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    Sutter Center for Psychiatry

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    John Boyd, Psy.D., MHAJohn Boyd, Psy.D., MHA, is Sutter Health’s System Executive for Mental Health and Chief Executive Officer for Sutter Solano Medical Center and Sutter Center for Psychiatry. 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 and 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 in 2008, he served as Assistant Administrator for 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., is the Chief Medical Executive at Sutter Center for Psychiatry. She is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She received a B.S. degree in neurophysiology and behavior from the Scholars Program at the University of Maryland, and her M.D. degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine, California. Dr. Thygeson completed residency in psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore followed by a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She joined Sutter Health in 2009 to develop Sutter Center for Psychiatry consultation-liaison psychiatry and psychiatric response team services for Sutter regional acute care hospitals and has since served as the Director of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Director of Medical Affairs, eHR implementation physician lead and system Behavioral Health SME.
    Ernell Antonio,  R.N., MBAErnell Antonio, R.N., MBA, Director of Operations, is responsible for educational and staff development activities, including behavioral health competency training for the regional acute care centers as well as regulatory accreditation compliance at Sutter Center for Psychiatry. Ernell joined Sutter in 2012, bringing experience as a psychiatric facility director of clinical services and chief nursing officer. Ernell holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from California State University, Hayward, and an MBA from Saint Mary's College of California.
    Rick Palmisano, R.N., M.S., FACHERick Palmisano, R.N., M.S., FACHE, 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. Rick brings extensive experience serving in various behavioral health hospital leadership roles throughout the country. Rick holds both a BS in nursing and an MS in Nursing Management from Northwestern University.
    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.
    Kristin Lawson, PHRKristin Lawson, PHR, Human Resources Manager, provides strategic human resource leadership and partnership to Sutter Center for Psychiatry, Sutter Senior Care, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and other programs within the Valley Division of Sutter Health. Within in the mental health and continuing care services, she oversees the Human Resources operations including the deployment of HR policies, programs, and employee relations. Kristin, a US Navy Veteran, joined Sutter in 2005, bringing with her a multifaceted Human Resource background. She did her undergraduate studies in Business Management from St. Mary's College of California where she further received her Master's Degree in Leadership.

    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.

    Abdul Qadir, M.D.Abdul Qadir, M.D., is a board certified Adult Psychiatrist who has extensive experience working with adults, children and the geriatric population. His previous experience includes working as the interim medical director at a psychiatric facility in Sacramento as well as serving as the medical director at a child and adolescent facility in Washington state. In addition, he has treated individuals in nursing homes with depression, anxiety and dementia. Dr. Qadir finished his psychiatric residency from the University of North Dakota.

    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.

    Joe SharpeJoe Sharpe, MHA, Director of Access and Community Outreach, focuses on building collaborative relationships with community-based groups and the mental health community through outreach efforts on behalf of Sutter Center for Psychiatry. Joe joined Sutter Health in 2012, bringing experience as a regional sales manager in the home health care sector, working directly in the hospice field, and serving as a branch operations manager for a nationwide home care organization. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University and a master's degree in health administration from Ohio University.
    Jeff Symon, R.N., MHAJeff Symon, R.N., MHA, Director of Patient Care Services, provides oversight for nursing and central intake departments. Prior to joining Sutter Health in 2011, Jeff was the administrator of a psychiatric facility and has previous experiences as a director of clinical services, director of psychiatric services at Bayou City Medical Center, and director of nursing at Houston International Hospital. He holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in health administration from Houston Baptist University in Texas.
    Archana Trivedi, M.D.Archana Trivedi, M.D., completed residency in psychiatry at the University of Arizona, where she served as Chief Resident. She also completed residency in psychiatry at the Central Institute of Psychiatry in India after earning her degree in medicine from the North Bengal Medical College of India.
    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.