Our Team Shamynds Psychotherapy Sacramento

This ShaMynds Team is Your Team

We come together as a unified force— passionate and dedicated to empower and guide as you navigate your journey to move into an enlightened state of being.

All of us have years of experience in traditional models of care. We recognize that these models are failing so many. We also recognize that optimal states of mind, spirit and wellbeing are much more achievable and sustainable when traditional models are deeply integrated with ‘non-traditional- models.

Each one of us have come to ShaMynds from different walks of life, different perspectives, unique experiences and varied training and education. This collective experience and passion adds richness to your experience with us on your healing journey. Click below and get to know each one of us and our stories.

Dr Alya Ahmad MD, FAAP

Dr Alya Ahmad MD, FAAP

Co-Founder

My past is my story. My future is a possibility. The only thing that is real is my present. To be truly present with whatever comes before me.

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I am a physician, mother, professor, educator, researcher, and learner (for life). My journey as a healer and medical doctor is focused on treating the most needful populations. I witness the effects of complexity and social disparate conditions has on illness in the US and even while practicing medicine overseas.
I realize our health care system even with its “technological” advances has great barriers to true healing. People’s health is more digitized and dehumanized than it has ever been.
Yet throughout my medical career, I continue to pursue better ways to help children and families in their most needful states. My career as Clinical faculty at Baylor College of Medicine to Univ. of California, San Francisco, ranges in implementing and teaching better ways to caring for children and their families. I founded programs for children with special needs, Down syndrome, obesity, complex care consultations services, and narrative medicine, only to emphasize “whole” person care. More importantly, it is a provider’s presence and connection that is mandated to help people in their struggle.
I am galvanized to prove, be it by academic pursuits or the art of medicine to demonstrate thriving health can be achieved, holistically. I harness the methodologies of my master’s training in Narrative Medicine from Columbia Univ. to teach caring with compassionate-based inquiry to illness and peoples’ lives.
With Narrative Medicine, the arts and creative explorations are the fountainhead to connect to people in their illness, community, and social constructs.
Even greater means to healing, naturally and holistically are possible with integrative and psychedelic medicines and therapies. I have obtained accreditation and certification in psychedelic assisted therapies, Ketamine therapy and fellowship trained in Integrative psychiatry from IPI, (Integrative Psychiatry Institute). I aspire to enrich my learning and practice from the Guru’s in the field of psychedelic medicines and integrative medicine.
My mantra is healing the self and others with empathy and with the respectful fusion of self-wisdom, ancient, and novel therapies.

Dr Tasnim Khan MD

Dr Tasnim Khan MD

Co-Founder

I feel immensely privileged to be a physician. I value how patients generously open their hearts, their lives and entrust me with their health and vitality.

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This is what I love and cherish most as a doctor-that portal of entry based on trust, truth and unwavering compassion. However, my 27 years of experience in healthcare in the US and abroad has taught me that the current modes of care and our ecosystem are fragmented and limit the possibilities of individual or population level change in outcomes. Mental health conditions are plaguing the world at an alarming rate of rise. This propagates widening gaps in health inequities, a parallel pandemic of mental health crisis and poor health outcomes. I have witnessed the continued breakdown of a healthcare system that once commanded world respect and now is unable to meet the capacity of our needs. In the last few years, I have had the fortune to experience alternative approaches to healing— based on being compassionate, scientifically backed although, still not well understood or respected and difficult for patients to access easily. At ShaMynds, we want to change that. I commit my practice to ‘Holism’— seeing the parts and how they interrelate and their importance to the whole state- a practice embedded within a scientific and safe approach.

I am on a quest to continue to keep my mind open, learn and heal. I respect science, I respect my patients, I respect change and I respect innovation and the sacred sciences.

I attended medical school and residency training at the University of Texas in Houston and became a Family Physician- a specialty that appealed to me because it embodies a whole person family centered approach of care. I was fortunate to work with many passionate and selfless mentors then and throughout my career. I also migrated into the administrative realm of medicine, becoming a career health care executive with the goals of improving care at the individual and population level. From 2009 -2011 I attended Harvard University’s Masters of Science in Health Care Management program with a strong focus on policy and reducing disparities in health. I have received training in Psychedelic Assisted Therapy and Ketamine Assisted Therapy from the Institute of Integrative Psychiatry.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me.

