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Until further notice, all appointments are conducted via video. Contact your location's admin team for more information.

Psychiatry

Welcome to Acacia Psychiatry!

At Acacia, we believe that psychiatry services and medication management are often an essential part of your treatment. As such, our psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners focus on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral issues through psychotherapy and medication.

  • Psychiatric Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention
  • Psychotherapy & Medication Management
  • Tailored To Your Needs
You will be required to see one of our providers before requesting existing medication refills. Psychiatry services are available via video for existing and new clients in California and Minnesota!

Psychiatry + Therapy

Acacia also offers therapy and other wellness activities! If you are seeking holistic care, we can get you connected to a provider in-house to make this experience your best.

Insurance Accepted

We accept major insurances in both California and Minnesota! Why pay out of pocket for a service your insurance should cover?
See our available insurances below.

Mental Health Matters

Our company is owned and operated by dedicated psychologists, therapists, psychiatrists, and staff wanting to connect you to a licensed provider now!

Is Psychiatry Right For You?

  • Do you often feel overwhelmed?
  • Does anxiety, depression, and negative outlooks occupy your daily thoughts?
  • Do you feel you are losing focus in school, at work, or with daily activities?
  • Have you found it hard to find what’s improving your mental health?
  • Would you like to try or continue Psychiatric services?
If you answer YES to any of these questions, psychiatry and medication management may be right for you.

What to Expect In Your Sessions

We provide confidential and accessible services right from your computer, phone, or tablet!

You’ll be scheduled to see one of our Psychiatry providers for a 1-hour initial intake. During that time, the physician or nurse practitioner will ask you about the symptoms that are distressing you, gather information regarding your medical history including what medications you are taking and if you have any physical medical problems or concerns. They’ll also ask you about your family history, your academic, work, and relationship stressors as well as assess your use of substances and how that might be affecting your overall health.

By the end of the intake, they will make recommendations for treatment tailored to your concerns and may include: 

  • Medications 
  • Lab work
  • Therapy 
  • Nutrition goals
  • Exercise recommendations
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Referral to any other medical specialty relevant to your needs

Your Psychiatry provider will want to see you regularly for 30-minute follow-up visits in order to reassess your symptoms and to ensure you are making progress.

Our Providers

Acacia providers have experience working with diverse clients in a variety of areas. Our psychiatrists and nurse practitioners can connect you with providers in-house that provide therapuetic services as well.

Click on a provider to learn more about who they are and their individual specialties.

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California Providers

Openings Available
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Dr. Heather John

Psychiatrist | California
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Dr. Brianna Sturmer

Nurse Practitioner | California
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Diane Ackroyd

Nurse Practitioner | California
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Dr. Stephanie Woodfin

Psychiatry Director | California
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Lyleanna Nguyen

Nurse Practitioner | California
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Mousumi Mukerji

Nurse Practitioner | California
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Keegan Wood

Nurse Practitioner | California
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Jennifer Nguyen

Nurse Practitioner | California
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Amy Thomson

Nurse Practitioner | California
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Dr. Deniz Camsari

Psychiatrist | California
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Dr. Tatiana Mefford

Psychiatrist | California
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Andrew Monasterio

Nurse Practitioner | California
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Joseph Derije

Nurse Practitioner | California
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Dr. Deborah Steinberg

Psychiatrist | California
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Ami Jester

Nurse Practitioner | California
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Minnesota Providers

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Lisa Ocker

Nurse Practitioner | Minnesota
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Susan Borden

Nurse Practitioner | Minnesota

Psychiatry Appointment Request

Fill out the quick request below and we will follow up with an email within 24 business hours!
Your sessions will be via video. You will be required to see one of our providers before requesting existing medication refills.

