The Team at Resiliency Mind+Body Medicine

EXCEPTIONAL PROFESSIONALS

Our talented staff includes qualified professionals who are bound by an eternal passion for holistic psychiatric and integrative medical care. With years of experience and commitment to helping people like you, the team at Resiliency Mind+Body Medicine is here at your service. Read more about our professionals below.
Dr. Stefani LaFrenierre MD psychiatrist

Stefani LaFrenierre, MD

PSYCHIATRIST AND ADDICTION MEDICINE PHYSICIAN

Dr. Stefani LaFrenierre is a licensed Medical Doctor and is Double Board-Certified in Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. She received her Medical Degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and completed her Adult Psychiatry residency training at San Mateo Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. She also completed a fellowship through the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma with a certification in Global Mental Health, Trauma and Recovery.

​Dr. LaFrenierre has expertise in the treatment of depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorders, psychotic disorders, autism spectrum, neurodivergent spectrum, substance use and dual diagnosis disorders. She has performed in several leadership positions, including Medical Director of an addiction treatment group practice and as Chief Resident during her training. She also received the Resident Award in Excellence two years in a row during her training. She was awarded the SAMHSA Minority Fellowship award through the APA and developed a Cultural Competency curriculum for her residents in training. She has worked in a variety of mental health settings, including inpatient, outpatient, residential treatment centers, state hospitals and forensic hospitals, academic settings, and has experience with assertive community treatment and full-service partnership teams. She is committed to providing safe, equitable, and inclusive treatment for all.

Practice Philosophy

My treatment philosophy focuses on building resiliency through holistic, long-lasting changes to help my patients achieve a balanced and fulfilling life. I have been fortunate to develop many different skill sets in the treatment of mental health and addiction, and I am excited to be able to offer customized treatments for my patients. I provide a warm, empathic, and active therapy style, and I bring a conservative approach to medication while considering all aspects of health in treatment planning. My role is to help my patients reach their goals by providing clinical expertise, education, and compassion in a non-judgmental space. I incorporate prescription medications, plant-based diet changes, lifestyle changes, and elements of mind-body medicine into a complete treatment plan to help you reach your goals. I also provide education about treatment, diagnosis, and medications to my patients at every step to help guide treatment decisions and to maximize the benefits of our work together.

Dr. Heather Wong, DMSc, MPAS, PA-C, CAQ-Psych

PHYSICIAN ASSOCIATE

Dr. Heather Wong, DMSc, MPAS, PA-C, CAQ-Psych is a Doctorate level Physician Associate who has been working in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine for more than six years. She is experienced in the treatment of depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorders, substance use and dual diagnosis disorders. She has performed in several leadership positions, including as an associate medical director managing medical and psychiatric needs for multiple facilities. She also  has developed and implemented culturally competent care processes while in her previous leadership positions.
 
Prior to her work in Addiction and Psychiatry, she worked in Family Medicine at a FQHC clinic seeing pediatric, adult, geriatric and pregnant patients. She is well versed in treatment modalities that include a holistic view of the body and mind. Dr. Wong worked as a Biomedical Engineer developing medical devices in the past, but found her passion in working directly helping patients. She transitioned to practicing medicine in 2017. She has specialty certifications in Psychiatry, as well as being fluent in Spanish.
 
She enjoys working with all clientele, but does specialize in working with POC and the LGBTQAI+ community. Her passion lies in helping patients find their reasons for being, renewing their health, and honoring their path in who they want to be.
 
