Dr. Julia Evans, PhD
Clinical Psychologist /Neuropsychologist
Dr. Evans, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in neuropsychological evaluation, cognitive rehabilitation, and psychotherapy. She obtained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Loma Linda University and completed her fellowship at UCLA, pre-doctoral internship at Vanderbilt University, and Bachelor’s degree from USC. Dr. Evans also received clinical training at the West Los Angeles VA Healthcare System, UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and Loma Linda University Behavioral Health Institute.
Dr. Evans works with a variety of clients, with particular focus on the adult and geriatric populations. Dr. Evans’ clinical specialties include traumatic brain injury, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, attention deficit disorder, and mood disorders such as Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Phobias and Panic Disorders. Dr. Evans incorporates a range of therapeutic treatments, tailoring treatment to the individual needs of each client. Psychological approaches include cognitive rehabilitation and Cognitive-Behavioral, Client-Centered, Individual & Family Therapy.
Dr. Jason Dorin, PsyD
Dr. Dorin graduated with a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in Psychology before earning his M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University, Malibu. He then continued his studies at Pepperdine University in West Los Angeles and received his Doctorate of Psychology. This program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and meets strict academic requirements to ensure the students receive the best training possible in providing therapy.
Overall, Dr. Dorin’s experience has ranged from working with patients between the ages of 2 to 75 with considerable experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Among these age groups, he has worked with people representing various cultures and backgrounds. He has also worked in schools with children and adolescents experiencing emotional and behavioral problems. Additionally, Dr. Dorin has provided a range of psychological assessments to children on the autism spectrum and those affected by genetic disorders and learning disabilities.
Dr. Dorin most recent work has been as a staff psychologist at adult assisted living homes, where he treated patients experiencing a number of emotional and behavioral problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia. In addition to this, Dr. Dorin continued with a group practice at Harbor Psychiatry Mental Health, Newport Beach. He enjoys working collaboratively with his patients and providing guidance in finding solutions. Above all, he believes that the relationship between patient and therapist is the cornerstone in achieving the patient’s goals.
Dr. Kalyan Dandala, MD
Dr. Kalyan Dandala is passionate about changing the status quo for psychiatric care when it comes to both medication management and the treatment of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Dr. Dandala has nearly 20 years of experience with medication management and firmly believes the best results are achieved when you individually tailor treatment for each patient. Given the holistic approach BWI provides to patients, Dr. Dandala is very excited to integrate medication management and TMS to further care provided to our patients.
Dr. Dandala is a leader in TMS and is a Clinical Consultant for the most preferred TMS system by physicians: Neurostar. His goal is to make TMS available to as many people as possible and was the first Physician in Washington State to make it available to Medicare and Medicaid patients. He continues to work with the National Clinical TMS Society to expand TMS treatments to pain, addiction, dementia, autism and other diseases on top of depression and anxiety.
Dr. Dandala is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has several publications and is a member of the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and the Clinical TMS Society.
Dr. Brooke Davidson, PsyD
Dr. Davidson is a licensed clinical psychologist; she completed her PsyD at Alliant International University in 2016. Her clinical training experiences have primarily involved conducting therapy and psychological assessments with children, adolescents, and their families in a variety of clinical environments. She has worked at private practices, schools, residential treatment facilities, in-homes, and in community mental health clinics. She specializes in treating and addressing behavioral difficulties, depression and anxiety disorders, childhood abuse and neglect, disrupted family environments, legal involvement, and cognitive and developmental delays. Additionally, she has extensive experience working with victims of trauma in addition to patients with dual diagnoses and suicidal ideation.
Dr. Davidson is experienced in conducting Dialectical Behavior therapy, for both groups and individuals, as well as cognitive, personality, ADHD, and learning disorder assessments. Her therapeutic orientation tends to be a combination of psychodynamic/systems and behavioral and her particular interests include working with youth and adults who have experienced trauma, and individuals affected by anxiety.
Dr. Rasoul Malekjah, PhD
Dr. Malekjah is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and is also credentialed as a Health Service Provider in Psychology by the prestigious Council for the National Register. Dr. Malekjah provides counseling and psychological services with care by taking the time to listen to clients and helping them take an active role in their own psychological well-being. He uses a collaborative approach and incorporates empirically supported, evidence-based psychological treatment modalities to deliver high quality counseling and psychological services. Some therapeutic modalities used include Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Adlerian, Gestalt, Behavior Therapy (BT), Family Systems, Multicultural, Brief SolutionFocused, and Mindfulness. Dr. Malekjah focuses on instilling hope and optimism, increasing clients’ feelings of self-empowerment, personal growth and psychological health, and improving the quality of clients’ day-to-day lives by enhancing their subjective sense of well-being or happiness.
