Oluwatoyin Iseyemi is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner offering services to children, adolescents and adultin California. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia and mood disorders 

Shelly Ladd is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescentand adults in California. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in child and adolescent therapy, substance abuse, dependence and addiction, trauma and abuse, anger management and parenting.  In her practice, her philosophy of care is to meet clients where they are and help them identify the goals they would like to work on. Her clients choose the type of therapy and goals, while she helps them discover what those needs and goals are. 

Shelly’s interest in mental and behavioral healthcare developed during childhoodHer grandmother became depressed and changed from an outgoing person to someone who became withdrawn and cold.  Her grandmother then began to see a mental health professional, and while it took some time, she became much closer to the grandmother that Shelly remembered. That renewal of spirit was what led Shelly to begin thinking of mental health care as a career choice. 

Shelly collects unique antique jewelry. She loves the Star Wars movies and reading about the history of the Old West. 

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne 

Sarah Karamat is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adults in California. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in post-partum depression, stress management and grief counseling. In her practice, Sarah believes in working together with patients to help identify and achieve their goals and believes in being there for her patients in the here and now. 

Sarah’s interest in mental and behavioral health care stemfrom her fascination with human behavior and interactions and relationships. 

Sarah is working towards a certification in perinatal mental health due to her interest in women’s mental health.  She enjoys traveling, cooking and feeding family and friends. 

“Look for the answer inside your question.” – Rumi 

Ann Wimer is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adolescents and adults in California. She has a variety of clinical interests; however, she specializes in child and adolescent therapy, family therapy, marriage and relationship counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy and stress management.  In her practice, Ann’s goal is to help individuals find relief, insight and ultimately peace. She works together with her clients to identify and prioritize their needs, feelings and self-worth. She helps clients develop skills that allow them to release behaviors and thoughts that no longer serve them in order to move forward confidently. She understands that taking the first step in seeking support may not be easy, but hopefully, by getting to that point individuals are able to see a glimpse of their own resilience. 

Ann’s interest in mental and behavioral health care developed after going through therapy herselfShe saw how therapy had benefited her life, so she wanted to blend her experience and strong sense of empathy to help others develop their own full potential. 

Ann plays the acoustic and electric guitar.  She has a master’s in nonprofit management and grew up in Michigan. 

We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to. – Brene Brown 

Shawn Shukla, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist offering services to adult residents in California. He has a variety of clinical interests; however, he specializes in depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorderDr. Shukla’s philosophy of care is to use his expertise in medicine and psychotropic medications, while treating patients with compassion and providing them the therapeutic support they need. 

Dr. Shukla’s interest in mental and behavioral health care stems from his innate love for the human mind and human behavior. He studied a lot of different fields before going into medicine and found psychiatry to be a natural fit. 

Dr. Shukla was co-chief resident during his final year of residency. He enjoys spending time with loved ones and enjoys eating, traveling and sports. 

Lorna Hassard is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adolescent and adult residents in California. She has numerous clinical interests; however, she specializes in anxiety disorders, life transitions, grief counseling, trauma and abuse and wellness and health promotion. In her practice, Lorna’s philosophy of care is built around the belief that helping people learn more about themselves and their abilities and strengths can lead to positive life changes. She enjoys helping others find their personal source of empowerment. 

Lorna believes that in a sense the world has gotten smaller and that many get overwhelmed with information and struggle through daily challenges. Lorna chose a career in social work to help others find a way to rediscover fun and enjoy daily life. 

Lorna has raised four children to adulthood. She enjoys learning new hobbies and has happily and successfully changed careers mid-life. 

“Your greatest self has been waiting your whole life; don’t make it wait any longer.” – Dr. Steve Maraboli 

Elizabeth Pezoa is a licensed clinical social worker and licensed professional clinical counselor offering services to adolescents and adult residents in California. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, she specializes in anxiety disorders, mood disorders and attachment disordersElizabeth strongly believes that all human beings are created equal and deserve respect and the best care possible in order to thrive in life. 

Elizabeth’s interest in mental and behavioral health care stems from her innate need to help people. When she was seven years old, before going out to play with friends, she would check-in on an elderly neighbor who lost her husband. And in high school, most friends and acquaintances would confide in her because she was naturally observant and a good listener; thus, she decided to pursue a career in clinical work. 

Elizabeth grew up with friends from diverse backgrounds and loves listening to all types of music. 

“The time is always right to do what is right.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Rebecca Poage is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to children, adolescent and adult residents in California and Texas. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are working with trauma survivors, veterans, learning issues, mood disorders, medical issues and autism immune issues. In her practice, Rebecca’s philosophy of care is to look for strengths, resources and spiritual and community support that individuals may have. She assesses areas of need and seeks to help empower individuals to access resources to promote growth and aid in reducing their challenges. Rebecca workto help individuals see their challenges from a perspective that allows for breakthroughs. She will typically use metaphors adapted to everyone to describe situations to help facilitate problem resolution. 

Rebecca’s interest in mental and behavioral health care comes from having benefited from her own therapy. Her interest then developed when those close to her sought her support. She feels well suited for the field. 

Rebecca once rented a stick-shift car to explore Normandy, France for a week on her own. She has fond memories of going on road trips as a child with her family around the US, some of Canada and Mexico. She has an interest in art, music, dance, drama and cinema. Humor is a key value of hers. 

“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”  – Helen Keller 

Sherrin Packer Rosenthal, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to child, adolescent and adult residents in California. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are attachment disorders, child-parent psychotherapy, mindfulness and selfregulation, adoption-specific therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy 

Darlene Jeris, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adult residents in California. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are anxiety, mood disorders, life transitions, stress management and career coaching. In her practice, her philosophy of care is centralized around her firm beliethat every individual has the potential to grow and change. Her approach is to partner with each patient to identify the barriers to living a life that is consistent with theigoals and valuesShe strives to provide a safe, nonjudgmental and supportive space to explore these barriers, identify patterns that no longer work and help patients develop new possibilities. Darlene helps her patients recognize and build on their strengths and works with them to develop skills to manage stress and the inevitable “bumps in the road” that everyone encounters. 

Darlene founded and managed a nonprofit in the Bronx, a secondchance charter school for women, to help them earn a high school equivalency diploma and continue to advance their education and training. She loves listening to audiobooks, especially classic fiction – Finished War and Peace and The Odyssey are among her favorite reads so far in 2020. Darlene also started running marathons several years ago and even ran one in Kenya.    

“The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change.” – William Arthur Ward 

If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a free, 24-hour hotline at 1.800.273.8255. If your issue is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.