Advice & Support: Professional Finder

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Piave Pitisci Lake, M.D., L.L.C.

Piave Pitisci Lake, M.D., L.L.C.

Piave Pitisci Lake, M.D., LLC
409 Coleman Boulevard
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 29464
(843) 881-6616

Biography

Dr. Lake received her Bachelor’s Degree in Italian Literature from Bryn Mawr College in 1992. She was graduated from Tulane School of Medicine in 1997. She completed her residency in General Adult Psychiatry at the McGraw Medical Center of Northwestern University in Chicago in 2001 and served as Co-chief Resident during her fourth year of training.

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She became a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 2002. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and the Mental Health Professional Group of ASRM. Dr. Lake has been in private practice as a general adult psychiatrist in Charleston, SC since 2002. She works individually with adults18 years to geriatric ages. She utilizes psychopharmacology and psychotherapy to treat a variety of problems, most commonly depression and anxiety. She has a special interest in treating those with infertility issues, women with perinatal and postpartum mood problems, and mood problems related to hormones. She also performs 3rd party evaluations, screenings and psychoeducational meetings for gamete donors, gestational carriers, and donor gamete recipients/intended parents. Please contact Dr. Lake at drpiave@mac.com.

Poonam Sharma, Ph.D.

Poonam Sharma, Ph.D.

Healthful Changes
11503 NW Military Highway, Suite 301
San Antonio, Texas 78231
(210) 493-6554

Biography

I am Poonam Sharma, a licensed psychologist in private practice in San Antonio, Texas. I earned my Ph.D. in counseling psychology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1994.  In my clinical practice, I provide psychotherapy for adults and specialize in working with people dealing with health issues, such as infertility, traumatic injury, and stress.  My coaching work focuses on helping people increase their fitness levels, find balance in their lives, and achieve their most important personal and professional goals. 

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I have served on the faculty of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio for several years in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Psychiatry, and Community Dentistry.  I was President of the Bexar County Psychological Association in 2000-2001.  I am currently a professional member of the American Psychological Association, Texas Psychological Association, Bexar County Psychological Association, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, Path2Parenthood and Resolve: The National Infertility Association.  I am credentialed as a Health Service Provider in Psychology through the National Register.  I am certified to offer the mind/body program for infertility created by Dr. Alice Domar, a leading researcher in the area of stress and infertility.

I believe that it takes a true partnership to bring about change in a person's life.  My job is to bring you the professional expertise that I have developed through many years of education and training.  Your job is to tell the truth, take risks to be open, and make an honest effort to follow through with what we discuss.  I will work very hard to make it comfortable for you to be yourself so that you can take the emotional risks that are necessary for growth.  I will believe in you every step of the way.  As someone who has dealt with health challenges personally, I believe I have a unique perspective on living life fully, no matter what your personal limitations.  My style is to listen compassionately to understand your situation clearly, help you set realistic goals, and then support you as you take steps that will move you toward the results you desire.

Rochelle Anixt Gold, L.M.S.W.

Rochelle Anixt Gold, L.M.S.W.

Check-Up for Emotional Health/Fertile Ground
700 N. Old Woodward Ave., Suite 300
Birmingham, Michigan 48009
(248) 642-3101

Biography

Rochelle Anixt Gold, LMSW, ACSW, MA offers emotional health consultations before, during and after assisted reproductive heath care to support the crucial time of building development for individuals and couples. The wish for a child can be understood as enlarging the family, mastering one's own capacity for life and developing enduring bonds with a spouse and child. The timing of treatment, the amount of intervention, the need to evaluate the best care and procedures will be assessed. Feelings of grief, persistent sadness, sacrifice, loss, helplessness, worry, self-esteem and one's value in the family can be explored.

Sandra Schoeneman, Ph.D.

Sandra Schoeneman, Ph.D.

Sandra Schoeneman, Ph.D.
206 West Street
Mamaroneck, New York 10543
(914) 777-0661

Biography

Sandra Schoeneman, Ph.D. is a psychologist with a private practice in Mamaroneck, New York.  She has worked for many years helping individuals and couples cope with fertility issues and when necessary, embrace alternative ways of family building.  Currently she is a consultant for two IVF programs and has consulted for three others in the past. 

Sara Barris, Psy.D.

Sara Barris, Psy.D.

Sara Barris, Psy.D.
109-23 71st Road, Suite 1H
Forest Hills, New York 11375
(718) 544-0932

Biography

Sara Barris is a clinical psychologist. Since 1988 she has been highly active in the field of reproductive health issues with an expertise in infertility and adoption   Dr. Barris has written and lectured extensively around the psychological and emotional variables surrounding these issues.

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She has conducted many workshops in these areas as well. Dr. Barris serves as the co - director of Support Services for Path2Parenthood. In that capacity she has created and co-developed their national telephone coaching support groups. This involves leading groups, training and supervising mental health professionals.  Dr. Barris is a part of Dr. Martin Seligman’s team at the University of Pennsylvania helping to facilitate the Penn Resilience Prevention Program for children and adolescents. Sara Barris has a full time private practice in Forest Hills, New York .  She is a mother through birth and adoption.

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