Lauren-Rachelle Palazuelos

As the Director of Clinical Development (DCD), Dr. Palazuelos is responsible for providing clinical leadership, fostering high-quality patient care, standardizing clinical protocols, developing plans for program expansion, and contributing to the recruitment and retention of clinical staff.

She completed her BA in Psychology from Cal State Fullerton and received her MA in Clinical Psychology in 2009 and subsequently her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology.  Dr. Palazuelos has also completed an APA-accredited predoctoral internship focused on trauma-informed care.

Dr. Palazuelos has worked within a variety of mental health settings including schools and PHP/IOP programs as primary therapist, program director, and clinical director.  She has also worked in various community mental health organizations and has a private practice where she provides individual, family, couples, and group therapy in English and Spanish.

As well, she has worked at a medical facility with a multidisciplinary team (physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers) where she completed therapy, cognitive assessments, and evaluations with patients.

Dr. Palazuelos is passionate about her job and providing the best for our patients. She has received extensive training in trauma-informed care and has been exposed to a variety of evidence-based practices.  As a trauma-informed provider, she believes that treatment should be tailored to the individual, as each person is unique and has specific needs.

Two of the aspects that she most enjoys about working with Lido Wellness Center is seeing the patients improve their mental health and do well and being able to collaborate and work with a strong and passionate team who put patient care first.

When asked what she loves most about her job at Lido Wellness Center, she says, “I love working directly with the clinicians and patients, and I fell in love with Lido’s mission of ‘providing integrative, holistic, and comprehensive care.’ I love that we are able to honor each person’s uniqueness.”

In her personal life, she incorporates wellness and self-care through practicing meditation, playing the piano, and reading. She loves to dance and spend time with friends and family.

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Seda Terzyan, PhD

Dr. Seda Terzyan, PhD, is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist (PSY 29251) with a specialization in treating and evaluating co-occurring cognitive and psychological problems. She is the Founder of Perspectives.

Dr. Terzyan is experienced in the delivery of both evidence-based psychotherapy and clinical neuropsychology, having intentionally emphasized training in both disciplines to foster a deep understanding of the brain.  Dr. Terzyan’s areas of neuropsychological expertise are in traumatic brain injuries, memory loss, ADHD, and learning disorders.  Her areas of clinical expertise are in the treatment of cognitive disorders, anxiety disorders, and trauma-related conditions.  She has extensive experience working with clients presenting with medically and psychiatrically complex diagnoses, allowing her to effectively diagnose and treat diverse psychopathology.

Unlike what so frequently occurs in our healthcare systems, Dr. Terzyan is keen on identifying and treating underlying causes, rather than just suppressing symptoms.

Dr. Terzyan is currently a member of medical staff at Hoag Hospital and St. Jude Medical Center.  Dr. Terzyan is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN).

Dr. Terzyan received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California in 2016.  Dr. Terzyan thereafter completed two years of post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric and adult neuropsychology, providing comprehensive neuropsychological reports for a number of purposes. She also conducted testing for specific forms of dementia and worked with medical professionals to provide targeted treatment.  Prior to receiving her doctorate, Dr. Terzyan completed her APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at the Pacific Islands VA Healthcare System, assessing veterans and military active duty populations for presenting problems such as traumatic-brain injuries and PTSD.

Dr. Terzyan also completed a year-long clinical placement at the Loma Linda University Medical Center, Rehabilitation Hospital, where she was trained as a neuropsychology liaison on an interdisciplinary medical team, providing brief assessments and short-term evidence-based psychotherapy for patients with complex spinal and brain injuries.  Prior, Dr. Terzyan completed a year-long placement at the Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center (BMC), working on the high-risk child and adolescent inpatient unit.  Dr. Terzyan completed her Master’s degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis on neuropsychology at Loma Linda University, and completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2009.

Dr. Terzyan has extensive training in multiple ‘evidence-based’ interventions, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused/Gestalt Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Cognitive Rehabilitation.  She has also trained for five years at the Gestalt Associates Training Los Angeles, and emotion-focused psychotherapy for individuals across the life span.

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Tara Hawkins

In her position at Lido Wellness Center (LWC), Dr. Hawkins performs psychological testing and evaluations for patients. Previously in her former positions working in private practice settings in Florida and Georgia, she focused on psychological and forensic assessments. She has also worked for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation which provided her with unique forensic experience in a locked correctional facility at both the inpatient and outpatient levels of care.

In her work with LWC, Dr. Hawkins specializes in psychological assessment and individual adult therapy, utilizing her experience in providing psychodynamic psychotherapy to enhance her patient offerings. She is instrumental in guiding a patient’s healing journey through her initial diagnosis and treatment plan recommendations. She expertly wields her education and experience to ensure that each patient receives the carefully tailored, individualized treatment they need to succeed. Dr. Hawkins believes that the most rewarding aspect of her job is working with the diversity of patients at LWC. Through her work she enjoys meeting new people, helping her patients to the best of her ability, and demonstrating her competence in her field through beneficial patient outcomes.

Dr. Hawkins obtained her Doctorate degree from Alliant International University, accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). She completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctorate fellowship in private practices conducting psychological and forensic assessments. Dr. Hawkins incorporates wellness and self-care into her personal routine through baking, traveling, spending time outdoors, taking time to focus on her own needs, and maintaining her passion for long distance running.

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Michele Stamper

Michele Stamper received her master’s in clinical psychology at Vanguard University with a focus on psychodynamic and attachment based modalities, after which she continued her training with somatic practices. In addition to being a LMFT, Michele has her Somatic Psychotherapy Certificate, and is Neuroaffective Touch Trained.

As a Trauma Therapist at Lido Wellness Center, Michele works somatically with patients. Her goal is to help them become more embodied—aiding them in connection to the physical part of their being.

Her own journey of healing and recovery from trauma gives her a unique gift as a wounded healer. She has experienced, first-hand, the power of the therapeutic healing process. And she says she “feels honored to be a witness to a patient’s story and watch the healing process take place.”

Michele previously worked at Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army, and in private practice working with individuals with anxiety, depression, and complex PTSD. She also worked in the insurance industry in corporate America for over 30 years giving her a broad foundation and an intimate understanding of the pressures that can come with the corporate workplace.

I enjoy the collaboration with other team members for our patients as well as the friendships with other therapists and sharing like-minded world views. This was one of the reasons she felt a connection to Lido Wellness Center: “I was drawn to the collaborative and healing culture that was expressed from fellow therapists,” she says.

Her personal practice of self-care includes mindfulness, slowing down, and allowing for time to incorporate the events of her day. She enjoys yoga, bicycle riding, a good podcast, movies, and spending time with family.

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