Alan Lorenz, MD

I was born and raised in Madison, WI, completed my undergraduate degree at Stanford, and did some graduate school in clinical psychology in Palo Alto. I then returned to the University of Wisconsin for medical school. I moved to NY, for my Family Medicine Residency, Family Systems Fellowship, and Family Therapy Training at the University of Rochester. Despite moving west, then east, I have maintained my core Midwestern values. I trained with George Engel (biopsychosocial model) for a couple of years, co-authored a couple books, and spent a decade practicing in a lovely, rural family practice in upstate New York. I spent another decade as faculty in the Family Medicine Residency before working at the University Health Service as – among other things – “the doctor’s doctor.”

I strive to be thoughtful, systemic, and bring a practical, individualized approach to each and every person.

When not working, I enjoy connecting with people, skiing (especially helicopter), hiking, biking, most everything outdoors, reading, writing, and just hanging out.

Meet with Alan in Massachusetts (for CHA GME, UMass GME, or St. Elizabeth’s Psychiatry only) and New York (for Bassett Healthcare Network only).

Ali Faris, PsyD

My passion for working closely with medical teams has lead me to my work in hospital and outpatient medical settings, including in the field of oncology. In my work I have directly witnessed the struggles of healthcare professionals and have learned how to support these providers through the many challenges they face in their professional and personal lives.

My approach focuses on honoring your knowledge in the hope of creating an empowering environment where you benefit from freedom to discover your strengths, resiliencies, and courage. It is important to me that we consider culture, history, and identity in the context of what you are struggling with. I truly appreciate the beautiful complexity that makes each of us who we are.

I specialize in working with clinicians struggling with burnout, stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD/trauma, grief/loss, relationship struggles, existential crisis, transitions, performance challenges, self-worth, and perfectionism. In additional I have experience working with clinicians with serious medical conditions such as cancer, neurological disorders, brain and spinal cord injuries.

When not working, I can be found doing many physical activities including circus arts and spending time catching up with friends and family.

Amy Trachter, PsyD PhD

I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with people struggling with substance use issues, relationship problems, learning disorders, and eating and weight difficulties. I have specialized training in working with those who have experienced trauma. I spent the early part of my career in academics at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami working with those living with medical conditions and substance use disorders.

Throughout my career I have focused on working with people with both physical and mental health difficulties, many of those with acute and chronic medical disorders including Crohn’s Disease, IBS, hepatitis, cancer, cardiac and liver disease including those on the waiting list for transplant and people living with HIV/AIDS. I also have extensive expertise working with people with dementia, traumatic brain injury, CVA/Stroke, and other cognitive difficulties.

I was a special education teacher prior to becoming a psychologist and am a strong advocate for those with special needs. I care deeply about the needs of those I work with. I am particularly interested in working with people to improve interpersonal relationships and communication skills.

I live in Bergen County, New Jersey, and enjoy hiking, running and yoga.

Amy Romain, MSW

I am  a licensed clinical social worker with over 30 years of experience collaborating with healthcare professionals in inpatient and primary care settings, and 20+ years’ experience educating and supporting residents, fellows, medical students and mental health trainees.

I enjoy helping physicians navigate the challenges and tensions in their professional and personal lives. I bring a holistic approach to care utilizing mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, reflective practices and strategies to promote healthy coping and enhance wellbeing.

I love spending time in nature – in the woods, on or in the water, gardening, and spending time with loved ones.

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Angela Wendorf, PhD

I am a clinical health psychologist and have worked in multidisciplinary teams in medical settings for over a decade working with medical and nursing trainees. Working alongside healthcare professionals I have witnessed the struggles involved in balancing the challenges of life that are amplified by the demands of training and working in healthcare.

In my practice, I take an integrative approach to therapy, drawing from cognitive, behavioral, and mindfulness-based practices. I incorporate a values-based approach to guide meaningful change, growth, and wellness.

