The staff of Healthy Within provides successful Neurofeedback treatments which are customized especially for our patients, taking great care to ensure each treatment restores optimum function, health and hope to live a more fuller life. Learn more about the Healthy Within Brain Health Institute Team:
Divya Kakaiya, Ph.D., CEDS CEO
Dr. Kakaiya has been practicing Psychotherapy since 1985 and is a true visionary in her field of Psychotherapy and Neurofeedback. She is a seasoned expert in the field of brain conditions and neurofeedback, and has presented at numerous professional and lay conferences over the last 18 years. She specializes with cross cultural issues, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, ADHD/ADD, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), trauma, women’s issues, substance abuse, utilizing Neurofeedback as one of her primary treatment modalities. She has also published extensively on issues related to family dynamics, treating adolescents with eating disorders and issues related to South Asian Women. Additionally, she was on editorial board of numerous eating disorder journals, and journals of cultural diversity. She has also been on the conference committees for the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP) and the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) as well as a member of the International Society for Neurofeedback & Research (ISNR) and the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). She is also a member of EEG info.
Dr. Kakaiya conducts Neurotherapy, individual, family and couples therapy for the program. Her most passionate areas of interest include Neurofeedback, brain health, PTSD and TBI treatment for our returning military, and eating disorder prevention. She founded the Healthy Within Foundation in 2002 with the hopes of being able to conduct more aggressive prevention programs particularly in middle schools. She is a very dynamic, warm, real, and engaging therapist who has brought about major changes in the ways family members relate with one another.
Dr. Kakaiya was personally introduced to Neurofeedback through a family member and having experienced the benefits herself she is an avid proponent of Neurofeedback. As a cancer survivor herself, Dr. Kakaiya has used Neurofeedback for many cancer patients for anxiety, depression and the memory loss that comes with the introduction of Chemotherapy.
Click here to learn more about Dr. Kakaiya and Healthy Within.
- Building Better Brain Balance with Neurofeedback
- Helping Your Child Boost Brain Power
- The Military Mind – Effective Treatment for PTSD
- Women Warriors
- Brain Training for Teens
- Brain Strength for Seniors
Ori Lidor, Psy.D.
Dr. Ori Lidor earned his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Alliant International University in 2015. With over 10 years of clinical experience in the mental health field, Dr. Lidor has cultivated an approach to healing and recovery that is integrative in nature. With a passion for holistic health, Dr. Lidor addresses the biopsychosocial components that comprise ones overall mental health to help his clients better connect to, and cultivate, their healthier selves. Dr. Lidor believes that within each individual lies the endless capacity for self-healing and care, and he works diligently to gently guide each individual to discover the healing process that resonates for them.
What attracted Dr. Lidor to Healthy Within was the clinics focus on the importance of brain regulation in overall mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. With Neurofeedback as the cornerstone of Healthy Within’s “Brain Health Institute”, Dr. Lidor was immediately in harmony with the clinics mission and means of health promotion and education. With the brain playing an integral role in both regulation and dysregulation, Dr. Lidor is thrilled to work together with each Healthy Within client to improve overall brain functioning, flexibility, and resilience.
Dr. Lidor’s specialty areas are in that of child, adolescent, and family therapy, with an emphasis in child abuse prevention and treatment. Dr. Lidor has been teaching parenting classes utilizing Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) ™ since 2012, and has training in clinical hypnosis as an empirically validated therapeutic adjunct for the treatment of depression, anxiety, pain management, and a host of additional maladies. Dr. Lidor has a wealth of experience in working with a wide range of mental health concerns including ADHD, the autism spectrum, behavioral issues, depression, anxiety, PTSD, adjustment disorders, and death and loss.
Having lived in San Diego since 2008, Dr. Lidor has grown a deep appreciation for time spent recharging in the sun at its beautiful beaches. Being a former gymnast, Dr. Lidor continues to enjoy promoting his own overall health by exercising and practicing mixed martial arts during his free time. He loves going back home to spend quality time with his family in Los Angeles, and enjoys time spent socializing and laughing with friends.
Dr. Lidor is thrilled to be part of the Healthy Within team, and is looking forward to working together with his clients to cultivate vibrant and fulfilling lives!
Kelly McCarthy, M.A.
Kelly began her journey with Healthy Within as an intern in 2014, where she facilitated the Full of Ourselves girls prevention program. Interning and working at Healthy Within has reinforced her passion to pursue psychology as a career. Upon graduating from the University of San Diego with degrees in Psychology and Anthropology, she is warmly welcomed into the role of Administrative Assistant, Prevention Coordinator, and Neurofeedback Technician. She is grateful for the opportunity and position at Healthy Within to expand her knowledge about health promotion and prevention, Neurofeedback, and attend professional presentations. Kelly is currently attending graduate school at Alliant International University’s California School of Professional Psychology for her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a health emphasis.
