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San Diego grand opening brings in referring professionals, community leaders

06/17/19 10:41:am

The June 5 grand opening event in San Diego gave referring professionals and other partners the opportunity to tour the new location and ask staff questions about Rogers’ care.

Representatives from the North County Chamber of Commerce joined Rogers leadership for a brief ribbon cutting ceremony, and a networking reception immediately followed at the Bernardo Heights Country Club. Hear from members of our San Diego care team on the importance of bringing Rogers’ level of care to the San Diego area:

cek.jpgDr. Demet Çek, Psychologist, Clinical Supervisor

“I was familiar with Rogers and its reputation for OCD treatment and it was perfect timing with my move to San Diego. Having worked for a psychiatric hospital for the past two years, I can say with confidence that Rogers fills a huge need in the San Diego community by offering PHP and IOP levels of care for OCD treatment. I’m really happy to work for a clinic that values evidence-based and measurement-informed treatment. Rogers’ outcomes speak to the fact that they prioritize patient care above all else. An added bonus is that Rogers also invests in its employees. They really understand that making staff feel valued and appreciated translates into providing excellent clinical care for patients.”

simpson.jpgMichael Simpson, education specialist

“I was already in the mental health field, and I’m enjoying the chance to explore a different level of care. Any chance I get to help someone through a dark place in their life, I’m all about it. It means changing lives. Everyone on staff here is extra smart and passionate. They make sure patients and employees—anyone who walks through the doors here—are welcomed, safe, and cared for.”


johnson.jpgBrett Johnson, MD, psychiatrist

“Before joining the new clinic in San Diego, I had been referring my most challenging OCD cases to Rogers for more than 12 years. I love the evidence-based care and when I visited the San Francisco East Bay location and observed the exposure response and prevention (ERP) treatment, it sealed the deal to join Rogers. And now, seeing how much better patients get in a short amount of time is incredibly gratifying. One young man could barely talk with anyone or leave his house before, and by the time he left our program, he was singing and playing the ukulele in a group circle. Patients make tremendous progress.”

anna.jpgAnna Axotis, LMFT

“It’s been exciting to be part of the first group to bring this care to San Diego. This was a new role for me and it’s been a pleasant surprise. What I like best is the therapists having access to the patents’ families and other support that I haven’t had in the past. We are able to make so much more progress from a family perspective because they’re here and on board. It’s really meaningful for a therapist to get to work with not only the patients but also the parents and family members.

I really respect Rogers for thinking outside the box with interventions beyond talk therapy. It makes the treatment applicable because we’re literally teaching people how to get their lives back. They’re not just talking about it; we’re having them actually implement the changes while they’re here.”

anahita.jpgAnahita Shahbazi, behavioral specialist

“I found the posting online and did some research on Rogers. When I watched the videos on YouTube with families who had benefitted from Rogers’ care, it touched my heart and I knew this was the organization I wanted to work with. I really appreciate the opportunity to learn about OCD and exposure response and prevention therapy. It’s been so rewarding to watch my first few patients change from the time they’re admitted to leaving the program. When I see the results, it makes my day. I get to help people change the quality of their life. My favorite quote is, 'Let deeds, not words, be your adorning.'"

contreras.jpgGabriela Contreras, LMFT

“I saw the posting and when I did my research online, people had such positive things to say. It was definitely great to be with Rogers from the beginning and help to create the image for Rogers in San Diego. My experience has been unexpected but in the best way. Until you get into it and work with patients, you don’t know how awesome and life changing it is. I hope I can continue to reach out to the community to seek help if they need it.”


natasha.jpgNatasha Mills, behavioral specialist

“Since we’ve opened, we’ve already had people discharged, and seeing their growth is so rewarding. It makes the job even more worthwhile to see people get better. I tell patients that freedom is on the other side of fear. They are so trapped with OCD and depression that they’re afraid to face their fear, but when they do, they feel liberated. They feel free.”

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