Our Psychiatry Administrative Team

You'll be supported by a team of amazing staff members who will help you on your mental health journey. From scheduling your first appointment to navigating your questions about billing, prescriptions, insurance, and client rights, the admin team is here to ensure you get the care you need.
Contact us for additional information:

    psychiatry@acaciacw.com
    888.688.2765
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Rebecca Rook

Coordinator of Psychiatry Services
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Jennifer Lopez Diaz

Psychiatry Services Administrator

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Psychiatry Rates & Insurance

At the time of session, you can pay with credit card or paypal although a credit/debit card is required to be on file.

California insurances accepted: Anthem Blue Cross (includes UCSHIP), MHN, Aetna, Cigna, and Optum. Our psychiatry services do not accept Medi-Cal.

Minnesota insurances accepted: Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN, Medica/United Health Care/Optum, Health Partners, Preferred One, Aetna, and UCare. 

Pricing of services will vary by plan and will be discussed prior to your first session after our eligibility check. Not all insurance plans allow for telehealth billing. If this is the case, you will be required to pay for the session in full.


Please note, you are required to provide us with notice of cancellation at least 24 hours in advance. Failure to do so will result in late cancellation or missed appointment fee charge. Coordinate additional billing inquires with our administrative team prior to your sessions.

DR. HEATHER JOHN
SHE/HER/HERS| MD

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Mood issues

therapeutic orientation

Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral

about me

As a psychiatrist, my role at Acacia is to consider with you how to optimize your mental health, and whether medications might be a good fit for your treatment. I am trained as a psychotherapist, and psychotherapeutically-informed approaches will be integral to your visits with me.

I grew up in Texas, majored in Human Biology at Stanford (where I discovered that "y'all" is underutilized in California), and completed a Ph.D. in the History of Science and Medicine at Yale. My medical degree is from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, with an internal medicine internship at Northwestern, and psychiatry residency at UCLA. After over a decade in California, I now live in the Northeast (East Coast v. West Coast? Both/and).

DR. BRIANNA STURMER
SHE/HER/HERS | #PMHNP95016191

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Mood & Anxiety Disorders, LGBTQIA+, Women's Issues, Life Transitions

therapeutic orientation

Integrative, Cognitive-Behavioral, Trauma-Informed, Motivational Interviewing

about me

Hello! My name is Brianna Sturmer and I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am excited to be a part of your team at Acacia and to have the opportunity to work with you.

After graduating from UC Irvine with degrees in Psychology and Public Health Policy, I moved across the country to New York to complete my Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Nursing at Columbia University. My clinical experience has centered around working with children, adolescents, and young adults struggling with mood & anxiety disorders, trauma, life transitions, and emerging mental health concerns. I have mainly worked in community-based clinics and outpatient mental health centers. In addition to working with college students, I am also passionate about working with the LGBTQ+ community.

College is a transformative time, and that comes with a lot of stress. Whether you are new to seeking mental health services or not, my goal is to create a non-judgmental, respectful space for you to talk about your experiences and to work with you to find a treatment plan that best fits your needs. In addition to medications, we will discuss the role of therapy, sleep hygiene, exercise, and other coping skills. Finally, I recognize that mental health does not exist in a vacuum. As such, I strive to be a culturally sensitive provider, because who we are influences how we experience the world.

In my spare time, I love going to concerts, baking, crafting, reading, and playing video games. I look forward to meeting you!

DIANE M. ACKROYD
SHe/her/hers | #NPF95016167

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Addictions and trauma; Depression and spirituality; Stress and coping skills; Relationship issues and grief

therapeutic orientation

CBT, Eclectic, Compassion focused; Jungian; Trauma focused

about me

My journey has been one of finding balance between my work and fun. I love connecting with people both professionally and personally. I will always share what I have learned in my personal growth that helps me to stay grounded and raise my consciousness such as my yoga and meditation practice, healthy eating, hiking, biking and spiritual practice. Exploring new activities was a big part of my life in NYC and I learned acting and ballet briefly while enjoying all the culture of that city. Now, I want to find a quieter side of my inner world by being close to the ocean, deserts and mountains.

