Freehold Child Diagnostic Center, Inc. - Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine

Vicky, Nicole, Julie, Dana, Molly, Breanne, Mrs. Zaidi & Dr. Zaidi

Sajjad Zaidi, MD- Triple Board Certified in Psychiatry/Neurology, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY- Dr. Zaidi's background has encompassed more than thirty years of extensive and diverse experience in the field of Child, Adolescent & Family Psychiatry in: 
Clinical Administration- Totally responsible for the management of a Monmouth Medical Center Children’s Crisis Intervention Service staff and operations; establishing patient service for adolescents, including day and overnight hospitalization; and supervision of multidisciplinary staff in various settings.1992-2012 

Academic- Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Drexel School of Medicine.  Site Director for Psychiatry to provide supervision and training of:  Medical Students on Rotation and Pediatric Residents at Monmouth Medical Center for Drexel University School of Medicine and Physicians Assistants Program from UMDNJ and Seton Hall. 

Community- Private Practice of child, adolescent and family psychiatry and addiction medicine as well as Board of Education approved consulting psychiatrist to many school districts throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties and to different community services since 1991. 

Hospital Appointments- Monmouth Medical Center, CCIS Unit Long Branch NJ, Centra State Hospital Freehold, NJ & Jersey Shore Hospital Neptune, NJ

2013   Addiction Medicine Certification 
2012   Monmouth Cares, Board Member
2010   Certification in Suboxone Treatment
2009   Diplomat American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology               
1998   Diplomat American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology General
1989   State:  New Jersey
1988   State:  New York- Inactive
1986   State:  Iowa-Inactive
1984   FLEX-State Board of Iowa
1983   ECFMG
1982   Comprehensive Medical Review Course St. Barnabas Medical
           Center, NJ

Megan Maroney, Pharm.D.- Psychopharmacologist

Dr. Megan Maroney is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.  She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 2009.  After graduation, she completed an ASHP accredited general practice residency with a focus in psychiatry at Saint Barnabas Behavioral Health Center in Toms River, New Jersey. She earned her Board Certification in Psychiatric Pharmacy from the Board of Pharmacy Specialties in 2013 and approval from the New Jersey Board of Pharmacy for collaborative practice in psychiatry in 2016.  She was one of the first pharmacists in New Jersey to be granted approval for collaborative practice.
Dr. Maroney also practices as a clinical pharmacy specialist in the area of psychiatry at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ.  She works with adult and child/adolescent inpatient and outpatient psychiatry teams.  Dr. Maroney is an active member of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists.

Rachel Karbowski- Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Rachel been apart of the Freehold Child Diagnostic Center family since 2007.  She provides psychiatric and mental health care to children, adults, and families including psychiatric evaluations, diagnosis, and assessment as well as genetic testing, medication education, prescribing, management, and monitoring.  She has known and worked along side Dr. Zaidi at Monmouth Medical Center CCIS Unit from 2004- 2011 as well.
In 2006, Rachel received her psychiatric and mental health nurse credentialing.  She holds a Master of Science in Psychiatric/Mental Health and Advanced Practice Nursing from Rutgers University.  She received her family psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner credentialing in April 2008 and gained prescriptive authority in May 2008.

Julie Tropeano, Nurse Practitioner

Julie is a board certified advanced practice nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management to children, adolescents, and young adults up to age 21. Her education includes a Masters of Science Degree in Nursing from Rutgers University.  She has worked along side Dr. Zaidi in the children's inpatient psychiatric unit, as well as the psychiatric emergency room at Monmouth Medical Center.  Her background includes psychiatry, neurodevelopmental, and behavioral pediatrics.  She has an expertise in working with autistic children as well as those with developmental disabilities, learning disorders, anxiety, depression, and mood disorders.  Julie has extensive background in collaborating with school districts for school based interventions for children and adolescents. 

Julie has participated in safety studies for antidepressants in pediatrics through Duke University. She belongs to Sigma Theta Tau-International Nursing Honor Society and was recently nominated by several of her families for the distinguished award of "Top Kid's Doc" from New Jersey Family Magazine. This year was her 3rd year in a row!!!! Many congratulations to Julie for this accomplishment!   

Kristina Pilgrim, LCSW

Making the decision to enter therapy or seek therapeutic intervention for your child or family is an extremely important and brave decision. This process can be difficult, confusing and sometimes scary, but it is the start of an empowering and life-changing journey.
Kristina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over ten years of experience working with adolescents, adults and families in many different capacities.  Kristina strives to provide a comfortable and professional atmosphere and is dedicated to helping you achieve a better quality of life.  Skilled in assessment and diagnosis, Kristina also provides compassionate, client based therapy, utilizing a variety of theoretical approaches. Given the opportunity to provide individual, family, and group therapy in many different therapeutic settings, including inpatient, in-home and outpatient settings. Kristina has experience as a clinical coordinator of a partial care/Intensive outpatient program and can provide clinical supervision.  Kristina has thoroughly enjoyed and learned from all of her varied experiences.
Education includes a BA in Psychology from Seton Hall University and a Masters in Social Work from Monmouth University, specializing in work with individuals and families. Kristina is also a N.J. certified clinical supervisor as well as a Certified Group Psychotherapist.

Dana Cux, MSW, LSW
Dana started working for Freehold Child Diagnostic Center, Inc. in September 2001 in an administrative role as the office manager/director of the practice. She has always gone above and beyond for any patient to help with any matter regardless of the complexity and has many years of helping patients through their most difficult times.  

