Staff

Martha Koo, M.D.

Medical Director/Founder

Dr. Martha B. Koo, M.D., completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and her medical training at UCLA Medical School, where she earned membership in the AOA and Sigma Xi Society for academic excellence. Dr. Koo completed her residency in psychiatry at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and then pursued psychoanalytic training at the New Center for Psychoanalysis. For the past twenty years, Dr. Koo has enjoyed her private practice, providing outpatient psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and pharmacological treatment for individuals, couples, and families. A pioneer in the development and application of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Dr. Koo opened the South Bay TMS Therapy Center in 2009. She is certified in the application of Neurostar rTMS, Brainsway Deep TMS and MagVita rTMS Therapy. Additionally, Dr. Koo is the Medical Director of the Manhattan Beach Professional Group and clinical supervisor at the Clear Recovery Center. Dr. Koo is Board Certified in Psychiatry. She is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association, the New Center for Psychoanalysis, the Clinical TMS Society, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the California Psychiatric Society and the Southern California Psychiatric Society. She is passionate about using transcranial magnetic stimulation to help her patients!

Martha Koo, M.D.

Founder / Medical Director

Dr. Martha B. Koo, M.D., completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and her medical training at UCLA Medical School, where she earned membership in the AOA and Sigma Xi Society for academic excellence. Dr. Koo completed her residency in psychiatry at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and then pursued psychoanalytic training at the New Center for Psychoanalysis. For the past twenty years, Dr. Koo has enjoyed her private practice, providing outpatient psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and pharmacological treatment for individuals, couples, and families. A pioneer in the development and application of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Dr. Koo opened the South Bay TMS Therapy Center in 2009. She is certified in the application of Neurostar rTMS, Brainsway Deep TMS and MagVita rTMS Therapy. Additionally, Dr. Koo is the Medical Director of the Manhattan Beach Professional Group and clinical supervisor at the Clear Recovery Center. Dr. Koo is Board Certified in Psychiatry. She is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association, the New Center for Psychoanalysis, the Clinical TMS Society, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the California Psychiatric Society and the Southern California Psychiatric Society. She is passionate about using transcranial magnetic stimulation to help her patients!

Clinical Staff

Keith Young, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Keith Young, M.D. joined the South Bay TMS team with more than twenty years of experience treating mood disorders in his practices in Los Angeles and Rancho Mirage.  A graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he completed his residency at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute where he served as Chief Resident and he is currently Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.  Long interested in policy, he completed a medical school internship at the National Institute of Mental Health, studied medical technology issues while pursuing his master’s degree at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, served on the Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association and chaired the Health and Medical Welfare Commission of the City of Rancho Mirage.  He has also completed the Duke University Visiting Fellowship in transcranial magnetic stimulation. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Outside of work, Dr. Young enjoys his volunteer service on several boards related to higher education. He is passionate about travel and loves exploring new places and new cultures.  He is pleased to join the South Bay team at its Palm Desert location and to play an active role in bringing the latest neuromodulation therapies to the valley’s residents.

Michelle Furuta, M.D.

Assistant Medical Director

Dr. Michelle Furuta, M.D., joins Neuro Wellness Spa as Assistant Medical Director for our Torrance location. Dr. Furuta graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a BA in Psychology and went on to attend the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA to attain her Medical Degree. She received her residency training in psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and training in Women’s Mental Health at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. She has a Diplomate certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and is a member of the American, California and Southern California Psychiatric Societies. Dr Furuta is certified in the application of MagVenture rTMS.

Jana Bright, R.N.

Registered Nurse 

Jana graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with distinction. She has a wide range of nursing experience, starting her career as a Nurse Specialist in the post anesthesia care unit (PACU) and most recently working in pediatrics.

 

She recently relocated to the South Bay and feels incredibly fortunate to have joined the Neuro Wellness Spa team. Working to improve the lives of others is a core value for Jana and was a key factor for her in choosing nursing as a career.

 

As a part of the Neuro Wellness Spa team she has the opportunity to help bring about positive change in patients lives on a daily basis, which makes her very happy.

Jennifer Minton

Lead Technician

Jennifer Minton is the center’s Lead Technician and a certified rTMS Technician. A native of Southern California, she graduated from Harbor College.

