Survivor of Suicide Loss

La Cheim Behavioral Health Services Staff

Meet the Clinicians Who Provide Care at our PHP & IOP in Oakland

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About La Cheim Behavioral Health Services

 

La Cheim's Valfer Life Renewal Program provides a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adults. To learn more, check out our client testimonials and an overview of a day in our PHP/IOP.

 

We specialize in treating clients with depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, unresolved issues of grief and loss, post-traumatic stress (PTSD), and thought disorders. We also address issues associated with chemical dependency, recovery and relapse prevention.

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PROGRAM MANAGERS

Frances Raeside, LMFT (she/her)

Program Director

Frances Slack Raeside, MFT, Program Director at La Cheim since 2013,  grew up in a therapeutic residence:  to help make ends meet, her father, a psychology professor at Harvard in the 1950s, invited some of his patients with severe mental illness to live with his family as honorary family members.  Ideas about patient power, positive thinking, role play and role reversal, placebo effect,  unconditional positive regard, free association and dream analysis were everyday topics in her blended family culture . Frances worked in the publishing industry in New York and in the computer software industry in California, becoming the first woman executive in the multinational corporation Hoesch GmbH.  She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley and earned her master degree from SF State, where she was inspired by Harvey Peskin’s insights into the children of Holocaust survivors, and Terry Soo Hoo's brief strategic work within the cultural context of Chinese American families.  Frances continued to explore themes of intergenerational trauma, identity and community healing in collaboration with indigenous people from Australia, California, Alaska, and Papua New Guinea. Since 2005, she and her husband, John, and daughter, Abby, have hosted over 200 international students in their Oakland home, extending the family tradition of unusual hospitality.

Adam Nelson, MD (he/him)

Medical Director

Dr. Nelson received his BA in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and his MD from the University of Pittsburgh. He received his training in psychiatry, both psychoanalytic skills and neurosciences, at the Hillside Hospital in New York, part of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Nelson has been practicing in California for more than 30 years, during which he has worked as team leader or medical director in several settings, including the US Air Force, the Veterans Administration, the City of Berkeley, Marin General Hospital, and San Francisco General Hospital. He served on the faculty of UC Davis Medical Center and and UCSF-Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Nelson also developed and ran a street-based homeless psychiatric clinic in San Francisco and has worked with the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinics, Catholic Charities, Glide Memorial Outpatient Services, St Anthony’s Clinic, the Urban Indian Health Clinics, and Native American Community Friendship House to increase access to psychiatric care for their patient communities. Dr. Nelson is Board Certified in Psychiatry and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. In addition to his work at La Cheim BHS, he has a private practice in Mill Valley and serves as an active spokesperson and advocate for improved access to mental health services for patients and families locally and nationally.

Michal Falk, PhD (she/her)

Clinical Director

Michal has been with La Cheim since 2009.  A licensed clinical psychologist, she holds a Ph.D and an MA in clinical psychology, as well as an MA in Expressive Art Therapy. She has been in the field of psychology for over 30 years, and is a firm believer in people’s inner wisdom to heal, and in the power of a therapeutic community to renew a sense of livelihood and engagement in life.  As well, Michal is dedicated to supporting interns in their path to become licensed professionals, from supervision to training and exposure to cutting-edge and research-based practices.  She is passionate about building a community for clients and interns alike, with the deep conviction that supportive and caring relationship are the soil of the soul. Painting, sculpting and kayaking are among the creative and recreational outlets Michal enjoys in her free time.

David Beckerman, PhD (he/him)

Admissions Coordinator

Dr. David Beckerman oversees the admissions process for La Cheim Behavioral Health Services. To learn more about the program and discuss scheduling a PHP or IOP intake, please give him a call at (510) 596-8350.

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Brad Falconer (he/they) 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️

Quality Assurance & Program Improvement (QAPI) Coordinator

Brad has been with La Cheim since 2015. A graduate of the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California, Brad  currently works in an administrative capacity at La Cheim, helping to maintain, measure, and strengthen the program.

PSYCHIATRIC PROVIDERS

Lorna Hall, PA (she/her)

Lorna is a physician assistant on La Cheim's psychiatric team.

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Suzy Lozier, PA (she/her)

Suzy is a psychiatric physician assistant. She received a BA from Brown University and a Master of Medical Science from Yale University School of Medicine. She worked in general medicine before joining a psychiatric practice where she primarily treated children and adolescents. In 2016 she started the telepsychiatry program for Action Urgent Care. She moved with her daughter from the Yosemite Area to Oakland and has been treating patients at La Cheim since December of 2018.

Miriam Lundy, NP (she/her)

Miriam is a psychiatric nurse practitioner.  She studied biology at UC Berkeley and did psychiatric research at McLean Hospital in Boston before completing her master's degree at Yale University in 2010.  In her free time she enjoys hiking, climbing, and spending time with her family.

Dmitriy Reznik, PA (he/him)

Dmitriy is a physician assistant on La Cheim's psychiatric team.

Sarah Schenk, RN (she/her)

Sarah is a registered nurse on La Cheim's psychiatric team.

CLINICAL SUPERVISORS

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Ed Harris, LMFT (he/him)

Ed is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He has been playing guitar for all of his adult life. He attended American University in Washington DC, where he majored in government and public administration. He received his Master of arts degree in psychology from Western Institute for Social Research in Berkeley. An avid Giants and Warriors fan, he began working at La Cheim in March 2006.

