• Our Team

    Our Team

    Steve Khachi, M.D.

    Child, Adolescent, & Adult Psychiatrist
    Founder, Mind Study Center

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    Dr. Khachi is a Stanford-trained physician, who specializes in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He is the founding president of Mind Study Center providing world-class evidence-based, multidisciplinary, and integrated care. Dr. Khachi is known for his expertise in psychopharmacology and various types of individual and family psychotherapy. He has a broad range of experiences in treating psychiatric disorders. He has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, emergency rooms, eating disorder programs, and drug and alcohol treatment facilities. Dr. Khachi has also worked as a consulting physician to schools, hospitals, and other referring physicians and psychologists.

    Dr. Khachi attended University of California Santa Barbara, where he obtained his bachelor of science in Biochemistry-Molecular Biology. He received his medical degree (M.D.) from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

    During medical school, he developed a strong interest in neurosciences and neuropsychiatric disorders. He was selected as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholar, a prestigious research fellowship which funded his neuroscience research at the National Institutes of Health. His research has culminated in multiple peer-reviewed scientific publications, book chapters, and presentations at national and international conferences.

    Dr. Khachi pursued his general psychiatry residency at the University of California San Diego and sub-specialized in child and adolescent psychiatry at Stanford University, where he was selected and served as Chief Fellow of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development. He is double board certified in adult as well as child & adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and licensed by the California Medical Board.

    He is currently on faculty at the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (voluntary) at the University of Southern California providing clinical supervision to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in-training physicians. He has previously served as a Councillor for the Southern California Psychiatry Society. He is an active member of many professional medical associations including the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists.

    Leenoy Hendizadeh, M.D.

    General Psychiatrist


    Dr. Leenoy Hendizadeh is a skilled physician licensed by the Medical Board of California specializing in General Psychiatry. She completed her undergraduate degree in anthropology at UCLA with honors, which is where her admiration for a non-judgmental and curious lens towards human behavior formally began. She then studied medicine at the UC Irvine School of Medicine where she obtained her medical degree (M.D.) and chose to pursue psychiatry since she was most impressed by the psychiatrist’s role in helping people recognize their self-worth and potential. She is currently completing her psychiatry residency at Kaiser Permanente where she has excelled personally and professionally as a Resident Physician.

    Dr. Hendizadeh is passionate about a holistic approach to patient care, and she is focused on getting to know each patient by recognizing how an individual’s unique life experience can affect them in ways that could tie into their overall mental health well-being. She has developed a special interest in the interconnection between physical health, neurosciences, genetics, environmental factors, and mental health. She has had extensive training and experience in various settings – from acute psychiatric presentations in the inpatient and ER settings to episodic or chronic psychiatric illnesses in outpatient psychiatric clinics. She has experience in treating many psychiatric conditions including mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, OCD, substance use disorders in teenagers and adults, anger management, psychotic disorders, suicidality, self-harm, etc. Her goal is to get to know her patients in a nurturing space so that she can help them enhance their self-awareness, growth, and self-compassion, and ultimately wants to help her patients incorporate these coping skills into their daily lives. 

    She advocates for a multi-disciplinary approach to include lifestyle modifications, mindfulness techniques, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and more. She takes into consideration many factors including physiological, social, psychological, and vulnerability factors in her diagnostic assessment and treatment recommendations. She aims to not only treat mental illnesses but also promote mental flexibility and resiliency to increase a person’s confidence and self-reliance to manage external and internal obstacles. 

    Erika L. Poladian, MA, LMFT

    Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (#100831)

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    Erika is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist specializing in evidenced-based psychotherapies for children, teens, adults, and families. She invests her skills in helping clients attain a better quality of life that is characterized by peace of mind and the ability to manage difficult thoughts and feelings through self-compassion and knowledge of the inner workings of the mind.

    She is extremely passionate about her work and takes into account each of her client’s individual differences and needs. She formulates creative and detailed treatment plans which include having a complete understanding of her client's daily lives. She is a firm believer that the combination of a trusting therapeutic rapport and carefully executed evidenced-based interventions can break the bondage of mental anguish and sustain long-lasting healing.

    Erika specializes in treating depression, anxiety, OCD, trauma, autism, eating disorders, behavioral problems, and somatic disorders. She cares deeply for her clients and maintains patience and perseverance in her work no matter what the presenting issues may be. Erika is also well-versed with implementing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, FloortimeTM Therapy, Behavioral Intervention, and Play Therapy.

    Erika completed her undergraduate education at the University of Southern California where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minored in Musical Studies. She continued her education at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology where she received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. Furthermore, she obtained extensive clinical training at UCLA’s Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital.

    Natasha Aronson, ASW, PPSC

    Associate Clinical Social Worker #84136

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    Natasha is an Associate Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about helping people work toward their own version of growth, change, and healing. Natasha provides care from a strengths-based perspective, which emphasizes a person's self-determination and views clients as resourceful and resilient. Using this approach, Natasha specializes in working with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief and loss, substance use, and gender and sexual identity.

    Natasha has worked within public schools and community outpatient settings with clients across a wide array of races, ethnicities, and cultures. Natasha has received advanced clinical training in practices such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Brief Solution Focused Therapy. Regardless of which technique she is using, her practice is grounded in mindfulness and the mind-body connection.

    Natasha enjoys working alongside her clients to co-create an environment where clients feel safe and respected. She loves the relationship building process of therapy and curating individualized treatments based on each client's needs and goals.

    Natasha received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Michigan with a focus on child development. She went on to complete her Master's in Social Work from UC Berkeley in Community Mental Health. Natasha sees herself as a lifelong learner and is dedicated to continually training in practices that will be useful to her clients.

    Cynthia Khachi

    Director of Operations


    Cynthia has extensive background in high-tech corporate and startups. Her expertise include business development, marketing, and operations. Cynthia brings her expertise to healthcare operations and has been a key player at MSC’s organizational structure.

    Cynthia obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from California State University, Fullerton and received Business & Marketing Certification from University of California, San Diego.

    Sharon Cao

    Administrative Assistant


    As the Administrative Assistant at Mind Study Center, Sharon acts as the first point of contact for families and healthcare professionals looking to coordinate their care with our clinicians. She coordinates all the internal functions of the center while providing support to the clinical team. In her role, she acts as the professional liaison between the patients and clinicians so that we can ensure our clients’ needs are adequately addressed.

    Sharon attended the University of California, Irvine, where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Policy with a minor in Management. She also understands the importance of patient care due to having experience in the medical field. With her background, she will be able to help address our clients’ concerns in a timely and orderly manner.

    Nora Abdelal

    Administrative Assistant


    As an Administrative Assistant, Nora serves as a resource to our patients, ensuring they get what they need from the moment their care begins with us. She will be the first point of contact for our patients and families when they come into our office, and wants to make sure that anyone walking through our doors feels welcomed. She has a plethora of experience working in healthcare and brings a positive attitude in all that she does.

    Nora attended the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and received an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Global Studies. After college she worked at a Gillette Children's Specialty Care Hospital as both a Patient Access Specialist and Nursing Assistant in the Neuroscience unit. She also has previous experience working as a pharmacy technician at CVS Pharmacy. Nora believes in the importance of providing quality care and kindness in healthcare knowing that everyone is different and deserves to receive care that works for them.