MEET The TEAM

Dr. Andrew Pleener

Dr. Andrew Pleener M.D., Psychiatrist

Dr. Pleener is a Board Certified Integrative Psychiatrist who believes that medications are just a “single” tool in an entire tool box to help heal. He works uniquely with each individual to uncover the root cause behind their symptoms while bringing forth a stronger understanding of mental health. Part of this process involves educating his clients on the impact that stress has on the nervous system, and how if left alone, can influence neurobiological outcomes such as hormonal imbalances, inflammatory changes, and various medical complications, resulting in disruptions of our natural bodily rhythms further impacting the way we think feel and function. Dr. Pleener aims to create a customized plan with each client to help re-wire the nervous system, restore rhythm and promote mental wellness and fitness. This often involves the use of various non medicative healing modalities such as breathing, yoga, nutrition, psychotherapy and meditation.

Dr. Pleener is the founder and director of the #SameHere Psych Alliance, a collaborative movement amongst integrative practitioners to help bring awareness towards that many ways to heal outside of simply prescribing medication.
 
He has additional experience with humanitarian efforts. During Hurricane Irma in St. Maarten, Dr. Pleener helped set up and direct a makeshift Psychiatric Trauma center at the American University of the Caribbean. The trauma center served as the main resource of treatment for the local communities of Cupecoy and Maho. The story was featured in Newsday, along with the 2019 September edition of Central Florida Lifestyle magazine. He has since provided several grand rounds on disaster psychiatry.
 
Dr. Pleener is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (ABPN), a Fellow of the American Institute of Stress (FAIS), and a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP). He completed his Psychiatry training at Richmond University Medical Center, an affiliate of the Mount Sinai Hospital in NY. He is the founder of Regional Psychiatry, and serves on board the #SameHere Global MH Movement.
Dr. Cathleen Gomez

Dr. Cathleen Gomez M.D., Psychiatrist

Dr. Gomez thinks outside the box when it comes to patient care. Aside from being compassionate and thorough, she also understands the impacts that trauma has on creating not just mental health issues but “physical” health issues as well. Dr. Gomez is currently a fellow of the Integrative Psychiatry Institute (IPI) , one of the most comprehensive integrative training programs globally.

Additionally Dr. Gomez has researched, and presented lectures on the effects of ketamine for treatment resistant depression. She has also researched the impacts of adrenal hormones, such as DHEA on mental health. Prior to her outpatient work, Dr. Gomez has 4 years of Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) experience.

Dr. Gomez completed her Psychiatry training at Richmond University Medical Center, an affiliate of the Mount Sinai Hospital in NY. She is also a proud member of the American Psychiatric Association, and the Richmond Medical Society. 

Eliz Palmer

Elizabeth Palmer, AP, LCSW, MPH., PSYCHOTHERAPIST

Elizabeth Palmer is an Integrative Psychotherapist and Licensed Acupuncturist, trained in both Botanical Medicine and Naturopathy. She has 20 years of experience in the fields of mental health, public health, and health education. She completed a dual master’s degree program at the University of South Florida in Clinical Social Work and Public Health with a specialization in maternal and child health. Her teaching experience includes college level instruction as well as individual and small group instruction at the elementary, middle and high school levels. The culmination of her experiences in mental and public health led her to research alternative modalities that would assist individuals in developing mind-body wellness. 

Elizabeth chose to study Traditional Chinese Medicine due to the integration of the body, mind and spirit within the health and disease spectrum. An important tenet in Eastern philosophies is quieting the mind and dwelling in the present thus promoting emotional regulation and overall health. She specializes in treating coexisting physical and mental health concerns using integrative approaches that work synergistically to produce positive results. Elizabeth is currently obtaining additional integrative medicine training through the Leslie Korn Institute.

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