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Amanda Morrison, LMFT, LPCC (she/her)

Amanda Morrison is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Amanda graduated from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA with a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and worked at different community mental health non-profits before settling with La Cheim Behavioral Health Services in early 2017. Currently specializing in crisis stabilization, person-centered treatment, Somatic Experiencing work, parenting support, and using Non-Violent Communication methods. When not at work she enjoys gardening, raising her two children, and playing with her two dogs.

Noam Salpeter, LMFT (he/him)

Noam is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and clinical supervisor at La Cheim.

Lenore Schuh, LMFT (she/her)

Lenore is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and clinical supervisor at La Cheim.

THERAPISTS

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Lisa Anderson, AMFT (she/her)

Lisa received her MA in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University and is currently a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. A native of the Bay Area, she has a passion for working with diverse populations in an integrative and holistic capacity.  She specializes in transpersonal and somatic therapy, integrative body work, and has in depth knowledge of how these modalities can help clients with developmental trauma heal and thrive. Lisa enjoys outdoor activities and living a purposeful life of helping others through writing.

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Kira Cushner, MA, PhD (she/her)

Kira holds an MA and PhD in clinical psychology and has worked in the mental health field for over a decade. A second-generation San Franciscan, she grew up sailing on the bay with her dad, who instilled within her a passion and respect for the ocean and its creatures. In her spare time, she enjoys tap dancing, running on the beach with her dog, and eating copious amounts of cheese. Kira is trained in numerous modalities and takes an integrative approach to psychotherapy, tailoring treatment to fit the unique needs of each individual she works with.

Cindy Gibbons, AMFT (she/her)

Cindy is an AMFT working within the PHP/IOP.

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Anne Marie Jubinal, AMFT (she/her)

Anne Marie Jubinal is a registered Associate Marriage and Family therapist. Born and raised in Long Beach, CA, she spent her undergrad days on the east coast in Boston, MA. She returned to CA to attend the counseling psych program at Dominican University of CA after working in the field of speech pathology and special education. Anne Marie believes deeply in the power of a warm, compassionate, and safe therapeutic relationship. She uses a narrative approach while supporting people in finding and honoring their inner wisdom. She comes from a family of musicians, so she enjoys singing and all music. She also loves 90s/early 2000s pop culture! 

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Sheela Kamath, AMFT, APCC (she/her)

Sheela is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. As a trauma-focused, culturally sensitive clinician, she draws from a variety of therapeutic approaches including CBT, DBT, existential-humanistic psychology, expressive arts, and mindfulness. She earned her MA in counseling psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. In her free time, Sheela enjoys reading and writing fiction, listening to music (especially from the '90s), playing with her two dogs, and eating all the baked goods.

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Miriam Kopf, AMFT (she/her)

Miriam is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at La Cheim Behavioral Health Services. She is a native of Los Angeles, but was always drawn to the Bay Area. She graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she earned her BA in Psychology. She went on to earn her MA in Counseling Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. In her therapeutic practice, Miriam employs a narrative approach, from an attachment focused and strengths based lens. When she's not practicing therapy, she is cuddling her two dogs, dancing, or spending time watching & discussing movies or playing board games with family and friends.

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Mark Mattek, APCC (he/him) 🏳️‍🌈

Mark is a registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor at La Cheim Behavioral Health Services. He has lived all over the country but recently settled in the Bay Area so he can enjoy pleasant weather year-round. He earned his bachelor's in psychology and MS in counseling while also working for many years in human resources. Mark employs a person-centered therapeutic approach, leveraging clients’ strengths and resilience to build skills that align with their goals. In his free time he enjoys taking his two dogs for hikes in the hills, traveling, watching movies, or spending time with family and friends.

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Zuri Montgomery, AMFT (she/her) 🎸

Zuri Montgomery received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from CIIS and is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She was born and raised in the South and is now happily a transplant in the Bay Area. While trained in the expressive arts, she is also trained in African/Black psychology methods and uses a combination of transpersonal and person-centered approaches when working with clients. In her spare time, Zuri loves to sing, compose music, play her bass guitar, and read comic books. She is also a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and loves reading fantasy books!

Woody Wu, LMFT (he/him) 

Woody is a licensed therapist working within the PHP/IOP.

PEER SPECIALISTS

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Antoinette Gaggero (she/her)

Antoinette is a Certified Mental Health Peer Specialist and an alum of La Cheim’s PHP.  A Brown Queer Woman, a survivor of extreme hardships, including domestic violence, homelessness, assault, racism and Cancer.  She brings her life experiences and her journey to mental health wellness together with tools such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), 1-1 peer guidance and group facilitation to serve the developing La Cheim peer community. As an artist, her creativity pours into to all her endeavors.  Antoinette’s work empowers her peers to find their own solutions. Above all, her values lie in the power of mutuality and unconditional positive regard for others. 

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Jillian Love-Bloom (she/her)

Jillian began service at La Cheim in 2019 as a volunteer, then a fellow under which the Peer program was developed and is currently in it’s beginning stages.  Now as the Peer Services Coordinator and a Counseling Psychology graduate student dedication and work continues as La Cheim seeks to provide client centered holistic care to all PHP consumers as well as provide support upon graduation through Peer led support groups.

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Sandra Gonzales (she/her)

Kevin Medford (he/him)

Ryan Rousseau (he/him)

Liza Taylor (she/her)