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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 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. Associate Director of Training

Milena Edwards, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in private practice in Oakland for 12 years. She helps her clients navigate difficult life transitions from developing autonomy and community as they enter adulthood, to grieving the losses and creating new possibilities as they build a life and career they want for themselves, to navigating aging and end of life issues. For more than 10 years Dr. Edwards has worked in college counseling where she specialized in providing mental health services to first generation college students to help build their individual potential and social connectedness. In her role as Associate Director of Training, she works to fulfill Access Institute’s mission to increase access for marginalized groups including the elderly. Dr. Edwards 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.

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Azita Ghafourpour, Director of Development

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, 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 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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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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Board of Directors

Gary Wiss, President
Kimberly Taber, Vice-President
Mike Wade, Secretary
Nancy Kokolj, Treasurer
Stephen Best, Ph.D.
David Blazevich
Kenneth Epstein
Carrie Evenden, Psy.D.
Kari Glass
Andrew Goldfarb
Cari Harty
John Marshall

Advisory Board

Alvin Baum, LCSW
Robin Beers, Ph.D.
Jeanne Wolff Bernstein, Ph.D.
Barbara Blasdel, Ph.D.
Victor Bonfilio, J.D., Ph.D.
Connie Cormier
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
Stephen Sabin, Psy.D. (Past Board President)
Joan Sarnat, Ph.D.
Louise Schneider, M.D.
Lee Slome, Ph.D.
Linda Tucker, Psy.D. (Past Board President)
Harriet Wolfe, M.D.