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
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
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.