Benchmark Psychiatric Services, LTD. is a mental health organization dedicated to the provision of child, adult, geriatric, and family wellness. We offer comprehensive, office-based and on-site psychiatric and counseling services to our clients. Services are currently provided through our offices in Orland Park, IL and on-site at numerous skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in Illinois. We strive to provide a multidisciplinary approach to assessment and treatment of emotional, behavioral, and cognitive difficulties.
Nathan R. Jaisingh, is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who has studied at Morehead State University, in Morehead, KY, Rush University in Chicago, IL, and the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. His graduate and doctoral areas of focus include adolescent, adult, and geriatric psychiatry, psychopharmacology, and clinical practice & research with competitive athletes in improving overall performance through mental strength coaching.
Nathan R. Jaisingh founded Benchmark Psychiatric Services, LTD. in 2002, with the primary endeavor centered on geriatric psychiatry and psychopharmacology - with the goal of delivering stellar services on-site to long term care facilities. This model has grown from a single provider in two facilities, to now 15 providers in nearly 65 facilities in Illinois and Kentucky - and still growing!
After two and a half years of research and development, Nathan R. Jaisingh identified a significant need for a comprehensive program specifically structured for professional, collegiate, and competitive pre-collegiate athletes. From this, Integrative Athletic Enhancement (IAE) was created.
Nathan R. Jaisingh is a Frank G. Dickey Fellow of the University of Kentucky and is an avid University of Kentucky athletics supporter. He is also a fervent Chicago Bears and Chicago White Sox fan, having now lived in the Chicagoland area since 2000.
Nathan R. Jaisingh is married to a wonderful wife, Nicole, and together raise 3 delightful & inspiring children.
Aloha LeBlanc is a Licensed Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner with comprehensive experience in a variety of healthcare settings. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing in Adult-Gerontology from Northwestern Illinois University with clinical rotations including orthopedics, cardiology, and primary care.
Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Aloha worked at Rush University Medical Center as a registered nurse in various units of the hospital including Orthopedics, Medical & Surgical units, and Critical Care. She also had experienced working in the inpatient Adult Psychiatric unit providing care for patients with a diagnosis of depression, anxiety, personality disorders and other behavioral and mental health issues.
Aloha’s geriatric experience includes working as an RN in Long Term Care facilities specializing in patient populations with Alzheimer and Dementia.
In her free time Aloha loves exploring the city of Chicago! She loves sushi and trying new restaurants, attending book club, brunching out with friends, and especially enjoying all the fun to be had on play-dates with other new moms of toddlers.
Amanda Amiti is a licensed Family Nurse Practitioner, and graduate of Walden University in Minneapolis, MN where she received a Master of Science in Nursing degree. During her graduate studies, she was a member of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing. Amanda is currently attending the post-masters Psychiatric – Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program through the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL, with expected completion May of 2020.
Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, she worked as a Registered Nurse in a variety of healthcare settings including Labor & Delivery/Nursery/Post-Partum, Women's Health, outpatient health clinics, Home Health, and Long-Term Care are facilities. Amanda spent much of her time with the Alzheimer’s/Dementia geriatric population - that sparked her interest in Geriatric psychiatric disorders. It was also during her experience while working Home Health in Peoria, Illinois where she saw the prevalence of Psychiatric needs and became passionate about filling that void of Mental Health providers.
Amanda provides care to residents in several Long-Term Care facilities, and at our outpatient offices, performing psychiatric evaluations and medication management.
In her free time, she enjoys hiking at Starved Rock, sampling varieties of teas and coffees from around the world and participating in events at the local YMCA. She also enjoys traveling Macedonia, her husband’s country of origin, with her husband and 2 daughters visiting her family and friends from afar.
Casey Noreika completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Pennsylvania State University and her Master’s Degree in General Theoretic Psychology at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Casey then moved to Illinois and attended Midwestern University to complete her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology.
Casey has experience working in private practice clinical settings as well and in rehabilitation and nursing home centers. She has primarily worked with adults and geriatric populations providing individual and group therapy, in addition to psychological and neuropsychological testing.
Casey’s clinical interests include helping individual with depression, anxiety, and coping with life changes. Casey utilizes a variety of empirically based treatment theories. She believes the treatment used should be tailored to the individual. Casey believes in providing a supportive role to help foster stable working relationships and empower the therapeutic work.
In regards to testing, Casey has had experience in testing adults and geriatric population suffering from memory related difficulties. She has performed testing on individuals following a number of medical complications such as strokes, brain injuries, and seizures. In the rehabilitation and nursing home setting she has utilized testing to help determine dementia, the individual’s decisional making capability, and ability to live independently.