 

Jennifer has over 19 years of clinical care experience as a dental, medical and surgical assistant. Having worked in both private practice and hospital settings, with diverse patient populations in a wide variety of medical specialties, Jennifer is an expert in comprehensive patient care.

 

She is fully trained in the application of both Neurostar TMS and Brainsway deep TMS Therapy as well as a trained NEBA provider for brainwave-based ADHD testing. Jennifer is ACLS, BLS and CPR certified.

Tiffany Henning

Lead TMS Technician 

Tiffany Henning is a Southern California native, she moved to the Coachella Valley in 2006. She received a bachelor’s degree in Human Services, with concentration on family and children from the University of Phoenix and is currently working on her master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California.

 

She has been in the mental health field for over 10 years. She has worked with patients struggling with many different mental health concerns and addictions, including anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use, and life changes. She was drawn to TMS as she wanted to bring healing to individuals suffering from major depression, and/or other mental illnesses.

 

She has trained extensively under Dr. Martha Koo, at the Manhattan Beach location and has been certified by MagVenture to operate their state of the art TMS devices and provide treatment approved by the FDA for our patients.

 

Kristin Robbins

Lead TMS Technician

Kristin was born and raised in the South Bay. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Southern California. She has over 20 years of management experience in small business and has worked in a variety of industries with customer care as her highest priority. She has mentored and supervised many and truly enjoys the process of helping others pursue their unique personal development. She is passionate about teaching natural solutions that support both physical and emotional wellness. She is an essential oil educator and wellness advocate with a special interest in how essential oils assist in healing. She is a certified Mag Venture, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Technician, treating patients with a conscious understanding of Neuro-wellness. She is honored and excited to grow with the team at Neuro Wellness Spa.

Goldie Rai

TMS Technician

Goldie Rai has extensive experience in the healthcare industry with Manhattan Beach Professional Group. She received her degree at the California State University at Fresno and was a teacher for a period of time before transitioning to a career as a medical assistant and office administrative supervisor.

 

Goldie is a fully certified Transcranial Magnetic Therapy Technician and rTMS, which makes her an invaluable asset at South Bay TMS Therapy Center. She shares Dr. Koo’s passion for helping patients and facilitating their treatment and relief from depression.

 

Goldie is dedicated to providing the highest level of patient care possible and works tirelessly to make sure that patients have as comfortable of an experience as they can. She is passionate about her work at South Bay TMS and loves watching the transformation that patients experience as they go through the process of recovery!

Nicole Embree

TMS Technician

Nicole Embree is an L.A. native, receiving her BA and MA in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge. Her MA thesis focused on young adults and college students experiencing recent mental illness diagnosis, and their different trials with new treatments, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in particular. Certified in rTMS, she has taught upper division college courses in the fields of performance, language, cultural, and intercultural studies, poetry, narrative, experimental art, and public speaking. Nicole has facilitated workshops in public speaking, creative writing, the power of personal narratives and storytelling, movement, and utilizing performance art for social change and empowerment. Her research and writing focuses primarily on developing creative, safe, and collaborative environments for individual growth.

 

Nicole nurtures a deep love for all things creative, but more than anything she is an impassioned and active advocate within the mental health community having volunteered with both NAMI and DBSA. She considers the opportunity to work at South Bay TMS as an absolute privilege, and loves the time spent with the center’s patients. Nicole still continues her writing by diving deeper into the intersections of interculturalism, performance studies, disability, mental illness, and human rights. Loves E.T., the Dodgers, and body surfing…but first, coffee!

Yukiko Rome

TMS Technician

Yukiko Rome graduated from Sophia University (Tokyo, Japan) with a BA in Sociology. She came to the Untied States in 1998 and earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from California State University at Dominguez Hills. She is Japanese/English bilingual and has extensive work experience in clinical and educational settings.

 

Yukiko is a certified Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation technician. She has had a lifelong interest in nurturing the mind-body connection and is very passionate and excited about working with the new non invasive brain stimulation treatment. Yukiko appreciates a work environment where she has the opportunity to help patients with diverse backgrounds and witnessing patient progress over the course of TMS treatment.

 

In her free time, she enjoys surfing, practicing yoga and meditation and creating unique ceramic pottery.

