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Maine Behavioral Healthcare

Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Who We Are

Frank A. Knowles III, LCSW, Ed.D.
Dr. Knowles provides therapy for children, adolescents, and their families and believes teamwork is the most effective way to achieve best results.  He works with a variety of issues that may include ADHD, school and peer problems, abuse, anxiety, depression, self-esteem concerns, grief, behavioral concerns, and family conflict.  He enjoys and finds very helpful the therapeutic techniques of cognitive-behavioral therapy, rational-emotive therapy as well as EMDR.  Please contact him if you have any further questions and he will be happy to assist you.

Kristin L. Frazier, LCSW
Kristin has been a part of the Outpatient Child Psychiatry team as a social worker since 2004. She currently works part time and has office hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Kristin is from Maine and is a graduate of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. She values her previous experience working with pregnant and parenting teens at a local agency.
Recent training includes: Ross Greene's Collaborative Problem Solving for working with "explosive kids"; Social Thinking Skills; and Substance Abuse and Adolescents. She also frequently uses her training in the fundamentals of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy). Kristin enjoys working with a diverse population of child and teens and their families. She has a special interest in therapy with teens with depression, anxiety, and/or substance abuse.

Sandra Fritsch, MD
Dr Fritsch Enjoys working with a diverse population of children and teens and their families.  Special interests are working with teens with depression, anxiety, and/or substance abuse issues. 

Andrew Hinkens, MD
Dr. Andrew Hinkens is an attending child and adolescent psychiatrist 
at Maine Medical Center and Spring Harbor Hospital.  A graduate of 
the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he has been in 
clinical practice for 20 years in the greater Portland area and has 
served as a consultant to Sweetser, Spurwink, CSI, and the Long Creek  Youth Development Center.  Dr. Hinkens is a past recipient of the  NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist Award.  He has a degree in public health and provides clinical care to rural Maine communities using 
teleconferencing technology.  Dr. Hinkens has just completed a ten 
year term as the Residency Training Director for Child and Adolescent 
Psychiatry at Maine Medical Center.  He is an Assistant Clinical 
Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont School of 
Medicine and is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee for 
Education at the Maine Medical Center.  Dr. Hinkens is a member of 
the MMC Institutional Research Board.

Harry Katz, LCSW
I have provided treatment to children, adolescents, and their families for approximately 15 years.  I have experience in addressing a variety of difficulties using cognitive and behavioral therapies.  I use a strengths-based solution-focused approach in much of my work.

Dr. Laura Kavesh, Ph.D.
Dr. Kavesh is a child and adolescent psychologist who has been with the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry since 2004.  She conducts psychotherapy, using a range of therapeutic modalities, and diagnostic evaluations of children, adolescents and young adults; as well as testing and assessment of children ages 5 and under.  She works with individuals and families. Dr. Kavesh has a special interest and expertise in autism and developmental disorders and directs the department's Autism, Developmental Disorders and Early Childhood Center.  She received her Ph.D. in Clinical and Developmental Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Before becoming a psychologist Dr. Kavesh was a reporter for The Chicago Tribune, where she wrote numerous articles about mental health issues as well as a nationally syndicated column. 

Sandi Kazura, MD
Alessandra Kazura, MD is Director of the Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation Service at Maine Medical Center  and Medical Director, Center for Tobacco Independence of Maine Health. She received her MD in 1982 from Brown University and is board certified in pediatrics, psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry. She completed a K award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and National Institute on Drug Abuse to study family socialization influences on child tobacco use. In addition, she has received funding from the National Cancer Institute, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and several private foundations to study adolescent smoking uptake and parent smoking cessation.

Diane S Lawton, LCSW
Diane Lawton has worked for many years with families, teens and children of all ages. Her clinical experience includes treatment for a variety of concerns including anxiety, OCD, depression, ADHD, social skills, self esteem difficulties, parenting support, and family communication. She employs a variety of clinical approaches including DBT skills and cognitive-behavioral techniques. She has worked extensively with individuals and families with foster, adoptive and post adopt concerns.  She is trained in the Theraplay model of attachment based therapy for children and their caregivers

Renee Leavitt, Program Manager
Renee Leavitt is an Occupational Therapist who for the past 6 years has been the program manager of Child and Geriatric Outpatient Psychiatry.  Most recently she has added the Spring Harbor and Maine Medical Center Behavioral Health Network's Outpatient Referral Center to her areas of responsibility.

Douglas Robbins, MD
Dr Robbins trained in General and Child Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Medical Center and he has served on the faculties of the University of Michigan and Brown University before coming to Maine Medical Center.  He has conducted research on the assessment of depression and suicide in adolescents, biological correlates of major depression in adolescence, psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological treatment of depression, and the natural history adolescent-onset bipolar disorder.  He has directed treatment programs in inpatient, day treatment, outpatient, correctional, and intensive community based settings. Current areas of interests include the interaction of psychosocial and biological factors in normal affective development and in the development of children at risk for affective disorders, and the development of treatment systems for psychiatrically ill children and adolescents.

Greta Roderick, LCSW

Matthew Siegel, MD
Matthew Siegel, MD has joined the Department of Psychiatry and is accepting referrals. Dr. Siegel comes to Maine from Brown University, where he completed his residency in Pediatrics, General Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry (Triple Board Program). Dr. Siegel divides his time between Spring Harbor Hospital, where he is the medical director for the Developmental Disorders Program, and Maine Medical Center, where he offers outpatient consultation and runs specialty clinics for children under six, and children with anxiety. Dr. Siegel is a member of the practice guideline committee for the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and actively lectures, teaches and writes in his interest areas.

Molly Sneden, LCSW
Molly has been a member of the Outpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department since 1999.  She currently works part time and has office hours on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.  Her practice includes individual, family, and group therapy.  She has co-facilitated the Adolescent DBT Group.  She has a strong commitment to collaboration with other providers and works closely with pediatricians, educators, and other community agencies.  She greatly values the multi disciplinary team approach offered by the clinic.




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