You have an entire team dedicated to your SUCCESS
Your care team is made up of psychiatrists and therapists, who provide you with comprehensive care delivered proactively and daily. Each person in your care team is there to help you taper effectively and successfully while minimizing uncomfortable side-effects.
Dr. ahmed khan, M.D., M.P.H., PSYCHIATRY
Dr. Ahmed Khan is a psychiatrist at Stanford University. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Ahmed Khan has participated in a number of research studies, published scientific articles and co-authored a book on adolescent psychiatry. He also contributes to the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) "Healthy Minds. Healthy Lives." blog. Dr. Khan has trained extensively in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and T.E.A.M. Therapy at Stanford University. His awards include Jeanne Spurlock Fellowship (AACAP), Young Leaders Award (AACAP), Donald J. Cohen Fellowship, SAMSHA Fellowship (APA) and Educational Outreach Award (AACAP). Dr. Khan also has a Master of Public Health degree from Benedectine University.
Dr. Ahmed Zaafran, M.D., Perioperative Medicine
Dr. Ahmed Zaafran, M.D, is a board certified anesthesiologist at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He trained at The University of Texas McGovern School of Medicine in anesthesiology prior to moving to Stanford University School of Medicine as faculty in 2012. In 2013, he completed his Certification in Entrepreneurship and Global Innovation through the Graduate School of Business (GSB) Stanford Ignite Program. He is a partner with Spire Ventures, an international network of life science experts who work with selected early stage companies to provide them strategic guidance and development support. He is Vice President of Medical Affairs of drbeen.com, an online education marketplace for physicians. He is currently the Director of Development for Stanford Medicine X-Middle East Region, and a team member of Stanford Healthcare Innovation.
Dr. Roohina diwan, M.D., CLINICAL COORDINATOR
Roohina earned her M.D. at St. George's University School of Medicine. She graduated with a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences with an emphasis on Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior from the University of California, Davis. Her passion lies in translating basic sciences and research into tangible solutions at the clinical level. Roohina's most recent medical research at The Cancer Care Institute focused on patients with habit forming medications, such as benzodiazepines and opioids. She is passionate about working with members of the community looking for a comprehensive solution to the current opioid and benzodiazepine crisis.
dr. jeffrey chen, M.D., PSYCHIATRY
Dr. Jeffrey Chen earned his M.D. from Northwestern University. He completed a General Psychiatry Residency at Emory University followed by a Child and Adolescent Fellowship at the University of Washington where he was Chief Fellow. Dr. Chen's treatment methods include both therapy and pharmacological management, and he is Board Certified in both General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. In his leisure time Dr. Chen enjoys spending time with his wife, 2 sons and dog. His personal interests include sports, cooking, traveling and the outdoors.
KIRK FOAT, RECOVERY COACH
Kirk is a graduate of University of Western Ontario in Sociology and Psychology and a peer educator for South West Self-Management Pain Program. Kirk is also a prior patient with a story to tell about how tapering off opioids and getting to zero is possible even after years on a high dose. Kirk provides lessons and shares real life experiences to effect positive change. He was successful in getting to zero and now he speaks to doctors, healthcare practitioners, patients and government about how to support patients like him to reduce or stop taking opioid medication. Kirk’s story is amazing, but the strategies that he employed aren’t magic. They are informative and transferable. He can help others by sharing his story and to work with them and their doctors to map out a blueprint of a plan to make possible for others to taper safely. Kirk works alongside Dr. Andrea Furlan at University Health Network as a patient reviewer of medical papers. He has had the honour of speaking at Queen’s Park to the deputy health minister, LHIN CEO’s, to Health Quality Ontario and to 200 Nurse Practioners.
USHA WELARATNA, MINDfulness meditation
Usha learned Mindfulness Meditation as growing up in Sri Lanka. Later in her life she discovered the exciting research by neuroscientists about the enormously beneficial impacts of Mindfulness Meditation that led Usha to start teaching Mindfulness Meditation with a neuroscience perspective in 2007. Usha received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from UC Berkeley in 1999. Her university teaching career has included teaching courses at UC Berkley, Mills College, and San Jose State University.
As an anthropologist, Usha had a multi-faceted career exploring numerous cultures and communities. Her scholarly interests and research took her into exploring varied socio-economic and cultural challenges. Usha published Beyond the Killing Fields: Voices of Nine Cambodian Survivors in America by the Stanford University Press in 1993, second edition 1994. She is currently finishing her new book on Coping With Losses Mindfully and Compassionately.
Karim A. Serageldin, Counselor and Mental Health Coach
Karim holds a B.A. in psychology and comparative religion from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and an M.A. in east-west psychology with a specialization in spiritual counseling from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Karim is the founder of Noor Human Consulting which provides strategic interventions for well being, mental health coaching and he has extensive experience working with individuals, couples and organizations. He is an advocate for humanistic healing and holistic recovery plans. His approach combines integral psychology, education and techniques from cognitive therapy.
jennifer kljajic, clinical social worker
Jennifer Kljajic is licensed clinical social worker that found herself pushed to forefront on the benzo epidemic having personally and professionally witnessed the difficulties and dangers of coming off a benzodiazepine after accidental dependency. She can provide testimony and support to individuals tapering in knowing that they will heal with the right tapering, nutritional and medical support needed. Social injustice is her passion and she believes this epidemic is an injustice that needs to be made right one person at a time.
ameera khan, health coach
Ameera graduated with a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She is currently pursuing her masters in counseling psychology with a concentration in children and adolescents at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. After completing a year of research in a trauma lab at DePaul University, Ameera gained wide-ranging interning and volunteer experiences in several areas of psychology. These experiences, further fueled her passion for helping others while increasing her knowledge in the field. Through these opportunities and previous work with a vast array of individuals, Ameera has developed a warm approach and understanding of others.
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Dr. Anna Lembke, M.D. CHIEF AT STANFORD ADDICTION MEDICINE CLINIC.
Dr. Anna Lembke is a world renowned psychiatrist and is currently Chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. She treats people who are dependent on opioids, stimulants, sedatives and sleeping pills. Dr. Lembke received her undergraduate degree in Humanities from Yale University and her medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in Psychiatry, and a fellowship in mood disorders at Stanford. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and commentaries, and is author of the book: Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop (Johns Hopkins University Press, November 2016).