Schenectady Office Providers

sumr-007Thomas Qualtere, MD Medical Director – Dr. Qualtere graduated from Syracuse University and attended University of Guadalayara Medical School in Mexico. He completed his psychiatry residency & fellowship at Albany Medical School. Dr. Qualtere is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurolology. He is a distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Qualtere is also the Medical Director of Albany County Department of Mental Health. He has extensive forensic experience, doing evaluations for the Attorney General’s office, working with several of the District Attorney’s offices in New York State, as well as individual consults for private attorneys nation wide.

sumr-040Mary Halloran-Ruhle, MS NPP Associate Director – Mary received her undergraduate nursing education at Columbia School of Nursing, and her Master’s Degree from Sage Graduate School. Mary also has a post graduate degree in Psychiatry. She is a member of New York State Nurse Practitioner Association. Mary has worked as an Adjunct Professor at Russell Sage College School of Nursing. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and adults. Mary has worked in both outpatient and inpatient settings. She currently is psychiatric consultant for Albany County Department of Mental Health. Mary consults with local schools. Her specialties include Autistic Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Mood Disorders, & Thought Disorders. Mary sees children ages 6 and up, adolescents, young adults and adults.

cindy guadagnoDr. Cindy Guadagno – Dr. Guadagno is a Board Certified General Psychiatrist who also completed a fellowship in child/adolescent psychiatry at Children’s Hospital in Boston.  Dr. “G” has extensive clinical experience that includes both private practice, as well as inpatient facilities.  Dr. “G” is a medication specialist in psychiatric evaluations and medication management for children, adolescents, and adults (ages 6-65).  Dr. “G” is currently accepting new patients at Schenectady Mental Health Associates that is conveniently located on Union Street in Schenectady.  The facility is discreetly located in a residential area, just 5 minutes from I-890 and only 10 minutes from the NYS Thruway.

Patricia Mutterer, MS NPP Dual Licensed Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry & Family Health – Patti received her undergraduate education at Russell Sage College, and her Master’s Degree from Sage Graduate School. Patti is board certified by the American Nurses Association in Adult Psychiatry. Patti also has a Post-Graduate degree in Family Health. Patti has extensive experience in the field of Nursing and Psychiatry. She has worked at various settings all over the world. She has experience in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Patti works with the young adult to 65 years young. Her specialties include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, thought disorders and schizophrenia.

IMG_1084Elizabeth Mastro, NPP ANCC Board Certified Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner –Elizabeth received her Master’s Degree and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner certification from Sage Graduate School. She has experience working in clinic settings with chronically mentally ill adults as well as in private practice providing psychopharmacology and therapy addressing all facets of mental health disorders.


sue naughtonSue Naughton, LCSW-R – Susan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Master of Social Work degree from SUNYA. She has worked in the mental health field for 30 years starting at the Albany County Mental Health Clinic, Children’s Treatment and Children’s Forensic Units. She subsequently became Clinical Director of Albany County Children’s Mental Health Services. Since retiring, Susan has maintained a private practice working with adults, adolescents and children. She treats all aspects of mental health issues and specializes in trauma related issues and parent/child problems.


Christian Youmans, LCSW-R – Christian B. Youmans is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany. He has over 15 years of experience as a therapist. Mr. Youmans has treated a wide range of mental health issues. He has expertise in forensic social work/psychology. He has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of substance abuse issues with individuals and families. His therapeutic approach is client centered based, solution focus driven and underscored by cognitive behavioral therapy. He is a long standing member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). In addition, he is a member of the National Honor Society in Psychology. Mr. Youmans specializes in the treatment of individuals with depression, anxiety and sexual identity issues.


Robin Lippman-Scharf

Robin is a licensed clinical social worker. She received her Masters of Social Work from SUNY Albany. She has extensive experience working with adolescents and their families.  She worked as a school social worker for 30 + years for Capital Region BOCES, working with adolescents with mental health and learning challenges. In addition, she worked with youth and their families at The Center for Family and Youth and was a consultant at Residential Opportunities, now run by the Center for Disability Services. Since her retirement, Robin has been working as a private practitioner.  Robin has been trained in mindfulness and specializes in working with women, young adults and adolescents using stress reduction techniques and cognitive behavioral therapy.