Faculty

Faculty staff were recommended by His Grace. Each one of our faculty members have several decades of experience in Psychiatry and Counseling. The diversity in backgrounds from child psychiatrists to chemical dependency counselors ensures a breadth of knowledge that enriches the academic backbone of this program. All of our faculty have spent much of their lives in service to the Church and are therefore very familiar with exactly what issues today’s Coptic American communities face today. This allows them to infuse a deep sense of practicality in every course and maintain a vibrant learning environment.

Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Medical Degree University of Cairo
Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Residency, Wake Forest University
Clinical Associate Professor, Wake Forest University

Dr. Ibrahim was ordained a priest in 2012. Prior to that, he received his medical degree from Cairo University and completed his residency training at Wake Forest University in Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. After obtaining an appointment as Assistant Professor at Wake Forest, he pursued a career in private practice in Christian Psychiatry for twenty years, and maintained a Clinical Associate Professor position at Wake Forest. He is Board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. He is Board certified in Geriatric Psychiatry (1995-2005). He obtained the Sixth Annual Nancy C.A. Roeske, M.D., Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education in May 1996. In August 2004, he obtained the Diploma in Theological Studies by the Coptic Orthodox Theological College in Sydney, Australia. From the time of ordination in 2012 until his departure in 2021, Fr. Makary devoted his life to serve the Lord and the FMP program.

Adel H Andraws, MA, LMHCA has a Master of Art in Counseling Psychology from Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. Adel works as volunteer addiction counselor in the Salvation Army Seattle Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) for the last five years. He serves in the Coptic Orthodox Church in Seattle, WA as the youth counselor and one of the youth servants. Also, he is a mental health counselor associate in private practice. Before that, Adel used to be an aerospace engineer who retired in 2014. Originally, Adel is from Alexandria, Egypt. He and his family lived in Washington State USA since 1984.

B.Sc. Pharm, Cairo University
Certified Professional Life Coach, Professional Christian Coaching Institute
Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator, Positive Discipline Association

As a pharmacist, Adly started his career in the pharmaceutical field in Kuwait. Before immigrating to Canada, he took the responsibility of the Training Manager, Middle East with Merck & Co where he trained professional medical representatives of Merck in 11 countries. As a Parenting Coach and Positive Discipline Educator, Adly coaches parents on connecting peacefully with their kids, themselves, their spouses, and with God. His passion is to encourage parents to experience and represent the love of the Perfect Father. Adly is currently working as a Pharmacy Manager and is living in Ottawa, ON, with his wife and two daughters.

Dr. Henry obtained her medical degree from School of Medicine, Cairo University, in 1987. She obtained diploma in Pediatrics in 1992 and moved to the States with her family in 1994. In 2003, she obtained a Masters of Art in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio. She currently is national licensed mental health counselor. she is trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). She holds a certificate in the Family Systems Theory and Schema Therapy. Dr. Henry is also a certified cognitive behavioral therapist. She currently has her private practice in Amherst, NY.

Christine E. Agaibi, M.A. (ABD) is a Doctoral Candidate (Ph.D.) in Counseling Psychology at The University of Akron. She is the current President of Ohio Women in Psychology (OWP) and Past Chair of the Ohio Psychological Association’s Graduate Student Executive Council (OPAGS 2009-2010). She completed her Pre-Doctoral Internship at the Ohio Psychology Internship, an American Psychological Association accredited internship consortium, where she had comprehensive and diverse didactic and practical training with children and adolescents, families, couples, and adults, in assessment, forensics, substance use issues, and individual and group therapy.

Christine’s research interests are in the areas of resilience and coping, religion and spirituality, and multicultural and diversity issues. She is planning to complete her dissertation on Resilience later this year. Christine also sits on the Boards of Division 17 Section on Positive Psychology of the American Psychological Association and Division 17 Special Interest Group on Religion and Spirituality in Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Christine has also sat on the Ohio Psychological Association’s Board of Directors for the past two years in her representation of OWP and OPAGS.

Dr. Ashamalla has M.B.B.Ch from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt (1977-1983). Academic positions Clinical Professor of Medicine at St. George’s University (06/01/12 – Present). Clinical Professor of Radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College (10/01/11 – Present). Hospital positions Attending at NY Methodist Hospital (1995 – Present). Board Certification American Board of Radiation Oncology (ABR) Physicians American Board of Radiation Oncology (ABR) (Recertification) HONORS AND AWARDS Top Doctors, New York Metro Area (2001-Present). NY Super Doctors, The NY Times Magazine (2004-2009). Top Doctors, NY Metro Area, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. (2001- Present). New York Top Doctor for Ten Years (2010 – Present). Best Doctors, New York Magazine (2011 – Present). Chairman of Cancer Activities (2013 – Present).

