Lindsay Fitzpatrick, PsyD, BCB, Executive Director
Dr. Lindsay Fitzpatrick is passionate about leading an agency that embodies “the caring heart.” As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Biofeedback Clinician, she understands what it takes to support clients in living their best lives. She has specialties in chronic pain and illness, with a focus on serving the LGBTQ+ community and those living with HIV/AIDS. She first began with Shanti Orange County in 2010 as a psychology intern, and returned in 2015 as the Director of Mental Health Services. She was thrilled to take over the role of Executive Director in 2017, and is looking forward to continuing to bridge the gaps in services to Orange County residents.
Melissa Reynoso, Program Coordinator
Melissa Reynoso joined Shanti Orange County in 2017 as Program Coordinator. She received her Master of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton in 2014. Throughout her coursework she received a broad overview of multiple aspects of mental health, including Positive Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and Health Psychology. Outside of the classroom, she developed her passion for Mental Health while working at a large, multi-specialty, private practice. There she served as Intake Coordinator pairing incoming clients with clinicians with a specialty in their area of most need. Outside of Shanti, she is a self-proclaimed foodie and spends much of her time cooking and exploring the local food scene. She also enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family.
Dana Hodgdon, Ph.D., Counseling Services Psychologist
Dana Hodgdon, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2015 and obtained his master’s degree in psychology from Cal State University, Long Beach in 1996. Dr. Hodgdon has extensive experience helping people suffering from addiction, grief and loss, and chronic illnesses. He conducts research and has presented at various professional gatherings such as California Psychological Association convention. Dana has worked as a counselor for Torrance Memorial Medical Center for the past 18 years, and has been a valuable part of the Shanti team since 2013. He enjoys the opportunity to connect with his clients in both the individual and group settings. Dana enjoys fly fishing, traveling, and spending quiet evenings at home with his wife.
Kylene Kelly, Psy.D., Registered Psychologist
Dr. Kylene Kelly graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a B.A. in Psychology, Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology with a M.A. in Clinical Psychology, and Argosy University with a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. She has experience working with diverse multicultural populations and several age groups on various therapeutic topics. Including her specialization in substance abuse where she successfully run an intensive outpatient drug treatment program. Dr. Kelly’s goal is to help people create happy healthy lives where they can learn positive coping skills.
Michelle Olea, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Michelle Olea, M.S. is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her Master of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix in 2010. Michelle has experience providing individual, group and family therapy with adults, adolescents, and children in mental health and educational settings. She has certifications in grief counseling, substance abuse treatment, sexual assault and domestic violence counseling. Michelle enjoys cultivating a collaborative relationship with her clients as she provides them with a supportive environment to achieve their goals. For recreation, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, traveling, music, and outdoor recreation.
Harpreet Malla, Ph.D., Psychology Assistant
Harpreet Malla completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and is accruing hours for supervised professional experience while at Shanti OC. She has had a breadth of experience in inpatient and outpatient settings, working with children, teens, and adults, in hospital, community mental health, and university settings. She has worked in individual, group, and family therapy formats, and enjoys getting to know her clients in-depth and establishing a collaborative working relationship with them to mutually work toward a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle. She has a particular passion for working with minority and LGBTQ clients whose identity formation process may be a bit more complex. Outside of her professional work, Harpreet is a cinephile and enjoys keeping up with independent and mainstream movie releases, traveling, and indulging in her creative pursuits such as making handmade soap and glazing ceramics.
Prousha Zalishahr, Psychological Assistant
Prousha Zalishahr is currently working towards her Psy.D. in Applied Clinical Psychology and is accruing hours for supervised professional experience while at Shanti OC. She received her Masters Degree at Argosy University in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Prousha has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings working with individuals, children, families, severe mental health, individuals facing domestic violence, individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, substance abuse, and grief. Prousha has 7 years of experience working with children who struggle with disabilities such as Autism and Down Syndrome. She is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family therapist who has experience providing individual, group, and family therapy. Prousha also has experience conducting cognitive, personality, and intellectual assessments. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, has a strong passion for interior design, coloring mendalla’s and attending Zumba classes.
Lori Johnson, Psy.D., Psychological Assistant
Dr. Lori Johnson obtained her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has seven years of experience working with trauma, depression, PTSD, anxiety, sexual abuse, and substance abuse. She has a multitude of experience in inpatient and outpatient settings, working with children, teens, and adults, in a variety of settings such as community mental health, group home, and in a legal setting. She is very passionate about working with victims of sexual trauma and human trafficking. She strives to help clients work through their pasts and set goals to obtain their own optimal wellbeing. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, dancing, painting, watching movies, reading, and listening to music.
Eric Ruffing, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Eric Ruffing M.A., AMFT is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. Eric received his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. He has worked at outpatient mental health clinics, as well as inpatient substance recovery settings with teens, individuals, and couples. Eric is drawn to help anyone experiencing the effects of trauma, depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, addictive thinking, grief, and relationship issues. He looks forward to getting to know each person’s dreams, hopes and how they imagine their life. Eric’s style of therapy is rooted in empathy, curiosity, support, kindness and compassion. Eric’s goals are to help people find their unique strengths, insights and abilities that support their goals, cultural beliefs, desired lifestyle and well being. Eric is also a Certified Meditation Teacher. Outside of work, Eric loves to spend time with his family, hiking, cycling, meditating and hopes to start surfing again soon.
Keean Kirk, M.A., Case Manager
Shanti Orange County is excited to welcome Keean Kirk as our newest Case Manager. Keean is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. He received his Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hope International University in 2017. Keean has experience working in Case Management and Mental Health with the veteran population, children, teens, and young adults in both individual and group therapy settings. He has worked with clients facing anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, OCD, suicidal ideation, loss and bereavement, and intellectual disability in a private practice setting. Keean has also worked with clients facing dual diagnosis in inpatient/outpatient treatment, as well as with clients in transitional housing programs. He is passionate about creating a strong collaborative environment and is dedicated to helping Shanti clients engage in care. Outside of work, Keean enjoys writing young adult fiction, performing cover songs of his favorite artists, and longboarding on the beach.
Lauren Agesti, Eligibility and Linkage Coordinator
Lauren Agresti joined the Shanti team in 2018 to assist Case Management with eligibility and ADAP enrollment, and to guide clients to useful community resources. She is an advocate in her community and is passionate about helping others. Outside of Shanti she practices Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and is a yoga therapist. Through these techniques, she has been able to help clients with anxiety, anger, depression, and addiction for over 10 years. As Adjunct Faculty at Irvine Valley College, she also teaches yoga and stress management, and is a guest lecturer in the Counseling Department. Lauren is active in social justice work, volunteering for prominent groups such as the Human Rights Campaign. She plans on pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work to further her training in the field. In her free time, she enjoys camping and rock climbing with her family.