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 Clinic’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
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 are 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 Clinic 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 Clinic’s grounds and facilities can be a source of strength, inspiration, and comfort during our patients’ most difficult moments.
The Carrier Clinic 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.
Syed Asim Ali, MD*Clinical Psychiatrist
Dr. Ali joined Carrier Clinic in the beginning of 2017 as a locum and recently accepted a position as a fulltime active staff member. Dr. Ali is licensed to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He also maintains a private practice in North Brunswick, NJ specializing in pharmacological treatment of all psychiatric disorders ranging from Depression (mood) Bipolar to Anxiety and Psychosis (thought) related disorders.
Working as a locum for the last couple of years, he brings in a wide range of experience from working in different environments (Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, Veterans Administrations, Crisis Centers, outpatient and inpatient) in the specialized field of Psychiatry. He completed his residency at Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, NJ and received his Medical Doctorate from UNIBE School of Medicine at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Ella Doctoroff, DOFamily Medicine Physician
Dr. Doctoroff joined Carrier Clinic in 2008 as an On-Call Physician. She is Board Certified in Family Medicine and has her license to practice in New Jersey.
She received her Medical Degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at Atlantic Health System, NJ and her fellowship in Lyme Disease and Neuropsychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, NY.
Courtney Emery, DNP, MSN, PMHNP-BC*Psychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Ms. Emery, an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, has been with Carrier Clinic for over 6 years in a variety of nursing roles. ANCC Certified, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Ms. Emery is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as well as the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She is licensed to practice in New Jersey.
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 worked in the Admissions department. She recently started working in East Mountain Youth Lodge, Carrier Clinic’s adolescent residential program. She received her Masters of Nursing degree from Monmouth University and completed her clinical APN rotations at Trinitas Hospital Behavioral Health, Children’s Specialized Hospital and Veteran’s Hospital in Lyons. Ms. Emery is scheduled to graduate with a Doctorate in Nursing in December 2018 from Villanova University.
Susan Gray, DNP, APRN, RN*Psychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Dr. Gray has been with Carrier Clinic for over 10 years. She started as a Weekend Nursing Supervisor and most recently as a full-time member of the Medical Staff. ANCC Certified, Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Ms. Gray has over 40 years’ experience in adult inpatient Behavioral Health Services for a variety of health care organizations. She is licensed in both New Jersey and Connecticut.
She obtained her Doctorate in Nursing from University of Massachusetts, Boston and her Masters in Psychiatric Nursing from Yale University. 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.
Pranab Haldar, MDInternal Medicine Physician
Dr. Haldar has been working with Carrier Clinic since 2008 as an On-Call Physician. He mainly works with our Admission team and provides medical care to all of our units throughout the hospital as needed. Dr. Haldar is licensed to practice in New Jersey and has his private practice specializing in Geriatric Medicine in Fords, NJ.
He is also affiliated with Raritan Bay Medical Center and Robert Wood Johnson Hospital at Rahway, NJ. Dr. Haldar attended St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, completed his residency in Internal Medicine at University of Medicine and Dentistry at Newark, NJ, and joint program fellowship in Geriatric Medicine with Saint Peter's University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
Veronica Jensen, DNP, APNC, PMHNP-BC*On-Call Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Dr. Jensen joined Carrier Clinic in March 2017 as a full-time Medical Staff member. ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Jensen has more than 15 years of experience in Psychiatric Nursing and is licensed to practice in New Jersey.
Prior to joining Carrier Clinic, she worked at Rutgers University Behavioral Health and Rutgers Graduate School of Nursing as Adjunct Professor/Clinical Supervisor. She has also served Summit Medical Group, Raritan Bay Medical Center, and many other healthcare facilities. Dr. Jensen has her Doctorate in Nursing Practice, Post-Masters Certification in Child /Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, and Masters in Nursing from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Maria Johnson, MSN, PMHNP-BC*Psychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Ms. Johnson is one of the most recent additions to our Medical Staff team in Access. ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Ms. Johnson has more than 40 years of nursing experience. Ms. Johnson is licensed to practice in New Jersey.
Ms. Johnson’s last 20 years of work history includes serving at New Jersey Veterans Facility at East Orange in Lyons, NJ and University Behavioral Healthcare at Piscataway, NJ. She has also served Carrier Foundations Geriatric Psychiatry Unit as Senior Relief Nurse. She received her Masters of Nursing Degree from Drexel University.