Amanda Ferrara

TMS Technician

Amanda is Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee who works with individuals to help reduce depression, anxiety and addictive disorders. 
Amanda believes open-mindedness and vulnerability are key components to effective psychotherapy.
 
Amanda has worked in dual diagnosis treatment facilities since 2010.
 She holds a BA in psychology with a minor in addiction studies from Antioch University and is currently earning her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University.
 
In her spare time, Amanda enjoys running and hiking with her dog.

Keith Young, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Keith Young, M.D. joined the South Bay TMS team with more than twenty years of experience treating mood disorders in his practices in Los Angeles and Rancho Mirage.  A graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he completed his residency at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute where he served as Chief Resident and he is currently Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.  Long interested in policy, he completed a medical school internship at the National Institute of Mental Health, studied medical technology issues while pursuing his master’s degree at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, served on the Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association and chaired the Health and Medical Welfare Commission of the City of Rancho Mirage.  He has also completed the Duke University Visiting Fellowship in transcranial magnetic stimulation. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Outside of work, Dr. Young enjoys his volunteer service on several boards related to higher education. He is passionate about travel and loves exploring new places and new cultures.  He is pleased to join the South Bay team at its Palm Desert location and to play an active role in bringing the latest neuromodulation therapies to the valley’s residents.

Michelle Furuta, M.D.

Assistant Medical Director

Dr. Michelle Furuta, M.D., joins Neuro Wellness Spa as Assistant Medical Director for our Torrance location. Dr. Furuta graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a BA in Psychology and went on to attend the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA to attain her Medical Degree. She received her residency training in psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and training in Women’s Mental Health at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. She has a Diplomate certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and is a member of the American, California and Southern California Psychiatric Societies. Dr Furuta is certified in the application of MagVenture rTMS.

Jana Bright, R.N.

Registered Nurse

Jana graduated from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with distinction. She has a wide range of nursing experience, starting her career as a Nurse Specialist in the post anesthesia care unit (PACU) and most recently working in pediatrics.

 

She recently relocated to the South Bay and feels incredibly fortunate to have joined the Neuro Wellness Spa team. Working to improve the lives of others is a core value for Jana and was a key factor for her in choosing nursing as a career.

 

As a part of the Neuro Wellness Spa team she has the opportunity to help bring about positive change in patients lives on a daily basis, which makes her very happy.

Jennifer Minton

Lead Technician

Jennifer Minton is the center’s Lead Technician and a certified rTMS Technician. A native of Southern California, she graduated from Harbor College.

 

Jennifer has over 19 years of clinical care experience as a dental, medical and surgical assistant. Having worked in both private practice and hospital settings, with diverse patient populations in a wide variety of medical specialties, Jennifer is an expert in comprehensive patient care.

 

She is fully trained in the application of both Neurostar TMS and Brainsway deep TMS Therapy as well as a trained NEBA provider for brainwave-based ADHD testing. Jennifer is ACLS, BLS and CPR certified.

Tiffany Henning

Lead TMS Technician

Tiffany Henning is a Southern California native, she moved to the Coachella Valley in 2006. She received a bachelor’s degree in Human Services, with concentration on family and children from the University of Phoenix and is currently working on her master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California.

 

She has been in the mental health field for over 10 years. She has worked with patients struggling with many different mental health concerns and addictions, including anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use, and life changes. She was drawn to TMS as she wanted to bring healing to individuals suffering from major depression, and/or other mental illnesses.

 

She has trained extensively under Dr. Martha Koo, at the Manhattan Beach location and has been certified by MagVenture to operate their state of the art TMS devices and provide treatment approved by the FDA for our patients.

Kristin Robbins

Lead TMS Technician

Kristin was born and raised in the South Bay. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Southern California. She has over 20 years of management experience in small business and has worked in a variety of industries with customer care as her highest priority. She has mentored and supervised many and truly enjoys the process of helping others pursue their unique personal development. She is passionate about teaching natural solutions that support both physical and emotional wellness. She is an essential oil educator and wellness advocate with a special interest in how essential oils assist in healing. She is a certified Mag Venture, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Technician, treating patients with a conscious understanding of Neuro-wellness. She is honored and excited to grow with the team at Neuro Wellness Spa.

Goldie Rai

TMS Technician

Goldie Rai has extensive experience in the healthcare industry with Manhattan Beach Professional Group. She received her degree at the California State University at Fresno and was a teacher for a period of time before transitioning to a career as a medical assistant and office administrative supervisor.