Danielle Lebastchi

Danielle Lebastchi

Clinic Director and LVN

I have dreamed of being a Nurse ever since I was a little girl playing with my first medical kit. My passion to help the community I thrive in has fueled my caring nature.

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Along my 15-year journey I discovered that being a nurse is not about acquiring skills. Being a nurse is about treating an individual’s body and spirit and my nursing abilities are just a tool in the venture.

Dr David Smith MD

Dr David Smith MD

Consulting Psychiatrist / Addiction Medicine

Dr Smith is a UCLA trained California native with over 40 years of experience in psychiatry and addiction psychiatry in the US and Canada. He has spearheaded the initiation of ketamine in a local clinic for treatment of resistant depression.

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David is eager to assist in complimenting the unique services of ShaMynds as our consulting Psychiatrist.

Background
Education
Medical Degree David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Residency San Jose Medical Center
Stanford University Hospital
Faculty
University of Auckland, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science Center
University of California-Davis
Sutter Hospital

Maura Rodgers

Maura Rodgers

Clinical Nutritionist

I’ve committed my career to passionately empower and guide individuals to achieve healthier, more vibrant lives through a science-based, integrative, whole-body approach.

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I truly believe how we nourish our bodies, the mindset we foster, and the habits we cultivate can have an immense impact on our quality of life and future. Knowing how unique every body is, I make sure to tailor every session to your individualized needs and we work collaboratively to achieve your health goals.

I specialize in sustainable weight loss, mindful nutritious eating, digestive health, behavioral change, work/life balance, chronic disease prevention and more.

Through my work at Facebook, the VA Medical Center, corporate offices and private practice, I’ve witnessed hundreds of individuals exceed their nutrition and health goals and truly create a lifestyle centered around wellness – and there’s nothing that brings me more joy that that!

Credentials:

  • Registered Dietitian – Trained in clinical medical nutrition therapy at the San Francisco VA Medical Center + Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Didactic Program in Dietetics – Simmons College
  • B.S. Nutrition & EcoGastronomy – University of New Hampshire + University of Gastronomic Sciences (Pollenzo, Italy)
  • Diabetes Prevention & Lifestyle Coach – CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program
  • Integrative Health Coach – The Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Clementine Dillon

Clementine Dillon

Guide

I am a licensed massage therapist, psychedelic medicine space holder and journey guide, explorer and forever student of earth wisdom, anatomy, physiology, mycelial and plant medicines, and the human experience.

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I hold safe, supportive space for people to connect to their bodies, explore and change their patterns, and find more ease and sweetness in the ways they relate to their inner and outer worlds.

Psychedelic medicines have been a tremendous ally, teacher and blessing in my life. Every psychedelic experience I have ever had, has inspired me to come into deeper harmony with something in my life. They have supported and accelerated my healing in my relationships to myself, my community, and the earth. I am humbled and honored to support you in your own process of discovering how this medicine can aid in your healing.

I began my own study and exploration of the relationships of mind, body and spirit through a 10 year study of the martial art Aikido. I have had a lifetime of dance and music, and a yoga practice beginning at age 15. Through these practices I began to realize that my body was holding patterns, carrying unprocessed emotions, and was alive; with the ability to remember, hold, learn and change.

This deep respect and curiosity of the human-beings immense capacity to carry, transform, release and generate energy, inspired me to rigorously study the dynamics of these processes. I have been a licensed massage therapist for 7 years, studying muscle-specific deep tissue work, the neuro-fascial approach, structural alignment, Thai massage, myofascial techniques, pre-natal massage, neuromuscular techniques, Swedish and spa oriented services, and the use of sound and weighted tuning forks on the body. Each of my sessions combines several of these modalities to support the specific goals and state of being of ShaMynd’s clients on that day.

At ShaMynds, my work is centrifugal to the state of the nervous system~ aiming to rebalance, relax and ease the nerves themselves. Every moment of deep relaxation supports our healing, integration and preparation for relating to the world around us. I am so grateful for the opportunity to support you in your process of exploring and nurturing your own mind~body relationship.

