Our Telepsychiatrist Providers

What is Telepsychiatry?

Telemedicine is the process of providing health care from a distance through technology, often using videoconferencing. Telepsychiatry, a subset of telemedicine, can involve providing a range of services including psychiatric evaluations, therapy (individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy), patient education and medication management.

Telepsychiatry can involve direct interaction between a psychiatrist and the patient. It also encompasses psychiatrists supporting primary care providers with mental health care consultation and expertise. Mental health care can be delivered in a live, interactive communication. It can also involve recording medical information (images, videos, etc.) and sending this to a distant site for later review.

Richelle Strauss, MD

Dr. Richelle Strauss (formerly Porapaiboon), or as her patients affectionately call her, Dr. Richelle, is a trained Adult and Child Adolescent Psychiatrist serving the Chicago metropolitan area from Uptown Psych’s offices here in the Windy City. Widely known in the Uptown neighborhood and surrounding area for her tender, attentive care, she is the first name basis with most of her patients.

She received her undergraduate degree from Purdue University and graduated from medical school at the University of Florida. She completed her residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and completed a fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.  

She specializes in psychiatric medication management of children, adolescents, and young adults, but works with patients of all ages. At Uptown Psych, she strives to provide a secure environment for adults, adolescents, and children with behavioral and attention disorders. A secure environment is enhanced through Dr. Richelle’s use of Telepsychiatry: using telecommunications technology, usually videoconferencing, for her assessment and treatment. Thus, her clients are in a space they choose.

Her philosophy of practice is evidence-based at its core, and her evaluations often include laboratory or other screening procedures to rule out general medical causes. In addition, she offers consultation on evidence-based alternative therapies and nutritional guidance as appropriate, and as your individual needs and interests dictate.


*Dr. Richelle is not currently accepting new patients.

Psychiatrists differ from other mental health professionals in that they may prescribe medication as well as practice psychotherapy in treatment. Sometimes, Psychiatrists form part of a clinical team in which they will diagnose and prescribe, while psychologists or therapists provide the client's psychotherapy.

Our Psychiatrist in Chicago are qualified medical doctors who specializes in treating mental health issues and diagnosable disorders.

Stephanie Kapa, DNP, PMHNP


Having lived in Chicago my whole life, I graduated from Benedictine University with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. I then received a Master's degree from Rush University in Nursing, as well as becoming a Certified Nurse Leader (CNL). I then completed my doctoral degree at Rush University as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) while working as a Psychiatric Registered Nurse. My experience includes working with children, adolescents and young adults with Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, ADHD, Autism and PTSD as well as adult veterans with psychiatric disorders.

I believe in taking a comprehensive, collaborative and therapeutic approach in working with patients. I believe it is important to look at each person as an individual, working closely to identify and meet their personal goals.

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