Dr. Malekjah completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He completed a Master of Science Degree in Marriage, Family Therapy (MFT) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) where he conducted research on the relationship between self-esteem and happiness. His clinical training at CSULB included performing non-directive play therapy with both sighted and visually impaired children, children with autism, ADD/ADHD, and those with multi-sensory deficits. Dr. Malekjah then completed a second Master’s Degree (MA) in Psychology as well as a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) in San Diego, where his doctoral research project involved studying sexual satisfaction and body image in men. This research was presented at the California Psychological Association (CPA) in 2008 and during that same year, his research was also accepted for presentation at the San Diego Psychological Association.Dr. Malekjah’s diverse clinical experiences include providing care for patients at a psychiatric hospital and also, at a residential treatment facility focusing on crisis intervention and management of addictions. Dr. Malekjah’s Post-Doctorate training in San Diego involved working with visually impaired young adults and geriatrics. He has been an Adjunct Professor teaching graduate level psychology courses at the Adler School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Malekjah has also had a private practice working with children, adolescents, families, couples, and seniors and his clinical experience has entailed past work with depressive disorders, anxiety and panic disorders, PTSD, grief/loss, ADD/ADHD, workplace conflict, OCD, chronic pain, relationship/marital difficulties and infidelity, substance use/abuse, anger management, body image concerns, LGBTQIA-related counseling, life adjustment or transitions, sexual concerns, and emotional management.
Dr. Stephanie Van Stralen, PsyD
Dr. Stephanie Van Stralen graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Counseling and Social Change from San Diego State University. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego. She has worked in a variety of mental health settings including hospitals (UCSD Moore’s Cancer Center and SHARP Pain Rehabilitation Program, San Diego) and at several university counseling centers. She completed her APA-accredited internship at California State University, Northridge and her postdoctoral fellowship at Loyola Marymount University. Before beginning at Brain Wellness Institute she spent several years as staff psychologist at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition to therapy she is passionate about training and has supervised interns and post doctoral fellows.
Dr. Van Stralen has extensive training in evidence-based treatments for anxiety and depression. Her therapeutic approach integrates relational and psychodynamic theory with more present-focused cognitive behavioral techniques with the goal of understanding how early experiences may have impacted current concerns. Dr. Van Stralen utilizes a multicultural lens when working with clients, considering diverse beliefs and backgrounds. She believes the relationship between the therapist and client to be the most important tool in therapy. Dr. Van Stralen strives to create a space of safety, empathy, support, and challenge.
Therapy with Dr. Van Stralen will focus on decreasing symptoms, increasing coping, learning new ways to care for yourself, and gaining insight into the origin of your concerns. You will be provided with a collaborative relationship with a professional who is there for you and wants you to succeed. Goals for therapy are discussed and agreed upon at the start of therapy to help facilitate an effective experience.
Dr. Van Stralen enjoys working with adolescents, adults, and couples. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, and managing stress (work/life balance). She has a particular interest in working with athletes, Veterans and their families, members of the LGBTQ community, and adults on the Autism Spectrum.
Dr. Vanessa Zizak, PhD ABPP-CN
Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist
Dr. Vanessa Zizak is a board certified, licensed Clinical Neuropsychologist specializing in diagnosis and treatment of neurological and psychological conditions in adults. She also works as a clinician and P.I. at the VA Hospital in Long Beach and has an academic appointment at the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Zizak earned her doctorate specializing in Neuropsychology at Palo Alto University. She completed her internship at the West Haven, Connecticut VA Hospital and two year Fellowship at the Long Beach VA Hospital in Neuropsychology. She has also trained and conducted research at Stanford University in the Depression Research Clinic and Department of Surgery; UCSD / VA hospital in a Parkinson’s disease lab and at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Clinic; USCF/VA hospital at the Memory and Aging Center (clinical trials); and went on a visiting fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Dr. Zizak has expertise and publications in the areas of mild neurocognitive impairment, dementias (Alzheimer’s disease), stroke, movement disorders (Parkinson’s and Huntington’s Disease), traumatic brain injury, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder. Dr. Zizak is experienced with supporting caregivers of family members with cognitive and behavioral disorders. She enjoys hiking, boating and reading in her free time.
