Meet the Team

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The Clinical Leadership Team

MCW is pleased to introduce The Clinical Leadership Team of dedicated individuals responsible for The Periscope Project services. Their aim is to reduce access barriers to perinatal psychiatrists by leveraging the existing MCW infrastructure and technology to build health care professionals’ knowledge and skills in managing their patients’ behavioral health needs.  

Christina L. Wichman, DO, is The Periscope Project Medical Director and responsible for the Project’s clinical services. She is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology; and Director of Women’s Mental Health at Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Wichman is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine.

As The Periscope Project Medical Director, Dr. Wichman provides teleconsultation services and oversees perinatal psychiatrists staffing the consultation line. She is passionate about sharing her expertise with other health care providers and looks to build connections across geographical boundaries.

Audrey Laszewski, MS, is the Program Administrator of The Periscope Project. With over 20 years of project management experience she brings a wealth of experience to program operations and a commitment to give babies the best possible start in life. Audrey is responsible for overall project administration and coordination.

Shelby Borchardt, BA, is the Program Coordinator for the Periscope Project. She comes to the Periscope Project with five years’ experience working in social services focused on economic empowerment programming. Shelby is responsible for provider enrollment and triage services of the Project.

Shelby provides primary staff coverage for the Periscope Project consultation line. She is the voice providers will hear when they call the Periscope Project and will assist them in connecting to Project services including arranging the call-back by the perinatal psychiatrist.

Julie Ruth Owen, MD, is a psychiatrist providing coverage for The Periscope Project provider consultation line. Dr. Owen completed both medical school and residency training in General Adult Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is currently completing fellowship training in Psychosomatic Medicine. She has had extensive clinical experience in perinatal psychiatry. 

The Evaluation Team

MCW has partnered with University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for evaluation of The Periscope Project. One of the unique components of the evaluation plan is the analysis of how teleconsultation, provider education and support translates into cost-efficiency in perinatal health care.

Jennifer Doering, PhD, RN, is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Doering is the evaluation team leader responsible for the design, implementation, and reporting of the evaluation plan of The Periscope Project.