Who We Are

We are professionals advancing innovative healthcare using revolutionary treatments. Actify Neurotherapies’ mission is to improve mental health through the safe delivery of researched, proven, and innovative treatments.


Steve Levine, MD

Founder & Chief Medical Officer (Board-Certified Psychiatrist)

Dr. Levine, a board-certified psychiatrist, founded Actify Neurotherapies as Ketamine Treatment Centers in 2011. Though he is a psychiatrist who places great emphasis on the importance of psychotherapy, medication is often a necessary component of treatment, and he was dissatisfied with the relatively ineffective available options with burdensome side effects. Dr. Levine pioneered a protocol for the clinical use of ketamine infusions, has directly supervised many thousands of infusions and has helped establish similar programs across the country and around the world. Along with significant growth, Actify maintains a commitment to provide evidence-based, compassion-driven advanced mental health care for the treatment-resistant community, starting with ketamine therapy.

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We Make Lives Better

Providing hope through innovation, with nine locations and a growing presence in the mental health community, Actify Neurotherapies is the leading national mental health treatment practice in the country. Our ketamine specialists have treated thousands of patients since 2011 using industry leading methods and technology to achieve optimal results. Our experience is unsurpassed.

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Our Leadership

Dr. Steve Levine is a board-certified psychiatrist and internationally-recognized expert in the use of ketamine for psychiatric indications, amongst the first in the world to offer outpatient treatment. He graduated with honors/Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University, received an academic scholarship to Tulane University School of Medicine, and then completed internship and residency in psychiatry at New York - Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell. In addition, Dr. Levine completed fellowship subspecialty training in psychosomatic medicine/psycho-oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital. His free time is devoted to family, reading, and being humbled by Crossfit.

Steve Levine, MD


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As the CEO of Actify Neurotherapies, Kathy Kaluhiokalani is responsible for running all facets of the business. She is passionate about providing access to next generation, best-in-class mental healthcare treatment for those dealing with major depressive and anxiety disorders. Prior to joining Actify Neurotherapies, Kathy was the Chief Operating Officer for MedExpress Urgent Care, an Optum Company. She was responsible for leading the center level operations of 250+ locations nationwide. Prior to MedExpress, Kathy worked for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in various roles for both Physician Services as well as Corporate Services. She earned her BA degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she graduated summa cum laude. Kathy brings extensive healthcare leadership experience to Actify Neurotherapies and is excited to lead our mission of evidence based, compassion driven mental healthcare delivery.

Kathy Kaluhiokalani


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Our Management

Angela Setaro, RN, has been administering ketamine treatments with Dr. Levine since 2011. With the rapid growth of the practice, Angela expanded her role to become the National Nurse Manager, where she staffs, trains, and manages the nurses, and also provides support and guidance to the clinical teams. Angela is licensed as a registered nurse in CA, NJ, NY, and PA and is an active member in various professional organizations including American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA), American Nurses Association (ANA), Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Infusion Nurses Society (INS), and the Mental Wellness Coalition, NJ.

While Angela’s passion is nursing, on her days off she enjoys spending time with family and friends, participating in outdoor activities, and volunteering her time to charitable causes, which include her annual medical mission trip to Guatemala.

Angela Setaro, RN

Nurse Manager

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Jason joins Actify with over 10 years of health care contact center leadership. Working within Fortune 50 organizations, he has successfully managed projects that increased patients access to care, established company culture through change and continues to drive results. His Actify journey is rooted in ensuring patients, who need our services, have access to treatment, and that the Actify experience is present in every interaction. Jason is a writer, a community activist and a firm believer in our mission to improve mental health through the safe delivery of researched, proven and innovative treatment.

Jason Frisby

Director, Patient Services

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Jocelyn began her 10 years with Actify as the very first patient scheduler, facilitating hundreds of patients with the steps needed to initiate their health care process. Knowing every patient matters, Jocelyn transitioned into a role where she supports each center in creating a welcoming and serene atmosphere in which every patient can receive quality care comfortably. Helping people is part of her life’s purpose and she feels strongly Actify has given her an avenue to make a difference in the mental health community. Outside of Actify Jocelyn is all about the joys of simple nature. Rain, shine, or snow Jocelyn is all about oceans and mountains, long walks, and falling leaves.

Jocelyn Williams

Director of Administration

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Michelle possesses over 20 years of human resources management and organizational development. Her focus is in leading recruitment, retention and training in addition to expanding company culture as we continue to grow. With commitment to the mission of our company, Michelle dedicates herself through integrity and accountability by providing consistent and quality HR expertise that serves the needs of the employees. When Michelle is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, travel and outdoor music concerts.

