PAI Staff

 

Steven Pasquinelli, Ph.D. Owner/ President  

 

Dr. Steven Pasquinelli is a Licensed Psychologist who received both his Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Psychology from Duquesne University.  Dr. Pasquinelli has been with the Practice for over 12 years.  He has over 17 years of experience as the Lead Psychologist for a local area school district.  His rapport with children makes test referrals go smoothly.

 

Dr. Pasquinelli provides counseling services for adults, young adults, adolescents, and children.  Areas of expertise include ADHD, Anxiety, Autism, Behavioral Issues, Cognitive and Personality Testing and Assessment/Full Psychological Evaluations, Counseling Children with Learning Disabilities, Depression, Early Admission Requests, and Gifted Evaluations.

 

He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and Associations of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania (ASPP).

 

Dr. Pasquinelli currently schedules appointments on Monday thru Friday.   Ages 8 and older.

 

Insurances Accepted:  Aetna, Cigna, First Health, Health America/MHNet, Health Partners, Highmark (including Reciprocating BlueCross/BlueShield plans), Magellan, OPTUM/UBH/UHC, UHC Chip,  UPMC, UPMC for Kids, (NO UPMC FOR YOU or UPMC FOR LIFE), 

WPEE INSURANCE TRUST FUND

 

Private Pay is also an option.

 

Gale Foster, LCSW, MSW    (Not Accepting New Clients)


Mrs. Foster is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for 20 years.  She works with children, adolescents, adults, and families.  Mrs. Foster specializes in a variety of areas including anger management, depression, anxiety, women’s issues, loss and grief counseling, self-abusive behaviors, and drug and alcohol issues.

 

Mrs. Foster currently schedules appointments on Monday and Wednesday evenings and alternating Saturdays.  Ages 5 and older.

 

Insurances Accepted:  Advantra, Aetna, Carebridge EAP, Cigna, ESI EAP, First Health,  Health America/MhNet, Health Partners, Highmark (including Reciprocating BlueCross/BlueShield plans), Magellan,  OPTUM,  United Behavior Health,  United Health Care, UHC Chip,  UPMC, UPMC For KIDS (NO UPMC FOR YOU or UPMC FOR LIFE),

Private Pay is also an option.

 

Joyce Ruzanic, LCSW, BCD, MSW   


Mrs. Ruzanic is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Joyce has been serving clients with the group for over 25 years.  She earned her Master's in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh and completed post-Masters work in the field of family therapy and couple counseling.    Joyce specializes in individual, family and couples therapy, women’s issues, abuse, loss and grief counseling, depression and anxiety.

She incorporates faith and spirituality-based counseling only upon request.

 

Insurances Accepted:   Aetna, Carebridge EAP, Cigna, First Health,  Highmark (including Reciprocating BlueCross/BlueShield plans), Magellan Regular, Managed Health Care,  OPTUM/UBH,  Tricare (Standard/ Preferred Reserve NOT Prime),  Value Options, 

UPMC (NO UPMC FOR YOU or UPMC FOR LIFE),  UPMC for KIDS.

Mrs. Ruzanic currently schedules appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays,  Thursdays and Fridays.  ages 18 and older.

Private Pay is also an option.

Matthew Mascari, Psy. D

Dr. Matthew Mascari is a Licensed Psychologist who received his Masters and Certification of Advanced Graduate Studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Educational and School Psychology. He obtained his Doctoral Degree in Psychology from Duquesne University.  Dr. Mascari has over 8 years of experience as a School Psychologist working within a school district.  His ability to establish rapport with children and families enables him to understand family ecosystems and individual factors.

 

Dr. Mascari provides cognitive, social-emotional, behavioral and personality assessment as well as full psychological, psychoeducational and gifted evaluations. Specific areas of expertise include complex learning disabilities, ADHD, anxiety, autism and behavioral issues. Dr. Mascari also provides counseling services for adults, young adults, adolescents, children and families.  

