Choosing Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
A Psychiatrist is a medical practitioner specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Psychiatrists in Philadelphia generally have four years of undergraduate studies in college, four years of medical school, a year of internship in medicine or surgery and then three additional years of specialized training in psychiatry, psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. Therefore, unlike psychologists and therapists, psychiatrists in Philadelphia are physicians who can provide both therapy and medication management for their patients.
A Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is a provider who has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, then completed a Masters Degree in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing and then becomes Board Certified to prescribe psychiatric medications. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners must additionally maintain “Collaborative Agreements” with physicians who are available for regular supervision and case discussion. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners often have significantly more mental health training than primary care physicians (Family Medicine and Internal Medicine doctors).
Click here to learn more about our Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, located in Philadelphia, PA (2 offices) and Malvern, PA.
Chris Pagnani, MD – Medical Director
Christopher J. Pagnani, M.D. is an Instructor at The Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Medicine for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, an Instructor at Jefferson Hospital, for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a Private Practice Psychiatrist in Center City, Philadelphia, where he serves as the Medical Director of all Philadelphia Health Services locations.
Gina Cavorsi, MD
Director of Nurse Practitioner Supervision and Compliance
Gina M. Cavorsi, M.D. has served as Chief Resident for Einstein Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry, chaired Einstein’s House Staff Leadership Committee, served as The Medical Director for Reading Hospital’s Center for Mental Health Partial Hospitalization Program & Psychiatric Emergency Services and is a recipient of the Benjamin Rush Award for Achievement among Psychiatrists in the Philadelphia area.
JESSICA M. PLOCHER, CRNP
ELIZABETH A. MILBURN, CRNP
NICOLE RODIER, CRNP
Our Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners have combined over 20 years of experience in the mental health field. Experiences have included serving as the mental health resource specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), working at the Johns Hopkins Hospital for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in both clinical and supervisor roles, Instructing at the University of Pennsylvania and extensive outpatient treatment of students at the University of Pennsylvania’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center (CAPS).