meet our team
The Weichman Clinic provides unparalleled access to doctors and therapists who specialize in children and adolescents. Each team member bring in-depth understanding of the unique needs of young people as well
as a commitment to helping them gain insight into themselves so they can grow and thrive as adults.
To learn about each professional’s backgrounds and experience, click on the names below.
The Weichman Clinic is housed at the prestigious Hoag Neurosciences Institute in Newport Beach. Our team of doctors and therapists are available Monday-Saturday by appointment only.
Evening appointments are available Monday-Friday. To schedule an appointment,
please call (949) 264-8000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerry Weichman, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Adolescent Specialist
Dr. Jerry Weichman Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and adolescent specialist as well as an author, speaker and parenting expert. His clinical practice at Hoag Hospital’s Neurosciences Institute in Newport Beach, California provides a window on contemporary teen and pre-teen behavior. He also founded The Weichman Clinic and its Teen Brain Program — the first and only truly comprehensive mental wellness program exclusively focused on children and adolescents.
“Dr. Jerry” as his adolescent patients call him, is a young Ph.D. who really relates to teens, speaks their lingo and has felt their pain. Author of the teen survival guide, How to Deal, and noted media expert on teen issues, Dr. Jerry is focused on helping teens cope with parents, teachers, friends and academic pressure, communicating with them in a way they understand and relate to — helping them successfully navigate the dramas and pressures of adolescence. He has helped over 3000 teens over 17 years in private practice.
Dr. Jerry’s popular speeches, lectures and seminars have been presented to assemblies of students, teachers, parents and administrators in middle schools and high schools across Southern California and in several states. Some of the topics Dr. Jerry speaks regularly about include violence, bullying/cyber bullies, substance abuse, sexting, depression, academic performance, parental expectations, teen sex, eating disorders, body-image issues, stress related disorders, behavior problems, and teenage social drama.
In his parenting seminars, Dr. Jerry reveals current trends in technology and social media and includes practical approaches and tips for communicating with today’s teen and for helping then overcome the trials and tribulations of dealing with the stress and anxiety resulting from academic as well as social pressures like bullying, drug use, drinking, teen sex, and other self-destructive behaviors.
A popular and well respected media resource, Dr. Jerry has been interviewed by the New York Times, Washington Post and LA Times and has been asked to appear on major networks, ABC and Fox. He also sits on the Advisory Board for the Crisis Text Line, a subsidiary of DoSomething.org and is a regular contributing expert at award winning parenting website KidsInTheHouse.com.
CA Lic# PSY20346
Rebecca Garfinkle, D.O, FAAP, Pediatric & Adolescent Neurologist
Dr. Rebecca Garfinkle’s mission is to provide compassionate neurologic care for children and teens. She diagnoses ADHD, autism, epilepsy, headaches, concussions, movement disorders and epilepsy and offers expert continuing treatment.
Board-certified in neurology, Rebecca earned her undergraduate degree in physiological sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles and received her medical degree from Kansas City University of Medical Biological Sciences. She honed her clinical skills and continued her education in Honolulu; Fairbanks, Alaska; Washington D.C., and San Antonio, where she worked with military veterans who had suffered traumatic brain injuries.
A San Diego native, she is happy to be raising her two young children in warm weather. She and her husband enjoy outdoor activities and a variety of cuisines.
Kwitka Peratt, M.D., Pediatric & Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr. Kwitka Peratt is a medical doctor who specializes in the medical evaluation and treatment of emotional and behavioral difficulties in children and teenagers. The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has certified her in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. An Orange County native, she majored in biological sciences and psychology at the University of California, Irvine and then attended medical school at the University of Southern California.
When this kid at heart is not at work, she enjoys amusement park rides, watching her beloved Trojans play football and relaxing with family and friends.
Sina Safahieh, M.D., Pediatric & Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr. Sina Safahieh is a medical doctor, who specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch. He completed an adult psychiatry residency and child and adolescent fellowship at University of California Irvine.
Dr. Safahieh graduated with highest honors and a BBA in Business Management from the University of Texas in Austin. He is fluent in Farsi and conversational Spanish.
