Meet Our Staff
Spencer Scott, Psy.D.
Founder / psychologist (#29242)
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 West LA and can be found hiking, biking, and trying new restaurants.
Veronica Carmenate, Ph.D.
Psych. Assistant (PSB94023905)
Dr. Carmenate earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University and previously worked at a counseling agency in Vista Del Mar. She brings with her many years of experience treating depression, anxiety, and ADHD. She works with adults of all ages and holds expertise in helping individuals and couples navigate life transitions (relationships, parenthood, career changes, etc.).
Dr. Carmenate grounds her clinical interventions in a relational approach, and previous clients have attributed their success in therapy to feeling truly comfortable and connected within the therapist-client relationship. She strives to examine each client’s subjective experience of their life stressors and collaborate to identify their best path forward. She is supervised by Dr. Scott (#29242).
Christine Catipon, Psy.D.
Dr. Catipon earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology and a Master's in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Dr. Catipon brings extensive clinical experience as an integrative generalist, and specializes in working with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, and life changes. She's held previous positions within universities and counseling practices across Southern California.
Dr. Catipon believes that personal growth and healing can be made possible through a supportive and trusting therapeutic relationship in a safe and non-judgmental environment. It's her intention to listen from her heart and understand her clients on multiple levels, including culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and age. She's a firm believer that each client is an expert in their own life, and collaborates to help her clients build a rich and meaningful life. She's an active leader in the Asian American Psychological Association and enjoys singing, playing the piano, and spending quiet time in nature.
Christina Charlotin, Psy.D.
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.
Angeli Desai, Psy.D.
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.
Dr. Desai helps 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, Dr. Desai can be found playing tennis and enjoying the wonderful beaches of Southern California.
Ruth Glass, Psy.D.
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.
Kristin Koperski, Psy.D.
Dr. Koperski earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Dr. Koperski also completed a postdoctoral master’s degree in psychopharmacology and, while she does not prescribe medication, she assists her clients in deciding if it may be helpful to consult with a physician. Dr. Koperski has worked in health centers across the Bay Area and greater Los Angeles treating clients with a wide variety of psychological concerns. She's experienced in helping individuals cope with health issues, providing LGBTQ-affirming therapy, as well as ADHD coaching.
Dr. Koperski utilizes a wide variety of interventions but grounds her therapeutic style in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as mindfulness. She strives to help clients identify their core values and principles, which helps them navigate the challenges they may face. She lives on the east side of LA and enjoys yoga and cooking with fresh ingredients from her garden.
MacKenzie Lambine, Ph.D.
psych. assistant (PSB94022680)
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. Dr. Lambine is supervised by Dr. Scott (#29242)
Kelli Rule, Psy.D.
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.
Tameeza Samji, Psy.D.
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.
Yasi Shamtoub, Ph.D.
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.
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. Lulu is here to help you research your insurance benefits and get matched with one of our psychologists. She is fluent in Tigrinya, Amharic, and Oromo.
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.
Sophie is currently studying Neuroscience and Business Economics at the University of Notre Dame. She coordinates Framework’s social media pages, including Facebook, Instagram, and our website’s blog. Sophie’s interests include marketing, community engagement, and primary prevention within a healthcare setting.
therapy dog / nap enthusiast
Roxy is a miniature dachshund therapy dog who loves providing emotional support and sometimes accompanies Dr. Scott to work. She enjoys treats, burrowing under blankets, and sleeping 20+ hours each day.
She hasn't needed to yet, but is happy to stay home from work for clients who experience allergies.