Mohamed Elrafei, MD
Dr. Elrafei is a graduate of Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt and received his psychiatric training at Bergen Regional Medical Center from 1986 to 1990, where he was chief resident in psychiatry from 1989 to 1990. He received the George Simpson award of excellence in psychopharmacology research. He has extensive experience in adult psychiatry, with a subspecialty in geriatric psychiatry and substance abuse since he started his private practice in 1990. He is the founder and manager of Wayne Behavioral Service, LLC, started in 2006.
Dr Elrafei became Board certified in psychiatry and Neurology in 1992 with added qualification of board certification in Geriatric psychiatry in 1996.Currently Dr Elrafei serves as the medical director of Ramapo Ridge psychiatric hospital. He also served as the chairman of the department (1999-2003) and was medical director of the psychiatric department at Chilton Memorial Hospital (2003-2008).
He received the Excellence and Visionary award from the Passaic County Mental Health Association in New Jersey in 2008. He is also the recipient of the New Jersey Institute for Nursing’s prestigious APPLE (Acknowledging Physician Partners: A Liaison for Excellence) award for 2011.
Adnan Khan, MD
Dr. Khan is a graduate of Rawalpindi Medical College in Pakistan. After graduation in 1994, he pursued an internship in Medicine, Surgery and Psychiatry. It was during his Psychiatry internship, that he developed a tremendous interest in the brain and psyche. After completion of his Internship, he moved to Canada from where he passed his USMLE licensure exams and then moved to Pittsburgh. Mental Health experience in the U.S. was essential to get into a residency program, which prompted him to do Externships at Western Psychiatric Hospital and Mercy Hospital. He pursued his adult residency from Bergen Regional Medical Center and a Child and Adolescent Fellowship from St.Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has in-patient and out-patient experience at BRMC and St. Clare’s, Overlook Hospital. Since 2008, he has been working at Christian Health Care Center in both the in-patient and out-patient settings. He has a Board Certification in Adult Psychiatry and has vast experience working with the Adult, Geriatric and Adolescent population. He devotes some of his time to Wayne Behavioral Service and finds it extremely rewarding for his professional growth and development. Dr. Elrafei has a vision for developing Wayne Behavioral Service into a state of the art out-patient mental health center which Dr. Khan feels is a crucial need of the population in both Passaic and Bergen counties. He feels proud to be a part of Wayne Behavioral Service and looks forward to using his education and experience for the betterment of Wayne Behavioral’s mental health clients.
Aijaz Nanjiani, MD
Dr. Nanjiani is an Adult and Geriatric Psychiatrist practicing at Wayne Behavioral Service. He completed his residency training from Bergen Regional Medical Center, in Paramus, New Jersey. He is Board Certified in Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has extensive experience in research in the fields of Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia and has had articles published in the American Journal of Neuropsychiatry, Utah Psychiatric Association and New Jersey Psychiatric Association Newsletters. He has also conducted and compared seminars on Mental Health, Child Abuse, Suicidality, Stress Coping Techniques, Schizophrenia, and Bipolar Disorder worldwide. His posters have been presented at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Conference and WONCA workshops. I have also delivered lectures and presentations on Normal Aging and Dementia at area hospitals and Senior Citizen Centers. His main field of expertise is currently Psychopharmacology he treats the Adult and Geriatric population.
Igor Gefter, MD
GRADUATE TRAINING: Leningrad Medical Institute of Sanitation and Hygiene; 09/77-06/83
POST-GRADUATE TRAINING: Bergen Regional Medical Ctr. PGY I Psychiatry – 07/97-06/98; Albert Einstein College of Medicine; PGY II-IV Psychiatry/ Chief Resident 01/01-06/01
Staff / Senior Staff Psychiatrist- Ukraine; 07/84 – 06/92
Counselor – “OHEL – BETH EZRA” Adult Developmental Mental Health Service- 06/96-06/97
Attending Psychiatrist: Acute Psychiatric Ward – Somerset Medical Ctr.; 07/01-11/03
Attending Psychiatrist: Acute Psychiatric Ward – St. Joseph’s Regional Med. Ctr.; 12/03-02/08
Attending Psychiatrist: Acute Psychiatric Ward – Ramapo Ridge Psychiatric Hospital; 03/07 – current
On-Call Psychiatrist / Consulting Psychiatrist: Carrier Foundation; “TRINITAS” Hospital; Newton Memorial Hospital; Runnels Socialized Hospital; Hackensack University Med. Ctr., St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital; High Focus Centers; Several NH/ NLSM – 06/99 – Current (various dates)
Private Practice: 09/01 – current (nursing homes; New Lifestyle Medical / Office; 04/14 – 02/16; Wayne Behavioral Services LLC /Office; 03/02/16-current)
Marina Haghour-Vwich, M.D.