Dr. Hussah Al-Kharafi, PsyD
Dr. Hussah Alkharafi is a neuropsychologist with expertise in evaluating and treating adults, and older adults with mental health challenges as well as medical/neurological, and neurodevelopmental conditions. Although she relies on science-based practices, her strength-focused approach is one of compassion and mindfulness.
Dr. Alkharafi earned her doctoral degree in psychology from Pepperdine University. She received the majority of her clinical psychology and neuropsychology training in medical centers including UCLA, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Alkharafi completed both her internship and neuropsychology postdoctoral fellowship at West Virginia University School of Medicine.
Dr. Melissa Marrapese, PhD
Dr. Melissa Marrapese is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and is a certified POST (Police Officer Psychological Training) provider. Dr. Marrapese earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Psychology from Bastyr University, a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from The Washington School of Professional Psychology and a Doctorate from Saybrook University & Research Center. She then returned to Seattle and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at The Fremont Community Therapy Project, under the tutelage of esteemed forensic psychologist and feminist therapist, Dr. Laura Brown.
Dr. Marrapese has over two decades of experience working in the fields of criminal justice and forensic psychology. Her background includes private investigations, maximum security prisons, forensic psychiatric hospitals, jails and program development. Dr. Marrapese has worked for the Forensic Assessment Division at the Board of Parole (California) for six years, evaluating inmates sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
Dr. Marrapese has extensive experience in psychological assessment, including criminal forensic assessment and is the program director for a felony competency-to-stand-trial program in Mendocino County. Dr. Marrapese is a POST (Peace Officer Standard Testing) certified provider, and works with local police departments conducing pre-employment and fitness for duty evaluations.
Dr. Marrapese maintains a private practice in Napa Valley, focused exclusively on treating women of all ages with histories of abuse, complex trauma, depression, anxiety and mood disorders. Her therapeutic orientation is integrative, and includes components of psychodynamic and relational theory, feminist theory, cognitive behavioral therapy and client centered therapy. Dr. Marrapese’s philosophy of psychotherapy is to examine the relationship between gender and power, and early childhood dynamics, to address the problems individuals bring to therapy. Techniques are likely to include dialogue, interpretation, cognitive re-framing, awareness exercises, self-monitoring experiments, visualization, journal- keeping, and reading books.
Dr. Nonnette Mosley, PsyD
Dr. Nonnette Mosley has been a Licensed Clinical Psychologist since 2001. She has worked in the field of mental health for over 20 years. Dr. Mosley has worked in a variety of diverse settings, specializing in the treatment of adolescents, young adults, adults, couples and families. Clinical issues include depressive and mood disorders, grief/loss, trauma (PTSD), sexual abuse, substance abuse, attentional problems (ADHD), relationship issues, work difficulties, personality disorders, self-esteem, self-injurious behavior, stress and anger management, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Mosley has considerable experience working with dual diagnosis and co-occurring disorders. She offers individual therapy, couples therapy and family therapy in addition to comprehensive psychological and psycho-educational testing for diagnostic clarification and attentional problems (ADD/ADHD).
Although Dr. Mosley was trained from a psychodynamic perspective, she tailors her therapeutic approach to the needs of the individual. She utilizes psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and family system approaches. Her focus in therapy is to establish a relationship with individuals that fosters trust. Her primary goal is to provide a therapeutic atmosphere that facilitates emotional growth, self-actualization and the development of positive coping skills that assist individuals in managing life stress.
Dr. Mosley completed her undergraduate work at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She went on to complete a Master’s degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling at the California State University, Fresno. In addition, she earned both a Master’s and Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in Fresno. She remained at Alliant to complete a Post-Doctoral Master’s degree in Psychopharmacology.
Dr. LeighAnn DeJesse. PsyD
Dr. DeJesse is a licensed clinical psychologist providing psychotherapy for adults with a wide range of psychiatric problems. She provides evidenced-based treatment for individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, grief and loss, communication and relationship difficulties, and challenging life transitions. In addition to working with adults across the lifespan, Dr. DeJesse has a clinical specialty in the geriatric population. She is well-versed to address the mental health concerns of older adults, and individuals with cognitive impairment or a dementia. She has a particular interest in working with individuals with chronic and complex disabling disease, and with caregivers to reduce caregiver burden and stress.
