Our hope is to treat all of our patients, partners, and employees with respect and dignity, to provide high quality evidence based services to patients, and to attract and retain competent and dedicated professionals to help with the growing mental health crisis in our state.

Deacon Shoenberger, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, Alcohol & Drug Counselor, Director

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Dr. Deacon Shoenberger attended the clinical psychology doctoral program at the University of Nevada, Reno and completed a PhD with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders and addictions. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Portland VA Medical Center and received specialized training in psychological assessment, behavioral medicine and health psychology, eating disorders treatment, and chronic disease management. He completed post-doctoral training with an emphasis on behavioral pediatrics and adolescent psychology and became a Nevada Licensed Psychologist in 2009. Deacon has been the consulting psychologist for several different local agencies. Deacon is a co-founder of Health Psychology Associates and is the Clinical and Integrated Care Director of Health Psychology Associates.

Natalie Sanchez, MS

Marriage & Family Therapist, Director

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Natalie Sanchez attended the California State University, Chico and completed a MS in Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy in 2006. She completed an internship in Marriage and Family Therapy and received supervision and training in behavioral interventions for individuals, family and couples with an emphasis on children and adolescents. Natalie has received training and supervision for behavioral medicine and health psychology. She has a history of being a clinical director of agencies in the community. She is a AAMFT and NV approved supervisor for Marriage and Family Therapy Interns and Clinical Professional Counselors. Natalie is completing her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. Natalie is a co-founder of Health Psychology Associates and is the Clinical Director of Health Psychology Associates and oversees the psychotherapy programs. Natalie is an AAMFT approved primary supervisor.

Katherine Thomas, MD

Psychiatrist, Director

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Dr. Katherine Thomas attended the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, California and completed her Medical Degree in 2011. She completed her residency in General Psychiatry from the University of Washington in the Advanced Clinician Track. Katherine followed up her residency with a fellowship specializing in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry through the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno Nevada. She is currently the director of the Pediatric Department at West Hills Hospital. She has been a licensed Psychiatrist since 2016. Katherine is the Medical Director of Health Psychology Associates.

Mick Hall, MA

Marriage & Family Therapist, Alcohol & Drug Counselor

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Michael “Mick” Hall attended the clinical psychology program at the John F. Kennedy University and completed a MA with an emphasis on clinical and sports psychology. He completed an internship in Marriage and Family Therapy and received supervision and training in behavioral interventions for individuals, family and couples. He has a history of health psychology in the medical setting. In addition to the credential of licensed marriage and family therapist, Michael is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Mick has a history of being a clinical director of agencies in the community. Michael is a AAMFT and NV approved supervisor for Marriage and Family Therapy Interns and Clinical Professional Counselors. Mick is a NV board approved supervisor for Substance Abuse Counselors. Mick is a co-founder of Health Psychology Associates and AAMFT approved primary supervisor.

Keri Freshman

Office Manager

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Keri Freshman is the Office Manager of Health Psychology Associates. Keri has worked with Health Psychology Associates from the beginning. Prior to her time at HPA she worked with medical and behavioral health offices. In addition to the task of managing the entire staff and office Keri is responsible for the billing, scheduling and greeting clients. Keri has worked to help establish the client centered environment at Health Psychology Associates.

Ashley Haidle, MA

Marriage & Family Therapist

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Ashley Haidle attended the University of Nevada, Reno and completed a Master of Arts in Counseling and Educational Psychology in 2011. She completed an internship in Marriage and Family Therapy and received supervision and training in behavioral interventions for children and adolescents, individuals, family and couples. Ashley completed specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, pain management and evidenced based therapy for juvenile sexual offenders. She has received additional training in health psychology. Ashley became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 2017. Ashley is training to become a qualified supervisor of Marriage and Family Therapy Interns.

Sarah Burkett, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

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Dr. Sarah Burkett attended the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant University, Sacramento, California and completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Ventura County Behavioral Health and received specialized training in outpatient substance abuse, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and behavioral medicine. Sarah completed post-doctoral training at Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services with an emphasis on outpatient therapy including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Chronic Pain groups, Co-Occurring Disorders and Anger Management. Sarah has been licensed since 2015 and worked at Renown and Rural Mental Health providing outpatient therapy with an emphasis in health psychology, psychological assessment, cognitive-behavioral treatment for anxiety disorders, chronic disease management. Sarah is a qualified supervisor for Psychological Assistants.

