About Us

The Kansas Psychiatric Society is comprised of more than 200 psychiatrists from all areas of the state. It is an organization composed of medical specialists who are qualified, or in the process of becoming qualified as psychiatrists. The basic eligibility requirement is completion of acceptable training and holding a valid license to practice medicine or holding an academic, research, or governmental position that does not require licensure. 

Board of Directors:


Dr. Moneesh Mittal

Moneesh Mittal is a board-certified general psychiatrist who practices in Wichita, KS and has been in clinical practice for over 10 years. He is the medical director of behavioral health service line for Ascension Via Christi which is the largest provider of healthcare services in Kansas. He grew up in India, where he attended medical school and after relocating to United States did his residency in Psychiatry at KU School of Medicine in Wichita. He is a certified physician executive and has a master’s in medical management from University of Southern California. He is the chair of KDHE’s Drug Utilization Review Board and the physician leader for the national behavioral health service for Ascension Health, which is the largest non-profit health system in United States. He is an adjunct faculty at KU School of Medicine, Wichita and is a member of several organizations which are involved in advocacy and promotion of mental health in Kansas including Sedgwick County Suicide Prevention Coalition and Regional Mental Health Task Force. He has been an active member of Kansas Psychiatric Society since he was a resident and has been a member of KPS’ executive council since 2014 starting as a Secretary, then President-Elect and now is serving as a President since March 2018. He is a Fellow of American Psychiatric Association and a member of American Association for Physician Leadership. He is married to a psychiatrist and has 2 children aged 8 and 5.


Dr. Angela Mayorga

Angela Mayorga attended Creighton Medical School and then completed the combined internal medicine/psychiatry residency program at The University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS.  After residency, Dr. Mayorga completed an internal medicine chief year.  After the chief year, Dr. Mayorga joined the psychiatry department at KU and has been there ever since.  She is currently an associate professor of both psychiatry and internal medicine, program director for the psychiatry residency program, co-director for the internal medicine/psychiatry residency program, and psychiatric consultant to the liver transplant program at KU.  Her favorite job is mom to 2 children who keep her very busy!


Dr. William Gabrielli, Jr.

Dr. Gabrielli is a Psychiatrist and Internist.  He has a PhD in Psychology and Post-Doctoral training in behavioral genetics. He has been Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City since 1996.  Dr. Gabrielli’s research interests have been in antisocial behavior, behavioral genetics, and addictions.  He has been actively involved in medical student education for over a quarter century for the psychiatry part of the core curriculum at the University of Kansas Medical School.  Many of the physicians in Kansas have learned some psychiatry or internal medicine from Dr. Gabrielli.


Dr. Colin MacKenzie

Dr. MacKenzie is a private practitioner with offices in Kansas and Missouri. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed his psychiatric residency training at Washington University, St Louis, before attending forensic fellowship training at UC-Davis in Sacramento, CA.  In 2006, Dr. MacKenzie founded "Telepsychiatry Associates" and started the first private practice telepsychiatry program in the state of Kansas.  He is currently on staff at Overland Park Regional Medical Center where he also delivers telepsychiatry services to the medical and surgical inpatients. Also in 2006, Dr. MacKenzie gained DATA-2000 certification for the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder and has been actively engaged in the fight against opioid addiction ever since.  Dr. MacKenzie currently serves as the Medical Director for Midwest Recovery Centers which offers a full spectrum of treatment for substance use disorders including residential, IOP, PHP, and outpatient services.  In conjunction with his clinical activities, Dr. MacKenzie practices forensic psychiatry with a focus on Independent Medical Evaluations for corporations and government agencies. Outside of work, Dr. Mackenzie derives his greatest satisfaction spending time with his family, especially supporting the athletic and musical endeavors of his two daughters and traveling with his wife, Rhea. 


Dr. Tara Richardson

Dr. Tara Richardson is a board-certified general psychiatrist. Dr. Richardson graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in anthropology and earned her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. While completing residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita, KS, she served as chief resident and was awarded for excellence in both research and outpatient care. She now serves as faculty for the University of Kansas School of Medicine psychiatry residency program in Wichita, as well as medical director for both the psychiatric outpatient residency clinic and a local senior behavioral health unit.  