I have expertise and passion for working with people on insomnia, coping with acute and chronic medical conditions, and health behavior and lifestyle changes.

I am originally from Wisconsin, trained in California, and now call New England my home. Outside of work, I love being outdoors and exploring trails, mountains, and waterways with my husband and tiny (but mighty!) Chiweenie.

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Ann Maloney, MD

I am a psychiatrist and have been affiliated with training programs for 18 years. I really enjoy helping trainees navigate along their path. My own path took some detours, changing careers from nursing to medicine in my 30s. Born in Wisconsin, somehow I ended up at the Univ. of Vermont College of Medicine and to my PGY1-6 years at UNC Chapel Hill. Yes, two fellowships. I certainly recognize that trainees have a really heavy cognitive load on the way to being an attending. I have compassion for the struggles and understand well the many cultures within cultures of medicine.

When not seeing patients, you may find me on the water rowing, raising my teenagers with my wife, and out getting fresh produce to feed our ‘non-stop eating’ pandemic pet rabbit, Dash.

Meet with Ann in Massachusetts (for CHA GME, UMass GME, or St. Elizabeth’s Psychiatry only).

Asani Seawell, PhD

I am a licensed clinical psychologist with nearly two decades of experience in academic and medical settings including graduate psychology education, primary care, and specialty medicine. I have been a long-standing champion for the well-being of health professionals. Currently, I am a behavioral health provider in obesity medicine at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, OR and serve as the director of a workforce well-being initiative for the hospital system.

My areas of expertise include stress management, goal setting, sleep, physical activity, nutritional health, and managing chronic health conditions. As a queer black woman with multiple intersecting identities, I also enjoy working with health care professionals from diverse backgrounds to find and build community, including doing work related to thriving in predominantly white spaces.

As a result of my work and training I lived in the eastern United States and rural mid-west before landing in the Pacific Northwest. In my free time I enjoy poetry, collage, travel, and spending time with family and friends.

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Ashley Warhol, PsyD

I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience working with individuals who are navigating emotional challenges and experiences, particularly related to depression, PTSD/adjustment issues, anxiety, stress management, substance use issues, self-injurious behaviors, and suicidality.

I also have extensive training and experience in working with individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ and the provision of affirming care. I have had the pleasure of working alongside medical professionals throughout my career and am excited to support them in a different way.

I am intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and utilize these strategies regularly in working with clients. I am also skilled at tailoring treatment to the needs of the client using other evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

I bring my radically genuine self to the therapy environment. The development of a positive and safe therapeutic relationship is just as important as the goals that we set together. I believe there is a place for humor and irreverence amid the sometimes-difficult work we do in treatment. I also strive to be direct and compassionate while taking a non-judgmental stance.

In my free time, I enjoy running ultramarathons, hiking, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and being the ultimate Buffalo Bills fan.

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Brian Sandoval, PsyD

I am a licensed psychologist with over a decade of experience working in the “trenches” of primary care with medical providers and residents. I’ve heard consistently that practicing medicine can be incredibly rewarding and draining – sometimes on the same day. I wholeheartedly believe that supporting providers through these ups and downs is critical to sustaining our health care system. While that support can take many forms, I have often found myself helping providers manage the consistent tension between their occupational calling, the toll it takes on their personal lives, and the concrete stress of daily clinical practice.
My approach to clinical care is both compassionate and practical. Each provider brings a unique experience and history, and I aim to help individuals function more effectively in their personal and professional lives as soon as possible. My focus is not on psychological labels but instead on helping people cope and get “unstuck” through evidence-based approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). If you’re interested in learning more, I’m happy to offer an initial 20-minute consultation call so we can determine together the best approach for your situation.
On a personal level, I love taking road trips with my family, coaching my sons’ sports teams, eating tacos, and watching soccer (the “real” football.)

