Dr. Gershan is originally from Lincoln, Nebraska and attended college at the University of Texas at Austin. She returned to Nebraska to complete her medical school training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. She completed her residency training in Adult Psychiatry at Georgetown University Hospital, where she became actively involved in working in women’s mental health and substance use disorders. She later became involved in a national organization to promote education and increased access to treatment for pregnant women with substance use disorders. She completed her Addiction Psychiatry fellowship training at the University of Maryland and Public Psychiatry fellowship at New York University. She most recently worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at New York University on an Inpatient Dual Diagnosis treatment unit at Bellevue Hospital.
Dr. Gershan has a broad range of interests, which includes dual diagnosis treatment, psychotherapy and women’s mental health in the context of substance use. She has expertise in the the treatment of many substance use disorders, including prescription drug abuse, smoking cessation, alcohol, cocaine and cannabis use disorders as well as opioid use disorders with buprenorphine as a treatment option. She believes strongly in the importance of providing a welcoming, nonjudgmental environment to the treatment of substance use disorders, meeting the client in terms of their preferences to treatment and abstinence, and the importance of involving family members or significant others for support when appropriate. Recognizing that in the treatment of substance use disorders one treatment modality does not necessarily fit everyone, Dr. Gershan will work to find the most effective clinical approach while providing treatment for a wide range of co-occurring psychiatric concerns.