TMS & Brain Health Team Members

Nima Fahimian, MD – Medical Director

Dr. Nima Fahimian, is double board-certified in both Integrative Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Fahimian is well known for advancing the field of psychiatry with his particular expertise in psychopharmacology, biofeedback, and Express TMS. With a head for research and a heart for clinical care, Dr. Fahimian ensures that his patients are treated with the most effective, up-to-date, and safest treatments available. Dr. Fahimian was trained at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, where he was appointed to be the Chief Resident during his psychiatry residency. Dr. Fahimian has held faculty appointments at UC Davis, UC Irvine, and is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at UC Riverside.

Judith Leitich, FNP – Medical Director


Judith is a board certified Nurse Practitioner with 20 years experience as a registered nurse working at USC, Stanford and Kaiser. She is passionate about patient care and overall wellness with a focus on comprehensive mental health management. Judith strives to provide compassionate high quality patient first care and mental health services across lifespan.

Mary Watson, MD – Medical Director


Dr. Watson is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with training in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. After receiving her M.D. from Tulane University School of Medicine, she completed her medical internship and psychiatry residency at UC Davis Medical Center. She has completed mentorships with top professionals in the fields of Psychoanalysis and Mindfulness Therapy in addition to utilizing techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gestalt Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Relational Therapy and other approaches. She has worked in educational, crisis assessment, inpatient, intensive outpatient and private practice settings. Her emphasis is on helping clients recognize entrenched patterns of behavior and make informed choices in the present moment to create one’s preferred experience of reality. She prescribes medication or vitamin supplements where appropriate, always cognizant of the bigger context.

Gavin Dawson, PA – Physician Assistant & Ketamine Specialist

Gavin Dawson is a board-certified Physician Assistant, founder of the medical education company Global Emergency Medics, a Lead Instructor of wilderness medicine courses, and a dedicated researcher to the ever-expanding world of psychedelic medicine. After double majoring with honors at the University of Colorado in Neuroscience and Integrative Physiology plus a minor in Philosophy, he went on to complete his graduate studies at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Gavin’s ability to create an environment of trust and support sets him apart in the world of medicine. Gavin is a true team player who thrives working in collaboration with his patients, always remaining focused on empowering his patients to take charge of their health and find vitality.

Glory Forrest, RN – Infusion Nurse

Glory is a Registered Nurse who is passionate about mental health and wellness and strives to treat her patients holistically. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from the UCLA School of Nursing and brings skills and experience from a variety of clinical settings including ER, Medical Surgical Telemetry, Preoperative and Post Anesthesia Care Unit. She is compassionate, empathetic, and enjoys assisting patients through their ketamine infusions.

Douglas Caine, Psy.D. – Therapist

Dr. Caine is a a clinical psychologist, a San Francisco native, and a bassist. He pursued a career in psychotherapy after seeking his own treatment two decades ago, whereby he was astounded at the degree in which he was able to turn his life around. Dr. Caine earned his doctoral degrees from Ryokan College, founded a multi-state sober coaching business, and even became a featured provider in A&E’s series Relapse: The Sober Coach Chronicles. Dr. Caine’s dedication, expertise, and unique life experiences have earned him an outstanding reputation in depression and anxiety treatment.

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Shelby Alkire, LCSW – Therapist

Shelby Chantilly Alkire joins TMS & Brain Health as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and clinical therapist. Shelby is a graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work and has been practicing in the field of Social Work and Mental Health for over 10 years. Shelby has held many positions and titles within the field of mental health and addiction, including Mental Health Therapist, Family Therapist, Clinical Director, Executive Director, Program Director, and CEO. She also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Social Work department at Azusa Pacific University where she is an alum. Shelby is passionate about helping people integrate their mind and body to experience their emotions holistically. She is trained in EMDR therapy, a modality that treats a wide array of diagnoses including, but not limited to: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Depression, Panic Disorder, and Chronic Pain. Shelby is also a Registered Yoga Instructor (RYT-200) and has taught yoga classes in San Diego, CA and Indonesia.

Kathleen San Filippo, LMFT – Therapist

Kathleen is a licensed MFT and certified as a Clinical Trauma Specialist. She has spent the last 20+ years working in a variety of capacities serving the mental health community through private practice, residential treatment facilities, sober living facilities, non-profit organizations, schools and colleges, and outreach opportunities. Kathleen has extensive experience with both youth and adults, with particular specialties in anxiety, stress, trauma, depression, and addiction. She is often told that she is easy to talk to, and yet still straight forward and challenging in a way that promotes progress. She has developed a reputation for finding success with clients who have failed to thrive in the traditional “office therapy” environment.

Sarah Pauker, LPCC – Therapist

Sarah Pauker, M.A, is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked in the mental health field since 2009. She has extensive experience in treating people with a wide range of mental health challenges, and specializes in the treatment of anxiety and depression. She integrates traditional and nontraditional therapies, including insight-oriented psychotherapy, art therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, and other mind-body techniques.

Setareh Vatan

Setareh Vatan, AMFT, APCC – Therapist

Setareh is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor who utilizes depth psychology as a foundation in her therapeutic work with individuals suffering from various dependencies and co-occurring mental health conditions. She has received numerous comprehensive trainings in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapeutic modalities, including the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy training, as well as in Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Setareh is an advocate for the soul and works in the service of the psyche to bring unconscious material to the conscious to facilitate transformation and growth. She is a lover of animals and nature, and a connoisseur of adventures.

