Kevin Kinback, M.D.
Board-certified Adult Psychiatrist, TMS Specialist
Graduating from Loma Linda University Medical School in 1992, Dr. Kinback did psychiatry training at Loma Linda, was Chief Resident, and remains on the faculty as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. He began private practice in Mission Viejo in 1995. With a keen interest in cutting-edge medicine, Advanced TMS was founded in 2009. Specializing in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy for treatment-resistant depression, Dr. Kinback has treated hundreds of with TMS therapy. He is certified on 3 different TMS devices, with a cutting-edge office including electronic medical records, patient & peer portals, genetic testing for personalized prescribing, EKG & lab services. Dr. Kinback brings high quality TMS therapy to Orange County, and is a leader in the Clinical TMS Society. Sometimes Dr. Kinback can be spotted training the adorable therapy dog at the office. Dr. Kinback is Bilingual in English and Spanish.
Physician of Excellence, Psychiatry 2020
Physician of Excellence, Psychiatry 2021
Maria Santos, MD
Board-Certified Psychiatrist, Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr. Santos began her medical career as an internist in Lisbon, Portugal, and was born in Porto, Portugal. After working in internal medicine in Macau, China, she practiced internal medicine & emergency medicine in São Paulo, Brazil. Dr. Santos completed psychiatry residency at Beth Israel Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1998. After residency, she practiced inpatient & outpatient psychiatry in Louisiana and Florida. Her 20 years of experience as a private psychiatrist treating very diverse patients, with her internal medicine background, gives Dr. Santos a unique perspective in psychiatry practice. As a board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Santos treats many psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, & personality disorders. Dr. Santos is strongly committed to positive relationships with all patients. She works with us as an independent contractor, and participates in nearly all insurance networks.
Scott D. Ispirescu, MD
Board-certified Adult Psychiatrist, Board-certified Child Psychiatrist, TMS-Certified
Dr. Ispirescu completed medical school at Loma Linda University, and both adult psychiatry and child psychiatry fellowship training at LAC/USC. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Ispirescu strongly believes in whole person care, and a mind-body approach to wellness, recovery and treatment. Dr. Ispirescu treats patients of all ages with medication in his own private practice in Laguna Niguel. As in independent contractor, he provides TMS therapy for depression at his Laguna Niguel location as a service to Advanced TMS Center. TMS evaluations and treatment with Dr. Ispirescu in Laguna Niguel are done in-network with most insurances. The Laguna Niguel TMS location features the Brainsway device for deep TMS therapy, in which Dr. Ispirescu is fully trained and certified.
Michele Okonski, PsyD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Michele A. Okonski is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, graduating from Nova Southeastern University School of Psychology in 1995, with an APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at the VA Hospital in Loma Linda. She has experience with inpatient and outpatient care on many different levels including treatment planning, crisis intervention, psychosocial evaluation and traditional psychotherapy. These roles give her extensive experience and training in different psychotherapy approaches, and strategies to provide personalized and customized treatment for each patient. Her experience includes treating anxiety, depression, addictions/substance abuse and eating disorders. This treatment approach provides a very safe and supportive atmosphere to reach treatment goals, typically including: relationship and interpersonal coping skills, analyzing interactions between brain biology and behavior, understanding personality dynamics, addressing emotional difficulties, and personal development. She is an expert in helping individuals replace maladaptive behavior patterns with more constructive and effective ones.
Lindsey Law, MD
Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist, Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr. Law is a graduate both of Yale (Cellular & Developmental Biology), and Johns Hopkins (MS Health Science). Her honors include Delta Omega Honor Society, and the prestigious Elsa Orent kelles Fellowship in Biochemistry. She completed her MD at the University of Minnesota, and trained in psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in Los Angeles, California, and was Inpatient Chief Resident. Working in both inpatient & outpatient psychiatry, and internationally, Dr. Law brings a wide range of experience and talent to our Center. Board-certified in adult psychiatry, Dr. Law is bilingual in English & Mandarin. Patients ages 16 and older can be scheduled with Dr. Law by appointment. Dr. Law brings extensive expertise in telepsychiatry and psychopharmacology. She participates in-network with Medicare and most insurance and as an independent contractor provides services.
Elham "Ellie" Hunt, MFT
Marriage and Family Therapist
Elham Hunt is an independent practitioner who shares the office with ATMS Center. Ms. Hunt is bilingual in English & Farsi. Ellie specializes in family therapy, child and parenting issues, as well as individual therapy. She is contracted with most commercial insurance and Caloptima, but not Medicare. Please call Ellie directly at 949-456-4265 to schedule an appointment.
Amanda L. Mendez, Psy.D
Amanda L. Mendez, Psy.D. is passionate about working with children, adolescents, families, and older adults. She trained at the best children’s and behavioral health hospitals and clinics in Southern California including CHOC, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, Sharp Mesa Vista, and the San Diego Center for Children. Dr. Mendez has experience in both Orange and San Diego County care systems in outpatient therapy and assessment. She enjoys providing individual, group, and family interventions, is experienced treating chronic and acute illness, self-injurious behavior, and helps parents transform relationships with their children, to help patients of all ages recover to live fulfilled and meaningful lives. Dr. Mendez focuses her treatment on values-based principles, providing CBT, DBT, and ACT. Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Mendez has a special passion for work with Latino families, foster families, and providing trauma-informed care from a biopsychosocial-spiritual perspective to treat the whole person.
*Dr. Mendez is starting here on October 2021
Jerry F. Benzl, MD
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Jerry F. Benzl, MD has a diverse academic and medical training history. His U.C. Berkeley undergraduate degree is in mathematics and economics, with a master's degree in social sciences from UC Irvine. His journey into psychiatry started at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, where he completed both his M.D. and psychiatry residency. Illinois was a fantastic place to learn and train, with cultural diversity, and a wide variety of patient circumstances. In our Orange County community, Dr. Benzl did his fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine. He sees psychiatry as a field where each person’s health is impacted by their environment, biology and interpersonal relationships. Dr. Benzl independently treats children, adolescents and adults in our office.
Diane Dunne, Ph.D
Diane Dunne, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist with 29 years experience in various clinical settings treating individuals, couples and groups. With a deep level of care and compassion, she treats patients with us as an independent contractor. Her degree in Clinical Psychology, is from William Lyon University in San Diego, with a 3-year Internship at Brea Hospital Neuropsychiatric Center. Dr. Dunne is a Certified Clinical Medical Hypnotherapist. Her education degrees include an master’s from Cal State University, San Bernardino and a BA from California Polytechnic, Pomona. She taught at three Cal State Universities. Dr. Dunne’s experience as a psychologist includes inpatient and outpatient treatment, couples & divorce therapy, treating codependency issues, life changes, women’s & men’s issues, postpartum depression, geriatrics, chronic pain, insomnia, trauma, grief & loss. Her specialties include depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety & panic, eating disorders, psychotic & personality disorders, substance abuse, and many others. Dr. Dunne uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Emotionally & Spiritually-Focused Therapy, Meditation, Mindfulness, Progressive Relaxation and other approaches to personalize treatment plans with clear goals and objectives to assist patients in reaching their dreams and goals!