West Coast Women’s Reproductive Center salutes all its doctors named in Super Doctors ®
Dr. Tina Koopersmith
Dr. Tina Koopersmith
Dr Koopersmith grew up in New York, went to Duke University in North Carolina for both her undergraduate degree and her Medical School education. In 1989, she moved across the country to do her training at USC-LAC County Medical Center. It was at County that she did her internship and residency in OBGYN and then her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility. She studied under the esteemed physicians: Dr Dan Mishell,( expert in contraception), Dr Rogerio Lobo ( expert in menopause), Dr Mark Sauer ( pioneer in egg donation) and Dr Rick Paulson who later became the Division chief in fertility at USC.
In 1995, to ensure she was in close physical proximity to her young children (she raised 3 boys here in the Valley), she started her gyn and fertility practice in the San Fernando Valley,
Always the student, Dr Koopersmith recently finished a 2 year fellowship in Integrative Medicine and is now board certified in OBGYN, REI AND Integrative Medicine. She is in the midst of finishing her credentials in functional medicine as well.
Raised by a surgeon (her dad) and a teacher (her mom), Dr. Koopersmith is following in her parents’ footsteps. She is fueled by a strong desire to help others heal, and also by a passion for teaching and explaining complicated information in a way that is both accessible and easily understandable.
Holistic Practice, Ayurveda Practice & More
Ayurveda translates to the science of life or science of living. It is the science and art of aligning our habits and activities with awareness and natural rhythms of universe in order to promote health and longevity. Also known as traditional indian medicine, Ayurveda looks to treat the individual as a whole, factoring in body mind and emotions. Ayurveda uses detailed client intake to determine an individual’s unique constitution and any imbalances they are currently working with. By understanding an individuals personal needs Ayurveda aims to bring us back to our origin, our place of balance, our most natural state of being.
Sharee integrates wisdom from Ayurveda as well as ancient traditions of Chinese Medicine, Yoga, Reiki, sound healing, aromatherapy, etc. creating a holistic package that clients can work with in their day to day lives, realigning themselves with their most natural and balanced state in body, mind, and emotions.
She became a Master teacher of Reiki in 2013, continuing on to study Eastern Medicine and Philosophies at the Ayurvedic Institute with Dr. Vasant Lad, certified Yoga Practitioner with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy in 2014, and Birth Doula Traditions with DONA in 2015. She is currently deepening her studies of eastern medicine through the study of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at Emperor’s College of Oriental Medicine.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
A graduate of University of Southern California, Shirin has been practicing psychotherapy since 2009. She brings a unique sense of warmth, optimism, awareness and collaboration to her work with clients. She is active in sessions, encouraging shifts in the perception of how clients think, feel, and experience others. Shirin is attentive to patterns in relationships and believes in the importance of exploring a person’s full story before exploring the presenting issue. Her approach encompasses mindfulness and other integrative models of therapy to help cultivate a deeper and more meaningful connection with one’s one self. Shirin has specialized training in RIE® Educaring for parents and caregivers of babies, toddlers, and beyond. She has also completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. As the Founder of “Let’s Talk Divorce” support group, Shirin’s vision is to empower those contemplating, in the process of, or already divorced through support, awareness, and the removal of unhealthy patterns.
Visit my website for more information: https://www.talkwithshirin.com/
Dr. Stephanie Berg, ND
Stephanie Berg, ND will be joining West Coast Women’s Reproductive Center this fall to provide naturopathic medical services. She has passion for women’s health and fertility and provides care to women at all stages of life – from menarche to menopause and beyond – so that they can feel their best and focus on doing and being all they want in the world. She is especially passionate about environmental medicine and the impact that environmental toxins have on hormonal health, fertility and the health of future generations and works with patients prior to conception to ensure their bodies’ are in an optimal state to support a healthy pregnancy. With her training as a naturopathic doctor, she believes it is important to understand the entire person in order to address the root cause of a patient’s health concerns, and therefore offers each patient a comprehensive individualized treatment plan to ensure that her or his goals are reached. She blends science-based natural therapies with cutting-edge knowledge gained from modern medicine incorporating a number of healing modalities when caring for her patients, including medical based nutrition and dietary recommendations, botanical medicine, nutrient supplementation and lifestyle recommendations. She believes that naturopathic medicine is best used in conjunction with conventional medical care when NDs work in collaboration with MDs, DOs, DCs, acupuncturists, and other healthcare practitioners as a part of a patient’s healthcare team.