Sarah Bitar, AMFT – Therapist

Sarah is a Lebanese American dedicated to the wellness and mental health of others. She understands that trauma is no stranger to many of us, so Sarah actively works on the cultivation of safe spaces to process and heal those traumas. Though she has earned a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from USC, she continues to be a lifelong learner. The primary pillars of her work with clients are safety, freedom, and holistic healing.

Ashley Mink, LMFT – Therapist

Ashley Mink is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles, where she specialized in spirituality and early childhood development. During her time at Antioch University, she traveled to monasteries in France and Japan to experientially investigate the intersection of Buddhism and Psychoanalysis. Through month-long immersions in meditation practices, and over a decade of experience with plant medicine, she has observed the wisdom and internal resources that are available through paying attention to the present moment. She has completed courses in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based CBT and Sensorimotor Experiencing. Her  experiences with Eastern Spirituality, meditation and Zen Buddhism inform the theoretical framework in which she practices psychotherapy with her clients.

Julia Baschiera, M.A. – Program Director

Julia received a master’s degree in Integrative Health and holds certifications in Holistic Health & Wellness Coaching, Guided Imagery, Patient Navigation and Advocacy, and has completed numerous programs pertaining to mindful education. She is currently studying to become an Addiction Recovery & Psychedelic Integration Coach. Julia believes in the power of effectively holding space for others so that they can tap into their natural ability to learn, heal, and grow.

Jadyn Oman – TMS Technician

Jadyn has 10 years of experience in a patient care setting, and strives for success when working with all of her patients. Jadyn’s drive to discover the importance of how a healthy lifestyle affects the body physically and mentally has led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences. Her interests in non-pharmaceutical methods to heal and strengthen the mind and body are what attracted her to the offerings at TMS & Brain Health.

Andrew Atkeson – TMS Technician

Andrew first developed an interest in the connection between mind and body when he was a competitive gymnast at 4 years old. He later attended Arizona State University where he received a dual BS in marketing and psychology, which helped to inspire his passion for mindfulness and meditation. During school, Andrew taught meditation and breathing exercises to reduce anxiety and increase athletic performance. These experiences have shaped Andrew’s passion for expansion of non-pharmaceutical methods to train the brain and live a more present life.

Nicholas Baez – TMS Technician

Nicholas graduated from Colorado State University after obtaining his Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in chemistry. He moved to California shortly after, and intends to pursue a future career as a Physician Assistant. He has past experience working with ketamine in a clinical setting, which quickly ignited his passion for mental health treatments outside of standard medication regimens. Nicholas is dedicated to understanding and supporting patients in order to create a welcoming and professional space for treatment.

Caroline Monroy – TMS Technician

Caroline has had an interest in mental health and cognitive function since early on in life. She recognizes the importance of being healthy physically and mentally. Caroline has worked in the mental health field for over 5 years, which has served to further enhance her knowledge and passion. She strives to continue to further her educational ventures and offer support to those who are struggling.

Mara Farrand, MSc – Patient Care Manager

Since she was young, Mara has been passionate about learning how the brain functions, especially in relation to mental health. Mara attended graduate school at King’s College London and earned a Masters of Science degree in Forensic Mental Health Research. She is excited to use her knowledge of evidence-based treatments for mental health and see the benefits firsthand in a clinical setting. Taking from her experiences abroad, she also hopes to help make mental health care more accessible in America. Mara is delighted to be a part of the team and to be there to guide patients through every step of the process.

Jesika Bishop – Patient Care Coordinator

Jesika is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who has been working in a direct patient care role since 2016 in a variety of settings, ranging from naturopathic medicine to acupuncture. As she has always expressed a deep desire to help others, especially when it comes to optimal health and wellness, Jesika left her career in the beauty industry in 2016 to pursue a path dedicated to assist individuals achieve optimal health and wellness. Jesika is currently working towards a certification as an ADAPT Functional Health Coach, which will allow her to broaden her impact with the individuals and groups she is able to serve.

Ellie Reingold – Patient Care Coordinator

Ellie witnessed the power of science based interventions when she began volunteering with patients suffering from neuro degenerative diseases at the age of 15.  Her passion grew as she continued to learn more as a neuroimaging technician and research associate at The Ruth Feldman Social Developmental Neuroscience Lab, and further as a research associate at the Affective and Brain Sciences Lab where she conducted her undergraduate thesis research. She later graduated from the Claremont Colleges after obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience.  Her past experiences motivate her to educate patients about alternative modes of treatment and empower them throughout their healing journey.

Ben Spielberg, M.S. – Founding Neuroscientist & Chief Executive Officer

With almost a decade in the field of brain-based behavioral health under his belt, Ben is more passionate about mental health now than ever. Ben went to graduate school at Columbia University and received a Master of Science degree in Neuroscience and Education. During graduate school, Ben developed a specialty in clinical neuromodulation and neuroimaging, where he used brain scans to predict off-label uses for TMS, neurofeedback, and Ketamine. Ben’s research has been published in prestigious journals such as Brain Stimulation and ACR Open Rheumatology, and presented at The Clinical TMS Society, The International Neuropsychological Society, and the Western Psychological Association. Ben prides himself in bringing together the special team of individuals that makes up TMS & Brain Health.

Hank Spielberg, Chief Comfort Officer

Hank prides himself in providing additional therapeutic relief to our existing treatments. Hank enjoys greeting new patients at the door, lying next to them during TMS, and subsequently walking them back to the door. When he is not working, Hank enjoys long naps and cheese. Note that due to allergies, Hank only comes into the office by request.

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