Dr. Ayman Fareed
Chief Medical Officer
He is a well known clinician and academician with more that 20 years of clinical experience in the field of addiction psychiatry. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in both general psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. Dr. Fareed is also certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
Before joining Mount Sinai Wellness Center, Dr. Fareed served as Medical Director at the Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center. He was an Associate Professor and was the Director of Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Fareed has been an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Morehouse School of Medicine. Previously, he completed a Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry atMassachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Ayman Fareed currently serves on several national and international committees for promoting treatment of opioid addiction. He has been selected to be a national mentor for substance use disorders treatment through the Physician Clinical Support System Medication Assisted Treatment (PCSS-MAT), a program sponsored by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) and implemented by the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP). Dr Fareed also served as a grant reviewer for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Center for Disease Control (CDC). Over the years, he has received various federal grants to conduct clinical research.
As the author of many publications in peer reviewed scientific journals and two books, Dr. Fareed has focused on treatment outcomes and health promotion for patients with opioid use disorder. Due to his strong clinical background and research interest, Dr. Fareed has been a sought-after presenter at both local and national levels. With a national and international reputation in the field of addiction, Dr. Fareed has presented numerous seminars about substance use disorders to addiction psychiatry fellows, psychiatry residents, physicians, staff and nurses. In addition, he has been invited to deliver lectures in international scientific conferences in Poland, Italy and Brazil.
Dr. Ayman Fareed has always been interested in treating patients with addictive diseases and dual diagnoses. This long-term interest stems from the fact the patients’ population is currently underserved. Successful outcomes make a strong positive impact on the life of those patients and the whole community.
Dr. Stacy Seikel
Vice President of Medical Affairs
Dr. Stacy Seikel attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma. She completed her residency at the University of Florida in 1989, attaining Board Certification in Anesthesiology. Dr. Seikel practiced Anesthesiology from 1989-2000 in Orlando, Florida. She moved into the field of Addictionology in 2000 and is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Seikel served as Corporate Medical Director at The Center for Drug-Free Living from 2001 through 2013, in Orlando, Florida. There, she oversaw medical and psychiatric services for all programs including a 40 bed Detoxification program, a methadone clinic, five residential facilities, and a pregnant women’s residential program. During this time, she was on faculty at The University of Florida, College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and trained Addiction Medicine Fellows during their two year fellowship
Dr. Seikel had an office based Addiction Medicine practice from 2006-2014, where she provided comprehensive forensic substance use evaluations for the Florida Physician Recovery Network, The Florida Impaired Nursing Program and The Florida Department of Health. A national leader in the field of addiction treatment, Dr. Seikel is passionate about helping develop solutions for the opioid epidemic that’s raging across the country. She is also an expert on dual disorders including Pain and Addiction.
Prior to joining the team at Mt. Sinai Wellness Center, Dr. Seikel was the Chief Medical Officer for two privately funded startup drug treatment programs, providing full continuums of care from detoxification, residential, PHP and IOP both in Florida and Georgia. She helped develop these programs, lead the teams to obtain Joint Commission Accreditation and put in place efficient and cost-effective medical operations.
She has been honored with the Dole-Nyswander Award for patient advocacy from the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence and chosen as Professional of the Year by the Florida Association of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
Dr. Seikel is pleased to have joined the excellent team at Mt Sinai Wellness Center where Evidence Based Care and Best Practice is provided in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.
Clinical Director - MS, LPC, ACS, MAC, NCC, CCTP, EMDR
Darlene graduated from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia, with a Master of Science in Professional Community Counseling. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. She is a certified clinical trauma professional, master addiction counselor, certified EMDR therapist (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and approved clinical supervisor. Her treatment focus is on individuals with complex trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Darlene has been working with individuals with mental health issues and substance abuse for the past several years. She recently worked in a residential program and assisted in developing the women’s’ program as the Clinical Manager. She has previous experience working at a residential trauma unit for women, where she facilitated individual, family, and group counseling sessions with dual diagnosis and complex trauma issues. She has trained staff on trauma sensitivity and educated patients on the three phases of trauma therapy.
Darlene is passionate about working with individuals who have complex trauma issues. She views her career as more of a calling rather than a job. Her greatest desire in working at Mount Sinai Wellness Center is to be able to connect with her patients at their point of suffering, and help create a place of safety and trust where they are able to find peace from their past and hope for their future.
Ashley R. Bryan
Vice President of Patient Care - FNP-BC, CARN-AP
Ashley graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University with a Master of Science in Nursing. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing summa cum laude from the University Of Pennsylvania. She is dual certified as a family nurse practitioner and addiction advance practice registered nurse. Ashley has been working in the addiction field for several years. Prior to joining the Mount Sinai team, she served as the Director of Nursing at a residential treatment center and the Director of Operations for an intensive outpatient program.
Prior to entering the addiction field, Ashley worked in interventional pain medicine giving her expertise in managing chronic pain in conjunction with providing substance abuse treatment. Ashley is passionate about providing holistic, evidence-based care at Mount Sinai Wellness Center. Ashley served 8 years in the Air Force as a Korean linguist prior to pursing a career in healthcare. During her time in the Air Force, she gained valuable experience and leadership skills which have complemented her nursing career.
Lead Therapist - LPC
Jason Magistro is a Licensed Professional Counselor that has been practicing as a psychotherapist at all levels of care. He has worked in acute care, where he supervised other master’s level clinician in a psychiatric emergency room, followed by working as a primary therapist in resident treatment facility working with adult males suffering from dual diagnosis. Throughout all his vast experiences, he has always maintained his private practice where he works with adult men and women, who also suffering from dual diagnosis. Jason has worked with everything from depression and anxiety to sociopathy, schizophrenia and Bipolar disorders. Through his work with addiction patients, he has been actively formulating his own theory that addiction is a behavioral neurosis, an adjusted behavior that the core self creates in order to preserve the self’s vulnerability; namely, that addiction arises from unresolved emotional conflicts. Jason’s practice is grounded in the Humanistic school of thought, with a heavy influence in Existential and psychoanalytic methods. Like most CBT therapists, he uses the Socratic method amongst several other techniques to hone in on the location of the unresolved emotional conflict. Jason structures his group therapy by implementing the existential philosophy of being in the Here and Now. His main objective is to unite both the biological and medical theory that disease is an addiction with behavioral aspect that substance abuse is a behavioral adjustment. In general, Jason hopes to navigate through the interpersonal structure of his clients for them both to observe, name and untangle the conflicts within. His expectation is that his clients begin the process of sobriety and emotional resolution with him, but continue to strive deeper into their core self by maintaining their sobriety in a setting where they can continue their work; namely, in an IOP program with a huge emphasis on sober living. When Jason isn’t hard at work practicing, you can find him on a trail hiking, mountain biking, or at the gym swimming laps. He is an avid gardener, a voracious reader of philosophy, and finds his most precious moments spending time with his parents, nieces, and nephews.
After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology, Josh served as a Foster Care Case Manager with Towns County DFCS. For the past several years, Josh has worked in the addictions treatment field, with most of his experience in Aftercare Coordination. Josh enjoys working alongside patients and other clinical professionals to develop personalized and tailored aftercare plans. Josh is currently pursuing his master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. Josh enjoys hiking, backpacking, rock-climbing, and spending time in the mountains with his wife.