Our Caring, Competent Staff
Carrier Clinic’s skilled Clinical Treatment Team varies according to the specific needs of the clinical service that one receives at our facility. Our Treatment team upholds the highest regard for Carrier’s key core values—Compassion, Respect, Integrity, Safety and Innovation—which serve as the basis for all our actions, and are the measurement of our success.
A Message From Donald J. Parker
President and CEO
We are proud that our team at Carrier Clinic has offered caring solutions and served as a trusted source of healing for patients and their families since we opened our doors in 1910.
Your healing experience begins as you enter our 100 acre campus, which is set in the foothills of the Sourland Mountains in scenic Somerset County, New Jersey. We are flanked by a 14-acre solar farm that provides a clean, safe and sustainable energy source for our facilities.
While nature sets the stage for our patients’ healing, Hope and Recovery is initiated by our expert clinical and patient care staff. Carrier Clinic provides comprehensive treatment and education for adolescents, adults and older adults needing psychiatric and addiction treatment on the inpatient and residential levels. Ours has always been a safe, compassionate and respectful environment, with caring, supportive professionals who have excelled in their respective fields as psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, addiction treatment counselors and art and music therapists.
Carrier has undergone a metamorphosis over the last few years, as we added two new wings to our hospital and refurbished the remaining sections. Our continuing efforts to enhance the “Healing Environment” that our patients experience during their recovery will involve bringing nature and light into our buildings and combining it with artwork throughout. We hope Carrier’s grounds and facilities can be a source of strength, inspiration and comfort during our patients’ most difficult moments.
The Carrier experience combines multiple elements, from our place in nature, to our comforting facilities, to our dedicated and skilled professionals. We strive to create a continuum of care where Hope is restored and Recovery begins. This has been true for the last 100 years and remains our vision as we move forward into our next century of dedicated service.
Dr. David BuchChief of Addiction Medicine
Dr. Buch completed his BA at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, his M.D. at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN, and his Residency at East Carolina University School of Medicine in Greenville, NC.
Immediately prior to his appointment at Carrier Clinic, Dr. Buch was a full time Staff Psychiatrist at University Correctional Healthcare, UMDNJ. In addition to his Staff appointment at Carrier Clinic, he also acts as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Jefferson School of Medicine.
Dr. Buch is Board Certified in Psychiatry, is an American Board of Quality Assurance/Utilization Review Diplomate, and has earned added qualifications in both Addiction and Geriatric Psychiatry. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society, Philadelphia Psychiatric Society, American Association of Addiction Psychiatrists, American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, American Geriatrics Society and the Association for Convulsive Therapy. Additionally, Dr. Bush has authored four publications and numerous presentations.
A "Top Doc" recipient in Philadelphia Magazine, Dr. Buch is licensed to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.
Dr. ChinPsychiatrist on the Acute Care Unit
Dr. Chin has been working with the Carrier team on the Acute Care Unit. Dr. Chin received his Doctor of Medicine at the Albany Medical College in Albany New York, and completed his post-graduate residency education in Psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center and The New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. He is Board Certified in General Psychiatry with an added qualification in Addiction. Dr. Chin’s expertise is in Biological Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Neuroscience.
Courtney Emery, MSN, PMHNP-BCPsychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Ms. Emery, an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, has been with Carrier for over 6 years in a variety of nursing roles.
Beginning her Carrier Clinic career on the Adolescent Unit as a Registered Nurse, Ms. Emery held the position as charge nurse and then Senior Nurse for the 36 bed unit. In 2014 she completed her APRN designation and primarily works now in the Admissions department and on East Mountain Youth Lodge, Carrier’s adolescent residential program.
Ms. Emery received her Masters of Nursing degree from Monmouth University, and she completed her clinical APN rotations at Trinitas Hospital Behavioral Health, Children’s Specialized Hospital and Veteran’s Hospital in Lyons.
An ANCC Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Ms. Emery is the Vice President of the Carrier Clinic Executive Medical Staff Committee, and also a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She is licensed to practice in New Jersey.
Susan Gray, MSN, APRN, RNPsychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Ms. Gray has been with Carrier Clinic for over 10 years as a Weekend Nursing Supervisor and most recently as a full time member of the Medical Staff, overseeing all units and the admissions area.
Ms. Gray has over 40 years’ experience in adult inpatient Behavioral Health Services for a variety of health care organizations in the public and private sector, including Community Mental Health Centers, general hospitals and psychiatric hospitals. She obtained her Masters in Psychiatric Nursing from Yale University, and is currently completing her doctorate in Nursing at UMass Boston.
