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Meet Our Staff in Williamsburg, VA

Healthcare Professional — Doctor in Williamsburg, VA
Dr. S. Zafar Ahsan, M.D.

Born and raised in Pakistan. He obtained his medical degree from Sindh Medical College, in Karachi, Pakistan. He migrated to the USA in 1984. He attended New York Medical College, graduated from School of Public Health and obtained an MPH degree in 1988. He completed his Psychiatric training in general/adult psychiatry at Lincoln Medical Center, in Bronx, New York. Dr. Ahsan completed his Child and Adolescent fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York in 1994.

Dr. Ahsan is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Board Eligible in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Ahsan moved to Lee County Virginia to establish Psychiatric services at Lee County Community Hospital, in 1994. He entered private practice in 1999, until 2003. Keeping in mind the concept of providing the best care to the community, he joined the local community Services Board to provide Psychiatric services to children, adolescents and adults, through a team of more than a dozen counselors and therapists. He also serves as consulting-contract Psychiatrist for the Virginia Department of Corrections for more than the past 10 years.
Dr Yvas — Doctor in Williamsburg, VA

Licensed Clinical Psychiatrist

Study medicine in India, B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad
M.B.B.S. - 1980
Completed Psychiatric Residency, 1986 @ Eastern State Hospital, Williamsburg, VA

Experience: Assistant Professor @ EVMS, Norfolk, VA & Liberty D.O. School, Lynchburg, VA
Over 30 years experience treating Adult, Adolescent, and Geriatrics acute care,
intermediate care as well as outpatient clinic. Also, outpatient capacity,
including community mental health, private practice and
nursing home.

Interest: Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorder, Trauma Related Disorder, providing Psychiatric
Evaluation, Consultation, Medication Management, Substance Use Disorder,
Geriatrics, and Neuropsychiatriatry
Elsa Beck — Doctor in Williamsburg, VA
Elsa I. Beck LPC

Elsa holds a Master's of Counseling Psychology and is a Registered Play Therapist. She is a native Spanish speaker and a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Experience: Elsa has worked with children in the U.S., Germany, and the United Kingdom, both in school a system and in a childcare setting. Furthermore, Elsa has experience working with parents, groups, families, couples and individuals.

Treatment: Philosophy: Elsa tailors her approach to the unique needs and preferences of children and adult clients, using an Integrative Perspective that is based on valuing human potential, actively exploring feelings, recognizing how our abilities, and strengthening our relationships.
Render — Doctor in Williamsburg, VA
Sarah W. Bisconer, Ph.D.

Dr. Bisconer completed her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology in 1980 and her Doctoral degree in Educational Psychology in 1990. She is a Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor and a Virginia Licensed Applied Psychologist.

Experience: Dr. Bisconer worked for Eastern State Hospital for 9 years as a treatment team psychologist. She worked for Colonial Behavioral Health, Emergency Services, for 10 years as a crisis counselor and she supervised Emergency Services for 7 years. She has worked in the Psychology Department at the College of William and Mary as an adjunct faculty member since 2001, where she teaches psychology courses, conducts research, and mentors students. Dr. Bisconer has many published research articles and book chapters in her areas of expertise.

Expertise and Treatment Philosophy: Dr. Bisconer provides counseling services to individuals 17 years and older who are seeking treatment for a recent loss or trauma, a depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorder, substance use disorder, attention deficit disorder, emotion dysregulation disorder, trauma disorder, and co-occurring disorders. A multidimensional integrative model informs her assessment, diagnostic, and treatment practice. She recognizes that an individual's presenting problem can be influenced by biological, developmental, cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social, and interpersonal factors. Dr. Bisconer is trained as a scientist-practitioner. She seeks to implement evidence-based treatments that enable individuals to develop safe, healthy, happy, and productive lives.
Martha Klinger, CFNP
Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Education: Martha earned a Master of Science in Nursing at Old Dominion University

Experience: 20 years experience treating Acute and Chronic, Psychiatric and Medical illnesses in a Primary Care setting. Can provide Medication Management.

Interest: Anxiety, Depression, Panic Disorders, helping attain wellness through life changing events.
Brent Peterson — Doctor in Williamsburg, VA
Brent C. Peterson Ph.D

Ph.D in Art Therapy, Florida State University
M.S. in Art Therapy, Eastern Virginia Medical School
B.S. in Psychology, University of Utah

Experience: Over 12 years experience in treating children, adolescents and adults in various outpatient and residential settings including The Department of Juvenile Justice, Community Mental Health, Private Practice, and Pastoral.

Expertise: Forensic Evaluation, Parent Capacity Evaluation, Court Testimony, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, ADHD Testing, Trauma, Medical and Health Issues, Psychological Testing and Evaluations, Substance Abuse, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Stress Management, Attachment Disorders, Military Issues, PTSD, and Pastoral Counseling.

Mel Snead — Doctor in Williamsburg, VA
Melvin G. Snead, JR. MS

Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from the Medical College of Virginia and bachelor of social work from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Experience: Melvin "Mel" Snead has over 20+ years experience providing individual and group mental health and substance abuse treatment in public and private agencies.

Crisis counseling, Life Stage Issues, Elder Care Substance abuse treatment, men's issue, couples/ marital counseling, anger management, workplace issues, depression and anxiety, family abuse survivors, and adult children of alcoholics. Mel utilizes a cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and problem solving approach to help his clients to cope with and resolve their presenting issues.
Brendina Tobias — Doctor in Williamsburg, VA
Brendina D. Tobias LCSW, MSW

Master of Social Work - MSW Norfolk State University
Bachelor of Arts Christopher Newport University

Experience: Providing therapeutic counseling and clinical social work services to individuals, families and groups for over 28 years.

Service delivery in various settings: Department of Mental Health In- patient, Residential-Private, Child-Abuse Prevention, Community Mental health- out Patient, Private Practice, The American Red Cross- Mental Health, School Social Work & Victim Assistance.

Expertise: Assessments Attention Deficit Disorder, Bereavement, Case Management, Crisis Intervention, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, School Social Work, Victim Assistance & Work with Military Families.
Joann Wagner — Doctor in Williamsburg, VA
Jo- Ann Wagner LCSW

Education: Master of Social Work from University of Georgia, one year Advanced Certificate in Family Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School's Family Therapy Institute.

Experience: Over 30 years of experience with children and families in outpatient and inpatient treatment in public and private settings.

Expertise: Extensive training and experience in child and family therapy in the areas of : Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum, sexual abuse, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, social skills, divorce, play therapy, and uses a registered therapy dog in all sessions.
Dr Yvas — Doctor in Williamsburg, VA
Jamie Ware-Jondreau, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Education: Masters in Community Agency Counseling from Hampton University.
15 years of Experience.

Specialty and Expertise: Ms. Ware-Jondreau has dedicated her career to providing mental health care to adults, children, adolescents, and their families. Jamie has worked in areas of dual disorders behavioral concerns, ADHD, PTSD, Affective Disorders and Emotional Dysregulation Disorders. She provides treatment in the areas of domestic violence prevention, anger management substance abuse education and prevention, self-injury, and trauma-related areas. She has always implemented a strength-based treatment approach to include Motivational Interviewing, Motivational Enhancement, Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Ms. Ware-Jondreau has a wide range of experience, which includes working in psychiatric hospitals, detention centers, and in outpatient community-based settings.
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