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Behavioral Health Center
830 West End Court, Suite 400, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Phone: 847-247-6910     Fax: 847-247-6950

Meet the Doctors

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Lin Lu, MD, PhD     Smita Reddy, MD     Bala Sarma, MD     Daniel Sorkin, PsyD

David Ventrelle, PsyD     Julie Atkins Waites, PsyD     Desiree Busson-Sokolik, PsyD


Lin Lu, MD, PhD

Adult, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Medical School: Shanghai Medical University, Shanghai, China

Graduate School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Residency Training: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Fellowship: Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

Specialization: Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Board Certification: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry

Faculty Appointment: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Additional Information

Dr. Lu received her medical degree and a master’s degree in immunology from Shanghai Medical University in Shanghai, China. She also holds a PhD in microbiology & immunology from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI.

Dr. Lu graduated from the Psychiatry Residency program at the Chicago Medical School, and she completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL.


Smita Reddy, MD

Adult Psychiatry

Medical School: Kastruba Medical College, Manipal, Karnataka, India

Residency Training: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Licensure: State of Illinois

Additional Information

Dr. Reddy provides general psychiatry services to patients 18 and older. Dr. Reddy's areas of interest include, but are not limited to, mood disorders, depression, and women's mental health.


Bala Sarma, MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Undergraduate: University of Madras, India

Medical School: University of Madras, India

Residency Training: Illinois State Psychiatric Institute and the Institute for Juvenile Research, University of Illinois - Chicago

Board Certifications: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology – Certified in Psychiatry and in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Specialization: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Faculty Appointments: Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Professional Organizations: American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry; American Medical Association; American Neuropsychiatric Association; and the American Psychiatric Association

Additional Information

Dr. Sarma has a long-time interest in child development and in the evaluation and treatment of various problems in children, including attention deficits,learning problems, mood disturbances and other emotional and behavioral issues that cause significant stresses for parents. He has treated hundreds of children and has taught hundreds of medical students and doctors to evaluate and treat children.

He serves as a medical consultant to school systems and to organizations like Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD). His publications are in the areas of mixed-handedness in children and in psychiatric assessment and treatment of children.


Daniel Sorkin, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin – Madison

Graduate: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Training:  Jewish Child and Family Services

OMNI Youth Services

Allendale Association – Bradley Counseling Center

Highland Park Hospital – Highland Park, IL

Licensure: Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois

Professional Organizations: American Psychology Association (APA); Illinois Psychology Association (IPA)

Specialization: Teenagers, Relationships and Family Dynamics, Psychological Assessment


David J. Ventrelle, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Graduate: Argosy University/Illinois School of Professional Psychology

Training:  Vista St. Therese Medical Center

Lake Forest College Counseling Center

The Family Stress Clinic, Ltd.

OMNI Youth Services

Licensure: Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois

Professional Organizations: American Psychological Association (APA); Illinois Psychological Association (IPA)

Specialization: Psychological Assessment

Additional Information

Dr. Ventrelle has more than 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults. He is licensed by the state of Illinois to provide individual, couples and family therapy. Dr. Ventrelle specializes in psychological evaluation for issues such as ADHD, developmental disabilities, and educational functioning. 

Dr. Ventrelle has practiced in a variety of settings including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment centers, outpatient practices, and community mental health centers. Dr. Ventrelle wrote his doctoral dissertation on the Etiology and Treatment of Delinquency and Aggression in Adolescent Males.


Julie Atkins Waites, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Undergraduate: Illinois State University
Graduate: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Training: William Rainey Harper College, Northern Illinois University
Licensure: Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois

Professional Organizations: American Psychological Association; Illinois Psychological Association

Additional Information 

Dr. Julie Atkins Waites joined the Rosalind Franklin University Health System in 2010. Dr. Waites received her doctoral degree from the APA accredited Clinical Psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Waites completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at the Counseling and Student Development Center of Northern Illinois University and her post-doctoral fellowship with the Health and Psychological Services Center at William Rainy Harper College. Dr. Waites focused her training and past experience on working with a young adult population in various college and university settings.

Her current work at Rosalind Franklin University Health System includes administrative responsibility for clinical operations at the Student Counseling Service as well as the provision of individual psychological services and crisis intervention to students; outreach programming; and consultation services to the University community.

Her areas of expertise include grief, loss and transition related concerns in addition to developmental, identity and relational concerns for young adults. Dr. Waites is particularly interested in crisis response due to her experience providing disaster counseling following the unthinkable tragedy on Northern Illinois University’s campus on 2/14/08. Her counseling orientation is integrative, with an emphasis on interpersonal/relational and client centered perspectives. Dr. Waites remains active and involved in various volunteer organizations outside of her work with Rosalind Franklin University Health System.


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