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Alexis Joy D’Achille Center for Perinatal Mental Health

We believe so strongly in the emotional health of moms that we built a facility dedicated solely to it. Families who choose AHN Women’s Behavioral Health benefit from support during their pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond.

Alexis Joy D’Achille Center for Perinatal Mental Health
West Penn Hospital
4800 Friendship Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Helping moms and families

The Alexis Joy D’Achille Center for Perinatal Mental Health offers a mother-baby intensive outpatient program for women during or after pregnancy.

The 7,300-square-foot facility houses rooms for individual therapy as well as space for the intensive outpatient program. Offered three-hours-daily, three-days-a-week, the goal of the program is to strengthen the bond between mother and baby, and increase maternal self-confidence.


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The Center features a complete kitchen where moms can learn how to cook healthy meals for themselves and their families. We focus on bonding and stress relief techniques such as: infant massage, baby wearing, yoga, meditation, and art therapy.

Childcare for older children of moms who are undergoing treatment is provided, addressing a major barrier to care for many women.

Learn more about signs and symptoms of perinatal depression.

Let’s break the silence

Join AHN Women, moms, and soon-to-be moms in our initiative to reduce the stigma of postpartum depression and anxiety.

Contact us

For more information on the program or if you are an established patient, please call (412) 578-4030. If you are interested in making a new patient appointment, please call (412) 526-9520.

Meet our Team

Sarah Homitsky, MD

Medical Director of Women’s Behavioral Health


Andrea Favini, MD



Maria McGonigle, RN

Registered Nurse


Liana Verzella, MHA

Program Manager


Rebekah Ventura, LPC

Behavioral Health Clinician


Kathleen Ciarelli, LCSW

Behavioral Health Clinician


Rebecca Pollack, LCSW

Behavioral Health Clinician


Courtney Utz, LPC

Director of Therapeutic Childcare


Rebecca Weinberg, PsyD

Director of Clinical Operations


Samantha Ferris, CRNP

Nurse Practitioner


Ann Frerotte, RN, LSW

Mental Health Technician


Emily Standridge, LCSW

Behavioral Health Clinician


Lauren Barrett, LPC

Behavioral Health Clinician


Mallory Hendricks, LPC

Behavioral Health Clinician


Kelly Sala, LPC

Behavioral Health Clinician


Lauren Schlegel, LPC

Behavioral Health Clinician


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