Philadelphia Mental Health Center (PMHC) was founded by Dr. Edward K. Parnes in 1953 as a not-for-profit organization to provide affordable professional mental health services in Philadelphia.

We have a proud history. Our first Board of Directors included Pearl S. Buck, a Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner, along with Dr. Theodor Reik, a famous student of Dr. Sigmund Freud. In 1963, PMHC began the first 24/7 crisis line for emergency mental health services in the United States.

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Dr. Edward K. Parnes founded PMHC in 1953.

As PMHC evolved, we developed a specialty treating children on the autism spectrum. In 2007, PMHC opened the After-School Autism Program (ASAP), a specialized year-round therapeutic program for children 5-12 with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

PMHC offers a variety of services: psychological and psychiatric testing and evaluations (including a comprehensive autism evaluation), children’s community based services such as Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS), and individual and group therapies. We also provide psychiatric services and medication management for individuals in any of our other therapeutic services. We offer family and marriage counseling to the families of children who receive care from us and provide a variety of social skills and support groups, including a therapeutic After-School Program for elementary school children.

All of our staff at PMHC are highly qualified professionals at the Master’s, Doctoral or MD level, and all are trained to work with children in order to provide specialized care at the highest standards.

We strive for excellence as we compassionately partner with families to serve their children in need.

Welcome to PMHC!

Our Mission

Welcome to the Philadelphia Mental Health Center! From our modest beginnings in 1953, we have grown from a very small private outpatient clinic in Center City Philadelphia to a leading Behavioral Health Facility serving three distinct regional areas: Center City Philadelphia, Northeast Philadelphia and Bucks County.  Our locations provide outpatient and community based services. We also run a therapeutic After-School Autism Program at our Philadelphia locations.

While our compassionate, comprehensive and holistic services for both children and their families encompass many behavioral health issues, we have a true specialty in Autism.

As we look to the future, our services continue to flex and expand in order to serve the needs of our population. Along with traditional services, we offer a Comprehensive Autism Evaluation. We have also developed unique social skills groups for children and adults who reside on the Autism Spectrum, including basic communication skills for children and young adults with Asperger’s, toddler groups, teen groups, sibling groups and parent groups.

Our clinical philosophy is diverse. At PMHC we are enriched by a team of Master’s and Doctoral-level clinicians who are expertly trained in ABA, DIR, Theory of Mind, as well as Cognitive, Behavioral and Psychodynamic Therapies. Our child psychiatrist and CRNP specialize in serving children diagnosed on the Autism spectrum.

We are pleased to network and collaborate with other institutions. We accept doctoral interns via the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) program, as well as interns from the Jefferson University School of Occupational Therapy and Temple University’s Center for Social Policy & Community Development. We also collaborate with the Bucks County Intermediate Unit.

Autism has reached startling proportions. It is clear that we must pool our resources to accomplish the daunting task ahead of us. PMHC will continue to move toward partnering with those willing to take on the challenge of supporting children and families in need.

Kerey Parnes
Chief Executive Officer
Philadelphia Mental Health Center

Our Directors

Kerey Parnes

Chief Executive Officer

P: (215) 598-0223

Kerey Parnes is the daughter of Dr. Edward Parnes, founder and first CEO of PMHC. Kerey earned a BA at Vassar College in 1979, and was then trained as a Freudian Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist at the Psychoanalytic Studies Institute in Philadelphia, where she was certified in 1983.

She had a private practice treating adults in Philadelphia and Doylestown for over 10 years. She was later the Outpatient Director, Quality Assurance Manager and then the Assistant Director of PMHC, before taking her position as Chief Executive Officer of PMHC in 1999.

During her tenure as CEO, Kerey has grown and transformed the agency to focus on the needs of children and their families in Philadelphia and surrounding Counties. She also developed PMHC’s specialty in family-focused treatment for children and adults on the Autism Spectrum, in addition to launching mobile Mental Health for the elderly, and most recently a TeleHealth Program.

Kaywana Broomer

Chief Operating Officer

P: (215) 735-9379 x201

Kaywana Broomer M.Ed., M.S., NCC. has wide-ranging experience within the behavioral health field. She has worked as a licensed therapist and counselor in both Delaware and PA. She was a certified school counselor (Delaware Department of Education) and certified investigator (PA Department of Public Welfare). Her initial professional experiences began with intensive mental health services within inpatient clinics. She has managed the operations of several clinical and social work departments and programs and served as a Clinical Director.  She has experience in decision making based on compliance with policies and regulations. Her experience also includes implementing successful financial controls related to operations and effective integration of multiple systems.

