Meet The Team
Randall Solomon MD
Following medical school at the State University of New York at Buffalo and residency training in Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Solomon moved to Long Island in 1989 and founded the practice that was to become Island Psychiatry. Twenty seven years later he is even more engaged and committed to providing the highest quality mental health care and consultation services. Dr. Solomon's perspective on life brings energy, excitement and innovation to the growing practice. He leads with a passionate vision for redefining mental healthcare delivery through a relentless pursuit of quality practices. Dr. Solomon's ultimate goal is to diminish the systemic injustices that interfere with a patient's ability to obtain the most informed care.
Chairman and Founder, Adult & Adolescent Psychiatrist
Jessica Miller, LMHC, MS Psychology
Jessica has been a behaviorist and advocate in the field of developmental disabilities and child adolescent psychology for over 10 years now. Her experience has run the gamut from school settings, psychiatric facilities, group homes and outpatient clinics. Jessica's tenacious strength based approach has fueled her work and helped her build strong programs and train families, staff and community members across the field. Her approach has made a lasting change on the system's impacted and brought wellness and quality of life to the program participants. Jessica continues that momentum to bring new ideas and programming to the Island Psychiatry team. Outside of work, she enjoys coffee and the outdoors with her family.
Vice President of Human Resources and Development, Licensed Counselor, Behaviorist
Jacqueline Sanzari, LMHC, CRC
Jacqueline has a vision and drive that serves as a platform for her ongoing success with patients and in her career. She graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a degree in Psychology and also studied Applied Behavioral Analysis. She first established herself as a behavioral therapist for children with co-occurring developmental disorders and complex mental health need. She also treated adults with Autism as a rehabilitation specialist. She then went on to receive a Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling honors degree from Hofstra University. Following which, she dedicated 4 years to working with adults who have a severe and persistent mental illness and those who struggle with substance abuse. She has received advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and recovery-oriented treatments and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Jacqueline brings enthusiasm, optimism and compassion to her practice that provides relief to patients. Her sense of humor, love of animals and adventure are an added bonus.
Vice President of Consultation Services, Therapist, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
Abigail's ingenuity and warmth serve as a compass not only for her work at Island Psychiatry, but in her career and life. Abigail graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a concentration in Sociology. She has five years of experience in the mental health field working with a variety of populations across several different settings. She has supported children, adolescents and geriatric individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities– both in the community and in the non-profit sector. At Island Psychiatry, Abigail serves as the director of our TMS program and is motivated to work to expand this program using not only her excellent interpersonal skills, but also her creativity and background in design. She has hands on experience with both Nexstim and Magventure rTMS to treat depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, chronic pain and other disorders that are often treated at the practice. Her style is both down to earth yet precise-- and patients that work with her find her peaceful and comforting. Her work has helped individuals adapt and function to their capacity by empowering them to use their strengths. While her ambitions keep her busy, she finds time for drawing and painting as an outlet for her own self-care.
Director of TMS Services
Since graduating Boston University, Dan has rapidly tooled his "business development utility belt" with experience in a wide variety of industries including hospitality, Ed-Tech, medical practice management, K-12 education or arts entertainment. Whether it's having managed one of upper Manhattans busiest restaurants (Maison Harlem), teaching classical verse at Notre Dame High School and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, or liaising between top universities and technology companies at UBTech, Dan always starts the same question - "What is this person looking for?"
Head of Business Development & Digital Operations
Kathy Junior, PhD LCSW
Dr. Kathy Junior graduated from the NYU School of Social Work with a Ph.D. in clinical social work and a specialization in child and adolescent studies. She has over 20 years of experience in academia and direct clinical work with children, adolescents, and families, utilizing the principles of CCPT, CBT, and ABA. Kathy also has extensive experience working in Early Intervention and with school districts throughout Long Island, including participation in CPSE/CSE meetings. She has been quoted in national publications regarding her work with children and families. In her free time, Kathy enjoys reading, yoga, and meditation.
Child, Adolescent and Adult Therapist
Jonah Samuelowitz, LCSW
Jonah graduated from Stony Brook University with a Masters of Social Work with a specialization in Health and a sub-specialization in Substance Abuse. He has conducted individual assessments and individual/group therapy sessions for clients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, personality disorders, anxiety, bipolar disorder, dementia and Alzheimer's disease, depression, as well as other diagnoses. Jonah has worked with emergency situations, providing counseling and crisis intervention. He approaches each task with commitment and dedication, striving to create a safe, confidential, non-judgmental and trustworthy atmosphere where patients feel respected and validated. In Jonah's free time he enjoys playing guitar and spending time with his two golden retrievers Ilsa and Tula.
Adolescent and Adult Therapist
Alexandra Paul, LMHC
Alexandra 'Lexy' is a licensed Mental Health Counselor that focuses on balancing acceptance and change to help clients develop insight and work toward individual goals that they find meaningful. Lexy graduated from Syracuse University with an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The foundation of her clinical experience was established working with children and adolescents that present with high risk behaviors and serious persistent mental illness. She has a strong background in the treatment of trauma, crisis work and assessment/diagnostics. In addition to this, she has experience working with individuals with mental health concerns including anxiety, mood disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder; with substance use issues; and with couples/families. She has extensive experience and training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and utilizes this approach to collaborate with clients in building tangible skills to increase an ability to cope with emotions, to maintain positive daily habits, and to identify ways to successfully navigate relationships. In her free time, Lexy loves to spend time traveling and listening to music - she plays the guitar and the violin.
