My name is Geralda E. Borgard-Joseph, a native of Haiti, and have been living in the US for over 20 years. I moved to Central New York 5 years ago and I’m enjoying all that it has to offer, except the snow. I’m a Licensed Master Social Worker, I currently hold a primary position as a psychiatric social worker, and past experiences as a substance abuse therapist, and forensic social worker. I also have experience working with the elderly, OPWDD, and homeless populations. During the Pandemic I’ve had the opportunity to be exposed to so many people reaching out for help that would not have necessarily done so in the past, That has led with me to rediscovering my interest in working with people beyond the crisis and stabilization level. One of my passions is education through compassion and care which I hope to use in the private therapeutic setting. Beyond my professional abilities, I enjoy volunteering, reading, spending time with family and friends, cooking and shopping.
Brian frank is the newest member of IVIEW and will be working as a psychiatric nurse practitioner weekday evenigs and every other Saturday. He brings 27 years of experience working in the medical profession. Graduating in 2019 from Upstate Medical University, Brian wants to help the Syacuse community that he grew up and feels that working at IVIEW will afford him the opportunity to humbly serve Syracuse and the surrounding areas.
I am a classically trained therapist who has been educated and experienced in individual, couples, family, and group therapy. I collaborate with individuals and couples to focus on what they want to change through attention to the communicative and interactional systems they interface in, including approaches in Strategic Therapy, Structural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and several other personal change approaches that involve one’s behavioral and emotive challenges.
My approach as a therapist is, to quote Carl Rodgers, “How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his/her own personal growth?”
is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that focuses on serving adults, adolescents and couples. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University at Albany and a master’s degree from Stony Brook University. For 6 years she has utilized evidence /strengths-based interventions, to help people from all walks of life including; foster care, those involved in the criminal justice system, professionals and our Veterans. Zyeshia is passionate about helping anyone struggling with Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Identity, Intimate Partner Violence, Reintegration, Relationships, Personality Disorders, Parenting and Traumatic experiences, envision and live the life you desire…She’s also here if you just need to talk.
Logrimaris Gonzalez moved to the U.S at the age of 7. She is fluent in both Spanish and English and has worked in customer service for 8 Years. She likes to think of herself as a kind and caring person who loves to help other as much as she can. Here at I-View, we work as a team to Provide the help and assistance to those in need. We have given her the opportunity to help Hispanic and Latinos who don’t have the means of communicating to our English-speaking staff, helping them get the care that they need. Her Motto is “Treat people as you would like to be treated” she always thought that treating each other kindly can help create a happier society.
Mallory Hutson is a current student of Granite State College Online. She is getting her Bachelor’s in Health Services and plans to go on to get her Master’s in Public Administration. After college, she plans on working in the mental health field in hopes of one day running her own clinic.
Elsie Dieguez-Jackson, MA, MSN, FPMHNP, graduated with honors and a BSN from Russell Sage College in 1988. Since 1987, she has been a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. In 1992, she graduated with distinction from American International College with a Masters in Human Resource Development Counseling. In addition to medication management, her counseling approaches include a faith-based approach, CBT, Adlerian (including play therapy) and Solution-focused Counseling. Counseling is client centered and focused on holistically assisting clients to more adaptively cope with stress, heal from trauma and focus on growth. In 2021, she graduated with honors from Rochester University with an MSN as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Elsie is bilingual (Spanish) and as a nurse has worked mostly in acute care settings in Neuro and Psychiatry. Elsie enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark, of 30 years, their three adult children and four grandkids. Elsie also enjoys practicing yoga, meditation, prayer, mindfulness, the outdoors, cooking, traveling, attending cultural activities and gardening.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1)
“Dios es nuestro amparo y nuestra fortaleza, nuestra ayuda segura en momentos de angustia” (Salmo 46:1)
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
I work with individuals from all walks of life. My work has been with children, adolescents, adults managing life transitions, trauma, stress/anxiety, depression, parents and families. I often work with people struggling with lack of connection, have difficulty finding their purpose. I have worked for many years with individuals who have been incarcerated and reentry into society. I greatly enjoy working with individuals who are willing to think outside the box, work as a team and in-brace change.
I want to help you access your inner strength with an approach that is tailored specifically to you. It is not always easy to seek out help or to make a commitment to a process of self-exploration and self-discovery. I enjoy being part of this process for individuals who are willing to invest the time and energy towards improving their lives. Guess what, if you are not there yet, I will meet you where you are and we will work together to reach where God intended you to be in life. I strive to create a safe, non-judgmental space where individuals can feel supported and cared for as they explore, examine and challenge themselves to experiment with new ways of thinking about and engaging in their lives. If you want to pray we can do that together.
I believe in treating people with love and kindness. “We can do all things through Christ who strengths us.” I take a strengths based approach to my work with clients to best meet their needs. I believe that if you just take the first step we can take the second step together. You are not alone! Let’s do this! Congratulations you’re on your way!
Penny Milligan worked as an administrative assistant for Upstate Medical University for 30 years before retiring in 2015. She helped provide assistance for both inpatient and outpatient facilities. She is now the office manager for our clinic and strives to help as many people as she can.
Sara Parnell is a Board-Certified Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner that focuses on serving children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree from Saint John Fisher College and a master’s degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University. Her 13-year experience as a nurse includes pediatrics, various outpatient, and chronic care settings. Sara values working in a collaborative environment with an interdisciplinary approach to patient care. She has a comprehensive care focus that incorporates evidence-based interventions in the treatment of psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Michael Pratts is a Board-Certified psychiatrist in Syracuse, New York and is affiliated with the Brooklyn NY Psychiatric community as well. He has been in practice for over 15 years. He completed his psychiatric residency in California and his fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry in the Bronx NY giving him a strong background on treating children with PTSD. He’s published a couple of articles on the subject. Links are below. He has also been involved in the study of new psychotropic medications and proper indication for uses.. Dr Pratt headed the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) program in Syracuse NY.
Abraham Masara is a Board-Certified Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP, NPP that focuses on serving children, adolescents adults and geriatrics. He studied at Upstate Medical University, where he earned his Master’s Degree and is currently working on earning his PhD. His experience includes, emergency medicine at several New York City and Syracuse, NY Trauma centers. After working for 7 years in the trauma room his focused transitioned into psychiatry. He gained a wealth of experience working at acute psychiatric emergency rooms, high level of care outpatient clinics and inpatient psychiatric units. His transition to psychiatry was driven by his belief, “you can’t have physical health, without mental health”. This belief directs his holistic approach when consulting with clients. His personal background has allowed him to work with a variety of clients from all walks of life. He offers faith based, culturally sensitive therapy and medication management. Mr. Masara, FPMH, NPP, BC provides bilingual services, he is fluent in English and Spanish.