Matthew E Barnas, MD, DFAPA
Dr. Barnas is the Medical Director and founder and medical director of both Pelorus TMS and Pelorus Elder & Behavioral Health, with 17 years of experience practicing medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Board Certified in both Geriatric and Adult Psychiatry. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers–New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) medical school, actively teaching medical students and Psychiatry residents.
Dr. Barnas completed a TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) certification program at Duke University. He completed his Geriatric training at Yale University, which included training in nursing home Psychiatry, and learning the associated rules and regulations. Prior, he was the Chief Resident of Adult Psychiatry at NJMS, where he earned the A. Lester Granet annual award for excellence in teaching and leadership. He earned his medical degree from Rutgers-NJMS. He graduated magna cum laude from Seton Hall with a B.S. in Biology and is a diplomate of their liberal arts University Honors Program.
Dr. Barnas’ clinical interests include evaluating and treating geriatric cognitive disorders (ie Alzheimer’s Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia, Frontotemporal Dementia), mood and anxiety disorders, and cognitive disorders in younger adults (ADHD). He is often consulted by other physicians to assist with evaluating and treating psychiatric issues in seniors, including the behavioral aspects of dementia (ie agitation, insomnia, hallucinations, delusions, paranoia).
At the Cognitive Research Center of NJ, he is an investigator in current research trials seeking safer, more effective treatments for Alzheimer’s Dementia. He has presented on these topics at national meetings (AAGP and AAAP) and on behalf of community organizations like United Way, Alzheimer’s Association, and Alzheimer’s NJ. He has also published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry and the book Comprehensive Review for the Psychiatry Boards.
Dr. Barnas is on the medical staff at Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center.
Unnati D Patel, MD
Dr. Patel is an expert in Consultation and Liaison (C & L) Psychiatry, and has been practicing medicine for over 12 years. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry.
Prior to joining Pelorus in 2014, Dr. Patel was the Director of C & L Psychiatry at RWJ Somerset Medical Center for 5 years. She completed her Psychiatry training, including training in C & L practice, at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School (NJMS). She was the Chief Resident of Psychiatry at NJMS, where she earned the A. Lester Granet annual award for excellence in teaching and leadership. She earned her medical degree from St. George’s University. She completed her undergraduate education at Rutgers University, with a B.A. double major in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Psychology.
Dr. Patel has made numerous educational presentations to nursing home staff in the community and has published a chapter in a book on the use of Neuromodulation treatments.
Dr. Patel is on the medical staff at RWJ Somerset Medical Center.
Ritesh Amin, MD
Dr. Amin is a versatile Psychiatrist who has been practicing medicine for four years. He is registered to take his ABPN Board Certification exam in the Fall of 2017, at his earliest eligibility.
Dr. Amin completed his Psychiatry training, including training in C & L practice, at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School (NJMS). He earned his medical degree from the University of Lodz, graduating second in his class. He completed his undergraduate education at Pennsylvania State University, with a B.S. in Biology/Genetics.
Dr. Amin has a strong research background, and has published in the International Journal of Cardiology and Clinical Pediatrics. He has also presented at a national American Psychiatric Association convention and was nominated for a Golden Apple teaching award at Rutgers-NJMS.
Kimberly Stricker, MSN, APN, FPMHNP-C
Kim is a highly experienced, Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She completed both her undergraduate and her Nurse Practitioner degrees with honors at Rutgers University.
Prior to joining Pelorus in 2017, Kim was on the medical staff at Hunterdon Medical Center for six years. During that time, she transitioned from Psychiatric Staff Nurse to Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, with primary patient care duties. Her treatment settings at Hunterdon included the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit, Psychiatric Partial Hospital program, Outpatient Access Center, and Hunterdon’s Emergency Department.
Kim has been a member of the International Honors Society of Nursing, and has experience teaching Psychiatric practice to nursing students.
Michelle Matro, PA-C
Michelle is a Board Certified Physician Assistant, with significant interest and experience in Geriatric and Adult Psychiatry. She completed her Psychiatric training during her Physician Assistant program at Bridgeport Hospital – Yale New Haven Health.
Prior to joining Pelorus in 2015, Michelle worked full-time at St. Luke’s University Health Network in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania treating the inpatient population on the Older Adult Behavioral Health Unit. During her time at St. Luke’s, Michelle gained significant experience in treating elders with Behavioral Health conditions, including Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder and various types of Dementia.
Michelle completed her Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience magna cum laude at the University of Scranton, her Master’s degree in School Psychology summa cum laude at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and another Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies cum laude at Pace University. She is currently an active member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Samantha Meilands, PA-C
Samantha is a Board Certified Physician Assistant, with prior experience in Psychiatric and skilled nursing facility settings. Prior to joining Pelorus in 2015, she maintained an “A” average in her PA program at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Neuroscience with honors at Ramapo College.
Samantha has previously worked for three years in a community Psychiatric private practice, and has years of past volunteer experience in skilled nursing and rehabilitation settings.
Elizabeth Corvino, MS, APN, FPMHNP-C
Elizabeth is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She completed both her undergraduate and her Nurse Practitioner degrees at NYU in Manhattan, where she was also a University Honors Scholar.
Prior to joining Pelorus in 2017, Liz was a Health Services Program Director at Good Shepherd Services in New York City. Part of her duties included overseeing the mental health treatment for a 46 bed program. Some of her other diverse work experience included working on an interdisciplinary ACT team in Brooklyn, where she provided direct care in the community to previously undomiciled “SPMI” designated individuals (suffering from severe and persistent mentally illness).
Liz has also participated in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training for Depression and Suicide Prevention at The Beck Institute.