West Coast Women’s Reproductive Center salutes all its doctors named in Super Doctors ®
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.
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.