Meet our Staff


Therapists

Listed Alphabetically by Last Name

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Mary Jo Bautista, Psy.D.

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Christine Catipon, Psy.D.

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Christina Charlotin, Psy.D.

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Angeli Desai, Psy.D.

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Ruth Glass, Psy.D.

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Peter Karinen, Psy.D.

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E.J. Katigbak, Psy.D.

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Kristina Kaw, M.A.

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Caitlin La Brie, Psy.D.

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Mackenzie Lambine, Ph.D.

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Elisa Leal, Psy.D.

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Rebecca LeCroix, Ph.D.

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Ana Pimentel, M.S.W.

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Jaime Reeves, M.A.

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Kelli Rule, Psy.D.

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Tameeza Samji, Psy.D.

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Yasi Shamtoub, Ph.D.

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Kelly Van Amberg, M.S.W.

 

Directors

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Spencer Scott, Psy.D. / Founder / Director

 
 

Support Staff

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Bella / Billing Specialist

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Lulu / Receptionist

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Fil / Receptionist


Trainees

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Benjamin Gallenson, M.A.

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Krystal Galvan, M.A.

 

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Mary Jo Bautista, Psy.D.

psychologist (#28789)

Appointment Location: Online

Dr. Bautista received her doctorate from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She provides ADHD assessment and individual therapy at Framework. She has sub-specializations in assessing and treating cognitive disabilities. Dr. Bautista grounds her therapeutic approach in a cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based therapies. Born and raised in Hawaii, she seeks to embody an "aloha spirit” of kindness, hospitality, and unity to build a safe and trusting relationship with each client.


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Christine Catipon, Psy.D.

PSYCHOLOGIST (#24729)

Appointment Location: Online

Dr. Catipon earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Orange, CA. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica in Santa Monica, CA, and she is an active leader in the Asian American Psychological Association. Dr. Catipon has extensive clinical experience as an integrative generalist from her many years working in university counseling centers and private practice settings throughout Southern California.

Dr. Catipon believes that personal growth and healing can be made possible through a supportive and trusting therapeutic relationship and in a safe and non-judgmental environment. It is her intention to listen from the heart and understand her clients on multiple levels, including culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and age. She is a firm believer that you are the expert of your own life, and she works with a collaborative treatment approach that integrates your inner wisdom and her professional knowledge and experience to help you create a life that is rich and meaningful. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, playing the piano, watching movies, and spending quiet time in nature.


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Christina Charlotin, Psy.D.

PSYCHOLOGIST (#28875)

Appointment Locations: Online Only

Dr. Charlotin graduated from Albizu University and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. She considers herself a versatile psychologist who weaves together Cognitive-Behavioral theory (CBT) and positive psychology in her interventions. She believes strongly in the mind/body connection and can help clients adopt mindfulness, meditation, and consciousness practices in their daily lives to reduce anxiety and increase feelings of balance and peace. Dr. Charlotin believes therapy is successful when clients discover ways they may enhance their relationships, embrace their true self, and gain the self-confidence needed to thrive in life. Previous clients have described her as open, nonjudgmental, and relatable.

Dr. Charlotin holds a lifelong commitment to social justice, and has honored this commitment through her previous professional and volunteer work. Before joining Framework she worked as a therapist in Haiti following their 2010 earthquake. As a member of the community herself, Dr. Charlotin practices LGBT-affirming therapy. She lives downtown and enjoys traveling, dancing, and hiking.


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Angeli Desai, Psy.D.

PSYCHOLOGIST (#30103)

Appointment Locations: Santa Monica, Online

Dr. Desai holds a Master’s from NYU, a Doctorate in Applied Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and has a unique blend of specializations. She’s certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and has post-doctoral training in psychoanalytic intervention. Although she works with a wide range of presenting issues, she has sub-specializations in trauma, addiction, and disordered eating.

Her goal is to help clients discover and harness the strengths they already possess to confidently overcome the obstacles they face in life. She believes that healthy relationships are a cornerstone of mental wellbeing and enjoys helping clients strengthen their connections to their friends and family. She applies her vast expertise and theoretical approach in both individual and couples therapy. In her free time, she can be found playing tennis and enjoying the wonderful beaches of Southern California.