 

Goldie is a fully certified Transcranial Magnetic Therapy Technician and rTMS, which makes her an invaluable asset at South Bay TMS Therapy Center. She shares Dr. Koo’s passion for helping patients and facilitating their treatment and relief from depression.

 

Goldie is dedicated to providing the highest level of patient care possible and works tirelessly to make sure that patients have as comfortable of an experience as they can. She is passionate about her work at South Bay TMS and loves watching the transformation that patients experience as they go through the process of recovery!

Nicole Embree

TMS Technician

Nicole Embree is an L.A. native, receiving her BA and MA in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge. Her MA thesis focused on young adults and college students experiencing recent mental illness diagnosis, and their different trials with new treatments, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in particular. Certified in rTMS, she has taught upper division college courses in the fields of performance, language, cultural, and intercultural studies, poetry, narrative, experimental art, and public speaking. Nicole has facilitated workshops in public speaking, creative writing, the power of personal narratives and storytelling, movement, and utilizing performance art for social change and empowerment. Her research and writing focuses primarily on developing creative, safe, and collaborative environments for individual growth.

 

Nicole nurtures a deep love for all things creative, but more than anything she is an impassioned and active advocate within the mental health community having volunteered with both NAMI and DBSA. She considers the opportunity to work at South Bay TMS as an absolute privilege, and loves the time spent with the center’s patients. Nicole still continues her writing by diving deeper into the intersections of interculturalism, performance studies, disability, mental illness, and human rights. Loves E.T., the Dodgers, and body surfing…but first, coffee!

Yukiko Rome

TMS Technician

Yukiko Rome graduated from Sophia University (Tokyo, Japan) with a BA in Sociology. She came to the Untied States in 1998 and earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from California State University at Dominguez Hills. She is Japanese/English bilingual and has extensive work experience in clinical and educational settings.

 

Yukiko is a certified Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation technician. She has had a lifelong interest in nurturing the mind-body connection and is very passionate and excited about working with the new non invasive brain stimulation treatment. Yukiko appreciates a work environment where she has the opportunity to help patients with diverse backgrounds and witnessing patient progress over the course of TMS treatment.

 

In her free time, she enjoys surfing, practicing yoga and meditation and creating unique ceramic pottery.

Amanda Ferrara

TMS Technician

Amanda is Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee who works with individuals to help reduce depression, anxiety and addictive disorders. 
Amanda believes open-mindedness and vulnerability are key components to effective psychotherapy.
 
Amanda has worked in dual diagnosis treatment facilities since 2010.
 She holds a BA in psychology with a minor in addiction studies from Antioch University and is currently earning her Masters degree in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University.
 
In her spare time, Amanda enjoys running and hiking with her dog.

Administrative Staff

Michael Joly

Chief Operations Officer

Michael Joly is the COO of Neuro Wellness Spa, with over 20 years of experience in mental health recovery. Mike has devoted his entire career to helping individuals and their families heal and recover from substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.

 

His passion for recovery is unparalleled. He has built a wealth of knowledge and experience that translates across many disciplines.

 

Mike is actively involved in bringing community awareness to living a positive and healthy lifestyle by working as a substance abuse and prevention consultant to various educational and healthcare systems. His expertise has provided him guest appearances in major media outlets throughout the United States. Mike is also a prominent figure in the South Bay recovery community. He is heavily involved with numerous non-profits and gives back through a variety of impactful organizations. Mike’s experience and love of helping others allow him to bring his own unique brand of passion, enthusiasm and warmth to prospective clients and their families.

Scott Dohren

Director of Operations

Scott Dohren attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a focus in Business Administration.  He also holds a CADC-II certification in addiction studies.

 

Scott has a tremendous amount of experience with both administrative and interpersonal aspects of behavioral health.  His background in the field of behavioral health extends to counseling, mentorship, outreach, admissions, and business development.

 

Scott’s leadership and passion in the field of wellness has played a fundamental role in the expansion and development of Neuro Wellness Spa.

 

In his free time, Scott enjoys maintaining a healthy exercise regimen, attending concerts, spending time in nature, and traveling with his fiancé Karen.

