Let us be the “we” in wellness, for you are never alone on your JOURNEY to wellness and recovery.
Alexandra “Sasha” Zeleznik, PA-C
Alexandra “Sasha“ Zeleznik is one of our psychiatric physician assistants. She graduated from the University of Mount Union in 2014 and worked at S’eclairer, an integrative psychiatry practice, with Dr. Safdar Chaudhary for five years. She was one of the foundational team members at Journey East. She believes in an integrative psychiatric approach that includes community, lifestyle, spirituality, and healthy habits, in addition to traditional medicine. She has experience in treating PTSD, mood disorders, addiction, personality disorders, family dynamic issues, psychotic disorders, OCD, eating and sleep disorders, and ADHD. She has additional training in DBT and currently runs out DBT group as well as our spirituality course. She works to not only help people deal with life’s difficulties but empower them to create a lifestyle and mindset that allows them to celebrate and thrive in their personal journey to wellness. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and riding horses.
Laura Hazen is the medical director and clinical psychiatrist at Journey Healthcare. She joined the agency in April, 2020. She is a native Kentuckian having received her medical degree from the University of Louisville. She completed a psychiatry residency at Allegheny General Hospital and is board certified in both psychiatry and addiction medicine. Laura has over 20 years of experience in various facets of clinical treatment in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Although her expertise is psychiatric medication, she uses an eclectic and holistic approach to patient care, and strongly supports other modalities of treatment that focuses on a healthy lifestyle and healing. When not in the office, she enjoys family, music, gardening, and her huskies.
Chelsey Smail, PA-C
Chelsey is a Physician Assistant who had previously been working as a Hospitalist—deeply involved in medicine, when she became re-inspired by her true passion: the power of the mind and using exercise as medicine. She was one of the foundational team members at Journey East. Chelsey graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. From there, she taught a multitude of group fitness classes as well as worked one-on-one with clients in an effort to overcome their barriers and find enjoyment in movement while feeling overall healthier in mind, body, and soul. She further continued her education at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with a Master’s degree to become a board certified Physician Assistant. She enjoys incorporating both of her backgrounds in exercise as well as medicine to give a well-rounded approach in care for mental health. She is determined to find the best individualized medication combination and encourages comprehensive treatment with natural remedies and behavior change to achieve the happiest and healthiest life. In Chelsey’s free time, she enjoys practicing what we preach with yoga, painting, trail running and kayaking.
As a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor and Director of Journey Healthcare Daniel Garrighan aims to provide client-centered healing through a cooperative care model that empowers individuals to embrace their journey through wellness and recovery. Daniel has been practicing in the recovery field since 2009. During this time, he developed and founded programs for state licensed treatment centers in Southwestern, Pennsylvania. “My career objective is to assist clients in identifying personal treatment goals and provide them the tools that can help meet these goals through integrative and eclectic behavioral health services.” Daniel has since broadened his treatment scope to focus not only on Substance Use Disorders but to offer treatment for Mental Health and Psychiatric disorders. Daniel enjoys skateboarding with his two children and writing children’s literature in his spare time.mHe is also very moved by the power of music and song composition.
Sandi Blystone, LPN
Sandi is the Nurse for Journey Health East and one of the foundational team members. She graduated from Indiana Vo-Tech Nursing School in 1989. She has been a nurse for thirty years, specializing in the field of Psychiatry and Addictions for twenty three of those years. When working with her patients she likes to think outside of the box, and has a passion for holistic and alternative ways of healing, not limited to Chinese medicine, Energy Healing, and Qi Gong. She believes that all patients need treated physically, mentally, and spiritually for the best possible care. Sandi enjoys the outdoors, camping, hiking, cooking, reading and being with those whom she loves.
Lex is a Licensed Professional Counselor who joined Journey Healthcare at its opening in June of 2019. Lex is a graduate of Duquesne University, where she studied Psychology for her undergraduate degree. She went on to complete her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University, and then completed the required amount of training and experience to earn her licensure. Lex has always had an interest in helping people, and is now thrilled to be continuing her career at Journey Healthcare. In addition to riding her horses, Lex enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and hanging out with her dog, Jaycie (who you might see around the office!).
Gina Mangone, LPC
Gina is a Licensed Professional Counselor who joined Journey Healthcare in January 2020. Gina graduated from Duquesne University majoring in Psychology and Public Relations as an undergraduate. She graduated from Chatham University with a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. She has since completed all required training and supervision hours to earn a license in professional counseling as well as earn credentialing as a Nationally Certified Counselor and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Her experiences span working at inpatient, outpatient and community settings treating addiction, mood disorders, anxiety and trauma disorders, grief/loss, psychotic disorders, eating disorders and personality disorders. Gina practices from a humanistic, strengths-based approach, using cognitive behavioral techniques to assist clients in looking at the development of current thought, emotion and behavior patterns that impact mental health, wellness, addiction and recovery. Outside of work, Gina enjoys cooking, music, travel, animals, being outdoors and spending time with her loved ones.
Chris Rokicsak, Office Manager
Chris has been working as an administrator in behavioral health and addictions services for since 2011. She was one of the foundational team members at Journey East. Before that time, she and her family managed an 18 hole golf course for over 20 years! In her spare time, she enjoys music, reading, baking, hiking and spending time with her family and friends, most especially her four grandchildren. Chris is also an avid dog lover and has never met a dog she didn’t love.
Korinda is an administrative assistant that joined S’eclairer, a Counseling and Mental Health Center east of Pittsburgh, in 2015 and transferred to Journey Healthcare in June 2019. Korinda graduated from UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing and attended the University of Pittsburgh for Biology/Pre-Medicine. Korinda has always had an interest in integrative medicine, she worked at a physical medicine and rehab center as well as a chiropractic office in the past. She is a car enthusiast and there is no place she’d rather be than working on her car all weekend or attending car shows. Korinda also enjoys spending her free time with her six nieces and nephews as well as her pet ferret, “Diamond.” She enjoys traveling to the beach as well as ghost hunting, and visiting abandoned landmarks like the WV Penitentiary and the PA abandoned turnpike.