DR. STEPHANIE WOODFIN
Director of Psychiatry | #20A9002

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Mood & anxiety disorders, eating disorders, late adolescense & early adult-specific care

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy

about me

I’m excited to work with you at Acacia! I utilize a specialized combination of traditional western medicine and complementary care modalities in order to provide patients with holistic, individualized treatment regimens. After obtaining my Bachelor of Arts degree in English with Honors from the University of Michigan, I attended Western University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California, and graduated with my Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine. I went on to work as an Intern and Resident at UCLA/Harbor Medical Center in Torrance, California and served as Chief Resident during my final year of residency. During residency, I had specialty training in treating mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, late adolescence and early adult-specific care, Psychodynamic therapy and Cognitive Behavioral therapy. I also became certified to provide Medical Acupuncture through the Stanford University/HMI program.

I am board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and have been in practice since 2007 providing psychotherapy, medication management, medical acupuncture and consultation on nutrition, exercise and other complementary modalities. I prefer to work with patients as a team to strive for optimal health by creating an individualized treatment plan for every patient. I am humbled to be a part of your journey and look forward to working with you.

Lyleanna Nguyen
SHE/HER/HERS | #PMHNP-BC95015250

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Sleep or Insomnia

therapeutic orientation

Acceptance and Commitment, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Compassion Focused, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered

about me

Hello there! My name is Lyleanna (pronounced "Lily-anna") Nguyen and I am a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I am so excited to be part of the Acacia Team and to possibly be working with you!

College is an exciting time full of new experiences, but we know it can also be intimidating and overwhelming with so much going on. It is my goal to work with you to navigate and explore your way through this time using the methods of supportive and informed care. I will be assisting you with medication management geared towards improving your quality of life. I intend to work closely with you using open and honest communication so that we can collaboratively grow towards your mental health goals. I hope to be someone that you trust and feel comfortable coming to for help during the good and bad times throughout your wellness journey.

Having been born and raised in sunny Southern California, I decided to embark on a different experience and completed my undergraduate degree at Western Michigan University. I moved back to California shortly after and have worked both in inpatient and outpatient settings as a Registered Nurse with my focus being in mental health. I went on to complete graduate school at Azusa Pacific University.

Though I developed a love/hate relationship with snowy winters, I was able to experience the beauty of nature transitioning through the four seasons (my favorite season is fall!). I am completely biased to the great food choices we have out here on the West Coast (our tacos and pho are just superior in my opinion!). I enjoy my fair share of lazy days as much as I enjoy taking my two pups on outdoor adventures where they can explore the world with their little noses.

MOUSUMI MUKERJI
SHE/HER/HERS | #PMHNP95009054

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Medication management, Stress, Trauma and PTSD, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Women's Issues, Sleep or Insomnia, Child or Adolescent, Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum, Substance Use, Spirituality

Additional Languages: Bengali, French, some Spanish

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy; Psychodynamic

about me

I am deeply honored to be part of the Acacia Davis team.

I am a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner and a certified nurse-midwife. Prior to pursuing a second career in psychiatry, I worked for over twenty years as a certified nurse-midwife and maternity care nurse. I have particular interest, experience, and training in women’s mental health--especially during pregnancy and postpartum. I have provided psychiatric care to children, teens, and adults in both community mental health and private practice settings. My areas of expertise include mood and anxiety disorders, trauma/stress-related disorders, and mindfulness-based psychotherapies. I strongly regard my patients as partners in their own health care. Treatments are not dictated to you by me but are rather shared decisions made by you and me together. I take a holistic, compassion-focused, attachment-based, and recovery-oriented view towards mental health, keeping in mind that many factors play a role in maintaining our mental well-being, including relationships, diet, sleep, exercise, stress-management, and spirituality-- in addition to medication if necessary. Furthermore, I am a lifelong meditator and a practitioner of mindfulness (Vipassana) and concentration (Shamatha) meditation for 11 years. I gather useful insights into the human mind through my involvement in and understanding of Eastern contemplative practices and translate them into Western mental health treatment. The modern sciences of neurobiology and compassion also inform my practice.

