DR. ERIKA FRIEZE, Psy.D
Dr. Frieze received her B.A. in Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2003. She then received her Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) from Alliant International University in Sacramento in 2008. During her time in her doctorate program she also received her certificate in Infant Preschool Mental Health. Dr. Frieze’s clinical experience began as an in-home ABA therapist. She has been fortunate to work within school, clinic, and home settings conducting psychological assessments. Dr. Frieze’s postdoctoral training at Kaiser Permanente’s Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic allowed for the best foundation and training. For seven years she was one of the primary psychologists at the University of California, Davis MIND Institute, conducting clinical evaluations for neurodevelopmental disorders, regional center evaluations, and with the social skills program. Dr. Frieze spent two years as a staff psychologist at Dignity Healthcare in Woodland, California where she continued to conduct neurodevelopmental assessments for infants through early adulthood, before she opened her private practice. Her professional goal is to serve as many patients as possible in a timely fashion. Dr. Frieze’s waiting lists have been as long as 9 months for these types of assessments that are so needed in the community, therefore she felt driven to be in private practice full time, while continuing to serve the majority of the northern California regional centers as a vendor conducting limited scope assessments. Dr. Frieze is research reliable in the best practice assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorders, the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale, Second Edition (ADOS-2), and all of her evaluations have been highly regarded in the community for the past 10 years.
DR. GURVEER DOSANJH, Psy.D
Clinical Training Director
Dr. Dosanjh is a registered Psychological Assistant with 8 years of clinical experience. Dr. Dosanjh earned his Doctorate degree in Psychology from Alliant International University-California School of Professional Psychology in January of 2021. Dr. Dosanjh earned his Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from National University-Sacramento in May of 2014 and completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University-Sacramento in May of 2012.
During his career, Dr. Dosanjh has worked with children, adolescents and adults from diverse backgrounds and many different clinical populations. His experiences include training and implementation of Applied Behavioral Analysis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Therapy, Couples Therapy, risk management in forensic populations and working with children in the home and in the school setting. Dr. Dosanjh has extensive knowledge and expertise working with children with a diagnosis of ADHD, ASD or a developmental disability and providing in home treatment. Dr. Dosanjh has collaborated with many professionals including speech, physical and occupational therapists and believes in an interprofessional and team-oriented approach when working with a client. Lastly, Dr. Dosanjh has extensive experience in working with parents through parent training and providing support to the families of an individual as needed, ensuring the treatment plan is simplified and followed at home to ensure positive outcomes for the individual.
Dr. Dosanjh takes a very patient-centered approach to therapy that allows the individual the space and time to process and discuss issues at their own pace. Dr. Dosanjh has been described as approachable, compassionate, committed, warm and easy to talk to. He eagerly works towards building a therapeutic alliance and utilizes many different therapeutic techniques as needed all while focusing and adjusting treatment goals and interventions accordingly as a client progresses through treatment. Additionally, Dr. Dosanjh believes in the importance of therapy centered around engaging with children on their level. He takes a very fun and relaxed approach to therapy with children, often thinking of games on the fly and engaging with children with whatever he or she may be doing including playing on the floor or imaginative play.
In his spare time, Dr. Dosanjh enjoys watching football and fitness, including weightlifting, running, and playing football.
ALLISON J. WOMACK, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Registered Psychological Assistant
ADRIANNA CHAPARRO, M.ED
Registered Psychological Assistant
Adrianna earned her B.A. in Psychology and Human Development from Union Institute and University. She also has earned her M.A.Ed. degree in School Psychology (with PPS credential) from Alliant International University – California School of Education and is a credentialed School Psychologist and Registered Psychological Assistant.
Adrianna has worked with children within an educational setting for the past 4 years. She provided direct support and interventions to students, consulted with teachers, families, and other school-employed stakeholders (speech and language pathologists, education specialists, occupational therapists), worked with school administrators to improve school-wide practices, performed risk assessments for youth with severe mental health difficulties, and collaborated with community providers to coordinate needed services. Adrianna has a breadth of knowledge in providing comprehensive psycho-educational assessments and providing support in tailoring an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for students. Adrianna also provided individual counseling to students within the K-12 setting. Through individual counseling, Adrianna helped target problem solving, anger management, conflict resolution, positive coping skills, positive peer relationships, and communication and social skills. Adrianna loves working with children of all ages and believes all children can be successful.
Adrianna has a plethora of knowledge and expertise working with children with a diagnosis of ADHD, ASD, intellectual delays, anxiety, depression, and learning disorders. Adrianna has collaborated with many professionals and stakeholders including speech and language pathologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. Adrianna focuses on building relationships and implementing strong communication skills amongst service providers. Adrianna values providing support, guidance, and direction to parents who are in the process of finding success for their child.
When working with patients, Adrianna takes a collaborative approach in her work, valuing patients’ experiences and how they understand themselves so that they work together to find the best treatment plan and strategies to address their concerns. She believes that it is fundamental that the patient feels safe, secure, and heard. Adrianna approaches every patient with humanity and compassion, seeing individuals beyond their symptoms and diagnoses. Adrianna strongly believes that everyone has the resources to be successful, and she makes it her priority to identify those essential areas.
Adrianna is a dedicated wife and proud mother of two wonderful daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her three dogs, reading, and being near the ocean. Her clinical interests include autism, personality disorders, forensic psychology, and neuropsychology. Her work reflects a personal mission to give back to the community and help improve the lives of those around her.
CHASTITY R. EASLEY BOSLEY, M.A.
Psychology Doctoral Practicum Trainee
Chastity earned her B.A. in psychology from Arizona State University and has her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University, Sacramento. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Alliant International University’s Clinical Psychology PsyD program.