Dr. DeJesse utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to facilitate change and help her patients improve their overall quality of life. She places emphasis on the therapeutic working alliance through establishment of defined treatment goals, and transparency throughout treatment. Broadly, she enjoys helping patients build resilience and hope to face life’s ongoing challenges. She also values helping her patients identify and create meaning in their life, particularly during periods of transition. Dr. DeJesse tailors interventions and treatment to the individual and their needs, to best increase overall well-being and meet treatment goals.
Dr. DeJesse received her doctoral degree from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco. She completed her predoctoral internship at the VA Western New York Healthcare System, and her postdoctoral fellowship in Geropsychology at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. She worked as a staff psychologist at the Santa Rosa VA Outpatient Clinic on a home-based primary care team and in an outpatient behavioral health clinic. Dr. DeJesse has extensive experience working and consulting with interdisciplinary treatment teams in various clinical settings including inpatient medical units, skilled nursing facilities, and primary care clinics.
Dr. Diane Dunne, PhD
Dr. Diane Dunne, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist through the California Board of Consumer Affairs, Board of Psychology who has worked in clinical settings with individuals, couples and groups for over 29 years! Being a psychologist has been her life’s passion because she feels a deep caring and compassion for others. Her inner sense of calm and her easygoing spirit cause her to be very approachable and easy to get to know in the therapeutic process.
Dr. Dunne obtained a doctorate in Philosophy with a specialization in Clinical Psychology from William Lyon University in San Diego. In her training to become a Licensed Psychologist, she served an approved 3-year Internship by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) at Brea Hospital Neuropsychiatric Center in Brea, CA. She also holds certifications as a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist in Medical Hypnosis from the National Board for Hypnotherapy and Hypnotic Anesthesiology and from the Institute of Medical Hypnosis. She holds an M.A in Education in Counseling and Guidance from California State University, San Bernardino. She graduated from California Polytechnic University, Pomona with a BA in Education. In addition, she is a Life-Credentialed Teacher and she holds a Pupil Services Services Credential with a specialization in School Counseling and School Administration. She has taught Law and Ethics, Counseling Practicum/Internship, Introduction to Counseling and Guidance and Statistics as an Adjunct Professor in the Counseling and Psychology Departments at three universities within the California State University System.
As a Clinical Psychologist, she has provided inpatient and outpatient treatment. She has provided couples and divorce therapy, treatment for co-dependency issues, life transitions, women’s and men’s issues and spiritually focused therapy. She has also helped patients with weight issues and following gastric bypass surgery, pre and postpartum depression, pregnancy and infertility, geriatrics, chronic pain and medical issues, insomnia, low self-esteem and grief/loss issues.
During the Covid-19 Virus, she has assisted people of all ages to make the necessary changes in their lives to adapt to their circumstances and move forward in their lives.
She has assisted patients who have diagnoses such as Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Eating Disorders, Personality Disorders, in addition to many others.
She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy, Schema Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Indirect Hypnosis, Spiritually-Focused Therapy, Meditation, Mindfulness, Progressive Relaxation and various other therapeutic approaches to assist her patients to accomplish their personal goals.
Her expertise involves utilizing short term, evidenced-based treatment modalities to explore and address the patient’s issues. She will develop a personalized treatment plan with clearly defined goals and objectives that will be addressed throughout therapy in order to assist you in reaching your dreams and goals!
Dr. Stephanie Oleson, PhD
Dr. Stephanie Oleson is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist with expertise in neuropsychological evaluation, cognitive rehabilitation, and psychotherapy. Dr. Oleson earned a master’s degree in psychology from San Diego State University and completed a doctorate in clinical psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. She subsequently completed her internship at the University of Alabama – Birmingham VA Medical Center consortium and two-year neuropsychology fellowship at UCLA Semel Institute.
Dr. Oleson has specialized training in assessment of adults with neurodegenerative disorders (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, movement disorders) as well as broad experience in assessment of individuals with various neurological and psychiatric conditions including traumatic brain injury, stroke, epilepsy, ADHD, and mood disorders. Dr. Oleson additionally has experience in cognitive rehabilitation/cognitive skills training and supporting caregivers of those with cognitive impairment. She has expertise and publications in the relationship between lifestyle factors (diet, exercise, cardiovascular health) and brain function.