 

He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and has presented multiple times at the National Conference of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) focusing on the application of tiered/targeted intervention for struggling learners.

 

Dr. Mascari currently schedules appointments on Tuesday evenings.  Ages 6 thru 25.

 

Insurances Accepted:   Optum: Unite Behavioral Health, United Healthcare,  and WPEE INSURANCE TRUST FUND.

He is currently working on becoming in-network with most insurances

Private Pay is also an option.
                                                   

                                                                    

Sarah J Ingram, LCSW, MSW


Mrs. Ingram is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She majored in Psychology at Miami University before earning a Master’s of Social Work in Direct Practice from the University of Pittsburgh. Her experience as a therapist includes over a decade of work in community mental health serving children, adolescents and families. She specializes in trauma-informed care, autism, depression, anxiety and other mood disorders.  Mrs. Ingram is knowledgeable of multiple evidence-based practice techniques, which she incorporates into her therapy..

 

Mrs. Ingram currently schedules appointments on  Saturdays.  Ages 5 and older.

 

Insurances Accepted:  AETNA, CIGNA, ESI EAP, Highmark (including Reciprocating BlueCross/BlueShield plans), Magellan, UPMC, UPMC for Kids, (NO UPMC FOR YOU or UPMC FOR LIFE), WPEE INSURANCE TRUST FUND.

Private Pay is also an option.

Grant Kissel, MS,  LPC

 

Mr. Kissel is the newest addition to the PAI family.  Grant is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received his Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), and his Master’s degree from Chatham University in Counseling Psychology.  He has 6 years of experience working as an outpatient therapist in the community health setting with adolescents, adults, couples, and families.

 

Mr. Kissel also has worked as a Drug/Alcohol therapist and has been employed in the mental health field for the last 10 years. Grant provides counseling to clients with a wide variety of mental health concerns and life issues including anxiety/panic disorders, addiction recovery/mental health issues, mood/depression disorders, anger management, grief/loss, family issues, trauma, thought disorders, relationship issues, self-esteem, communication issues, and adjustment problems.

 

He utilizes a diverse and wide-ranging approach when working with clients to find what works best for them and is experienced with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered, and Solution Focused approaches. Grant focuses on making a strong client/therapist relationship, working together to build steps for goals, skills clients can learn and implement for their mental health, and a positive/safe environment so clients can be open and move forward in ways they want.

 

Mr. Kissel is available for  Tuesdays (Telehealth only), Wednesdays , and Thursday evening appointments.   Ages 13 and older.

 

Insurances Accepted:   AETNA, Highmark (including Reciprocating BlueCross/BlueShield plans), Cigna, Mental Health Network (MHN), Optum, TRICARE, United Behavioral Health, United Healthcare, UPMC,  (NO UPMC FOR YOU or UPMC FOR LIFE),

WPEE INSURANCE TRUST FUND.

Private Pay is also an option.

 

 

Ryan V. Lenz, Ph.D., NCSP  (Not Accepting New Clients)

Dr. Ryan V. Lenz has provided a variety of services to children, adolescents, and families in the Pittsburgh area, for over 20 years. Dr. Lenz is a Licensed Psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist, who attended Allegheny College, and received both his Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Psychology from Duquesne University.  Dr. Lenz is a recent addition to the Practice, having also worked in school settings, and clinic and community based programs.  

 

Dr. Lenz provides counseling services for adults, young adults, adolescents, and children.  Areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, autism spectrum, ADHD, behavioral issues, cognitive testing and assessment, psychological evaluations, counseling children and adolescents with school problems, and gifted assessments. He strives to work collaboratively with adults and families, and enjoys working with a wide variety of children and adolescents.

 

He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Dr. Lenz currently schedules Wednesday evenings.  Ages 5 and older.  

Insurances Accepted:   AETNA, Highmark BCBS, UPMC, UPMC for Kids  (NO UPMC FOR YOU or UPMC FOR LIFE),  WPEE INSURANCE TRUST FUND.  He is currently working on becoming in-network with most insurances.  

