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Faculty

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program

Randall K. Ricardi, DO
Program Director: University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

Dr. Randall Ricardi completed his medical school training at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He went on to complete his adult psychiatry residency at the Lafayette Clinic in Detroit and his child and adolescent training in Wayne State University.  He joined the faculty at Phoenix Children's Hospital in 1990.

While at PCH, he has served on the IRB and has conducted several clinical trials for Phase II-IV medications in the areas of ADHD, Bipolar, Depression, OCD, Generalized Anxiety and Tics.  He is interested in medical education and frequently is an invited speaker at CME events and local grand rounds.  He is the Program Director for the PCH/U of A Banner - Child and Adolescent Fellowship Program as well as a instructor of medical students and resident from the U of A Medical School; Phoenix, Mayo Medical School, Creighton Medical School and Banner University-Phoenix. 

Outside of work, he enjoys traveling, hiking, and gardening.   

Funda Bachini, MD

Assistant Program Director: University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

Dr. Bachini has been working in behavioral health since 2001. After graduation with a degree in psychology, she worked in behavioral health hospital, schools, and social services.  This provided her with the opportunity to see children in various stages of development and in varied life circumstances. It was in during these experiences that her fascination with the brain human behavior evolved into a passion for helping children and their families.

After attending Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, she completed both her residency and child and adolescent fellowship at Maricopa Medical Center.  Dr. Bachini serves as an advocate for children and their families, striving to help parents, educators, and all those in a child's world come to understand the unique circumstances which have shaped their minds and continue to influence their behaviors.  Through speaking at conferences and in the community, she hopes to help destigmatize mental health and empower children and their families.

While not at work, she enjoys traveling with her three kids and husband.

Psychiatry Faculty

Ramiz Audi, MD

He trained at Case Western University Hospitals of Cleveland for his residency and fellowship.  Afterwards he worked in Virginia Beach to help create Psychiatric Urgent Care.  When he moved back to Phoenix, Arizona, he brought the concept to Phoenix Children's Hospital to help create the Bridge Clinic. Patient will be seen for 60 days for medication management and therapy to Bridge them until they are seen by a psychiatrist her pediatrician in the community.  This has helped decrease the length of stay in the emergency department as well as decreased the number of suicidal and aggressive kids from returning back to the ED. 

 He is also the medical director of the Intensive Outpatient Program for children ages 12-18. Patients include those who have recent hospitalization and could use additional support after discharge, does with passive suicidal ideations and self-harming behaviors as well as comorbid medical complications.  He spends the other half of his clinical time on the inpatient psychiatric unit. He also gives psychopathology lectures to fellows and residents.

Dr. Audi is board-certified in adult and child adolescent psychiatry. He is member of the APA, AACAP, and AAEP. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Departments of Child Health and Psychiatry at University of Arizona. Dr. Audi also holds Academic Appointments with Creighton University School of Medicine and Mayo Clinic School of Medicine.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, staying active with running before the sun comes up, playing soccer, travelling twice a year to different countries as well as outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, camping etc.

Danica Denton, DO

Dr. Denton completed her adult psychiatry residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville where she gained experience working with a diverse patient population. She also completed a two-year fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry while at Vanderbilt, with a focus on patients with developmental delay and early childhood development. She is certified in Perinatal Mental Health. She has also completed an Infant Mental Health Fellowship through the UC Davis-Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship Program in Napa.

Ann Guthery, Ph.D., PMHNP-BC

Dr. Ann Guthery began her nursing career as an RN working with children and adolescent psychiatric patients in 1987 after receiving her BSN from the University of Northern Colorado. Within two years, she was appointed Director of Utilization Review and later as Director of Nursing at Westbridge Center for Children. She received her Master’s in Nursing in 1993 and her Post Master’s degree as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in 1995 both from Arizona State University.

 In 1995 she joined Phoenix Children’s Hospital working with outpatient youths, and later, as Study Coordinator in a series of pharmaceutical trials. She left Phoenix Children’s in 2003 to assume joint ownership of Arizona Family Resource Counseling Center—a consortium of mental health practitioners in private practice. In 2006 she was appointed as Clinical Assistant Professor with ASU. She received her PhD in 2010 from the University of Arizona with a focus on vulnerable populations. She returned to Phoenix Children’s hospital in 2015 and has worked in the ED, Consultation Liaison role and inpatient psychiatric Unit.

Today, Dr. Guthery continues her work at both ASU, as Specialty coordinator of the Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program and at Phoenix Children’s Hospital as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.

Stephen P. Herman, MD

Stephen P. Herman, M.D. is Board-Certified in Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. He has practiced clinical and forensic psychiatry for over 40 years. Dr. Herman has published numerous peer-reviewed papers, presented at major medical meetings and writes a regular column on forensic child and adolescent psychiatry for the Newsletter of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. He has taught at major medical centers in New York City and has a forensic psychiatry practice in Arizona. More information is available on his website: www.childadultforensics.com.

Lisa Kirsch, MD

Lisa Kirsch, M.D. is the Division Chief of the Child Protection Team at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Kirsch is board certified in both General Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics and has been in clinical practice in the area of child abuse in Arizona for 20 years.  Her academic appointments include Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Child Health at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine – Phoenix and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Creighton University School of Medicine.  Her research interests include child maltreatment and interpersonal violence.

Todd Levine, MD

Dr. Levine trained in pediatrics, adult psychiatry, and child & adolescent psychiatry (Triple Board) and completed a research fellowship in child mental health at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.  He also served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior while at Brown and his research, clinical work, and lectures focus on behavior difficulties in children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) with particular attention towards anxiety.  Dr. Levine’s past research has included studies of anxiety, physiologic arousal, and Internet use in those with ASDs.  Dr. Levine provides clinical services at Phoenix Children’s Hospital where he treats children with ASDs and behavior difficulties. Treatment includes medication management, family therapy, individual therapy, and school consultation.

Kara Stuart Lewis, MD, FAAN, FAHS

Dr. Lewis is a child neurologist and the Program Director for the Child Neurology Residency at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital.  She is board certified in Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology, and holds subspecialty certification in Headache Medicine from United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.  She holds teaching appointments at University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and Creighton College of Medicine.  Dr. Lewis has a BA in anthropology from Pomona College, and received her MD from University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, Arizona.  She did her pediatrics training at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, and completed her Child Neurology residency at Barrow Neurological Institute.  Dr. Lewis’s clinical specialty interests include headaches and migraines in young children and adolescents, fetal neurology, and the long term care of children across their life with cerebral palsy and other congenital neurological conditions. She is committed to the education and mentoring of the next generation of child neurologists.

John Zaharopoulos, DO

Dr. Zaharopoulos trained at Maricopa Integrated Health System (now Valleywise) in both general psychiatry as well as child/adolescent psychiatry. He has gained experience in various clinic settings including providing transcranial magnetic stimulation for treatment resistant depression. Currently he leads a monthly webinar, the Faculty Learning Community, where pediatricians participate to gain knowledge in managing psychiatric issues in their practices. 

 

 

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