Behavioral Health Clinic
Dr. Edgar A. Ramos Psy.D is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 17 years of varied clinical experience. In 2004, he received his Master's Degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. In 2006, he received his Psy. D., from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He received his clinical training pre and post doctoral at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital. Dr. Ramos has extensive experience working with children, adolescent and adults. He has worked in various residential settings, Behavioral Health Hospitals, Nursing homes, and Community Mental Health Centers throughout Chicago. In addition, Dr. Ramos is a full time faculty at Concordia University Chicago in the Human Services department graduate programs . His primary focus is teaching in the Psychology department. Dr. Ramos supervises and trains Masters and Doctoral level students at several sites. He is fluent in Spanish and provides clinical care in both Spanish and English. Dr. Ramos is an expert in the area of adolescent gangs. He has presented extensively on the topic.
Dr. Ramos is an avid comic book collector and has merged his passion and love for psychology and comics by intertwining them both in the way he works with children and adolescents as well as presenting on the integration of comic book superheroes on mental health.
Samantha Chavez MA LCPC CCTP earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling Psychology at Roosevelt University in 2017. She completed her Bachelors of Arts in Clinical Psychology at Saint Xavier University in the Fall of 2014. There she began volunteering at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital as a Child Life volunteer. She continued to volunteer there for three years in the Hematology & Oncology outpatient center. Samantha has extensive knowledge and accreditation working with children and adolescents. She completed her clinical practicum at the Family Behavioral Health Clinic in Des Plaines IL. Samantha also has experience working with geriatrics. She worked as a Life Enrichment Specialist providing support services in an Alzheimer’s and Dementia care unit. Samantha has clinical experience treating Trauma, Depression, ADHD, Anxiety, Grief, Physical and Mental Disabilities, and other presenting problems. Samantha is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. As a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional she incorporates DBT into her practice.
Samantha is a comic book and Disney fanatic. She enjoys spending time outdoors, and traveling around the country to find the best pizza.
Gail Zarbin LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over thirty years of clinical experience. She has worked at mental health clinics, at an in-patient hospital for adults and adolescents, and as a school social worker in a grade school. Gail has experience collaborating with teachers at public schools and Montessori schools. Gail works with children, individual adults, and couples. Couples often have challenges with communication and resolving conflicts without hurting each other. She works with multi-cultural, blended, and divorced families. She can help you with parenting struggles and to co-parent when you have differences. She will help you learn the skills to respond to a child who has low frustration tolerance, avoid power struggles, and learn to give realistic consequences. Gail has been trained and has experience working with special needs, such as Asperger’s and ADHD, depression, anxiety, alcohol and substance abuse, grief and loss, medical struggles, the LBGTQ community, adoption, and the need to use an egg donor, sperm donor, or a gestational surrogate. Infertility is a specialized area of training, and she can help you with the grief and loss of failed infertility cycles and miscarriages. Gail administrates the psychological evaluations for surrogates, egg donors, and Intended Parents who need to be cleared to move forward to become a family. Gail has implemented Employee Assistance Programs at major corporations to train management to respond to an employee when their personal struggles are decreasing their job performance. Gail is contracted to work with the employees of the Department of Drug Enforcement Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
During each session, Gail will teach you the skills to better manage your daily life challenges. Gail’s clinical style is to be interactive and to care to make a difference Gail is an adoptive parent of two children. Gail is not currently taking insurance and accepts patients on a sliding scale. She conducts appointments at her Oak Park office.
Grecia Ramirez MA received her Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Concordia University and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Chemistry from Carroll University. She has clinical training in a private practice setting with a focus on children, adolescents, and families working through depression, anxiety, behavioral disorders, among other issues. Grecia has experience with culturally-sensitive training, providing therapy services in Spanish and English. Prior to joining Ramos & Associates, Grecia served in various capacities, working in Juvenile Detention Centers, Domestic Violence/ Human Trafficking Advocacy, and Community Crisis Response. Grecia serves as a Psychotherapist at Ramos & Associates
Lee Woods MA LCPC NCC CMPC received a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in Sport and Health Psychology from Adler University in 2015. His clinical interests revolve around mental skills training to balance energy management and mental focus for everyday life performances. He also focuses on the characteristics of effective leadership and team dynamics/building.Lee has clinical experience in working with exercisers to achieve weight loss and addressing negative thoughts and body image issues to reach personal and performance goals. In addition, he has experience working with the military for mental skills training to improve resilience and enhance a growth mindset for optimal performance. Lee has also assisted mixed martial arts and boxing athletes in mental training circuits to enhance training for peak performance and personal goals. Lee serves as our CEO. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, as well as a Certified Mental Performance Consultant.
Lee is an avid comic book movie fan and comic book reader. He also enjoys weightlifting, training in mixed martial arts (MMA), and watching combat sports such as MMA and boxing.