Maryellen Katz, MSN, PMHNP-BC*Psychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Ms. Katz joined Carrier Clinic in 2016 as full time medical staff member in our Adult Acute Care unit. ANCC Board Certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Ms. Katz has more than 25 years of experience in various clinical settings as well as in indirect patient care activities and nursing management. Ms. Katz is licensed to practice in New Jersey.
Prior to joining Carrier Clinic, she worked at various facilities including Saint Clare’s Health System in Boonton, NJ as a Charge Nurse and at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ as a Staff Nurse. She also worked as a Staff Nurse in Carrier Clinic’s Blake Recovery Center. She received her Masters of Nursing Degree in Psychiatric- Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Monmouth University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Writing and Communications from Rider University.
Abdul H. Kazi, M.D.*Chief of Acute Adult Services
Dr. Kazi is Chief of Acute Adult Services & has been working as a Clinical Psychiatrist on the Acute Care Unit. He started as an on-call physician in 2005 at Carrier Clinic and then joined as a full-time Psychiatrist. 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 the pharmacological management of outpatients suffering from mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders.
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 attended medical school in Karachi, Pakistan and completed his residency at the Nassau County Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry in East Meadow, NY.
Puneet Kumar, MD*Internal Medicine Physician
Dr. Kumar has been with Carrier Clinic for over 7 years as an On-Call Physician. He primarily works in the Access center with our Admissions team and provides medical care to all of the units throughout the hospital. Board Certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Kumar is licensed to practice in both New Jersey and New York.
Dr. Kumar received his MD from UMDNJ in Newark and his BA in Medical Science and in Computer Science from Boston University. 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.
Over the past few years, Dr. Kumar has organized several unique conferences on “Transformation, Leadership and Spirituality in Medicine” which have featured Donald Parker, CEO of Carrier Clinic - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlTfiLGoFzw
Anthony Marino, Jr., M.D.*Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Chief of Adolescent Services
Dr. Marino is Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Chief of Adolescent Services at Carrier Clinic. Dr. Marino has worked at Carrier Clinic since 1995 and is the President of the Medical Staff. He is Board Certified in Psychiatry and 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. Marino’s prior work experience includes serving as Medical Director for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit at Rainbow Healthcare Associates at South Jersey Hospital System in Bridgeton. 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 his residency in psychiatry at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Child Guidance Clinic in Philadelphia, PA.
Hamid Masood, MDFamily Medicine Physician
Dr. Masood joined the Medical Group at Carrier Clinic in the beginning of 2016 as an On-Call Physician. He mainly provides medical care to all of our units throughout the hospital and works in the Access center as needed. Dr. Masood is licensed to practice in New Jersey.
Dr. Masood also has worked at RWJ Hamilton Hospital since 2015. He previously worked as Adult Hospitalist at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ. Dr. Masood attended Quaid –e –Azam Medical College in Pakistan. He completed his Family Medicine residency at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, NJ and his Clinical Research Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.
Umesh Mehta M.D.*Chief Medical Officer and Chief of ECT Services
Dr. Umesh Mehta started his career at Carrier Clinic in 1993 as a lead physician in Geriatric Psychiatry. Since then he has served several positions including ECT Clinical Director, Medical Director & Interim Chief Medical Officer. In January 2017, he was appointed to CMO position & Chief of ECT Services.
Dr. Mehta is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and also certified by Association of Convulsive Therapy. Dr. Mehta is also a member of International Society for ECT and Neurostimulation (ISEN).
Prior to joining Carrier Clinic in 1993 he served a clinical fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in New York and was a resident psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Medical School Program at Elmhurst Hospital Center in New York. Dr. Mehta has also completed his residency training in otolaryngology in the United Kingdom and received his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Gujarat University in India.
Randa Mina, M.D.Internal Medicine Physician
Dr. Mina has been with Carrier Clinic for several years and provides medical care to all of our units throughout the hospital. She got her Board Certification in Internal Medicine in 2005. Dr. Mina has over 15 years of experience and is licensed to practice in the state of New Jersey.
She also serves as Chief of Internal Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital at Hamilton. She completed her Medical Degree from Mansoura University, Egypt and Internal Medicine residency program at Seton Hall University School of Graduate Medical Education/St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, NJ. Dr. Mina is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Internal Medicine.