After growing up on the east coast, she feels at home in San Diego’s sunshine and year-round surf. As a former competitive swimmer, she understands the importance of balance, which is why she is so excited about neurofeedback and the amazing benefits it offers the brain and body. In her free time, Kelly is never far from the ocean and loves to surf, swim, run, hike, travel, and enjoy the outdoors. Her current favorite book and recommendation is “Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do” by Wallace Nichols.
Jillean Veroneau, B.A.
Jillean is a graduate of Roger Williams University with a double major in Psychology and Biology. Her interest in neuroscience was sparked by a seven week college accredited program she undertook at Brown University while still in High School, and it has been a passion of hers ever since.
After graduating she worked as an applied behavioral therapist with special needs children, specifically those with autism, in Boston. She also gained experience as neurofeedback technician while living on the east coast.
Jillean grew up on an organic farm in New Hampshire and was introduced to alternative medicine and holistic health at a very young age. She has carried that with her throughout life and hopes to pursue a career in natural medicine.
Having relocated to San Diego a year ago, she was excited by the prospect of being able to continue her career in neurofeedback therapy at Healthy Within. Jillean particularly appreciates how neurofeedback helps people experience a noticeable improvement in their quality of life, and finds this aspect of her job particularly satisfying.
In Jillean’s free time she likes to enjoy the outdoors and make the most of the sunny San Diego climate. She is also an avid traveller and is always eager to learn about new cultures.
Austin Lutz, B.A.
Austin is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology. He first came across Neurofeedback in junior college while building and testing Neurofeedback devices for a small engineering company. After learning about the many benefits of Neurofeedback from the practitioners who used the devices, he became fascinated with the prospect of helping people with it. During his senior year at UCSC he gained experience as an intern at a Neurofeedback clinic, where he witnessed firsthand the variety of symptoms Neurofeedback can treat.
Since graduating from college, Austin has worked at a foster care home and as an ABA therapist for children with Autism in the school district and in the home. He was also a research assistant at UC San Diego for their study involving Autism and Neurofeedback. He hopes to pursue a career as a Neurofeedback practitioner and help those who seek an alternative to pharmaceutical medications. He is very excited about the opportunity to continue with Neurofeedback as his main therapeutic tool at Healthy Within.
Austin was born and raised in East County San Diego and enjoys biking and hiking in the mountains and snowboarding in the winter. Being a multi-sport athlete, he also appreciates the benefits that Neurofeedback gives in mental focus and recovery.
Valerie Dapsis, B.A.
Valerie is a graduate of UC San Diego with a bachelors degree in psychology. While at UCSD, she was introduced to Healthy Within by a fellow colleague and Psi Chi member who was also a current intern at Healthy Within. Valerie interned throughout undergrad and worked as a Full of Ourselves group facilitator, where she lead numerous groups for middle and high school girls to promote wellness and leadership skills. Since graduating, she has been welcomed in as an administrative assistant.
Valerie has a passion for all aspects of health, including fitness, nutrition, as well as mental health. She participated in research in undergrad in health psychology, where conducted an experiment looking at the effects a positive affirmations based exercise program has on mood and interoceptive abilities. While she enjoys working in research, her passion lies in more clinical aspects of psychology, where she would like to specialize in the treatment of eating disorders and learn more about neurofeedback. She is excited to be starting her graduate career at University of San Diego in the fall of 2016 for her masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
During her free time, Valerie enjoys practicing yoga, going to the beach, and continuing to learn to play her acoustic guitar. She also enjoys learning about new organic skincare and makeup products, as she’s also been a part time makeup artist the past five years.
Roshni Kakaiya, B.A.
Roshni joined the team while in the womb, when the entire concept of “Healthy Within” was just an idea! She is the proud daughter of Dr. Kakaiya and is joining the Healthy Within team until she goes off to medical school in September. Having been surrounded by her mother’s energy and wisdom for all her life, Roshni has always been nurtured and supported by Healthy Within, and is looking forward to being a part of the team and helping to grow the business.
Roshni currently attends medical school at Touro University in Vallejo, CA. Before starting medical school, she graduated from Scripps College in 2013 where she majored in Gender & Women’s Studies and minored in Hispanic Studies. She is particularly passionate about serving the women of her community, and hopes to work with women in her future medical practice.
Present and Past Healthy Within Team Members HW Group photo
From left, Kate Pavlak, MFT, Dr, Kakaiya, Jennifer Torio, LCSW, and Dr. Schroeder (center).