Our Providers

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

Dr. Gaertner formed Gaertner Psychiatric PC in 2013 to provide outpatient psychiatric services in Fredericksburg and Richmond, Virginia and inpatient services at Snowden at Fredericksburg, affiliated with Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg.  Since 2007 he has been the Medical Director at Snowden and for Behavioral Health Services at Mary Washington Hospital.  Previously he served as the Behavioral Health Services Regional Director for Bon Secours Richmond Health System and the Medical Director for Outpatient Substance Abuse for VCU Health Systems, MCV Physicians 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.

OUTPATIENT AND INPATIENT SERVICES:  FREDERICKSBURG

Elizabeth Wheatley, D.N.P.,F.N.P.-C., P.M.H.N.P.-B.C .
INPATIENT AND OUTPATIENT CARE

Dr. Wheatley has over 38 years experience in healthcare and has nurse practitioner practice experience in family practice as well as in psychiatric care. She earned a Bachelors Degree from Florida State University and a Masters in Human Relations from Liberty University.  She has also earned a Masters in Nursing and Post Masters certificate from the 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). She further earned her Doctor of Nursing degree 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’s mental health practice includes an interest in individual experience and impact of trauma as well as religious education and support services related to trauma impact and support. Her 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.

Dr. Wheatley provides both inpatient services at Snowden at Fredericksburg and outpatient services at the Gaertner Psychiatric office in Fredericksburg.

Outside her nurse practitioner responsibilities, she enjoys time with her family, gardening, fishing, and assorted creative activities.

Emily Torres FNP
INPATIENT AND OUTPATIENT CARE

Ms. Torres is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She entered into the mental health field in 2001 working with children in a residential facility. She completed her nursing degree in 2005. Ms. Torres continued to serve the mental health community in various capacities including as a case manager, care coordinator, charge nurse and nurse educator. She completed her Bachelors of Science of Nursing in 2017, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Capella University. Most recently, Ms. Torres finished her Masters of Science in Nursing from Simmons University, and joined Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in Nursing. Ms. Torres will be seeing both inpatients and outpatients for Gaertner Psychiatric, PC in Fredericksburg.

In her free time, she enjoys trail hiking and participating in competitive running venues.

Vicki McKay, N.P.
INPATIENT AND OUTPATIENT CARE

Ms. 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.

Henna Habib PA-C
OUTPATIENT CARE

Ms. Habib is a 2015 graduate from Temple University in Philadelphia, receiving her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. She completed her Masters in Physician Assistant Studies at Chatham University in Pittsburgh in 2017. In addition to specializing in outpatient psychiatry for two years, her clinical experience includes pediatrics, internal medicine, emergency medicine, and surgery.

At Gaertner Psychiatry, she provides outpatient services and specializes in medication management for all age groups, including children, adolescents, and adults. She will be treating outpatients in the Fredericksburg office.

She is married with one newborn son. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends.

Jamie Holder PMHNP-BC
OUTPATIENT CARE

Ms. Holder is a Board Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has 27 years of nursing experience specializing in psychiatry. As an RN, she worked in acute inpatient care and psychosocial rehabilitation settings.

She pursued a career in nursing after graduating from Jefferson College of Health Sciences. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from Ohio University. It was then, through her dedication and love of psychiatric nursing, that she earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University with the specialization of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.

Ms. Holder has a passion for mental health and is committed to providing a holistic, evidence-based approach to treatment. She realizes that seeking treatment requires a degree of bravery and that finding the right provider, one that you trust and feel comfortable with, can sometimes be a challenge. In providing a safe, nonjudgmental environment, she enjoys collaborating with individuals to develop a plan to help them reach a more optimal level of mental and physical well-being.

She provides outpatient mental health services in the Fredericksburg office. In her free-time, she enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs, even better if they are at the beach.

 

Yeganeh Jalaeian, DNP, MS, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC
INPATIENT AND OUTPATIENT CARE

Dr. Jalaeian has more than 14 years of experience in health care. She is dually certified in family and psychiatric mental health fields.

Dr. Jalaeian earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from George Mason University (GMU) in Virginia, followed by Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky. She further received a postmaster certificate in Psychiatric Mental health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) through GMU. Her philosophy in patient care is to follow evidence-based practice and shared-decision-making model.

She is a science enthusiast. Prior to switching her career to health care, she earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from Tabriz University in Iran, followed by a master’s degree in toxicology from American University in Washington DC, and she taught biology at community college.
Outside her nurse practitioner role, she enjoys learning about world history, exploring different cultures, and learning Spanish language.

