Our Providers

W. Ronald Gaertner, M.D.,L.F.A.P.A.,A.B.A.M.
Dr. Gaertner

Dr. Gaertner formed Gaertner Psychiatric PC in 2013 to provide outpatient services to the Fredericksburg, VA and Richmond, VA areas. He also provides inpatient services at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA.  In addition to his outpatient practice, he has been the Medical Director at Snowden at Fredericksburg and Behavioral Health Services Medical Director for Mary Washington Hospital since 2007.  Previously while in private practice in Richmond, VA and he served as the Behavioral Health Services Regional System Director for Bon Secours Richmond Health System and the Medical Director for Outpatient Substance Abuse for VCU Health Systems, MCV Physicians in Richmond.  He is also the Medical Director of Substance Abuse Services for FCCR Rehabilitation Services in Richmond.

Dr. Gaertner completed his medical degree at Louisiana State School of Medicine and his psychiatric residency at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, LA.  He also completed a fellowship in the study of autistic disorders.  Dr. Gaertner is board certified in both psychiatry and addictionology.  

 

Rajalla Prewitt, M.D.

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Dr. Prewitt is a Board Certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with 13 years of experience in various clinical settings including inpatient mental health units, outpatient treatment and consultation liaison. She received her medical degree from the Ohio State University of Medicine and Adult residency training at the University of Cincinnati as well as fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital of Cincinnati, where she served as chief fellow. She began her professional career with the Center For Family Guidance in New Jersey and held various administrative positions as the Women’s Medical Director, Adolescent Medical Director at Friends Hospital as wells as the Medical Director of Behavioral Health At South Jersey Health Care. She currently serves as a Staff Psychiatrist at Mary Washington Hospital and provides outpatient medication management treatment for Adults, Children and Adolescents at Gaertner Psychiatric. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and training for the next half marathon.

 

Partam Manalai, M.D.

Dr ManalaiDr. Manalai completed his psychiatric residency training in a unique program, Saint Elizabeths Hospital Psychiatry Residency Training Program; heavily influenced by psychodynamic therapeutic approaches. It is argued that today’s “medication only” model of psychiatry may be more efficient but this efficiency comes at the cost of underestimating the complex and multifaceted psychodynamic underpinning mechanisms of psychiatric phenomena. Dr. Manalai advocates for integrating psychotropic medications with psychotherapy, the combination of the two modalities (psychotherapy and psychotropic medications) is more beneficial to individuals suffering from a wide ranges of psychiatric disorders than either one of these modalities alone. Dr. Manalai’s philosophy is to reduce the time that patients suffer by employing all evidence-based measures that accelerate patients’ recovery. Dr. Manalai is board certified in general psychiatry and addiction medicine. Dr. Manalai’s research interests include understanding public psychiatric systems to improve quality of life especially for those living with severe mental illnesses. He is also interested in cognition, suicidology, and developing new biomedical technologies designed for patient-centered individualized treatments, improving diagnostic accuracy, and predicting better outcome of psychiatric disorders.  Dr. Manalai sees patients at Mary Washington Hospital (Snowden).

Pamela R. Faulkner, R.N.C.S.,A.N.P., B.C.
pampicPamela R. Faulkner, RNCS, ANP, BC was employed at the VCU Medical Center as an RN, nurse manager, clinical nurse specialist, and adult nurse practitioner for 23 years before leaving for private practice in psychiatry.  She became interested in brain function and mental illness during her years working in the Neuroscience ICU, Neurosurgery floor, and the Brain Injury Rehabilitation unit.  In 1987 Pam achieved her master’s degree in Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health nursing from the Virginia Commonwealth University. Later she obtained a post-master’s certificate as an adult nurse practitioner.  She has worked as a nurse practitioner in Psychiatry for 9 years with an emphasis on women’s issues and healthy living.  She enjoys helping individuals with a variety of challenges including depression, anxiety, adult autism disorder, bipolar disorder, and ADD/ADHD.

In her spare time, she is a member of the Sportsbackers’ Marathon Training Team and Richmond Road Runners.  She loves to garden and birdwatch in her backyard. She is married and has one adult son. Pam especially enjoys her three cats and hound dog, Willow.

 

Elizabeth Wheatley, D.N.P.,F.N.P.-C., P.M.H.N.P.-B.C .

Eliz Wheatley picElizabeth has over 38 years experience in healthcare. Her Bachelor’s degree is from Florida State University. She has a Masters in Human Relations from Liberty University with both a Masters in Nursing and Post Masters certificate from University of Virginia. She is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Her Doctor of Nursing Practice is from University of South Alabama with a doctoral project entitled: Assessment for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Diagnosis, Interventions, and Length of Stay Quality Improvement Initiative.

Dr. Wheatley has nurse practitioner practice experience in family practice as well as psychiatric care. Her mental health practice includes an interest in individual experience and impact of trauma as well as church education regarding trauma impact and support. Elizabeth’s practice philosophy is a partnership with patients from a holistic perspective. This includes medical, psychosocial, and spiritual elements as needed by individual patients.

Professional memberships include: Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Kappa Chapter; American Association of Nurse Practitioners; Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners; and International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Outside her NP responsibilities, Elizabeth enjoys time with her family, gardening, fishing, and assorted creative activities.

