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About Us

MEET OUR STAFF

“OUR STAFF IS A STRONG GROUP OF LICENSED PROFESSIONALS

They are trained in a broad range of techniques which enable them to help create actual change with our clients rather than stopping at simply helping them try to hold it together.”

RONALD D. SAGER, M.D.

MEET THE STAFF

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Ronald D. Sager, M.D

Board Certified in Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Addiction Psychiatry

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SPECIALTY

Adult, Child and Adolescent, and Addiction Psychiatry; Psychoanalysis; Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology

“With medications, we meet the clients halfway. We want to reduce their discomfort but not to a point where they are not able to access their feelings. This is the point to best utilize therapy”

Board Certified in Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Addiction Psychiatry

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A. Prasad Ananda, M.D.

Consulting Internal Medicine Physician

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SPECIALTY

Internist

“I help provide the continuity of care by removing the obstacle of anxiety regarding their medical care. There is a feeling of great satisfaction in providing compassionate medical services from admission to discharge. I really like helping the clients go through the tough phase of their life. By stabilizing their medical needs, the client can focus on their mental well-being.

Consulting Internal Medicine Physician

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Jennifer Cusack

Chief Operating Officer

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SPECIALTY

Management

I am humbled and inspired by the courage revealed by every person that comes to us for help. That show of strength and human spirit is what pushes me every day. Everywhere we turn is an opportunity to serve others. We must start looking at these moments deliberately. I see a synchronistic relationship among us all on this planet. Service to others is not only a passion and joy, but it is my responsibility. Our actions, no matter how small, have energy – energy that ripples. I want the ripple effects of my actions and the work we do at Balance to reach far and wide as positive and powerful service to others.

Chief Operating Officer

Gali Gill

Gali Gill

Clinical Director – Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Gali Gill

SPECIALTY

Trauma, Psychological Testing, EMDR, CBT, DBT, Seeking Safety, Trauma Focused CBT, Family Systems, Adolescents

I am passionate about trying to create an environment in which our clients and our staff can thrive, feel cared for, challenged and respected so that they can all be their best selves. I have always done what I do for the same reason and that is so I can support clients compassionately, while holding their pain, being with them and accepting them unconditionally. Working with clients has allowed me to learn from the most resilient teachers.

Clinical Director – Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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Jeff Bernal

Director of Operations

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SPECIALTY

Management

I knew that I wanted to be a part of a system that does good for humanity. Making a living while making real change for good. Working amongst people that feel the same way about their work is often an unrecognized benefit. Working with people who are passionate about contributing positivity to the universe is an incredible luxury. We are on this beautiful blue-green sphere for a finite amount of time. How we spend it says a lot about who we are. I need to know I’m spending it spreading love, joy, and positivity into the universe. I believe it matters. Balance is a perfect vehicle for people like me to give good in life.

Director of Operations

Jenny Rogge

Jenny Rogge

Program Director Calabasas – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Jenny Rogge

SPECIALTY

Mentalization Based Treatment, CBT, Mindfulness Based CBT, Psychodynamic, Psychosis, Mood Disorders, Domestic Violence

I think of the impact I have on people’s lives. I remember the moments when I provided a safe place for someone to share their innermost thoughts and feelings. I remember the reward of seeing a client struggling when they first come in and then finding some relief by the time they leave. I choose this work because it is hard. I choose this work because I want to impact not only the lives I touch but the people around me. I want to leave this world knowing I made a difference and I am lucky enough to be able to make that difference every day.
Balance is a warm, supportive, environment that provides the opportunity for growth not only for clients but for staff as well. I am so happy I get to come to work and be surrounded by people who exhibit similar goals and values as my own.

Program Director Calabasas – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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Coraline Robinson

Program Director San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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SPECIALTY

Trauma, Domestic Violence, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Schizophrenia and Acute Psychosis, Child and Family Assessment, Substance Abuse, CBT

I have yet to meet a person diagnosed with an emotional “disorder” who has not experienced injustice, trauma, victimization, injury or rejection. Most often I have found these difficult experiences precede the emotional “disorder.” Vulnerability is easy to relate to as we are all fragile, nurturing and fiercely protective at some point or another in our lives. I entered this field of work with ideals to create more justice, equity and protection for vulnerable populations. I have witnessed and experienced how giving language to pain and sharing stories of vulnerability connects people, softens us and adds the flexibility needed for resilience. I am more alive, self-aware and connected because of this work.

