LaTasha Nelson, MD, MSCI
Dr. LaTasha Nelson, MD, MSCI is the Medical Director of COMPASS. She is a Maternal Fetal Medicine physician who works with the COMPASS team to integrate mental health into obstetric care. She consults with the COMPASS mental health team to provide guidance on mental health treatment plans for pregnant and lactating individuals. Dr. Nelson also has a busy clinical practice where she cares for patients with complex surgical and medical needs. Dr. Nelson completed medical school at The University of Tennessee, Memphis. She completed her residency at Tulane University in New Orleans, and she completed her fellowship also earning her Masters in Clinical Investigation here at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Tracy Walsh, MSW, LCSW
Tracy Walsh, LCSW provides therapy and care coordination through COMPASS. She works closely with your healthcare providers to connect you with treatment and support you may need during pregnancy and postpartum. Tracy obtained her Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has her Master of Social Work from Governors State University. As a licensed clinical social worker, Tracy has experience working with perinatal mood disorders, trauma, medical social work, and foster care. Tracy will work with you to answer your questions and keep track of your progress and well-being.
Melissa Shikany, LCSW, PMH-C
Melissa Shikany, LCSW, PMH-C is a licensed clinical therapist who provides therapy through COMPASS and works closely with your health care providers as a care coordinator. Melissa completed her undergraduate studies at Indiana University and obtained her Master’s of Social Work from University of Illinois at Chicago. Melissa has her certification in perinatal mental health and has experience working with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, foster care, and working with birth parents considering adoption. Through her work within the Chicagoland area, she developed a passion for working in maternal mental health. Melissa will work with you to answer your questions, connect you to the treatment options you need, and support your mental health throughout pregnancy and postpartum.
Rachel Ostrov, LCSW, PMH-C
Rachel Ostrov, LCSW, PMH-C is a clinical social worker who provides therapy through the COMPASS program. She works collaboratively with the Compass team to create a treatment plan for each patient utilizing evidence-based therapies including CBT, ACT, and behavior activation. Rachel completed her perinatal mental health certification and specializes in working with pregnant and postpartum women seeking support and skill-building around depression, anxiety, relationship issues and life stressors. She received her Bachelor's degree in psychology from Northwestern University and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Chicago.
Bayley J Taple, PhD
Dr. Bayley J Taple, PhD is a psychology fellow who provides therapy through COMPASS. She works with your care managers to develop a treatment plan best suited to your needs and values. She has a background in health psychology and women’s behavioral health. Dr. Taple has experience working with pregnant and postpartum individuals with stress and anxiety, mood concerns, trauma, pelvic pain, and sexual wellness concerns. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and completed her residency at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Taple is also a clinical-scientist with a focus on technology-supported perinatal mental health care.
Katherine L. Wisner, MD
Dr. Katherine L. Wisner, the Asher Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University, is a pioneer in perinatal psychiatry. Her research advanced our understanding of the course of mood disorders across childbearing, benefit-harm decision-making and drug pharmacokinetics during pregnancy. Dr. Wisner organized and was the inaugural president of the Marcè of North America for perinatal mental health in 2015, and received the APA Award for Research in 2017. She received over $22 million from NIH and has 250 peer-reviewed publications and 21 book chapters. Her work has far-reaching influence and has been cited by authors in more than 90 countries.