Jeanette Barreto

Director of Business Development

Jeanette Barreto holds a BA in Sociology from California State University Fullerton and a Master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership from National University.

 

Jeanette has a background in executing outreach and business development for mental health organizations across California. She has supported business development efforts to link both adolescents and adults to mental health services and loves being a part of an environment where her work benefits so many individuals in need.

 

Jeanette has worked in both the public and private sector; developing strategic partnerships and linking professionals and patients to services that will help them find relief from mental health issues and meet overall wellness goals. She believes that relationship building and collaboration are key to ensure that patients, professionals and those in need are guided through their recovery.

 

Jeanette is passionate about helping others access resources and support during the most challenging times in their lives. She combines her education and experience to ensure that necessary services and programs are accessible to both professionals and the community.

Viren Padhiar

Office Manager

Viren Padhiar is a Southern California native. He has a vast experience working as an Office Manager in medical facilities. He enjoys hiking, working on vehicles, and spending time with his german shepherd, Kevin. Viren comes from a tight-knit family and loves the opportunity he gets on a daily basis to support an amazing team, helping the South Bay.

Jacob Fernane

Intake Coordinator

Jacob serves as the intake coordinator at Neuro Wellness Spa. He assists in day-to-day operations and ensures patients have an enjoyable intake process.

Jacob began his career in the mental health field as a mentor working with young adults in a substance use and mental health residential program. In his free time he enjoys free diving the local kelp beds and exploring the many hiking trails that Southern California offers.

Michael Joly

Chief Operations Officer

Michael Joly is the COO of Neuro Wellness Spa, with over 20 years of experience in mental health recovery. Mike has devoted his entire career to helping individuals and their families heal and recover from substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.

 

His passion for recovery is unparalleled. He has built a wealth of knowledge and experience that translates across many disciplines.

 

Mike is actively involved in bringing community awareness to living a positive and healthy lifestyle by working as a substance abuse and prevention consultant to various educational and healthcare systems. His expertise has provided him guest appearances in major media outlets throughout the United States. Mike is also a prominent figure in the South Bay recovery community. He is heavily involved with numerous non-profits and gives back through a variety of impactful organizations. Mike’s experience and love of helping others allow him to bring his own unique brand of passion, enthusiasm and warmth to prospective clients and their families.

Scott Dohren

Director of Operations

Scott Dohren attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a focus in Business Administration.  He also holds a CADC-II certification in addiction studies.

 

Scott has a tremendous amount of experience with both administrative and interpersonal aspects of behavioral health.  His background in the field of behavioral health extends to counseling, mentorship, outreach, admissions, and business development.

 

Scott’s leadership and passion in the field of wellness has played a fundamental role in the expansion and development of Neuro Wellness Spa.

 

In his free time, Scott enjoys maintaining a healthy exercise regimen, attending concerts, spending time in nature, and traveling with his fiancé Karen.

Jeanette Barreto

Director of Business Development

Jeanette Barreto holds a BA in Sociology from California State University Fullerton and a Master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership from National University.

 

Jeanette has a background in executing outreach and business development for mental health organizations across California. She has supported business development efforts to link both adolescents and adults to mental health services and loves being a part of an environment where her work benefits so many individuals in need.

 

Jeanette has worked in both the public and private sector; developing strategic partnerships and linking professionals and patients to services that will help them find relief from mental health issues and meet overall wellness goals. She believes that relationship building and collaboration are key to ensure that patients, professionals and those in need are guided through their recovery.

 

Jeanette is passionate about helping others access resources and support during the most challenging times in their lives. She combines her education and experience to ensure that necessary services and programs are accessible to both professionals and the community.

Viren Padhiar

Office Manager

Viren Padhiar is a Southern California native. He has a vast experience working as an Office Manager in medical facilities. He enjoys hiking, working on vehicles, and spending time with his german shepherd, Kevin. Viren comes from a tight-knit family and loves the opportunity he gets on a daily basis to support an amazing team, helping the South Bay.

Jacob Fernane

Intake Coordinator

Jacob serves as the intake coordinator at Neuro Wellness Spa. He assists in day-to-day operations and ensures patients have an enjoyable intake process.

Jacob began his career in the mental health field as a mentor working with young adults in a substance use and mental health residential program. In his free time he enjoys free diving the local kelp beds and exploring the many hiking trails that Southern California offers.

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