 

Karen is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Ohio and is currently working in a private practice with individuals and couples. She has also experience working with children, adolescents and families in a community-based setting. Because of her passion to support engaged couples and strengthen marriages, Karen became a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator and has completed Level 1 training in the Gottman method for couples. Karen also cares deeply about educating and encouraging parents as they strive to raise godly children. Before becoming a counselor, Karen earned a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master Degree in Manufacturing and Control Systems. Karen is a graduate of the Family Ministry Program. She and her husband have been married for over 25 years and have three children.

Licensure: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Professional Memberships American Psychological Association Illinois Psychological Association Psi Chi: The National Honors Society in Psychology American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Collaborative Family Healthcare Association Clinical Therapist 2015-Present Harris Clinical Group Chicago, IL Responsibilities include individual, family, children and couples counseling. Therapeutic treatments for addictions, marital & pre-marital counseling, depression, Postpartum depression, PTSD, trauma, abuse, anxiety, panic disorder, grieving and families in Crisis. Provide marital and premarital assessments. Professional Development Certificates Certified: SYMBIS (Save Your Marriage Before It Starts) assessments. Marriage LINKS & Prepare and Enrich – Building Strong Marriages Seminars (For couples and adults in relationships) Pick a Partner (For adults seeking to develop healthy relationships) Family Bridges – Love U 2 (Relationship Smart) (For teens to have successful relationships) Integrating Psychotherapy and Medication (Practical Advice for the Mental Health Professional) John Gottman Institute (Marital Therapy Certificate) Certified Family Wellness Instructor (Family Bridges) John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Psychological First Aid Competencies for Public Health Workers) Domestic violence training by Salvation Army, affiliation with Salvation Army (Home providing resources for victims of sex trafficking)

M.A. Professional Counseling, Liberty University
B.S., University of Pittsburg

Mrs. Rizk received a bachelor degree in science from University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude. She also received a Diploma in Biblical Studies from the Institute of Biblical Studies.

Mrs. Rizk is the founder of Women and A Crown of Thorns, a therapy and Psycho-educational group for women in the Pittsburgh area. Her involvement in research has led to twelve published papers. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). She continues to lectures nationally and has taught seminary courses on a wide range of marriage and family topics. She is currently in private practice in Pittsburgh and also works as a trainer and consultant for several Community Ministries in the Pittsburgh area.

EDUCATION Wayne State University Master’s of Arts in Counseling (1995)
Hope College Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology (1990)
National Board Certified Counselor Licensed Professional Counselor Member of the American Counseling Association Member of the American Mental Health Counseling Association Trained in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, FTM and First Aid/CPR

EXPERIENCE PSYCHOTHERAPIST in private practice (2008-Present)
PSYCHOTHERAPIST Eastwood Clinics, Royal Oak, MI (2006-2008). Providing both mental health and substance abuse therapeutic services to adults, adolescents and children.
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT THERAPIST St. Aloysius Partial Hospitalization Program, Hamilton, OH (2001-2006). ON CALL CRISIS THERAPIST. Forensic and Psychiatry Services, Hamilton, OH (2001-2006) Outpatient Crisis Downriver Guidance Clinic (1995-1997)
FOSTER CARE CASEWORKER Judson Center (1990-1994)

EDUCATION
Diplomat of American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry at GRU University, School of Medicine
Graduated from Ain Shams University, School of Medicine
Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Residency at GRU, GA
Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, at Emory University, GA
GA award of Tele health consultation

EXPERIENCE
Has been a speaker for three prominent pharmaceutical Companies and principal investigator of some search projects
Wide range of experience in inpatient, outpatient, and consultation services

Dr. Guirguis completed his general psychiatry residency at Lutheran General Hospital, Park ridge, IL in 2004 and completed his Child and Adolescent fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 2006. Dr. Guirguis has been practicing child and adolescent psychiatry since 2006. Dr. Guirguis is currently assistant professor at Baylor College of medicine. Dr. Guirguis is practicing at Texas Children’s Hospital in the Woodlands, Texas. His clinical interest is in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism and Anxiety disorder.