Abhishek Raja Mukherjee, M.A. has previous work experience as a Professional School Counselor. This includes working at Proviso East High School and Giles Elementary School where he utilized Integrated Restorative Justice counseling to correct inappropriate behaviors in certain settings. Raja has individual and group counseling for 5th -8th graders to address and alleviate social emotional barriers . He has created and implemented behavioral intervention for students in need of them.
Raja has supported and guided students with individual counseling to address mental health. He created support group for kids who were not involved in sports or clubs. He safely taught the students healthy weightlifting techniques that were regulated to transfer negative energy and thoughts. This group created a safe and healthy coping mechanism for students to release their frustration and anger as well as talk about life issues and correlating it with training. This benefitted the students with less disciplinary referrals and a place of belonging to learn how to safely use weightlifting as an outlet to alleviate harmful behavior. He was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach as well as Assistant Girls Track Coach. He enjoyed supporting athletes to push past mental and physical barriers. He specialize in working with adolescents, teenagers and young adults by engaging in empowerment, praise and motivation to help individual growth to manage and cope for optimal mental health. Raya serves as a Psychotherapist at Ramos & Associates.
Raja loves training in Muay Thai, boxing and weightlifting. He also enjoy superhero movies and comics. He genuinely enjoy cheat meals and being outdoors by water. "My goal is to be able to engage in behavioral therapy by incorporating Muay Thai and weightlifting training along with therapy for optimal mental health growth".
Patrick Robideau MA earned his Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling at North Park University in 2022. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology at North Park University in 2019. He completed his clinical practicum at Ramos and Associates Behavioral Health clinic. Patrick has worked with children in both school and social settings for the last six years. He has clinical experience treating trauma, ADHD, depression, addiction, anxiety, grief and other presenting problems. Patrick enjoys incorporating play therapy into his sessions. Patrick enjoys sports and music. Patrick serves as a Psychotherapist at Ramos & Associates.
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Dr. Kelly Santoyo Psy. D received her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Adler University in 2016 and earned her doctorate with an emphasis in children and adolescents from Adler in 2022. She recently received her certification as a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator (CPDPE) and has worked in various settings including community mental health, inpatient facilities, therapeutic day schools, and crisis hotlines. Kelly has experience working with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, panic disorder, trauma, OCD, ADHD, behavioral disorders and other issues. She also has experience doing therapy in Spanish. Dr. Santoyo serves as a Clinical Psychotherapist at Ramos & Associates.
Kelly loves playing soccer, going to the gym, and doing various other physical activities. She is also a huge lover of animals. Kelly frequents reptile expos and spends time with the pets she has at home. When she's not running around, she also likes to spend her time playing video games.
Mykal Merrill MA received his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He is currently completing his dissertation in pursuit of a Doctorate of Psychology and is pursuing certification as a Therapeutic Game Master from Game to Grow. He has completed training in hospital systems, community mental health centers and schools. He has worked primarily with children and adolescents. He has had experience with individuals across the whole life-span. He has had myriad opportunities to provide support in both English and Spanish. Myk (pronounced like Mike) often employs client centered approaches to help clients engage in self-exploration, self-identification, self-expression and identifying power within their lives. Myk serves as a Psychotherapist at Ramos & Associates.
Myk loves being a parent, playing Role-Playing games (currently playing lots of Pathfinder), and playing board games. In addition to the therapy office, Myk can be found dressing up for LARP, playing games at GenCon, looking for perfect tortas ahogadas, and enjoying the art and architecture of the city.
Janet Diaz MA LCPC earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling Psychology from North Park University in May 2018. Has worked as a case manager, family support worker, facilitated groups and health access for the last 10 years providing care coordination and continuity of care. Has worked in a psychiatric setting, gerontology setting, nursing home, hospital setting and has experience working with adults, adolescents including teen pregnancies, children and infant’s early development. Janet is a certified as a care coordinator, has experience in completing developmental screenings for early intervention and has experience with home visitations and DCFS involvement. Completed her clinical practicum at Erie Family Health Centers.
Currently works and has experience as a mental health clinician providing psychotherapy to the marginalized community, immigrant population and African American population, providing services in English and Spanish. Janet provides mental health evaluations in facilitation to U-Visas and waiver letters. Janet is dedicated to supporting individuals, families and couples by offering psychotherapy to facilitate and support mental and emotional health. Janet supports in providing diagnostic evaluations, has experience in treating Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Grief and other presenting mental health problems. Janet enjoys implementing play therapy for her adolescents and children to help regulate their emotions. Janet is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.
Janet finds passion in helping others, traveling and dancing. More than a profession this is Janet’s project in life, her mission is to continue her journey as a clinician preparing herself to then be able to give more to this world.