New Focus is the vision of Dr. Kambiz Aflatoon, who serves as Medical Director and CEO. Dr. Aflatoon has used his wide range of experience and extensive training in the field of psychiatry to create a team of caring specialists and a welcoming environment for all patients. Dr. Aflatoon is also an independently practicing psychiatrist in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. He previously served as medical director and outpatient director of Summit Ridge hospital.
Dr. Aflatoon obtained his fellowship in addiction psychiatry from Emory University in 2012 and he finished his residency training in New York. He is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. He has published two research papers on the subject of personality traits and addictive behaviors.
Elyssa Reid is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia, a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She has completed a 5-month intensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) as well as training in conflict resolution, general civil mediation, and has completed Gay Alliance SafeZone training certification in support of LGBTQ individuals. As a Tier 2 Star Behavioral Health Provider (SBHP), she has completed specialized training in the provision of behavioral health services for military service members, veterans, and their families. She received her Ed.S. in Professional Counseling, M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling, B.S. in Psychology, and B.A. in Sociology from Georgia State University. Her professional memberships include the American Counseling Association (ACA) including specialty divisions with the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) and the Association for Creativity in Counseling (ACC). She is also a member of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia (LPCA).
Elyssa has experience with individual and group psychotherapy for adult clients seeking help for PTSD, anxiety disorders, anger management, mood disorders, conflict resolution, substance abuse, interpersonal problems, and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). With a specialization in trauma, she has facilitated PTSD groups for veterans, trauma-focused groups for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and currently teaches DBT-informed Skills Training using the Linehan model. From her Adlerian theoretical orientation, she uses a combination of DBT skills, mindfulness techniques, cognitive behavioral interventions, solution-focused therapy, and motivational interviewing. She enjoys being a witness to personal growth while collaborating with her clients to gain insight, learn effective ways of living, achieve personal goals, and reach their highest potential.
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Barbie Polanco is the Practice Manager at New Focus ABH. In her role, Mrs. Polanco performs eligibility searches on all scheduled patients, ensures that all dictation is complete, all encounters are charged and all payments, denials and adjustments are posted within a pre-determined amount of time. Mrs. Polanco aides in identifying, recommending, and implementation of practice needs: staffing, services, and participates in perpetuating and ensuring practice growth.
Mrs. Polanco is currently attending Ashworth College pursuing a BS in Business Administration.
Dr. Hemachandra Gunawardhana hails from the Island Nation of Sri Lanka. After his education and graduation from Medical School in Sri Lanka, he and his family immigrated to the United States for higher studies. He completed a carrier residency program in Psychiatry at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, Missouri. He was in private practice in Missouri in the metropolitan St. Louis area and moved to Atlanta in October 2010 to be closer to his extended family.
He is Board Certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and held numerous positions of responsibility on the hospital staffs he served and has a tremendous amount of experience in the practice of Psychiatry. He was elected a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in 1995 and as a Distinguished Life Fellow in 2005 in recognition of his service to the public and the psychiatric community. He serves as a Consultant at SummitRidge Hospital in Lawrenceville for inpatient care and also practices outpatient psychiatry out of his office.
Mark has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a focus on Management from Northwood University, and a Master’s in Business Administration with a focus in healthcare from the University of Texas–Pan American. With over 26 years of experience working in the field of substance abuse and mental health, he collaborated with the Georgia Substance Abuse Council and has worked as the Program Director and Administrator for the Rebound Drug Program with DeKalb County Courts. He regularly collaborates with fundamental business contacts to support and maintain partnerships within the community in an effort to facilitate growth and development of both organizations and individuals.
Jim has been a Licensed Professional Counselor for the last 15 years and has a total of 39 years of clinical experience in the field of human services. Jim has worked in both the public and private sectors as a service provider, program manager, seminar instructor, professor and business owner.
Jim is a Certified Professional Counseling Supervisor and is capable and eligible to provide the supervision needed for Associate level counselors seeking licensure as Professional Counselors in the state of Georgia. He is certified as a Critical Incident Debriefing Specialist and has provided debriefing services for businesses and industries throughout Georgia following industrial accidents and deaths. He is experienced in the provision of individual, group and couples counseling as well as the development of programs for the remediation of life skills lost due to mental illness or substance abuse.