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Brian Van Buren, PhD

I am a licensed clinical psychologist and have spent several years training and working in academic medical centers throughout New York City and Boston. After receiving my PhD, I completed a post-doctoral fellowship focused on the treatment of post-traumatic stress.
I have spent most of my career working in hospitals and understand the unique pressures of inpatient medicine, rounding on the wards, and caring for people with complex medical problems. I am passionate about partnering with healthcare professionals to foster wellness, resilience, and meaning in their personal and professional lives. Working in healthcare, there are many opportunities for exposure to traumatic events and I work with people to address the residue of this work.
In my spare time, I enjoy running, spending time with family and friends, and exploring all that New England has to offer.

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Cali-Ryan Collin, MSW, PhD

I am a licensed independent clinical social worker and have my doctorate in Interdisciplinary Health Professions Education. I am a fierce advocate for health equity and have 10 years of clinical practice experience in healthcare settings. I have experience working in health professions education institutions and understand the unique demands placed on early career healthcare professionals. I have a clinical speciality in the areas of substance use and queer affirming care.

I love getting outside and spending time with my wife, fur baby, and human baby.

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Claudia Allen, PhD JD ABPP

I’m a board-certified clinical psychologist with a passion for supporting health care professionals in living healthy lives and finding joy in their work. I’ve been working in academic medicine for almost two decades teaching and mentoring family medicine, pediatric and psychiatry residents. I have also been caring for physicians and nurses for many years in my counseling practice. Being a clinician can take so much out of us and it can be so important to stay tuned in to our own core values and needs. There is so much pressure on clinicians to help others while covering up our own wounds. I love providing a safe space for healthcare professionals to consider their needs and figure out how to move towards well-being.

I use a holistic approach rooted in attachment and Emotion Focused Therapy melded with cognitive behavioral and mindfulness techniques. I have expertise in couples work and parenting. With couples, I use Emotion Focused Couples Therapy and in the parenting arena I am guided by attachment theory and positive parenting. I co-authored a book on my approach to parenting adolescents called Escaping the Endless Adolescence: Helping our Teens Grow Up Before They Grow Old.

I live in Virginia and Maine and love painting, recreational sports, being in nature, hiking with my therapy dog, Scout, and spending time with my husband and three adult children.

Dan Johnson, PhD, Education Lead

I am a licensed clinical psychologist in Massachusetts and strive to use my training to help folks act in line with their values, live meaningfully, and extend compassion towards others (and themselves!). I have had the privilege of working in several hospital systems in MA and CO and have supported physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other healthcare professionals in navigating career and personal challenges. I joined Tend Health in 2022 andbring my principles of valued living, compassionate care, and healthcare equity to the educational and group sessions offered by Tend Health as Tend’s Education and Facilitation Lead. When I am living by my values, you will find me meditating, spending time with siblings and their families, hiking with my partner, trying to keep up in my basketball league, jamming in my car to some old school punk rock, and building community for racial justice.

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Deb Kiehlmeier, DO

I have been a board-certified psychiatrist since 2021. I am originally from New Jersey and completed my training on the East Coast before graduating and moving to the Pacific Northwest. I struggled with my own mental health during medical training, and understand the extreme stress that trainees must endure.

As cliche as it may sound, I do believe I have a holistic approach to psychiatry, and try to first "do no harm" - by ensuring medications are appropriate and not causing harm, and maximizing lifestyle interventions.

My greatest joys are my cats, who sometimes like to join me on telepsych visits.

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Ed Boudreaux, PhD

I am a cognitive-behavioral clinical psychologist who has worked for 30 years across a variety of medical settings, ranging from outpatient clinics to emergency departments to inpatient medical and psychiatric units. I not only have a deep expertise with evidence-based approaches to assessing, formulating, and treating the root causes leading to dysfunction in an individual’s life, as a Professor working in an academic medical school setting, I also have close personal experience working alongside and training a broad range of healthcare professionals.

I understand the unique pressures healthcare providers experience, especially in the context of modern healthcare where pressure is generated not only from caring for sick patients but also navigating an increasingly complex and bureaucratic system that zaps much of the satisfaction from the work.

