child adolescent psychiatry: Chair

 

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Meet the Program Leadership

Staff
Alan L. Podawiltz, DO, MS, FAPA
Department Chairman

Alan L. Podawiltz, DO, MS, FAPA is a 1995 graduate of the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Podawiltz completed his intern year at the Oregon Health Sciences Center in Portland, Oregon. In 1999 he completed his Psychiatry residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in Lubbock, Texas.

He served as the Chief Resident for the TTUHSC Department of Psychiatry during his last year in the residency. Dr. Podawiltz completed a one-year Clinical Research Fellowship at TTUHSC. Dr. Podawiltz became the Psychiatry Residency Training Director at TTUHSC in 1999. In 2001 Dr. Podawiltz accepted the position of Psychiatry Residency Training Director for JPS Health Network Department of Psychiatry and served in that role until he assumed the position of Interim Chair of Psychiatry at JPS, in August of 2003. Dr. Podawiltz is currently the Chair of Psychiatry for the University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Chair of Psychiatry for JPS Health Network.

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Gunit Kahlon, MD, MHA
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program Director

Dr. Gunit Kaur Kahlon is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. She completed her medical degree at St. Matthew’s University in the Grand Cayman Islands in 2010. After graduation, Dr. Kahlon completed her general psychiatry residency in 2013 and then her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship in 2015, both at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

During her medical school and residency years, she was able to complete her master’s in health administration. She always knew she wanted to be part of the leadership to be able to bring about change to better serve our children, families, community, and be part of the journey for our future providers. Her passion is to teach, advocate, and provide care for those in need, which made choosing the JPS health system an ideal choice given all their community work and the community they serve. She moved from Delaware to Fort Worth, Texas to continue to work with children & families in need.

Dr. Kahlon has worked as a child and adolescent psychiatrist in outpatient since graduation, but this has been in a vast array of levels of care from outpatient to higher levels of care with the various child and adolescent populations. Those requiring outpatient services, intensive outpatient services, day treatment, crisis evaluations & services, trauma, foster care, children at risk, behavioral disorders, forensics in adolescents, autism and developmental disabilities, and multidisciplinary teams. And since starting at JPS, she has been part of the growth of the child & adolescent psychiatry division to help increase access to mental health care, including utilization of telemedicine and collaborating with primary care providers in the community.

Dr. Kahlon has been named “Top Doc” by Fort Worth Magazine and others. She is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Texas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Also, Dr. Kahlon is the program director for JPS Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, Adjunct Associate Professor at University of North Texas Health Science Center/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences at Texas Christian University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kahlon enjoys spending time with her family and being in the warm weather. She also enjoys listening to audiobooks and eating good food.

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Nanette Allison, DO, MS
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Associate Program Director

Dr. Nanette Allison is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. She completed her medical degree at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth- Texas College Of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007 and her psychiatry residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, TX in 2011. Dr. Allison completed a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX in 2013. During her 2nd year of fellowship, Dr. Allison was able to complete a public psychiatry fellowship in conjunction with Metrocare services in Dallas Texas. She has worked with children in foster care, children at risk of losing school/daycare placements, adolescents in the juvenile offenders’ program, crisis services, and youth with developmental disabilities.

Dr. Allison has also worked as a child and adolescent psychiatrist via telemedicine and has a passion for making sure all children are able to access quality services. She is passionate about partnering with children and families to help them reach their highest potential in health and wellness.

Dr. Allison has been named “Top Doc” by Fort Worth Magazine and others. She is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Texas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In addition to being Associate Program Director, Dr. Allison serves as the Medical Director of the CPAN and TCHATT programs, and is Adjunct Associate Professor at University of North Texas Health Science Center/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences at Texas Christian University School of Medicine. Dr. Allison enjoys finding new recipes on Pinterest.

Dr. Allison enjoys spending time with family and is a Dallas Cowboys fan. She also enjoys finding new recipes on Pinterest.