Leadership

Tammy Pedersen

Tammy Pedersen

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“Autism offers a chance for us to get a glimpse of an awe-filled vision of the world, that might otherwise pass us by.”
(Dr. Colin Zimbleman)

It is my job to make sure families can focus solely on their child’s care and not worry about the financial burden. I started my career as a child protection social worker before moving into the insurance world. Serving in managed care for more than 25 years, on both the provider side and the payor side, I have enjoyed assisting multiple provider practice start-ups, large IPA groups, and autism practices navigate through managed care requirements and guidelines.

Today, I am responsible for negotiating the managed care contracts and the credentialing of providers with the insurance plans. We lessen the out-of-pocket expenses for our families by helping them navigate through programs to receive the maximum benefit from their insurance plan. I’ve found the best of both worlds here at 360 Behavioral Health, in the ability to utilize my insurance experience and mental health background.

I am originally from the beautiful state of Colorado – so I’m an obsessed Bronco Fan! I currently reside in Huntington Beach, California, because I am secretly a mermaid. I am a single mom of a 23-year-old daughter Alexa, who recently graduated from college, and a rescue dog named Reign. We recently became “Big Sisters” through the Big Brother/Big Sister program and enjoy spending time with our “little sister” where most of our free time is spent at the dog beach!

Dr. Kesjana Cake

Dr. Kesjana Cake

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“It’s not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts. We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do”
(Mother Teresa)

I am a passionate practitioner in the field of clinical psychology, dividing my time between clinical practice, training, and consulting. In my clinical practice, I’m trained to administer a wide selection of psychological assessment tools, to diagnose different disorders, and work in a therapeutic setting with a variety of age ranges and diagnoses.

My therapeutic approach is eclectic, and guided by the needs of the individual client, family, or group. Here at 360 Behavioral Health, I’ve applied this approach in my position as Dean of 360 University. In my role, I train clinicians and teammates at different stages of their professional experience. Our 360 University program develops treatment manuals that help standardize practice and improve quality of care. We also provide direction for productive career paths and enhanced job satisfaction for our teammates.

I feel my life purpose is to positively impact lives and to be a lifelong learner, so that I will be the most effective clinician. I find it gratifying to mentor others, and to consult with those that have mentored me throughout my development as a clinician. My work is a privilege. It allows me to witness dramatic transformation in my clients, mentees, and myself.

I received my undergraduate degree in psychology from Siena College in New York then earned my Master of Arts. in clinical counseling in Chicago. I completed my doctorate degree at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology.

I’ve worked in several related organizations as well, including as clinical case coordinator for Parsons Family and Child Center, behavior interventionist and pre-doctoral intern at Center for Autism and Related Disorders (C.A.R.D.), clinical therapist at Canyon Ridge Hospital, advanced practicum extern at Children’s Hospital-Los Angeles, and post-doctoral psychological assistant under the supervision of Dr. Ali Sadeghi of Autism Response Team.

I am dedicated to setting and adhering to high standards for the field of psychology and applied behavior analysis, and I use my experience to expand the number of qualified practitioners in the field.

Blanca Garcia

Blanca Garcia

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“I find much joy in knowing that every day I have an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life.”

I value meeting new people, experiencing new learning opportunities, and finding ways to contribute to a strong service delivery community. My previous experience in the educational and child development fields helped shaped my path into ABA and behavioral health.

Over the past 15 years and still today, I work with families and professionals that are passionate about helping individuals. We have fun, we’re creative, and all the while we empower others to reach their fullest potential. This is what drives me to continue doing my best each and every day.

In my spare time I enjoy baking and trying out new Pinterest recipes!

Aysa Shaffer

Aysa Shaffer

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“Don’t become preoccupied with your child’s academic ability, but instead teach them to sit with those sitting alone. Teach them to be kind. Teach them to offer help. Teach them to be a friend to the lonely. Teach them to encourage others. Teach them to think about other people. Teach them to share. Teach them to look for the good. THIS IS HOW THEY WILL CHANGE THE WORLD.”

