CLINICIANS & STAFF
Michelle Agbayani, MS, OTR/L, earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Education from UC Santa Barbara. She is a San Francisco native who is passionate about providing mental health services for those in her community. Michelle currently supports local youth through OTTP’s program at Independence High School. When she is not working, she enjoys dancing, hula hooping, painting, and spending time with her friends and family.
Ellen Azevedo, Executive Assistant/Marketing Coordinator, has an MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University. She loves being a part of the OTTP team and feels very lucky to be able to support staff in the wonderful work they do!
Caitlin Beaman, MS, OTR/L, completed her Masters of Occupational Therapy degree from University of British Columbia and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Southern California. She provides 1:1 mental health services for youth 5-24 years old in the community setting and is passionate about working with youth to discover their strengths and interests with an accessible, client-centered approach. Outside of her role at OTTP, Caitlin enjoys walking San Francisco neighborhoods with her dog, taking yoga classes and cooking for friends and family.
Janelle Buccat, MS, OTR/L, grew up in San Francisco and has a passion for serving at-risk youth. After obtaining her B.A. in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz, she served as a volunteer at OTTP prior to pursuing her Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University. She provides group therapy for youth in the juvenile justice system and services for youth ages 5-24 years old in the community and school-based settings. Janelle also has experience in behavioral therapy and inpatient rehabilitation. Some of her most valued interests include urban culture, art, and music that she likes to incorporate into her client-centered interventions.
Jacqueline Cantrell, MS, OTR/L, completed her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Dominican University of California in 2019 and has a background in Recreational Therapy from CSU East Bay. Jacqueline has always been passionate about issues of occupational justice, equity, and healthcare on a local, national, and global level. She feels fortunate to be a part of the OTTP-SF team, empowering youth and their families to engage meaningfully in their lives and continue their growth and development. Jacqueline grew up in the CA mountains, surrounded by nature and animals. She has been horseback riding for 25 years and strongly believes that connection with animals and the outdoors can help us all cope better with society’s stressors and our own personal adversities. One of her long term goals as an occupational therapist is to make equine assisted therapies equally accessible/affordable as more traditional therapies.
Rita Chawla, M.Ed., OTR/L, has a Bachelors in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University and a Masters in Education from Eastern University. In addition to her background in OT, she has several years of experience as an elementary school teacher, youth programs director, and behavioral therapist. She currently serves youth in need of mental health services in the School-Based and Secondary Prevention Programs in San Francisco. She also serves children and youth in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties through her work at Covenant House, Seneca, and San Leandro Unified School District.
Edwin Cheuk, Accounting Manager, received a BA in Finance and an MBA from San Francisco State University. Edwin spent most of his earlier career years in Retail Management in the San Francisco Bay Area. Edwin joined OTTP in 2008 and is currently managing the billing/accounting services and cost reporting. Edwin is fluent in Cantonese.
Tori Chie, OTD, OTR/L, is a San Francisco native and earned her Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Samuel Merritt University and BA in Psychology from San Francisco State University. In the summer of 2019, she and Jess Gagui developed a drop-in program at OTTP for current and graduated youth in completion of a doctorate degree. She currently serves youth with mental health challenges at Independence High School in both 1:1 and group settings. When she’s not at work she loves to go on food adventures, hang out with her dog, listen to music, and bake. Tori is conversational in Cantonese.
Harjas Chilana, MS, OTR/L, received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Studies from Boston University. Within OTTP, Harjas serves youth in the Rooftop program. She also has experience with school-based occupational therapy and skilled nursing facilities. In her free time, Harjas enjoys playing board games, going to spin class, knitting/crocheting, and baking. She is conversational in Punjabi.
Tracy Feldman, Development, brings almost 10 years of fundraising and event planning experience to our team. She is passionate about working in the non-profit industry supporting at-risk youth. She is honored to be a part of the OTTP-SF family and works hard to bring in the funding necessary to provide services and support so that the OTTP-SF clinicians are able to continue their life saving work.
Adrienne Franzese, RN, AGNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, received a BA in Psychology from UCBerkeley and after working as a mental health/substance abuse counselor, inadult programs in SF, returned to school to pursue an RN and a Masters innursing, at UCSF. Once certified as an Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)she worked both as a primary care provider and as a psychiatric nursepractitioner at a psychiatric crisis center in SF. She later returned to UCSF for herpost-masters as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) gainingexperience in outpatient psychiatric care in the community. She now servesyouth in consultation of pharmaceutical interventions for mental healthconcerns at OTTP. As a San Franciscan native she is honored to work with SF’syouth and their families, promoting mental wellness. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, biking, and exploring new places/activities in the Bay Area.
Jess Gagui, OTD, OTR/L, is a San Francisco native who received her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at Samuel Merritt University. Jess created a drop-in program for OTTP youth and alumni with Tori Chie during Summer 2019. Currently, Jess serves on the Connective Services program providing group treatment to youth at four different high schools, and provides 1:1 services to youth with mental health support needs. Her and Tori Chie's poster, “A 'Hangout Spot' for At-Risk Youth”, has been accepted and will be presented at AOTA's 2020 conference. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to live concerts, and exploring the city and the towns surrounding it. Jess is conversational in Tagalog and Spanish.
