Child, Adolescent & Family Providers

Psychiatrists/Psychotherapists

Neevon Esmaili, M.D. (Medical Director)

"I enjoy the process of providing care to my patients, and entered the medical field with the intent to become a psychiatrist. I have a passion for clinical care and dedication to providing the highest quality of service. Bringing together my medical, psychotherapeutic, and psychiatric knowledge inspires me everyday. Providing a safe and therapeutic environment is my goal."

Background:

  • Two Board Certifications in Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
  • Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harbor-University of California Los Angeles, named Chief Fellow.
  • Trained in Adult Psychiatry at the University of Southern California, earned the resident research award and was a graduate education committee representative involved in shaping curriculum.
  • Attended Medical school at the State University of New York Downstate Health Science Center at Brooklyn.
  • Attended the University of California, Berkeley, graduating with a major in neurobiology as well as a minor in theatre and performance studies.

Scholarly Activities:

  • Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & the Behavioral Sciences (Voluntary) at the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California*
  • Co-Author of a literature review paper published in a peer reviewed journal on ketamine abuse and diversion. (Read Journal Article Here)
  • Published a case report on the management of a patient with a brain tumor and mental illness in the American Journal of Psychiatry Residents Journal. (Read Report Here)
  • Presented research findings on medical disorders in adult psychiatric outpatients at the American Psychosomatic Society annual meeting on a travel scholarship.

Professional Memberships:

  • American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Medical Association

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Experience:

  • Practicing as a medically licensed physician since 2011.
  • Practicing as a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist since 2013.
  • Practicing as a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist since 2014.

 

 

*Mental Fitness Clinic is not affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California

Psychotherapists

Polster HeadshotDouglas R. Polster, PhD (Adolescent Psychotherapist)

*Adolescent patients 13-14 and over only

Dr. Polster is a licensed clinical psychologist with specializations in neuropsychology and sports psychology.

Dr. Polster provides sports psychology services to athletes in a number of areas including injury recovery, stress management, and anxiety/depression, as well as performance enhancement. He has successfully worked with professional, Division-I, and high school athletes. Dr. Polster works with athletes to identify what drives them to succeed and assists them in leveraging their innate abilities to ensure the best results.

Dr. Polster grew up in a sports environment and played varsity basketball at Johns Hopkins University, serving as a captain his senior year. In his free time, Dr. Polster serves as a director of an LA-based social and fitness group and enjoys golfing and surfing.

Education:

  • Fellowship trained in Sports Neuropsychology at the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program and UCLA Medical Psychological Assessment Center
  • Internship at Broward Health Medical Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL, focusing on the intersection of medical conditions and psychiatric disorders
  • Doctor Of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University
  • Bachelors of Arts from Johns Hopkins University in Psychology and Spanish

Scholarly Activities:

  • Multiple research presentations at national conferences including the University of California Neurotrauma Conference and the American Academy of Neurology Sports Concussion Conference
  • JAMA Pediatrics editorial on pediatric health-related functioning after concussion
  • Member of the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT research team

Training and Certifications:

  • Licensed by the state of California to practice psychology (PSY 29235)
  • ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Test) certified

 

Sevil Arli

Sevil Arli, Psy.D.

Dr. Sevil Arli is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has worked with adults, children and teens for over 10 years. She utilizes an integrative approach to provide group therapy, individual therapy and play therapy. She has extensive experience working with children and adolescents, including ABA, the floor time model and behavior therapies.

Dr. Arli uses an integrative approach which allows for treatment to be tailored to the client to best meet the individual's needs. This may include interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic and the Gestalt models. Dr. Arli enjoys working with clients who may be dealing with anxiety disorders, depression and other mood disorders, OCD, Trauma, relationship issues, childhood disorders, developmental disorders, ADHD, and social skill deficits.

Education:

  • Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology, Emphasis: Family, Couples and Children
    • California School for Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Los Angeles
  • Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, Emphasis: Family, Couples and Children
    • California School for Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Los Angeles
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
    • Cal State University, Northridge

License Number:

  • PSY29829

Experience:

  • Early Start program at Exceptional Children’s Foundation: Working with children and families with developmental disorders
  • Children Youth and Family Services Consortium: Working with teens with depression, anxiety, academic difficulties, difficulties with sexuality, sexual abuse, relationship issues in a high school setting
  • Los Angeles Job Corps: Worked with teens and young adults doing assessment, individual and group work (loss and grief, anger management and resiliency) and teaching/psycho-education
  • Professional Child Development Associates: Used Floortime therapy to work children teens and young adults with developmental disorders and their families
  • B.E.S.T., Inc. : Used Applied Behavioral Analysis to work with clients diagnosed with ADHD, ASD, ODD, emotional disturbance, anxiety and other childhood disorders
  • Community West: Provide OCD treatment using CBT, Habit reversal and Exposure with Response Prevention to teens and young adults

Neuropsychologists

Polster HeadshotDouglas R. Polster, PhD

*Adolescent patients 10 and over only

Dr. Polster is a licensed clinical psychologist with specializations in neuropsychology and sports psychology. He provides expert neurocognitive evaluations designed to assess strengths and weaknesses in order to help individuals better understand how to leverage their strengths as well cope with any weaknesses. He offers baseline and post-injury concussion evaluation, psychoeducational testing, and ADHD and learning disability evaluations, as well as testing for memory related difficulties. Each evaluation is tailored to the individual to provide the most accurate results and contains personalized recommendations.

Dr. Polster grew up in a sports environment and played varsity basketball at Johns Hopkins University, serving as a captain his senior year. In his free time, Dr. Polster serves as a director of an LA-based social and fitness group and enjoys golfing and surfing.

Education:

  • Fellowship trained in Sports Neuropsychology at the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program and UCLA Medical Psychological Assessment Center
  • Internship at Broward Health Medical Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL, focusing on the intersection of medical conditions and psychiatric disorders
  • Doctor Of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University
  • Bachelors of Arts from Johns Hopkins University in Psychology and Spanish

Scholarly Activities:

  • Multiple research presentations at national conferences including the University of California Neurotrauma Conference and the American Academy of Neurology Sports Concussion Conference
  • JAMA Pediatrics editorial on pediatric health-related functioning after concussion
  • Member of the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT research team

Training and Certifications:

  • Licensed by the state of California to practice psychology (PSY 29235)
  • ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Test) certified

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