As a trauma survivor myself, I strive to create as many opportunities to experience joy, awe and wonder as possible. My hobbies and personal interests reflect this by including yoga and meditation, art, travel, anthropology, cosmology, painting, beading, and hiking. I write this as we are deep in the COVID-19 pandemic. Even during this incredibly difficult time I have found fertile ground for positive emotions, by practicing gratitude, self-compassion, and “taking in the good”.

I completed my nursing and midwifery training at Yale University in 1995, and trained in psychiatry and mental health through the nurse practitioner program at UCSF in 2018.

KEEGAN WOOD
HE/HIM/HIS | #PMHNP95006887

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

LGBTQIA+, Anxiety, ADHD, Depression, Bipolar

therapeutic orientation

Mindfulness-Based, Motivational Interviewing, CBT

about me

Keegan Wood is originally from upstate/western NY and started the first 16 years of his career as a professional musician. He then began pivoting towards education and was a tutor for the Princeton review teaching the SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT and specialized in stress reduction for test anxiety. During this time, he conducted an anxiety reduction study for individuals at an HIV wellness center. It was this experience that eventually led to nursing school and the field of psychiatry.

Keegan began his work as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital for the geriatric population. At this facility, Keegan developed his approaches to anxiety and medication management for acute patients and traumatic events. Despite being offered a residency at Harvard, he chose to follow his passion and accepted a position with the Los Angeles LGBT Center where he helped pioneer psychiatric care for the transgender population and instituted a psychiatric program to provide CBT for those with ADHD. After moving to San Diego, Keegan continued to work for community clinics and the homeless to provide care for those that need it most.

When asked why he is excited about working at Acacia, he replied, “I became passionate about helping the collegiate community when I was in education, and now I want to share my passion for mental health. College students are extremely inspiring and are actively creating their futures, but they are also under extreme levels of stress. I think it’s our responsibility to help any way that we can, so that we can all enjoy a future full of mental stability.”

JENNIFER NGUYEN
SHE/HER/HERS|#PMHNP-BC 95013028

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Medication management, Schizophrenia

therapeutic orientation

Supportive Therapy

about me

Hi everyone! My name is Jennifer, and I am a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC). I am originally from Portland, ME. I studied counseling psychology at Emmanuel College in Boston before heading to “Music City” to earn my Master’s in Nursing at Vanderbilt University. My love for the beach, sun, and idyllic climate landed me in sunny San Diego! My favorite things to do include spending time with my cattle dog/shih tzu/poodle mix Oreo (Ori for short) and igniting my inner creative by using the fruits and veggies from my CSA box to pretend I’m starring on Chopped 😊

In the past, I’ve worked in psychiatric research studying the biomarkers of psychiatric illnesses at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA as well as having published a paper exploring the sex differences in leadership styles in young children titled “Sex Differences in Egalitarian Behavior in Early Childhood.” My most recent clinical experience includes working with justice-involved individuals experiencing homelessness and severe mental illness (SMI).

As a provider, I use my experience as a first-generation American and first-generation college student to practice with the utmost cultural sensitivity. I have a passion for providing quality and personable mental healthcare by using ethical and evidence-based tools. My approach includes using holistic and individualized care so we can work together to create a medication plan that works best for your unique situation. Join me while I provide a supportive, safe, nonjudgmental, and empathetic space for you to be yourself. I am looking forward to meeting you!

AMY C THOMSON
SHE/HER/HERS | #PMHNP17011

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Depression, Trauma, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Medication Management

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral, Mindfulness, Compassion Focused

about me

Hello and welcome to Acacia.

I am a board-certified nurse practitioner in adult medicine and psychiatry, trained at the University of California, San Francisco. As an advanced practiced nurse, I provide mental health care services, including biopsychosocial assessment, diagnosis, and prescribe medication. I began working in community mental health in 1997 in San Francisco with a diverse population, moving on in 2007 to practicing community psychiatry in the Bay Area.