Christine Haworth, MA, OTR/L, first became passionate about working with disenfranchised urban youth while in the occupational therapy program at the University of Southern California. After graduating, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay, during which she worked to further encourage social development within juvenile detention facilities, community awareness of disabilities, and the development of programs for female empowerment. Christine is a proud co-author of the Double OT assessment. Christine is fluent in Spanish.
Alina Lareybi, MOT, OTR/L, Vocational Specialist, earned a Master's of Occupational Therapy from Samuel Merritt University and a Bachelors of Science in Human Development from UC Davis. Alina is currently working at OTTP in the Vocational Rehabilitation Program to help connect youth to jobs in the community. When she is not at work, she enjoys going to music and art shows, reading, and spending time at Lake Merritt. Alina is conversational in Farsi.
Michelle Lessans, MSW, LCSW, received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Denver and her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Colorado State University. She has been a member of the OTTP-SF team since 2012 (minus 9-ish months away) and has been working with at-risk youth for the past 12 years. She serves as a care coordinator/ therapist for participants in the School-Based and Wraparound programs and is dedicated to supporting young people in navigating complex realities and developing skills to thrive. Outside of her role as a clinician, Michelle spends her time working on art projects, engaging in the local music scene, supporting community activism, and hanging out with her cat Senator Sprinkles.
Victoria Luby, MS, OTR/L, holds a MS in Occupational Therapy from San José State University and a BA in Early Childhood Education from UNC-Wilmington. Victoria serves on the team of occupational therapists at Civic Center Secondary School in San Francisco. Victoria's long-term commitment to facilitating growth in the youth population has informed her clinical inspirations, which utilize play, therapeutic relationship, empowerment, growth and possibilities. Her interests include sensory integration, bridging nature into youth experiences, and social learning. Victoria likes to be on hiking trails in Oakland as many days as she can, wishes she were better at ceramics, and has a lifelong goal to bake the perfect loaf of bread. When she's not at work, she enjoys riding her bike, reading cookbooks, and eating tortilla chips. Victoria is fluent in Spanish.
Nikki Mathews, MS, OTR/L, Vocational Specialist, received her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy and Bachelors Degree in Health Science at Dominican University of CA. Nikki is currently working on the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, where she helps transitional aged youth find jobs that embrace their strengths. Ever since she can remember Nikki has been passionate about helping people find what gives them meaning in life. When she is not out in the community or in the office she can be found working with the elderly, hiking, doing yoga, and making greeting cards. Nikki's main motto in life is "safety never takes a holiday".
Abby McGill, MS, OTR/L, received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Brenau University in Atlanta, GA, and a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University. She works with students in need of mental health services in both 1:1 and group settings. Abby also has experience in early intervention and outpatient pediatric rehabilitation. During her free time, she loves walking her dog at the park and eating burritos.
Colleen McNeil, MS, OTR/L, b.c.a.b.a, is a Bay Area native who received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from San Francisco State University and her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State. In addition to her background in OT, she has 10 years of experience as a behavioral therapist. Currently at OTTP, Colleen provides occupational therapy services to youth with probation status, those with significant mental health challenges, as well as children and youth on the Seneca and San Leandro Unified school district contract. She presented a poster, “Concurrent Validity of the Adult Sensory Processing Scale and the Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile”, at OTAC and AOTA conferences. In her free time, she enjoys watching roller derby, hiking, reading, drawing, and dog sitting.
Claire Mueller, MS, OTR/L, holds an MS in Occupational Therapy from San José State University and a BA in Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz. Claire is happy to serve youth on both OTTP-SF's employment team - connecting youth with jobs in the community - and as part of OTTP-SF's WRAP team. In addition to her work as an OT, Claire has several years of experience supporting urban youth in preparation for college and careers in Oakland. When Claire is not at work she enjoys being outside, looking up new soup recipes, and going to concerts. Claire is working toward fluency in Spanish.
Lily Nichols, MS, OTR/L, is a San Francisco native who earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development with a Minor in Early Childhood Education from Sonoma State University. She currently serves youth through multiple programs at OTTP including School-Based, Hilltop, Civic Center, and Covenant House. When she’s not at work, Lily loves taking her dog to the beach, attending concerts, and lounging at home.
Raymond Nubla, MS, OTR/L, received his Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of St. Augustine, San Marcos. Raymond serves on the Rooftop, Family Mosaic Project, and Wraparound programs within OTTP. His clinical interests include serving marginalized communities and providing occupational therapy services to the homeless population. In his free time, Raymond enjoys music, art, food, powerlifting, and basketball. Raymond is fluent in Tagalog
Teresa Ricado, MS, OTR/L, originally from Mexico, received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman’s University. She worked on research investigating molecular basis of innate fear at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She now provides English and Spanish services to at risk youth ages 5-24 years old in the community, school-based settings, and in the vocational rehabilitation program. She is an avid biker, painter and enjoys to explore contemporary flavor pairings during baking. Teresa is fluent in Spanish and conversational in Japanese.