Certifications

  • 200 hr YTT “Yoga with Heart” school of Iyengar yoga, 2013
    Reiki level 3- 2014
  • Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy, Seattle- 2015
  • Licensed massage therapist in Washington and California
    200 hr YTT “Yoga Works” 2018
Christina Robles

Christina Robles

Lead Therapist

I am a bilingual (Spanish-speaking) Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who holds a Masters of Arts degree in Community Mental Health from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

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As a therapist, and as a person invested in her own healing journey, I have come to find that so much of our healing work involves the capacity to develop an emotional attunement with the self; attuning to our needs and our feelings while creating an allied connection to our bodies, our rhythms, our ancestral lineage, and the natural world around us.

I developed an interest in working with non-ordinary states of consciousness in 2012 after personal experiences with spirit, and my own extensive research on the benefits and use of transpersonal states of consciousness to promote healing and spiritual transformation.

As a trauma informed practitioner, I am concerned with the usual stages of human development and the attachment bonds that are formed from infancy through adulthood. I approach our work with cultural and spiritual humility, and believe that our inherited forms of coping with life’s stressors may be the result of an unhealed intergenerational transmission that were once a means of survival and familial strength.

While working with client’s I believe in providing a warm, relaxing, and empathetic environment. I have experience working with individuals, couples, children, and families in community mental health settings with specialized training in trauma-informed practices, Attachment theory, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. I specialize in helping clients build emotional intelligence and develop appropriate coping skills to manage their stress by providing a safe space for my clients to move through their feelings and achieve emotional regulation.

Whether you are taking the first steps towards your healing journey or are interested in strengthening your mind-body connection and overall sense of self, I look forward to helping you achieve your wellness goals, and providing the container to process and integrate your personal insights gained throughout your treatment process.

Sylvia Pinto

Sylvia Pinto

Therapist

I am a Bilingual Associate Clinical Social Worker with a Masters degree from Boston University. I am also a certified trauma informed yoga teacher.

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I received my yoga teacher training at The Yoga Seed Collective in Sacramento. In addition, I am a certified Level 1 ThetaSoma Guide and received my training through Alexandra Carelli, founder and creator of ThetaSoma.

As a social worker I was trained to look at things from multiple perspectives and to understand that everything is a part of a larger system that interacts with and impacts one another. I believe this is true about us as human beings too. In my professional and personal life I began to see how healing or being whole is so much about understanding that we are multi-dimensional. We are a mind, we are a body, and we are spirit too. I believe that so much of our health and wellness depends on these three parts being aligned.

I have experience working with a diverse population in community mental health settings serving individuals, children and families. I have specialized training in Object Relations theory, Attachment theory, Somatic techniques, and integrating traditional indigenous healing practices and yoga practices with Western therapeutic interventions.

At ShaMynds, I take a client-centered approach, believing that we are equal partners in the therapy process but that ultimately you are your own healer. I provide unconditional empathy, compassion, acceptance, and respect for your own understanding of your lived experiences and empower you to find your own path to transformation.

Amanda Rebel, LMFT

Amanda Rebel, LMFT

Therapist

I hold an M.A. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Expressive Arts Therapy from California Institute of Integral Studies, graduating in 2011.

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I completed a 500+HR yoga teacher training, taught by Ana Forrest. I have facilitated individual and group work since 2001 and currently weave trauma informed yoga into therapy sessions. In 2005, while living in SE Asia, I entered a monastery to continue my studies of Theravada meditation practices and utilize mindfulness-based practices with clients. I approach therapeutic work in an integrative way—working from the ‘neck up’ using cognitive and behavioral frameworks, while also exploring the ‘neck down’– contemplating how the body affects the mind. I am committed to supporting you through your courageous trek into the terrain of healing, growth, and change. Metaphorically and literally, expeditions into unfamiliar lands often include elements of being and doing. The focused preparation, the letting go into unknowns, the being with fear and lack of control, the finding of unexpected joys and wonder, and the continuing through–even when it feels almost impossible to do so—can be your launchpad to creating lasting change. Important too is finding a guide you trust and feel comfortable with—who has tools, supplies, experience, and training. I value providing a non-judgmental space where you can feel safe enough to open into what can feel uncomfortable or scary. My own growth through personal life struggles is what helps me relate so deeply with clients. Although my journey may not look like yours, know that I’ve been there. I am informed by the wide breadth of client experiences I have encountered; including depression, anxiety, trauma, mood challenges, addiction, grief, loss and high sensitivity.

