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Pine Rest Welcomes Three New Psychiatrists

President and CEO Mark Eastburg, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, is pleased to welcome three psychiatrists to Pine Rest. They are: Frieda Aboul-Fotouh, MD; Gophal Bedi, MD; and Sameh Dwaikat, MD.

Frieda Aboul-Fotouh, MD, comes to Pine Rest after completing her child psychiatry fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass. She completed her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and her psychiatry residency at Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Houston, Texas. Dr. Aboul-Fotouh is seeing children and adults at Pine Rest’s Northeast Clinic as well as providing psychiatry consultation services at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

Gophal Bedi, MD, will see patients at the Pine Rest Kalamazoo clinic on a part-time basis. He is a well-respected doctor who has been providing psychiatric services in the Kalamazoo area for more than 30 years. He will also continue his duties as the current medical director for Kalamazoo Community Mental Health.

Sameh Dwaikat, MD, received his medical degree from Debrecen Medical School in Hungary. He completed his general psychiatry residency at Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY; and completed his psychosomatic fellowship at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. Dr. Dwaikat works in the psychiatry consultation services which provide services to the area hospitals.


About Pine Rest

Pine Rest is one of the five largest free-standing behavioral health providers in the U.S., offering a full continuum of services including inpatient and partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient services, addiction treatment and recovery, extensive child and adolescent programs, senior care services, as well as specialized assessment and treatment clinics. In addition to the main campus in Grand Rapids, Pine Rest also has 16 outpatient locations throughout West Michigan and two in Iowa.  Pine Rest achieved a historic milestone in June 2010 when the organization marked 100 years of service to the greater Grand Rapids and national community.