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San Francisco

Masonic Center for Youth and Families serves families in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Located on the beautiful Presidio campus in San Francisco, MCYAF provides a safe, comfortable place for clients and their families.

Our services include individual and family therapy, group therapy, educational therapy, and psychological assessments.  For more detailed information about these services, visit Our Services.

Our Team

The professional team at the Masonic Center for Youth and Families strives to provide the highest quality of compassionate care to all clients, leading to positive experiences and successful outcomes. We come from leading institutions, active private practices, and renowned research programs in psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, psychiatry, and social work. We work as a collaborative team to provide each client with a thoughtful approach to their unique needs. We use a family-focused model of care, which puts the needs of young people and their families first. We offer a supportive, nurturing environment to ensure our clients feel welcome and respected.


Executive Team


Kimberly (Wheeler) Rich

Executive Director

Kimberly is a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than 20 years of experience treating children, youth, and their families. She specializes in pediatric anxiety, depression, and family therapy, and has 18 years’ experience developing clinical and graduate training programs. Kimberly has extensive experience acquiring and managing public and private funding. As a nonprofit executive, she has raised more than 20 million dollars in support of therapeutic programs for children, youth, and their families. She is passionately dedicated to creating services that help parents raise happy, healthy, and productive youth and believes that by supporting and healing families, communities are able to become stronger and thrive.

Education
M.S., Counseling Psychology, California State University, Hayward
B.A., Psychology and Sociology, Cabrini College, Pennsylvania

License
California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Marriage and Family Therapist

Professional Affiliations
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Christine Garcia, Psy.D.

Clinical Director

Dr. Garcia has worked as a clinical psychologist specializing in trauma, cultural competency, and chronic mental illness in youth and families for more than 15 years. Her clinical experience has included extensive work with survivors of sexual trauma, including foster youth, military veterans, and individuals and families with intergenerational histories of abuse. She has served as subject matter expert on the neurobiology of trauma in sexual assault investigations, institutional self-care, resiliency, and post-traumatic growth in military veterans. Dr. Garcia is passionate about allocating and providing services to historically underserved populations through program development, direct clinical service, teaching, and consultation.

Education
Psy.D., Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University
B.A.,Vassar College

License
California Board of Psychology – Licensed Psychologist

Professional Affiliations
American Psychological Association

Recent Presentations and Publications
Garcia, C. “Asian Americans as Agents of Change: Psychological Perspectives on Social Activism, Model Minority Stereotypes, and Resiliency.” Presented at the Association for Asian American Studies Conference, 2018

Garcia, C. “Asian in America: Representation, Activism, and Mental Health.” Presented at Princeton University, 2016.

Godfrey, K., McDaniel, J.T., Davey, L. Taylor S.P., Garcia, C. “Bulletproofing the Psyche of Military Veteran Women.” Included in “Bulletproofing the Psyche: Preventing Mental Health Problems in Our Military and Veterans.” Thomas, K.H. & Albright, D.L. (Eds.), 2018. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO/Praeger Publishing.

Ethan Ornstein, L.C.S.W.

Director of Family Services

Ethan has extensive experience working with families, couples, and youth in a variety of settings. He provides consultation and training to social service agencies administering services to families from underserved communities. He has presented at the American Family Therapy Academy and Child Welfare League of America’s national conferences, and believes passionately in families’ inherent capacity for growth and change.

Education
M.S.W., New York University
B.A., Politics, Whitman College, Washington

License
California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Professional Affiliations
Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, University of California, San Francisco – Director of Family Therapy Training
Minuchin Center for the Family, New Jersey – Faculty Member

Recent Presentations
“It’s All in the Family: The Role of Family Dynamics in Supporting Attention and Learning Challenges,” Ethan Ornstein, L.C.S.W.; Jack Fahy, Ph.D.; and Andrea Samuels, Ph.D.

Sheening Lin, Ph.D.

