Danni Biondini, LMFT, is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who has worked as a school-based therapist for seven years. Coming from a background in social justice and radical mental health, she is committed to applying psychodynamic and systems thinking to work in schools. In addition to her work with Access, she is core faculty in the Community Mental Health M.A. program at CIIS. She is committed to critical pedagogy and the liberatory potential of psychotherapy. She also has a private practice in San Francisco.
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Tori Branch, Psy.D. is a licensed Psychologist who has been working in the mental health field for 15 years. Outside of her work as Director of Clinical Services at Access, she also has a private practice in downtown San Francisco. Tori finds immense satisfaction in working with patients as well as with training therapists, and strives to keep a balance of these activities in her professional life. Tori has interest in working with gender fluid and transitioning individuals, aging populations, and individuals dealing with issues of character structure. She also has experience creating and implementing data tracking systems in clinic settings, and is excited to bring this skill to her position at Access.
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Milena Edwards, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who is deeply committed to providing the highest-quality training to the next generation of mental health clinicians, to help them become leaders in the field and develop innovative methods to serve the needs of people living in an increasingly complex world. Dr. Edwards’ has dedicated her career, both as a psychotherapist in private practice and as a supervisor and training director, to helping people navigate important and challenging life transitions. In her private practice she works with college students and young adults to develop autonomy and community as they enter adulthood; she works with spouses and parents as they traverse the landscapes of marriage, parenthood, and divorce; and she works with seniors to navigate aging and end of life issues. In her role as Director of Training, Dr. Edwards supports the Access Institute fellows to lay the foundation for a professional career that feels authentic, meaningful, and generative.
Laura Fisher, PPS, LPCC, is a licensed clinical counselor with a degree in school counseling. Laura has focused her clinical work on under-served youth. She has worked with high school age youth primarily in the juvenile justice system and with families of incarcerated youth. She has led substance abuse groups for high school students as well as behavioral groups in juvenile hall and a youth clinic. In addition, she has worked with elementary age youth as a school-based therapist. She takes a strength-based approach while using mindfulness, attachment theory, and CBT in addressing issues such as depression, anxiety, sexual identity, substance abuse, and trauma. Laura addresses challenges within family systems as well as systemic socioeconomic and cultural biases facing an urban population.
Gergely Földesi, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked in mental health institutions in both the U.S. and Hungary, including a foster care home, child and adult psychiatric units, a middle school, a college counseling center, as well as community mental health centers. In addition to conducting psychological testing at Access Institute, he provides individual and couples therapy in his private practice in San Francisco. He has led groups for international students, gifted adolescents, and patients in acute crisis. He has a particular interest in projective tests, as well as the formation of couple identity in relationships of different cultural backgrounds. He is a recipient of the APA Division 39 Multicultural Concerns Committee’s Scholar Award in 2018.
Anjali George, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the mental health care of elderly patients in clinic, day treatment, and skilled nursing settings. She believes strongly in the mission of bringing mental healthcare to seniors in their communities. Outside of her work as Director of Elder Services at Access Institute, she maintains a private practice in San Francisco where she sees adults, adolescents, and children. She is also an Adherence Rater for *MAPS-sponsored clinical trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD (*Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies). Anjali is passionate about providing psychodynamic training to clinical professionals. She is especially interested in integrating intersectionality and creativity in her teaching and her work.
Azita Ghafourpour is a former senior trial attorney from the San Francisco Office of the Public Defender. She has spent the majority of her career advocating for those struggling with mental illness, homelessness, complex trauma, and addiction. Azita has extensive experience collaborating with a diverse group of government agencies and non-profit organizations to address the needs of marginalized individuals. She is passionate about social justice and community based development, particularly in communities with vulnerable populations. Azita is dedicated to ensuring quality mental health services are affordable and accessible to all of those in need.