Previously she held the role of Clinical Coordinator of Inpatient Behavioral Health at Morristown Medical Center/Atlantic Health System for over 9 years. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the NJ State Nurses Association, the Advance Practice Nurses of Morris County and the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Delta Mu Chapter. She is licensed in both New Jersey and Connecticut.
Pranab Haldar, MDInternal Medicine Physician
Dr. Haldar provides medical care to all of our units throughout the hospital. He attended St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, and completed his residency and Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at UMDNJ in Newark, NJ.
Dr. Haldar is licensed to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Abdul H. Kazi, M.D.Clinical Psychiatrist on the Acute Care Unit
Dr. Kazi attended medical school in Karachi, Pakistan and completed his residency at the Nassau County Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, in East Meadow NY.
Prior to his appointment at Carrier Clinic, Dr. Kazi was a full-time clinical psychiatrist at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. After moving to New Jersey, Dr. Kazi took the position of Clinical Psychiatrist II at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, working in the Intensive Treatment Unit, Transitional living Unit and at Raycroft Building. He also acted as an on-call physician for Carrier Clinic.
Board Certified in Psychiatry, Dr, Kazi is licensed to practice in New Jersey. He also currently maintains a private practice in Mercerville, NJ, specializing in pharmacological management of outpatients suffering from mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders.
Puneet Kumar, MDInternal Medicine Physician
Dr. Kumar has been with Carrier Clinic for over 6 years as an On-Call physician. He now primarily works in the Access center with our Admissions team. Board Certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Kumar Received his BA in Medical Science from Boston University, and his MD in Medicine from UMDNJ in Newark.
He completed his Internship in Internal Medicine at Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle, NY, and his Residency in Family Medicine at JKF Medical Center in Edison, NJ. Dr. Kumar is licensed to practice in both New Jersey and New York.
Anthony Marino, Jr., M.D.Clinical Psychiatrist in the Admissions Department
Dr. Marino was educated at Johns Hopkins University and went on to medical school at Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Upon graduation, he served an internship and his residency in psychiatry at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.
Prior to his appointment at Carrier Clinic in 1995, Dr. Marino worked for Rainbow Healthcare Associates serving as Medical Director for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit at South Jersey Hospital System in Bridgeton. Dr. Marino is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychiatric Physicians of Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society. He is licensed to practice in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Dr. MinaInternal Medicine Physician
Dr. Mina has been with Carrier for several years, and provides medical care to all of our units throughout the hospital. She received her MD from Mansoura University, Egypt, and completed her Internal Medicine residency program at Seton Hall University School of Graduate Medical Education/ St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, NJ. Dr. Nisar has over 24 years of experience, and is Board Certified. Dr. Mina is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Internal Medicine.
Umesh Mehta M.D.Interim Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Mehta was educated at Gujarat University in India and attended medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons in England. In 1984, he completed his residency training in otolaryngology in the United Kingdom at West Middlesex University Hospital, Queen Mary's Hospital and North Riding Infirmary. After serving in the United Kingdom, Dr. Mehta moved to the United States, and in 1988 became a psychiatrist and worked at the Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
Prior to joining Carrier Clinic in 1993, he worked as a psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Medical School Program at Elmhurst Hospital Center in New York, and served a clinical fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Monefiore Medical Center in New York.
Dr. Mehta is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is licensed to practice in the states of Florida, New Jersey and New York.
Kavitha Polkampally, MDInternal Medicine Physician
Dr. Polkampally has been a member of the Carrier team for just over 5 years, and provides medical care to all of the units throughout the hospital. She received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Gandhi Medical College, AP, India, completed her Internal Medicine internship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and her Internal Medicine residency at New York Medical College.
Dr. Polkampally is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, and certified with a Geriatric Medicine subspecialty. She is also certified from the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
She is a member of the American College of Physicians, The American Geriatrics Society and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is licensed to practice in New Jersey and New York.
Robert Saint-Vil, Jr., D.O.Clinical Psychiatrist on the Older Adult Unit
Dr. Saint-Vil, Jr. previously worked worked as staff psychiatrist at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and St. Claire’s Hospital in Boonton, NJ. Dr. Saint-Vil completed both his residency in Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Zucker Hillside Hospital. He is Board Certified in Psychiatry and is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Osteopathic Association. Dr. Saint -Vil is licensed to practice in New Jersey and New York.