Matthew Boland, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

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Dr. Matthew Boland attended the clinical psychology doctoral program at the University of Nevada, Reno and completed a PhD with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioral treatment for anxiety disorders. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Albuquerque VA Medical Center and received specialized training in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and comorbid substance abuse, behavioral medicine and psychological assessment. Matt became a Nevada licensed psychologist in 2018. Matt specializes in cognitive and cognitive behavioral therapy treatments for a variety of conditions.

Josette Iribarne-Lazcano, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

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Dr. Josette Iribarne-Lazcano attended the psychology doctoral program at the Fielding Graduate University and completed a PhD in 2018. She also received her Master of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University. Josette completed her pre-doctoral internship at the State of Nevada, Psychological Consortium and received specialized training in psychological assessment and evaluation, with an emphasis on behavioral medicine and chronic disease management. She became a Nevada Licensed Psychologist in 2019. She has an emphasis in psychological assessment, health psychology, cognitive-behavioral treatment for anxiety disorders, chronic disease management and bariatric weight loss. Josette specializes in psychological evaluation, health psychology, anxiety disorders, bariatric weight loss and pain psychology.

Suzanne Calzada, MA

Marriage & Family Therapist

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Suzanne Calzada attended the Pacific Lutheran University and completed a Master of Arts in Counseling and Educational Psychology with a Marriage and Family Therapy Specialization in 2016. She is completing an internship in Marriage and Family Therapy and receiving supervision and training in behavioral interventions for children, adolescents, individuals, couples and families. Suzanne is receiving specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, pain management, and health psychology including interventions for medically supervised weight loss support. Suzanne is certified in dialectal behavioral therapy through PESI.

Kevin Seid, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

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Dr. Kevin Seid attended the psychology doctoral program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and completed a PhD with an emphasis on school psychology, child and family therapy. After completing his school psychology internship, he received specialized training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Kevin completed post-doctoral training with an emphasis in on behavioral pediatrics and adolescent psychology, anxiety and mood disorders. Kevin became a Nevada Licensed Psychologist in 2018. Kevin is a certified Trauma CBT provider.

Michelle Sahgun Perez, MA

Marriage & Family Therapist

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Lisa Brown, MA

Marriage & Family Therapist

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Lisa Brown attended University of Phoenix and completed a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2009. She has completed specialized training in cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy focusing on managing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Lisa has 10+ years experience working with individuals, couples and families. Additionally, Lisa has experience and training to treat individuals with eating disorders.

Chad Doerr, PsyD

Clinical and Sport Psychologist

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Dr. Chad Doerr attended the Clinical and School Psychology doctoral program at James Madison University and completed his PsyD in 2018. Prior to JMU, Chad Doerr earned his Master's Degree in Sport and Performance psychology from the University of Denver in 2014. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services with an emphasis in Sport Psychology. Dr. Doerr completed his post-doctoral training in the University of Nebraska’s Athletic Department, serving as an Athletic Psychologist for two years. Chad has been a licensed Clinical Psychologist since 2020 and provides generalist therapy treatments for a variety of conditions. Additionally, he has received specialty training and experience in treating young-adult mental health symptoms, and services for sport and high-performance populations.

Monique Normand, MA

Clinical Social Work Intern

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Monique Normand is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada and holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Nevada, Reno. Monique received her social work license in 2018 and is currently a clinical social work intern, working on her clinical license. Monique has experience working with children and young adults.

Leonard Capozzi, MA

Clinical Social Work Intern

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Leonard has a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago (1992) and a diploma in Counseling from The Italian School of Family Counseling in Rome (2017). Leonard’s training has focused on mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression and anxiety, Dialectical Behavior Therapy for the treatment of borderline personality disorder, the treatment of post-traumatic stress and loss and grief counseling. Leonard completed his training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine in 2017 and is a qualified MBSR teacher.

Steven Dente, MA

Marriage and Family Therapy Intern

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Steven Dente is a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern at Health Psychology Associates. Steven holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. While in graduate school, Steven interned at both the Downing Counseling Clinic at the University of Nevada, Reno and as a school-based mental health counselor at Fallon High School. He treats individuals, couples, and families with a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, co-parenting, identity issues and relationship problems. Steven is also an adjunct instructor at Sierra Nevada College, where he teaches counseling classes.

Kristinia McIntyre, MA

Marriage & Family Therapist

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Bio coming soon!

