Our Provider Team

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Dr. Michelle Guchereau

board certified Psychiatrist

Dr. Guchereau specializes in the psychiatric evaluation, complementary therapy approach, and medical management of children, adolescents and adults in San Francisco, CA. She has been certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.

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Dr. Guchereau has over a decade of experience as a psychiatric clinician, and earned her Medical Doctorate at the prestigious University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. She served in the US Air Force and was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal for her support of active duty military and their family members all over the world.

Dr. Guchereau specializes in the evaluation and treatment of the attention issues (ADD/ADHD), depression and anxiety. She is committed to providing specialized and individualized service, and a comprehensive treatment plan is created for each patient. She is experienced in multiple modalities of psychotherapy, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based approaches.

She tailors each psychotherapeutic and medication intervention to the individual patient and issues presented, taking care to understand and work within the framework of psychological, social and biological factors unique to each individual.

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Erik Lee

CO-FOUNDER AND COO

BOARD-CERTIFIED Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Erik is a UCSF-trained, board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP). After providing medication management services for several years at high-volume settings, including an early psychosis clinic, a crisis clinic, and several inpatient dual diagnosis programs, he started a solo practice in San Francisco dedicated to making high-quality psychiatric care accessible to more people. A seasoned and compassionate diagnostician and psychopharmacotherapist, Erik today provides concierge personalized care for a select number of patients.

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In 2019, Well Coast was founded when Erik merged his practice with Dr. Michelle Guchereau, a double-board certified psychiatrist. 

Erik completed a Post-Masters PMHNP program (graduating summa cum laude) at the University of California, San Francisco and did his PMHNP residency at UCSF’s Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute’s Consultation-Liaison Services. Erik earned a Masters in Science degree in Nursing (also summa cum laude) from Samuel Merritt University, where he has served on the adjunct faculty.

Prior to becoming a PMHNP, Erik spent several years as a psychiatric registered nurse (RN) at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital’s Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) and acute psychiatric and forensic inpatient units (7B, 7C, 7L), and the San Francisco VA Medical Center’s Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

Erik has received additional training at the Institute of Functional Medicine, the Neuroscience Education Institute, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and has completed a holistic medicine professional mentorship with integrative psychiatrist Dr. Kayse Budd.

In co-founding Well Coast, Erik hopes to bring his clinical skills to bear and to cover crucial gaps in the delivery of mental health services. A native of Singapore, Erik calls San Diego home, after living in San Francisco for over 20 years.

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Victor Torres-Collazo

BOARD CERTIFIED PSYCHIATRIST

Victor Torres-Collazo, MD provides specialty psychiatric evaluations, medication management and consultations for adults. He specializes in assessments and treatment of patients with comorbid medical and psychiatric issues.

Dr. Torres-Collazo is ABPN board-certified in both General Psychiatry and Consult-Liaison Psychiatry/CLP. He completed fellowship at Georgetown, during which he also trained at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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He is very experienced with pharmacogenetic testing, neuropsychiatric issues, complex medical issues and medication management. He is fluent in both English and Spanish.

As a specialist, Dr. Torres-Collazo does a very thorough review of each case, including medical records, imaging and labs. This is often a more thorough evaluation process than that of non-specialist psychiatrists or providers, and patients should NOT expect a prescription on the first visit. Here’s more info on his specialty:

https://www.clpsychiatry.org/about-aclp/whatis-clp/.

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Stephen B. Seager

BOARD CERTIFIED PSYCHIATRIST

Stephen B Seager MD has been a board-certified psychiatrist for twenty-six years. He specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorders.

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A graduate of Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, Dr. Seager completed his psychiatry residency at Martin Luther King Hospital in Los Angeles. A former Emergency Room physician, Dr. Seager is also a retired Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine. He has published numerous original scientific papers. He is also the author of three books on our national mental health system and appears on CNN Live with Don Lemon as a regular mental health contributor.

A Utah native, Dr. Seager grew up in the Bay Area. His three dogs, cat, and a rabbit all kindly share their home with Dr. Seager, his wife Jessica, and their two young children.

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Brea Di Dato

FNP-C, PMHNP-BC

Brea Di Dato is an experienced Family Nurse Practitioner who has completed a Post- Master’s Certificate in Psychiatry. She spent over a decade providing care in acute settings, such as critical care and oncology, before transitioning to primary care in 2017.

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Since her transition to Nurse Practitioner in primary care she has been diagnosing and treating mental health disorders in an outpatient setting. Because she is also trained as a primary care provider, she understands the critical link between physical and mental well-being. She is adapt at identifying underlying medical conditions and mental health disorders.

She has experience treating:
• ADHD/ADD
• Depression
• Bipolar disorders
• PTSD
• Anxiety disorders

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Jon May

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Jon May is an ANCC board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He is a passionate mental health advocate focused on providing compassionate evidenced-based care while employing the latest innovations in psychiatry. Jon completed psychiatric internships at Well Coast and in Santa Clara public health clinics, where, working alongside multi-disciplinary teams, he treated clients with chronic mental illness and complex medical diagnoses.

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Jon’s vast clinical experience includes critical care, medical education, quality improvement, and healthcare informatics.  His distinct background makes him uniquely suited to support clients navigating mental health concerns in the diverse technology-focused setting of the Bay Area.  Jon is a life-long supporter of human rights and the LGBTQIA+ community, and he is deeply committed to a “whole person” approach, where mind, body, and spirit are emphasized.

Jon has expertise in evaluating and treating:

  • Attention-deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Mood disorders (bipolar disorder, depressive disorder, perinatal depression)
  • Anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, panic disorder

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Marco Oliver D. Lopez

Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Marco is a doctorally-prepared advanced-practice nurse with dual-board certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 6 years of collaborative practice in promoting competent, evidence-based, and personalized care to patients and families.