Dr. Jagwinder SandhuClinical Psychiatrist on the Adolescent Unit
Dr. Sandhu was the former Medical Director of the CARES partial hospitalization program for Children at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, NJ, Dr. Sandhu completed his residency in General Psychiatry at Delaware State Hospital Program, in affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and his Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ- RWJMS Program in Piscataway, NJ. Board Certified in Psychiatry, Dr. Sandhu is licensed to practice in New Jersey. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Medical Society of NJ.
Jenna Schipper, MSN, PMHNP-BC, CARN-APPsychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Ms. Schipper has worked at Carrier as a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse for approximately two years. Currently, she works primarily on our state diversion unit, working with a treatment team to divert the chronic mentally ill from long term hospitals. She also works on our adult Acute Care and Dual Diagnosis units.
Ms. Schipper received her Masters of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (lifespan) from Monmouth University, and her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Seton Hall University. She is an ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and additionally certified as an Addictions Advanced Practice Nurse. Ms. Schipper is licensed to practice in NJ.
Shailaja K Shah MDClinical Psychiatrist – Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
Dr. Shah was educated at the University of Bombay (Grant Medical College), and completed her residency in Psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry fellowship at UMDNJ- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Dr. Shah has most recently served as the Medical Director at Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center. Prior to her appointment at Richard Hall, Dr. Shah served as a faculty member of UMDNJ-University Behavioral Health Care’s COPSA Memory Disorders clinic and was the Training Director for the Fellowship program in Geriatric Psychiatry at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Dr. Shah has been a courtesy staff psychiatrist in Carrier’s ECT department since 2003, working closely with Umesh Mehta, MD., Director of ECT Services, and came to Carrier as a part-time staff psychiatrist in the ECT department in June, 2013. Dr. Shah is Board Certified in Psychiatry, with added qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry.
Dr. VerretClinical Psychiatrist on the Adult Psychiatric & Addictions Unit
Dr. Verret works on the Adult Psychiatric and Addictions Unit. He received his Medical Doctorate from the State University of Haiti, Faculty of Medicine, and his Masters of Public Health from Columbia University School of Public Health in NY. Dr. Verrett is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine and is licensed to practice in New Jersey, New York, Haiti and Florida. He is affiliated with numerous professional associations, including the American Psychiatric Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, and American Medical Association.
The Treatment Team
Psychiatrist. When admitted to the inpatient hospital, each patient is assigned an attending psychiatrist or attending APRN. He or she will evaluate medical and psychiatric problems, and recommend and participate in treatment including the prescription of medications, if needed. The psychiatrist is ultimately responsible to assure the quality of care at Carrier Clinic.
APRN: Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. A member of the medical staff, an APRN works collaboratively with the psychiatrists and perform the same duties as described above.
Nursing Staff. Registered nurses are on staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to monitor the patient’s mood, behavior, physical status and to intervene accordingly. The nurse administers medication and provides nursing education groups. The registered nurses are also assisted in providing care by Mental Health Technicians (MHTs) and Mental Health Counselors.
Clinical Case Manager. The clinical case manager (licensed social worker) will meet with patients individually, in groups, and in family meetings Monday through Friday. He or she assists the patient in exploring the reasons for hospitalization/stressors, and helps develop a plan to assist in the recovery process. The clinical case manager will work with the psychiatrist, nurse, family members and patient to determine the most appropriate aftercare plan.
Allied counselors provide therapeutic groups daily (problem solving, coping skills, recreation, etc) to help patients achieve their treatment goals.
Mental Health Technician (MHT). MHTs provide a high level of support services for the professional nursing staff and the routine functions of patient care under the direction of the professional nurse.
Crisis Intervention Specialists. Crisis Intervention Specialists assist in the de-escalation of crisis situations in a calm, safe, and supportive manner.
Residential Counselors provide around-the-clock care on a close, personal basis, and assist in establishing an appropriate home environment that provides supervision and support for a range of daily living activities for residents and day-to-day household functions of the East Mountain Youth Lodge.
Addictions Counselor. The Addiction Counselor counsels and educates patients, families and significant others about alcohol and drug addictions and related disorders. They are also responsible for establishing a climate for recovery from addictions and improved psychosocial functioning.
Occupational Therapist. The occupational therapist provides memory testing and life skills assessments. The OT runs groups that teach coping skills, life skills and community re-entry activities.
Physical Therapist. The physical therapist provides rehabilitative services, such as muscle strengthening and balance.