Sana Naeem, MD*Clinical Psychiatrist
Dr. Sana Naeem has recently joined Carrier Clinic as a clinical psychiatrist in our Adult Psychiatric and Addictions Unit. Dr. Naeem is licensed to practice in New Jersey.
Recently graduated, Dr. Naeem completed her residency in Psychiatry from Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, NJ and received her Medical Doctorate from St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.
Asma Nisar, MD*Clinical Psychiatrist on the Adolescent Unit
Asma Nisar, MD has been working with Carrier Clinic since 2008 in the Adolescent Unit. Dr. Nisar is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is licensed to practice in New Jersey.
She completed her residency in Psychiatry and fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center in New York. She completed her Doctor of Medicine program from Punjab Medical College, Punjab, Pakistan.
Kavitha Polkampally, MDInternal Medicine Physician
Dr. Polkampally has been a part-time staff member of the Carrier Clinic team since 2011 and provides medical care to all of the units throughout the hospital. Dr. Polkampally is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is licensed to practice in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Dr. Polkampally has also served at Palisades Health Services in North Bergen, NJ, Roosevelt Island Medical Associates, and New York Medical College. She received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Gandhi Medical College, AP, India. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and her fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at New York Medical College.
Robert Saint-Vil, Jr., D.O.*Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Chief of Geriatric Services
Dr. Saint-Vil, Jr. is Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Chief of Geriatric Services at Carrier Clinic. Dr. Saint-Vil has worked at Carrier Clinic since 2012 as a Clinical Psychiatrist in Geriatric (Older Adult) Unit. 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.
Prior to joining the Carrier Clinic team, he worked as staff psychiatrist at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital in Trenton, NJ, St. Claire’s Hospital in Boonton, NJ and also at Greater Binghamton Health Center in Binghamton, NY. 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 earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from UMDNJ in Stratford, NJ.
Jagwinder Sandhu, MD*Clinical Psychiatrist on the Adolescent Unit
Clinical Psychiatrist on the Adolescent Unit, Dr. Sandhu joined Carrier Clinic in 2006 as an On-Call Physician and then as a full time Psychiatrist. Dr. Sandhu is Board Certified in Psychiatry and 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.
Dr. Sandhu is 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. He received his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from GGS Medical College in Punjab, India.
Jenna Schipper, MSN, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP*Psychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Ms. Schipper has been working at Carrier Clinic for over two years in our Adult Acute Care and Dual Diagnosis unit. ANCC Board Certified, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Ms. Schipper is also a certified Addictions Advanced Practitioner Nurse. Ms. Schipper is licensed to practice in New Jersey.
Currently, she works primarily on our state diversion program, with a treatment team to divert the chronically mentally ill from long term hospitals to discharge-oriented treatment planning and programming designed to promote stability, health, recovery, wellness and a return to the community. 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.
Shailaja K Shah MD*ECT Clinical Director
Dr. Shah started as a courtesy staff psychiatrist in Carrier Clinic’s Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Unit in 2003. In June 2013, Dr. Shah joined the ECT department as a part-time staff psychiatrist. Board Certified in Psychiatry and in Geriatric Psychiatry, Dr. Shah is licensed to practice in New Jersey. She also currently maintains a private practice in Hillsborough, NJ.
Prior to this appointment she served as the Medical Director at Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center, 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 received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Bombay (Grant Medical College). She completed her residency in Psychiatry and fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Joseph Verret, MD*Chief of Addiction Services and Blake Medical Director
Dr. Verret is Chief of Addiction Services and Blake Medical Director and has been a Clinical Psychiatrist on the Adult Psychiatric and Addictions Unit at Carrier Clinic since 2014. Dr. Verret is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and is licensed to practice in New Jersey, New York, and Florida.
Dr. Verret’s professional experience includes working as Medical Chief of Substance Abuse Services at Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth, NJ, Medical Director at Human Growth Center of NJ at Clifton, NJ, Attending Psychiatrist at St. Joseph Hospital in Paterson, NJ, and Consulting Psychiatrist at Elizabeth Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center at Elizabeth, NJ. He received his Medical Doctorate from the State University of Haiti, Faculty of Medicine and completed his Psychiatry residency at Harlem Hospital Center, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.
The Treatment Team
*All Physicians featured above are Carrier Clinic employees.
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.