Area of Focus:
- Naturopathic approaches to hormone balancing for woman dealing with any of the following conditions: PMS, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms, amenorrhea, infertility, hormonal migraines, acne, hypothyroidism, low libido, withdrawal from birth control, postpartum depression and more.
- Naturopathic approaches to hormone balancing for men dealing with infertility.
- Preconception preparation with nutritional and lifestyle recommendations to help optimize health and support detoxification prior to conception to support a healthy pregnancy and provide future children with the chance for the absolute best start.
- Postpartum consultations to restore nourishment for mom and baby, combat postpartum depression, encourage optimal healing from birth, discuss practices for infant and parents, and address issues with breastfeeding and milk supply.
- Autoimmune conditions including, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Lupus, Sjogren’s, Fibromyalgia, Celiac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and more.
- Gastrointestinal health for digestive complaints and disorders, such as, gas and bloating, reflux, irritable bowel disease, parasites, candida, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and food allergies/intolerances.
- Environmental toxicity and/or exposure to toxins including endocrine disruptors and heavy metals through mold and mycotoxins, personal care products, municipal water, pesticides, VOCs, plastic water bottles, and more.
Education and Training:
- Naturopathic Doctor degree, Bastyr University, California
- Juris Doctor degree, Stanford University Law School
- Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Princeton University
- Craniosacral Therapy Training
- Advanced IV Certification – State of California
- CPR/AED – American Red Cross
She provides helpful and healthful blogs at: www.naturopathicways.com
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is a distinct primary health care profession that combines the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are trained as primary care providers who diagnose, treat and manage patients with acute and chronic conditions, while addressing disease and dysfunction at the level of body, mind and spirit. They concentrate on whole patient wellness through health promotion and disease prevention, attempting to find the underlying cause of the patient’s condition. NDs attend four-year medical schools and are trained to provide individualized evidence-informed therapies that balance the least harmful and most effective approaches to help facilitate the body’s inherent ability to restore and maintain optimal health. Educated in all of the same basic sciences as a medical doctor (MD), an ND uses the Western medical sciences as a foundation for diagnosis and treatment. In addition to a standard medical curriculum, NDs also study holistic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and promoting wellness. NDs are trained in clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathic medicine, physical medicine and counseling. And, for at least the final two years of the medical program, naturopathic medical students intern in clinical settings under the close supervision of licensed professionals. NDs must pass two sets of rigorous professional board exams before they can be licensed by a state or jurisdiction.
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Lori is a Registered Dietitian with over 10 years of experience in clinical and private practice. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Lori has also been a fitness instructor for over 15 years, and currently teaches weekly exercise classes. Lori believes in a holistic and “functional” approach to health, fitness, and nutrition. Specializing in Anti-inflammatory Diets and Gut Health, Lori believes in finding sources of inflammation, and creating a favorable environment for healing and pain reduction to occur. Lori has provided nutrition counseling for many conditions including: IBS, Crohn’s, Colitis, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Diabetes, Prenatal, and more. Lori believes that health is a process that includes daily incorporation of nourishing foods, adequate exercise, and stress relief through meditation or another relaxing practice. With those things in mind, Lori seeks to help others optimize their nutritional health, in a way that is suitable to their lifestyle and individual needs.
My work as a healer has emerged from hundreds of hours of certified training, spiritual initiations, direct experience, and deep personal work. I have been employed in the healing arts as a Postpartum Doula, an Certified Advanced Akashic Reader, a Certified Akashic Breathwork Practitioner and a Certified Sound Therapy Practitioner; facilitating and educating people throughout their personal, spiritual and healing journeys.
