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. JAZMIN BURNS, Psy.D
Clinical Director/Licensed Psychologist
In 2012, Dr. Burns began her work in the field of Psychology as an in-home Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) behavioral therapist, as well as serving as a Research Assistant (RA) at the UC Davis MIND Institute. Dr. Burns’ love and passion for working with families with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NDDs) grew and she quickly realized she wanted to become a Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Burns graduated from UC Davis with her BA in English and minored in Psychology in 2013. After continuing to work at the MIND Institute for a couple of years, she attended Alliant International University, Sacramento and received her PsyD in Clinical Psychology in May 2019. Her work within UC Davis Health did not end during her schooling. She received a year of practicum training at the UC Davis CAARE Center where she was trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). It was during this training that Dr. Burns realized her passion for doing trauma-informed care. She completed a year of training at the Veterans’ Administration (VA) in Mather, CA where she primarily worked in the PTSD Clinic doing trauma and neurodevelopmental assessments, co-facilitated substance abuse/PTSD support groups, as well as conducted Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) with veterans. Dr. Burns completed her internship at the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (CAPS) clinic in Sacramento, CA where she deepened her knowledge and experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults by co-facilitating social skills groups, administering psychological assessments, and conducting therapy. Currently, Dr. Burns continues working at the MIND Institute, in addition to coming aboard Bridges of the Mind. In her free time, Dr. Burns enjoys traveling, cooking, eating, singing, watching movies/TV, playing videogames, and spending time with her husband, family, friends, and three cats. Dr. Burns is excited to continue providing psychological services to families to help them grow and prosper.
DR. JANICE MCDAVIT, Psy.D
Dr. McDavit received her B.A. in psychology from UC Davis, and her M.A. in counseling psychology from Santa Clara University. She began her clinical career providing in-home behavioral therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as conducting psychological assessments for Stanford University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. McDavit received her Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in 2012 from Alliant International University, Sacramento. She has gone on to provide both therapy and psychological assessments for adults, children, and teens, including dually-diagnosed and severely emotionally disturbed youth, in schools, private practice, and inpatient settings. She looks forward to providing psychological services that can help clients grow, advocate for themselves, and thrive.
DR. JENNIE SINGER, Ph.D
Dr. Singer received her B.A. in English and Psychology from San Diego State University in 1989. She graduated from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego (now part of Alliant International University) in 1995. She has been licensed in the state of California since 2000. Dr. Singer has a strong interest in providing assessments and evaluations for individuals of all ages because she has seen how much an evaluation providing proper diagnoses and describing clients’ strengths and weaknesses can help to get vital services and supportive accommodations needed to support them at their stage of life. Dr. Singer has worked in a variety of settings over the years, including at a Child Guidance Clinic, inpatient facilities such as psychiatric hospitals, and with seniors in nursing home facilities. She also has clinical experience working with a variety of mental disorders at federal and state prisons. Currently, Dr. Singer provides mental health care for UC Davis students, faculty and staff at Acacia Counseling and Wellness in Davis. Dr. Singer has worked as a Criminal Justice professor for the past 15 years at California State University, Sacramento, and she has also provided both assessments and school advocacy for parents of children with a variety of special needs. Dr. Singer is dedicated to helping families get important services for their children and helping young adults to better transition to college and employment with needed accommodations.
DR. AMARA BROOK, Ph.D
Dr. Brook has long been fascinated by how people think, feel, and behave, and motivated to help them reach their goals. These interests led her to attain a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and PhD from the University of Michigan and to work as a professor of psychology at Santa Clara University, focusing on self-regulation. Her path changed when family members struggled to obtain appropriate assessments, treatment, and educational services for autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, and giftedness. She pursued postdoctoral clinical training from California School of Professional Psychology (now part of Alliant International University), San Francisco and obtained her license, so that she could help neurodivergent people and their families understand themselves and receive effective services. She has completed numerous advanced trainings in psychological assessment, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and social skills (PEERS). Her passions are helping people understand their strengths and challenges through psychological assessment, and to reach their goals using therapies that scientific research has shown to be effective. In the past, she served as Director of Postdoctoral Training, Supervisor, DBT Team Coordinator, and Embedded Psychologist in Emergency Medicine at Kaiser, where she helped implement assessment protocols for autistic adults who had not previously been diagnosed. She also worked in VA medical centers and schools and taught a graduate course in DBT at Santa Clara University. She serves clients in California, Colorado, and Florida through her private practice and is excited to provide assessment services at Bridges of the Mind. She looks forward to collaborating with you to understand your strengths and challenges through psychological assessment. Her approach is neurodiversity affirming and strengths-based, appreciating and working with your unique gifts to help you overcome challenges. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, trail running, playing with her dogs, and relaxing with her family and friends.
