Board-certified Psychiatrist to Serve Pike and Wayne Counties
“The recruitment of Dr. Dholakia is in response to the long-standing need for additional pediatric, adolescent and adult behavioral health providers within our community,” stated Frederick Jackson, executive director of WMCHC. “With his arrival, WMCHC will be extending its reach to offer these services to those living within the Pike County area as well as Wayne County.”
Dr. Dholakia completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Hofstra North Shore – Long Island Jewish Health System in New York where he served as Chief Fellow. He performed his residency and chief residency in psychiatry and earned a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. Dr. Dholakia has co-authored professional publications on subjects including youth suicide, impulse control disorder and psychopharmacology. Additionally, he has served as an expert reviewer/moderator for Cyber-bullying and Social Networking Workshops as well as a presenter on the issue of youth suicide. He resides in Scranton with his wife, Toral Patel, MD, MPH.
Describing child psychiatry as “a unique, fascinating, and challenging field” Dr. Dholakia’s commitment to early detection in young people is evident. “Mental disorders in children and adolescents are real and can be effectively treated, especially when identified and treated early,” he stated.
According to Dr. Dholakia, almost 1 in 5 children in the United States suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder, but only 20 to 25 percent receive treatment. He says this factor is especially significant because, “about half of lifetime mental disorders begin before age 14 and 70 percent by age 24.”
Aware of the stigma connected to seeking professional help in dealing with behavioral health diagnoses, Dr. Dholakia emphasized that child and adolescent psychiatry is almost universally practiced in collaboration with others. He stated, “Along with the core collaboration with child and family, additional collaboration with other mental health professionals, school personnel, health professionals (primary care and specialty pediatric care), child welfare personnel, juvenile justice personnel, child and family advocates, and a variety of paraprofessionals is often required.”
Dr. Dholakia looks forward to utilizing his expertise in public health as an outreach to the community, “in the office setting, you can only see patients one-on-one. However, working within the community allows a preventative aspect focusing on early recognition and prevention.”
Dr. Dholakia treats children as young as 3 and adults up to age 65 and is accepting new patients. He has special interests in ADHD, Autism, and prevention of youth suicide. Referrals can be made by physicians, family members or others concerned about an individual. Individuals may also inquire about services on their own. He is seeing patients full-time at the Behavioral Health Center, Stourbridge Professional Complex, Route 6 and Maple Avenue in Honesdale and will begin part-time hours in the Pike Family Health Center located at the Pike County Medical Center, 750 Route 739, Lords Valley in August. Office hours will increase at the Lords Valley site upon completion of the expansion project in 2014. For an appointment at either Center, call 570-253-8219.
The Behavioral Health Center is a part of WMCHC, a federally qualified health center clinically affiliated with Wayne Memorial Health System. WMCHC accepts most private insurances, medical assistance, and Medicare. For a list of services offered by WMCHC, visit wmh.org/WMCHC or call 570-253-8390.
Photo: Rashesh Dholakia, MD, MPHBack