Mental Health Staff
Dr. Arvinder Kaul, MD, FAPA, CPPM, TMS Certified
Dr. Arvinder Kaul is a board-certified psychiatrist and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Kaul finished medical school in India and worked as general practitioner for nine years before moving to the United States. She started her residency in psychiatry in 2000 at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and finished in 2004. After that, Dr. Kaul started work at Southcentral Regional Medical Center in Laurel, Mississippi, as a staff psychiatrist. For 10 years, Dr. Kaul provided psychiatric services for outpatient, inpatient, nursing homes, hospital consults, crisis intervention centers and a partial hospitalization program.
In November 2015, Dr. Kaul opened her own outpatient clinic and ran that for two years. During that time, she also covered the geriatric unit at Merit Health Wesley in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, as medical director. During that time, Dr. Kaul had an opportunity to work on transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) with NeuroStar and started treating patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) with significant results.
Dr. Kaul worked for a year at an ADHD clinic in Seattle and is now employed with Associated Behavioral Health Care (ABHC). At three of the four ABHC locations, TMS is used to help treat different psychiatric disorders, including chronic tinnitus and substance use disorders. With Dr. Kaul’s previous TMS experience, she’s excited to utilize this innovative therapy for the Pacific Northwest patient population so they can finally find relief from their disorder.
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
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
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.
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.