My approach includes careful attention to identifying and growing an individual’s existing strengths, as well as building new ways of thinking, behaving, and relating to others that foster mindfulness, meaning, connectedness, and resilience.

Outside of work, my wife and I spend most of our time raising our two children, maintaining our Victorian home – which is like our third child! – tending our garden, and building birdhouses. I also enjoy traveling, reading science fiction, relaxing on my front porch, and brewing beer.

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Emily Traupman, PhD

I am a clinical health psychologist with 10+ years experience working in a variety of medical settings, from level 1 trauma center to inpatient rehabilitation hospital to primary care clinic. For the past 5+ years I have been working in family medicine residency education. I am engaged in interdisciplinary work on clinician wellness, justice, equity, and inclusion work, social determinants of health, and medical ethics.

I enjoy helping physicians connect with their values and the meaning within and outside of work to maintain their purpose or “north star” around which we shape our lives. My approach is collaborative, individualized, and holistic incorporating Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, and Interpersonal Therapy. I work with health professionals on burnout, stress, mood, anxiety, PTSD/trauma, performance challenges, perfectionism, and coping with acute and chronic medical conditions. When not working I enjoy practicing yoga, hiking, paddle boarding, baking, reading, and long walks with my dog.

Erin O'Hea, PhD

I am a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty in health psychology and behavioral medicine. I have over two decades of experience working in medical settings as both a clinician and an educator. My experiences working in medical settings, alongside physicians and trainees from all different specialties, has deepened my understanding of the serious work demands that go along with being in the field.

I am a cognitive behavior therapist. I am skilled at working with people struggling with stress management or anxiety. I enjoy helping people make important changes in their lives to improve their overall wellness (i.e., sleep, nutrition, exercise, relationships). As someone who has studied women's health for many years, I have a particular interest and experience working with women. I am very sensitive to the unique stressors women face in their lives and also working in medicine. I bring that sensitivity to my therapeutic relationships with my clients. I also enjoy helping women work on work/life balance and healthy interpersonal relationships.

I believe it is important to use therapeutic approaches that have empirical support. Thus, my therapeutic choices are based on this belief and the understanding that the therapeutic relationship is integral to this work and I strive to build trust and empathy with my patients. I like to use humor and a strength based approach to treatment. I also bring a true dedication and compassion to my work that I hope will promote growth and improve quality of life for my patients.

Outside of Tend, I am a professor of psychology at a small liberal arts college, and I enjoy cooking, spending time with my family and friends, reading anything Stephen King, and always have music playing in the background as I move through my days.

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Gabriela Ramirez, PsyD

I am a clinical health psychologist with experience working in medical education. I have assisted medical students adjusting to the stressors of medical school and applying to residency. I have also worked with residents, training them in behavioral health techniques.

Assisting fellow healthcare professionals with burnout is near and dear to my heart, as I have experienced (and overcome) burnout myself. As a mother I am also passionate about working with mothers in healthcare, as we face unique challenges in meeting the demands of multiple roles. My therapeutic style draws mainly from 3rd wave CBT therapies like DBT, ACT, Radically Open DBT, and mindfulness. One saying from DBT that guides my therapeutic style is the concept of “creating a life worth living”, and how to do that under some of the stressors that come with working in healthcare.

I have specialized training in working with patients diagnosed with an eating disorder and with patients experiencing chronic pain. I enjoy working with people to help them make small or large changes in their lives to create a life that they take pleasure in living.

In my personal time, I like to practice yoga, travel with friends, cook, and spend time with family.

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Jennifer Ayres, PhD, ABPP

I have been practicing as a licensed psychologist for 20 years and began working in medical settings 25 years ago as a graduate student. I have worked in hospitals, primary care, community mental health centers, schools, shelters, and residential facilities. My approach is authentic, practical, collaborative, trauma-informed, integrative, and begins with a gentle invitation: “Tell me what’s bringing you here and how I can help.” I am board-certified in clinical psychology and am a trained teacher of mindfulness and Mindful Self-Compassion. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, reading, writing, and exploring new places with my twin sons and our dogs.

