Ro Mind Medical Advisors
Our Medical Advisory Board is made up of leading mental health experts who designed the Ro Mind patient experience.
Dr. Mia Handler
Dr. Mia Handler is a board-certified psychiatrist and founding member of Bluestone Health, where she works with patients to heal and strengthen their own interpersonal relationships. She treats a variety of psychiatric disorders with personalized care using psychotherapeutic approaches and medication management tailored for each individual. She received her MD from St. George’s University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City where she served as Chief Resident during her fourth year of training. After Beth Israel she practiced at Silver Hill Hospital in Connecticut, including serving as the Director of Psychiatry, where she was part of the leadership team working to advance patient care at a hospital level.
“By understanding that no two people are the same, it becomes clear that every individual has their own path to healing and wellness.”
Dr. Jeff Gardere
Dr. Jeff Gardere, better known as “America’s Psychologist”, is a board-certified clinical psychologist and Associate Professor and Course Director of Behavioral Medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City. Dr. Gardere is a respected academic, contributor, and author on topics related to behavioral medicine, cultural competence, community service, and health and human behavior. His published work includes numerous pieces of research and contributed content, a half-dozen books, and the documentary films “You Are Not Alone; Black Gay Men and Depression” and “Erasing Family; Parental Alienation and the Effects on Children.” Dr. Gardere received his M. Phil. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University.
“My mission is to smash the stigma of addressing mental illness and help people access the care that will change their lives for the better.”
Dr. Jorge Petit
Dr. Jorge Petit is a community psychiatrist and President and CEO of Coordinated Behavioral Care, Inc. (CBC). A leading mental health expert in the public healthcare sector with over 25 years of experience, Dr. Petit has led the development of strategies to achieve sustained and systemic improvements in access to needed care. His focus centers on expanding access to coordinated, individualized, and culturally competent care for chronic health conditions. Dr. Petit received his MD from the University of Buenos Aires and completed his residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, followed by a fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian.
“As a public-sector psychiatrist, my mission has been to create an accessible, equitable, and high-quality healthcare environment – especially for those individuals most impacted by social determinants of health.”
Dr. Sharon Parish
Dr. Sharon Parish is a Professor of Medicine in Clinical Psychiatry and Clinical Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College and the Director of Medical Services at the New York-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center. Her practice focuses on behavioral health, menopause, and sexual medicine for men and women. Dr. Parish has designed several educational programs and authored publications on sexual health, menopause, psychiatric care, and substance use disorders. She received her MD from Albany Medical College of Union University and completed her residency at The George Washington University Hospital, followed by a fellowship at New York University/Bellevue Hospital Center.
“To provide multidimensional mental health care we must integrate all aspects of an individual’s experience – including their biological, psychological, social, and cultural background.”