Wyoming Behavioral Institute provides intensive programming to help adults who struggle with a mental health disorder or chemical dependency. The activities and therapeutic groups offered through our adult treatment program help patients build social and emotional strengths that may help them develop new, healthy ways to handle personal issues.
Patients are expected to actively participate in all components of the program to improve self-awareness, insight, interactions and coping skills.
David Martorano, MD, Assistant Medical Director, Director of Adult Psychiatric Services
Dr. David Martorano obtained his medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York and completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of California Neuropsychiatric Institute. He specializes in addictions and is affiliated with the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the California Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Martorano is a second-generation psychiatrist raised near New York City.
Leslie Bardessono, DO
Psychiatrist Leslie Bardessono, DO, received her medical degree from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California. She completed her psychiatric residency with Unity Health in Arkansas, treating adolescent, adult, and older adult patients in inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. Her professional interests include patient advocacy, community psychiatry, integrative medicine, and wilderness medicine. She is treating adult patients receiving inpatient care at WBI. Dr. Bardessono’s earlier careers included serving as an elementary school teacher and substance abuse prevention program trainer for educators and a personal fitness trainer. Dr. Bardessono is a long distance trail runner bringing her experience in fitness, nutrition, cooking, and outdoor activities with her to Wyoming.
Frank R. Wheeler, MD
Dr. Frank R. Wheeler completed his medical education at Boston College, Muhlenberg College and St. George’s University School of Medicine, and his psychiatry residency at the State University of New York. His career in psychiatry began in New Jersey and later continued in Wyoming, where he spent many years in Lander providing inpatient and outpatient care before joining Wyoming Behavioral Institute’s medical team. Dr. Wheeler’s experience includes serving as an expert witness on forensic cases and working as a medical director and chairman for psychiatric programs in New Jersey. Dr. Wheeler sees adult and geriatric in-patients at WBI.
Karen Graves, MSN, PMHNP, BC
Karen Graves, MSN, PMHNP, BC, obtained her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and bachelor’s degrees in nursing and psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has practiced as a nurse for more than 20 years and has specialized in mental health throughout her career. Karen has worked with individuals of all ages in five states, including working at WBI in the past. She has also served as a nursing instructor. Karen is certified as a family psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and completed the Neuroscience Education Institute Master Psychopharmacology Program.
Carla Poot, PMHNP
Carla Poot, psychiatric nurse practitioner, is a Wyoming native and obtained her associate’s degree in nursing from Casper College, bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Wyoming and master’s degree in nursing from Regis College. She has been a nurse in Casper for 15 years, providing inpatient care for patients from birth to end of life. Carla also has worked in multiple nursing leadership positions and has assisted in the education of nursing students. She trained at Wyoming Behavioral Institute as a psychiatric nurse practitioner before starting her practice with the adult unit team in 2021.