Utilizing a holistic approach we will develop a plan that integrates medication & supports from non pharmaceutical interventions such as mindfulness, sleep hygiene, exercise, spiritual practice, social support and psychotherapy.

My goal is more than the abatement of symptoms with evidence-based treatment but to promote healing, growth, and recovery. I listen with a sincere interest in understanding your experience and concerns. For me this way of providing care is an honor.

DENIZ DORUK CAMSARI
SHE/HER/HERS | #A170131

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Suicidality, Neuromodulation
Additional Languages: Turkish

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

about me

Every person has a unique story and therefore has unique treatment needs. I look forward to working with you at Acacia to tailor treatments that work for you, taking into account your past, present and future as well as your preferences and individual needs.

My journey to the West Coast started after finishing medical school in Ankara, Turkey in 2010. I first moved to Boston to work as a postdoctoral researcher at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital at Harvard Medical School where I was part of the team investigating the applications of neuromodulation techniques and quantitative EEG in neuropsychiatric disorders. I then moved to Rochester, Minnesota to complete my psychiatry residency at Mayo Clinic where I served as chief resident. At Mayo, I also participated in the research track program where I continued my research on quantitative EEG methods and transcranial magnetic stimulation, this time, to investigate the neurophysiological markers of suicidality in adolescents with an ultimate goal of contributing to the development of novel interventions to prevent suicide in this age group.

Over the years, my research has been published in more than 20 peer-reviewed articles and I have given national and international presentations on my research work. Clinically, I am interested in mood and anxiety disorders and I enjoy working with all age groups. It is a privilege to be part of the Acacia team and I look forward to working with you!

DR. TATIAnA MEFFORD
she/her/hers | A141707

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar, Autism Spectrum, PTSD, Trauma

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic

about me

I am a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. As your doctor, my role is to provide compassionate, evidence-based treatment. I prescribe medications when appropriate, attempting to use the lowest possible doses and the least number of medications to produce effective results. My mission is to understand you as a unique person and work collaboratively to ensure a truly integrated approach to your well-being.

I am originally from the Bay Area and attended UC Berkeley for college. I completed medical training at UC Irvine, worked as a resident in San Mateo County, and completed child psychiatry training at Stanford University.

Dr. Andrew D. Monasterio
He/Him/His | #PMHNP-BC95010503

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Medication Management, LGBTQIA+

therapeutic orientation

Supportive, Person-Centered, Strength-Based, Trauma Informed

about me

Hello and welcome to Acacia! I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric diagnostic evaluations and medication management. Originally from Tennessee but culturally identifying as a Californian, I blend my Southern hospitality, West Coast inclusivity, and home-grown empathy to create a warm, welcoming, and judgment-free atmosphere. I utilize a flexible, modern biopsychosocial approach to authentically connect with people so that I can fully understand their unique self, journey, struggles, and goals. With a keen awareness of the multitude of emerging and ever-changing stressors and challenges facing people these days, I greatly enjoy engaging with college students and encouraging their self-expression, empowerment, and growth. Helping them realize their strengths and potential during this exciting yet increasingly complex transitional journey is a deeply gratifying professional experience.

If I have the honor of being your provider, we will together develop a holistic, whole-person wellness plan tailored to your individualized needs and goals. Unlike the old-school authoritarian model of psychiatry, it will be a collaborative process in which we share information about risks, benefits, preferences, and values in exploring different options and finding what best makes sense for you. If medications are part of our plan, it will be guided by science and evidence-based practice combining my knowledge and experience in neurobiology and psychopharmacology with your expertise on you – you know yourself best! BACKGROUND

Certified as a Master Psychopharmacologist with Distinction by the Neuroscience Education Institute, I have a breadth of experience and training in multiple settings across the spectrum of mental health. Along with graduating summa cum laude at the top of my class and receiving several national awards, scholarships, and honors, I completed my externship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. With a focus on Personalized Medicine, I studied Precision Genomics at Stanford School of Medicine. For my postdoctoral education, I completed Harvard Medical School’s program in Trauma and Recovery.

