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New Psychiatrists To See Children At CHI

Working hard to meet your family’s needs. We know the demand is big for psychiatrists who see pediatric patients. That’s why CHI recently added two highly qualified psychiatrist to its pediatric behavioral health team. They will see children ages 5-17.


Daniel Gessesse, MD recently joined the CHI Behavioral Health team and has experience in both child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Gessesse did his residency at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to joining CHI, Dr. Gessesse ran a private practice and worked for the Children’s Home Society and Henderson Behavioral. “I love working with children,” said Dr. Gessesse. “They are more forthcoming than adults. That’s refreshing, and it makes the practice more enjoyable.” He will treat children for a variety of behavioral health issues including but not limited to ADHD, depression, and adjustment disorder.

Howard Pratt, DO returned to CHI to work in the children’s behavioral health department. Dr. Pratt did his residency at CHI’s Brodes H. Hartley Jr. Teaching Health Center and is currently also doing a fellowship at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Pratt brings a unique perspective to pediatric psychiatry. He was once a middle and elementary school teacher and understands the challenges that children have in the classroom. He has a master’s degree from Hampton University and went to Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. “I am happy to be back at CHI,” said Dr. Pratt. “I’m a real believer in CHI’s mission.


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