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He brings over 13 years of experience working as a Registered Nurse in various clinical and non-clinical areas including primary & ambulatory care, medical-surgical nursing, psychiatric-mental health, clinical informatics, nursing education, and staff development. He received his training and experience in San Francisco at PRC/Baker Places, Progress Foundation, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, and Westside Community Services.

Marco holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Holy Names University and Doctor of Nursing Practice with a focus on Healthcare Systems Leadership from University of San Francisco. He completed his post-master’s Family Nurse Practitioner program at Sonoma State University and Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner program at UCSF.

Marco is fluent in Tagalog. He is our provider on staff for Saturdays in our San Francisco office.

Marco is our provider on staff for Saturdays in our San Francisco office.

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Dannie Brown

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Dannie is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with a background in psychology and over 10 years experience working as a medical-surgical nurse. She provides comprehensive mental health evaluations, individually tailored treatment plans, brief therapy and prescribes psychopharmacological medications where indicated. Dannie combines evidence-based practices with clinical experience, and if necessary, collaborates with additional providers to deliver safe and effective care.

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Dannie champions the importance of lifestyle changes and nutrition as pre-requisites to an overall healthy mind and body. And although medications play a role in mental health, she takes a conservative approach, particularly with controlled substances. Her areas of focus include (but are not limited to) Depression, Anxiety, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

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Jody Pauwels

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Jody Pauwels MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner that will collaborate with you to create a comprehensive treatment plan to help improve your quality of life.  

For over a decade, she has provided compassionate, evidence- based care by utilizing therapeutic medications in combination with psychotherapy to support wellness of the mind and body.

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Jody evaluates each person to tailor treatment plans with careful respect for individual identities and beliefs. She uses an eclectic approach to support holistic healing including: mindfulness- based practices, CBT, DBT, as well as supportive psychotherapy.

Jody specializes in treating adult mood disorders, treatment-resistant depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, substance use disorders, and ADHD. She believes all patients, regardless of diagnosis, deserve dignity in quality care.

Her approach to patient care has been cultivated in private, public, hospital, and community based clinics. Her research at McLean Hospital was published in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

She graduated Summa Cum Laude from both Northeastern University and from MGH (Massachusetts General Hospital) Institute of Health Professionals. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Nursing as well as a Master’s degree in Nursing and is Board Certified as an Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

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Emily Samuel

PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER (PMHNP)

Emily has been a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for over 6 years and a Psychiatric Nurse for over 10 years. She is a California Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who provides medication management in order to alleviate symptoms of mental illness and allow you to reach your maximum potential of well being. Originating from the East Coast, her academic training includes Penn State University and University of Maryland. 

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Her clinical experience includes work at Johns Hopkins Hospital, University of Maryland, Sheppard Pratt Health System (Maryland), The Complete Wellness Center (Los Angeles), Stanford Hospital, Westside Community Services (San Francisco), and Artemis Institute for Clinical Research (San Diego). She provides complete psychiatric evaluations and diagnostics, medication management, along with supportive psychotherapy. She has been working in telemedicine for over 3 years and believes in the effectiveness of video chat appointments as a successful approach to psychiatric treatment. She will meet you on the road to wellness and travel the journey together.

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Gloria Sim Le

FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER (FNP)

Gloria Sim Le is a bay area native and an experienced board certified family nurse practitioner. She has a variety of experience in different clinical settings including neurological ICU, long-term care facilities, school nursing, primary care clinics, weight management, and aesthetics.

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 During her time in family medicine, she found her true passion in psychiatry. While mental health disorders may occur without any underlying conditions, she ensures there is not a physiological cause of mental illness prior to initiating treatment. She believes mental health is a crucial part of a person’s well-being and she is devoted to providing quality and empathetic mental health care to improve a person’s quality of life. 

She provides a comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment and diagnosis of patients with mental illness and co-occurring disorders. She uses evidence-based treatment modalities, which include both medication and psychotherapeutic management. Furthermore, she is a firm believer in lifestyle modifications to facilitate improved outcomes. She has experience treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, and bipolar disorders.

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Lindsey Hughes

PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER (PMHNP)

As the newest mental health provider at Well Coast, Lindsey Hughes is dedicated and committed to providing exceptional psychiatric care to our clients. Lindsey’s drive for quality mental health care began in 2015 and her love for psychiatry grew while working as a registered nurse at a facility for mental health and substance abuse.

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Lindsey became focused on meeting the needs of her patients by showing compassion, empathy, and patience and has been honored to be a part of the recovery process for so many. Lindsey holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing, is a California Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and has years of experience working in a psychiatric acute setting. She provides complete psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and supportive psychotherapy. Lindsey specializes in the treatment of Depression, Anxiety and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

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Zena Vevaina

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

Hi and welcome! I would like to offer my hand in your journey. Often, people seek therapy when they are in a crisis such as a challenge in marriage, infidelity, difficulty with an adolescent, a transition, depression, anxiety, psychosis, or struggling with substance abuse. Sometimes people seek therapy when they need someone to help them reframe an issue or offer a different perspective.

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I value and respect each individual I work with. I work with adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families using many different theoretical approaches tailored to match your unique needs and personality.

I use an elective approach including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Attachment work, and the Humanistic Approach. I also practice Emotion-Focused Therapy, which focuses on how you interact in your current primary relationships and teaches you how to unravel the dance you have with your partner, parent, or child.

If you desire someone to work with that is passionate, strengths-based, collaborative, and interactive, I am here to walk this journey with you. Take my hand and let’s work together to get you unstuck and climbing upwards towards your envisioned life.

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