Chastity has worked with children for over 20 years and started her academic journey studying early childhood development. She enjoys working with children of various ages. She has spent time working in a Head Start classroom and volunteering at the MIND Institute. Chastity is passionate about the child and parent relationship and has received certification in Parent-Child-Care (PC-CARE).
Chastity views the complexity of human behavior through the lens of the biopsychosocial model. Her clinical approach integrates person-centered and cognitive-behavioral therapy theories, paired with Mindfulness. In her work, she incorporates a culturally sensitive strength-based practice and works collaboratively to align with her client’s goals. She strongly believes it is vital to listen to a client’s story in their words in order to understand their life context and help clients identify how their cultural stress may impact their psychological symptoms. Her clinical interests are emotion regulation, neuropsychology, attachment theory, and personality development.
When Chastity is not focused on her studies, she enjoys spending her time engaging in outdoor activities such as hiking, gardening, playing with her dogs, or reading outside. She also loves to bake and make glitter bottles.
SUSY QUINTO, M.A.
Psychology Doctoral Practicum Trainee
ARPHINE AGAKHANYAH, B.A.
Psychology Doctoral Practicum Trainee
Arpine received her B.A. in Psychology from UC Riverside in 2019. After graduating she enrolled in graduate school and is currently completing her third year of education at the California Northstate University, College of Psychology. In addition to being in a doctorate program, Arpine is finishing up a psychopharmacology master’s program with hopes of gaining prescriptive authority. She has an extensive research background and is currently conducting research for her dissertation focusing on the mental health effects post-war. She is currently a practicum student here and is working on expanding her clinical experience and knowledge.
Arpine has interests in health psychology as well as neuropsychology. She enjoys working with a team to gain collaborative insight towards the treatment of her patients. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, finding new restaurants to dine at, and binging on Netflix shows.
DAN THU NGUYEN, D.D.S, M.B.A
Psychology Doctoral Practicum Trainee
Dan Thu has a passion for supporting individuals in their journey of growth, self-understanding, and self-acceptance towards a more authentic self and in helping people build deeper and more fulfilling relationships. She received her B.A. in Sociology, B.S. in Biology, and minor in Chemistry from the University of the Pacific before completing her Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) from the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco and MBA from California State University, San Marcos. After working as a dentist for over a decade, she returned to school to pursue her passions to provide comprehensive, soul changing care. She is currently completing her doctorate (Psy.D.) in psychology at the California Northstate University College of Psychology. In her current program, she has trained at Acacia Counseling and Wellness in Davis, the UC Davis MIND Institute, and Harbor Counseling Services in West Sacramento. She has had prior training at the Loma Linda University Behavioral Health Institute and Housing Urban Development program as a therapist trainee. Dan Thu has provided therapy and assessments for children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups. She finds the combined work of assessments and therapy to be of important service to the person in search of greater awareness and understanding.
JASON DAL PORTO
Jason has over 20 years of experience working individually with children, including those in special education, sports, and schools. He has a BA from Cal State University Monterey Bay. His major was in Liberal Studies with a teachers pathway. He has always had a life long passion to help people in need, most importantly children.
RACHEL UFFER, M.Ed.
Academic Support Specialist
Rachel earned her B.A. in Family and Consumer Sciences with a focus on Nutrition from CSUS in 1999 after which she worked as a health education volunteer in West Africa. It was during this time that Rachel discovered her passion for teaching. After returning to the States, Rachel worked in various forms of education from managing a private tutoring center to testing students for learning disabilities at a community college and tutoring math, to teaching English as a second language in both Colombia and California. After earning her Master’s in Education from Humphrey’s University in 2019, Rachel used her language teaching skills to transition from teaching English as a second language to working one on one with students using the Barton Reading System to help improve their reading and writing skills. Rachel is very passionate about education and believes that everyone can become successful but that some people just need a little extra help. Rachel enjoys being the person who gives them that extra help and watching them shine with confidence as their skills improve.
CHARMAINE FLANSBAUM, Office Manager
Charmaine has been with Bridges of the Mind for 2 years, prior to that she spent the last 10 years at home raising her two daughters along with her husband Sean, while running their small family business, FlansDigital, and providing daycare service to their friends and family. She is an active member of the West Sacramento Community, with roles as a Parent Teacher Organization Board member at Bridgeway Island Elementary School, a Board member for the River City JR Rugby Team, a youth soccer and volleyball coach, and volunteer for many other social groups. She is a highly personable talented professional with experience in sales and office management.
MANAR AHMAD, Administrative Assistant
After spending 13 years working in the medical field which ranged from direct patient care to analysis, and billing, Manar took 6 years off to raise her 3 children. Last year she decided it was time to get back into the field. She joined Bridges of the Mind in January 2021. Manar has been part of the West Sacramento community since 2011 and enjoys the quiet family oriented neighborhood she’s a part of. Manar has a BS in Health Sciences from CSUS and enjoys keeping up with advances in medicine, medical technology, and medications.
ASHLEY HOLLY, Administrative Assistant
For the last 8 years, Ashley has been proud to provide her services throughout the Greater Sacramento area. If asked, Ashley will be the first to tell you, “Being of service to others is something I highly value.” She worked as a Peer Mentor for the TRiO Student Support Services Program whose goal is to help community college first generation students transfer and navigate 4-year universities. She has also facilitated community forums on social justice issues during her time at American River College’s Diversity Center. Lastly, Ashley has contributed her time to the Beta Phi Sorority, whose focus is to empower women & girls and protect children. She is currently working on her undergraduate degree at San Francisco State University.
Dr. Frieze gave us the answers and explanations we were seeking for so many years. Answers to so many unanswered questions. Dr. Frieze is so very thorough and professional.