Michelle Partipilo

Human Resource Manager

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Our Doctors

Dr. Brian Lerner is a board certified psychiatrist and graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his general psychiatry training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital where he served as Chief Resident. He has also completed an addiction psychiatry fellowship at the University of Maryland. Dr. Lerner comes to psychiatry with over two decades of clinical experience as a board certified ophthalmologist who is now following his long-time passion for psychiatry with interests in depression and anxiety. He has participated in numerous medical investigations with scientific writings in professional medical publications.

Brian Lerner, MD

Baltimore, MD

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Dr. Markey is a board certified psychiatrist and graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed her psychiatry training at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC, following an internship at the University of Colorado. In practice for over 20 years, Dr. Markey has worked in community mental health, private practice, research, and as a consultant to agencies and providers. She has a broad range of psychiatric expertise, with specialization in depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders.

Sara Markey, MD

Denver, CO

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Dr. John Dougherty started his career in research by receiving a Master’s degree in genetics from Thomas Jefferson University. He transitioned to medicine and earned his medical degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Dougherty then completed a family practice residency at Bryn Mawr Hospital, where he received the Resident Mental Health Award. He is board-certified in family practice by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. After already completing one residency, Dr. Dougherty subsequently completed his general psychiatry residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Dougherty’s special interests include novel treatment modalities for Treatment-Resistant Depression, Sports Psychiatry and Traumatic Brain Injury. He continues to work with his psychiatric colleagues to promote the academic literature on Traumatic Brain Injury. Having spent much of his adult life in the Philadelphia area, Dr. Dougherty has taken a keen interest in his local community and is excited about helping those in need with Ketamine infusion therapy.

Randee Solomon, RN

John Dougherty, III, DO

Philadelphia, PA

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Dr. Paula Bortnichak is a psychiatrist in Princeton, New Jersey. She received her medical degree from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bortnichak is a recent addition to the Actify team who brings over 20 years of treating patients suffering from a range of mental health conditions including anxiety and mood disorders.

Paula Bortnichak, MD

Baltimore, MD

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Dr. Shana Elga is a board-certified psychiatrist and graduate of the UCLA School of Medicine. She completed her general psychiatry residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and her fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She is currently a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Elga has a caring manner and believes that the doctor-patient relationship takes utmost importance in creating an environment that will promote positive change.

Shana Elga, MD

Baltimore, MD

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Dr. Andrew Klise is a board certified psychiatrist who began his career as a researcher at the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins. He transitioned to medicine first by gaining a master’s degree in biomedical science then completing his MD at the University of Toledo College of Medicine. Impassioned by his drive to treat patients with severe mental illness, he completed his psychiatry residency at the largest community hospital in the country, Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL. Dr. Klise brings a unique blend of interests in mood and anxiety disorders, as well as a focus on advancing the science of Ketamine treatment, that furthers the mission of Actify Neurotherapies of North Carolina.

Andrew Klise, MD

Raleigh, NC

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Dr. Marc Ettensohn is a graduate of The University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed general psychiatry training at The University of Florida School of Medicine where he served as Administrative Chief Resident and Resident Representative to The Institutional Graduate Medical Education Committee. Dr. Ettensohn was awarded a competitive American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Senior Resident Administrative Fellowship. Dr. Ettensohn has an interest in innovative treatment modalities for anxiety and depression among other psychiatric disorders. He demonstrates commitment to lifelong learning by publishing research, presenting on quality improvement, and active involvement in professional societies.

Marc Ettensohn, MD

West Palm Beach, FL

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Richard Rise, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist with over 30 years of experience in psychiatry. He established a private practice in Long Island and continues to enhance patients' lives through the implementation of psychiatry, along with the transformational principles of Energetic Leadership on which he has lectured extensively. Dr. Richard Rise has analyzed the research and acquired knowledge regarding the use of ketamine in psychiatry. He’s gained respect for ketamine as it’s distinguished itself as an extremely safe, well tolerated and rapidly effective treatment. His curiosity led him to Actify Neurotherapies, where he met Dr. Steve Levine. He was inspired by Dr. Levine’s integrity, sincerity, and passion along with his innovative leadership, which is making this progressive medicine available to the treatment-resistant community.

Richard Rise, MD

New York, NY

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