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.
PMHC continues to evolve to meet the needs of its members and the community. In 2007 we launched a Therapeutic After School Autism Program and in 2015 an APA approved Practicum Training program for doctoral students. In 2017 PMHC secured partnership with Jefferson University and became an approved internship site for Occupational Therapy students. In 2018 PMHC was state approved to provide Telehealth services as well as Adult Mobile Mental Health services which extends into Nursing facilities. In 2020 we launched our Integrated Health Program that includes Pediatric Medical Services and a free Saturday health clinic.
Philadelphia Mental Health Center (PMHC)
Our core values are Integrity, Recovery, Inclusivity & Accessibility. We continue to ensure that we are providing a safe, open, and friendly space for people.
PMHC offers a variety of services: psychological and psychiatric testing and evaluations (including a comprehensive autism evaluation), children’s community-based services such as Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS), and individual and group therapies. We also provide psychiatric services and medication management for individuals in any of our other therapeutic services and as a private pay service. Pediatric medical services are available and include services such as wellness visits, sick visits, and health education/counseling. We offer private self-pay family and marriage counseling sessions. In-home adult services are available to individuals physically unable to attend traditional in-clinic services through our Mobile Adult Program.
All of our staff at PMHC are highly qualified professionals at the Masters, Doctoral or MD level, and all are trained to work with children and adults in order to provide specialized care at the highest standards.
We strive for excellence as we compassionately partner with individuals in need.
Message from our CEO
Welcome to the Philadelphia Mental Health Center! From our beginnings in 1953, we have grown from a 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 mental and physical health services in office and through telehealth.
While our compassionate, comprehensive and holistic services for both children and adults encompass many health issues, we also have a specialty in Autism. Along with a menu of traditional therapeutic services, we offer psychological, psychiatric and pediatric assessments, and we also offer a full Comprehensive Autism Evaluation.
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 board certified child psychiatrist and CRNP, along with our licensed psychologists and the full clinical Master’s level team collaborate to offer the highest quality services to those in need.
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.
Our Board of Directors provides oversight and support as PMHC nears 70 years as a leader in the Philadelphia Health community.
Chief Executive Officer
Philadelphia Mental Health Center
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.
It is the policy of the Philadelphia Mental Health Center (PMHC) that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or religion. PMHC 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.
PMHC offers a wide range of clinical and research internship experiences. Listed below are some of our College and University partners:
- Alvernia University
- Chestnut Hill College
- Drexel University
- Fielding Graduate
- University Goddard
- College Immaculata University
- Jefferson University
- Rosemont College
- Springfield College
- Temple University
- University of Delaware
- Widener University
- Wilkes University
Our Leadership Team
Chief Executive Officer
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.
Chief Operating Officer
Kaywana Broomer M.Ed., M.S., NCC. LPC 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. She currently serves on the fellowship application review board for the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).
Muhamad Aly Rifai, MD, CPE, FACP, FACLP, FAPA
Dr. Rifai is a practicing internist and psychiatrist in Pennsylvania. He is the CEO and Chief Psychiatrist and Internist of Blue Mountain Psychiatry and a clinical professor of psychiatry and medicine at The Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Rifai is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine and Psychosomatic Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, The Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and the American Psychiatric Association. He is the President of the Lehigh Valley Psychiatric Society.
Amber Nelson is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with over a decade of experience in mental healthcare. Amber holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Drexel University, as well as a Master of Science in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University. Amber is currently part of the team here at Philadelphia Mental Health Center as Nurse Practitioner treating multiple behavioral diagnoses including Autism, ADHD, depression, anxiety, and insomnia. She brings her expertise, empathy, and broad skillset to each patient she works with, helping them throughout their own personal wellness journey.
Director of Behavioral Health Services
Brandon Hutton M.Ed., M.A., LPC has over 20 years of extensive experience within the behavioral health field. 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. 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.
She has been employed with PMHC since 2010. During her ten 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.
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.
Theresa Jacob has an incredible array of knowledge with over 30+ years of experience in business receivables, and in all variation types of insurances such as medical, life, auto, workers compensation, long-term and short-term disability. Her greatest qualities is her compassion that she gives back to teaching students the trades of medical billing, medical coding, medical assistant and pharmacology. Ms. Jacob also had a self-owned private consultant business in NJ for 11 years where she marketed and provided services to private medical practices and small business owners for start-up, revision and expansion of their businesses. She has a great problem-solving ability that allows her to always find or create an answer to an issue. She always provides support to her team members to continue to implement and stay up to date with the never-ending changes of insurances. Through her hard work and dedication, she aims to keep improving the accounts receivables process so we can continue to focus on our mission to provide the quality of care first.
IBHS Administrative Coordinator
Jennifer started her career with PMHC/DVCC in 2013. Prior to that, Jennifer was a Preschool Teacher and Daycare Center Director working with children since 1999. Jennifer started at the DVCC site of PMHC as a Service Specialist and worked closely with the clients, families, and insurance providers to ensure the services were approved and received as clinically prescribed. She was then promoted to the IBHS Administrative Coordinator position in 2020. Jennifer maintains the protocols and processes within the IBHS department at DVCC, taking great pride in making sure that all the participants are receiving the quality care they need and deserve
IBHS Administrative Coordinator
Lamar Bullock Sr. has over 5 years of experience at PMHC as an Administrative Coordinator in Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Services (BHRS) and Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS). In addition, Mr. Bullock has over 20 years of experience in the mental health field in both direct care and management level positions. In those 20 plus years, Mr. Bullock has worked in other behavioral health programs including the School Therapeutic Services (STS) and Partial Hospitalization programs. Mr. Bullock’s passion for working with children/adolescents and their families has led him to spend over 7 years as a Non-Violent Crisis Prevention trainer. He also serves as PMHC’s electronic health record trainer. Mr. Bullock believes that every child deserves to feel special, and that safety and happiness is not expensive, but priceless! He implements this philosophy on a daily basis both at home and in his workplace
Wendy Mechin has over 20 years of administrative experience in behavioral healthcare. She works as the liaison between clinical, administrative, billing, and financial departments to improve data management, billing claims management, quality assurance, and increase overall efficiency. She uses her experience and provides the real time data and analysis needed for informed operational and strategic decision making, elimination of inefficiencies, increased financial stability, and improvement of patient care. Wendy enjoys working with all levels of staff to identify problems and areas for improvement and the information or tools she can provide to help.
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