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Meet Our Team

Ravi Goklaney, MD, DLFAPA

Medical Director

Dr Goklaney is a Distinguished Life Fellow of American Psychiatric Association for his lifelong commitment to his patients, profession, and legislative changes to enhance the quality of life for the patients and their families. He currently is the Medical Director of Advanced Medical Psychiatric Services, which provides psychiatric treatment, psychological testing, individual counseling, couple and family counseling. He also works at Omni Behavioral Health to serve the underprivileged patients in the community.

 

He has been a psychiatrist for the last 33 years and has worked as an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA Westwood and at UCLA Kern Bakersfield, CA. He worked as a Medical Director for Good Samaritan Psychiatric Hospital and Bakersfield Behavioral Healthcare Hospital. He worked for Kern County Behavioral Health from 1996 to 2010.

He served as a President of Central California Psychiatric Society, Assembly member of American Psychiatric Association. Currently, he is chair of multiple committees for the Central California Psychiatric Society. He served as a Behavioral Health Board Member for Kern County Behavioral Health from 2014 to 2016. He also has been very involved with NAMI Kern, CA NAMI, and NAMI National for advocacy and education for the patients and their families.

 

Dr Goklaney has several recognitions for his community service. He is the recipient of CA NAMI Recovery Practitioner of the Year in 2011, Lifetime Achievement Award from Central California Psychiatric Society for his contribution for the advocacy for patients and the profession in 2015. He received Legislature Resolution by California State Assembly and Senate as a Physician of Kern County 2018 for his contribution to the community of Central California and Kern County.

 

Most recently, on April 7, 2018, the Central California Psychiatric Society initiated an award under his name. “Ravi K Goklaney, MD Ambassador & Diplomacy Award” for his ability to resolve conflicts among peers and create unity to be effective in advocacy for our patients and profession. Dr Goklaney treats every patient like his family member and expects the same from every mental health professional.

Director of Psychology

Hasmita Goklaney, PsyD

Dr. Hasmita (Mita) Goklaney is a Board Certified licensed Clinical Psychologist who started her professional career in 1978 in social work.  She later became an LCSW, providing care to those “without a voice.” She was involved with early intervention, foster care, adoption, IEPs and teaching. Her academic training and work experience has provided her the opportunity to join Advanced Medical Psychiatric Services to therapeutic services and psychological testing to children, adolescents, and adults as she strives to provide optimal patient care.  Dr. Mita is also the Director of Psychology where she has taken on the administrative task to provide clinical supervisory hours for Psychological Assistants and Associate Marriage and Family Therapists.

Suneena Pokkamthanam, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Suneena Pokkamthanam, PA-C is a Certified Physician Assistant. Her greatest asset, stemming from her experience, is her knowledge of the physical aspects, empathic listening skills, and attention to detail regarding patient care. She understands that each patient, even with the same diagnosis, is not the same and makes it a point to listen to each patient to provide individualized treatment plans tailored to each individual.