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    Sutter Center for Psychiatry

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    John Boyd, Psy.D., MHAJohn Boyd, Psy.D., MHA, Chief Executive Officer for System Mental Health Services. John has an extensive background in healthcare administration including mental health. John has been appointed a commissioner by Governor Jerry Brown for the State of California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission and currently serves in that capacity now in his second term. He has served in other appointed capacities including City of Sacramento Planning Commissioner. He earned his MHA at University of Southern California, his doctorate in psychology at CSPP and completed his APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at University of California Davis Children's Hospital CAARE Diagnostic and Treatment Center working primarily with children in foster care who have suffered severe abuse and neglect. Prior to joining Sutter Health in 2008, he served as Assistant Administrator, Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Medical Center. Prior to that, he worked eight years for Shriners Hospitals for Children, both domestically and internationally. During his tenure he served in both local and system-wide capacities. Additionally, he has worked as both an inpatient and outpatient therapist in several organizations throughout his career. John is a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.
    Cindy Thygeson, M.D.Cindy Thygeson, M.D., Chief Medical Executive, directs continuous improvement efforts in patient care delivery and outcomes. Her efforts include the collaborative integration of clinical, operational, and regulatory systems to enhance the quality and accessibility of patient care. This is actualized through authentic partnership and engagement of our medical staff and clinicians. Her focus includes strategy and development of medical staff, physician relations, best practices and clinical care advancement. “My work is to define and assure the success and growth of our services - as measured by outcomes that are meaningful in the lives of patients.” Dr. Thygeson joined Sutter in 2009 to develop Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Services and Psychiatric Response Teams for regional acute care hospitals. She received her baccalaureate in Neurophysiology at the Scholars Program of the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her medical doctorate from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California. Dr. Thygeson held a residency in Psychiatry and Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
    Ixel Morell, MPH, MBA,Ixel Morell, MPH, MBA, Interim Administrative Director, is responsible for leading and supporting hospital-wide initiatives that include driving clinical and operational growth and development. In addition, he assists with recruiting efforts for key positions and focuses on overall growth and branding for the inpatient and outpatient settings. Ixel brings extensive experience serving in various behavioral health hospital leadership roles throughout Northern California.
    Ernell Antonio,  R.N., MBAErnell De Vera, R.N., MBA, Director, Patient Services, serves as nurse executive with overall fiscal and clinical responsibility of the Nursing Department as well as regulatory, accreditation and quality oversight at Sutter Center for Psychiatry. Ernell serves as the organizational link between administration and the services provided by other clinical departments. Additionally, Ernell represents psychiatric nursing leadership, including supporting quality and safety in mental health at the system level. Ernell joined Sutter in 2012, bringing over 17 years of experience in mental health field with previous roles as Director of Clinical Services and Chief Nurse Executive. Ernell holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University, Hayward, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Saint Mary's College of California.
    Jennifer Thomas, Psy.D., M.SJennifer Thomas, Psy.D., M.S, Director of Clinical-Behavioral Health Services and the Chief Psychologist at Sutter Center for Psychiatry, is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been practicing at SCP since 2011. In her current role she oversees the development and growth of our inpatient and outpatient clinical programs, ensuring we are providing the best therapeutic care to patients throughout their stay. Prior to transitioning into her role as the Director of Behavioral Health, Dr. Thomas served as the Training Director for SCP’s APA accredited psychology internship training program. Her previous experience includes working as a researcher and psychologist for the UC-Davis Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (M.I.N.D.) providing evaluations and social skills training. She earned her doctorate in psychology at CSPP and completed her APA accredited internship and fellowship at the University of California Davis Children’s Hospital CAARE Diagnostic and Treatment Center. As a clinician, Dr. Thomas is a child and adolescent specialist with extensive training and experience in trauma and child abuse treatment, neurodevelopmental disorders, and psychological evaluations. She also has significant experience working with and evaluating the seriously mentally ill population. In addition to her role at SCP, she is the behavioral health representative for Sutter Medical Foundation QM/UM Committee and she assists with behavioral health training across the Sutter System.