Jeremy Joseph, PhD

I am a licensed clinical psychologist with a decade of experience in medical and research settings. Working alongside medical residents and professionals has given me the opportunity to understand some of the hurdles faced on a daily basis. I get how career uncertainty, heavy workload, relocation, and witnessing pain and suffering can impact you and your loved ones.

I have specialized training in posttraumatic growth, couples dynamics, and mindfulness. Please don’t let the antiquated stigma around mental health hold you back from getting support. Consider scheduling an initial consultation so you can “interview” me to determine our goodness of fit. Let’s work together on building your mental and emotional fitness to a level that feels right for you.

While I’m a California native, I wandered to the Midwest for my undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago and then migrated to the University of Wyoming for my graduate degree, before returning to the Golden State. In my spare time, I enjoy riding my ebike, learning about horology, and kayaking with my wife and our Dalmatian.

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Jo Vogeli, PhD

I earned my PhD in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of Colorado Denver and bring over a decade of experience working with physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, and medical trainees. My journey in healthcare worker wellbeing started at a Level IV NICU in Denver. I found the emotionally complex environment of the NICU left providers vulnerable to compassion fatigue, moral distress, and second victim phenomenon. It was at this Level IV NICU that I began to develop expertise in interventions geared toward burnout prevention, promoting resilience, and understanding posttraumatic growth.

As a psychologist in academic medicine, I work directly with physicians, APPs, fellows, and residents utilizing a “care for the caregiver” approach. I provide evidence-based interventions for a variety of needs such as anxiety, sleep problems, chronic health conditions, role transitions, as well as work with those who are struggling with professional challenges to revitalize the sense of meaning and purpose that originally brought them to medicine. I offer a compassionate approach when helping individuals navigate the vulnerable time after unanticipated medical events and other adverse events that occur in professional or personal life.

For my own wellbeing, I dance hula, read many books with my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel on my lap, and ride my Peloton bike.

Julie Morris, PhD

As a native New Yorker, I like to say that I was born interested in human behavior; that interest eventually led to a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wyoming (Go Pokes!). Since that time, I have worked exclusively in Academic Medical Centers alongside medical colleagues. When working with patients I provide an affirming space to say things perhaps never spoken before. My therapeutic approach is evidence-based, mindful, creative, and when needed, kindly challenging. I value you, what you have to say, and our time together.  In my free time I value time spent in nature, in movement, in artistic creation, and time with my loved ones.

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Katherine Bergs, PhD

Dr. Katherine Bergs is originally from North Carolina and trained at East Carolina University (Go Pirates!) in both Marriage and Family Therapy and Clinical Health Psychology. After finishing training in the Family Medicine department at the University of Colorado, she has been in Family Medicine residency education in Fort Worth, Texas for the past 5 years. In that role, she has been involved in training of medical students, residents, and behavioral medicine learners. Additionally, she has a strong interest in physician well-being and impairment concerns. Her clinical interests include couples therapy, sleep, and brief behavioral interventions. In her spare time, she enjoys watching football and any chance to go to the beach.

Lane Weeks DeWan, PsyD

I am a licensed clinical psychologist and I have 10 years of experience working with students and trainees. My goal is to provide a compassionate and clarifying space as we work toward optimal wellness and quality of life. We might explore relevant experiences, values, identities, relationships, thought and behavior patterns, and contextual systems.

My approach is strengths-based, to amplify the good while also tending to difficult domains. We’ll use evidence-based practices including CBT and ACT. Therapy goals are flexible and informed by your priorities.

I have ample experience working with people from underserved populations. My work is informed by specific training and experience with people of prominence, health care professionals, attorneys, first generation families, women, neurodiverse people, and LGBTQIA+ folks. I value the unique challenges healthcare professionals face via advanced clinical training and professional roles – concurrent with leading full personal lives.

