Bay Area Neuropsychology – Optimal Minds Neuropsychology Group


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 AssociationCPA Neuropsychology DivisionNorthern California Neuropsychology ForumRedwood 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).

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Optimal Minds Neuropsychology
1399 Ygnacio Valley Rd Ste 3
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Phone: (925) 389-6723
Fax: (925) 320-7275

Optimal Minds Neuropsychology
95 Montgomery Drive, Suite 112
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Phone: (707) 522-0202
Fax: (925) 320-7275