Working in the field of ABA has given me a huge sense of purpose and after almost a decade it has taught me how valuable it is to use this purpose as a guide to make the lives of others just a little bit easier. This is the motivation that allows me to wake up every day happy and eager to get my day started and work towards innovating ways to best serve my community.

My journey in healthcare started in Russia where I received a master’s degree in psychology and education, before moving to the United States in 2004.

Fortunately, I was introduced to California Psychcare in 2009 where I began my journey as a behavioral therapist and gained experience through several opportunities within the organization, including teammate roles as direct staff, a program coordinator, and a clinical director.

In 2012, I expanded my professional development as a behavior analyst in a school setting, as well as serving as a BCBA advisor to the Russian Autism Charitable Foundation, disseminating applied behavioral analysis across Russia and Eastern Europe.

I returned to California Psychcare in summer of 2018, as the senior director of clinical programs, to follow my passion working with and assessing children and adults with special needs.

I’m married to my best friend and I’m a proud parent of a 10-year-old son, Miles. I love to travel and enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Given the importance of working with children and their families, I’ve learned to approach challenges with dedication and persistence. These ideals are an integral part of how I live my life – with commitment, fierce determination, and above else, passion for helping others.

Theresa Koon

Theresa Howell

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“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire”

I love that what we do helps to transform our clients’ lives. I feel so lucky to have a job where I can enter a family’s home and see the changes happening before my eyes. There is no greater feeling than helping a child achieve their full potential – and we get to work to do that every day!

Early in my educational studies, I knew I wanted to help people. At California State University, Northridge, I received my Bachelor of Science degree in family consumer sciences with a minor in psychology. I then transitioned to the University of Southern California where I earned my master’s degree in marriage and family therapy.

Shortly after graduating USC, I began my career at California Psychcare as a direct staff teammate, and eventually was promoted to supervisor. Shortly thereafter, I enrolled at Florida Institute of Technology where I completed all my courses to sit for my BCBA exam.

2013 was a big year for me! I passed the BCBA exam and earned my BCBA certificate. Also, in 2013 I was promoted to the Director of Clinical Services position for our Santa Clarita branch. I continued my hard work and schooling and in the recent years have completed my education by sitting for my licensed MFT exam. I’m grateful to 360 Behavioral Health for allowing me to pursue my education and work with such a wonderful team. Today, I’m the Senior Clinical Director for California Psychcare.

I am a mother to two beautiful, yet sassy, young children – Charley and Brady. In my spare time I love to run, do Soul Cycle, and Pilates.

Dr. Leili Zarbakhsh

Dr. Leili Zarbakhsh

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“Within every child is unimaginable potential — a potential that we can unlock if we listen closely and love unconditionally.”

I am the executive director and founder of California Psychcare. I have worked in the field of psychology for more than 35 years, spending the first third of my career as a school psychologist for Los Angeles Unified School District, and marriage and family therapy.

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist, board-certified behavioral analyst and licensed educational psychologist. I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from the University of Southern California and earned my doctorate from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where I focused on applied behavioral analysis (ABA). I am also a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the California Association for Applied Behavior Analysis.

In 1997, my husband, Dr. Ali Sadeghi, and I founded one of Southern California’s first comprehensive ABA agencies – California Psychcare, now part of 360 Behavioral Health – with the vision of offering high-quality ABA and respite care services to consumers and families touched by autism.

With the sudden passing of my husband, I sought out a business partner to help maintain and grow the vision of what Dr. Sadeghi and I had created. I like getting people excited about the things I am excited about. Today, that is providing lifelong, comprehensive care to our very special individuals and their families.

Glenn Davis

Glenn Davis

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“The challenges our families face every day is huge, and their struggle to provide meaningful care to their loved one, often-times for a lifetime, touches me deeply.”

Thank you for checking in to 360 Behavioral Health! We are busy working to build an extraordinary behavioral healthcare company that delivers coordinated, comprehensive, and compassionate care to those we serve. In my role I work on growing the company through mergers and acquisitions and development into new markets and services.

My team also works to integrate the companies we acquire and partner with into the 360 Behavioral Health family of companies. We are flexible in our approach to working with potential partners, and we strive to find the right structure based on our partner’s needs.

