OUR PSYCHIATRIC PHILOSOPHY
We believe that an approach to psychiatric well-being that addresses emotional, physical, and spiritual health, using evidence-based integrative methods, is essential for healing.
While no two wellness paths are the same, they all have in common that they are individualized to each person who comes through our doors, crafted in the spirit of collaboration, and implemented with a deep reverence for their personal autonomy and treatment preferences. Since treatments differ between individuals, we may recommend psychotherapy, dietary and exercise regimens, various holistic approaches, the careful use of medications, or any combination of the above in seeking to find the best path towards your optimal mental health.
Since we began practicing psychiatry, we have found that there is always more to a person than just their symptoms. Everyone has a unique story to tell, and by getting to know people on a deeper level, it is possible to address traumatic histories, problematic belief systems, physical ailments, and lifestyle issues which may be manifesting themselves as psychiatric symptoms. We started Integrative Psychiatry CT in 2022 in order to help our patients achieve overall mind-body wellness using a holistic approach to patient care.
ABOUT THE DOCTORS
My name is Dr. Briana Komar. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I received my BA in Comparative Literature from Georgetown University. After college, and prior to receiving my medical degree, I lived abroad in France and Ireland for several years, where I pursued an interest in the culinary arts and nutrition—working as a food writer and cheesemonger—an interest which I passionately pursue to this day.
Shortly after returning to the United States, I resumed my education. After completing my premed requirements at Columbia University in New York, I received my MD from St. George’s University School of Medicine, and completed a residency in psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. I received my fellowship in integrative psychiatry at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute, an educational organization offering the most comprehensive evidence-based training in integrative psychiatry in the nation.
I believe that it is my duty as a psychiatrist to never stop learning, and to ceaselessly pursue knowledge of new treatment modalities through continuing education. Integrative psychiatry is a dynamic and rapidly evolving field, and I strive to remain on the vanguard through my lasting studies.
My name is Dr. Zelisko, or Dr. Z as I’m affectionately known by my patients. I am a board-certified psychiatrist and presently split my time between private practice and my role at the Institute of Living, one of America’s oldest psychiatric institutions, where I work with the older adult population, focusing on the medical-psychiatric integrative care approach to psychiatry as we age and the complexities that come with medical comorbidities. I love the challenges of working in a fast-paced hospital setting; however, private practice allows the breathing room and perspective to form long-term mental health management partnerships to address systemic issues. That’s why in practice I strive to set mutual goals and work together with you to help you on the path to better overall well-being.
After graduating from Amherst College, I attended St. George’s University School of Medicine and completed a residency in Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. From there, I went out to sunny California, where I was an outpatient provider as well as a consultation-liaison psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA before eventually returning back to Hartford with my beloved Frenchie. When I’m not in the office, you’ll find me road biking, running, or scouring for mid-century modern furniture finds. I love the Hartford area for its rich arts scene, with phenomenal performing arts venues and museums, and look forward to the ways I can continue to contribute to this vibrant community. Together with my friend and colleague, Dr. Komar, I welcome you to our practice.
ABOUT THE PRACTITIONERS
ABOUT THE PRACTICE
Drs. Komar and Zelisko were entrusted to continue providing care to the patients of two psychiatrists who retired in June 2022 after 30 years of practice. Since that time they have expanded their scope of practice to better serve patients in the Hartford Area. Their practice is built on a solid foundation of friendship that formed during their residency and a shared belief in compassionate care.