Naglaa Moussa earned a Masters of Art in Professional Counseling from Liberty University with high distinction. She is a licensed professional counselor in the State of Virginia. Naglaa is also a certified parent educator by Fairfax County Public Schools Communication and Community Outreach, certified in Mental Health First Aid USA by National Council for Behavioral Health and member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. In addition, she has been serving as a Family Ministry coordinator at St. Mark Church in Fairfax, Virginia for the past 5 years. Naglaa genuinely help couples and families who are facing difficulties in their relationships and struggling with marital and parental problems. She has clinical experience working with children, adolescent and adults with mental health disorders including: depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, physical and sexual abuse, Borderline Personality Disorder and intellectual disability.

Dr. Sahar Awad is a graduate of school of medicine, Alexandra University, Egypt. She got her residency training at Creedmoor state hospital, NY. Dr. Awad is currently the medical director of adult Outpatient services at MMC. Dr. Awad served as a Sunday school teacher for different age groups and also in ladies fellowship meetings.

Multi-culturally competent, empathic, and knowledgeable HSPP accredited Licensed Psychologist. I have over 10 years of clinical experience providing multi-modal therapy with students in university counseling centers, older adults in skilled nursing homes, acute psychiatric units in hospitals and nursing facilities, community mental health centers, and private practice. Alongside this clinical work, I provided diagnostic and neurocognitive psychological assessments. In addition to this, I have taught courses at Austin Community College, and I am currently a psychological consultant with the State of Texas HHSC.

BOARD CERTIFIED IN ADULT AND GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY
Medical Director Lafayette Behavioral Health Unit Lafayette, LA February 2014-Present
Medical Director New Beginnings Recovery Center Opelousas, LA May 2012-Present
Medical Director Seaside Progressive Treatment Center November 1999- Present
Zachary, Louisiana 70791 Acadia/St Landry Hospital July 1991-Present Church Point, LA Medical
Director Acadia St. Landry Hospital-Bridgeway Outpatient Services Partial Hospitalization Program/Intensive Outpatient Program July 1991-Present Church Point, LA

HONORS AND AWARDS
Exemplary Psychiatrist Award for 1993- presented by The National Alliance of the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
National Merit Award for High Scholastic Achievement 1974-1978
Dean’s List 1974-1978

Sherry Gergis M.D.
Adult Psychiatry Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Certified in 2013

Education: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX Graduated July 2013 Child psychiatry Fellowship North Eastern Ohio College of Medicine, Akron, OH Graduated April 2011 Psychiatry Residency Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica Graduated May 2007 Loyola University, Chicago, IL Graduated Jan. 1997 Bachelors of Science, Biology, Cum Laude

Honors, Awards, Member: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Academy American Psychiatric Association American Medical Association Ohio Psychiatric Association Tri Beta Biology Honor Society Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society Golden Key National Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Illinois Academy of Science Community Service Leader Award, Chicago, IL.

Employment: Orlando Behavioral Healthcare 9/2013-Present Provided Psychiatric services to children, adolescents and adults in a private practice group.

Sofie earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College and is a licensed clinical psychologist. She has experience working with children, adolescents, college students, and adults, providing individual, couples, family, and group therapy. Currently she is an Assistant Professor teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. Sofie has a passion for serving and training; she enjoys leading workshops and speaking on a variety of mental health and parenting topics through a culturally sensitive perspective.

Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor
Dr. Selim graduated with a Medical degree from Cairo University School of Medicine in 1975. After graduation, he specialized in Anesthesia at El Salam Hospital, El-Mohandesin in Cairo, Egypt. Shortly after, he immigrated to the United States and worked at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, in Cleveland Ohio, as a Research Associate and Published a paper in the field of Anesthesia. In 1984 he went back to school to attend Ashland University and graduated with a Masters degree in Pastoral Psychology and Counseling in 1987.
Dr. Selim began work at a Psychiatry Private Practice with Dr. Shoukry Matta in New Castle, PA and in 1992 went on to Valley Counseling Services; a private group of Counselors, Psychiatrists, and Social Workers. In addition to Dr. Selim’s professional experiences, he is currently active in Youth and Adult services at Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Cleveland, Ohio and as a Committee Member of Boy Scouts Troop 25 in Canfield, Ohio. Dr. Selim’s areas of expertise include (but are not limited to) Child and Adolescent Counseling, Depression, Stress, Mood Disorders, and Couples and Marital challenges.

Certifications:
Licensed Counselor in the State of Ohio
Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor
Dialectical Behavioral Therapist
Certified in EMDR (Rapid Eye Movement Therapy)
Pre-Marital Coach by the American Board of Christian Counselors
Certified Gambling addiction Counselor