Outside of my work you can find me in the forest, reading, or trying my hand at various creative endeavors.

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Laura Lovato, PhD

I have over ten years of experience working in hospitals and primary care settings as both a colleague and therapist to health professionals. One of the most meaningful professional experiences I’ve had was working with medical trainees. I understand the sacrifice and resilience it takes to be a health professional and the challenges of managing personal well-being under the weight of exceptional responsibility and stress. I have an integrative approach to therapy, using experiential, relational, and cognitive-behavioral techniques to help clients develop practical skills that support a greater sense of clarity and confidence and help them reconnect with the meaning in their professional and personal lives. I strive to be transparent, genuine, and warm and hope my clients feel seen and appreciated for their humanness and not a diagnosis.

Lauren S. Harper, PhD

I am a licensed psychologist and I have practiced for nearly a decade in academic medicine, primary care, and hospital units as a behavioral health clinician. I have also worked as an employee wellness manager for medical professionals. I enjoy helping people live their most authentic and liberated lives while honoring how we came to know and understand ourselves and the world through our cultural lens and the systems we navigate.

I am equipped to support medical professionals through my professional and clinical training but also in my personal experiences of being the daughter of a nurse. I am comfortable and have expertise working with people on racial and gender trauma, social and political concerns that impact daily functioning, and familial, social and partner relationships. In working with me you can expect that I will both challenge and support you through empathy, grace, humor/laughter, and authenticity.

Outside of work I love exploring new restaurants, finding local experiences and spending time at home with my partner to rejuvenate. I am also honored you are considering working with me.

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Mandy McCorkindale, PsyD, ABPP

I am a board certified Clinical Health Psychologist with over a decade providing therapy and consultation. My background and experience have focused on the primary care setting and I've worked with medical professionals in a variety of clinical areas.

My approach to therapy is client-centered using evidence-based interventions. Generally, it is my goal to understand the challenges you face as you navigate the demands of working in the medical field and caring for others while also trying to maintain your own mental, emotional, and physical health. I enjoy and have expertise in working with individuals who have had all types of trauma exposure, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and difficulty adjusting to life circumstances or situations.

In my own journey to living a balanced life, I enjoy walking, yoga, kayaking, and spending time with the people who matter most to me. I am a veteran and currently serve in the Army National Guard. I have two adult children, and two incredibly amazing grandchildren who help remind me to explore the wonders of life. My partner and I also recently added a mini Aussie puppy to our household so she and her energy keep me moving!

Marilyn Piccirillo, PhD

I have nearly 10 years of experience helping folks navigate challenging emotions and experiences, particularly within the context of anxiety, stress/trauma/PTSD, OCD, substance misuse, and suicidality. I strongly value a collaborative approach to therapy and am skilled at tailoring evidence-based treatments (e.g., CBT, ACT, ERP, and DBT) to fit your individual needs.

I'm grateful to have worked alongside health professionals in multiple medical organizations and maintain several close relationships with those working in healthcare. I draw on these experiences to help me understand the unique challenges of being a healthcare provider.

As a human and therapist, I strive to be radically genuine and I aim to bring my expressive, goofy, and irreverent self into our work together. I prioritize being direct and compassionate and am committed to understanding you - as best as I’m able.

In my free time, I enjoy relaxing outdoors, snuggling my two cats, or testing out spicy curry recipes.

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Marta Pagán-Ortiz, PhD

I am a licensed psychologist with over a decade of clinical experience working with adults. I have worked in academic medical centers and teaching hospitals alongside medical professionals and trainees. Many of my patients have been medical professionals and I’m aware of the unique stressors they face.

I’ve worked with individuals facing a range of issues, including transitions, professional challenges, relationship concerns, and chronic health conditions. I also have specialized training in traumatic stress and working with populations with marginalized backgrounds and identities. I’m passionate about working holistically and collaboratively to help individuals feel safe, feel heard, understand their needs, their strengths, and develop ways to face their challenges effectively. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, and I’m happy to work with patients in Spanish, as well as in English.