Michelle Gates, MA

Clinical Professional Counselor

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Michelle is a licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and has a background working with individuals and groups of all ages, including adults, adolescents, children, and their families. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wheaton College and completed a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at Denver Seminary. While in graduate school, Michelle interned at a residential treatment center for youth with co-occurring mental health, behavioral, and/or substance use disorders. She has most recently worked as a therapist in rural Nevada for Elko’s Community Mental Health Clinic where she also provided assessment services to inmates at the county jail and participated in the local Child Advocacy Center meetings. She has worked with Nevada school districts providing therapy and advocating for families during IEP meetings. Michelle has received supervision and training in trauma-informed care as well as in evidence-based therapies for a wide range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, chronic pain, grief and loss, shame, identity issues, and relationship difficulties. Michelle has received specialized instruction in Trauma - Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Parent Management Training, and her graduate school program emphasized the integration of spirituality, ethics, values, and counseling. Michelle is also passionate about travel, values diversity, and has participated in various cultural immersion experiences around the world.

Emma Dickinson, EdS, NCSP

School Psychologist and Clinical Professional Counselor Intern

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Emma Dickinson received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1991, her Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology from University of Nevada-Reno in 2007 and her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Central Washington University in 1995. She has recently started as a Clinical Professional Counselor Intern with HPA in addition to practicing as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist in the Washoe County School District here in Reno, NV. Prior to this, she was a school counselor serving two rural Nevada school districts for 13 years. Emma has experience with children of all ages, families and has a special interest in working with twice-exceptional youth, who are those experiencing a disability as well as having high ability.

James Balmut, MA

Marriage and Family Therapist

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James Balmut, known by family, friends, and colleagues as “JB” attended the University of Nevada, Reno and completed a Master of Arts in Counseling and Educational Psychology in 1985 with a specialty in Marriage and Family Therapy. He has been licensed since 1987. He immediately became the Program Coordinator of an inpatient adolescent and pediatric program locally. Leaving the hospital after 6 years, he started a private practice specializing in work with adolescents, couples, and families. He earned his Alcohol and Drug Abuse license shortly thereafter and began consulting for local agencies serving youth with substance use issues. JB has a passion for the outdoors and is well trained in experiential and adventure-based therapies. He sees Nature as an incredible teacher. He found that “doing” was a more powerful way of learning than “sitting and talking” (remember he works with non-traditional learners – and admits that he is one). He has been active in State and National Associations supporting families for over 30 years. He has been an owner/director of both for and not for profit businesses running adventure-based leadership programs for our school district and local businesses. His passion for service is evident when you meet him.

Crystal Nejabat, MA

Clinical Professional Counselor Intern

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Crystal is a Clinical Professional Counselor Intern at Health Psychology Associates. Crystal received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. From there, she worked as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist completing specialized training with an emphasis on children and adolescents. Crystal then attended the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and holds a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. While in graduate school, Crystal interned at Northern Nevada Child and Adolescent Services and received training in early childhood intervention services and trauma-informed care. She is currently receiving supervision and training in treatment for children, adolescents, sexual/gender minority individuals, and families in several areas of mental health including impulse control, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, self-harming, trauma, parent training, and coping skills.

Nicole Auldridge, MA, NCC

Marriage and Family Therapy Intern

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Nicole has worked in behavioral healthcare for over sixteen years, and holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy and an advanced graduate certificate in Addiction Treatment and Prevention Services from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is completing an internship in Marriage and Family Therapy and has received specialized supervision and training in mindfulness-based interventions for anxiety and depression, post-traumatic stress disorders, chronic pain/illness, grief and loss, gender and sexual diversity, parent training, and psychotic disorders. She works with adults, teens, families, and couples from every walk of life and has a special interest in women’s identity and stage-of-life issues.

Colleen Shaver

Marriage and Family Therapist

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Colleen attended the University of Nevada, Reno where she completed her Master’s in Counseling and Educational Psychology, emphasizing in Marriage and Family Therapy, in 2017. Before returning to graduate school, Colleen taught a variety of ages and subjects solidifying her passion for education and children/adolescents. While in graduate school, she focused on additional training in Play Therapy, Emotion Focused Couples Therapy, Gottman Couples Therapy, and substance abuse treatment. Colleen enjoys working with individuals, couples, children and adolescents utilizing creative approaches toward improved emotion regulation and expression as well as improved relationships and insight. Colleen utilizes a systemic, relational approach to treatment. Currently, Colleen also teaches in the CASAT program at the University of Nevada, Reno.