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Employee assistance

When Geisinger residents and fellows need help for behavioral health, personal or professional concerns, they can access  GuidanceResources, the employee assistance program. This employee benefit is free. Calling 1-888-327-4623 connects the caller to a live, trained triage representative who will give you a list of providers and free counseling sessions in your area. Identify yourself as a “member” (that means employee) if you are calling for yourself or your family (family members covered by your Geisinger insurance can also access free services), or “manager” if you are calling on behalf of one of your residents or fellows. You can call this triage to ask for advice on how to help someone too, if you are not sure.

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Mental Health First Aid

Individuals certified in Mental Health First Aid:

Central Region

  • Christine Demelfi-Ritter, Program Administrator, Anesthesiology Residency
  • Ashley Derose, Program Administrator, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship/Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency
  • Melissa Erb, Program Administrator, Pathology Residency
  • Patricia Heinle, Program Administrator, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency & Transitional Year Residencies
  • Tracy Hendershot, Program Administrator, Psychiatry Residency
  • Cortney Houtz, LPN, Program Administrator, Neurology Residency
  • Alicia Laskowski, Program Administrator, Med-Peds Residency
  • Denise Keyser, Program Administrator, Internal Medicine Residency
  • Amishi Khara, Program Administrator, Gastroenterology Fellowship
  • Margarita Menapace, C-TAGME, GME Systems Analyst, GME
  • Gabriela Powers, Program Administrator, Clinical Psychology Fellowship
  • Kendra Rockwell, Program Administrator, Nephrology Fellowship/Internal Medicine Residency
  • Tammy Rodenhaver, Program Administrator, Dermatology Residency
  • Kristi Shirk, BA, Medical Education Specialist, GME
  • Mallory Swartz, Program Administrator, Urology Residency
  • Jessica Temple, Program Administrator, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
  • Hope Vaughn, House Staff Coordinator, GME
  • Erin Walker, Program Administrator, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine & Critical Care Medicine Fellowships
  • Mary Anne Wesner, Program Administrator, Pediatric Residency
  • Jennifer Wolfe, Program Administrator, General Surgery Residency
  • Jennifer Zarko, C-TAGME, Program Administrator, Cardiology, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Interventional Cardiology & Vascular Surgery Fellowships

Northeastern Region

  • Jill Giomboni, Program Administrator, Family Medicine Residency
  • Laura Jones, MS, Program Administrator, General Surgery Residency
  • Tina Leiby, BS, Program Administrator, Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency
  • Christopher Whitmoyer, M.Ed., C-TAGME, Medical Education Specialist, GME

Western Region

  • Stephanie Bilger, Program Administrator, Family Medicine Residency - Lewistown

Domestic violence
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Medical advocate:  570-271-5473 or pager: 570-318-0832
Weekends and evenings
24-hour hotline: 570-784-6631 or 800-544-8293

Community mental health resources
GHP’s mental health coverage does not require a referral by the PCP for any mental health services. Below is a list of mental health providers in our community that we have determined to uphold high professional standards and clinical competence. Your clinical supervisor or training director will help you arrange your schedule to attend appointments but will not otherwise receive any information about your care. The following providers are within 30 minutes or less drive from Danville:

Geisinger Medical Center
Call 800-275-6401 to schedule an appointment and note, if comfortable, that you are a Geisinger employee. Program director or faculty may page one of the following providers on your behalf:

  • Laura Campbell, PhD
  • Stephen Paolucci,


  • Susan Buckler-Miller, MSW, LSW, 570-437-2227


  • Catherine Shooter, LCSW
  • William Rakuaskas, MD, GHS psychiatrist (for medication consult)

GHS providers based in Bloomsburg, so only appropriate if you have limited professional contact with them. Contact Niki Heninger directly, 570-271-6840, and ask her to schedule an appointment.

  • Bloomsburg Psychological Center: 570-387-1832


  • Kathleen Bergeson, PhD, 570-524-0881
  • Dianna Banks, PhD, 570-991-6232
  • Mary Eve Zangari, PhD, (mainly marital/family) 570-524-0909
  • Angela Trop, LCSW, 570-524-0909
  • Ginalyn Bavero, MS, LSW, 570-523-0605


  • Teresa Buzzini, PsyD, 570-884–3556

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center
These providers accept GHP or take cash/check and are reasonably priced:

  • Matt Berger, MD, 570-346-3686
  • Mark Saxon, DO, 570-338-5605
  • Kim D’Andrea, PsyD, 570-829-2250
  • Tiffany Griffiths, PsyD, 570-342-8434

Western region

  • Brighter Visions Counseling
    Frederick Benner, Ph.D.
    Therapy Only
    Mifflin — 27 N. Brown Street, Lewistown
    Juniata — 429 Happy Hollow Road, Mifflintown
  • Enlighten Psychiatric Services
    Nalin Patel, MD 
    134 W. Market Street, Lewistown
  • Solutionz, LLC
    Nitin Sheth, MD
    6 N. Dorcas Street, Lewistown
  • Universal Community Behavioral Health
    The Meadows
    Punyabrata Roy, MD
    25 Rothermel Drive, Yeagertown

Other resources & self-screening tools

Bioethics advice and consultion services
Available 24 hours a day. On-call member is listed in the phone book under “Ethics Consult Geisinger System.”