Casey lives in Chicago and she focuses on living a healthy lifestyle. She spends her time in the gym, weight training and learning about diet and nutrition. Casey likes being outside and attending various events with friends and family. She is also in pursuit of adding a pet to her home. If you know anyone who has kittens, let her know!
Charles Preyar received his A.B. from Lincoln University of Missouri and his M.S.W. from the University of Illinois of Chicago. He is a certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a member of The Academy of Certified Social Workers.
Charles provides services to aid his colleagues in career development, such as clinical supervision for assistant social workers and other counselors.
Clinically, he has a focus and expertise encompassing Depression and Anxiety disorders in the context of the individual, family, and group setting.
Charles has provided services in outpatient clinics, social service agencies, churches, private homes, and currently through Benchmark Psychiatric Services, LTD. in long term care facilities.
After working for 10 years in non-profit, Chrysta Pozdol joined Benchmark in 2014. As the Director of Operations, Chrysta enjoys creating support and organizational systems for the Benchmark providers and staff, ensuring they are equipt to deliver the highest level of quality care to our patients. Directly assisting President and CEO, Nathan Jaisingh, Chrysta coordinates operational procedures, manages the administrative support team, and directs develpment to ensure the vision and mission of Benchmark Mind & Health is being engaged throughout all divisions of the organization. She works closely with the marketing and buisness growth department to expand brand recognition and relationships both online and in the community.
Chrysta has also worked professionally as a singer, songwriter, and musician. She currently volunteers as song leader at Smith Crossing Retirement Community Sunday service through Parkview Christian Church. She enjoys practicing yoga, teaching music lessons, and spending time with beloved family.
As the Receptionist at Benchmark Mind + Health, Judy is the smiling face and pleasant voice that you will be greeted by when you enter or call the office. She is, most likely, the person who will check you in for your appointment and assist you with scheduling your follow up appointement. Judy has over 15 years' experience working in medical administration and provides excellent support on many levels including patient care quality, scheduling, communication, and billing.
Judy is a very proud mother and grandmother. She and her husband reside in New Lenox, IL. In addition to her love of couponing, she is an avid Sudoku player and loves horseback riding.
Kathryn Cavitt is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a particular interest in psychiatric care and long term care. After a full-time career of 9 years with Benchmark Psychiatric Services, Kathryn is transitioning into retirement currently working part-time seeing patients under the age of 18 for psychiatric evaluations and management of medications.
Kathryn has been a nurse since 1974, having graduated from St. John's School of Nursing in Springfield, Illinois. She then continued on with her education, earning a Bachelors of Science/Nursing Major at Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Illinois in 1988, and a Masters in Science/Community Health at St. Xavier University in Chicago in 1997. She holds a Family Nurse Practitioner national board certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Mrs. Cavitt has held N.P. positions in long-term care, family practice, pediatrics, internal medicine, and hospice and palliative care. She has also held adjunct and part-time nursing professor positions for Olivet Nazarene University, Kankakee Community College, and University of St. Francis in Joliet. Kathryn has also served as a preceptor for nurse practitioner students, providing experience for them in an outpatient internal medicine setting.
Laura Lorenz is a certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She completed her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Trinity Christian College and her Master’s in Social Work from University of Illinois at Chicago.
Laura has experience in non-profit community mental health setting working primarily with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families through individual, group, and family counseling. Her clinical interests include helping individuals with a variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, school issues (academic and behavioral), and familial issues.
Laura has experience in both the clinical and school setting working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum. She enjoys working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum and their families in order to develop and enhance healthy Social Skills and address mental health needs. Laura utilizes a variety of empirically based treatment theories in order to meet each client’s individual needs. She enjoys incorporating expressive therapy techniques including the use of art and mindfulness in her individual and group work.
Laura and her husband, Mike, are blessed with two beautiful young girls who keep them laughing daily. As a family they enjoy spending time outdoors playing and fishing. They are also avid sports fans, especially hockey and football.
As Office Manager since 2009, Lisa is a central column of our office operations team. If you are a patient, you are likely to speak with Lisa regarding scheduling, discussion of billing matters, your insurance coverage or related. Lisa provides support on many levels including provider scheduling, human resources, patient care quality, and she works tirelessly to ensure the office is a clean, comortable, and safe environment for our providers and patients.
In addition to being the proud Mother of a former US Marine and a doting Grandma, Lisa is a cancer survivor. She recently fought and beat Lymphoma and has been in remission since 2012. Lisa resides in Orland Hills, IL and is an avid Chicago Blackhawks fan.
