Psychiatry

Our Psychiatry Services

AS OF 3/23/20 ALL PSYCHIATRY SERVICES WILL BE OFFERED USING TELEHEALTH.

Wellness and mental health can at times be enhanced by the use of medication .  Our psychiatrists are expert at providing psychiatric assessment to prescribe medications when necessary and to help make therapy and other wellness services more effective. Our bias, based on experience and current research, is that many times medication is not enough by itself for psychological growth to occur.  As a result, we often require a consultation with a therapist in addition to any psychiatric assessment.
PLEASE NOTE: Our psychiatrists DO NOT prescribe Suboxone or Injectable Anti-Psychotics.
To schedule an appointment with one of our Psychiatrists
contact our schedulers by phone at 267-639-5901 or or by email at [email protected]



Our Psychiatry 
Clinicians 


Erica Borman, D.O., Medical Director
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square
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Dr. Borman is a board certified psychiatrist. She has experience in a wide array of mental health issues including mood disorders, psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, dissociative disorders and ADHD. In addition to her general practice, she also has a special interest in women's mental health including postpartum depression and fertility issues. She treats patients ages 18 and older.

Erica graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Biology and Society. After completing medical school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of the NJ School of Osteopathic Medicine, she then trained for two years in Obstetrics and Gynecology before completing a psychiatry residency at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.

As an osteopathic psychiatrist, Dr. Borman comes from a form of medicine founded on the philosophy that all body systems are interrelated and dependent upon one another for good health; that the person is a combination of mind, body and spirit; and that we should focus on treating the whole patient, rather than just the disease.

As our Medical Director, Erica insures that cutting edge knowledge and a holistic perspective are part of our insurance based practice.

Samar A. Jasser, M.D.                                                                  

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Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square                                                                                                    EMAIL OUR PSYCHIATRY DEPARTMENT

Dr. Jasser is a board certified psychiatrist with extensive research experience and publications in circadian rhythms, sleep-wake research.  She was accepted into and completed a competitive 6-year combined Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Medicine program, situated between the Pennsylvania State University main campus in State College, PA and Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA.  She went on to complete her Internship and Psychiatry Residency at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.  

She has since been in psychiatric practice for over 10 years, with extensive experience across the spectrum of adult patient populations from community to institutional to private practice settings, including young adult to geriatric patients.  She emphasizes the importance of balancing psychotherapeutic, integrative health, and psychopharmacologic approaches and has had extensive training experience in treatment-resistant mood disorders.  During her career, she has been appointed at various times to various roles in teaching medical students, including didactic and basic neurosciences contexts.  

“I pursued a career in psychiatry as an opportunity to get to know patients for who they are beyond what ails them, to offer an understanding of medical viewpoints while attending to the central role of mental life in their suffering.”



David Kalkstein, M.D.                                                                                                      
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square                                                                    
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Dr Kalkstein has practiced for over 30 years as a Psychiatrist in the Philadelphia area.

He practices an integrative approach to depression, anxiety, mood swings and trauma. He takes account of genetic vulnerability and stress related to a patient's personal history, interpersonal and environmental issues.

When treating with medications, he encourages his patients to resolve ongoing issues in therapy since continued stressors will limit the success of medication use. He looks at success in therapy as a balance between the positive effect of treatment and the negative effects of stressors. The treatment should strengthen the patient and reduce the effect of stressors.

Dr Kalkstein has spent the last several years studying the basic mechanisms of brain science. He is able to present simple visuals that explain brain functioning finding that it has been very motivating for patients to understand how their medications and therapy directly helps the brain circuits. These illustrations of brain functioning often lead to a highly motivating, exciting and more successful treatment.




Christine Wolfe, M.D.
                                                                                                     

Christine Wolfe

Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square
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Dr. Wolfe is a board certified in psychiatry and neurology. She completed both medical school and residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. 

Christine began her career working in an intensive interdisciplinary team to provide wrap-around services in a community mental health clinic. She is experienced in utilizing psychopharmacology in combination with evidence-based therapy. Dr. Wolfe specializes in treating adult patients and has particular interest and experience in geriatric psychiatry. She treats patients from 18 years of age and older.

Christine believes strongly that mental health is pivotal to one’s quality of life and that it is a great privilege to provide psychiatric care to individuals and families. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and painting. 


Elizabeth Recktenwald, PMHNP-BC                      

ElizabethRecktenwaldPractice Location: Rittenhouse Square                                               EMAIL OUR PSYCHIATRY DEPARTMENT

Elizabeth Recktenwald, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and has spent nearly a decade treating adults in the mental health field.  She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, and compled her clinical work at the Philadelphia Veteran’s Hospital where she specialized in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and family therapy.

Elizabeth began her career in various community health and mental health settings,  providing care in the greater Philadelphia area for six years. She then spent two years working in Los Angeles, where she gained experience treating a diverse population in both inpatient and outpatient services for a wide range of mental health disorders. 

She enjoys working with adults, and aims to balance medication management with psychotherapy when treating her patients. In addition to her general practice, Elizabeth’s expertise is in mood disorders, substance abuse, and PTSD.  She is excited to be back home in Philadelphia. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, traveling and is a huge football fan.


Now with 12 locations:

PHILADELPHIA

Center City East
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Chestnut Hill
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Constitution Health Plaza
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Rittenhouse Square
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Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center
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SUBURBS

Montgomery County

Bala Cynwyd

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Bryn Mawr 

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Narberth 

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Narberth II

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Wynnewood

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Bucks County

Buckingham

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Doylestown

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