Early Start specialists provide one-on-one education, support, and resources tailored to fit each patient’s individual needs. Topics covered in Early Start appointments may include: the importance of avoiding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs as well as general pregnancy information, Kaiser Permanente classes, stress reduction techniques, pregnancy leave information, and mother/baby resources. For the patient’s convenience, Early Start appointments are booked in conjunction with routine prenatal appointments whenever possible.

Central Valley

Kathleen Shamp

Kathleen Grisez, MFT


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Doniece Hill, LCSW



Electra Goodwin

Electra Gentry, LCSW

Deer Valley/Livermore

Nikko Merlander

Nikko Merlander, LCSW

Deer Valley

Linda Mackinson

Linda Mackinson, LCSW

Martinez/Pleasanton/San Ramon

Christine Lyng

Cristy Lyng, LCSW

Shadelands/Walnut Creek

East Bay

Edith Givens

Edith Givens, MFT


Marisa Leto

Marisa Leto, MFT


Nancy Liu

Nancy Liu, PsyD


Greater Southern Alameda County

Lily Kadosh

   Lily Kadosh, PsyD

Fremont/Union City

Poupak Merrill

Poupak Merrill, PhD

San Leandro

Napa Solano

North Valley

Tresa Jones

Tresa Jones, LCSW

Folsom/Rancho Cordova

Tamatha Peterson

Tamatha Peterson, LCSW


Siobhan Rios

Siobhan Rios, MFT


Andrea Green

Andrea Green, PsyD

Sacramento Downtown Commons/Davis/Lincoln

San Francisco

Matthew Fishleder

 Matthew Fishleder, MFT

San Francisco


Nazaneen Nekbeen, MFT

San Francisco

San Mateo

Erin Pickett

Erin Pickett, MFT

Redwood City/San Mateo

San Rafael

Nichole Thomas

Nichole Thomas, MFT

Novato/Petaluma/San Rafael

Santa Clara

Shoko Horiuchi

Shoko Horiuchi, PhD

Campbel/Mountain View/ Santa Clara

Mary Kavanaugh, LMFT

Campbell/Mountain View/Santa Clara

Santa Rosa

Alia Prince

Alia Prince, LCSW

Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa

Jeannine Hays

Jeannine Hays, MFT

Rohnert Park/Santa Rosa

Erin Byous

Erin Byous, MFT

Santa Rosa

South Sacramento

Michelle Raines

Michelle Raines, MFT

Elk Grove/South Sacramento

Denise Moore

Denise Moore, LCSW

South Sacramento