Outside of work, I value spending time with my family and my community, as well as reading and writing.

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Megan Welsh, MSW

I am a licensed independent clinical social worker with experience in medical settings alongside diverse clinical treatment teams. I am passionate about normalizing life’s struggles and heartaches. I believe in the power of relationships to heal. My style is relational and psychodynamic oriented. I tend to use humor and have an authentic approach. I am EMDR trained – an evidence-based treatment for trauma and for examining and changing limiting beliefs. In my free time I enjoy travel, beach days, eating delicious food, and spending time with my family.

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Michelle Barahman, PhD

I am a licensed clinical psychologist and I provide compassionate and evidence-based care to healthcare professionals. I have experience working with diverse populations in various clinical settings, including hospitals, community mental health centers, and private practice. My expertise includes working with people struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma-related conditions, reproductive health, and relationship difficulties. I believe in creating a safe and supportive therapeutic environment where you can explore your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors to foster personal growth and healing.

I have both personal and professional experience helping healthcare workers. I have worked at a cancer center caring for trainees and early career attendings. I have also been fortunate to immerse myself in the fast-paced primary care environment in the VA Healthcare System. Supporting healthcare professionals is a huge part of my personal story as well. I have supported my spouse through his medical training giving me inner knowledge of the complexities of healthcare jobs and the unique challenges faced by those in the medical professions.

My volunteering efforts have involved the creation of play therapy-based interventions and working with students who are caring for migrant refugees and asylum seekers. In my free time, I love spending time with my family and friends as an avid foodie, silly dancer, pretty slow hiker, too-much-luggage traveler, and arts & crafts Pinterest Mom Wannabe.

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Naomi Schwenke, PhD, LMFT

I received my doctoral training in Family Social Science from Loma Linda University, and as a licensed marriage and family therapist I have ten years of experience working in hospitals, community mental health centers, schools, and private practice. Inspired by my work with physicians and healthcare workers I completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Loma Linda University Health and Medical School in the Office of Physician Vitality. I am passionate about supporting the behavioral and emotional needs of individuals who spend their time supporting others. My work with healthcare professionals addresses anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief and loss, and relationship concerns.

My area of expertise is helping people understand the ways in which their nervous system is responding to their experiences and how to regulate it. We often know the stories that accompany our experiences, and we may be aware of our emotional and behavioral responses, yet we may not know how it’s connected to our nervous system or what to do with overwhelming nervous system responses.

I love spending time with my family and enjoying the brief, but wonderful Minnesota summers at the lake or working in my garden.

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Robert Forrester, PhD

I am a licensed psychologist who enjoys working with healthcare professionals on thriving while managing challenging personal and work circumstances. I have experience working with people on career path frustrations, burnout, relationship concerns, ethical challenges, systemic hurdles, workplace stressors such as interpersonal conflict, communication challenges, and productivity expectations.

My approach focuses on helping patients with stress management and problem-solving while searching for sources of strength and motivation. My goal for therapy is to help individuals feel heard and have their experiences validated while reducing emotional stress and improving coping resources.

I believe our life experiences influence us, but we do not have to define or determine how we will function in the world. We all have multiple identities and fulfill many roles. We must learn to thrive in a world often ill-prepared to treat us with the patience, respect, and kindness we deserve. I have an awareness of the systemic obstacles often faced by people from diverse communities and I seek to empower my patients to identify life goals and pursue them passionately with a well-organized plan.

Shauna Finley, PhD

As a clinical psychologist who has been working in academic medicine for over 15 years, I understand the career and lifestyle challenges that healthcare professionals face. I endeavor to “help the helpers.” Environmental challenges in the healthcare field can create obstacles in delivering care and contribute to provider stress and burnout. Rigorous training and a culture of ambition can, ironically, contribute to poor mental health in practitioners.

