the recipient of the National Health Service Corporation Scholarship. Bray is a member of the American Psychiatric Nursing Association.

John Hayes, CRNP

John Hayes, CRNP, joined AltaPointe Health in 2007. Hayes earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in family mental health from the University of South Alabama. He has worked across AltaPointe’s continuum of care including the following positions: director of nursing for BayPointe Children’s Hospital, adult outpatient services, and AltaPointe’s adult acute care psychiatric facility EastPointe. Hayes is a member of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Mary Lee, CRNP

Mary Lee, CRNP, joined AltaPointe in 2017 as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She earned bachelor’s degrees in physical education and in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also earned a master’s in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Lee comes to AltaPointe via the VA Medical Center in Birmingham where she completed a post-graduate residency. She is a veteran of the U.S. Army and currently serves in the Army Reserve as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Lee is a board certified mental health nurse and family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is also board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and is an active member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA).

 

Traci Morrow, FNP, PMHNP

Traci Morrow, FNP, PMHNP has joined AltaPointe and will be working in our Sylacauga Region. She is a graduate of Auburn University School of Nursing.  Her background is emergency medicine, and labor and delivery.  She obtained her Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB), School of Nursing in 2006.  She most recently served 14 years at the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, as the director of nursing and FNP, caring for the health needs of over 400 sensory-impaired children and adults from across the state.  Morrow also has a background in inpatient geriatric psychiatry and completed her second master’s degree as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) in 2016 from UAB.  She is dual-certified through the American Nursing Credentialing Center as an FNP and PMHNP.

Jeanette Mortara, CRNP

Jeanette Mortara, CRNP, has more than 20 years of psychiatric nursing experience and four years’ experience as a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner.  Mortara joined AltaPointe Health in April 2014.  She was previously employed at Baldwin County Mental Health Center.  Mortara earned a  bachelor's and master’s in nursing from the University of South Alabama College of Nursing.

She serves as the AltaPointe Health psychiatric nurse practitioner for Foley and surrounding area,  provides telehealth for Sylacauga adult outpatient clinics and cares for patients of Eastpointe Hospital.

Mortara is a board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) mental health nurse and family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.  She is an active member and attends conferences of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) and Neuroscience Education Institute (NEI).  Mortara is involved in local, state and national policy-making advocating nurse practitioner role and standards of care.

Wendy Wade, CRNP

Wendy Wade, CRNP, joined AltaPointe in 2016 as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Wade is a graduate of the University of South Alabama where she earned bachelor and master degrees in nursing. She completed her undergraduate and graduate nursing clinical rotations with AltaPointe, working in inpatient and outpatient settings. Wade is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She also graduated from Oglethorpe University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in community counseling from Georgia State University.

 

 

Tristan T. Tave, DNP, CRNP

Tristan T. Tave, CRNP, joined AltaPointe in 2016 as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. He earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Jacksonville State University. Tave earned a master’s in nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his doctor of nursing practice. He comes to AltaPointe via the VA Medical Center in Birmingham. Tave is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Tave is a board certified mental health nurse and family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Tave is also board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). He is an active member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) and Neuroscience Education Institute (NEI).

Alicia Todd, CRNP

Alicia Todd, CRNP, joined Altapointe Health in 2017. She has over 17 years of experience in nursing. She is a graduate of Bishop State Community College with an associate’s degree in nursing, and the University of Mobile with a bachelor’s of science in nursing. Alicia graduated from the University of Alabama with a master’s of science in nursing with specialization in the dual nurse practitioner concentration in Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. She is a member of the American Nurses Association and the Bay Area Nurse Practitioner Association. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).

PAs

Cheryl Davis, PA

Cheryl Davis, PA-C, MHS, graduated from Florida State University with a degree in sociology and completed a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University Of South Alabama College Of Applied Health Professions. Davis joined AltaPointe Health in July 2014. Previously she held the positions of Director of Clinical Education – Senior Instructor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies College of Allied Health Professions at the University of South Alabama, and Physician Assistant at Mobile Obstetrics and Gynecology. Davis is a member of the Allied Health Alpha Eta Honor Society and board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Cheri Livingston, PA
Cheri Livingston

Cheri Livingston, RPA-C, earned a bachelor’s degree and physician’s assistant certification from Long Island University, The Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York. Livingston has worked for Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan in the surgery department with both general surgery and orthopedic surgery teams. In New York, she also has experience in family medicine and nursing homes. Before joining AltaPointe, she worked at IPC: The Hospitalist Company in Mobile. Livingston is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and holds an Alabama Physician License.