Working with individuals and couples in their Akashic Records and with Akashic Breathwork is a privilege. Through this work I have witnessed genuine transformation in people’s lives as it provides release, reform, answers, information, support and direction that they wouldn’t otherwise have access to. The scope of which extends to life and spiritual guidance for those who seek deeper awareness, gentle transformation, personal and professional growth and wisdom.
Bio coming soon!
Laura Kahwaji, PSY.D
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Laura Kahwaji, PSY.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist working in both a private practice setting and Addiction Treatment Center. She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy Orange County. She received her Master’s in Psychology from Antioch University, and her BA in Human Communication and Family Studies from the University of Arizona. Her experience includes working with individuals, teenagers, couples, Veterans, and groups from culturally diverse backgrounds who have a variety of mental health concerns. Her specialty includes working with individuals with substance use problems, trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, severe mental illness, and co-occurring disorders. She has provided both individual and group therapy in a variety of settings such as a community mental health centers (children/teenagers), outpatient treatment centers, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, and substance abuse treatment centers (adults). Laura has also conducted comprehensive psychological assessments using cognitive, objective, and projective measures.
Laura is familiar with an array of clinical issues as well as the implications and potential setbacks that mental health concerns may cause. She strongly believes that relationships and roles formed within our own families often inform how we function in our current relationships. Her work focuses on relationship patterns, and how to identify and change habits that prevent closeness, intimacy, and living a more authentic meaningful life. She values the importance of exploring an individual’s past, unconscious conflicts, and understanding what defenses have developed. She believes that helping a patient gain insight to relational patterns is beneficial for change to occur. In addition, she recognizes the value of behavioral techniques. She realizes that focusing on beliefs, attitudes and thoughts can be extremely beneficial in creating behavioral changes. More specifically, while working in an addiction setting, she has recognized the value of using a CBT framework in the initial stages of treatment to help maintain sobriety, and build internal resources with a patient. With the majority of her patients she incorporates mindfulness/meditation in her practice, as well. She believes in the research and results of utilizing mindfulness as a coping skill to reduce anxiety, depression, stress, as well as using it as a pathway to reach life goals. Furthermore, she acknowledges that each patient is unique so working from multiple models allows her to adjust treatment to the specific needs of the patient.
Laura has completed her research project on the topic of grief and loss, comparing the Caucasian Catholic population to the Middle Eastern Catholic population. Laura is a culturally sensitive clinician that is interested in understanding how culture plays a role in diagnosis and treatment. She is certified in the Matrix Model of Intensive Drug and Alcohol Treatment, First Aid/CPR certified, trained in Seeking Safety, and has extensive training in Mindfulness and Addiction Studies. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Los Angeles County Psychological Association, Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles, and was a Student Representative during graduate school from 2010-2012. She has presented on various topics such as Dealing with Difficult Patients, Bipolar Disorder, Psychosis, Grief, and Mindfulness.
A Collaboration of Heart & Mind.
In the frenzy of modern life, we often overlook the root cause of our feelings just to take care of business and get things done. We end up living in a constant state of perpetual forward motion, never taking the time to sort through our thoughts and feelings, which can leave us frustrated and burned out without really understanding why. Touch Base is a hands-on approach to literally lay the cards all out on the table and get to the heart of the matter. Touch base is a process of giving time, space and a voice to what you feel and digging into why you feel it as well as what you would might like to do about it.
In facilitating Touch Base, Orit’s empathy and compassion make her a competent guide to assist though the process. Orit’s patience is infectious as she gently supports you into digging deeper all through a modality that helps to break down thoughts and feelings in a tangible and yes, even fun way. Touch Base lead by Orit will help remove the barriers to the root cause of your motivations, all with the kindness so missing in our daily lives. —Jennifer Polidori, Yoga teacher
Orit Tabachnik is the author of Now It’s Your Time, Mom! She is a yoga teacher who is also trained and experienced in various body-mind healing modalities, including: Swedish massage, Shiatsu, body-mind integration, Qigong, and Nonviolent Communication. She is currently focused on teaching Compassionate Communication and Yoga via the Touch-Base™ Process.