Our Provider Team

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Dr. Michelle Guchereau

board certified Psychiatrist

Dr. Guchereau specializes in the psychiatric evaluation, complementary therapy approach, and medical management of children, adolescents and adults in San Francisco, CA. She has been certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.

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Dr. Guchereau has over a decade of experience as a psychiatric clinician, and earned her Medical Doctorate at the prestigious University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. She served in the US Air Force and was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal for her support of active duty military and their family members all over the world.

Dr. Guchereau specializes in the evaluation and treatment of the attention issues (ADD/ADHD), depression and anxiety. She is committed to providing specialized and individualized service, and a comprehensive treatment plan is created for each patient. She is experienced in multiple modalities of psychotherapy, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based approaches.

She tailors each psychotherapeutic and medication intervention to the individual patient and issues presented, taking care to understand and work within the framework of psychological, social and biological factors unique to each individual.

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Victor Torres-Collazo

BOARD CERTIFIED PSYCHIATRIST

Victor Torres-Collazo, MD provides specialty psychiatric evaluations, medication management and consultations for adults. He specializes in assessments and treatment of patients with comorbid medical and psychiatric issues.

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Dr. Torres-Collazo is ABPN board-certified in both General Psychiatry and Consult-Liaison Psychiatry/CLP. He completed fellowship at Georgetown, during which he also trained at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

He is very experienced with pharmacogenetic testing, neuropsychiatric issues, complex medical issues and medication management. He is fluent in both English and Spanish.

As a specialist, Dr. Torres-Collazo does a very thorough review of each case, including medical records, imaging and labs. This is often a more thorough evaluation process than that of non-specialist psychiatrists or providers, and patients should NOT expect a prescription on the first visit. Here’s more info on his specialty:

https://www.clpsychiatry.org/about-aclp/whatis-clp/.

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Stephen B. Seager

BOARD CERTIFIED PSYCHIATRIST

Stephen B Seager MD has been a board-certified psychiatrist for twenty-six years. He specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders.

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A graduate of Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, Dr. Seager completed his psychiatry residency at Martin Luther King Hospital in Los Angeles. A former Emergency Room physician, Dr. Seager is also a retired Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine. He has published numerous original scientific papers. He is also the author of three books on our national mental health system and appears on CNN Live with Don Lemon as a regular mental health contributor.

A Utah native, Dr. Seager grew up in the Bay Area. His three dogs, cat, and a rabbit all kindly share their home with Dr. Seager, his wife Jessica, and their two young children.

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Dannie Brown

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Dannie is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with a background in psychology and over 10 years experience working as a medical-surgical nurse. She provides comprehensive mental health evaluations, individually tailored treatment plans, brief therapy and prescribes psychopharmacological medications where indicated. Dannie combines evidence-based practices with clinical experience, and if necessary, collaborates with additional providers to deliver safe and effective care.

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Dannie champions the importance of lifestyle changes and nutrition as pre-requisites to an overall healthy mind and body. And although medications play a role in mental health, she takes a conservative approach, particularly with controlled substances. Her areas of focus include (but are not limited to) Depression, Anxiety, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

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Lindsey Hughes

PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER (PMHNP)

Lindsey Hughes is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who is wholeheartedly dedicated to providing compassionate and exceptional psychiatric care. Lindsey’s drive for quality mental health care began in 2015 and her love for psychiatry grew while working as a registered nurse at a facility for mental health and substance abuse.

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Lindsey became focused on meeting the needs of her patients by showing compassion, empathy, and patience and has been honored to be a part of the recovery process for so many. Lindsey holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing, is a California Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and has years of experience working in a psychiatric acute setting. She provides complete psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and supportive psychotherapy. Lindsey specializes in the treatment of Depression, Anxiety and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

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Melanie Ramsey

PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER (PMHNP)

Melanie Ramsey is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Melanie has decades of experience treating medical and mental health conditions in both inpatient, emergency, and outpatient settings as well as being an educator

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She currently offers services for adolescents and adults and specializes in treating the following;

  • Addiction medicine
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood disorders
  • ADHD

Melanie’s approach to care is one of an holistic philosophy. Focusing on both the body and mind with a continuing commitment to personalized and comprehensive care for patients across the lifespan.

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Edith PMHNP

Edith Orejel

PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER (PMHNP)

Edith is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) who understands the importance of the mind-body connection and how this can influence overall health. Edith has experience working in the inpatient setting as well as acute psychiatric services in the emergency room. She is able to recognize crisis situations, as well as moments in which support is needed.

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Edith believes in individualized care and holds the integrative or holistic approach in high esteem. She understands how lifestyle changes can have an impact on both physical and mental health, which is why Edith participates in daily meditation and mindfulness. 
 
