Our Nurse Practitioners

Our Nurse Practitioners

Maripat Alger Cottone, APN

Maripat has been with Wayne Behavioral Service since its inception in 1996. She has over 25 years of psychiatric nursing experience in in-patient and out-patient care from child psych to geriatrics. Maripat has been an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) since 1991, a graduate of both Yale and Rutgers University’s School of Nursing. She is ANCC Board Certified as both an Adult Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She enjoys both direct clinical practice, as well as, consultation and has been an adjunct faculty member at Seton Hall University, Bergen Community College and Felician College.

As an APN, Maripat provides psychiatric evaluation, clinical management-including prescriptive authority and pharmacological management, therapy and patient education. Her areas of interest include women’s issues-pregnancy and post partum mood disorders, as well as, Wellness and Recovery.

Maripat is also an avid football fan, sports enthusiast and a mother of twins.

Maripat Alger Cottone TMS

Mary Switala, DNP

Dr. Mary Switala is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner who provides comprehensive psychiatric treatment for adolescents and adults with a focus on individual needs and the collaborative development of treatment goals. She offers comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and brief supportive therapy for a variety of mental health conditions.

Mary is knowledgeable about the latest developments in psychopharmacology and provides combination treatment with brief supportive psychotherapy and medication management, as well as psychopharmacological management in conjunction with other psychotherapists. Dr. Switala has been working with psychiatric patients for the past 15 years. She has experience in inpatient and outpatient settings and uses a holistic and integrative approach to diagnosing and treating mental health conditions. Mary places emphasis on providing thorough patient education to foster a collaborative, therapeutic relationship that is transparent and empathetic. Mary obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from Monmouth University and her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at Villanova University.

Emily Coyle, PMHNP-BC

Emily Coyle is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with training and experience treating patients with various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She is well-versed in psychopharmacology and utilizes an integrative approach that includes medication, therapy, patient education and referrals for non-pharmacological options for treatment such as TMS and Ketamine. She directly oversees patients receiving Ketamine for treatment-resistant depression at WBS with Dr. Elrafei.

Other experience includes collaborating with multidisciplinary teams across different settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and long term care psychiatric units. Emily’s background includes extensive hands-on experience working as a psychiatric nurse for several years on inpatient psychiatric units including Ramapo Ridge Psychiatric Hospital and Gracie Square Hospital.

Emily earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she was also awarded the Excellence in Nursing Award for maintaining the highest GPA, consistently excelling in clinical settings, and providing responsible and compassionate care to her patients. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fairfield University, an Associate’s degree in Nursing from Bergen Community College and a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Thomas Edison State University.

Carrie Prakope, PMHNP-BC

Carrie is a ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) across the lifespan. Beginning her career as a Level 1 Trauma Nurse, she subsequently found her true calling as a psychiatric nurse in acute care at Yale New Haven Hospital. Holding two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree, Carrie enjoys working with patients exhibiting a broad range of complex mental health challenges. Some of these health issues include depressive disorders, bipolar and related disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, ADHD, personality and mood disorders, as well as schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders.

A graduate of Regis College with a 3.96 GPA, Carrie envelopes herself in the learning experience and genuinely enjoys developing a supportive and dynamic patient-practitioner relationship. Carrie is adroit in assessment, diagnosis, planning, evaluation and medical management of psychiatric illnesses in her patients. She provides psychotherapy along with extensive psychoeducation of psychotropic medications provided to her patients.

Carrie’s interests include scuba diving, animal rescue, and art; Carrie was named one of the top ten emerging artists in the country by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy. Carrie led the effort to pass the historic 2003 smoking ban in NYC through her testimony in front of the City Council, advocating for employee health and welfare issues. Carrie also sits on the board of Road to Recovery assisting victims and survivors of sexual abuse.

Natasha Dillon, PMHNP-BC

Natasha Dillon graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2020 as a psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for all ages. She is Board Certified by ANCC and graduated with her Master’s in Nursing Science in 2017 from Ternopil State Medical University in the Ukraine. Natasha has been in the medical field for 20 years and has years of experience as a Registered Nurse in the hospital setting and she has connected with thousands of patients throughout her career and participated in many meaningful moments in their lives.

Natasha is a patient-focused provider who emphasizes building relationships with her patients and works towards creating a personalized treatment plan. These connections have made her a sensitive, respectful provider that enjoys collaboration. Natasha became interested in drug treatment because of the way it dominates our current approach to managing the suffering and disturbance we call mental disorders. Using psychotherapy and medication management, she can help you gain the tools needed to move past the hard times.

“Mental health is not cookie-cutter as every person has a different story. You are important, you are strong, you are always welcomed to come to see me without being judged.”

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