About our Staff
Kim B. Barrus, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with over 40 years of experience. He received a Ph.D. from Brigham Young University and then received specialized training as a post-doctoral fellow in child, adolescent, and family psychology at the USC School of Medicine. Dr. Barrus has a background in the neurobiology of brain disease. He uses practical psychological, diagnostic testing, and when needed, nuclear medicine imaging consultations to actually understand brain problems. Dr. Barrus received 4 years of post-doctoral specialized training in psychopharmacology, the use of medications and their effects on the brain. He is also trained in specialized therapies for anxiety, depression, bipolar disease, ADHD, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Barrus has both extensive inpatient and outpatient experience. He works with the most serious forms of mental illness and how these and less serious problems affect family, job, and social relationships.
Beatrix Wagner, Psy.D. is a seasoned mental health practitioner with over 18 years of experience. She has a demonstrated track record of successfully working with diverse patient types in one-on-one and group settings. Beatrix is a skilled diagnostician with experience on the identification and management of youth, adult, and geriatric mental illnesses. Having practiced in a variety of clinical settings, she possesses an in-depth knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. She has extensive training in trauma, complex trauma, and PTSD and has worked with survivors of all ages. In addition to traditional forms of mental health treatment, she is trained in Neurofeedback and provides a customized treatment protocol tailored to each patient’s individual needs.
Beth Baumeister, Ph.D. is a neuropsychologist with over 23 years of experience. She received her Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary and then received specialized training as a post-doctoral fellow in child, adolescent, and family psychology at the USC program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Baumeister has a background in the neurobehavior of children and adults. She is seasoned in using parent-child attachment based therapy and individual adult psychotherapy as well as parent coaching.
Alan D. Price, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with over 29 years of experience. He received a Ph.D. from the City University of New York. Dr. Price is an expert in projective testing. He also served as the Senior Clinical Psychologist for the Hawaii Department of Health. Dr. Price held this position for over 23 years. Even after coming to the mainland, Dr. Price has maintained his relationships with patients in Hawaii and still conducts telehealth psychotherapy consultations for them. Dr. Price is committed to sticking with patients until they reach full recovery.
Rachel Firemark, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist with 25 years of experience in the mental health field. After receiving her Psy.D., she completed specialized training in psychological assessment for developmental disabilities and in psychopharmacology during her postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. Dr. Firemark has extensive training in behavioral disorders, having begun her career as a behavioral therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. For 10 years, she gained experience designing treatment plans for extreme behavior disorders at an inpatient facility for adults with multiple diagnoses, including intellectual disabilities and chronic psychiatric disorders. Working alongside psychiatrists, Dr. Firemark gained experience in pharmacological treatments for psychiatric disorders. She concurrently maintained a part-time cognitive-behavioral therapy practice. Having completed further training in psychological assessment for the general population, Dr. Firemark is an exceptional diagnostician for children, adolescents, and adults as well as an experienced cognitive-behavioral therapist.
Joseph Turner, Psy. D., Ph. D. is a licensed clinical and developmental psychologist. He received a doctorate from Pepperdine University and a masters in Forensic Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles. Dr. Turner has extensive training and experience working with children and families including infants and toddlers, parents, pregnant and postpartum mothers, and latency aged children. In addition, Dr. Turner has a specialty working in the areas of severe emotional disturbance, personality disorders, suicidality, PTSD and developmental trauma, and psychosis. He is also an adjunct professor in the graduate programs at Pepperdine University and Antioch University where he teaches classes on primitive emotional development, attachment and neuroscience, and development across the lifespan. Dr. Turner is also currently receiving advanced training in primitive mental states and psychoanalysis at the Psychoanalytic Center of California.
Shabnam (Shab) Moghbeli Salanga, Ph.D., clinical psychologist who specializes in psychological/emotional, cognitive, educational, and behavioral/ADHD testing with children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Salanga has many years of experience conducting therapy with various populations throughout Los Angeles, CA, but realized her passion was conducting behavioral, educational, and emotional psychological testing. She pursued that passion at the prestigious Reiss Davis Child Study Center PEDS, part of Vista Del Mar, where she completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship working with children, adolescents, and young adults. She also has experience working within a private practice setting and has been able to help children and adults from all walks of life. She currently teaches courses in psychological testing in various graduate school programs around Los Angeles, where she has been able to teach other students her passion.
Irit Almog, LMFT, is a Mental Health Psychotherapist with more than 16 years of experience working with adults, adolescents, and children. She uses a variety of theoretical perspectives in individual, family, and group therapy sessions. Irit has an extensive knowledge of the principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of cognitive, behavioral, and mental dysfunctions. Irit is licensed in psychotherapy, art and play therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Crisis Intervention Therapy, EDMR, DBT, Brainspotting Therapy, and Marriage and Family Therapy. Irit believes every person is unique and needs an individually tailored therapy approach.
Tiffany Whittington, M.A. is a Marriage and Family Therapist & Behavioral Therapist. She received her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California. She is bi-cultural and believes that being bi-cultural is an essential aspect in successfully engaging and connecting with variety of populations. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families and groups. The breath of her experience is working with clients of all ages struggling with mental health and psycho-social issues. She is a firm believer in empowering couples and families to improve communication and create a healthy home environment. She utilizes a variety of clinical interventions, her most recent interest is in the psycho-social intervention known as mindfulness based cognitive therapy. She is honored to be a part of her clients journeys of healing and wholeness. While working along side with the clinical staff at FPS, helping to support their work with clients and providing resources to enhance their effectiveness.
Liz Ornelas M.S., Psy. D Canidate received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from California Lutheran University. She is currently in the process of completing her doctoral degree from the same university. She has extensive experience in psychological assessment in both English and Spanish. She completed a two-year practicum at California Lutheran University working with victims and survivors of Intimate Partner Violence. She completed a one-year practicum at the Cultural Neuropsychology Initiative at UCLA’s Semel Institute where she gained experience in neuropsychological testing. She also completed a one-year internship at Torrance State Hospital in Pennsylvania where she worked with patients diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness.
Priyanka Mohan, M.A. is a Psychometrician persuing her Psy.D. She received her M.A. in Psychology from the University of Delhi, in New Delhi, India. Upon moving to the United States, she began her teaching career with children K-12 with mild to moderate disabilities. Priyanka is a credentialed teacher for over 14 years. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Priyanka excels at connecting with troubled and struggling youth and creating a safe environment for them to be evaluated and tested.
Dominique Massoth, M.A. has a masters in educational psychology and is a certified multiple-subjects elementary level teacher with over seven years of experience. She received her Masters degree in Educational Psychology from the University of the Pacific and then received her teaching credential from National University. Dominique has successfully worked with children of all ages and backgrounds in both the one-on-one and groups settings. She is skilled in developing individualized education programs (IEPS), academic and behavior plan establishment and monitoring, various forms of counseling (inclusive of working with children with Emotional Disturbance, learning disabilities, and Autism), family coaching, and tutoring in all subjects. She also helps prepare students for college or other post-high school education.
Heather Guffey M.A. has a Masters degree in developmental psychology and specializes in and creating behavioral in-home and in the classroom programs for children who suffer from autism. She has taught and worked for 20 years in this field since completing her degree at California State University Bakersfield. She is also a credentialed teacher in the public school system. She has worked as a classroom specialist for the developmentally disabled and autistic populations. She’s also worked as a Vice Principal for Kern County Superintendent of schools. Currently she is developing specialized programs for children with autism in the classroom. She also consults with the family psychological services as part of their autism treatment planning team.