Edith is fluent in both English and Spanish, therefore can serve those that prefer care in their native language. As a way to involve herself in her community and to be able to advocate for mental health, she is a current member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA).

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Michal Twardowski

Physician Assistant (PA)

My name is Michal Twardowski and I have been in the field of Psychiatry as a Physician Assistant for over a year now. I completed my medical training at the Penn State University College of Medicine campus in Hershey, Pennsylvania. I chose to go into medicine, and specifically into psychiatry, due to my own family’s struggles with mental health, which helped pique my interest in the specialty, as well as helped develop my skills of compassion, understanding, and dedication to individuals who struggle with mental health concerns.

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A little about me personally: I was born in Poland but consider myself a native Californian, as I have lived here since I was a toddler. I’m an avid outdoorsman in that I enjoy camping, hiking, and rock climbing along with whichever outdoor activity I can get my hands on when I’m traveling to a new city, state, or country. I look forward to getting to know and working with all of my patients!

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Roxana Karimi

Physician Assistant (PA)

Roxana is a certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) with a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant studies with extensive experience in the mental health field. She specializes in dual diagnosis, depression disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorders, ADD/ADHD, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Roxana strives to provide treatment tailored to each individual patient based on symptom profile and their treatment history. She addresses mental health concerns by educating and empowering her patients to take an active role in better understanding their condition and treatment options.

She has a passion for quality patient care and enjoys getting to know her patients as well as being a part of their wellness journey and improving their quality of life.

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Emily Barker

Emily Barker

PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER (PMHNP)

Emily has a diverse background working in a variety of environments including San Diego’s busiest Emergency Departments as well as the acute inpatient psychiatric setting.

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Some may be surprised to hear that nursing is not her first career.
After working in law enforcement for several years, and frequently utilizing skills as an Emergency Medical Technician, she was motivated to pursue a profession that focused on healthcare.

Emily is most interested in helping people gain a better understanding of the interaction between the mind, body, and lifestyle choices, in conjunction with conventional treatment, which can optimize individual functioning.

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Zena Vevaina

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

Hi and welcome! I would like to offer my hand in your journey. Often, people seek therapy when they are in a crisis such as a challenge in marriage, infidelity, difficulty with an adolescent, a transition, depression, anxiety, psychosis, or struggling with substance abuse. Sometimes people seek therapy when they need someone to help them reframe an issue or offer a different perspective.

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I value and respect each individual I work with. I work with adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families using many different theoretical approaches tailored to match your unique needs and personality.

I use an elective approach including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Attachment work, and the Humanistic Approach. I also practice Emotion-Focused Therapy, which focuses on how you interact in your current primary relationships and teaches you how to unravel the dance you have with your partner, parent, or child.

If you desire someone to work with that is passionate, strengths-based, collaborative, and interactive, I am here to walk this journey with you. Take my hand and let’s work together to get you unstuck and climbing upwards towards your envisioned life.

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Hector Saavedra

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (amft)

Hector Saavedra is a dedicated and committed AMFT who is dedicated to guiding clients in their therapeutic journey. He is a graduate of the MFT program at the University of Southern California. In the past Hector has worked in various settings such as universities, schools, and clinics; in these settings he has worked with those struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, addiction, and many other issues.

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Hector is trained in various evidence based practices and uses multiple psychotherapy modalities such as cognitive behavioral, humanistic, solution focused, as well as others. Hector believes in the importance of tailoring treatment to each individual to best suit the client. He also believes in empowering the client to collaborate on their treatment plan to help them feel in control of their own journey.

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Martha Gonzales

Martha Gonzales

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (amft)

My name is Martha Gonzales and I am an Associate Family Therapist. I have been working in the field for about 5 years. I enjoy working with children and families. I graduated with my Masters degree as A Marriage and Family Therapist with a concentration in children.

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I myself have utilized therapy services in the past, especially when I was a child and I lost my father at a young age. Just like that therapist made a difference in my life, that is something that I want to continue doing, making a difference. I am a cancer survivor, mother of 3 children which I enjoy spending time with them on my days off.
I have experience working with children and adults diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety, depression and other diagnosis.

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Ellen Suski

licensed clinical social worker (LCSW)

Hello, my name is Ellen Suski, I go by Elly. I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). I have been working in the mental health field for almost 9 years and providing therapy for about 5 years. I have experience working with individuals with depression, anxiety, and ADHD as well as concerns around interpersonal relationships and stress management (related to work, school, family, and friends).

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My approach to therapy includes allowing the client to guide the direction of each session. I choose this approach as I do not like my clients to feel forced to speak on a topic or area in their life that they aren’t comfortable with yet. With that said, I am also willing to provide more prompting for the sessions.

A little bit about myself: I am a huge animal lover. I have 2 dogs and 6 cats. And love them all. I enjoy spending time at home, relaxing, and watching movies in my free time.

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