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The Verywell Mind Review Board is a team of board-certified physicians and established mental health experts who ensure our content is high-quality and inclusive. They join us in our mission to be a compassionate resource that helps you prioritize your mental health and well-being.

Get to know the passionate psychotherapists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, mindfulness coaches, and other mental health professionals and educators who make up the Review Board.

Review Board Members

Block
Daniel B. Block, MD
Psychiatrist

Daniel B. Block, MD, is an award-winning, board-certified psychiatrist who operates a private practice in Pennsylvania. Dr. Block is a staunch patient advocate and was awarded the Medical Service Advisor Award in 2000 for his work with New Directions, a chapter of the DBSA (Depression Bipolar Support Alliance).

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Sara Clark
Sara Clark
Mindfulness Teacher

Sara Clark is an EYT 500-hour certified Vinyasa yoga and mindfulness teacher, lululemon Global Yoga Ambassador, model, and writer. Her online yoga and meditation classes are available on SHAPE, Yoga Today, Prevention, and YogaGlo, and she teaches 1000+ yoga practitioners in New York City's Bryant Park every summer.

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Claudia
Claudia Chaves, MD
Neurologist

Claudia Chaves, MD, is board-certified in cerebrovascular disease and neurology with a subspecialty certification in vascular neurology. She is an associate professor of neurology at Tufts Medical School and medical director of the Lahey Clinic Multiple Sclerosis Center in Lexington, Massachusetts. 

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Steven Gans
Steven Gans, MD
Psychiatrist

Steven Gans, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist and active supervisor, teacher, and mentor at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and practices at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. Dr. Gans leads a team-based approach to treating patients with serious mental illnesses.

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Rachel Goldman
Rachel Goldman, PhD, FTOS
Psychologist

Rachel Goldman, PhD, FTOS, is a licensed psychologist and clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine. She is also a speaker and wellness expert specializing in weight management and eating behaviors and serves on leadership boards of The Obesity Society and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

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Aron
Aron Janssen, MD
Psychiatrist

Aron Janssen, MD, is board-certified in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry and is the vice chair of child and adolescent psychiatry at Northwestern University. He is the founder of the Gender and Sexuality Service at New York University, and author of "Affirmative Mental Health Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth."

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Sanja Jelic
Sanja Jelic, MD
Pulmonologist

Sanja Jelic, MD, is board-certified in sleep medicine, critical care medicine, pulmonary disease, and internal medicine. She is an assistant professor of medicine and attending physician in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, New York.

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Elena Klimenko
Elena Klimenko, MD
Internal Medicine Physician

Elena Klimenko, MD, IFMCP, is a board-certified doctor in internal medicine and licensed in medical acupuncture and homeopathy. She is a part of the teaching faculty at Center for Education and Development of Homeopathy and leads her medical practice at Healthy Wealthy & Wise Medical, PC in New York City, using both conventional and alternative medicine.

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Shaheen Lakhan
Shaheen Lakhan, MD, PhD, FAAN
Neurologist

Shaheen Lakhan, MD, PhD, is an award-winning, board-certified physician-scientist and clinical development specialist. He is board-certified in neurology and pain medicine, with clinical training from the Cleveland Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital. He has taught at Harvard Medical School and the California University of Science and Medicine.

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Kristin McGee
Kristin McGee, CPT
Meditation Instructor

Kristin McGee, CPT, is a certified personal trainer, yoga instructor, and meditation teacher. She currently teaches yoga and meditation for Peloton, including prenatal and postnatal classes for new moms. Kristin is one of the most sought after and recognized fitness instructors in the country and is a pioneer in making yoga and mindful movement more accessible for all.

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Megan Monahan
Megan Monahan
Meditation Instructor

Megan Monahan is a certified meditation instructor who has studied under Dr. Deepak Chopra. SHe is the author of the book, "Don't Hate, Meditate" and teaches meditation to corporate and private clients weekly, in addition to her work with brands like lululemon and Wanderlust. Angeleno Magazine named Megan "The Meditation Master" for its "It List 2019."

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Amy Morin
Amy Morin, LCSW
Psychotherapist

Amy Morin, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist. She is the author of several books including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do" and "13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do." As a highly sought-after speaker, Amy delivers talks on parenting and mental strength, including top 50 TEDx talk, "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong."

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Armeen Poor
Armeen Poor, MD
Pulmonologist

Armeen Poor, MD, is a board-certified pulmonologist, specializing in critical care and sleep medicine. He is an assistant professor of medicine at New York Medical College, with clinical duties in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care at Metropolitan Hospital Center in New York City. Dr. Poor was awarded the Resident Research Award from Columbia University Medical Center.

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Huma
Huma Sheikh, MD
Neurologist

Huma Sheikh, MD, is a board-certified neurologist, specializing in migraine and stroke. She is affiliated with Mount Sinai of New York and co-founded the Migraine and Vascular Section for the American Headache Society. Dr. Sheikh has received many honors including Teacher of the Year at Mount Sinai-Beth Israel Hospital.

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Carly
Carly Snyder, MD
Psychiatrist

Carly Snyder, MD, is a reproductive and perinatal psychiatrist who combines traditional psychiatry with integrative medicine-based treatments. She is also the director for women's health for Family Health Associates, host of the podcast MD for Moms, and a regular contributor to many news and media outlets. Dr. Snyder was named a "Rising Star" by Super Doctors in 2019.

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David Susman
David Susman, PhD
Psychologist

David Susman, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist with 25 years of experience providing treatment to individuals with mental illness and substance use concerns. He is also an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky, award-winning blogger, and the founding director of Eastern State Hospital’s Recovery Mall.

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Former Verywell Mind Review Board Members

  • Richard N. Fogoros, MD
  • Claudia Chaves, MD

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