I have worked in healthcare almost my entire career, including working in sales and sales management roles with Baxter, and business development and operations roles at Lifeline Vascular Access, a DaVita owned company, among other jobs.

I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains in Northern California with my wife and our two dogs. We have two grown children as well, one in San Francisco, California and one in Portland, Oregon. Our happiest times are when we can all get together as a family. My favorite pastime is mountain biking, and I enjoy hiking and skiing as well. And my family would tell you that I am a really big fan of the Dave Matthews Band. I have been known to schedule trips and vacations around going to see their shows!

I joined 360 Behavioral Health to help contribute to making life better for the individuals and families impacted by behavioral health issues. I hope that through our efforts here, we can make this journey a little bit easier, a little more secure, and lighten the load that these clients and families carry. We have an incredible opportunity and responsibility to make a positive difference.

Laura

Laura Padilla-Sauber

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“I always get to where I’m going by walking away from where I’ve been.”
(Winnie the Pooh)

My life journey has been about walking to new places, both in my personal life and in my career. I have devoted nearly 25 years as healthcare professional, and I am proud to have jumped onto a new path here at 360 Behavioral Health.

This organization tugs my heartstrings and fulfills my basic purpose to serve others. I admire the important work this organization does every day to improve the lives of children and families to function more effectively in their home environments, with each other, and in society. And I’m honored to be part of this team.

Prior to joining 360 Behavioral Health, I had a wonderful 16-year adventure as an executive with Kaiser Permanente that included building regional, national, and enterprise-wide ethics, compliance, and privacy programs. I am pleased to be able to do this with 360 Behavioral Health as well.

Personally, I’m blessed with a wonderful and supportive husband, two children ages 8 and 11, and a small, fluffy dog named Luna. Every day they take me to new places helping me grow in mind, body, and spirit – whether it’s another milestone in my marriage, climbing the high ropes with my daughter, or listening to the wisdom of my eight-year old son. When I have time for myself, I enjoy walks, yoga, binge watching my favorite shows, reading, and taking trips with my family.

Dr. Lydia Luna

Dr. Lydia Luna

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“We are filling a need in our communities and doing it with a level of compassion that is extraordinary. I feel blessed to be here.”

I’m proud to be the Chief Operating Officer here at 360 Behavioral Health. It is an honor to work alongside such talented and caring individuals. Every day I have the opportunity to see and share in the good work that our teammates provide to the families that trust in our care.

Early in my life, I was mindful of the need for self-care and an intent to provide for each other in mind and body. This led me to join our organization in 2006 as a behavioral instructor while I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from California Lutheran University, followed by a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in California.

My clinical experience includes several years in private practice, as well as working with patients at residential level care for substance abuse disorders at Cliffside Malibu. I’ve also treated at-risk youth and families through the wraparound program at Tarzana Treatment Centers, and provided psychotherapy to low-income families at Valley Community Clinic.

Throughout these many years at 360 Behavioral Health, I’ve served in various roles and developed extensive knowledge of internal operations. My clinical background and experience has set me up for my new purpose of building an organization that will expand the care we provide in the areas of autism and related disorders.

I live each day with gratitude. My motto is to be like a deep-rooted tree, who’s roots run so deep, it will weather the storms. I enjoy reading, music, singing, and socializing with family and friends. And I’ve always been attracted to certain earth elements and energies, especially sage, crystals, the ocean and reiki.

Robert Fitt

Robert Fitt

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“Sometimes you have to take a break from being the kind of boss that’s always trying to teach people things. Sometimes you just have to be the boss of dancing.” (Michael Scott)

I have the honor of being involved in all parts of our organization, as our organization is made up of people! Every day, I witness our teammates doing amazing work with, and in support of, the families we serve.

I’ve performed in a broad range of industries, including software, technology, real estate, and industrial. Now that I’m with 360 Behavioral Health, I’m drawn to the high levels of caring and quality that inspire our teammates, and I’m always on-the-ready to support them. I’m most energized when I’m working on multiple things at once – and pushing the envelope on high performance programs.

My home life is quite busy as well! I have three boys, an amazing wife, and a crazy Goldendoodle. In my few minutes of spare time, I enjoy trail-running and keeping fit.