Mental Health Staff

Pamela Ashby, LMHC
Location: North Seattle
Started at ABHC in 2015

Ms. Ashby has a MA in Counseling from University for Humanistic Studies (1998) as well as a MA in Human Relations from University of Oklahoma (2010). She has training in mindfulness-based stress reduction meditation helping individuals with anxiety, depression and stress management. She incorporates cognitive behavioral skills building into her work with an emphasis on integrative and wellness therapies. Ms. Ashby encourages individuals to create balance through developing insight, connecting and building natural supports in their lives for body-mind wellness. Ms. Ashby has assisted individuals in examining lifestyle factors that affect mental health; helping them move toward wellness with the incorporation of yoga, nutrition, meditation, physical conditioning, breathing exercises, and other modalities. She has worked with a wide variety of adult populations in various settings assisting clients on a variety of issues such as; anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, and vocational clarification.

Ronnie Kaufman, LICSW
Locations: West Seattle
Started at ABHC in 2014

Ms. Kaufman received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Washington and obtained licensure in 1994. Ronnie works with adults 18 and older, individuals and with couples. She has been in clinical practice for over 20 years, with a cognitive behavioral and family of origin orientation. She has extensive experience with numerous populations in a variety of settings, working with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, divorce and parenting issues, and overall difficult life situations and emotions. Ms. Kaufman is also trained in EMDR. She helps clients uncover their negative beliefs and self-defeating thoughts and behaviors and provides them with tools to move in a more positive, productive direction.

Kevin Zvilna, Ph.D.
Location: Bellevue & West Seattle
Started at ABHC in 2017

Dr. Zvilna has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Loma Linda University (2002). He is a Geriatric specialist who received his licensure in Washington in August 2006. He provides individual therapy for clients of various ages and ethnicities from adolescence through older adulthood. Dr. Zvilna also provides psychological and neuropsychological assessments including evaluations for personality, court-deferred prosecution, ADHD/ADD, Intellectual and Memory Functioning, Executive Functioning and to assess if the diagnosis of dementia is appropriate.

Dr. Sandeep Shrestha, MBBS
Outpatient Psychiatrist
Location: North Seattle & Online Telehealth
Started at ABHC in 2020
Dr. Shrestha joins ABHC as an outpatient psychiatrist, with a special interest in mood disorders. He earned his MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery) from B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Dharan, Nepal. In both Nepal and New Delhi, India, Dr. Shrestha worked in psychiatry until making a move to the United States. At Saint Louis University in Missouri, he further trained in psychiatry and completed his residency in 2016. From there, he moved to Oklahoma and worked as a CL psychiatrist and was appointed as the medical director of the geriatric-psychiatry unit at Mercy Hospital. Dr. Shrestha has always been fascinated by how the mind works, which is one of the great mysteries of medicine. He also enjoys learning about how transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) can be a powerful tool in helping people overcome persistent depression. When Dr. Shrestha isn’t at work, he loves to ski and play soccer (he’s a big fan of the Seattle Sounders).

Lauren Wagendorf, MA, LMHC
Started at ABHC in 2020
Lauren has been providing individual psychotherapy to adults at Associated Behavioral Health Care since May 2020. Lauren received her MA in mental health counseling from the University of North Dakota in 2013 and subsequently practiced in community mental health settings until moving to Washington in 2020. Lauren practices from an integrative therapeutic modality, primarily focused in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), with the incorporation of concepts from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) – all providing individualized services that are driven by client values. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys reading and spending time exploring her new home of the Pacific Northwest.

Youwen Hu, ARNP
Location: Bellevue
Started at ABHC in 2021
A board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Youwen earned her Master of Nursing certification from Walden University in 2020, and Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 2015 from University of Texas at Arlington. She enjoyed working for eight years in acute inpatient bedside care, five years of inpatient psychiatric mental health care and addiction health. Youwen is active in the Asian community, and she is fluent in both English and Chinese Mandarin. While academically versatile in nursing informatics, she is no doubt an IT-friendly health care professional.

Joe Gallucci, MSW, LSWAIC
Location: Kent, North Seattle
Started at ABHC in 2020
Joe Gallucci, MSW, LSWAIC, began working at ABHC in June 2020 as a mental health clinician. In this role, he provides individual and group therapy and works with patients to develop a treatment plan that is in accordance with their objectives. Joe has a passion for working with people and assisting them with achieving their goals. In his career in the counseling field, Joe has worked with individuals with a wide array of mental health diagnoses and who have experienced a diverse range of life stressors. Joe incorporates elements of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), person-centered therapy and psychodynamic therapy into his practice. In his spare time, Joe enjoys spending time with his friends, family and cat Briscoe, as well as travelling, listening to music and watching sports.

Binit Kaur Mehta, LMHC
Location: North Seattle
Started at ABHC in 2021
Binit is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Washington, with a master’s in clinical psychology (2014). Binit provides individual and group therapy for a range of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, young adult issues, multicultural issues, adjustment issues, co-occurring disorders and substance use issues. Her therapeutic style can be best described as empathic, honest, insightful and supportive; she provides a non-judgmental and respectful space for patients to share and explore their challenges. Binit uses an eclectic approach, drawing from humanistic, patient-centered, Gestalt, psychodynamic, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral approaches.

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