She also provides psychotherapeutic interventions for individuals with mood disorders, anxiety, and history of trauma. Her therapeutic approach primarily involves use of cognitive behavioral and goal-focused techniques. She is certified in providing cognitive processing therapy (CPT) for treatment of PTSD. Dr. Oleson strives to create a supportive therapeutic relationship with consideration of individuals’ diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Dr. Erik Welsh, PhD
Dr. Welsh is a clinical psychologist licensed in both California and Nevada. His interest in depth psychology and analysis began during his undergraduate studies at Sonoma State University where he was inspired to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology with an emphasis in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Dr. Welsh has experience providing brief and long-term therapy, program development, clinical supervision, and training. Dr. Welsh works with individuals, couples, and first responders to address the capacity of awareness in addition to the ability to engage in change.Dr. Welsh views therapy is a space to both share and express oneself without the presence of judgement. Therapy is a collaborative journey that is based on empathy and compassion, which allows for a relationship-based form of therapy that integrates insight within the treatment. He views therapy as a medium leading to long-lasting change to help you identify what obstacles are getting in the way of your professional and personal growth.
Dr. Welsh has worked within schools, residential adolescent and adult treatment centers, non-profit therapy organizations, substance use treatment facilities, clinics, private practices, and correctional facilities. He specializes in treating anxiety, ADHD, depression, and substance use. Dr. Welsh is focused on his interests in Jungian psychoanalysis, in addition to cognitive behavioral therapy, client centered therapy, and motivational interviewing.
Dr. Jacob Spencer, PhD
After acareer in technology, Dr. Jacob Spencer, PhD studied psychology with a desire to connect with people and assist in their healing. Dr. Spencer received his doctorate and master’s degrees from Pacifica Graduate Institute and studied philosophy at the University of Iowa. He has been privileged to help patients work through depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, and addictions, among other issues. His work experience is diverse, from assisting troubled youth in elementary and high school, treating at-risk populations of all ages in community mental health clinics in Carson City, NV and Victoria, BC, to leading a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and nursing staff at an inpatient crisis treatment facility in a maximum-security prison.
Dr. Spencer assists his patients using an integrative approach that combines elements of humanistic, relational, depth, solution-focused, narrative, cognitive, and psychodynamic perspectives in the best manner for each unique patient. He believes strongly that therapy is a collaborative process to empower patients and he recognizes that seeking help is a critical and optimistic first step in the healing process.
Dr. Lisa Neuenschwander, PhD
Dr. Lisa Neuenschwander, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in attachment and intimacy, couples, and individual psychotherapy. She obtained her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University and completed her fellowship at Sam Houston University, pre-doctoral internship at University of Houston, Master’s Degree in Counseling: Marriage and Family Therapist at California State University Fullerton, and bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Biola University. Dr. Lisa also completed Gottman Method Couples Therapy: Level 1 Training, an Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship (EFT), and EFT Core Skills Training Module 1.
Dr. Lisa works with a variety of clients, with particular focus on the adult and geriatric populations. Her clinical specialties include mood disorders such as major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dr. Lisa tailors her treatment approach to the individual needs of each client. Psychological approached include interpersonal process, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), cognitive processing therapy, and emotionally focused therapy for individuals and couples.
Dr. Renee Prince, PhD
Dr. Renee K. Prince, Ph.D. is a California Licensed Clinical Psychologist with an M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego. In addition, she has an M.A. in Experimental Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Larned State Hospital in Larned, Kansas, and postdoctoral work with San Diego-area practitioners.
For psychotherapy, Dr. Prince’s work focuses on adults of all ages. She has experience in Co-Occurring or Dual Diagnosis, Depression and Anxiety, Stress, Psychosis, Bipolar Disorder, Life Coaching, and Adjustment Disorders. Psychological approaches include Cognitive-Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral, Psychodynamic, and Client-Centered therapies.
As well as being a psychotherapist, Dr. Prince has a passion for assessment and ten years’ experience in testing as a Graduate Student, Post-Doctoral Fellow, and Licensed Psychologist with clients from all walks of life ages 4 to 80+ years old. She has had extensive experience in testing for ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disabilities, and other Neurocognitive and Psychological Disorders.
Dr. Kimberly Baerresen, PhD
- Neuropsychological assessment and management of adult patients with neurological injuries or illnesses (e.g., traumatic brain injury, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, Parkinson’s disease).
