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Clinical Staff

The Clinical Staff at Cedar Hills

The staff is comprised of a variety of skilled professionals with diverse medical,clinical and therapeutic backgrounds and specialties.

Robbie Bahl, MD, DABFM
Family Medicine

Dr. Robbie Bahl is Board Certified in Family Medicine and board eligible for the Addiction Medicine Board Certification (ABAM). Dr. Bahl completed his fellowship in addiction medicine at Columbia University at the Addiction Institute of New York. He completed his residency program at Drexel University School of Medicine. Dr. Bahl specializes in addiction and enjoys working with patients in need of medication assisted therapies.

Vandana Bindal, MD
Medical Director, Internal Medicine

Dr. Vandana Bindal is a board certified internal medicine physician who works with patients on the short-term management of their physical health needs while in treatment at Cedar Hills Hospital. She earned her medical degree from Sawai Man Singh Medical College in Rajasthan, India. Dr. Bindal completed her residency in internal medicine at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, an affiliate of Cornell University. She brings 18 years of medical expertise to Cedar Hills Hospital.

Jenn Brown
Assistant Director of Nursing

Jennifer has been a nurse for 6 years, with all of that time spent in Mental Health and Chemical Dependancy. She started her career at Cedar Hills Hospital as a nurse on our Crisis Stabalization Unit. She is now using her nursing experience and Human Resource background in nursing leadership.

Ann Childers, MD
Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Ann Childers is a board certified psychiatrist with a passionate interest in regaining our physical and mental health through nutrition and sleep. Dr. Childers received her medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University. She completed her residency and internship at Wright Patterson Air Force Base/Wright State University. She completed a fellowship at Tripler Army Medical Center. She served in the US Air Force beginning in 1992, honorably discharged at the rank of Major (0-4) in 2000.

Leah Cruz
Director of Nursing

Experienced, board certified psychiatric and mental health registered nurse, over 25 years in leadership and management. Experience includes: Clinical Operations Nurse Manager; Program Administrator; Regional Nurse Manager Mental Health Department; Former State of Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) Extended Health Care Manager- Executive Service Level E Addictions and Mental Health Division; State Hospital Nursing Leadership Adult Service and Forensic Program. Former member of the State of Oregon Mental Health Evidence Based Practice Approval Committee, Former Chair of Trauma Informed Care Committee for the State of Oregon DHS and FEMA trained for Emergency Response

Bryan Dixon

Bryan Dixon III, MD
Attending Psychiatrist

Dr. Bryan Dixon serves as an attending psychiatrist for all of our mental health and chemical dependency programs. He earned his medical degree at Texas Tech School of Medicine in Lubbock, Texas. Dr. Dixon completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and is board certified in psychiatry.

Brian Esparza, MD
Psychiatry, Medical Director

Dr. Brian Esparza completed both his medical education and residency training at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine. As a graduate of a top ten medical school in the country, Dr. Esparza is well trained with evidence based treatment. He currently serves as the Medical Director for Cedar Hills Hospital and Outpatient Services. Dr. Esparza has a particular interest in chemical dependency treatment and co-occurring disorders. He is a member of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and he is board certified in Psychiatry. Dr. Esparza is bilingual and fluent in English and Spanish.

Neha Gauri, MD
Attending Psychiatrist

Dr. Neha Gauri is a skilled psychiatrist with more than seven years of experience working with patients in hospitals and community health centers. She earned her medical degree from Lady Hardinge Medical College in New Delhi and completed her residency at the University at Buffalo Medical School. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Gauri enjoys working with the multidisciplinary team at Cedar Hills and brings years of expertise in working with patients who have co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders, a specialty CHH provides to our community.

Lori Hoffman

Lori Hoffman
Director of Intake

Lori is the Director of Clinical Services for Cedar Hills Hospital and has more than 20 years of experience in the behavioral health field. Lori is a licensed professional counselor and earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and master’s degree in psychology with honors, both from Chapman University in Orange, California. Her work experience includes counseling, management, and director positions in California, Colorado, United Kingdom, and Alaska before coming to Oregon.

Jennie Kjos, RPh, LAc, MBA
Director of Pharmacy and Champion of Acupuncture Program

Jennie was one of the initial team that opened the hospital in 2009. In addition to her BS in pharmacy, she has a Master of Management and Master of Acupunture and Oriental Medicine. She enjoys working with the multi-disciplinary team at Cedar Hills. She is responsible for the pharmacy operations and developed the acupuncture program. She created AcuEase™, a form of acupressure used in the hospital.

Julia Mantle

Julia Mantle
Associate Director of Training & Education

Julia has 36 years of psychiatric nursing experience. She graduated from the University of Washington School of Nursing in 1982 and received her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her experience includes positions in direct patient care, leadership & management as well as research & education in both general and specialty psychiatric care areas. Julia decided to join Cedar Hills because of the opportunity to move back into clinical education, an area that she is very passionate about.

Todd Palumbo, MD
Attending Psychiatrist

Dr. Palumbo graduated from Case Western Reserve University with his M.D. and M.B.A.; he completed his residency in psychiatry and fellowship in forensic psychiatry at University of Cincinnati. He is board certified in psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and addiction medicine. He is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Dr. Palumbo enjoys collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team, and he focuses his treatment on evidence based medicine.

Sarah Paul, PMHMP
Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Sarah Paul MSN, PMHNP-BC is an ANCC board certified family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She completed her graduate work through Washington State University and her undergraduate work through the University of North Florida. She has worked in adult psychiatric care for the majority of her career. She has a background in community mental health care, psychosomatic disorders, neurology and inpatient psychiatric care. She enjoys working with a multidisciplinary team treating severe mental illness and providing crisis stabilization services, as well as treating co-occurring disorders.

Utako Sekiya, MD
Staff Psychiatrist

Dr. Utako Sekiya is a staff psychiatrist in the mental health program at Cedar Hills Hospital. She earned her medical degree from Fujita Health University in Toyoake, Japan. She completed her residency in the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University and a fellowship in “Cross-Cultural Traumatic Stress” at the Intercultural Clinic at OHSU. Dr. Sekiya received intensive training for culturally sensitive psychotherapy for Asian immigrants via an interpreter. Dr. Sekiya is fluent in English and Japanese.

Daron Webb
Manager of Utilization Review

Daron received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Memphis. Shortly after completing her degree, she began her three-year stint in psychiatric admissions at a UHS hospital in Memphis. She transferred her position to Cedar Hills Hospital in July 2015, and in January of 2017 moved to the Utilization Review department. Daron stepped into the managerial role in August of 2017. She has thoroughly enjoyed the Pacific Northwest’s gorgeous scenery since moving here and likes to take it in by hiking with her corgi. She has been told that her lack of an accent is surprising given that she is originally from Tennessee.

Phyll Zuberi, MD
Psychiatry, Medical Director, The Military Program

Dr. Phyll Zuberi currently serves as the medical director of The Military Program at Cedar Hills Hospital. He earned his medical degree at King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan. Dr. Zuberi completed his residency at U.T. Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at the University of Florida. He enjoys working with the military to collaborate and provide evidence-based treatment for our US military service members.