SCOTT WEINTRAUB, MA
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Scott earned his BA in Psychology and Religious Studies from UC Davis in 1995. After working in residential mental health and education, he returned to work towards his MA in Counseling Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley. Scott gained practicum experience at Turning Point Community Programs in Yolo County supporting youth and their families, as well as working with the Wright Institute Clinical Services. He has spent over a decade working with transitional age youth and is excited to bring this experience to Bridges of the Mind clients. His therapeutic work strives to help clients understand the impact of their personal trauma, culture, identity, family, relationships, and life changes. Scott provides support, insight, and emotional management skills when anxiety, depression, or other experiences get in the way of being able to actualize your fullest self. He looks forward to collaborating towards achieving goals and finding clarity to help you feel less pain and experience more joy. Scott works with teens, adults, and families of all backgrounds, cultures, beliefs, abilities, identities, and orientations. He utilizes a variety of approaches based on what is best for the client and their issues. He has experience with trauma-informed care, family and relationship communication, mentoring, and solution-focused treatment. Scott is highly involved in our local community, working closely with students, coaching youth sports, and volunteering. His interests include music, board games, traveling, gardening, soccer, and cooking.
MEGHANN CRANE-RUSS, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Meghann received her BS from University of California, Davis and her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Sacramento State University. Meghann is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has provided social work services within the Sacramento community for the past 10 years. Although Meghann has worked with clients throughout the lifespan, her passion is working with families. Prior to obtaining her MSW, Meghann worked in an independent living support program for neurodiverse persons and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. As a LCSW, Meghann provided clinical social work services within the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Pediatric Ward, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at both Sutter Medical Center Sacramento and UC Davis Medical Center. Within the inpatient setting, she supported children and families during the course of acute medical crisis, supporting children with chronic conditions, developmental differences, and children struggling with mental health crises or behavioral challenges. In addition to providing talk therapy and support with adjustment to illness, Meghann guided families in navigating governmental and community support resources that their child was eligible for, as well as grief support, psychoeducation, and advocacy coaching. Meghann has specialty training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy through the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a Perinatal Mental Health Certification (PMH-C) through Postpartum Support International, and advanced training in Pediatric Palliative Care. She is passionate about supporting families in forging a path forward after receiving a hard diagnosis, supporting perinatal mental health, and supporting parents following the loss of a child. Meghann has a strengths-based and trauma-informed approach, she works collaboratively with clients, and loves helping clients find their inner-strengths, build support networks, and develop resiliency. Meghann looks forward to working with you and your family to cultivate resiliency as well as advocating and navigating services within the community.
TERESA KORO, MS
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Teresa received her B.S. in Psychology from UC Davis in 2013, and worked in special education for several years before completing her M.S. in Counseling at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB). Teresa completed a joint degree in School Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy at CSUEB. During graduate school, Teresa provided individual counseling services at CSUEB’s Community Counseling Clinic, where she supported adults with depression, anxiety, trauma, family concerns, and relationship issues. Teresa also has an extensive background supporting children with special needs (e.g. Autism, anxiety, oppositionality, ADHD) using play, expressive arts, and relationship building. Teresa believes that therapy is a place to build a relationship with a safe adult, work through current issues, and learn new ways of coping. She takes a person-centered approach, and uses different tools to suit her clients’ needs. Teresa is excited to support children, individuals, families, and couples. She is currently working toward licensure as an educational psychologist and marriage and family therapist. In her spare time, Teresa enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, enjoying delicious food, and dancing.
JASON DALPORTO, 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. Jason is a proud Certified Barton Tutor.
CARRIE WHITECOTTON, MA
Academic Support Specialist
Carrie graduated from UC Davis in 2005 with a BA in English, and CSU Sacramento in 2014 with a master’s degree in mild/moderate Special Education. She has been involved in education for over 20 years, starting as a volunteer for tutoring programs in inner-city schools.
She worked for UC Davis for over 12 years, serving for 10 years on the UC Davis Disabilities Advisory Committee to the Chancellor. She has volunteered as an advocate for children with special needs, making recommendations on transition plans and how to beneficially implement modifications. Because each child is different, she believes in meeting students where they are to individualize their needs and goals.
In her spare time, Carrie is learning American Sign Language, and enjoys spending time with her family, dog, and recently adopted cat. She’s also an artist, and has fun creating art pieces for friends and family.
CHARMAINE FLANSBAUM, Office Manager
Charmaine has 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 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.