Darlene Jeris, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to adult residents in California. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are anxiety, mood disorders, life transitions, stress management and career coaching. In her practice, her philosophy of care is centralized around her firm beliethat every individual has the potential to grow and change. Her approach is to partner with each patient to identify the barriers to living a life that is consistent with theigoals and valuesShe strives to provide a safe, nonjudgmental and supportive space to explore these barriers, identify patterns that no longer work and help patients develop new possibilities. Darlene helps her patients recognize and build on their strengths and works with them to develop skills to manage stress and the inevitable “bumps in the road” that everyone encounters. 

Darlene founded and managed a nonprofit in the Bronx, a secondchance charter school for women, to help them earn a high school equivalency diploma and continue to advance their education and training. She loves listening to audiobooks, especially classic fiction – Finished War and Peace and The Odyssey are among her favorite reads so far in 2020. Darlene also started running marathons several years ago and even ran one in Kenya.    

“The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change.” – William Arthur Ward 

Peggy Stewart, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker offering a variety of services to children, adolescents and adults who reside in California. She facilitates support groups and has experience providing talk therapy to individuals experiencing stress and anxiety, distress related to medical crisis or challenges, or depression. She also has experience helping recipients and donors to navigate the organ transplant process and has 13 years of experience working for the UCLA Medical Center facilitating a liver and lung transplant support group. Peggy is also certified to provide bariatric clearances. Her philosophy of care entails empowering her clients to soar to experiencing their highest quality of life by using evidence-based therapeutic models. 

In California, Peggy is the region 5 patient affairs representative for the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and has been serving on the committee for the past 3 years. As a part of this committee, she helps to write and review policies related to transplant issues. I addition to this, she has also served on the editorial board for a journal, Progress in Transplantation, where she reviewed evidence-based research articles that have inform her practice as an LCSW. Apart from these accomplishments, Peggy spends her free time maintaining a reptile rescue and shelter for abandoned specimens that she owns. She is also excited to have spent time traveling to Asia and experiencing their culture.  

“It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.” – Rene Descartes 

Saide Altinsan, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist offering services to adult patients in California and New York. She treats the full spectrum of mild to severe mental disorders. She specializes in depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Her approach focuses on a thorough initial evaluation followed by a collaboration with her patient in tailoring an individualized, evidence-based care plan. In her practice, Saide strives to provide the same quality of care to her patients that she would want for a member of her own family.

Saide’s interest in mental health care stems from her interest in psychology and human behavior. She has a master’s degree in psychology from Columbia University, therefore, specializing in psychiatry after medical school was a natural transition for her.

Saide has practiced psychiatry in Nevada, California and New York for over 25 years.  She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, cooking and hiking.

“Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.”  – Viktor E. Frankl

Nancy Uberto, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker offering her services to residents in California. She has specialized experience in working with children, adolescents, families, and parents as well as with those experiencing grief, loss, or life transitions. Nancy’s philosophy when it comes to therapy is to create a safe space for people to tell their stories and to help them to realize and use their strengths to achieve their goals. In this process, Nancy takes joy in getting to see people and families understand themselves with new eyes as they heal and learn new ways to be in relationships with each other. 

Nancy grew up on the East Coast in New Jersey as an eager-to-follow daughter of a social worker. She went on and made her father’s life mission of helping people her own, graduating from Rutgers State University of New Jersey School of Social Work with her Masters in Social Work. Since then, Nancy has had the honor to work with individuals and families for over a decade, becoming a part of their story and joining them in their healing. 

“Sometimes resilience arrives in the moment you discover your own unshakeable goodness.” Father Greg Boyle 

Sharon Batista, MD is a boardcertified psychiatrist offering services to adolescent and adult residents in New York and California. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are women’s mental health, anxiety disorders, OCD and mood disorders. In her practice, Sharon’s philosophy of care is to integrate various tools to help patients feel better, which may include medication and self-help approaches. 

Sharon’s interest in mental health care comes from having been exposed to psychiatry very early on during her first semester of medical school. She happened to choose an elective with a psychiatrist who now has been her lifelong mentor ever since 

Sharon has published a handbook on AIDs psychiatry together with several colleagues. She enjoys cooking, learning about different cooking techniques, and her daily companion is her beloved bulldog, which is often snoring by her side.