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Our Doctors

Susan Rushing, MD, JD

Dr. Rushing is the founder and medical director of Holistic Cognitive Consultants and Retreat & Restore Healing Arts Center. She is also a psychiatrist on the clinical faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rushing treats patients in her private practice in Haverford, PA, mentors psychiatry residents and fellows at Penn and performs forensic evaluations as a consultant to judges and attorneys.

Dr. Rushing studied neuroscience at MIT, medicine at Yale and law at Stanford.  Her combined expertise guides her thinking in complex cases and care for patients. Dr. Rushing believes many patients need more than medication management and psychotherapy to achieve balance and wellness. She created the multi-disciplinary Retreat & Restore Healing Arts Center to address holistic health. 

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Aneela Khan, MD

Dr. Khan provides comprehensive evaluations and evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents ages 3-18.  She is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Khan earned her medical degree from Khyber Medical College in Pakistan and completed residency in Psychiatry at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. She completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine and a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.  She has been an Assistant Professor at Drexel University College of Medicine and the Director of the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry Service, supervising Psychiatry Residents and Child Psychiatry Fellows.

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Amy Ruggiero Psychotherapist

Amy holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work. Her areas of expertise include children, adolescents, and adults dealing with depression, anxiety, and stress management. She works with clients with a variety of concerns including: healing from trauma, relationship issues, pregnancy and postpartum difficulties, parenting challenges, and self-fulfillment goals.

Our Therapist

Andrea Bowen, MD, MPH

Andrea Bowen, is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She earned an A.B. with a concentration in History and Science, magna cum laude, at Harvard University, M.D. at the Duke University School of Medicine, and MPH at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health. She completed her residency training in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a Clinical Research Scholar with the Penn Center for Women’s Behavioral Wellness.

 

Following her residency training, Dr. Bowen served as an outpatient psychiatrist and lead of the Women Veterans Mental Health Clinical Team at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

Most recently, she has worked at the PEACE Program of Horizon House, a Philadelphia based program which specializes in early interventions for youth with psychosis. She teaches Penn psychiatry residents and serves as an instructor at the annual Pennsylvania state-wide training on first episode psychosis. 

 

Dr. Bowen provides both psychotherapy and medication management for the treatment of depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and psychotic disorders. She has a special interest in treatment of women’s mental health concerns across the life cycle. She works carefully with patients to focus on whole person, mind-body wellness, and to minimize medications when possible. Outside of her work as a psychiatrist, Dr. Bowen is co-chair of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society Women’s Committee. 

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Christina​ Babusci

Christina is a licensed social worker with a person-centered, collaborative approach. She holds a Master of Social Service from Bryn Mawr College and is currently working towards a PhD in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. She specializes in Asian American mental health and psychosis, and she is passionate about working with people from diverse communities and experiences. She works with adolescents and adults to navigate a wide range of challenges and goals.

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Our Massage Therapists

Erin Gardosh

Erin Gardosh is a graduate of the Finger Lakes School of Massage and Ithaca College, where she earned a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy. Her techniques include Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Trigger Point Therapy, Range-of-Motion, Connective Tissue Therapy and Cupping Therapy.

 

Erin embraces the connection between our spiritual and physical body through her integrative bodywork. Erin's goal is to improve the quality of life for each client through relief of physical and emotional stress. Clients can expect to receive a unique session based on their own needs and leave deeply relaxed with an enhanced sense of body awareness.

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Kyle Blackstone

My priority as a Massage Therapist is to create more durability in my clients, enabling them to move freely and enjoy the active lifestyles they desire. I incorporate any and all treatments we feel are necessary to achieve this goal, including; sports, deep tissue and relaxation massage, assisted stretching, cupping, scraping and percussive therapy enhanced sense of body awareness.

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Connie Dillinger, LMT, PDMT

 

Specialty: Sports, Medical, Lymphatic and Rehab massage

As a Muscle/Massage Therapist, she helps clients achieve better health. Connie tends to be more of a hands on Coach. She will point out body problems that you may not be aware of and make suggestions during post treatment for self care homework.

 

Her Protocol :

1) address immediate pain or crisis ex: limited breath due to diaphragm/ chest issues

2) address swelling and blocked circulatory system

3) balance posture closer to a middle point to equalize pressures on spine

4) address impaired ROM with cross fiber, acupressure, trigger pt, ROM movements

5) address any detail oriented areas for scar tissue/damage etc

6) educate the client as to what was done, suggest aftercare/self care point out things they do that may be contributing to their physical problems ex: crossing legs for back lower pain

etc. 

 

Connie does not use creams or oils as they reduce or eliminate the ability for myofascial work. Her clients also may stay comfortably dressed for this reason. This is very beneficial for those with difficulty undressing or for those self conscious about getting disrobed for massage. 

Yoga 

Jen

Jen reluctantly went to her first yoga class 25 years ago at the bequest of her mother. She left that class feeling curious about what the practice of yoga could bring to her life, and has been practicing ever since. In 2014, she completed her 200 hour Vinyasa Teacher Training program, under the guidance of Mark Nelson and Chae Yang. She went on to complete 2 Yin teacher trainings with Corina Benner. And has studied Auyrveda and meditation at the Integral Yoga Institute in NYC. She has also recently been on the teaching faculty of the YTT program at The Yoga Garden.

 

Jen is drawn to the philosophy and poetry of yoga. The common threads in all of her classes are humor, practicing with joy and gratitude for the body we’re in each day, a strong focus on alignment and anatomy. She takes her yoga off of her mat into deep, meaningful interpersonal relationships with family and friends – most especially with her two teenage children, her husband and her dog, Rusty.

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Office Operations

Fernanda Basso Warner

Fernanda is the office manager for Holistic Cognitive Consultants.  

Originally from Brazil, Fernanda earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Health Sciences from West Chester University.  She worked as a research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania in the Brain and Behavior Laboratory.  Fernanda is a certified Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) technician.  She is fluent in Portuguese and speaks a little bit of Spanish.

 

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Hannah Friesen

Hannah is the office intern for Retreat & Restore. She manages R&R's social media and marketing remotely from NYC.

Hannah received her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance in from the Manhattan School of Music and her Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Simpson College in Iowa.

Canadian-American Soprano Hannah Friesen is an active performer in NYC. She is an emerging young artist who has performed and trained with opera company's all over the US. She has been featured on PBS for her diverse and captivating Elementary music lessons about world music and opera. 

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Our Mission 

is to provide holistic emotional, behavioral and preventative health care to adults, teens and children. Our team works as one to provide a myriad of Western and Eastern treatment modalities for whole body and emotional wellness. 

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