- Cognitive enhancement therapies (e.g., UCLA’s Brain Boot Camp) aimed at improving memory, executive functioning, attention, processing speed, and language in both individual and group formats.
- Psychotherapy: Dr. Baerresen works with patients and their families in order to assist in coping with functional losses related to neurological injury or illness. She also assists patients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, as well as adjustment-related difficulties (i.e. relationship stress, life transitions) from primarily a cognitive behavioral framework (CBT). In order to provide the maximum care to each patient, Dr. Baerresen adopts the biopsychosocial model—considering all aspects of the patient (e.g., medical, psychological, spiritual, relational and environmental) when formulating a treatment plan and implementing therapeutic interventions.
Angela Alvarado, LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Angela is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT).
She began providing psychotherapy in 2017 counseling students, faculty
and staff at the California Baptist University Counseling Center. Angela
also received her master’s degree in clinical counseling at California Baptist
University (2018) following the completion of her bachelor’s degree in
psychology from California State University of San Bernardino. For the past two
years Angela worked at an agency contracted with the County of San Bernardino
that provides services for high-risk, dual-diagnosed, homeless and foster
transitional youth and their care-givers on a multidisciplinary treatment team.
Angela has experience working with teens, young adults,
individuals, couples and families from diverse cultural backgrounds. Angela’s
experience includes but is not limited to helping client’s work through
symptoms of major depressive disorder, bi-polar disorder, anxiety disorders,
schizophrenia, PTSD and adjustment disorder using various interventions adapted
to the client’s specific therapeutic needs. Her most commonly used
psychotherapy approaches that she incorporates in treatment are
cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), client-centered therapy, solution focused
therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and structural family therapy. She
is also trained in faith integration Christian therapy if a client desires
that. Angela has a passion for teaching effective communication, healthy
boundaries, and emotional regulation. Her calling in life is to help with the
transformation of individuals and families using her education/clinical
training and life experiences to enrich the client’s therapeutic experience.
Arabelle Estrada, MSN, FNP-BC
Arabelle Estrada is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Samuel Merritt University in the San Francisco Bay Area. She enjoyed seven fulfilling years as a Registered Nurse in various areas of practice and eventually became the Director of Nursing at an addiction treatment center in the Pacific Northwest. She then obtained a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Seattle Pacific University and holds a national certification with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She has experience treating patients in multiple specialties including primary care and behavioral health. She is well versed in treating mental health disorders with medication management and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). She is passionate about helping others and her goal for her patients is to individualize and optimize outcomes.
Dr. Jaime Spray, PhD
Dr. Spray is a registered psychological associate (PSB-94024787) working under the supervision of Dr. Jason Dorin, PsyD (PSY-27470). She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of California – San Diego (UCSD), Master of Arts in Psychology, and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Health track) at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University – San Diego.
Dr. Spray completed her APA-Accredited pre-doctoral internship in community mental health at Four County Counseling Center in Indiana as part of the Heart of America Psychology Internship Program. She then completed a two-year pediatric psychology fellowship at Children’s Hospital New Orleans where she worked on the consultation-liaison service, in multidisciplinary medical clinics, provided outpatient treatment, and conducted comprehensive psychological evaluations.
Dr. Spray specializes in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. She has experience in outpatient, inpatient, residential, school-based, multidisciplinary medical clinics, inpatient medical settings, and private practice. Her approach to treatment is primarily cognitive behavioral integrating evidenced-based cognitive behavioral interventions, solution-focused, family-systems, and mindfulness based approaches. Dr. Spray specializes in treating individuals with anxiety, mood disorders, patients coping with medical conditions, behavior management training for parents, trauma, and comprehensive psychological evaluations.
Dr. Rose Rutherford, PhD
Dr. Rutherford is a registered psychological associate (PSB-94025846) working under the supervision of Dr. Jason Dorin, PsyD (PSY-27470). She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Master of Science degree in Counseling at Creighton University, Omaha, NE and her Doctorate of Psychology (PhD) degree in Clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA.
Dr. Rutherford completed her pre-doctoral internship in community mental health at Alafia Mental Health Institute in Los Angeles. She then completed her post-doctoral hours at Reasons Eating Disorder Center at BHC Alhambra Hospital, Rosemead, CA where she was part of the multidisciplinary medical team, and provided inpatient treatment, and conducted comprehensive psychological assessment and treatment plan.
