Amita R. Patel, M.D.

Amita R. Patel MD, CMD, MHA, CPE is a Certified Medical Director and has her Master of Science in Health Administration.

Dr. Patel is a Professor of Psychiatry at Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine. Dr. Patel is the Director of Behavioral Services at Wilson Memorial Hospital. She also directs behavior healthcare units in nursing facilities in Dayton, Ohio.

Dr. Patel is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is also Board certified in Geriatric Psychiatry and Clinical Psychopharmacology. Dr. Patel is a leading clinician and an educator in the area of Geriatric Psychiatry. She is a member of numerous professional organizations and associations, such as the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, the American Medical Directors Association, and the American Psychiatric Association, to which she was elected a distinguished fellow.

She has been the recipient of several awards including the Clinician of the Year award in 2005 from the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry.

In addition to patient care, research, and teaching, she serves on numerous committees and boards.

Dr. Patel received her MD from University of Bombay, India and did her psychiatry training from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Amarjeet S. Birdi, M.D

Dr. Amarjeet Birdi joined Dayton Psychiatric Associates in 1957. After completing medical education and Psychiatry Residency in India, Dr. Birdi worked for Ministry of Health in Jamaica, West Indies for 3 years. He later completed another Psychiatry Residency from St. Luke Roosevelt Hospital, New York, a Columbia University affiliate. Dr. Birdi is Board Certified by ABPN in Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine.

Dr. Birdi has been involved in providing quality psychiatric care for the Dayton Community. He has served as an attending psychiatrist at several major hospitals in the Dayton area and also consults at a few Nursing Homes.

Dr. Birdi brings a wide range of clinical experience to the field of Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry.

Jeanne Sommer, Ph.D
Dr. Sommer is a licensed psychologist in the State of Ohio. She has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana State University and a M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from Bowling Green State University. She works with an adult population on a variety of issues including anxiety and depressive disorders, stress management, relationship issues, and communication skills. In addition to her work in private practice, Dr. Sommer also has experience working in university counseling centers with undergraduate and                                                                                   graduate students.

Shawn Breeding, PA-C

Shawn Breeding works at Dayton Psychiatric Associates as a Physician Assistant.

Shawn has worked in mental health since 1998 and has had several years of experience in inpatient and outpatient mental health settings with children, adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations. He developed an interest in mental health while studying psychology and holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Wright State University and Master Degree in Physician Assistant studies from Kettering College of Medical Arts.

Martha Ann Cordasco, LISW

Ms. Cordasco has been in the mental health field for over thirty years with a wealth of clinical and administrative experience. Ms. Cordasco has won numerous who’s who awards. She is a published author in the mental health and medical fields. Some of her publications include articles in the Medical Trial Technique Quarterly. Ms. Cordasco recently participated in an educational CD on Alzheimer Dementia.

Ms. Cordasco received her BS from the University of Dayton. She received a Master’s in Social Science Administration from Case Western Reserve University where she ranked second in her class. Ms. Cordasco received specialized training to conduct imagery and hypnotherapy/relaxation.

Ms. Cordasco began her career by working in a behavioral adolescent unit. She worked in the social service department at Grandview Hospital covering a variety of specialty units including emergency intensive care, oncology, and psychiatry. Upon receiving her Master’s degree, Ms. Cordasco progressed through Preble County Mental Health Center from therapist to clinical director and finally to acting executive director. She left the center after the birth of her first child and began private practice.

The private practice began as a solo practice. She also did agency contracting with Family Services and Lutheran Social Services. Ms. Cordasco was a consultant for Montgomery County Children’s Services. She also started a support group for mothers at home. Ms. Cordasco subsequently worked full time at a psychiatric practice called New Perspective. She left that practice in 2000 to join DPA, where she continues to enjoy providing psychotherapy services to a variety of patients including children, adolescents, adults and seniors.