Meet the Maternal Mental Health Team

Sandy Yokoyama, LMFT

Sandy Yokoyama, LMFT

Therapist

Sandy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked in a variety of different settings with a diverse population of individuals, groups and families. She is a first-generation Chinese American who grew up in the Bay Area of San Jose, CA. Sandy completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at UC Berkeley, and then obtained a Master of Science degree in Counseling at California State University, Long Beach. Sandy is EMDR trained and certified in the evidence-based practice Seeking Safety with experience and knowledge in trauma work. With more than 10 years of experience in the field, Sandy is dedicated in providing a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space for women to process their experiences through all stages of their lives and explore healthier ways to manage life stressors.

Angela Mains, LCSW

Angela Mains, LCSW

Therapist

Angela is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of experience working with individuals facing life-changing events. She completed her training at UCLA where she was also an adjunct faculty member. She is passionate about addressing emotional and psychological needs of women facing challenges during the perinatal experience. As a mother herself, Angela brings both personal empathy and professional expertise to her role.

Emily Densmore, LCSW

Emily Densmore, LCSW

Therapist

Emily Densmore is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 8 years of experience providing psychotherapeutic services to children, couples, groups, families and adults. Emily utilizes a compassion-focused approach to treatment, while integrating evidence-based interventions and strategies to assist clients in navigating life’s challenges. Self-growth is a non-linear process, and Emily aims to provide an affirming space for individuals to feel seen and supported on their healing journey. She is focused on engaging clients in a collaborative relationship to clarify goals and identify barriers to wellness. Emily utilizes an integrative approach to therapy, drawing from acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, attachment-based therapy and trauma-informed practices.

Elizabeth Whitham, M.D., M.A.

Elizabeth Whitham, M.D., M.A.

Reproductive Psychiatrist

Elizabeth Whitham, M.D., M.A. is board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in reproductive psychiatry. She completed her general psychiatry residency training at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, and specialized training in Women’s Mental Health at Loyola University and the Hines VA Hospital. She has a master’s degree in the sociology of Women’s Health and brings this perspective to her practice of medicine, placing patients’ unique identities at the center of problem-solving in healthcare. She has authored papers on depressive disorders and has worked as a researcher on clinical studies of bipolar disorder and the depressive mixed state.

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Salpi Salibian, M.S., PA-C

Salpi Salibian, M.S., PA-C

Executive Director

Salpi joined Hoag in 2015. She oversees and helps develop integrated programs and offerings within the Women’s Health and Hoag Family Cancer Institutes. Salpi is a Certified Physician Assistant with over 10 years of clinical practice and research experience in various healthcare settings, which allows her to combine her passion for clinical excellence and innovative patient-centered care models. She holds a Certificate in Leadership for Healthcare Transformation from the University of California, Irvine, as well as a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Northeastern University, Boston.

Sarah Kauffman, M.D.

Sarah Kauffman, M.D.

Physician Director

Dr. Sarah Kauffman is a Columbia-trained, board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in reproductive and forensic psychiatry. She is originally from San Diego and completed her medical training at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She then completed her general psychiatry residency training, as well as a Women’s Mental Health Fellowship and Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, at Columbia University in NYC. Dr. Kauffman has authored papers and book chapters related to the intersection of women’s mental health and forensic psychiatry and has been a board member on several mental health organizations. She is also actively involved in advocacy and speaking to the community about reproductive psychiatry and the intersection of mental health and the law. Dr. Kauffman believes in a comprehensive and person-centered approach to women’s mental health including psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and lifestyle approaches.

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