Dr. Rutherford specializes in working with children, adolescents, adults, and their families. She has experience in outpatient, inpatient, residential, inpatient hospital settings, and private practice. Her approach to treatment is primarily cognitive behavioral integrating evidenced-based cognitive behavioral interventions, solution-focused, family-systems, and mindfulness-based approaches. Dr. Rutherford specializes in treating individuals with major depressive disorder, PTSD, anxiety disorder, ADHD, neurodevelopmental disorders, bipolar and related disorders, patients coping with medical conditions, behavior management training for parents, trauma, and comprehensive psychological evaluations.
Jennifer Rodriguez is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton with a degree in Sociology focused on Health and Social Welfare. She is a TMS Technician working under the supervision of Dr. Dandala, MD. Jennifer has dedicated herself to being fully certified and has received the Certified TMS Technician designation. Being a TMS technician allows her the opportunity to develop close relationships with patients as she works with her patients on a daily basis. Jennifer is warm, considerate, understanding and compassionate. She is always willing to go out of her way to ensure patients have a wonderful experience at BWI. A fun fact about Jennifer is that she enjoys cooking new recipes and spending time at the dog beach with her family dogs, Willow and Wyland.
Our Advanced Doctoral Trainees
Athena Jones is an advanced doctoral trainee studying clinical psychology at Loma Linda University. Athena graduated with her B.S in psychology from the University of La Verne, and her M.A in clinical psychology from Loma Linda University. She is currently conducting qualitative research examining intra-and inter- personal survival factors utilized by Vietnam Era POWs during their internment and repatriation. Her approach to treatment is primarily cognitive behavioral integrating evidenced-based cognitive behavioral interventions and mindfulness based approaches. She specializes in working with adults and assisting with coping with depression, anxiety and anger management strategies. Additionally, she has gained clinical experience within the VA Loma Linda and Long Beach Healthcare systems. She enjoys carpentry projects, cooking, and going hiking with her dog.
Benjamin Joly is an advanced doctoral trainee studying clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Benjamin received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, with minors in Criminal Justice and American Studies, from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. Additionally, he spent the last two years working as a doctoral practicum trainee for multiple Community Mental Health settings in the greater Los Angeles area. His clinical interests are working with adult populations who are dealing with chronic mental health symptoms and diagnoses and looking for assistance in making their day-to-day functioning more manageable. Benjamin strives to develop the most open and comfortable rapport with all my clients, and seek to ensure that they are prepared and willing to discuss any matter during therapy, regardless of intensity. He enjoys watching the New England Patriots and relaxing on the beach.
Eugene Reznik is an advanced doctoral trainee at Loma Linda University who is interested in becoming a neuropsychologist that can work with a variety of patients. He received his B.A. in Integrative Biology as a pre-med from UC Berkeley at Berkeley, CA. Eugene is particularly interested in mapping psychopathology such as Autism, ADHD, early-onset psychosis, and anxiety via brain imaging to further add concrete data to different clinical presentations. Additionally, he is currently a psychotherapist at Indian Health, serving the Native American community.Eugene was trained in professional ballroom dancing for ten years and in his downtime, he enjoys watching NBA basketball, traveling, and spending time with his family at the beach.
Kathy Le is a registered psychological associate working under the supervision of Dr. Van Stralen. She earned a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology at University of Los Angeles (UCLA) and Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) at Pepperdine University. She is currently earning her Doctorate of Psychology (PhD) at California Southern University.
Kathy’s therapeutic orientation is a combination of evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT) and humanistic therapy. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Person Centered Therapy in her work. In therapy, Kathy tailors each treatment plan and interventions to suit the needs of her clients.
Kathy is culturally competent and adept in exploring the interpersonal and generational issues that are present in her clients. She specializes in treating individuals with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and relational conflicts. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults from diverse backgrounds in many different life stages. During her time at Pepperdine University, she worked with children and adolescents within the Santa Ana Unified School District as well as adults at Turning Point Center for Families. She also has experience in teaching parenting skills.
Kathy is passionate about creating a safe space in which clients can heal and grow. Through empathy and humor, she strives to create an environment where clients can explore issues, set goals, and implement change.