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Ruth Glass, Psy.D.

PSYCHOLOGIST (#30064)

Appointment Locations: Santa Monica, Online

Dr. Glass attended Columbia University for her undergraduate education and obtained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University. Dr. Glass is an expert in using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to treat anxiety and depression. CBT is a scientifically-based therapy that helps us examine the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that underly the problematic patterns we notice in our lives, then adopt healthier and more rewarding alternatives. Before joining Framework Dr. Glass worked as a CBT researcher, educator, and therapist at several health centers in New York and the Bay Area. 

Dr. Glass’s therapeutic style can be described as incredibly warm, validating, and encouraging. Clients have completed therapy feeling confident that they can overcome the challenges they may face in life. She strives to make sure that each and every client knows that she’s “in their corner”, championing their ability to live a happier and more peaceful life. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children. 


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Peter Karinen, Psy.D.

(joining November 2019); Psych. Assistant (#94025024)

Appointment Locations: Santa Monica, Los Feliz, and Online

Dr. Karinen received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Alliant International University and completed his clinical training at Kaiser Permanente, San Fernando Mental Health Center, and the University of Memphis. He approaches his clients with openness and curiosity, allowing him to gain a deep understanding of the unique struggles they face in life. Dr. Karinen then utilizes an integrative approach based in psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapies to help his clients evolve into happier and healthier versions of their authentic selves.

Before becoming a therapist, Dr. Karinen worked in the entertainment industry as a writer/producer and uses his experience to specialize in helping artists, creatives, and individuals in high-stress jobs find a sense of work-life balance and achieve their goals. He’s a lifelong LGBT-ally and specializes in treating anxiety and depression. He will be a postdoctoral psych. assistant under the supervision of Dr. Glass (#30064).


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E.J. Katigbak, Psy.D.

(Joining November 2019); PSYCH. Assistant (#94025143)

Appointment Locations: Los Feliz, Online

Dr. Katigbak earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School after completing a Master’s in Psychology from Antioch University. Past clients have noticed how quickly they felt comfortable with Dr. Katigbak, feeling a sense of safety and connection within only a few sessions. He treats a wide variety of presenting concerns including depression and anxiety. Before becoming a therapist, Dr. Katigbak served in the US Marines and has used his personal and professional experience to become an expert in treating PTSD.

Dr. Katigbak prides himself on being an LGBT-ally who provides therapy that is affirming of each client’s cultural identities. He will be postdoctoral psych. assistant (#94025143) under the supervision of Dr. Elisa Leal (#28330)


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Kristina Kaw, M.A.

MFT (#113462)

Appointment Locations: Santa Monica, Online

Ms. Kaw received her Master’s from Antioch University. She weaves together strengths-based interventions, narrative therapy, and CBT to help clients feel empowered to overcome the challenges they face in life. Ms. Kaw specializes in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, and LGBT concerns. In addition to being a licensed therapist, she is also a yoga instructor and uses this knowledge and experience to help clients enhance their sense of body-based relaxation.

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Caitlin La Brie, Psy.D.

PSYCH. ASSISTANT (#PSB94024950)

Appointment Locations: Los Feliz, Online

Dr. La Brie earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University in Los Angeles. She has previously worked at Cal State Northridge as well as several community mental health centers. She is experienced in treating anxiety and depression, and in helping individuals navigate transitions in life, improve relationships, and feel more self-confident. Dr. La Brie uses a warm, relational therapeutic approach while shaping her interventions to each unique individual she works with. She also takes a sex-positive approach to therapy and holds clinical interests in areas of sexual diversity such as kink and non-monogamy. Her dissertation examined how aspects of emotional maturity impact sexual fulfillment. She is a geek at heart who enjoys tabletop games, karaoke, and adventures in nature. She is a postdoctoral psych. assistant under the supervision of Dr. Scott (#29242)


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MacKenzie Lambine, Ph.D.

