Ariati Rakic, Ph.D. Clinical Neuropsychologist began her training in Clinical Neuropsychology at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center-Vallejo in 1988 and completed her Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology at CSPP-Berkeley in 1992.
Currently, Dr. Rakic is a member of the American Psychological Association, California Psychological Association, CPA Neuropsychology Division, Northern California Neuropsychology Forum, Redwood Psychological Association, and the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology. In addition to her training and experience in Neuropsychological Assessment with patients from a wide age range and diagnostic criteria, her professional background also includes extensive clinical interventions for psychiatric conditions such as depression and anxiety disorders in both the adult and pediatric population.
Dr. Rakic’s positions at various local hospitals (Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Hayward and Santa Rosa) have played an important role in expanding her knowledge of medical factors and conditions affecting brain functioning and her commitment to an interdisciplinary approach and close collaboration with other health care providers.
In addition to her work with Optimal Minds Neuropsychology, Dr. Rakic holds hospital privileges at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae where she provides Neuropsychological Consultations for hospital patients at the request of Hospitalists and other Specialty Physicians.
Dr. Ariati Rakic’s work is defined by the blending of core sciences based on valid and reliable standardized psychometric measures, solid statistical analysis and norms, as well as the art of discovery that involves an open-mind and receptiveness to all possibilities. Her assessments reflect the perspective that the mind, the heart, the brain and the body are all intertwined and when warranted we must attend to “all” in order to completely understand the issues at hand and intervene in ways that will bring the most comprehensive changes.
She sees her role as being one of a “detective” who takes all information into consideration, decides what is pertinent and what is not, makes careful judgment about the “clues” that need to be pursued, and seeks additional information when necessary. It is her belief that when the “gaps” are filled and all the pieces of the “puzzle” are finally in place, we attain a new level of clarity and understanding of the issues that empowers us to achieve more meaningful gains. Click here to view the list of services provided by Dr. Ariati Rakic. (click here to visit Dr. Ariati Rakic’s alternate website).
Dr. Eileen Roberts received her doctorate degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa in 1977 and has been a licensed Psychologist for over 35 years. She has held research and teaching positions at the University of South Florida and Florida Mental Health Institute and developed behavioral medicine programs for several of Tampa Bay’s most prestigious hospitals. Following her move to Northern California, Dr. Roberts developed a professional interest and specialization in Neurofeedback and other brain-based interventions for neuropsychiatric issues. Dr. Robert has been a Neurofeedback Provider for over a decade and has accumulated hundreds of hours of professional training in EEG assessment, brain behavior relationships and Neurofeedback treatment. Her strong understanding of Neurofeedback, EGG and brain dysfunction, has resulted in her becoming a leading expert in the field and her involvement in research/treatment of former NFL players diagnosed with CTE.
Dr. Angela Clarke earned her M.S in Counseling from CSU East Bay and her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University. Her interest in developing a specialization in Clinical Neuropsychology led her to pursue a predoctoral internship at UC Davis Medical Center where she conducted cognitive and psychological assessments to patients with an array of medical and psychiatric conditions both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her training position at the Palo Alto VA-Livermore Polytrauma Unit where her work was focused on conducting neuropsychological assessments afforded her with another opportunity to further develop her assessment skills and apply them to a highly complex population of veterans.
Dr. Clarke later completed her post-doctoral residency at Optimal Minds Neuropsychology under the supervision of Dr. Ariati Rakic, where her training and responsibilities were focused on providing neuropsychological and psychological assessment as well as cognitive rehabilitation services to children, adults and seniors suffering from an array of brain conditions such as dementia, head injury, learning disability, or developmental delays. Currently, Dr. Angela Clarke is functioning as an Independent Consultant for the Cognitive Rehabilitation and Neurofeedback programs at Optimal Minds Neuropsychology.
Dr. Nina Nehring recently graduated from John F. Kennedy University with a Doctoral Degree in Psychology. She completed her APA-accredited internship at the Spokane/Walla Walla VA Medical Center with a focus in Neuropsychology. At the Spokane VAMC she worked with Veterans suffering from a wide variety of medical and/or psychiatric conditions such as traumatic brain injuries, cerebral vascular events, tumors, movement disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, PTSD, and other complex medical conditions. Additional training in previous placements has included completing a doctoral practicum at the State of California Department of Rehabilitation (CA DOR), where she gained extensive training and experience administering and scoring cognitive, intellectual, academic, and career assessments for a diverse population of individuals with physical, psychological, and cognitive disabilities. A concurrent practicum placement in the Neuropsychology Department at Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA, included administering, scoring, and interpreting neuropsychological measures. The primary goal of Dr. Nehring’s work at Highland Hospital was the integration of quantitative and qualitative data to inform diagnoses, treatment, and prognosis of individuals from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, suffering from a myriad of conditions (i.e TBIs, epilepsy, dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease).
Toni Li is a doctoral student at the Wright Institute’s Psy. D Program in Clinical Psychology. She has years of experience working with trauma and severe mental health disorders as a clinician and as staff. Previous clinical and assessment experience include Solano County Jail-Alcohol and Other Drugs program, Chinatown Child Development Center, Asian Americans for Community Involvement-Center for Survivors, and City College of San Francisco Counseling Services. Additionally, she has worked and volunteered her time at a number of community mental health settings in the Bay Area such as: Rape Trauma Services, CORA, and Freedom House. In the last several years, her clinical interest has been focused in developing greater professional understanding and skill sets in the field of Clinical Neuropsychology. Ms. Li successfully completed a two-year practicum placement at Optimal Minds Neuropsychology and is currently functioning as a Psychometrician while completing the dissertation requirement of her Doctoral Program. In her clinical work, Ms. Li emphasizes the need to look at people as a whole and is inspired by the belief that greater insight can be achieved not only by careful attention to history but the objective data gathered through neuropsychological testing. Her working framework is based on the idea that it is in integrating biological with social and psychological aspects of an individual that helpful answers are sought and attained.
Brianda DeCastro is a 2nd year student at Pacifica Graduate Institute where she is pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology. She has successfully completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and has years of clinical experience working with children with disabilities, victims of sexual abuse, at risk seniors and survivors of domestic violence and sexual offenses. As part of her clinical work she has provided individual and group counseling as well as psychoeducation, court support and case management. In order to expand her clinical understanding of the interconnection between psychiatric and cognitive disorders, Ms. DeCastro has pursued training and hands-on experience in Neurofeedback and Neuropsychological Assessment, areas of practice that continue to be the focus of her professional interest and development at this time.