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DR. ERIKA FRIEZE, Psy.D. (she/her)

Owner/Licensed Psychologist

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 currently the Sacramento Valley Psychological Association Behavioral Medicine and Neuropsychological Chair. Additionally, Dr. Frieze is licensed in the state of Nevada (PY1105) as well as California (PSY22737). 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 15 years.

DR. ALLISON J. WOMACK, Ph.D., BCBA-D (she/her)

Clinical Director

Dr. Allison Womack is a Registered Psychological Associate who earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Victoria (2006). She earned her M.A. in Applied Behavior
Analysis from the University of the Pacific (2012) and her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Syracuse University (2017). Dr. Womack is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral (BCBA-D).

Dr. Womack has 20 years of experience working with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities in homes, schools, behavioral clinics, and community-based programs. She has had the opportunity to conduct comprehensive
psychological diagnostic assessments within multi-disciplinary teams; to consult in school, home, and residential settings on the development and implementation of behavior management strategies; to lead psychoeducational assessments on multidisciplinary teams; and to guest lecture in university settings. She has co-authored eight peer reviewed publications and developed and implemented research projects leading to over 30 regional and international conference posters and presentations. For six years, Dr. Womack served as Clinical Director of ABA services across various sized mental health clinics in Sacramento. Through psychological assessment, Dr. Womack values helping parents better understand and support their child.

Dr. Womack also enjoys helping young adults and adults better understand themselves to live happier, more meaningful lives. She enjoys providing evidence-based recommendations to support continued individual growth and understanding.  In her free-time, Dr. Womack enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, two young
children, and dog.

 

DR. JOSEPH ‘JoJo’ ARMENDAREZ, Ph.D. (he/him)

Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Joseph Armendarez serves individuals and families who speak Spanish and English, and he holds expertise in assessment and interventions for youth with autism, intellectual disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, as well as, other co-occuring mental health conditions. Dr. JoJo also has experience in psychological testing with adults, and parent-behavior training related to disruptive behaviors. Dr. JoJo, as he is affectionately known by his patients, is a Psychology graduate from the University of Rhode Island. He completed his undergraduate bachelor’s degrees in Human Development and Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino, and he completed his doctoral-level internship at one of the largest community mental health clinics in Southern California, Pacific Clinics. After completing his internship, Dr. JoJo started work with Therapy Travelers, and he completed a year as a school psychologist in the Gilroy Unified School District, and another year in the Simi Valley Unified School District. He recently completed a yearlong Post-Doctoral Clinical LEND Fellowship at the University of California, Davis’ MIND Institute. Dr. JoJo has also worked in several intensive behavioral mental settings, including three summers at ADHD behavioral camps (i.e., Summer Treatment Program) in Miami, Florida, and Boston, Massachusetts, and two summers completing psychology training in Quito, Ecuador. He is an adjunct lecturer in the UC Davis’ Psychology department. 

ADRIANNA CHAPARRO, M.Ed. (she/her)

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.

SUSY QUINTO, M.A. (she/her)

Psychology Doctoral Practicum Trainee

Susy received her B.A. in psychology from California State University, Sacramento in 2017. She
just finished her fourth year of a clinical psychology doctoral program at California Northstate
University. During her doctoral program, she earned her M.A. in clinical psychology and is expected to receive her doctorate in 2024. She obtained her first clinical experience conducting individual and group therapy with young adults who presented primarily with depression, anxiety, academic stress, and difficulty with significant life transitions. Her focus here was to provide empathy, support, and skills utilizing various therapeutic interventions. She then went on to obtain clinical experience in an outpatient mental health agency where she worked with youth in individual therapy who presented with significant impulsivity, inattention, depression, and trauma. Currently, Susy has been training with the wonderful team here at Bridges of the Mind where she regularly conducts neuropsychological assessments to assess primarily for autism in all ages. Her first step is to create a welcoming and warm relationship with whom she meets, which she genuinely enjoys. In doing this, she evaluates human behavior and functioning through objective data and pieces it together with her clinical observations in order to determine an appropriate route for individuals and families seeking help. Susy eagerly continues to expand her knowledge in and passion for neuropsychological assessment and hopes to continue this path in her future practice. 

FELISHA STEAD, M.S.,  BCBA (she/her)

Psychology Doctoral Practicum Trainee

Felisha earned her B.S. in Psychology from Northern Arizona University in 2015, and her M.S. In Applied Behavioral Analysis in 2018. Felisha is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She began as an ABA therapist, moving her way up to Clinical Supervisor, before undertaking her role as a PsyD student at Alliant International University. She has an extensive background in working with children and adults with developmental disabilities for the past 7 years. She has experience working in clinics, homes, and schools conducting behavioral assessments, and is focused on continuing her comprehension of psychological assessments. She is currently a practicum student here and is working on expanding her clinical experience and knowledge.

JASON DAL PORTO (he/him)

Reading Specialist

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. (she/her)

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 (she/her)

Office Manager

Charmaine has been with Bridges of the Mind for August 2020, 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 for family and friends. 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 Property & Casualty Insurance, Sales and Office Management. 

MANAR AHMAD (she/her)

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.

 

KELLI VANG (she/her)

Administrative Assistant

 Since taking a course in high school on the human mind, Kelli developed a passion in working with children and adults diagnosed with intellectual disabilities. Every summer, she worked at summer programs to gain experience working with children. In 2015, she received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from CSU Stanislaus. Kelli has experience in working with children as a ABA tutor in home and in a school setting. She also has a background in social work with adults diagnosed with intellectual disabilities. After becoming a mother, Kelli took a break from work to focus on raising her son at home. She enjoys outdoor adventures, watching movies/shows, and spending time with her little family and friends. Kelli is ecstatic to join the team October 2022 and is looking forward to growth with Bridges of the Mind.

 

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.