I offer evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral therapy approaches that can help to stress-proof your mind from anxiety and depression. Whether you are having difficulty concentrating, fatigue, irritability, low moods, poor sleep, or just feeling stuck in a rut, I am here to help. Through therapy, you can increase your ability to regulate your emotions, build healthy behavioral habits, self-soothe when distressed, and improve flexible thinking. I will help you protect your own mental health and carve out important life areas for a more well-rounded and balanced experience that is less vulnerable to stress.

In my personal life, I am a working mother of two daughters and enjoy being in the woods, near the ocean, or sitting in an Adirondack chair and watching a campfire.

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Shay (Stacer) Vian, PhD

As a licensed clinical psychologist with 10 years of experience working side-by -side with primary care clinicians and specialists, I’m extremely passionate about meeting the emotional needs of medical professionals serving our rural and underserved communities. I earned my PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010. Inspired by the intersection of medicine and psychology, I went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at Access Community Health Centers and University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics before venturing out to the rural Oregon coast.

When not working, my free time is spent hanging out with my daughter, engaging in creative pursuits, exploring the beautiful state of Oregon in my vintage truck camper, and traveling as much as time and funds will allow.

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Tara O'Connor

I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). I collaborate with my clients in a whole person approach to mental health, including whether medication management is right for them. I follow evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. My practice focus includes treatment of anxiety, trauma related conditions, mood disorders, life transitions, relationship health, expecting and postpartum parents, and consultation with other health care providers.

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Theresa Chan, PhD

As a clinician and social justice advocate, I am committed to promoting meaningful and inclusive spaces for diverse communities. My experience has been in community mental health working with multidisciplinary teams, higher education training graduate students, and tech. With my intersecting identities, I aim to empower and tailor care for healthcare professionals to heal, build community, and create collective strength at the individual and systemic level.

As a daughter of immigrants, I am energized by time spent with loved ones, especially if it involves cooking and food! I also love being active with my dog Murphy and turning my home slowly into a plant filled space.

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Ummul-Kiram Kathawalla, PhD

I am a licensed clinical psychologist and have worked on many interdisciplinary teams in medical settings. Having my own experience of being a trainee, I appreciate the complex dynamics medical trainees experience. Growing up in a physician’s household and being premed at one point in my academic past makes me aware of the challenges of finding balance in one’s life with the demands of medicine.

I have expertise in a variety of presenting concerns including work stress, relationship conflict, anxiety, depression, PTSD, insomnia, and substance use. I also have expertise and a passion for career exploration and perinatal mental health. I aim to provide culturally informed care and emphasize peoples' strengths with the hope to support everyone to live a life according to their values. I adapt my approach to my client’s needs and tend to pull from Acceptance and Committment Therapy and Mindfulness approaches.

I am originally from Minnesota (land of 10,000 lakes) and so in my free time you can find me by a body of water. When I am not swimming, I am traveling, doing yoga, watching a new show, trying new foods, and listening to live music.

Meet with Ummul in Massachusetts and Minnesota.

Joan Fleishman, PsyD

I have worked alongside health care clinicians my entire career, starting in 2011 rounding in the hospital and working in the ED in South Chicago. From academic medicine to rural primary care, I understand the culture of medicine and struggles and sacrifices you make to do your work. Whether it is a life transition, getting through residency, maintaining a two clinician household, relationship struggles, or recovery from a bad outcome or loss we all need a little support.

I spend my free time exploring the PNW, spoiling my fur babies, being active outside, and cooking.

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Tina Runyan, PhD, ABPP

I have been a clinical health psychologist for over 20 years and have spent my entire career working in medical settings. I began caring exclusively for health professionals, primarily physicians, in 2017. My other passion is practicing and teaching mindfulness and I am a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) teacher at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare Center for Mindfulness.

If I can be outdoors, I will be – walking, hiking, cycling, kayaking, or lying in the grass reading. I am a proud mother of two amazing kids who bring me joy beyond measure.

Meet with Tina in California or Massachusetts.