Our Team


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

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)


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). In these settings, he performed a variety of roles, including charge nurse, triage nurse, and floor nurse. On behalf of the VA, he co-presented at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association’s (APNA’s) 2014 national and 2015 California chapter Annual Conferences on the topic:

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Transforming to a recovery-oriented system of care in an psychiatric ICU:  The risks, the rewards, and the role of nursing. From 2013 to 2015, Erik also worked as adjunct clinical instructor for Samuel Merritt University, teaching Mental Health Nursing (N534) for Masters of Science in Nursing students and supervising them during their clinical rotations at St Francis Memorial Hospital’s inpatient psychiatric unit.

Since becoming a PMHNP, Erik has worked in high-volume settings with varied patient populations in San Francisco. From 2014 to 2018, he was the psychiatric provider at the Felton Early Psychosis Program (formerly called the Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis (PREP) program). At PREP, Erik managed the medication needs of young people experiencing their first psychotic or manic episodes, as well as clients considered to be at high risk of developing psychotic and bipolar disorders.

From 2014 to 2017, Erik worked as a psychiatric consultant at Progress Foundation’s transitional residential treatment centers, ensuring that residents receive continuity of psychiatric care. These include their Senior’s Program, which focuses on seniors (age 60 or over) with psychiatric or social adjustment problems, and Cortland House, a 90-day residential treatment program for adults with psychiatric and co-occurring (formerly dual-diagnoses) conditions.

Since 2015, Erik has worked at Westside’s Outpatient and Crisis Clinics. There, he provides medication management and crisis services to uninsured, low-income, and/or indigent clients with a wide variety of psychiatric conditions, including psychotic, major mood, anxiety, insomnia, trauma-related, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders; personality disorders, traumatic brain injuries, and co-occurring substance use disorders.


Erik completed a Post-Masters PMHNP program at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) with a GPA of 4.0. He was a recipient of a Gero-Psychiatric Stipend. He completed his PMHNP residency at UCSF’s Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute’s Consultation-Liaison Services, supporting the management of patients with mental disorders who have been admitted for the treatment of medical problems at UCSF Medical Center’s emergency room and inpatient units.

Erik earned a Masters of Science in Nursing degree from Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, CA, graduating summa cum laude. His thesis is entitled Nurse Care Coordination Program for Early Intervention for First Episode Psychosis.


2012 APNA Ortho-McNeil Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC Student Scholarship awarded to the “outstanding graduate nursing student who has demonstrated a commitment to psychiatric mental health nursing”

  • Kindred Healthcare Scholarship
  • SMU Nursing Scholarship
  • T&R Scott Scholarship
  • Sigma Theta Tau (nursing honor society)

Erik holds Bachelors of Arts degrees in Human Development (Adult & Gerontology) from California State University, East Bay (summa cum laude), and in Sociology and European Studies from the National University of Singapore.


  • Institute of Functional Medicine,
  • American Psychiatric Association Annual Conferences,
  • Master Psychopharmacology Program with the Neuroscience Education Institute,
  • Various intensive workshops on cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and integrative medicine


In setting up a private practice, Erik hopes to bring his clinical skills to bear, covering crucial gaps in the needs of San Francisco residents needing mental health services.

Erik splits his time between San Francisco and San Diego. He lives with his husband Tom, and their dog Nemo. He enjoys gardening, traveling, and reading non-fiction books. A native of Singapore, Erik has lived in the Bay Area for 20 years.



Victor Torres-Collazo


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:


Dr. Torres-Collazo is not currently in-network for any insurance panels and can only accept patients who are “self-pay.” We can provide a statement (ie- superbill) for patients to submit to their insurance company if their plan allows for reimbursement for services by “out-of-network” providers.

Once an assessment and treatment plan is formed, Dr. Torres-Collazo can provide consultation to other providers and/or transfer care to a psychiatric provider in-network at Well Coast or elsewhere as requested by the patient and as medically indicated.



Stephen B. Seager


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



Brea Di Dato


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:
• Depression
• Bipolar disorders
• Anxiety disorders



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



Marco Oliver D. Lopez


Marco is a doctorally-prepared advanced practice nurse who is board certified as a both a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  He brings over 12 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, Progress Foundation, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Training Center, and Westside Community Services.

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Marco values collaborative practice in promoting competent, evidence-based, and personalized care to patients and families.  A dedicated life-long learner, Marco is an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco, and has earned an impressive array of academic credentials, including:

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice with a focus on Healthcare Systems Leadership (University of San Francisco)
  • Master of Science in Informatics – Health Specialization & Post-Baccalaureate Wound Care Certificate (San Jose State University)
  • Post-Master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate (University of California, San Francisco)
  • Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate (Sonoma State University)
    Master of Science in Nursing (Holy Names University)
  • Master of Business Administration (Holy Names University)
  • Associate in Science in Computer Networking & Information Technology w/ emphasis in Network Security (City College of San Francisco)
  • Associate in Science in Social and Behavioral Sciences (City College of San Francisco)
Marco is our provider on staff for Saturdays in our San Francisco office.



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.



Emily Samuel


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.



Gloria Sim Le


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.



Lindsey Hughes


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.