Meet Our Doctors

Fareha N. Malik, M.D.

Dr. Fareha N. Malik is a cognizant psychiatrist who ingrains mindfulness and conscientiousness into the practice of psychiatry. Her extensive background has provided experience in treating patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and panic disorders, depression, bipolar, phobias, and childhood behavioral disorders. She recognizes and respects the uniqueness of each patient, therefore tailoring the treatment to each patient’s needs. As a mother of two, Dr. Malik also understands that parents are the best advocate for their children, thus she works with parents cooperatively to establish optimal treatment.

Dr. Malik completed her internship at the Harvard Medical School South Shore Psychiatry Program. She then completed both a residency in psychiatry, and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Toledo Medical School. She holds double-board certification in child and adolescent psychiatry and general psychiatry and is one of the few psychiatrists in northern Illinois who has specialized training in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry. In addition to providing empirically validated treatment, she is also certified to provide cutting edge treatments such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).

Dr. Malik began researching and taking courses about medication-resistant depression, anxiety, and OCD after watching her own family member’s struggles go on for many years. In effort to help her own family, she has become passionate about offering this same help to patients who struggle with medication-resistant psychiatric illnesses.

Dr. Malik opened doors at Advanced Psychiatry of Elgin in 2012 and has been providing compassionate care to patients with psychiatric illness disorders for over 17 years. She is effective in treating her patients to make positive change in their lives. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, cooking, reading, and spending time with friends and family. 

Professional & Academic Achievements

– Chief Resident Award in Child Psychiatry- 2001, 2002
– Five Year Honoree Award – Patient’s Choice Award – 2016, 2017, 2018
– America’s Most Honored Professionals Award – 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
– Sharad T. Multani Award for Outstanding Clinical Care in Child Psychiatry – 2001, 2002
– Patient’s Choice Awards – 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
– Most Compassionate Physician Awards – 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
– Top 10 Doctor State Awards – 2014
– On Time Doctor Awards – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
– Best of Elgin Awards for Mental Health Service – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
– The Leading Physicians of the World Award

Educational resources for our patients: 

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 

American Psychiatric Association

Association of Physicians of Pakistani Decent of North America

King Edward Medical College Alumni Association of North America

Clinical TMS Society

Nicholas Fisher, M.D.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist 

Dr. Nicholas Fisher specializes in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Elgin, Illinois and the surrounding Northwestern Illinois communities. His evidence-based approach to medical practice places equal emphasis on both psychopharmacologic (medication management) and psychotherapeutic (therapy) treatments to improve the mental health of his patients. Dr. Fisher strives to provide comprehensive assessment and management that emphasizes a compassionate and personalized approach given the uniqueness of each patient and their needs.

Dr. Fisher completed his medical training at the Indiana University School of Medicine, obtaining both a Master of Science degree in Cellular and Integrative Physiology in 2012 and a Doctorate in Medicine in 2016. He completed his internship and general psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2019. He then obtained specialized training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry through fellowship at the University of Michigan in 2021. During his training Dr. Fisher gained a wealth of knowledge and experience treating patients with childhood psychiatric and behavioral disorders including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), bipolar illness, sleep disturbances, family conflict, and oppositional behavior. He has been a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry since 2019.

Academic Presentations and Publications

Grand Rounds Presentations

Steroid-Induced Psychosis in an Adolescent: A Case Report and Review
University of Michigan – October 2020

Virtual Reality in Youth with ASD: A Roll in Social Skills Training
University of Michigan – November 2019


Steroid-Induced Psychosis in an Adolescent: A Case Report and Review
Fisher, N., Kruse, K., Pierce, J. Steroid-Induced Psychosis in an Adolescent – A Case Report and Review. Dec. 2020.

Pub Status: In Progress.

Abrar Arshad, M.D.

Pediatric Behavioral Neurologist 

Dr Abrar Arshad is a Pediatric Neurologist and has been practicing in the suburbs of Chicago for over 20 years, and has previously practiced in Milwaukee, Peoria, and Minneapolis. He completed his fellowship in Pediatric Neurology with special competency at the University of Minnesota which holds one of the world’s leading departments for Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology. In 2000, Dr Arshad founded The Northwest Pediatric Neurology and Child Development Clinic. His special interests include treating children with Behavioral Neurology Disorders, ADHD, Autism, Tic Disorder, and Tourette Syndrome. In his free time, he enjoys watching cricket and basketball.

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