Child, Adolescent and Adult Therapist
Christine Woods, NP
Christine has spent her career dedicated to the field of psychiatry starting with her RN degree from Adelphi leading to teaching and research in adult and child psychiatry, leading groups and providing therapy in both outpatients practices, CPEP and inpatient units. She followed that with a Masters of Nursing in Psychiatry from Stony Brook University becoming licensed as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She continued her passion for psychiatric patient care across hospital and private settings with a "patients-come-first" mentality to her work. This expanded to some of the most under-served populations including patients involved in CPS, probation, parole and social services. Christine focuses all her energy on quality comprehensive patient care at Island Psychiatry and spends her quiet time on the beach whenever possible.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Nick Cerniglia, NP
Nick has been a nurse for almost 20 years. He has been practicing as an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner since 2007. He earned both his BSN and MSN from Stony Brook University and is a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Nick is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, as well as the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. His depth of experience allows him to carefully individualize treatment plans for best possible outcomes. He believes in educating his patients, empowering them so that they fully understand the benefits of their treatment plan. His compassion and empathy makes him a valuable part of the Island Psychiatry team. Nick spends his extra time as a community volunteer (Mental Health Crisis Intervention). He loves to travel especially to places where there are beaches and boats. When he is not traveling you can surely find him on a golf course.
Independent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Sara's passion, humor, and positive attitude instantly aids patients to feel welcome and comfortable throughout the journey of improving their overall mental health and well being with Island Psychiatry. Sara has several years experience both administratively and with customer service, most recently holding a position as a Direct Support Professional working with a private family through AIM Services, as well as working an administrative position within a mental health office. Sara recently graduated from Stony Brook University with her Bachelors degree in Psychology and is interested in furthering her education through a graduate program that highlights her advocacy for child and disabled individual welfare. Her natural curiosity in the field and her desire to help others makes her an excellent addition to our team. In her free time, Sara enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her family.
Patient Engagement Team Lead
Rachel has always been interested in working with children. Upon entering college, this goal became more focused on childhood development and the special needs population. Rachel graduated with her bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Science from SUNY Oswego in May of 2017. She then began her masters degree in School Psychology at Adelphi University, which she will complete in May of 2020. Since beginning graduate school, Rachel has gained experience in counseling, ABA and cognitive, neuropsychological, behavioral and personality testing, in children 5-18. Rachel has always considered herself an empathetic person and has since built upon these skills through her training in the general education population and with students with severe developmental disabilities. Rachel hopes to bring her strong sense of understanding others' perspectives to her work at Island Psychiatry in both child and adult patients.
Clinical Assistant for Psychological Testing Services
Jessica “JP” is dedicated to easing the lives of others. She is a big believer in going the extra mile in her work. Jessica’s passion in working with the mental health community grew when she graduated Suffolk County Community College with her Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee(CASAC-T) Certification. During her credentialing process, Jessica gained experience counseling teenagers and adults. She has also worked as a team member in Wrap Around Services providing food, clothes, job search assistance, and educational resources to those who suffer from substance use disorder. Jessica is currently attending St. Joseph’s College’s dual degree program to receive her M.B.A. in Health Care Management. Jessica holds another occupation as a Direct Support Professional for those with intellectual disabilities. Her blend of creativity, empathy, and experience continues to grow in this field. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys walking her dog and cat.
Patient Engagement Specialist
Jessica received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from SUNY Oswego in 2012, where she acquired a strong interest in developmental psychology, specifically attachment theory. There, she won the Dean’s Writing Award in Psychology for her paper on Divorce and Attachment Theory, which focused on the different coparenting styles and how each have an effect on children following a divorce. Jessica returned to academics to pursue her certification in Medical Billing & Coding and graduated from Branford Hall in 2014. She has several years of experience in the healthcare field, including working as a claims and collections specialist in a physical therapy office. Her immense compassion and empathy for those experiencing mental health issues drives her motivation to provide a positive experience for every patient at Island Psychiatry. She has a strong passion for learning and hopes to someday pursue a graduate degree in Psychology. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys watching hockey and spending time with her family and two dogs.
Patient Engagement Specialist
Shannon has always felt a passion for helping others, which led her to pursue the mental health field. She is currently earning her Bachelors Degree in Psychology online through the Harold Abel School of Psychology at Capella University. Upon completion, she plans on working towards a Masters Degree in School Counseling and eventually become a certified school counselor, as she wishes to make a difference in young lives. Her years of customer service experience and hardworking yet compassionate attitude help to assist patients and team members quickly and efficiently. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, pets and also enjoys gardening.
Patient Engagement Specialist
Cynthia Fischer, LCSW-R
After graduating from SUNY Stony Brook in 1990, I established a private practice on Long Island. My primary focus has always been relationship issues. About 20 years ago, I began incorporating an understanding of how and why the brain functions as it does. When we have an understanding of our brain (and the brain of our partner), we can significantly increase the likelihood of getting what we want in our relationships. This additional emphasis has enabled me to help my clients gain better understanding and increased mastery in their lives and relationships.
During my career, I have also developed a specialty in Anxiety Treatment, and have found that my education about how the brain functions is often helpful in treating this condition as well. I have additionally had success treating people with a model that incorporates several clinical theories including, but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral and Family Systems Therapy.
Island Couples Therapy, Therapist