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Loong Kwok, PsyD is a licensed psychologist, who works in both private practice and community settings. He has a strong interest in the development of identity, both in terms of the human experience and also in professional roles. To that end, he has been teaching and supervising throughout his professional career, with a focus on training psychodynamic clinicians. He has also presented locally and nationally on issues of diversity, such as masculinity, ethnicity, sexuality, and aging.
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Julie Leavitt MD is a licensed, board certified psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who received her M.D. from the University of Vermont. She completed her residency training at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute and completed her psychoanalytic training at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC). Dr. Leavitt has extensive experience working in community settings with diverse patient populations and has additional expertise in substance abuse treatment.
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Bart Magee, Ph.D. is a licensed Psychologist practicing in San Francisco for 20 years. He is the principal founder of Access Institute for Psychological Services and has been Executive Director since its inception. He is an active member of Division 39 (psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association where he advocates for community mental health care and psychology training. He also provides leadership development and team-building consultation to organizations through the DILAN Consulting Group. When not at work he enjoys cooking and dining with friends and running/biking in Sonoma County.
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Mary Beth Majoros, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in community mental health, specifically in intensive case management services with seniors and adults with disabilities, for 15 years. In her role as Director of Clinical Case Management, she is developing the new ASAP program (Assertive Social Assistance Program) at the Access Institute which aims to integrate clinical case management and mental health services. Mary Beth focuses on a person’s strengths and resilience and believes a person cannot be fully understood if their physical and social environment is not also taken into consideration. She is passionate about helping people navigate a complex social service system more efficiently and effectively. Mary Beth also has experience supervising and consulting with social workers and case managers to problem-solve systemic and clinical issues together.
Susan Mayer has worked as an administrative professional in a wide range of establishments. All her experience has led her to Access Institute, for which she is thrilled to provide the non-therapeutic support needed to keep Access Institute running. When not at work, she loves spending time in a variety of pursuits, including time with her family, reading and working with her rescue dog Max.
Ben Morsa, Psy.D, completed his undergraduate education at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He is a bilingual psychologist and has studied Spanish for nearly two decades. Dr. Morsa later completed doctoral training at the APA-accredited Professional Psychology Program at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He has worked with a range of individuals from two to ninety-one years of age with a particular focus on the treatment of complex trauma and the impact of cultural oppression on individual development and functioning. His therapeutic approach is grounded in psychodynamic theory and practice and integrates feminist, Marxist, postcolonial, and queer/neuroqueer theory. Dr. Morsa is passionate about serving in the intersection of psychology and social justice, with particular attention to bilingual development, immigrant populations, sexual orientation and gender diversity, feminist practice, and neurodivergence/neuroqueerness.
Cristina Reitano has a background in communications and design. She was drawn to Access Institute by her passions to destigmatize mental health and serve her community. When she’s not working, Cristina can be found studying at City College of San Francisco, where she is pursuing certificates in Social Justice and Sexual Health Education.
Gary Wiss, President
Kimberly Taber, Vice-President
Mike Wade, Secretary
Nancy Kokolj, Treasurer
Carrie Evenden, Psy.D.
Alvin Baum, LCSW
Robin Beers, Ph.D.
Jeanne Wolff Bernstein, Ph.D.
Barbara Blasdel, Ph.D.
David Blazevich (Former Board President)
Victor Bonfilio, J.D., Ph.D.
Cary Dakin, Ph.D., LMFT
Douglas G. Denton (Former Board President)
Amy Wallerstein Friedman, LCSW
Joel Ginsberg, J.D., M.B.A. (Past Board President)
Francisco Gonzalez, M.D.
Kamala Harris, US Senator
Toni Vaughn Heineman, DMH
Phyllis Kempner, Ph.D.
Ellen Klutznick, Psy. D., LCSW
Michael Krasny, Ph.D.
Maureen Murphy, Ph.D.
Stephen Sabin, Psy.D. (Former Board President)
Joan Sarnat, Ph.D.
Louise Schneider, M.D.
Lee Slome, Ph.D.
Linda Tucker, Psy.D. (Former Board President)
Harriet Wolfe, M.D.