Dr. Zaidi is Triple Board Certified in Psychiatry/Neurology, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He has encompassed more than thirty years of extensive and diverse experience in the field of Child, Adolescent & Family Psychiatry. Dr. Zaidi was responsible for the management of a Monmouth Medical Center Children’s Crisis Intervention Service staff and operations; establishing patient services for adolescents, including day and overnight hospitalization; and supervision of multidisciplinary staff in various settings. Dr. Zaidi served as a Clinical Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry at the Drexel School of Medicine. As a Site Director for Psychiatry, he provided supervision and training of medical students and pediatric residents on rotation at Monmouth Medical Center for Drexel School of Medicine and the Physicians Assistants Program from UMDNJ and Seton Hall. Dr. Zaidi has seen children, adolescents, and adults in private practice for almost a decade. Dr. Zaidi is certified by the Board of Education to conduct psychiatric evaluations for school districts for Monmouth and surrounding counties.
Psychiatrist, Medical Director
As a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Laura has worked with clients across the lifespan, specializing in depression and anxiety disorders, mood dysregulation, trauma, addictions, attachment disruptions, and those struggling with adjustment and difficult transitions through life. Laura has worked in a variety of treatment settings such as residential treatment centers, psychiatric inpatient units, emergency rooms, private practice settings, and intensive outpatient programs for both mental health and substance abuse. Laura has recently earned her certification in addictions advance practice nursing. Her main approach to treatment is developing a collaborative relationship with her clients to enhance and foster an environment where patients feel validated while working to improve their psychosocial functioning. Laura has worked in the field of mental health for almost fifteen years, starting her career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University in New York City and began working with children, adolescents, and their families in a variety of settings. Seeing a need to blend psychotherapy and psychopharmacology in a holistic and integrative manner, Laura obtained her Masters Degree in Nursing from Monmouth University, and graduated with honors.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Megan Maroney is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 2009. Upon graduation, she completed an ASHP accredited general practice residency with a focus in psychiatry at Saint Barnabas Behavioral Health Center in Toms River, NJ. Dr. Maroney earned her Board Certification in Psychiatric Pharmacy from the Board of Pharmacy Specialties in 2013 and approval from the New Jersey Board of Pharmacy for collaborative practice in psychiatry in 2016. She was one of the first pharmacists in New Jersey to be granted approval for collaborative practice. Dr. Maroney also practices as a clinical pharmacy specialist in the area of psychiatry at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ. She works with adult and child/adolescent inpatient and outpatient psychiatry teams. Dr. Maroney is an active member of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists.
Rachel Karbowski, APN has been providing psychiatric nursing care since graduating from Rutgers University College of Nursing in 2004. Her focus has been on child and adolescent mental health and was certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse. Rachel graduated from Rutgers University College of Nursing’s Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program with her Master's degree in 2008. She is certified by the ANCC as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Rachel has worked in the inpatient, outpatient, and residential treatment settings throughout her career and is well versed in all levels of treatment intensity. Rachel has been a part of FCDC since 2009. She served as the Director of Education and Training for the Society of Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses for a four year tenure and remains an active member in the society. She enjoys working with children, adults, and families and believes that client empowerment and collaborative decision making are essential for treatment success. Rachel provides psychiatric evaluation, medication monitoring, brief psychotherapy and pharmacogenomic testing services.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Mark Sedlak, APN is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who takes a patient-centered, holistic approach for treating a variety of mental health disorders. He provides care to patients of all ages and is extremely passionate about the preservation of mental well-being. Mark has spent his nursing career in a variety of settings including pediatric critical care in the largest PICU in NJ, pediatric oncology, and emergency medicine and continues to grow his expertise in the mental health field. He has completed his masters of nursing degree, graduating with honors, at Walden University. He has completed a portion of his clinical training under Dr. Zaidi, MD. Mark provides care here at FCDC as well as an outpatient partial hospitalization program and continues to care for patients in the emergency room setting. His goal is to provide care that meets the needs and expectations of the client using medications, therapy, and other integrative approaches.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Bayla is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Bayla graduated with honors from Monmouth University where the intense curriculum prepared her to provide comprehensive mental and physical assessment, as well as diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders across the lifespan. Her training is comprised of therapeutic treatment modalities including psychiatric medication initiation and management, as well as individual, family, and group psychotherapy. Prior to specializing in psychiatry, Bayla spent close to ten years as a critical care nurse working for several years at the bedside of critically ill patients and then advancing to the role of director of clinical education at The Specialty Hospital of Central Jersey. In this role she provided professional development and education services that would prepare all hospital staff for contemporary practice. As such, she has acquired a vast knowledge base and skills needed to competently collect and analyze patient health data, understand diagnoses, identify expected patient outcomes, develop appropriate plans of care, implement interventions and evaluate patient progress toward attainment of positive outcomes. She was also chosen to take part in the seminal research of a specific breast cancer study through the analysis of pertinent scholarly literature reviews as well as related qualitative and quantitative research. In addition to her degree as an advanced nurse practitioner, Bayla’s educational background includes several degrees attained with academic distinction including an MSN in Nursing Management along with a BSN from Kean University as well as an ADN degree from Ocean County College.