Specializing in integrating innovative technology such as artificial intelligence in healthcare and education, I have also presented on multiple topics both academically and professionally. Noted for my passion and roles in advocacy, policy, and research, I have been invited to Washington, D.C., numerous times to serve on committees and meet Congressional leaders. Always dedicated to improving outcomes, I stay current with the latest developments in the field so that I can integrate and optimize evidence-based advances in diagnostic and treatment strategies in clinical practice. PERSONAL In my spare time, I enjoy spending quality time with my family (including our pups, Lilo and Stitch), the beach, traveling, sports (disclaimer: despite my newfound identity, I do not claim any West Coast team – go Titans!), and, true to my multicultural roots, any and all good food from coast to coast.

Joseph A. Derije
He/HIM/HIS | #PMHNP-BC95005123

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Major Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar and Schizophrenia

therapeutic orientation

Motivation Interviewing

about me

Working with young adults is an opportunity that I look forward to. I think it is a privilege to listen to the young and eager minds who will be shaping the next generation.

My experience in psychiatry started as Registered Nurse in a psychiatric hospital before I transitioned into becoming a Nurse Manager of an Urgent Care Center. I completed my graduate degree in Spokane, Washington from Gonzaga University. My current work provides me the opportunity to work with the homeless community, specifically those who require assistance with their mental health.

My passion is personal finance, so if we have extra time during our interview, please feel free to ask any money related questions!

Dr. DEBORAH STEINBERG
SHE/HER/HERS |#G88881

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Adoption, child and adolescent psychiatry, chronic illness, depression, medication management, OCD, parenting, sexual abuse, trauma and PTSD, holistic/integrative psychiatry
Additional Languages: Spanish

therapeutic orientation

Mindfulness based approaches, culturally sensitive, psychodynamic, and integrative.

about me

am thrilled to be part of the Acacia team! I have a holistic approach to evaluating and treating my clients. I take the time to get to know you, understand the context of your life, explore your history, and carefully formulate a treatment plan with you. I have pursued training in integrative medicine and mindfulness-based therapies, in addition to more traditional approaches to treatment. I offer a variety of modalities including pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, and complementary/lifestyle approaches to psychiatric treatment.

My training includes a residency in general psychiatry, fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry, and a full internal medicine residency so I am especially attuned to the connection between mind and body.

I look forward to working with you!

AMI JESTER
SHE/HER/HERS| #PMHNP-BC95018058

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

LGBTQIA+, Transgender Health, Medication Management

therapeutic orientation

Cognitive Behavioral, Humanist, Feminist

about me

I am a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner from Kansas City, Missouri and trained for my nursing and advanced practice degrees at the University of Missouri – Columbia. For my doctoral project, I focused on improving LGBTQ patients’ experiences in healthcare settings and am passionate about raising the bar in LGBTQ health. I have been a psychiatric nurse for 7 years including time exploring the country as a travel nurse. I discovered that West Coast truly is best coast and I am so happy to join the Acacia Santa Cruz team.

I hope to partner with you to help you be successful in school, work, relationships, and as a person who will always be learning and growing. I respect your unique experience in the world and understand how the intersectionality of multiple identities affects it. The beautiful thing about mental health treatment is that it looks different for each person depending on your goals, and I can’t wait to meet you and discover how we can work on them together.

My hobbies include taking my dog to the beach and watching women's soccer. I can't wait to root for the Slugs!

Lisa Ocker
she/her/hers|#PMHNP-bc161143

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD

therapeutic orientation

Medication management, Supportive Therapy

about me

Hello! My name is Lisa Ocker, I am a Certified Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to practice in both psychiatry and family medicine. I can diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication and other alternative treatments for children, adolescents, and adults. Some of my practice specialties include (but not limited to) ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and Substance Use Disorders. I am flexible and integrative in my approach in order to meet the needs and desired outcomes of each individual. I am enthusiastic to apply my experience and compassion with my clients as they address issues that will help them to improve their quality of life and attain a sense of fulfillment. I place an emphasis on providing a holistic care approach which includes consultation and collaboration with other professionals to develop the best course of treatment.

