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Access Institute Staff

Tori Branch, PsyD, Director of Clinical Services

Tori Branch, PsyD is a licensed Psychologist who has been working in the mental health field for 15 years. Outside of her work as Director of Clinical Training 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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Laila Dreidame, Director of Development

Laila Dreidame is a creative professional with diverse experience designing and managing resource and fund development projects with a focus on long-term sustainability for community organizations. She is passionate about social justice and community based development, particularly in the sectors of vulnerable populations and minority groups. Her experience ranges from working with a variety of government and community-based nonprofit organizations both domestically and internationally. She is dedicated to ensuring quality mental health services are affordable and accessible to all who need it.
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Loong Kwok, PsyD, Director of Child Services

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 Staff Psychiatrist

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. PhD, Founder and Executive Director

Bart Magee, PhD is a licensed Psychologist practicing in San Francisco for more than 15 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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Susan Mayer,
Business Manager

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, knitting, and exercising.
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Ruth Simon, PhD, Director of Training

Ruth Simon, PhD has been involved in teaching and training her whole professional career.  Before coming to Access as the Director of Training, she worked at both the Wright Institute Clinic and the Mills College Counseling Center.  She feels passionately about bringing psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy to people that would otherwise not be able to afford it and is proud to be a mentor and a model to the next generation of community-minded clinicians.
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Todd Troutman, PsyD, Director of Elder Services

Todd Troutman, PsyD is a licensed Psychologist who has worked in the mental health field for over 10 years. He provides long-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy in his private practice in San Francisco. He specializes in working with complex trauma in late adolescent, adult, and senior populations. He brings this mindset to his work as Director of Elder Services at Access Institute, where he oversees the elder psychotherapy services at the clinic and Bayview Hunters Point Adult Day Health Center. Dr. Troutman is actively engaged in thinking and theorizing about how to broaden psychoanalytic models to include socio-cultural factors and bring psychoanalysis to underserved populations.
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Board of Directors

David Blazevich, President
Gary Wiss, Vice-President
Kim Taber, Secretary
Nancy Kokolj, Treasurer
Stephen Best, Ph.D.
Connie Cormier
Carrie Evenden, Psy.D.
Andrew Goldfarb
Cari Harty
Stephen Sabin, Psy.D.
Mike Wade

Advisory Board

Alvin Baum, LCSW
Robin Beers, Ph.D.
Jeanne Wolff Bernstein, Ph.D.
Barbara Blasdel, Ph.D.
Victor Bonfilio, J.D., Ph.D.
Cary Dakin, Ph.D. LMFT
Douglas G. Denton (Past 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.
Jean Robertson
Joan Sarnat, Ph.D.
Louise Schneider, M.D.
Lee Slome, Ph.D.
Linda Tucker, Psy.D. (Past Board President)
Harriet Wolfe, M.D.