Dr. Walter Kalu

Walter Kalu, MD is currently a staff attending Physician in Psychiatry  at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Wichita. He graduated from the University of Kansas  School of Medicine-Wichita and attend medical school at  Ebonyi State University in Nigeria.




Dr. Amanda Klass

Amanda L. Klass, D.O. joined the Psychiatry faculty at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2016. She currently holds an appointment as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and serves as a member of the Inpatient Consult Liaison Service in addition to working in the outpatient clinic. Her principal duties are educating residents and medical students, staffing the outpatient clinic, and staffing inpatient consults.  She received her D.O. degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri, in May 2012. She completed her residency training in the Adult Psychiatry program at the University of Kansas Medical Center in June 2016.

Past President/APA Representative I

Dr. Matthew Macaluso

Dr Macaluso is a tenured associated professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita where he serves as residency program director for psychiatry and assistant dean for research. Dr Macaluso has ten years of continuous research funding from private foundations, pharmaceutical companies and NIMH to conduct clinical trials of novel investigational drugs and therapeutics with a focus on treatment resistant depression. His experience includes all phases of human testing including first in man studies and first in symptomatic patient studies. Overall, Dr Macaluso has been principal investigator on more than 75 trials of novel investigational medications. As an educational leader Dr Macaluso oversees a psychiatry residency program with a total complement of 24 residents and has presented nationally on educational topics in psychopharmacology.

APA Representative II

Dr. Micaela Wexler

Assistant clinical professor at KU Medical Center, Marillac Campus.  Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, providing inpatient acute psychiatric care at Marillac Campus.  Part time private practice, specializing in treating LBGTQIA youth.

Past President

Dr. Vishal Adma

Dr. Adma is a board-certified psychiatrist and a physician executive with leadership experience. He graduated from University of Kansas Medical Center.  As an active leader in the community, he has a magnitude of experience working in different settings. His titles and accomplishments include: Medical Director at KVC Hospitals, Inc. a subsidiary of KVC Health Systems, Inc. for over 17 years, Medical Director St Anthony’s Hospital,  Assistant Professor at University of Kansas Medical Center and Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He was a Physician Surveyor for The Joint Commission in the United States, and is currently a Physician Surveyor for Joint Commission International. His educational achievements include a Master’s in Nutrition and Food Management from the University of Central Oklahoma, and certification in Medical Quality from the American Board of Medical Quality.  He is a Certified Physician Executive through the American College of Physician Executives.

Dr. Adma  has won several awards throughout his career. He won the “Student Voice Award”, a special recognition toward his dedication to teaching medical students. He was selected as the “Resident of the Year” in Psychiatry. He won the “Dorland Health People Award” which is awarded at a national level to honor excellence and dedication for healthcare professionals. He has been recognized as the “Professional Leader of the Year” by the Asian American Chamber of Commerce in Kansas City. He has been honored by the American Psychiatric Association as a Distinguished Fellow. He won “Excellence in Medicine” award by American Telugu Association in 2018.

Resident Fellow Representatives:

Wichita: Dr. Dan Lilligren
Kansas City: Dr. Kyle Ahonen

KPS Staff:

Executive Director: Steve Kearney
Meeting Planner: Kari Presley
Financial Assistant: Melanie Lira

KPS Committees

Membership Committee:
Dr. Colin MacKenzie (chair)
Dr. Martiza Buenaver
Dr. Tina Mahl

Ethics Committee:
Dr. Vishal Adma (chair)
Dr. Barbara Winkleman
Dr. Jim Moore
Dr. Michael Burke
Dr. Linda McDonnaugh

Audit Committee:
Vacant (chair)
Dr. George Dyck
Dr. W. Walt Menninger

Legislative Committee:
Dr. Brad Grinage (chiar)
Dr. John Whipple
Dr. Matthew Macaluso

Communications Committee:
Dr. Vishal Adma (chair)
Dr. Jana Lincoln
Dr. Moneesh Mittal

Resident-Fellow Member (RFM) Committee:
Dr. Lisa Harding
Dr. Christine Duncan


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