I graduated from St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN in 2011 with a Family Nurse Practitioner Degree. I worked in a diverse family practice clinic treating multiple different physical and mental health conditions. With this experience I found that most physical health conditions came with an underlying mental health component. That led me to my decision to go back to college to obtain my Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate in 2018, from Kansas University. This provided me with a better understanding of the effects that mental illness has on our body. I have worked with clients in a private practice setting, correctional facilities, and the school system. I am very excited to use my education and work experience to help my clients improve their overall health.

SUSAN BORDEN
SHE/HER/HERS|#PMHNP7027

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Mindfulness, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD & nutrition.

therapeutic orientation

Medication Management, Psychiatric Nursing

about me

I feel grateful to be a part of the Acacia team! I am a mom to 3 beautiful people, a partner, a friend and am lucky to have 2 sweet animal friends in my life as well. I spend much of my time off-the-grid and in nature: canoeing, snowshoeing, hiking and reading (lots of Mary Oliver!). I have an undergraduate degree in nursing from the College of St. Catherine, worked as a registered nurse for the past 25 years across several different settings, and most recently completed a Master's degree in advanced practice psychiatric nursing. I am open to working with all individuals at any moment in their journey and however they show up for care.

REBECCA ROOK | SHE/HER/HERS

Coordinator of Psychiatry Services

ABOUT ME

Hello! My name is Rebecca and I'm the Coordinator of Psychiatry Services here at Acacia. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I was born and raised. I'm a UC Santa Cruz alumni, where I double majored in psychology and cell biology. I've since moved down the California coast, settling in Goleta - where I found Acacia!

Mental health has been near and dear to my heart from a young age. I've worked with several mental health organizations over the years, including volunteering as a crisis counselor. I eventually found a passion in psychiatry, which I honestly love to nerd out about because it's the perfect combo of my double majors. I strongly believe in breaking down the stigma that comes with taking medications for your mental health, and love to provide education about all of the different treatment options available. I enjoy that my role allows me to work with clients in a multitude of ways to help them achieve their goals.

When I'm not working, I like to spend my time lounging with my two cats, playing board games, watching sunsets at the beach, and scrolling on TikTok. I like to dip fries in milkshakes, prefer Coke over Pepsi, and support pineapple on pizza.

What is an affirmation that will always give you inspiration?

Be gentle with yourself.

What does a typical Saturday look like for you?

I always sleep in (I'm a night owl), and spend most of the day being a couch potato with no agenda. Saturdays are my chance to actually rest without worrying about any adult responsibilities.

JENNIFER LOPEZ DIAZ | SHE/HER/HERS

Psychiatry Admin Assistant

ABOUT ME

I am excited to continue my time at Acacia with the Psychiatry team! This community has given me so much and I am looking forward to giving back. I started out as an Administrative Assistant and Outreach Coordinator at our Isla Vista office. This gave me the chance to be be involved in many projects beyond developments at our IV office. Most notably, I was one of the co-leads for the 2021 MHA Internship, one of the best experiences thus far! I look forward to the growth to come as I continue my time in the Acacia family!

What advice would you give your younger self?

"Don't be afraid of what you don't know". I grew up a very anxious person, hyper-focused on not making any errors and striving to do the most I could at once. Unfamiliarity was terrifying because, in my mind, it increased the likelihood of making a mistake. I would tell my younger self not to be afraid oh the unknown because, in my adult life, veering off from the familiar has brought me some of my most heartfelt memories and meaningful experiences.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

My mom's tamales de mole-- without a doubt. They just remind me of the best of times spent with my family. We always had them on special occasions so, besides tasting amazing, they remind me of some of the best memories.