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TeleSpecialists Launches TelePsychiatry Service

By: | Tags: , , , , | August 4th, 2021

Fort Myers, Fla. (August 4, 2021) TeleSpecialists, LLC, a national leader in hospital-based telemedicine and quality management services, announces the launch of their TelePsychiatry service this week in several Florida hospitals, with plans to expand over the coming months.

TeleSpecialists’ TelePsychiatry service provides emergent and consult liaison psychiatric services via telehealth technology for adult, adolescent and pediatric patients in the hospital setting. Medical directorship is also available.

“Improving access to mental health services is one of the greatest demands on our partner hospitals right now,” said Nima Mowzoon, MD, MBA, CEO. “TeleSpecialists’ TelePsychiatry service will aid hospitals in high quality, efficient evaluation, stabilization, and disposition of behavioral health patients.”

As the national quality leader in teleneurology services with a nearly three-minute median response time for emergent neurology consults, TeleSpecialists’ goal for emergent TelePsychiatry services is to provide board-certified TelePsychiatrists within one hour. Improving patient throughput leads to improved clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction while reducing costs attributable to shorter lengths of stay.

TeleSpecialists’ robust infrastructure and quality management collaboration are uniquely designed to support a high consult volume with high quality patient outcomes. On average, TeleSpecialists physicians currently conduct over 15,000 consults per month.

TeleSpecialists holds The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation, a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. TeleSpecialists also maintains certification for ISO 9001:2015 through Bureau Veritas to maintain the highest level of quality management system.

“Having all the requirements for standardization and quality assurance is at the core of TeleSpecialists’ foundation to provide quality care via telemedicine to patients across the United States,” said Dr. Mowzoon.

Kristina Bedynerman, MD of Fort Myers, Fla. has been hired as the medical director of TeleSpecialists’ TelePsychiatry service. Dr. Bedynerman has extensive telepsychiatry, inpatient and outpatient experience, as well as research and teaching experience. She is a graduate of the Physician Leadership Institute with CTI. Dr. Bedynerman is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Bedynerman has published several articles in medical journals and presented a variety of timely topics at conferences and other professional meetings. She is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and maintains membership in the Neuroscience Education Institute Master Psychopharmacology program as well as the Golden Key International Society.

“We are pleased to partner with an outstanding, well-rounded psychiatrist experienced in telemedicine management to lead TelePsychiatry,” said Ira Siegman, Chief Medical Officer for TeleSpecialists. “The addition of TelePsychiatry to our portfolio of telemedicine services advances our commitment to expanding access to high quality patient care across the country.”

To learn more about TeleSpecialists’ TelePsychiatry service, visit tstelemed.com/services/telepsychiatry-services.

About TeleSpecialists

TeleSpecialists is a physician-owned management service organization committed to providing exceptional and comprehensive patient care via telemedicine. Founded in 2013, TeleSpecialists has rapidly expanded to over 80 board-certified physicians serving over 30 health systems and 200 hospital locations across the US. TeleSpecialists continues to expand its telemedicine services, physician workforce and hospital endpoints while providing integrated quality and performance improvement support. TeleSpecialists is accredited by The Joint Commission and maintains ISO 9001:2015 certification.

Nattasha Acevedo, MD

Dr. Acevedo received her medical degree from the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico and did her neurology residency at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She went on to do a clinical neurophysiology fellowship at Emory School of Medicine in Atla nta, Georgia and then joined private practice in Fort Myers, Florida. She currently resides in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She likes running, paddle boarding and spending time with family.

Bernadette Borte, MD

Dr. Borte received her medical degree from St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine in Grand Cayman. She completed her neurology residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. Her areas of interest include inpatient neurology and acute stroke. When not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family. Dr. Borte joined the TeleSpecialist family in March of 2019.

Mazen Almidani, MD

Dr. Almidani is board certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and board certified in epilepsy, as well as neurology with special  qualification in child neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  Dr. Almidani is happily married with 4 children. His oldest son has autism and his daughter has complicated seizures; both were a drive for him to become a neurologist. Dr. Almidani enjoys soccer, running and spending time with his family. He is very involved with his sons’ therapy and helping with daily challenges. He is double board certified in Pediatric and Adult Neurology and Epilepsy. He sees children and adults. He also participates in charities for children in Syria who may be underprivileged and/or affected by the war. Dr. Almidani joined TeleSpecialists in August 2020.

Amanda Cheshire, MD

Dr. Cheshire received her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky. She completed her neurology residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She did a fellowship in neurophysiology at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Cheshire is double board certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology. She enjoys traveling, reading and music. She currently resides in Viera, Florida.  Dr. Cheshire joined TeleSpecialists in June 2019.

Jessica Floyd, MD

Dr. Floyd completed her neurology residency at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida followed by fellowship training in clinical neurophysiology with focus in EEG and epilepsy at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. She has particular interest in hospital neurology and patient education as well as the blossoming specialty of lifestyle medicine. She strives to take advantage of every encounter with patients and medical staff to empower them to do their own research into how daily thoughts, choices, and habits can add up to create greater and longer-lasting brain and neurologic health for ourselves and our loved ones. She lives in Florence, South Carolina with her awesome husband of 13 plus years and three beautiful children. She is an avid yogi, astrologer, and lover of food and all things neurology! Dr. Floyd joined the TeleSpecialist family in July 2017.

Nancy Futrell, MD

Dr. Futrell received her medical degree from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. She also did her neurology residency at the University of Utah as well as a research fellowship in cerebral vascular disease at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. She currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has authored 2 books and 50 peer reviewed papers. 

Rebecca Jimenez-Sanders, MD

Dr. Jimenez Sanders received her undergraduate degree from Emory University, and her medical degree from the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. She completed her neurology residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, where she also did a specialized headache medicine and facial pain fellowship. She currently resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and her two daughters. She is also fluent in Spanish and Italian languages, and enjoys photography, baking, boating, and biking.

Cory Lamar, MD

Dr. Lamar received his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. He completed his internship and residency at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Following residency, he completed a clinical fellowship in neurophysiology, with a concentration in epilepsy. He currently resides in Florida and enjoys outdoor activities.

Clifford Meyers, MD

Dr. Meyers received his medical degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and his MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. He completed his neurology residency at the University of Rochester, where he also did a neurophysiology fellowship. Dr. Meyers resides in Webster, New York with his wife and daughter. When not doing teleneurology, he enjoys playing sports with his wife and daughter.

Tao Tong, MD

Dr. Tong received her medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. She completed her neurology residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida, where she also did a neuromuscular/EMG fellowship.  She currently resides in College Station, Texas. Dr. Tong is married with two boys. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and reading.

Shubhangi Chumble, MD

Dr. Chumble attended BJ Medical School. She is a board certified neurologist with a subspeciality interest in sleep medicine. Dr. Chumble did her residency at Howard University in Washington DC and has practiced neurology since 2001 in private and corporate settings. She lives in Melbourne, Florida and loves the sunshine state. Her hobbies include yoga, meditation, cooking , traveling and meeting new people. She also loves to do stained glass, pottery and painting. She joined TeleSpecialists in June 2019.