PSYCHOLOGIST (#31149)

Appointment Locations: Santa Monica, Online

Dr. Lambine earned her doctorate from Middlesex University in London. In her early career she focused on promoting community wellness, working as a program coordinator for New Scotland Yard. She's since refocused her professional efforts towards promoting wellness in individuals and couples, and has worked in several counseling centers across London and Los Angeles. She specializes in improving her clients' anxiety, depression, and self-confidence

Dr. Lambine believes that clients feel happier, more hopeful, and more confident when they feel empowered to create change in their lives. She works from an integrative perspective, tailoring her interventions to help each client overcome the specific obstacles they experience in life. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and enjoys ballet, embroidery, and collecting “ugly” plants. 


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Elisa Leal, Psy.D.

PSYCHOLOGIST (#28330)

Appointment Locations: Los Feliz, Online

Dr. Leal is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio as well as The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She specializes in helping individuals navigate through periods of high stress in their life. At her core Dr. Leal believes that every single person on Earth is truly capable of change. By using cognitive therapy and mindfulness-based approaches, she strives to help each client discover the power they hold to change their life for the better. Although Dr. Leal works with clients of all genders at Framework, she holds a sub-specialization in working with men around the concepts of masculinity and shame. Outside of her life as a therapist, she enjoys engaging in expressive arts.


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Rebecca LeCroix, Ph.D.

PSYCH. ASSISTANT (#PSB94024957)

Appointment Locations: Santa Monica, Online

Dr. LeCroix received her Ph.D. from Georgia State University. She previously worked at Oglethorpe University as well as the University of California, Irvine. She specializes in utilizing Humanistic and CBT-based interventions to treat depression, anxiety, and aid in navigating life transitions. She has a subspecialization in providing LGBT-affirming therapy and has worked as a LGBT researcher and LGBT safe space program facilitator. Dr. LeCroix provides individual and couples therapy at Framework. She is a postdoctoral psych. assistant under the supervision of Dr. Scott (29242).


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Ana Pimentel, M.S.W.

Licensed clinical social worker (#81885)

Ms. Pimentel received her Master’s from the University of Southern California. As a licensed therapist and Reiki practitioner, she uses mindfulness-based treatments to help clients overcome a wide array of issues they may be facing in their life. Ms. Pimentel strives to remain a culturally-affirming therapist, adopting a holistic understanding of the ways in which each client’s unique identities shape the circumstances they face in life.

Srta. Pimentel recibió su maestría de la Universidad del Sur de California. Como terapeuta con licencia y practicante de Reiki, ella usa tratamientos basados en atención plena para ayudar a sus clientes a superar una amplia gama de problemas que pueden enfrentar en su vida. Srta. Pimentel se esfuerza por seguir siendo una terapeuta culturalmente afirmativa, y a la vez adoptando una comprensión holística para entender las formas en que las identidades únicas de cada cliente dan forma a la circunstancias que enfrentan en la vida


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Jaime Reeves, M.A.

MFT (#102924)

Appointment Locations: Santa Monica, Online

Ms. Reeves attended Howard University and holds a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School. Integrating a wide variety of clinical approaches, she uses collaboration, compassion, and understanding to help guide her clients through wherever they might be in their own personal journey through life. Past clients have reported that they feel she is easy to connect with and very nurturing. Before becoming a therapist, Ms. Reeves worked in television and radio advertising. She uses her own personal experiences in the entertainment industry to help clients thrive in stressful and demanding jobs. Although she’s a generalist who helps clients overcome a wide array of concerns, she specializes in anxiety, depression, and poor body image. She lives in Los Angeles and her hobbies include creative writing and horseback riding. 


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Kelli Rule, Psy.D.

PSYCHOLOGIST (#30541)

Appointment Location: Online

Dr. Rule holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology as well as a degree in Deaf Studies from Cal State (she is ASL fluent). At Framework, Dr. Rule provides therapy for adults of all ages and conducts ADHD evaluations. Although she is a generalist who treats a wide range of presenting issues, she has expertise as a researcher and therapist for social anxiety and grief.

Her mission as a psychologist is to have a comprehensive understanding of who you are and the challenges you’re experiencing in life. In therapy, she weaves together her understanding of your life, her academic knowledge, and her own personal experience to provide you concrete strategies to reach your goals. She believes that adulthood can be challenging for all of us at times, and that therapy can help you once again experience a joy and excitement for life that’s been lost for too long. Dr. Rule lives in Simi Valley. Her hobbies include reading, walking her Maltese “Alex”, and traveling.


