Firuza Aliyeva, MD

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

Dr. Firuza Aliyeva is a Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She completed her Child and Adolescent Fellowship at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago where she served as Chief Fellow. She completed her general psychiatry residency at Chicago Medical School. Dr. Aliyeva has extensive experience in inpatient care and partial hospitalization treatment programs for children and adolescents. She served as Medical Director for the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatric Unit and the Partial Hospitalization Program at Advocate Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Aliyeva is passionate about teaching and taught a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry lecture series to Medical Students and Psychiatry Residents at Advocate Children’s Hospital. She has been recognized by Advocate Lutheran General Hospital’s Psychiatry Residency Program as Best Inpatient Attending of the Year. She also has been awarded Resident Teacher of the Year, Department of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences at Chicago Medical School. She utilizes her passion for teaching in her clinical work with patients and families at Plena. Dr. Aliyeva believes that education will help both the patients and their families feel empowered during treatment and throughout their lives.

Dr. Aliyeva is a member of Children’s Community Physicians Association at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Dr. Aliyeva is a graduate of King’s College Hospital, London where her interests were in neuropsychiatry and neurophysiology. She was earned a Master of Science degree in Epileptology from King’s College Hospital, London.

Shannon Goebel Paul

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Shannon has been actively involved in the healthcare industry since her undergraduate work at Loyola University of Chicago. She started volunteering in the Outpatient Child and Adolescent waiting room at Children’s Memorial Hospital (now Lurie Children’s). This experience fostered her passion for the discipline of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and since then she has had many roles in Behavioral Health. Shannon was involved in direct patient care in Children’s Therapeutic Summer Camp, Partial Hospital Program, the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit and the Intake Department. She transitioned away from direct patient care into administrative roles and has served as leader in health care for several years.

Shannon has dedicated most of her career to the field of Behavioral Health and enjoys partnering with clinicians to create stellar programs for children and adolescents. She is excited to lead the Plena team in her role as the Executive Director, as this role provides her an opportunity to engage all components of health care delivery, from designing the care goals and objectives to ensuring the team delivers an unmatched customer experience.

Prior Experience:

  • Advocate Children’s Hospital
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem – Medical Group
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Tina Mattera, MD

MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Dr Tina Mattera is a Board-Certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist . She completed her training in Psychiatry at NYU/ Bellevue and Rush-Presbytarian Medical Center and her specialist training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Chicago. Dr Mattera has years of experience treating children and adolescents in a wide range of settings from juvenile justice facilities to inpatient and partial hospitalization programs. She served as the Chief Medical Officer at Garfield Park Hospital which exclusively serves children and adolescents. She is an active member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for both Adult and Child Psychiatry.

Dr Mattera enjoys working with dedicated professionals with a unified focus on supporting children and their families in the community and for this reason she is excited to be working at Plena.