 

Paul Colton, P.M.H.N.P.-B.C.

Paul CoultonPaul M. Colton has been in healthcare for over 32 years beginning his medical career as a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman.  Paul received specialized training in the military to work as a medic with a Marine detachment and later as an operating room technician.  Paul completed his enlistment and received an honorable discharge in 1990 and began work on his nursing degree.  Paul graduated with his nursing degree in 1992 and began working in cardiac nursing.  He worked in all aspects of cardiac nursing from a general telemetry unit to cardiac surgical intensive care.  In 2001 Mr. Colton changed his focus from cardiac to psychiatric nursing.  He worked in various capacities as a psychiatric nurse in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  Paul began working towards his Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Master’s Degree while working full time.  He received his Master’s in Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in 2010 from the State University of New York.  Mr. Colton has worked as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in the mental health field in New York State run outpatient clinics, private hospitals, and the inpatient University Hospital setting.  He is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  He is licensed to practice in both Virginia and New York and is a member of several Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner professional organizations.  In his free time, Paul enjoys spending time with his family and riding his Harley Davidson.  Paul will be seeing patients Monday thru Thursday in the Fredericksburg office.

 

Christopher Wheatley,  P.M.H.N.P.-B.C.

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Christopher Wheatley, PMHNP-BC is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in services for children, adolescents and adults. He discovered his passion for helping those with psychiatric conditions early in his career while working at the Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute in 2009.  Since then, he has worked extensively with individuals in both outpatient and inpatient settings and has taught topics related to mental health at Georgetown University, where is he adjunct faculty. He has most recently focused on the care of children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders and believes strongly that the foundation of good care is based in the relationship between the patient and healthcare provider.

Christopher was raised in Northern Virginia, where he now lives with his family. He completed his undergraduate studies at Old Dominion University and graduate studies at the University of Virginia. He enjoys travelling, hiking and cycling in his spare time.

 

Sue Duke, M.S.N.,A.N.P.

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Sue is an Adult Nurse Practitioner with over 30 years of psychiatric experience.  Upon receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from VCU and her RN certification, she cared for patients in a variety of psychiatric inpatient and outpatient settings before obtaining her Master’s Degree in Nursing from James Madison University in 2009.   As a nurse practitioner in a Richmond psychiatric office for five years, she independently managed a range of mental health conditions, including mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders.   She most recently worked on the inpatient psychiatric unit at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, specializing in acute schizophrenia management.  Sue’s primary interests include mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders.  She uses a holistic approach to integrate behavioral and medical health treatment concerns.  Sue enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking and reading historical biographies as well as spending time with her two granddogs, Ellie and Nacho.  Sue will be seeing outpatients in the Richmond office.

 

 

Sharon J. Clarke, M.S.N.,F.N.P.

SC PicSharon J. Clarke is board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and brings a 30 year background of professional nursing practice. She earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in nursing from Niagara University and received her Masters of Science Degree in nursing from the University of Virginia. She also holds a certificate in Energy Medicine from the Four Winds Society.Prior to joining Gaertner Psychiatric Sharon spent many years practicing a blend of primary care and psychiatry in various locales across the US.  She has enjoyed living in some of the most beautiful places in the country. Her philosophy of healing is firmly rooted in the premise that the body, mind and spirit are inseparable; that the body does the healing, and the Practitioner can take credit only for helping that process along.  She works in collaboration with each of her patients to offer tailored holistic care with a focus on integrative approaches to brain health. Her interventions often incorporate nutritional guidance, hormone balancing and stress relief modalities. She integrates allopathic, natural and energetic practices in her approach to patients.  In her spare time Sharon enjoys hiking, gardening, biking, yoga and traveling.  I am accepting new patients between the ages of 21 and 65 years old.

 

Judy Albert, M.S.N., N.P.-C.

Screen Shot 2016-07-10 at 4.26.25 PM (1)Judy has close to 20 years experience working in the healthcare industry. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Molloy College on Long Island, NY, and her Master’s in Nursing from SUNY (State University of NY) Stony Brook in Adult and Geriatric Medicine.  Judy’s experience includes over a decade working in New York City as a Burn Trauma Nurse.  Judy is also a certified Forensic Nurse, and Legal Nurse Consultant.  Her primary focus of practice is in- patient care, providing medical services to patients at Snowden at Fredericksburg, and is a Pain Management consultant at both Snowden and Mary Washington Hospital.

 

 

 

Vicki McKay, N.P.

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Victoria McKay graduated from nursing school in 1982 and was awarded her master’s degree from Catholic University in 1989 with majors in Nursing Education and Pediatrics. She has been a pediatric nurse practitioner for 25 years. She graduated from Rush University in 2008 with a post-masters certification as a family psychiatric nurse practitioner and has practiced exclusively in psychiatry since then. In 2009 she received a second post masters degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in psychiatry.

Ms. McKay has experience in the diagnosis and medication management of children,adolescents and adults needing evaluation and treatment for mental health concerns. Ms. McKay only sees patients at Mary Washington Hospital (Snowden).

 

Crystal Miller-Williams, N.P.