Director of Programs

Dr. Lin is a clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with youth and their families facing issues such as trauma, grief and loss, community violence, life transitions, depression, anxiety, and chronic mental illness. Before joining MCYAF, Dr. Lin served as a program director and supervisor in university medical center and community mental health settings.  He has been involved in developing telehealth initiatives geared towards increasing mental health awareness and positive outcomes with youth and their families.  Dr. Lin has a strong commitment to promoting culturally competent practices in mental health to provide inclusive and effective care. Other areas of interest include childhood trauma, LGBTQ-related issues, intergenerational family conflict, and working with young adults and families from underserved communities.

Education
Ph.D., Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

License
California Board of Psychology – Licensed Psychologist

Professional Affiliations
California Psychological Association
San Francisco Psychological Association

Recent Presentations
“Introduction to Family Systems Theory and Family Therapy”
“Developing Short-Term and Long-Term Treatment Strategies in Therapy with Young Adults”

Stephanie Spilker, MNA

Director of Operations

Education
MA, Nonprofit Administration, University of San Francisco
BA Political Science, UCLA

Jodi Mikel, M.A.

Project Coordinator

Jodi received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Palo Alto University in 2016 and has worked in the mental health field for over ten years. Her work history includes working as a Program Manager to support individuals living with severe and persistent mental illness; hospice and bereavement grief support; transitional service coordinator for older adults, and as an elementary school counselor. Prior to joining the team at MCYAF, Jodi worked as a social worker for Masonic Assistance, where she worked collaboratively to serve Masons and their families throughout California.

Jodi combines her passion to be of service to others in order to offer extensive experience supporting growth programs, social services and non-profits.

Education
Master’s in Counseling Psychology – Palo Alto University

Allison Yuri Iwaoka-Scott, M.D., A.M.

Medical Director

Dr. Iwaoka-Scott is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist.  She has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago and a doctor of medicine degree from the University of California, San Francisco.  She has 20 years of experience working in health and human services, ranging from clinical work with adults and children to program development and policy.  She has interests in community psychiatry, social psychology, interpersonal neurobiology, attachment, trauma, psychotherapy, family systems, schools, integrative medicine, and the intersection between healing and the arts.

Education
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco General Psychiatry Residency, San Mateo Behavioral Health and Recovery Services M.D., University of California, San Francisco
A.M., Social Work, University of Chicago
B.A., Psychology, Yale University

License
Medical License, Physician & Surgeon, Medical Board of California
Certification in General Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Professional Affiliations
San Francisco Department of Public Health
Assistant Clinical Professor – Volunteer, University of California, San Francisco
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
National Association of Social Workers

Recent Presentations
Iwaoka-Scott AY. “Creating a Space for the Father and Child.” Presented at the 20th Anniversary of the Child Trauma Research Program. Attachment and Trauma in Early Childhood: Embracing the Family in Clinical Practice, Research, and Public Policy.  UCSF Department of Psychiatry, January 2016.

Maitra B (presenter), Williams S (discussant), and Iwaoka-Scott AY (discussant). “Considering Culture: Widening the Search for Therapeutic Meanings and Solutions.” Presented at C.G Jung Institute of San Francisco, November 2015.

Scheid, JM (chair), Rowe JK (discussant), Krive K, Keller K, Iwaoka-Scott AY (co-presenter), Gleason MM, and Goodenough A. “Balancing on the Highwire:  Individual and Systems Issues in Young Children Exposed to Maltreatment.” Presented at American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 62nd Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, October 2015.

Gary Charland, J.D.

Executive Vice President, Masonic Homes of California

Gary Charland has more than 20 years of experience in innovative and strategic health care leadership.

Prior to joining the Masonic Homes, Charland served in various positions with the Washington Hospital Health Care System. He was instrumental in the formation and growth of the Washington Township Medical Foundation, served as chief of physician development and as executive director of the Washington Outpatient Surgery Center. He was the former chief operating officer of East Bay Medical Network/Bay Physicians Medical Group. Prior to his appointment as executive vice president, he served as a trustee of the Masonic Homes for six years.

A community leader in the greater Union City area for more than 15 years, Charland has served as chairman of the Board of the Newark Chamber of Commerce and as chairman of the Grants Committee for the Niles Rotary. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Masonic Communities and Services Association, The Alameda Health System, and the Washington Township Healthcare Foundation, as well as the Advisory Board for the New Haven Schools Foundation.