Raghad Tabaza is an advanced doctoral trainee at Loma Linda University. During her first clinical training year, she was placed at Loma Linda University’s Behavioral Medicine Center (BMC), where she worked with a diverse population while gaining experience performing various interventions and assessments in both inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition to BWI, Raghad is currently placed at Hoag Hospital’s Acute Rehabilitation Unit. Raghad’s clinical goals include becoming a board certified neuropsychologist, specializing in adult neuropsychology. She hopes to continue expanding her knowledge in this field and eventually open up her own private practice. Outside of school and clinical obligations, Raghad enjoys traveling and exploring the world.
Spencer Loong is an advanced doctoral trainee at Loma Linda University with an emphasis in neuropsychology. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in both neuroscience from Brigham Young University and psychology from Utah Valley University. Spencer has trained at Loma Linda University’s pediatric neurology clinic which specializes in sleep problems and headaches/migraines. He also assessed learning and developmental delays at an elementary school in Redlands. Spencer is passionate about all things brain and behavior related and is clinically interested in modifiable factors to protect cognitive abilities.
Our Administrative Team Members
Arabella Watkins is Brain Wellness Institute’s office manager, joining the team in January 2020. Arabella is a recent graduate from the University of California, Irvine where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science with a minor in Neuroscience. As an undergraduate, Arabella traveled across California to present research among the country’s top psychologists with her mentor, Dr. Ben Mis, as a research assistant in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. Her favorite research convention was held at Stanford University, where Arabella presented her research in front of hundreds of professionals. Arabella was the only undergraduate on a team of researchers to first present a computational model of how children of different socioeconomic statuses are able to comprehend and illustrate non-literal language. Arabella’s passion is to better help and assist others, which Brain Wellness has given her the platform to do.
Sierra Lowry Shepard
Sierra Lowry-Shepard, aka Cici, is a part of the front desk staff at Brain Wellness Institute, joining the team in February of 2021. She earned her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from William James College, in Newton, MA. Sierra has started a doctoral program in Clinical Psychology, at Rosemead School of Psychology in La Mirada, CA. In addition to becoming a clinical psychologist, she is an adjunct professor at Vanguard University, teaching in the undergraduate psychology department. Her current research seeks to understand the relationship between anxiety, perceived stress, and processing speed. Further, she is passionate about trauma informed care, meaning making processes, as well as diversity and inclusion issues. Sierra hopes to become a Pediatric Neuropsychologist and tenured faculty member at an institution. A fun fact about Sierra is her adoration for cats, specifically her kitten Tater-tot, and her one-eyed fluffy cat, Abby.
Shiane Ferretti is a part of our administrative team, joining the team in February 2020. Shiane is a recent graduate from the University of California, Irvine where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Biology minor. Currently, she is enrolled at Fullerton college in order to complete prerequisites needed to apply to anesthesiology assistant schools. Shiane has extensive experience in the medical field. During her undergraduate career, she was a research assistant in the psychiatry department at the UC Irvine Medical Center where she investigated the modulation of genetic variants and sensory gating by smoking status in Bipolar disorder. She was also a research assistant at the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders where she examined the impact of moderate physical exercise in children with autism and high levels of anxiety from lower income and Latnix backgrounds. Shiane has presented at multiple conferences such as the Society for Neuroscience and the UCI undergraduate symposium. She also worked closely with Dr. Bera and medical students at a community psychiatry clinic in Garden Grove where she interacted with psychiatric patients regarding their medical history, medication status, etc. Shiane also worked as an ABA therapist at Building Block Resolutions where she provided services to children who have Autism in their homes by helping families design and implement an effective ABA program. Her favorite part about her job is being able to talk to patients and provide them with the resources and help they need in order to lead a healthy and happy lifestyle.
Emily Goodwin is an Administrative Assistant who joined our team in October of 2020. Emily is currently a doctoral student pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. She earned her master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from the University of Denver and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Oral Roberts University. Her field experiences include working as a student clinician at a court-mandated outpatient treatment facility for domestic violence offenders and substance use as well as in the psychiatric emergency room of a general hospital in Denver. Emily’s current research interests include traumatic brain injury (particularly within the criminal justice population), neuropsychological assessment, executive function, and psychopathy. She hopes to become a Forensic Neuropsychologist, specializing in assessing neurocognitive functioning within the criminal justice population. A fun fact about Emily is that she loves all things music! She has played the trombone for 13 years and also enjoys playing the piano, singing, and listening to orchestral pieces of music.