Angela Friend, FNP
INPATIENT AND OUTPATIENT CARE

Ms. Friend is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She started her nursing career in 2007 in San Antonio Texas. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from University of Texas at Arlington. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with her Master of Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

She has over fifteen years of nursing experience in various areas of nursing including Med-Surg, Emergency Department and Inpatient Psychiatry.

Ms Friend will be working at Snowden at Fredericksburg for inpatient care as well as treating outpatients in the Fredericksburg office. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, her 3 grown children and her 3 grandchildren.

Lesley Grzybowski, PMHNP

INPATIENT AND OUTPATIENT CARE

Ms. Grzybowski is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Master of Science in Nursing and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She started her nursing career in 2015 and has over 5 years of experience specializing in behavioral health. Throughout her career, she has been able to advocate for the mental health population in a variety of ways additional to bedside nursing such as mental health community education and outreach.

Ms. Grzybowski is passionate about the importance of the establishment of a therapeutic rapport with her patients and believes in the value of a holistic approach to care through collaboration with an interdisciplinary team. She obtained a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2001 with an Interdisciplinary Studies Major that allowed her to ascertain the relationship between Psychology, Biology and Sociology.

Ms. Grzybowski will be starting in the outpatient setting at the Fredericksburg location to treat mental health patients across the lifespan. She is committed to continuous learning in order to provide evidence-based treatment modalities. Her goal is to empower patients and educate the community concerning the importance of mental health management and advocacy.

Partam Manalai, MD,FAPA
Diplomat ABPN, Diplomat ABPM-Addiction Medicine, Diplomat ABAM
INPATIENT CARE

Dr. Manalai provides inpatient services at Snowden at Fredericksburg, affiliated with Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg. Dr. Manalai is associate clinical professor at George Washington University School of Medicine and has remained associate professor of Howard University College of medicine and Director of Inpatient Psychiatric Services as well Director of Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program Howard University Hospital. Before that, Dr. Manalai had worked in Richmond, VA after graduating from St. Elizabeths Residency Training Program in Washington DC. Dr. Manalai is board certified in psychiatry (American Board Psychiatry and Neurology), Addiction medicine (American Board of Addiction Medicine), and addiction medicine (American Board of Preventive Medicine-addiction medicine).

Allison Foroobar, MD
INPATIENT CARE

Allison Foroobar, MD, is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist at Snowden where she sees inpatient adolescents and outpatient adults. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and completed her medical degree at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.

She then completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh in general pediatrics, adult and child psychiatry where she also served as chief resident.

She worked as an outpatient psychiatrist for children, adolescents and adults prior to coming to Snowden. She provides comprehensive care for adolescents, and adults, while partnering with her patients’ families and other specialists to promote mental health and wellness.

Sujarani Koolipurackal, NP
INPATIENT CARE H & P PROCESS

Ms. Suja Koolipurackal is joining the team with more than 25 years of experience in various fields of nursing. She had her BSN in 1991 and Master’s in nursing in 1994.

She had her Post Master’s certification course in Wound Ostomy and Continence from UVA school of Nursing in 2011 and is currently certified by WOCNB in Wound, Ostomy, and Continence specialty. She has her Post Master’s Certification in Adult Gerontology Primary Care Program from the Maryville University of St Louis and is Board Certified by ANCC. Suja believes in a holistic approach to health and recognizes the importance of mental health in achieving optimal health and wellbeing of an individual.

Suja likes to do traveling, gardening, and enjoy nature with her family and friends.

Sreeja Jayakumar FNP
INPATIENT CARE H & P PROCESS

Ms. Jayakumar is a board certified family nurse practitioner who has over 15 years of experience in health care field.

She completed her Bachelors degree in Nursing from Medical College, India and her Masters in Nursing from South University in Savannah, GA, specializing in family medicine.

She is devoted to providing continuing and comprehensive healthcare to patients in a hospital setting. She believes it is important to empower the patient with knowledge and management of their condition. She works at Snowden at Fredericksburg for inpatient care only.

Ms. Jayakumar likes to spend her spare time traveling, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

MISSION STATEMENT

To treat you as a “whole person” and not just a diagnosis.

To assist you in your overall mental health.

To provide you with psychiatric care and medication management.

To provide you psychiatric medical care that you can trust.

To provide you with inpatient and outpatient care and support.

About Us

Gaertner Psychiatric PC is made up of Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistant Providers dedicated to helping individuals and families achieve their maximum potential. Gaertner Psychiatric PC provides a treatment team of specialists to each client served.

621 Emancipation Hwy, Ste 201, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
540-372-2028

3721 Westerre Parkway, Ste 7F, Henrico, VA 23233
804-269-4916

Susan Dunmyer - Administrator
540-372-2028

Monday - Friday
9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday - Sunday
Closed

Fredericksburg Office

Richmond Office