Practice Philosophy
My philosophy in treatment is to understand as in depth as possible what one would like to achieve, inclusive of the reasons why. My job is to provide compassion, empathy and education to best guide treatment to reach one’s goals. As I often like to remind my patients, I am here to help, not to mandate. It is a team effort to find the best solutions for how to maneuver the difficulties of life, and you are the leader. I bring medical expertise and knowledge, and will offer support and guidance to take appropriate steps to achieve healthy life goals in mental and overall health.
Joseph Stabley physician assistant

Joseph Stabley, PA-C

BOARD CERTIFIED PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

Joe Stabley is one of our nationally certified Physician Assistants. He completed his undergraduate degree in Health Care Science from the University of Colorado in 2011. Shortly thereafter, Joe was accepted into the highly competitive Interservice Physician Assistant Program which was developed through the Department of Defense and accredited by the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Upon completion, he was awarded a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree and commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the US Army.​

Prior to the pursuit of higher education, he gained invaluable life experience out of high school by enlisting in the military to “see the world”. Global engagement with vulnerable populations lead to a greater understanding of human suffering. Personal stories from peacekeeping missions, humanitarian crisis relief, and combat operations helped shape his perspective on life. This ultimately set the stage for a higher calling into the field of mental health and addiction. His 21 years of military service concluded with certification as a Master Resilience Trainer prior to retirement. This program was developed at the Positive Psychology Center at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania.

As a PA, Joe has also worked in variety of settings to include traditional roles in Urgent Care and Emergency Medicine. Knowledge in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine was gained in both private practice as well as the CA state prison system. Care for the homeless population in LA County and treating refugees crossing the US-Mexico border were two of the most humbling experiences of his life. Finally, volunteering for testing and vaccination support with a non-profit during the COVID pandemic was essential before returning to work in the drug and alcohol rehab industry.

Practice Philosophy

My hope is to bridge the knowledge gap by sharing what I have learned directly with my patients. Understanding the basics of epigenetics, neuroscience and human behavior will shed light on your past. Applying knowledge from Lifestyle Medicine and exploring Psychopharmacotherapy are my specialities…finding your purpose, passion and peace are the goals for your future.

Marcela Dos Santos, RN, MSN

Aesthetic Nurse

Marcela has extensvie education in the health care field with a passion for aesthetics. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from UC Irvine and went on to complete a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Loma Linda and a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing with certification in Public Health Nursing from UC Irvine. She is now currently pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice-Family Nurse Practitioner from University California Irvine and receives her degree in 2024.

Finding her passion in aesthetics, she has over 4 years of experience in aesthetic practice. Her extensive training includes multiple certifications in cosmetic injections including neuromodulators, dermal fillers, various laser treatments, PDO threads, hormone replacement therapy, PRP treatments, and microdermabrasion. She strives to be a positive force in the lives of her patients in helping them achieve their aesthetic goals through safe and effective treatments while bringing out their inner beauty. She is also multi-lingual and fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Martha Kim

FRONT OFFICE COORDINATOR

Martha Kim completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Riverside in Psychology in 2022. She has experience in customer service, front-facing roles, and spent summers doing humanitarian work during college. Since graduating, Martha has worked in the mental health field and is passionate about quality mental health care for patients. Her primary goal by working in the mental health field is to de-stigmatize conversations about mental health and to promote growth and healing.

Martha is the friendly face behind the front desk at Resiliency Mind+Body Medicine. Her favorite aspects of her role include interacting with patients and working in our friendly environment. She also values that the providers at Resiliency Mind+Body Medicine deeply care about their patients.

In her free time, Martha enjoys trying new foods and spending time with her family and friends.

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Christian Gonzalez

TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION TECHNICIAN

Christian Gonzalez received his B.S. in Biology from California State University Long Beach and is pursuing a career in healthcare. He has been gaining meaningful healthcare experience in the field of Addiction Medicine and Psychiatry, and serves as the Clinic Manager of an Opioid Addiction Clinic in Huntington Beach in addition to his excellent work with patients during TMS sessions at our clinic. He is driven by his desire to see improvements in patient’s lives through quality and evidenced-based treatments.

Christian is a certified Medical Assistant and TMS Technician for Dr. LaFrenierre’s office. He has seen first hand the positive effects of TMS on his patients, including remission of depression and PTSD in many. He continues to be excited about the future and possible uses of TMS for the healing and recovery of our patients. 

During his free time, he is a cinephile and enjoys going to the beach.

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