    Jawad Arif, M.D.Jawad Arif, M.D., General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, has a special interest treating post-traumatic stress, anxiety and mood disorders. His previous experience includes providing inpatient and emergency psychiatric care at Danbury Hospital and the Institute of Living, Hartford Hospital, Connecticut. Dr. Arif earned his medical degree at Sindh Medical College, Pakistan. Dr. Arif completed his general psychiatry residency at West Virginia University, Charleston, and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Connecticut. He is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and currently serves as the Medical Staff Chief for Sutter Center for Psychiatry.
    Robert L. Blanco, M.D.Robert L. Blanco, M.D., General, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, has been practicing at Sutter Center for Psychiatry since 1982 with special interests in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and interventional psychiatry. He received his medical degree from Hahneman Medical College, Drexel University, and completed his residency and fellowship at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Blanco is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.
    I-Hung Chen, M.D.I-Hung Chen, M.D., General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Emory University and a medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. He completed his residency in general psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Tennessee, Health Science Center in Memphis, Tenn.
    Ryan Courdy, M.D.Ryan Courdy, M.D., General, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, has a special interest in psychosis and tic disorders. His previous experience includes treating personality disorder and substance dependence at Napa State Hospital and California State Prison. He received his medical degree from the University of Iowa. Dr. Courdy completed his residency in general psychiatry at University of Virginia and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA in Torrance. He is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
    Theodore Goodman, M.D.Theodore Goodman, M.D., General Psychiatrist, has practiced at Sutter Center for Psychiatry since 1990 focusing on treatment-resistant patient care for 25 years and maintains an active interest in research. Dr. Goodman specializes in interventional psychiatric procedures, including electroconvulsive therapy, vagal nerve stimulation, ketamine infusion therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation and deep brain stimulation. Previously, Dr. Goodman served as the chairman of the department of psychiatry and well-being committee for Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. He holds a bachelor’s degree in humanities from Wesleyan University, Connecticut and completed his medical degree at the University of California, San Diego. He completed his residency in psychiatry at University of California, Davis, subsequently serving UC Davis as an assistant professor of psychiatry and the department’s biologic research director.
    William H. Hughes, M.D.William H. Hughes, M.D., Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, joined Sutter for Psychiatry in 2002, bringing previous experience as the director of adolescent services and specialized foster care director for several Sacramento region facilities. His special area of interest is in educating parents, staff and residents in behavior management and is the author of “Raising Kids Without a Fight,” published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2009. Dr. Hughes completed undergraduate studies at the University of San Francisco and his medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition, he completed a residency in general psychiatry at University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, and another in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, also in Baltimore. Dr. Hughes is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in child and adolescent psychiatry.
    Raheel Khan, D.O.Raheel Khan, D.O., is a board certified psychiatrist with a special interest in psychosomatic medicine. He earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Khan completed his residency in psychiatry at Ohio State University Medical Center and a fellowship in psychosomatic medicine at the University of California, Davis. After completing his fellowship, Dr. Khan joined the faculty of the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine as an assistant professor of psychosomatic medicine.
    Nicole Pardo, PHRNicole Pardo, M.D., General Psychiatrist, has a special interest in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Her previous work experience includes working at the Sacramento County Treatment Center and Crestwood Behavioral Health. She received her medical degree at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Pardo completed her residency at the University of California, Davis and is actively training at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. She is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr Pardo currently serves as the service line medical director of the adult partial hospitalization program for Sutter Center for Psychiatry.

    Monila Rahimi, D.O.Monila Rahimi, D.O., General, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She received her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida. Dr. Rahimi completed her residency in general psychiatry at Loma Linda University and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of California, Davis. She is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

    Zafar Uddin, M.D.Zafar Uddin, M.D., completed a doctorate in medicine at Dow Medical College, Pakistan. Subsequently, he worked as a medical officer for five years and dedicated the next few years in the area of medical research. He completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Mississippi, Jackson, and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. Uddin is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.