Mary B. Wells is a Board Certified Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner with a long-standing interest in psychiatric care and long-term care. Ms. Wells will be completing her Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) post-master’s certificate in the spring of 2019. At Benchmark she sees patients for psychiatric evaluations and medication management. She is available to see patients in the outpatient setting at Benchmark’s office in Orland Park.
Ms. Wells graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor Degree in Nursing in 1979. She obtained a Master of Nursing degree from Aurora University with a specialization in Nursing Informatics (computers) in 1988. In 2000, Ms. Wells obtained a massage therapy diploma. She obtained her Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Master’s degree in 2014 from Maryville University in St. Louis, MO. She holds Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Certification from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
For over 10 years, Ms. Wells held positions at two different state mental health facilities. She has worked in Long Term Care, taught in the nursing program at Aurora University and taught in the massage and certified nursing assistant programs at Waubonsee Community College. She was Dean of Student Services at a private massage therapy school. Ms. Wells owned and operated a private medical massage therapy business and employed 5 therapists and 15 continuing education providers for over seven years. She has also worked as an occupational health nurse and as a Nurse Practitioner in the State of Illinois prison system.
To de-stress, Ms. Wells works with fiber of all kinds – Knitting, spinning, weaving, basket-making, papermaking, sewing and print-making as well as many other fiber modes. She also enjoys yoga, massage, and baking.
Melanie Fordham is an Orland Park native and a certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2009. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Middle Tennessee State University in Child Development and Family Studies. She went on and obtained her Master’s in Social Work from University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Melanie has significant experience working with the geriatric population. She has worked in various agencies for seniors throughout our community. Over the past three years, she has also gained additional experience through counseling adults in their home and working with individuals struggling with weight loss. Melanie’s main approach in therapy focuses on cognitive behavior therapy as well as motivational interviewing and mindfulness practices. She focuses on meeting the individual where they are and working with the individual to problem solve the challenges they face. Her clinical interests include helping individuals with a variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, grief, weight loss, and familial issues.
Melanie and her husband, Matt, have the joy of raising two young girls who, so far, are the best of friends. Together, they enjoy visits to the city, spending time with family and friends, going to the park and talking long walks.
Michelle Mannino Purkey received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Purdue University and her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University Calumet. Her clinical experience includes working with individuals, couples, families, and groups.
Michelle's areas of interest include medical family therapy and bereavement. Specifically, Michelle completed her master's thesis on the effects of cancer on the family. She compiled information about cancer support centers throughout the United States and the types of services they offer to people affected by cancer.
Michelle works from solution-focused approach and believes that people are the experts on their lives. She views her role as someone who can offer support and empathy as well as someone who can challenge and encourage people to find new solutions. Michelle believes that discussing and highlighting a person's strengths and prior successes is a critical part of therapy.
Dr. Nicole Mozden is a board-certified pediatrician and clinical homeopathic physician. Dr. Nicole is from Palos Park, IL and currently resides in Orland Park, IL with her husband and three amazing children. She loves being part of this community and bringing an important focus to nutrition, natural health options and homeopathy in her general pediatric practice.
Dr. Nicole completed her undergraduate work at Indiana University and then went on to receive her Doctor of Medicine degree from Rush Medical College in 2003. She completed her pediatrics residency from Loyola in 2006 and has been practicing locally for over 10 years. Dr. Nicole has always been passionate about helping patients achieve their optimal health and stop the cycle of chronic illness and use of unnecessary pharmaceuticals. She expertly implements natural treatments that are safe and effective, like homeopathic medications, supplements, and nutrition to support the body during acute and chronic illness.
Dr. Nicole is available for consultation for those interested in the integration of homeopathic therapies with our child, adolescent and young adult clients.
Tammy Vosler graduated with a B.S. in Nursing from South Dakota State University after having grown up in the State of South Dakota. She has spent the vast majority of her 23 year nursing career in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center and at Mt. Sinai, Hartgrove and Silver Cross Hospital’s. She has been a nurse manager, nurse educator, charge nurse and school nurse all in the Chicagoland area. She is excited to utilize her past employment experiences to help her in her role as Long Term Care Clinical Coordinator and Nurse Liaison at Benchmark.
As the clinical coordinator for Benchmark’s 22+ contracted facilities, Tammy has clinical interaction with our providers, the facilities we service, and Benchmark each day, to ensure we are providing excellent care to the residents as well as the facilities we serve.
Tammy, is also the Intake coordinator for Benchmark, so if you are a new patient, it’s her voice you may hear on the other end of the phone coordinating details for your first visit with a Practitioner or Counselor. She hopes this is a supportive, caring phone call that leaves you feeling more at peace and full of hope as you begin your journey with Benchmark.