Patrick Aleknavicius, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist, Psychological Testing
Dr. Patrick Aleknavicius’s young clients call him “Dr. A” or “Dr. Patrick.” He is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience diagnosing and treating ADHD in children and teens. He also counsels the families of children with developmental and learning disabilities. Patrick is a skilled provider of family therapy, psychological testing and thorough, practical evaluations.
He received his doctorate from Argosy University in Orange County and earned his undergraduate degree from Michigan State. Before joining The Weichman Clinic, he founded and ran a private practice with offices in Newport Beach and Duluth, Minn. Patrick likes golfing, browsing Kickstarter and working on his fly-fishing technique.
CA Lic# PSY21973
Aaron R. Montgomery, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist, Psychological Assessment & Testing
Dr. Aaron Montgomery is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in psychological assessment, testing and treatment of children and adolescents. He has extensive experience diagnosing and treating anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, bipolar and related disorders, trauma and stress related disorders, and disruptive, impulse-control and conduct disorders. As a child and adolescent specialist, Dr. Montgomery's work is informed by developmental psychology, family systems theory and contemporary cognitive-behavioral therapy research.
His graduate training includes master’s degrees in clinical psychology and counseling psychology as well as a doctorate in clinical psychology. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, developing new culinary skills and spending time with his family.
CA Lic# PSY28475
Jacob A. Palm, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Psychological Assessment
Jacob A. Palm, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience in psychological testing and assessment. Dr. Palm specializes in diagnostic, emotional. interpersonal attachment, and personality assessment, with additional specific expertise in neuropsychological evaluation.
Dr. Palm is a graduate of Fordham University where he received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. He completed his American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited Doctoral Internship at The Guidance Center, a non-profit community mental health agency in Long Beach, California, where he later supervised and trained clinicians in psychological assessment for nearly a decade. He is affiliated with Miller Children’s Hospital, where he provides neuropsychological assessments and consultation; Promises Treatment Center, where he conducts forensic personality assessments and evaluations; and is on faculty at Santiago Canyon College.
Having grown up on the East Coast, Dr. Palm appreciates the weather and outdoor activities Southern California has to offer. Trained as a professional chef, he enjoys cooking, gardening, entertaining, competitive soccer, writing, and travel.
CA Lic# Psy20665
Stephen Pines, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist, Psychological Assessment
Dr. Stephen Pines is a licensed psychologist specializing in the treatment and assessment of adolescents and young adults.
He has extensive training and experience treating clients struggling with depression, anxiety, academic struggles, trauma, self-esteem issues, ADHD, relationship problems, substance abuse, LGBT issues and bipolar disorder.
Additionally, Dr. Pines regularly conducts psychological testing for ADHD, psychological disorders, and learning disabilities.
He earned a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology.
Outside of work, Dr. Pines enjoys spending time with family, having an active lifestyle, and hiking.
CA Lic# Psy28698
Lisa Phillips, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Pediatric Specialist
Dr. Lisa Phillips provides collaborative, goal-oriented, supportive and personalized cognitive-behavior therapy to children and teens. She has extensive experience as a therapist, counselor and case manager and has served as adjunct faculty member, teaching psychology classes at several universities.
Dr. Lisa earned her doctorate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and her master’s degree from California State University, Fullerton, both in clinical psychology. Her undergraduate degree is from San Diego State University. She completed her clinical internship at USC Children’s Hospital and has practiced psychology for 12 years.
She and her husband look forward to their yearly trips to Sweden, her homeland, with their two children.
CA Lic# PSY25324
Lindsey Sterling, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Autism Spectrum Disorders
Dr. Lindsey Sterling is a licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related developmental disorders. She has extensive experience performing comprehensive diagnostic evaluations for youth and adults with suspected ASD.
Much of Dr. Sterling’s research and specialized training has focused on understanding and treating comorbid disorders, such as anxiety and depression, among individuals with ASD. She has published numerous research papers on the topic of ASD and comorbid anxiety and depression. Dr. Sterling has been working in the field of ASD for almost twenty years and is passionate about helping individuals and their families cope with the challenges associated with having ASD and related developmental disorders.
