Welcome Ruta Kulys, LCSW

Ruta Kulys, LCSW

We welcome Ruta Kulys LCSW, the new Director of the Community Support Network. Ms. Kulys received a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in New York in 1989. She worked at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Cornell Medical Center and at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She spent many years in private practice. She comes to us from Memorial Counseling Associates where she integrated yoga and meditation with individual and group therapy.

Psychiatry Receives Reaccreditation

SIU's Department of Psychiatry has received a four-year reaccreditation from the Council on Accreditation. The achievement shows the department met high performance standards and is delivering superior quality services to patients.

Welcome Hillary LaMontagne, LCPC, CADC

Hillary LaMontagne, LCPC, CADC

Hillary LaMontagne has been working in the mental health field since 2002. She earned her Master of Arts in Human Development Counseling from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Hillary has extensive experience working with individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues in inpatient and outpatient settings conducting individual and group psychotherapy. She specializes in using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Enhancement Therapy. Hillary enjoys working with individuals dealing with depression; bipolar disorder; anxiety; OCD; personality disorders; substance abuse/dual diagnosis; codependency; divorce; grief/loss; trauma/abuse; women's issues; major life changes and clients who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning (GLBTQ).

In Recognition

Congratulations to Stephen Soltys, MD, Professor and Chair, and Jeffrey Bennett, MD, Chief of the Adult Division and Clerkship Director for being voted the most professional faculty personnel in the Department of Psychiatry. They were chosen by the 2013 graduating medical students.

This recognition is based on the attributes of professional behavior according to the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

New Psychiatry Residents in 2013

We are pleased to announce the new members of our residency and fellowship programs in 2013!

Categorical Psychiatry...

Asha Dusad, MD Mohsin Khan, MD Kiran Munir, MD Keisha Powell, MD
Asha Dusad, MD
Gandhi Medical College, India
Mohsin Khan, MD
Medical University of Lodz, Poland
Kiran Munir, MD
Frontier Medical College, Pakistan
Keisha Powell, MD
SIU School of Medicine, Springfield, IL

Medicine-Psychiatry Program...

Nicholas Ahn, MD Kristin Lee, MD
Nicholas Ahn, MD
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Kristin Lee, DO
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Other Residency News

Drs. Kamna Handa and Aman Mahajan graduated the Department of Psychiatry's Residency Program and have started the Child Division Fellowship Program.
Drs. Gaurav Jain, Lokesh Shahani, and Ajay Jeetwani graduated from the Psychiatry residency program.
Drs. Aniruddh Behere and Jennifer Hardwick completed the Child Fellowship Program.

TMS Clinic Receives Award

Dr. Jeffrey Bennett received a 2013 Medical Innovators Award for development of neurostimulatory treatments for mental disorders, in particular development of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Clinic.

According to Dr. Bennett, "Transcranial magnetic stimulation is an effective therapy for treatment of resistant major depressive disorder, although its mechanism of action is still being studied. A component of its therapeutic effect on working memory appears to be mediated by its ability to recruit and alter endogenous cortical rhythms, which may be pathological in states of depression.

Adjunctive treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy may enable a cognitive bias toward oneself, the environment and the future, which is negative in states of depression, to be realigned to more realistic and positive bias in a more effective fashion than either treatment alone" (Sangamon County Medical Society, 2013). Dr. Bennett is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and acting director of the Adult Division.

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