Dr. Haghour graduated from Kabardino-Balkaria State University in Russia. She received her training in General Psychiatry from Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus New Jersey, specializing in Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry. She is experienced in treating all mood disorders. She also had psychiatry training experience at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, California and received her research experience in Psychopharmacology at Manhattan Psychiatric Center in New York City. She worked as an attending psychiatrist at Mountainside Hospital, Montclair, NJ. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, New Jersey Psychiatric Association and New Jersey Medical Association.
After a thorough assessment, Dr Haghour will help her patients through formulating a plan to begin to target the symptoms that led them to seek treatment. She provides the appropriate care based on modern psychopharmacology in a relaxed and welcoming environment. She has in-depth knowledge of psychotropic medication specifically in recent advances in combination, augmentation and supplementation strategies, including the use of light therapies, TMS therapy and vitamin supplementation. Although primarily oriented to treating psychiatric disorders with psychotropic medications, she firmly believes in the healing aspect of psychotherapy. Therefore, she collaborates with other mental health professionals to provide comprehensive treatment that includes individual and couples therapy. Dr Haghour works to provide the highest quality of care to people in need. Her goal is to help foster an overall healthier outlook on life.
Dr Haghour works at different settings including Wayne Behavioral Service. Also she provides consultation to various nursing homes and assisted living centers.
“Every single one of us is a distinctive human being with an extensive variety of individual experiences which have shaped our unique character to create the person that we are today. Previous failure to respond to a medication is not a limitation to your treatment. I will focus in finding the right medication and treatment options which you can tolerate and benefit from. I look forward to the opportunity of working with you…”
Dr. Haghour is fluent in English, Russian, Arabic and Circassian. She also has extensive experience in Psychiatric evaluation for Bariatric surgery.
Anna Kravtsov, DO
Dr. Anna Kravtsov is a general psychiatrist who sees patients, ages 18 and over, for medication management and supportive therapy. Dr. Kravtsov strives to understand patients in a holistic manner, taking into account biological, psychological, and social factors affecting an individual. Dr. Kravtsov’s goals are to provide her patients with an individualized treatment plan, in a comfortable and supportive atmosphere.
Dr. Kravtsov graduated phi beta kappa from Rutgers University with a major in Biological Science and minor in Psychology. She went on to study medicine at the UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic medicine where she learned traditional medicine as well as manual treatment, and obtained her D.O. degree. Following her medical training, she completed a 4-year psychiatric residency program at Albany Medical Center in New York State where she studied the art and science of both psychiatry and psychotherapy. During this period, she gained exposure working in a variety of settings. Following residency, Dr. Kravtsov worked at the Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry, an outpatient group private practice for 3 years.
Dr. Kravtsov is Board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology and currently holds licenses to practice medicine in both the state of NY and NJ. She is fluent in both English and Russian languages. At Wayne Behavioral Services, Dr. Kravtsov provides Psychiatric Evaluation, Psychiatric Medication Management, Psychotherapy, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
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.