Tamara Sanchez-Monter, OTD, OTR/L, received a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from Samuel Merritt University, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Latin American Studies from the University of San Francisco. She currently provides group therapy to youth at four different high schools through the Connective Services program, and provides 1:1 services to children with mental health support needs in school-based settings. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, dancing Mexican folklore, traveling and exploring new places, and reading. Tamara is fluent in Spanish.
Lauren Simas, AMFT received her B.S. in Biology from Santa Clara University and her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Palo Alto University. She works on the School Based Services team as a bilingual, community-based mental health therapist serving youth ages 6-20 years old. Lauren is passionate about serving the Latino community of San Francisco and spends most of her time in the Mission District. Lauren is fluent in Spanish.
Jake Snyder, AMFT, received his Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from University of San Francisco after earning a Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from SUNY New Paltz. He has worked as a crisis counselor, residential counselor, and therapist intern before becoming a school based therapist for OTTP. When he is not serving the at risk youth of San Francisco, he is involved in political activism throughout the city of San Francisco.
Helen Tam, MSc, OTR/L, recently moved to the Bay Area from Vancouver, B.C. She received her Masters of OT degree from University of Alberta and Bachelors of Psychology degree from UC Berkeley. She is currently involved with the clinic partners and wraparound programs, Independence High School, and Civic Center Secondary. She fostered her passion in mental health with experience in Canada in a clubhouse model and at a community psychiatric rehabilitation facility, as well as community mental health in Iceland. She is honored to be part of the OTTP team to serve youth by building on their strengths and supporting connections. She enjoys playing the violin in the Oakland Community Women's Orchestra, rock climbing, and trying out new recipes. Helen is fluent in Cantonese and conversational in Mandarin.
Emily Tunnat, MS, OTR/L, loves working as an occupational therapist because she not only gets to learn how to do the fascinating things that her clients want and need to do, but also gets to harness this learning to cultivate meaning, connection, and hope. Her work is informed by her background in grief and terminal illness group facilitation and as an advocate in the foster care system. She holds her MS in Occupational Therapy from San José State University, Trauma Prevention and Recovery certificate from City College of San Francisco, BA in Art History from Ohio State University, and is a Guild-Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.
Jadine Ong Veluya, Administrative Assistant, grew up in San Jose and recently moved to San Francisco to pursue her B.S. in Speech-Language Hearing Sciences at SFSU in hopes to have a career as a Speech-Language Pathologist. The OTTP team is a huge inspiration to her and she loves being able to help them in any way that she can! Jadine is fluent in Tagalog.
Julia Wong, MS, OTR/L, received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at Dominican University of California and holds a Bachelor of Science from UC Santa Cruz. She is currently working with at- risk youth in the Family Mosaic Project, as well as in OTTP's school based and clinic contracts. She has presented her thesis at The First Year Experience Annual Conference on her special interest in the transition to college of first generation students. Julia is conversational in Cantonese.
Debra Wong, Data Entry Verifier-Operator, received a BA in Psychology from San Francisco State University. She has a background working in legal, accounting, and IT support. She is currently working on getting her Nutrition Assistant certificate at City College of San Francisco. She works at OTTP to support accounting services.
Helen Xie, MSW, ACSW, received her MSW from Smith College's School for Social Work, and her B.A. in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara. She provides psychotherapy and care coordination in Cantonese and English to youth and their families in the School-based and WRAP Around Program. She strives to provide care to clients in a manner that is not only strength-based, trauma-informed, and with cultural humility, but also in a manner that returns to them a sense of hope and agency. Her goal is to help her clients recognize their resiliencies, discover new perspectives, and acquire adaptive skills and resources so they can lead happier and more fulfilling lives. In her free time, Helen loves to run, dance, attend concerts, collect unicorns, and play with **glitter**! Helen is fluent in Cantonese.
Erica Yee, MS, OTR/L, is a San Francisco native who is passionate about providing care to marginalized communities. She received a Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in English from UC Irvine. Erica currently serves youth on the Family Mosaic, Wraparound, and Outpatient programs. In Erica's free time, you can find her dancing, singing, reading, dog sitting, spending quality time with family and friends, supporting local neighborhood businesses, and appreciating the beautiful outdoors.
Preston Yee, MA, AMFT, APCC, is the product of San Francisco Unified school system. He grew up in the San Francisco Portola district. While pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice at SFSU, his passion for working with at-risk youth began at Juvenile Hall as a mentor. After completing his Masters Degree from Palo Alto University, Preston continues to serve San Francisco Bay Area youth and families in school and clinical settings. In the last 3 years, Preston worked with youth and families to navigate the complexities of growing up in diverse communities and the new digital age. In his spare time, he enjoys spicy food, karaoke, traveling, and broadway musicals. He is fluent in Cantonese.