An active member of the Masons of California, Charland belongs to four California lodges: Acalanes Fellowship Lodge No. 480 in Lafayette, Destiny Lodge No. 856 in Covina, and Siminoff Daylight Lodge No.850 in Union City. He is also a member of the Oakland Scottish Rite, York Rite, and Aahmes Shrine.

Education
J.D., Quinnipiac University School of Law, New Haven, Connecticut
B.S., Communications/Journalism & Psychology, University of Bridgeport, Connecticut

Professional Affiliations
Alameda Health System – Trustee
Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation, Fremont, California – Trustee
New Haven Schools Foundation, Fremont, California – Advisory Board Member
Masonic Communities and Services Association – Board Member
Newark, California Chamber of Commerce – Past Chairman of the Board


Clinical Team


Jessica Herbold, Ph.D

Assessment Psychologist

Dr. Herbold specializes in the psychological assessment of children and adolescents, and has a strong background in play psychotherapy and family/dyadic work. Her approach emphasizes collaborative relationships with parents, teachers, and other involved professionals, and is informed by the unique context of each child and family. Prior to MCYAF, Dr. Herbold was assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, where she taught principles and methods of psychological assessment, supervised interns and fellows, and provided consultation to neonatologists and pediatricians. She has served as faculty and clinical supervisor at a number of Bay Area training programs, including Saint Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center, West Coast Children’s Clinic, and Edgewood Center for Children and Families. Dr. Herbold views the assessment process as empowering children and parents with enhanced self-understanding, and as supporting their ability to make meaningful and effective choices.

Education
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, The Wright Institute, Berkeley, California
M.A., French Language and Literature, Sorbonne University, Paris
B.A., American Studies, Stanford University

License
California Board of Psychology – Licensed Psychologist

Recent Presentations
“Culturally Informed Methods of Assessing Intelligence and Learning in Children and Adolescents.” West Coast Children’s Clinic, Oakland, California, September, 2012.
“Assessment of a Six Year Old African American Boy: How Collaborative Therapeutic Assessment Empowers Caregivers and Informs Psychotherapy.” Presentation with Christopher Arrillaga, Psy.D., and Allyson Holmes-Knight, Psy.D., WestCoast Children’s Clinic, Oakland, California, April, 2012.
“The Clinical Interview and Play Observation Session.” Presentation to staff at Masonic Center for Youth and Families, San Francisco, California November, 2010.

Boyka Dimitrova, Psy.D.

Assessment Psychologist

Dr. Dimitrova has 12 years of clinical experience working with children and families in community mental health settings and private practice. She specializes in psychological assessment of children’s learning, behavioral, emotional, and developmental functioning, using a therapeutic, collaborative, and individualized approach, and is experienced working with children and adolescents with a wide range of challenges, including trauma, mood disorders, ADHD, learning challenges, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She enjoys facilitating groups for children using a drama therapy model, and working closely and collaboratively with parents and colleagues in creating treatment programs. Dr. Dimitrova completed clinical training in the Ann Martin Center in Oakland and Richmond Area Multi-services in San Francisco, as well as a pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral residency at the West Coast Children’s Clinic in Oakland. She has extensive experience providing long-term individual and family psychotherapy in community mental health clinics, school-based settings, and private practice.

Education
Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, California
M.A., Clinical and Organizational Psychology, Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria
B.S., Psychology, Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria

License
California Board of Psychology – Psychologist

Professional Affiliations
Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology

Recent Presentations
“We Are Rich Because We Have Each Other.” Long-term family therapy case presentation. Grand rounds at WestCoast Children’s Clinic, May, 2013.
“Helping Children Tolerate Frustration.” Presentation to parents at Paden Elementary School in Alameda, April, 2014.

Recent Publications
Dimitrova, B. (2011). “Feminist Therapy in Bulgaria.” Women & Therapy, 34(1-4), (178-196).