Carol A. Johnson, LCSW, EMDR Trained Therapist
Carol is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years of experience in the fields of Geriatrics, Healthcare and Mental Health. She was educated at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ and received a B.A. in Psychology and an MSW. In her Master’s Program, she majored in Healthcare and minored in Alcohol Studies. She has been with Wayne Behavioral Service for 8 years and sees a varied clientele. Using a combination of psychodynamic theory, cognitive/behavioral models and mindfulness therapies, Carol works with many clients experiencing Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Adjustment Disorders and Bipolar Disorder. Carol also works with individuals on work-related issues and with couples on marital issues. In addition to her practice, Carol is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) and the NJ Society of Clinical Social Workers (NJSCSW).
Laura Cohen, LCSW
Laura Cohen has been with Wayne Behavioral Service since 2001. She graduated from Columbia University with her MSW in 1993 and has been licensed to practice since 1998.
Prior to Wayne Behavioral Service, she held positions as a Social Worker at Chilton Memorial Hospital and at the VNA of Central New Jersey Hospice. She also has experience working with traumatic brain injured patients, adolescents in crisis and in conducting grief, couples and family counseling.
Dr. Joyce Graham, LPC
Dr. Graham has over 10 years of experience working with adults 20-60+ years of age experiencing difficulties with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, chemical dependency, marital issues, grief, loss, sexual dysfunction, relationship issues, work issues, the management of physical illness, or life changes such as retirement or divorce issues.
Service to my clients and patients is always geared towards an elevated level of wellness and the management of presenting difficulties which prevent higher functioning. These methods are practical and hands on, interactive and depend on the clients willingness and desire to improve and change their individual outcomes. They ulitize a treatment plan which is determined upon intake and leaves the client with intervention exercises provided during each visit. Coordination of services is provided whether with our on site psychiatrists for medication management or your medical health care providers.
Amal Elrafei, LAC
Amal Elrafei is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC), working towards her LPC which she will receive in 2019. She received her Masters’ degree in Education specializing in Mental Health Counseling from William Paterson University in 2016. She also holds a Masters’ degree in Communication Arts. Amal has been working with Wafa House since January 2017, and joined Wayne Behavioral Service in September 2017. Her goal is to provide the highest quality of care to people in need and help foster an overall healthier outlook on life. Amal is also a basketball and tennis fan and the mother to three children.
Jessica D’Acosta, LCSW
Jessica D’Acosta is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, earning her Master’s in Social Work in 2015. She received her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York in 2007. She has been working at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs since 2014 and joined Wayne Behavioral Service in late 2017. Jessica works with adult, geriatric and adolescent clients experiencing PTSD, depression, anxiety, women’s issues, adjustment disorders and much more. Jessica’s therapeutic approaches are grounded in behavioral therapy models including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She is a Certified Rape Crisis Responder, Certified Forensic Social Worker, and soon-to-be Certified DBT specialist. She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and a passionate advocate for women’s rights. Jessica was born and raised in Maine, moved to New York City in 2003, and has been living in New Jersey since 2013. Jessica has run 1 marathon and 4 half-marathons, is an avid reader, and loves visiting her parents in Cape Cod accompanied by her hilarious husband and 3 adorable cats.
Jaemma Javanes-Pisani, LPC
Jaemma Javanes-Pisani is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She received her BA in psychology from Montclair State University and her MA in counseling psychology from Centenary College. She has an array of experience ranging from school, residential, inpatient, outpatient, and emergency room settings. She has advocated for people with disabilities in her early work and her clinical experience has included adults, adolescents, and children with depression, anxiety, and externalized behavioral issues. Her theoretical orientation is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy but she believes that each client is unique. Jaemma tailors each session to the clients’ needs and fosters a warm, nurturing environment for progress also through a Mindfulness approach. She is a member of the ACA (American Counseling Association) and NJAWT (New Jersey Association of Women Therapists).
Eshban Muthuka, APN, FPMHNP
Education: Doctorate student at Chatham University- Pittsburg PA
Masters’ Degree- Rutgers University in 2011
Bachelor of Science- Rutgers University
Certification: Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Board Certified by ANCC
Experience: Experience in the evaluation and management of chronic mentally ill patients at Lincoln Park Care Center as well as individuals with developmental disabilitiesindividuals with developmentally disabilities
6 years working at Hagedorn Psychiatric both at acute and gero-psych units