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Our Team
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Meet Psychiatry Studio's Team

We are Psychiatry Studio. We strive to bring personalized, comprehensive, holistic care to our members.  We empower each team associate to create long-lasting relationships with every member of Psychiatry Studio and their family. Our commitment is to the health and wellness of our members, our communities, and ourselves. We believe respect, communication, and collaboration are essential to successful relationships and advancement in life.

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What our clients

are saying...

Dr. Makki has an extraordinary gift of understanding my concerns and past experiences. She has been more helpful to me than any other professional I have seen. I am truly grateful for finding her.

Mojgan Makki, MD, DFAACAP

Dr. Makki is a double board certified psychiatrist with American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, and the founder of Psychiatry Studio. She has over 20 years of experience working in the mental health field providing services in private, community, and university systems focusing on teaching and mental health and wellness. 

Her clinical work is focused on evaluation and treatment of children and toddlers under 6 years of age, consultations for schools, second opinions for complex cases, and speaking engagements. She is licensed in states of Illinois, Missouri, and California.  


Fellowship: University of Illinois at Chicago, IL

Residency: Washington University School of Medicine, MO

Medical School: PECS Medical University, Hungary


American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Adjunct Professor Rush University Medical Center


Illinois Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  

American Professional Society ADHD and Related Disorders

Mojgan Makki
Heather Hill

Heather Hill, MD

Dr. Hill is a Board-certified psychiatrist with 15 years of experience working with adolescents and adults with mental health and substance use disorders. Dr. Hill is certified in TMS treatments. Her practice style is one of collaboration and education, empowering her patients to understand their symptoms and choices in treatment options when seeking mental wellness and healing. She works with her patients to guide individualized treatment plans.


Dr. Hill earned her medical degree at the University of Missouri - Columbia and completed her residency in psychiatry at the St. Louis University School of Medicine. She has experience working in inpatient and outpatient psychiatric units, private psychiatry practice, and Veterans mental health clinic.


Dr. Hill  is available for tele-medicine and  in-person clinical services at our Chicago and St.Louis location. 


Residency: St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Medical School: University of Missouri, Columbia, MO


American Psychiatric Association

Milind Joshi

Milind Joshi, MD

Dr. Joshi has almost ten years of experience treating psychiatric patients and providing inpatient and outpatient care to patients with various mental health conditions. He has skills in different modalities of treatment, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. His core competencies include Child & Adolescent psychiatry, clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, pharmacology, psychotherapy, and crisis intervention. His mission is to provide a compassionate, evidence-based, and evidence informed integrative medicine based approach to patients, and to help improving the quality of life and well-being. As a team member at Psychiatry Studio, Dr Joshi values collaboration, diversity, and continuous learning, and strongly believe in learning from the patient as much as sharing the knowledge with them.

Dr. Joshi  is available for tele-medicine and  in-person clinical services at our Northfield location. 


Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship - Univ of Toledo Medical Center, Toledo, OH

General Psychiatry Residency Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Carle Foundation Hospital, Champaign, IL

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Ross University and School of Medicine, Dominica

Marcia Leikin

Marcia Leikin, MD

Dr. Leikin is double board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and adult psychiatry and neurology. She has over 30 years of experience in private practice using multiple modalities with a focus on psychotherapy combined with medication management. She has been involved in school consultation programs at multiple schools collaborating with staff, families and students to promote support and growth. She is a member of the Illinois Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and American Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Leikin is available for school consultations in the greater Chicago area. 


UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles CA; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship 

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles CA; General Adult Psychiatry Residency 

Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago IL; Internship - Pediatrics

Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL; Doctor of Medicine

Northwestern University, Chicago, IL; BA/MS/Honors Program


American Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 

American Psychiatric Association

Association for Adolescent Psychiatry

Illinois Council of Child, Adolescent Psychiatry

Member of CHADD

Elected to Top Doctors - 2003 to Present


Board Member at TV & Media Committee (Branch of AACAP)


Sarah Bier, NP

Sarah Bier, NP

Sarah Bier is a certified mental health nurse practitioner and nurse midwife. She has a special interest and extensive training in perinatal and reproductive mental health, health at every size, LGBTQIA and non-binary concerns, mood and anxiety disorders, and has completed advanced training with Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women's Mental Health and is certified in perinatal mental health through Postpartum Support International. She is a participant in the first national cohort of National Curriculum in Reproductive Psychiatry: Intensive Advanced Curriculum, affiliated with Marce Society of North America. 

At Psychiatry Studio, Sarah’s clinical work is focused on evaluation and treatment of young adults and teens at community programs. She is licensed in the state of Illinois. 


Fellowship for Reproductive and Complementary Psychiatry

Psychiatric APN, Frontier Nursing University, Versailles, KY

Master of Science (MS) in Nursing and Nurse-Midwifery, College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL

Sarah Bier

All our physicians are available for second opinions, community education, and speaking engagements.

Sara Thomas
Office Manager @Clinic

Sara earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from the University of Missouri - Columbia. She has spent years helping clients achieve their personal health goals by working as a personal trainer and a nutrition counselor. As office manager, she works tirelessly to make sure members receive the utmost personalized care and that  each and every interaction is efficient and smooth.  She ensures our office runs efficiently on a daily basis.

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Lori Schliep Sturm
Office Manager @School

As office manager at Psychiatry Studio @School, Lori is dedicated to ensuring a high quality and seamless process, in collaboration with schools, to support students and their educational teams. She has over 10 years of experience in special education with various public school districts in Cook and Lake Counties. Contact Lori for school-based student assessments, counseling,  guidance or mental health forums within your school district. 

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Jacquelyn Amashta
Medical Assistant @Clinic

Jackie has over ten years of experience working as a medical assistant with a focus on psychiatry and mental health. She insures member’s receive their medical needs addressed efficiently and properly. This includes ensuring prescriptions refill requests are completed on time, prior authorizations, form completions, or other medical needs that members may have during or in between appointments.   

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Gwen Weidknecht
Outreach Administrator @Clinic

Gwen is dedicated to customer service and with a degree in business and IT, she ensures our clinic experience is always the best it can be. She works closely with the physicians, clinicians, and providers outside of Psychiatry Studio for individualized referrals for our members when needed . Outside of her critical role in the clinic, Gwen reaches out to schedule regular Meet & Greets with our team for future collaboration. 

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