The First Month is a collaboration between a number of phenomenal professionals who  bring unique perspective, resources, and skills to our stated mission of easing the transition from pregnancy to parenthood. Premier Pediatrics would like to thank all of these incredible groups and individuals for their contributions so far and we look forward to growing this project together.

Psychiatrist/Psychologist/Social Workers

Melissa Paschke LCSW

Melissa Paschke is one of the lead therapists at Brooklyn PPD Support. Melissa has generously agreed to see patients of The First Month at the Premier offices for three sessions at a discounted rate to help new moms bridge this trying time. She also moderates groups for parents struggling with a peripartum depression or anxiety. These groups are held at the Premier offices as well as other locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Melissa has been practicing medical social work since 1994. She is also a mother of two boys and a certified yoga instructor.

Catherine Birndorf MD
200 E. 87th Street
Suite 12-E
New York, NY 10128

Dr. Birndorf specializes in Reproductive Psychiatry, an important area in mental health which helps women with emotional and psychiatric conditions throughout the life cycle. Dr. Birndorf helps patients understand their specific psychiatric problems during times of hormonal changes from menses to menopause. She works with her patients and their families to focus on these psychiatric issues and provides a range of treatment options during times of transition in a woman’s life.

David Gandler MD
905 5th Avenue (at 72nd street)
New York City, NY 10021

Dr. David Gandler is a board certified psychiatrist who has been in practice on the upper east side of New York City since 1984. He has extensive training in psychopharmacology and is particularly in tuned to the sensitive issues regarding medication safety and breastfeeding. He has won multiple awards such as the Patient’s Choice Award, Compassionate Doctor Recognition and On time doctors awards. 

Alison Hermann MD
315 East 62nd Street, 5th Flr
New York, NY 10065

Dr. Hermann is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine as well as an Assistant Attending Psychiatrist in the Emergency Department at New York Presbyterian Hospital.  She maintains a clinical practice in General Adult Psychiatry and Reproductive Psychiatry and is open for consultations, psychotherapy, and medication management.  She has a strong interest in helping parents in the peripartum period.

Katherine Bleiberg PhD
315 East 62nd Street, 5th Flr
New York, NY 10065

Dr. Bleiberg is a clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where she has a private practice, teaches, and consults in the Payne Whitney Women’s Program. She has expertise in the evaluation and psychotherapeutic treatment of depression related to pregnancy and the postpartum period, and pregnancy loss. Dr. Bleiberg works with individuals and couples.

Cristina Cohen PhD
50 Lexington Avenue
New York NY 10010

Dr. Cohen is a clinical psychologist who provides behavioral interventions and emotional support to families and individuals. She specializes in the management of anxiety and depression related to parenthood. Dr. Cohen offers home and community visits and facilitates support groups. With a passion for helping parents transition to new roles, Christina’s services are available to patients of The First Month at a discounted rate both at The Premier offices or wherever a new parent might feel more comfortable.

Dorothy Rick LCSW
25 West 13th Street
NYC, NY 10011

Dorothy has 20 years of experience working as a Senior Clinician at the NYS Psychiatric Institute and the Director of Depression Initiatives for the NYC Department of Health. She currently works in private practice and has agreed to see patients of The First Month at a discounted rate.

Sloane Rosner LCSW
26 Court Street Suite 2116
Brooklyn NY 11201

26 West 9th Street Suite 6B
New York City, New York 10011

917-727-7153 (Both Brooklyn and Manhattan locations)

Sloane graduated with a masters in 2003 from the NYU School of Social Work. With over a decade of clinical experience, she has just opened an office in Manhattan to complement her thriving practice in Brooklyn. She works with adults and children and has a special interest in helping new new mothers and fathers transition to parenthood.

The Seleni Institute
(Sliding scale payment available)
207 East 94th Street
NYC, NY 10128

The Seleni instititute is a nonprofit organization that provides clinical services, online information, professional training, and research funding for women’s reproductive and maternal mental health.  The organization has partnered with Premier Pediatrics.  They have many resources and therapists who are available to see patients on a sliding scale.