Dr. Sterling earned her undergraduate degree in Psychobiology from UCLA and her Masters degree and Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She completed her Clinical Internship in Developmental Disabilities at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, where she worked with adults with developmental disabilities and children with a range of psychiatric disorders, particularly anxiety.
During her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry, UCLA, Dr. Sterling pursued specialized training in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) targeting anxiety in youth with ASD. Following her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Sterling served on the clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA and as a Staff Psychologist at the UCLA Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental Clinic. She then served as Interim Professor and Director of the Autism Center at Claremont McKenna College and as a tenure-track Professor in the Department of Psychology at California State University Long Beach.
Dr. Sterling is an Orange County native, and in her spare time enjoys the beach, exploring new local restaurants, and traveling with her husband and their two children.
CA Lic# PSY25162
Jessica Conquest, LMFT, Pediatric & Adolescent Specialist
Jessica Conquest is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, LGBTQ issues, and trauma with children, adolescents and families. Jessica is dedicated to providing goal orientated, client-centered care, with a direct and supportive therapeutic style. Her goal is to assist clients in developing healthy coping skills and achieve a life of passion, enthusiasm and purpose.
Jessica earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University and a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
In sessions you’ll typically find Jessica smiling, laughing, and singing. Outside of work, in her free time, Jessica loves traveling, painting, dancing, and dreaming of NYC pizza.
CA Lic# LMFT86714
Matt Fleischman, MFT, Adolescent & Young Adult Specialist
Matt Fleischman has more than a decade of experience helping teens, young adults, families and children. He specializes in providing emotional support paired with a goal-oriented, collaborative approach to treat behavior problems, adjustment issues, poor social skills and relationship difficulties.
A basketball coach and player as well as an avid outdoorsman, Matt holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine, and a graduate degree from Pepperdine University.
CA Lic# MFT46969
Neha Saluja, MFT, Pediatric & Adolescent Specialist
Neha Saluja is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist experienced in working with children, adolescents, and families struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, difficult family dynamics, simple and complex traumas, and daily life stressors. Neha uses a collaborative problem solving approach combined with a direct and supportive communication style to assist her clients in accomplishing their goals and living more fulfilling lives.
Neha received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine and her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University. In her spare time, Neha enjoys comedy shows, spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and being active.
CA Lic# LMFT87290
Ashley White, MS, Marriage and Family Therapy Intern
Ashley White helps children, tweens, teens and young adults successfully navigate life’s challenges. By creating a supportive environment, Ashley guides individuals and families through relationship and communication difficulties, self-esteem and body image issues and feelings of depression and/or anxiety. Her goal is to help clients develop and maintain a balanced, well-rounded sense of self.
In her education and career, Ashley has focused on family relationships, teen growth and development and satisfaction with body shape and weight. She holds a graduate degree from University of La Verne and enjoys being active, spending time with family and traveling.
CA Lic# IMF70063
Autumn Altamirano, Associate Social Worker
Autumn Altamirano earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California where she was also captain of the women's soccer team three of her four years playing.
Utilizing a supportive no-nonsense approach, Autumn is passionate about helping children, teens, and young adults struggling with stress and anxiety, depression, lack of drive and motivation, low self-esteem, as well as family relational problems to develop the tools and mental fortitude necessary to overcome their adversity and obtain peak performance in their life.
In her free time, Autumn enjoys watching (and playing) sports, traveling, trying out new restaurants, spending time with family and friends and, of course, attending USC athletic events.
CA Lic# ASW74584
The Weichman Clinic provides thorough and compassionate mental health resources, evaluation and treatment options—all in one convenient location. We diagnose and serve children and adolescents coping with:
• Abusive Dating Relationships
• Academic Challenges
• Anxiety and Stress-Related Disorders
• Austism and Spectrum-Related Disorders
• Bipolar Disorder
• Body Image Issues
• Chronic Headaches
• Cutting and Self-Mutilation
• Family Relational Problems
• Learning Disorders
• Low Self Esteem
• Movement Disorders
• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
• Oppositional Defiance and Behavioral Problems
• Substance Abuse
• Trauma and PTSD
The Weichman Clinic
3900 West Coast Highway, Suite 380
Newport Beach, CA 92663
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