Olga Esterov, PA-C, CAQ

Behavioral Health

Location(s):

Cranford

Jersey City Downtown

Verona

Specialties:

Behavioral Health

Psychiatry

Internal Medicine

Primary Locations:

Verona Office (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday)*

271 Grove Avenue

Verona, NJ 07044

*Cranford (Wednesday), Jersey City (Friday)

Tel: 973.239.2600

Fax: 973.239.0482

BA:

Psychology/Nutrition/Pre-Med, magna cum laude, Rutgers College, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

MS:

Physician Assistant Studies, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Board Certifications:

Certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Certificate of Added Qualifications in Psychiatry

Physician Assistant License in the state of New Jersey

Physician Assistant License in the state of New York

Physician Assistant License in the state of California

DEA & CDS Licensed

Professional Associations:

Association of Physician Assistants in Psychiatry

American Academy of Physician Assistants

New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants

New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants

Languages:

English, Russian (with limitations)

Accepts New Patients
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Olga Esterov Helps Patients with Depression, Anxiety and Other Mental Health Challenges

“I want patients to explore a variety of tools to ease their symptoms: therapy, meditation, exercise, nutrition, socialization. Medication cannot be the only solution.”

Olga Esterov has had a lifelong fascination with psychology. When specialization in psychiatry became a reality for physician assistants, it was undoubtedly the path she would follow. But before practicing exclusively in the behavioral health field, she knew how important it would be to have a strong general medical background. Olga spent three years in internal medicine and HIV care and one year in dermatology before fully pursuing a career as a psychiatric PA.

At the time, she was living in Los Angeles. Olga was born in Russia, and her family emigrated to New Jersey when she was very young. After college, she spent 10 years living in New York, “the greatest experience ever,” followed by 10 years in Los Angeles “where the sun always shines. However, I wanted my children to grow up having their family nearby — something we missed out on as kids.” After she and her husband decided to move back to the East Coast, she found a kindred spirit in Vanguard. “Their commitment to practicing evidence-based medicine and developing programs to reach individuals within the community with limited access to care was what drew me to the organization.”

Now she is helping patients of Vanguard navigate a variety of emotional states and mental health issues including depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, bipolar disorders, and psychoses. She helps individuals manage life’s stressors and consider how they can contribute to their own recovery — even if baby steps are all that can be managed. “I discuss how lifestyle changes can help reduce inflammation, reduce their symptoms, and possibly reduce or eliminate the need for medication.”

Patients emerge from their visits with an agreed-upon plan. “I’ll help patients come up with a manageable regimen and create a weekly plan,” said Olga. “We set up a timetable of when to eat meals/snacks, when to take medication (if necessary), and when to take breaks, and part of that is trying to relax, meditate, focus on breathing, and spend time with friends or family. We discuss how one can simplify his or her life to relieve stress. The plan must be simple and realistic; otherwise, it can exacerbate symptoms.”

“I empathize with the struggle,” she said. “Together, we’ll find a solution.”

When not working, Olga and her husband love to take their children on adventures and spend time with friends and family. “And on rainy days, there is nothing better than homemade popcorn, a cozy couch, and a movie with the family — if we can all agree on one!”