Audrey Bethke, Ph.D

Assessment Psychologist

Doctor Bethke specializes in the pediatric neuropsychological assessment of children ranging in age from infancy to young adulthood.  She takes a collaborative approach to her assessments and enjoys working closely with parents, teachers, and other professionals involved in the child’s life.  She views the assessment process as an opportunity to gain a fuller understanding of a child and what makes them unique, thereby allowing parents to make more informed and effective choices about how to support and advocate for their child.  She also believes that the process of an assessment helps children to feel understood and empowered.  Doctor Bethke has worked extensively in medical settings, private practice, community mental health and schools.  Areas of expertise include: learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, attachment, trauma, early childhood development, and international adoption.

 

Education

Ph.D., Child Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, California
B.A., Psychology, University of California at Berkeley, California

License
California Board of Psychology – Licensed Psychologist

Professional Affiliation

American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology
American Psychological Association, Division 40 Society for Clinical Neuropsychology
Northern California Neuropsychology Form
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Medical Staff

 

Karen Shelton, M.Ed., ET/P

Educational Therapist

Karen has worked as an educational therapist in the Bay Area for the past 15 years with students from kindergarten through grade 12. She uses educational therapy to demystify students’ learning challenges, helping them to identify and apply their areas of strength for better outcomes. Through a variety of approaches, Karen helps students build resiliency in addition to their academic skill set. Karen has blended her experience in business and education to develop learning support programs for a variety of schools. She has served as a learning specialist for a variety of private schools in the Marin County, San Francisco, and Berkeley areas, as well as maintaining a private practice. She has also served on the Board of the Association of Educational Therapist (AET) and was a past AET Bay Area representative.

Education
M.Ed., Educational Therapy, Holy Names University, California
B.S., Business Management and Administration, University of Phoenix, California

Specialized Trainings
Wilson Reading System
Fundations Wilson Language Basics
Wilson Just Words
Lindamood-Bell: LiPS, Visualizing/Verbalizing, Seeing Stars
Making Math Real
Brain Gym
Handwriting Without Tears
Great Leaps Reading Fluency
Read Naturally Reading Fluency
Davis Dyslexia Correction Center

Professional Affiliations
Association of Educational Therapists
International Dyslexia Association

Presentations
“Educational Therapy Defined, All Kinds of Minds,” Ross Valley Parent Association
“The Role of an Educational Therapist,” Dominican University Occupational Therapy Graduate Program
“Learning Differences Defined,” Marin Montessori School Faculty
“Learning Differences Defined” and “Multiple Intelligences,” San Domenico School Faculty
“Learning Differences Defined,” Stuart Hall for Boys Faculty
“Creating Summer Support for Students with Learning Differences,” Stuart Hall for Boys Parent Education Group

Publications
“What is the Difference Between a Psycho-Educational and Neuropsychological Evaluation?” Tier One Study Smart Blog (September 2015)
“Interview Questions to Ask Private Evaluators,” Tier One Study Smart Blog (August 2015)
“Speech and Language Evaluation,” Tier One Study Smart Blog (September 2015)
“Occupational Therapy Evaluation” Tier One Study Smart Blog (September 2015)

Kevin Hibbitt, M.A., M.F.T.

Clinician

Kevin is a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than 20 years’ experience working with youth in various therapeutic settings, including schools, residential group homes, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and day treatment programs. Most recently, he worked for five years as a Milieu Therapist at the McAuley Institute at St. Mary’s Hospital, where he conducted group therapy for adolescents and supervised the Marriage and Family Therapist Internship Program. At MCYAF, he works as a therapist with individuals and facilitates therapy groups. Kevin provides a safe and thoughtful environment to help youth feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and feelings, and is passionate about helping them appreciate their uniqueness, improve self-esteem, and build healthy relationships with others. He strongly believes that being able to identify and express feelings, as well as connecting with others in a meaningful manner, can help youth cope with the difficulties in their lives to become more resilient and resourceful. In addition to his work in the community, Kevin has a private practice where he specializes in working with young adults and teens.

