New Vitae Wellness and Recovery Hires Dr. Muhamad Aly Rifai as Medical Director

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Behavioral health organization hires leader in telepsychiatry field for new position

Dr. Muhamad Aly Rifai, MD, CPE, FACP, FAPM, FAPA

Dr. Rifai has a strong grasp of cutting edge best practices.

New Vitae Wellness and Recovery is excited to announce that Dr. Muhamad Aly Rifai has accepted a newly created position as the company’s Medical Director. In addition to continuing to see clients at the mental health center and providing supervision for the clinic’s medical staff, Dr. Rifai will offer services for individuals in recovery through 24/7 on-call coverage to manage emergent situations. He also will supervise medical care through a physician assistant or a nurse practitioner who will provide care for individuals at New Vitae Wellness and Recovery.

New Vitae President and CEO, Judith Yanacek, is happy to partner with Dr. Rifai to continue a tradition of compassionate care for individuals seeking behavioral health services. “Dr. Rifai has a strong grasp of cutting edge best practices,” said Yanacek. “His willingness to provide wellness services as part of his new role exemplifies New Vitae’s commitment to holistic care for all service participants – those who attend our mental health clinic, and those who utilize our residential options.”

Dr. Rifai brings many years of varied experience to his new role, including more than 15 years of private practice in psychiatry. He also has worked for the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and as the Medical Director of Behavioral Health Emergency Services through the Lehigh Valley Health Network. He is a pioneer in the field of telepsychiatry, and a presenter for the American College of Physician Executives. New Vitae is pleased to welcome Dr. Rifai to our team.

About New Vitae Wellness and Recovery: New Vitae Wellness and Recovery offers a variety of behavioral health outpatient clinical services, including psychiatry, one-to-one therapy, family therapy, group therapy and partial hospital, as well as integrated and holistic healing options and Certified Peer Supports. The continuum of housing options in Bucks and Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, includes personal care homes, 24/7 staffed apartments, and supported independent living apartments. Our innovative, integrated model blends clinical care with residential assistance so every person receives the support they need throughout their treatment. New Vitae Wellness and Recovery facilities include the New Vitae Mental Health Center, Mount Trexler Manor, Quakertown House and multiple Young Adult and Pathways apartment locations. New Vitae Wellness and Recovery offers specialized treatment programs tailored to the unique needs of veterans, and of young adults ages 18 to 25, and is proud to assist individuals and their families from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and other states across the country. To learn more about our services, please visit

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