Crystal Shaffer, LCSW   (Not Accepting New Clients)

 

Mrs. Shaffer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She majored in Psychology at Clarion University before earning a Master’s of Social Work in Direct Practice with Individuals, Groups, and Families from the University of Pittsburgh. Crystal aims to create a safe environment for clients to explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors while creating relationships that promote personal change and fulfillment. She employs an empathetic, systemic, strengths-based approach to assess clients’ needs and treatment goals. Crystal works with children, adults, and couples. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety and panic disorders, trauma, grief and loss, and maneuvering family transitions. Crystal has 18 years of experience as a Therapist. Crystal loves life and tries to see the good in others, in life’s challenges and in the simple things of daily living.

 

Mrs. Shaffer currently schedules appointments on Mondays, Thursdays and alternating Saturdays.  Ages 17 and older.

 

Insurances Accepted:  Highmark (including Reciprocating BlueCross/BlueShield plans), Cigna, Optum. Tricare Standard & Prime (out of network), United Behavioral Health, and United Healthcare, UHC Chip, and UPMC, UPMC for Kids, (NO UPMC FOR YOU or UPMC FOR LIFE).

Private Pay is also an option.

Marnie Stanton, LCSW. MSW     (Not Accepting New Clients)

Mrs. Marnie Stanton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 20 years of experience in social work practice, most of which has been in a counseling role. She considers herself a generalist practitioner, with experience in a range of settings, treating a variety of populations and mental health concerns. She  works with adults ages 14 and up, treating depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, bereavement, anger control problems and adjustment to stressors.

Mrs. Stanton enjoys assisting clients in developing coping skills and greater self-acceptance, while helping them to navigate relationships, challenging life circumstances, and improve their overall mental health and wellness.

It is an honor for her to be fully present with someone in their pain and uncertainty, and join with them in finding a way forward. Whatever you are going through, you are not alone, and she will be glad to listen, support you and collaborate with you to facilitate healing and growth in your life.

 

Mrs. Stanton currently schedules appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays (Telehealth only),  and Fridays.  Ages 20 and older.

 

Insurances Accepted:  Evernorth (formally CIGNA), Optum: Unite Behavioral Health, United Healthcare,  United Healthcare CHIP,  UPMC Health Plan, UPMC for KIDS, (NO UPMC FOR YOU or UPMC FOR LIFE)  and WPEE INSURANCE TRUST FUND.

Private Pay is also an option.
                                                   

                                                                                           

Sara Affalter, MA, LPC, NCC (Please call for availability)

Ms. Affalter is a licensed professional counselor who received her Bachelor's degree in psychology from Penn State, and her Masters from IUP in community counseling.   She has experience in outpatient mental health, as well as in-patient.  Sara provides counseling to clients with a wide range of presenting concerns, including depression, stress/anxiety, trauma/PTSD, relationships, and women's issues (with a strong interest in perinatal disorders).  Sara utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive processing therapy, and an eclectic approach that allows for flexibility of each client's unique needs and challenges.  She is also passionate about wellness and likes to help clients create a healthier lifestyle.  Sara believes in the importance of empowering clients to best cope with life's stressors through the collaborative journey of therapy. Her goal is to help clients live the healthiest, happiest life possible.  

Mrs. Affalter is available Wednesdays , Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.    Ages 16 and older.

 

Insurances Accepted:   AETNA, Highmark (including Reciprocating BlueCross/BlueShield plans), Cigna, Compsych EAP,  Optum,  United Behavioral Health, United Healthcare, UPMC,  (NO UPMC FOR YOU or UPMC FOR LIFE),

WPEE INSURANCE TRUST FUND.

 

Private Pay is also an option.

 4284 William Flynn Highway

Castletown Square South, Suite 201
Allison Park, PA 15101


Scheduling available day, evenings, and Saturdays (by Appointment only)

 

Phone:  412-486-2948 

Fax:       412-486-5676

          email:   info@paipsych.com