Nikita Dixon, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist offering services to children and adolescent residents in California. Nikita is a graduate from the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.
Diana Methfessel, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist offering services to adult residents in California. She has a vast array of clinical interests; however, her specializations are family therapy comprised of adult children and their parents, therapy for graduate students in master level or PhD/PsyD university programs, therapy with adult children of alcoholic/addictive parents, therapy with family members struggling with an addictive family member, hospice and end of live issues, grief work related to pets, and hoarding. In her practice, Diana believes that most people want to be heard and accepted for whatever they are going through at that moment. Once someone feels understood, they can then embrace hope to consider walking through the dark places in their lives.
Since she was young, Diana has been interested in mental health care and how people think and behave. Her sense of curiosity allows her to “lean in” and imagine what it is like to walk in the shoes of individuals she is working with.
After 50 years in her home state of California, Diana decided to move across the country to Florida. She is dedicated to wellness practice, including yoga and mindfulness meditation, and is passionate about animals and preserving our beautiful world.
“A challenge is an opportunity to change your direction.”
Jingyi (Jennifer) Theis, RN, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner offering services to adult residents of California. She has a variety of clinical interests and experience related to behavioral health, with specializations in anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD and schizophrenia. Jennifer believes in a holistic, patient-centered approach to care and focuses on her patients’ physical and mental health.
Jennifer discovered her interest and passion for mental health care after working in a psychiatric emergency department and recognizing the vast need services that exists. Following that realization, she pursued additional education and training in psychiatric mental health care and worked for a number of years in the psychiatric emergency department of LAC/USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, one of the largest public hospitals in the country.
Jennifer is fluent in Chinese and prides herself on obtaining her master’s degree in nursing in her second language.
Gina Mendez, LCSW is a board certified clinical social worker offering services to children and adult residents of California. She has experience in the provision of care for many psychological conditions not limited to: anxiety disorders, mood disorders and trauma.
Gina has an extensive range of specialties and experiences that she has gained over her 10 years of practice providing services to all ages across various psychiatric settings. These specialties include dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, dual diagnosis, and play therapy. Gina is skilled in eliciting willingness for positive change in her clients. In her sessions, she conveys a confidence in their abilities that allows her to effectively build a strong therapeutic alliance.
Gina is always learning and gaining new skills. She recently became certified in anger management which can be added to her long list of impressive abilities
Jason Custodia, DO, is a psychiatrist offering services to adult residents in California. He has a vast array of clinical interests; however, his specializations are post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mood disorders and anxiety. In his practice, Dr. Custodia believes that a person’s mental well-being is born out of an interconnected web of mind, body, spirit and environment. All these areas must be addressed for mental well-being to occur.
As a young resident, Dr. Custodia was always fascinated by people’s stories. His career path first took him to internal medicine, but he eventually went back into residency to change his specialty to psychiatry. He became interested in PTSD during his time in the U.S. Navy.
Dr. Custodia was a Navy physician for over six years and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 as the Executive Officer of 1st Medical Battalion based out of Camp Pendleton, CA. He has lived all over the U.S., including stops in Missouri, Michigan and Arizona.
“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” – Marcus Aurelius
Prescribes Medication: Yes
Age Range: 18+
Specialties: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Mood Disorders and Anxiety