Inna Zelikman, RN, PMHNP
Deputy Medical Director
Inna Zelikman received her R.N. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has worked with Recovery Without Walls for over 15 years. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing and Nurse Practitioner training degree at the University of California at San Francisco where she also received specialty course education in integrative and complementary healing. Ms. Zelikman has worked in a variety of settings including Kaiser Hospital, UCSF Medical Center, and the San Francisco Public Health Family Center before coming to Recovery Without Walls. She recently completed a psychiatric nurse practitioner certification program at Johns Hopkins University. She has special training in nutritional medicine through the American College of Advanced Medicine and the American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine and is well versed in the fields of psychiatry, addiction, pain management, and holistic medicine.
As a nurse practitioner, Ms. Zelikman specializes in integrating the best of conventional and alternative medicine. After many years collaborating with Dr. Kornfeld in pain and addiction medicine, she is an expert in her own right and incorporates her wide range of expertise into effective and unique treatment plans for chemical dependency and pain management issues. Her treatment approach, which she terms ‘Homeostasis,’ blends conventional pharmacology, psychotherapy and nutritional support with alternative modalities such as physical therapy and massage. In addition, Ms. Zelikman supports the concept of utilizing community to facilitate healing and focuses on developing high-quality partnerships among health care providers and establishing a collaborative relationship between practitioners, clients/patients, and family members.
Inna’s Treatment Philosophy
“Often times mental health is regarded as a chronic illness that has to be managed with long-term medications, without which patients are at increased vulnerability for symptoms relapse. I support the concept of neuroplasticity, an ability of the brain to change over time and its ability to adapt under favorable circumstances.
It is important to note that not all psychiatric medications that are prescribed promote full recovery, which involves a state where an individual is able to self-regulate. On the contrary, many of them may have the reverse effect, often making the patientless resilient over time and diminishing their quality of life. My goal is to uncover the underlying cause of neuro-biological dysfunction, a mental illness that is induced or maintained by medications that cause neurotoxicity.”