Jenna Crowley (Jaya)

Jenna Crowley (Jaya)

Medical Herbalist+Yoga Instructor+Vedic Astrology

My passions are reflected in the intricate and ancient weaving of plants, planets, and yoga.

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At ShaMynds, I offer Medical Herbalism and Yogic studies to support client’s wellness using a vitalistic approach. Vitalism is the idea that an innate ‘Life-Force’ is present in all living beings. This life-force gives the body a natural ability to
heal itself. The Vitalistic Principle is to prescribe sleep, food and lifestyle changes before medicine; to create a balance between palliation and non-suppression. To prescribe the proper plant-medicine, we start by diving deep within the clients unique story to address the ‘root-cause of dis-ease’. After addressing physiology and pathology we take time to create detailed plant-based formulas.

I am a graduate and continuing student of North American Institute of Medical Herbalism-where I have studied over 500+ hours of materia-medica, physiology, in depth formulation and case-study in a clinical setting. I am also a humble, life-long student of Iyengar Yoga and Jyotish. I find my life’s work revolves around my dedication to this sacred lineage, this is my heart.

I have also completed 500+ hours of experience working in a clinical setting at the California College of Ayurveda as the lead herbal assistant. Here I made custom (plant-based) medicated oils, ghees, capsules and churnas for Ayurvedic and other non-Ayurvedic providers nationwide.

Medicated Oils have taken a special place in my heart.One of the areas of focus I have taken akin to is women’s reproductive health. Combining these two interests; I have created product line called Vesel Wellness. Here, I formulate medicated-oil- suppositories to support a myriad of women’s sexual and reproductive dis-eases. Anything from HPV to painful intercourse, endometriosis to peri-menopause can be addressed.

At ShaMynds, at your request, I offer one-on-one herbal consultations for both men and women. Here, I collaborate with our physicians, review your medical records, dive into your unique story, and reflect on your ketamine journey’s, to create a plant-based wellness plan. From there, I suggest a standard herbal formula or create a custom-made herbal formula paired with a wellness plan that fit into your program at ShaMynds.

Certifications

  • 200hr. YTT Iyengar Yoga 2016
  • 200 hr. Acorn School of Herbal Medicine,” 2018
  • 300 hr. North American School of Herbal Medicine 2019, Continuing student
  • Level 1, Science of Light, Vedic Astrology, Continuing Student
Jonelle Martin

Jonelle Martin

Client Coordinator

Ketamine & IV Therapy Articles

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Why You Should Take Your Gut Biome or Gut Health Seriously

By Dr Tasnim Khan and Dr Alya Ahmad MD - founders (see our team page) of ShaMynds Healing Center in Sacramento CA There is more and more data demonstrating that our gut health is intricately related to our mental health. At ShaMynds, we assess your gut health and...

Medical Consultations: Bridging the Divide Between Optimal Conventional Medicines and Natural Remedies

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Ketamine: The Drug that Can Reset Your Brain and Change Your Life

Ketamine is a powerful psychedelic drug currently used to treat various mental health conditions. This drug has the ability to reset your brain and change your life, but it is not enough to take ketamine therapy alone. It is important to combine ketamine with...

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Ketamine Therapy

Ketamine was approved as an anesthetic in 1970. First, it was used to treat injured soldiers in the Vietnam War, but as the research progressed and medical professionals started seeing the drug’s benefits, it was used more in the United States through controlled...

Intravenous Nutrition Therapy

Imagine if you had a juicer in your kitchen that could create the perfect cocktail for whatever is troubling you. That’s intravenous nutrition therapy.  Are you down with the flu? Suffering from jetlag? Or maybe you want to boost your muscle performance?...

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