Brandon Hutton

Director of Behavioral Health Services

P: (215) 735-9379 x327

Brandon Hutton M.Ed., M.A., LPC has over 20yrs of extensive experience within the behavioral health field after transitioning from his initial career as a Special Education Teacher.  He has managed programs on all levels of clinical care; Outpatient clinics, Inpatient clinical teams, School Therapeutic Services (STS), Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services (BHRS), and a 60 bed Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility.  In addition to working as a healthcare Director during the day, Mr. Hutton has simultaneously maintained his first love as a direct-care Clinician by night. Mr. Hutton has a private practice in NJ where he has provided crisis therapy, individual and family therapy, clinical and educational assessments, training in the education and mental health fields, clinical compliance/performance improvement consultation, and program design/development consultation.

Dr. Firouzeh Safai-Nili, MD

Board Certified Child and Adult Psychiatrist

Integrative Holistic Medicine

She has twenty years of experience as child, adolescent & adult psychiatrist. Her areas of expertise include ADHD; Autistic spectrum orders; depression and suicidal thoughts; and anxiety disorders. She emphasizes lifestyle changes such as nutrition, imagery, and natural supplements while using psychotropic medications, conservatively.

She specializes in working with people who have no interest in medication or looking for more effective management of their current medication. (E.g., people who are on multiple medications with poor results or excessive side effects.) She accepts referrals for second opinion evaluation. She has extensive experience working with therapists and nurse practitioners, and is willing to collaborate with them.

She is Board certified in adult psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Safai-Nili also has a certification from the American Board of Holistic Integrative Medicine. 

Dr. Tiffany Tucker, MD

Board-Certified Pediatrician and  a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics  

She has 7 years of experience as a general pediatrician. Dr. Tucker received her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine and completed her residency training in Pediatrics at Cooper University Hospital, where she also served as a Chief Resident.

Dr. Tucker is a dynamic and passionate physician leader and educator who strives to deliver excellent healthcare with compassion and respect. Dr. Tucker enjoys teaching medical students, resident trainees, and other healthcare professionals. Dr. Tucker’s special interests include child abuse and neglect, human trafficking, telemedicine, and increasing access to care among underserved populations.

Dr. Andrea Parry, Psy.D.

Senior Psychologist

Licensed Psychologist – PA

Integrative Generalist Practitioner

Dr. Andrea Parry is  a Licensed Psychologist in Pennsylvania with a range of clinical experiences and interests, including children/adolescence, families, autism spectrum disorders, and trauma-based services. Dr. Parry received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She spent several years as an Internship Training Director of an APA-accredited program which included oversight of various rotations, including children and adolescents, special populations, substance abuse, and crisis services. Other areas of interest and experience include psychological evaluation and assessment, including forensic assessment, and older adults. Her clinical background includes CBT and Humanistic Therapy.

Thelma Bryant

Intake Manager

P: (215) 735-9379 x123

She has been employed with PMHC since 2010. During her 9 years of employment at PMHC Thelma has focused her time on ensuring potential participants have a harmonious transition from the first initial intake call until an authorization for services are obtained. She takes pride in walking parents /adult potential participants through each step in obtaining services at PMHC. She prides herself in being compassionate, understanding, empathetic, and diligent when aiding potential participants in connecting them with appropriate services to fit their needs.

Michael A. Bowman Esq

Human Resources and Legal Consultant

Michael A. Bowman is the managing principal of Impact Law & Strategy. Prior to forming Impact Law & Strategy, Mr. Bowman was a partner in a large regional litigation firm. Mr. Bowman has developed expertise in the areas of government law and public policy, among others, and has represented various City and municipal agencies, including the Philadelphia Housing Authority, Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, the School District of Philadelphia, the City of Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission, and the City Water Department. Mr. Bowman received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Law, where he was an Advanced Opportunity Legal Fellow. While at Wisconsin, Michael also received a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs and Administration from the Lafollette Institute of Public Affairs. Michael received his B.S. in Applied History at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was the commencement speaker of his graduating class.

Jenna Trausi

Quality Assurance Specialist

Jenna Trausi, M.S., has been with PMHC since 2009 when she began as a Master-level Intern. After completing her Master’s program in Counseling Psychology, Jenna continued with PMHC as a Mobile/Outpatient Therapist, later the Assistant Director of Clinical Services, and eventually the Director of Clinical Services. Today, as the Quality Assurance Specialist, Jenna brings her years of experience and passion for quality programs to the Quality Department. Her on-going quality management efforts focus on meeting the multiple planes of compliance standards, completing regulatory internal audit procedures, providing training and development to clinical staff, partnering with individuals and families to provide support and improve outcomes,  and working alongside all departments to ensure quality and compliance measures are met.

Employment Opportunities

PMHC is looking for fresh new talent to help bring its mission and goals forward.  Below, please see what positions we currently have available to apply for.

Marketing / Social Media Intern (Philadelphia, Bucks County)

Interested candidates should send cover letters and resumes to

 It is the policy of the Philadelphia Mental Health Center (PHMC) that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or religion. PHMC is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate in the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on account of race, age, color, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or religion or otherwise as may be prohibited by federal and state law.

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