Dana graduated Summa Cum Laude from Monmouth University with her Bachelor's in Social Work and minor in Genders Studies in 2016 and their Master's Program in 2017. She is now switching roles within the practice to provide therapy to individuals and couples as a License Social Worker!  The knowledge and experience gained from working side by side with Dr. Zaidi for so many years in addition to her extensive education will be priceless to the patient's in the practice.

Dana is eclectic in her therapeutic approach, encompassing many different styles of therapy to best meet her clients needs, with a strong focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in combination with a strengths based perspective.  She enjoys working with adolescent and adult populations experiencing anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self-esteem, bullying, domestic violence, PTSD/trauma, mood disorders, personality disorders, LGBTQ, couples counseling and other relationship issues (friendships, parent/child conflict), and various other challenges. She aspires to empower her clients to create positive goals and reach their highest potential in a compassionate, empathetic manner.  Dana's commitment to this practice and its patients goes unmatched; she is certainly an asset to FCDC. 

Brad Morder, LPC

Brad is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of NJ.  He graduated with a BA in Psychology from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and moved to New Jersey where he obtained his MS in Professional Counseling from Monmouth University.  Brad has extensive experience working in the mental health field as well as working with diverse populations.  He has worked with children diagnosed with Autism and other disabilities, families involved with Child Protective Services, and adults enrolled in partial care hospitalization programs.  Brad also has his Clinical Supervision certification and provides counseling supervision for LAC clinicians.  He uses an integrative approach to therapy with a focus on Person-Centered and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  Brad focuses on building a strong rapport with both the patient and his/her family and strives to provide an environment that is conducive to trust, encouragement, and positive results. 

Victoria (Guadagno) Tancsak, MA, LPC

Victoria is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of New Jersey.  She graduated from Georgian Court University with Masters of Arts Degree in Mental Health Counseling.  She is licensed by the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy in NJ.  Through internships, education and work experience, Victoria has over six years clinical mental health experience.  Victoria had done her undergraduate internship in 2008 along side Dr. Zaidi and has been a counselor with Freehold Child Diagnostic Center since 2013. She specializes in crisis management, group dynamics, depressive disorders and family therapy.  Victoria has experience with various populations including disabled children and high-needs clients. 

Victoria is known for a warm, relaxed and down-to-earth approach to counseling.  She is committed to providing an atmosphere for clients to safely explore feelings, thoughts and behaviors in a non-judgmental and compassionate environment.  She uses an integrative approach to therapy, which means working and collaborating with clients to provide the best therapeutic solution for change and improvement.  She is influenced by solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness traditions.  Victoria enjoys working with all ages of children, adolescents and their families as well as couples.  

Jessica Goncalves, LPC
(*bilingual- Spanish speaking*)

Jessica is a Licensed Associate Counselor in the state of NJ.  She graduated with a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University and an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Georgian Court University.   Jessica uses an integrative approach in therapy, often combining Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Client Centered Therapy, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. Most recently added to her resume, is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)! Jessica has had extensive experience in the mental health field working in a community counseling agency, a day treatment program for the chronically mentally ill, and also as a mental health counselor at a high school.  Jessica enjoys working with diverse populations which include children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in individual and group settings.  Jessica is committed to building a therapeutic rapport with her clients and assisting them in exploring their feelings and reaching their goals.

John Inauen, LPC 

John is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of New Jersey. He graduated with both a BA in Psychology and an MA in Psychological counseling from Monmouth University.  John has worked in a large variety of treatment settings, including Intensive in Community (IIC) as well as the Partial Care and Intensive Outpatient levels of care. John also has advanced training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).  John is highly skilled at treating individuals who self injure, as well as treating depression as well as anxiety disorders. 

John is best known for his down to earth and approachable style.  John focuses on the client-therapist relationship to build willingness with clients using a combination of Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavior Therapies.

Tinamarie Veniscofski, MS, LCADC
Tina has a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University, and is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Addiction is a disease and wreaks complete havoc on your life, family, and friends. Once you find yourself powerless in the cycle of addiction, it is time to seek professional help. For the past 24 years, Tina has dedicated herself to helping people just like you to get out of the grips of addiction and all that goes with it. She believes that addiction does not discriminate and it can happen to anyone. No matter what has happened to you, she can get your life back on track rebuilding trust from within. She can then link this trust to your connections and relationships restoring your life dreams and hopes.      

In her professional experience, addiction counseling and life coaching play a major role in repairing co-occurring (mental health and addiction) wellness. she is dedicated to helping you recognize your strengths and use these positive qualities to build your self-esteem, coping skills, and overall life balance. She is devoted to providing you a safe environment that is strictly confidential in order to discuss your most secretive memories, thoughts, feelings, and experiences.  You no longer have to deal with the struggle of addiction on your own. Together, you can make major life changes focusing on your sobriety moving forward.  


Nicole Mercado- Administrative Assistant

Nicole has been working for Freehold Child Diagnostic Center, Inc. since May 2011.  She exudes the incredible skill of multitasking in a high volume environment from start to finish each day with ease.  She has the ability to help hundreds of patients each day with the sensitivity, compassion and caring demeanor that our patients deserve. Her motivation to assist patients and better the practice goes unmatched.  She is dedicated to assisting patients with anything they need in a timely and professional manner.  Nicole's overall approach to patient care is demonstrated through her loyalty and commitment to the company. From making appointments to providing refills and answering complex questions about medications, Nicole is here to listen and address your concerns.

Molly Johnson- Administrative Assistant

We welcome Molly who has joined the FCDC front desk team in December 2015!  In just a short time with the practice, we are so pleased with her fast ability to learn the in's and out's of the company and her commitment and motivation to help meet the needs of our patients.    

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