Education
M.A., Counseling Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies
B.A., Humanities, Western Kentucky University

License
California Board of Behavioral Sciences – Marriage and Family Therapist

Professional Affiliations
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, Community Member
Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Marianna Evripidou

Marriage and Family Therapist

Marianna Evripidou is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 25 years of direct clinical experience, as well as the supervision and mentoring of clinical teams.

She brings extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and their families in the S.F Bay area as well as abroad.  Her Mental health Services have contributed to organizations such as California Forensic Medical Group, NCPHS Sequoias San Francisco, Walnut Creek  Adolescent Hospital, Santa Clara County Behavioral Health,  and University Of Cyprus department of Graduate Psychology. Marianna is a strong advocate for improving Family Mental Health, and shifting generational patterns that can create suffering and disconnection. She brings expertise in resolving family conflict, LGBTQ concerns, Women’s Mental Health, Child Development, and Senior Mental Health. She is also an expert on cultural competence, Group Psychotherapy, and the Psychological Effects of Prejudice on Individuals.

Education
M.A. Clinical Psychology- New College Of California San Francisco.
B.A. Psychology/Women’s Studies – Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts

License
Marriage and Family Therapist- Board Of Behavioral Health California
Professional Affiliations
California Association Of Marriage and Family Therapists
Carl Jung Institute Of New York- Analytic Psychology
Cyprus National Board Of Psychology

Janine Heisler, M.A., M.F.T

Family Therapist

Janine is a licensed marriage and family therapist with more than 15 years specializing in couples, parenting, and family treatment. After graduating from the University of San Francisco with a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology she worked in community mental health, schools, and private practice. Before joining MCYAF she worked for several years with the Youth Service Bureaus of the YMCA in a variety of clinical and supervisory capacities. During her tenure, she implemented innovative programs designed to provide support to at-risk students and directly serve youth and their families. As Clinical Director, she was instrumental in supervising and training new therapists in the field.

Education
B.A., Communications, California State University Sacramento
M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of San Francisco

License
California Board of Behavioral Sciences – Marriage and Family Therapist

Professional Affiliations
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Yvette MacDonald, MSW

Family Therapist

Yvette MacDonald MSW, has over 20 years of experience working in community mental serving youth and families dealing with issues of complex trauma, chronic mental illness, intergenerational abuse, substance abuse and community violence. She has extensive experience developing and leading programs for adolescents in both residential and outpatient settings. She approaches all her work with cultural humility and is passionate about serving youth and families from underserved communities. She believes in the resilience of youth and families and their capacity to heal.

Education
M.S.W., Master of Social Work, California State University, Sacramento
B.A., Latin American Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

License
Board of Behavioral Sciences, Licensed Clinical Social Worker


Administrative Team


Olivia Fermin, M.A.

Business Manager

Olivia is passionate about supporting the work of those who help children to become happy, healthy, and successful in life. Her professional experiences have included working with youth in diverse populations, including those with learning, emotional, and physical disabilities and disadvantaged children in Zambia. As MCYAF’s business access coordinator, she ensures the effective functioning of the financial and administrative aspects of MCYAF and provides a welcoming experience to children and their families.

Education
M.A., Education and Counseling, San Jose State University
B.A., Sociology and Organizational Studies, University of California, Davis
B.A., Communication, University of California, Davis

Kevin Cox

Access Coordinator

Kevin is a caring and thoughtful person who enjoys creating a welcoming atmosphere for MCYAF clients. His professional experiences in customer service-related industries has allowed him the opportunity to work with people from diverse backgrounds and ages, which Kevin very much enjoys. As MCYAF’s administrative coordinator, he ensures that MCYAF clients receive the best possible care while visiting the center.

Education
B.S., Business Management, California State University, Northridge

Kelly Ann Nelson

Access Coordinator

Kelly Ann is enthusiastic about fostering a welcoming environment for children and families at MCYAF.  Her previous professional experiences in education have fostered a joy in connecting with the everyone that she welcomes to the Center. As the Access Coordinator, Kelly Ann provides invaluable support to both MCYAF’s clients and staff.

Education
AA, Art/Humanities, City College, 2018
BA, Religious Studies, Chico State, 2019