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
Martha Chapa-Padilla, LMFT is a board certified marriage and family counselor, fluent in both English and Spanish offering counseling to children and adult residents of California. She has considerable experience providing effective mental health services within educational and health systems and is currently certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Some of her clinical interests include: mood disorders, anxiety disorders, child and adolescent issues and relationship issues. During each session, Martha believes in both treating each patient with respect and dignity and helping them reach more functional, productive, and happier lives.
Martha’s exposure to the topic of mental and behavioral health began with her mother, whom struggled with mental health issues for most of her life. After taking an introductory Psychology course she found that this topic she had loved was able to give her a better understanding of her mother’s experiences. This connection gave her the inspiration to educate and support others, which she has done both as a therapist for youth and adults and as a university faculty member.
Along with her professional interests, Martha is also a very big fan of the Investigative Discovery Channel; however, she always makes time to watch her favorite team: the San Francisco Giants.
Prescribes Medication: No
Age Range: 5+
Specialties: Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Child and Adolescent Issues, Relationship Issues
Jeni Yarbrough is a licensed clinical social worker offering services to residents of California who are 12 years of age or older. She has clinical interests in working with people who are experiencing LGBT issues, special needs challenges or parenting challenges as well as individuals in the deaf community. Her philosophy of care involves meeting people where they are at, using a strength-based approach to enhance skills that already exist and encouraging individuals to be open minded to new ideas and thought patterns.
Jeni’s interested in behavioral health care began when she acknowledged the universal human need to confide in and seek guidance from another person. For over four years, she has been passionately driven to be a support person for every person she works with, extending empathy as they gain insight on the parts of themselves and life they struggle with the most. When she isn’t encouraging her clients as they work with her on implementing different strategies in their lives, Jeni enjoys hiking and reading. She has also obtained her scuba license that she tries to use whenever she can.
Prescribes Medication: No
Age Range: 12+
Specialties: LGBT Issues, Special Needs Challenges, Parenting Challenges