Program Director San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Martha Renteria

Martha Renteria

Program Director Visalia – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Martha Renteria

 

Program Director Visalia – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Vivian Gregorchuk

Vivian Gregorchuk

Program Director Calabasas – Occupational Therapist

Vivian Gregorchuk

 

Program Director Calabasas – Occupational Therapist

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Carrie Cusack

Executive Chef

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SPECIALTY

culinary

The kitchen is the heart of the Balance home. Each and every day I spend the quiet moments with our clients. No therapy or judgement, simply a few kind words and perhaps a cookie. I believe that the work I do is life-altering, not only for our clients but for myself. It has allowed me to give of myself completely. To aide in the healing of another person is so much bigger than anything I have ever known.

Executive Chef

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Gurpreet Sahan

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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SPECIALTY

CBT, Motivational Interviewing and Family Work

Clients teach me that life can be challenging and struggle is real, connections should be cherished, and that change is possible through a focused, consistent, and intent-filled practice of self-discovery. They teach me to trust my gut, practice what I preach, and be a person with people. I believe as a clinician and a member of the healing community that the provision of care should be taken responsibly, be individually-tailored, and that the installation of hope through choice be emphasized to promote resiliency. These people trust me with their livelihood and part of the pledge I made going into this field was to care for them in a respectful way.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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Kaley Laro

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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SPECIALTY

Family Systems, Group Therapy, Psychosis

I believe in the power of human connection, and the positive impact of seeing the world through the lens of another individual. Through this mutual experience, grows empathy and compassion, as well as the knowledge that we are all striving to feel heard, understood, and connected. I chose this field, because I have a passion for understanding others and the ways in which they experience the world around them. I hope to foster this awareness throughout my life and career, as I continue to grow and learn from the remarkable individuals I encounter each day.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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Lesley Andrews-Wise

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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SPECIALTY

Trauma, Severe Mental Illness, Dissociation, Adults

Ever since I was little I felt that humans were on this earth to help each other. I feel that like its our responsibility to take care of our earth, its also our responsibility to take care of each other, in all different ways. Some people do this by teaching, coaching, or serving others in some capacity. Others have helped me on my journey, I feel I need to help others on their journey. We have tremendous capacity to survive and to have hope, despite huge struggles and obstacles. I experience Balance as a type of bridge that can help individuals get back on their feet again, and experience their life in a new and healthy way.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Kerianne DiTomasso

Kerianne DiTomasso

Licensed Clinical Psychologist – San Luis Obispo

Kerianne DiTomasso

SPECIALTY

Trauma, DBT, Screen/Gaming Addiction

 

Licensed Clinical Psychologist – San Luis Obispo

Sonja Bishop-Young

Sonja Bishop-Young

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – Calabasas

Sonja Bishop-Young

SPECIALTY

Mood Disorders, Trauma-Focused CBT

 

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – Calabasas

Tom Reyes

Tom Reyes

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – Calabasas

Tom Reyes

 

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – Calabasas

Danielle Perez

Danielle Perez

Associate Clinical Social Worker – San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria

Danielle Perez

 

Associate Clinical Social Worker – San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria

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Lauren McAmis

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist – San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria

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Associate Marriage and Family Therapist – San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria

Juliana Ball

Juliana Ball

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor – Visalia

Juliana Ball

 

Associate Professional Clinical Counselor – Visalia

Nichole Tehrani

Nicole Tehrani

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist – Calabasas

Nichole Tehrani

SPECIALTY

Adolescents, CBT, Motivational Interviewing

 

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist – Calabasas

Melissa Scagnelli

Melissa Scagnelli

Associate Clinical Social Worker – Calabasas

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Associate Clinical Social Worker – Calabasas

Rosie Aguilar

Rosie Aguilar

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist – Calabasas

Rosie Aguilar

 

 

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist – Calabasas

Jenny Park-Chan

Jenny Park-Chan

Activity Director Calabasas – Occupational Therapist

Jenny Park-Chan

 

  

Activity Director Calabasas – Occupational Therapist

Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch

Chef – Calabasas

Tim Lynch

 

  

Chef – Calabasas

Antonio Martinez Contreras

Antonio Martinez Contreras

Chef – Calabasas

Antonio Martinez Contreras

  

Chef – Calabasas