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Tameeza Samji, Psy.D.

PSYCHOLOGIST (#24713)

Appointment Locations: Santa Monica, Online

Dr. Samji earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies after gaining her Masters degree from the London School of Economics. She brings with her more than a decade of experience working as a therapist in the US, UK, UAE, and Canada. Dr. Samji provides therapy to individuals as well as couples. She considers herself to be an integrative therapist who adjusts her style to fit the individual needs of each client, placing priority on cultivating a relationship with each client while also weaving in mindfulness to provide quick symptom relief. Previous clients have described her as approachable and intuitive. 

Dr. Samji has dedicated a portion of her career to advancing LGBT wellness and helps train graduate student therapists to provide LGBT-affirming therapy. Outside of her role as a psychologist, she's is a mixed media artist, ceramicist, and mother of two. 


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Spencer Scott, Psy.D. 

FOUNDER / PSYCHOLOGIST (#29242)

Appointment Locations: Santa Monica, Los Feliz, Online

Dr. Scott earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University, completed his internship at the University of Illinois, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas at Dallas. He’s held previous positions as a therapist, supervising psychologist, and faculty member at several universities across the U.S., including here in greater LA.

Dr. Scott treats a wide variety of psychological concerns and has experience working with people from many backgrounds of life. He holds expertise in treating anxiety, ADHD, and relationship concerns from a psychodynamic perspective. He’s incredibly passionate about LGBT wellness and loves helping other gay or bisexual men thrive. His dissertation examined how we use online dating and navigate boundaries within romantic relationships.

He currently lives in Highland Park and can be found hiking, biking, and trying new restaurants.


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Yasi Shamtoub, Ph.D.

Appointment Locations: Santa Monica, Online

PSYCHOLOGIST (#29520)

Dr. Shamtoub earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University and has previously worked in private practice and addiction treatment in Malibu. She approaches each client with patience, an open mind, and emotional presence. Using an eclectic approach, she practices mindfulness-based therapies along with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help each client find a sense of peace and balance.

Dr. Shamtoub prides herself in being a generalist who works with a broad range of clients and issues. She holds sub-specializations in relationship issues, trauma, and addiction (in all forms, not just substance-based addiction). She believes clients feel improvement when they gain both the insight and tools necessary to break free of their bothersome thoughts and behaviors. She enjoys comedies, traveling, and the arts.


Benjamin Gallenson, M.A.

PRACTICUM COUNSELOR, SANTA MONICA

Benjamin is currently enrolled as a doctoral student at Pepperdine University and is completing clinical training at Framework under the supervision of Dr. Scott. His clinical and research interests revolve around neuropsychology, biological bases of behavior, and cognitive disabilities such as ADHD.

Krystal Galvan, M.A.

PRACTICUM COUNSELOR, LOS FELIZ

Krystal holds a Master’s and is currently earning her doctorate at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is completing clinical training at Framework under the supervision of Dr. LaBrie. Her clinical and research interests include depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, health psychology, and Latino/a mental health. Krystal uses a Humanistic and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach to help clients to feel comfortable and connected in the therapist-client relationship. 


Lulu

RECEPTIONIST

Lulu is passionate about helping individuals effectively navigate their healthcare. She applies this passion in her positions as a nursing student, Cedars Sinai hospital volunteer, and receptionist at Framework. She is fluent in Tigrinya, Amharic, and Oromo.

Fil

receptionist

Fil joins Framework with a long history of working in mental health clinics in greater LA. He is passionate about de-stigmatizing mental health and strives to provide a positive experience for each client he assists.

Bella

BILLING SPECIALIST

Bella is Framework’s secret fairy who works behind the scenes to make sure everything goes smoothly with your billing, giving you the freedom to focus on what matters—your therapy. Bella works her magic to ensure your insurance is covering your services and your copay is clearing your credit card. She’ll contact you should an issue arise (from a Gmail address titled “Profitable Claims Solutions”), otherwise please visit our Current Clients page if you have a question about your billing.