Ariati Rakic, Ph.D. Executive Director, 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 National Academy of Neuropsychology, 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 Health Medical Center (formerly known as 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. Nina Nehring is a Neuropsychologist who obtained her Doctoral Degree in Psychology from John. F. Kennedy University. She completed her APA-accredited internship at the Spokane/Walla Walla VA Medical Center with 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 a practicum at the State of California Department of Rehabilitation, 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. She also pursued concurrent practicum placement in the Neuropsychology Department at Highland Hospital in Oakland where the primary aspect of her work 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).
In 2017, Dr. Nehring embarked in an intensive and specialized training to develop her knowledge and expertise in neurofeedback and has been working diligently in the implementation of this highly regarded intervention on cognitively compromised patients ever since.