Full Clinician and Staff Bios

Clinicial Team

Danny Arias, M.A.

Personal Counselor, Performance Coach, Executive Function Strategist

Danny Arias is a counselor at the Center for Developing Minds who works with preteens, teens and young adults. He uses many different approaches and adjusts counseling techniques based on the client’s needs. Danny prides himself on creating relationships built on trust with his students and understands that real progress can only be achieved when such a relationship exists. He has experience helping clients with anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, self-regulating, attention, communication skills, stress, bullying, social media, academic and college planning. Danny also moderates classes at the CDM, including “Sprint to the Finish: Academic Coaching designed to help students get “back on track” and finish the school year strong.” and “Train Your Mind: Mental Skills for the young athlete.”

Prior to joining the CDM, Danny served for nearly ten years as a school counselor in the bay area at Archbishop Mitty and Archbishop Riordan High Schools, where he worked with a wide variety of students on various topics and skills. In addition, he partnered with SF Suicide prevention to create a mental health education program for high school teens. He also has experience working with younger students, having completed some of his internship at Loma Prieta Elementary and C.T. English Middle School.

Danny earned a B.A. from California State University, Chico, and his M.A. in counselor education at San Jose State University. Part of his masters program was completed in Lusaka, Zambia, where he worked with orphans dealing with drug addiction, serious health issues, developmental set-backs, educational and social skills deficiencies.

Along with his counseling work, Danny enjoys working with youth athletes to help them improve their mental abilities. He is passionate about sports and has coached basketball at the junior college, high school and club levels.

Tara Cerruti, LMFT

Mariage & Family Therapist

Tara Cerruti is a therapist at the Center for Developing Minds providing remote online counseling for children and adolescents between the ages of 5 to 21 and their families. She uses a variety of approaches to work with children experiencing PTSD, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, themes of grief and loss, adjustment to parent divorce/separation and other parent-child relationship issues, identity formation, anger management, and behavioral challenges Her training is in trauma focused cognitive behavioral, attachment based, and play therapies.

Tara previously worked for the Sacramento Children’s Home Counseling Center providing therapy to children, adolescents and their families with intensive needs. Tara worked closely with parents and caregivers on how to advocate for their children’s mental health needs and rights within the educational systems.

Tara is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Sacramento State University and her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacific Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California.

Rachel Gilbert, M.A.

Educational Specialist

Rachel Gilbert is an Education Specialist at the Center for Developing Minds. Rachel’s understanding of neurodevelopmental diversity and executive functioning drives her creation of engaging interventions and supports for children and their families. Rachel’s expertise is in supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD to develop both the academic and social emotional skills needed for success at school, home and in the community. Rachel has a special interest in helping students develop reading comprehension skills and teaching personal organization and self-advocacy skills. Rachel works with children ages 4-14, providing creative therapy sessions that are fun, interactive and tailored to the individual needs of each child. She provides case management and collaboration among teachers, parents and clinical professionals.

Rachel brings many diverse experiences to the CDM, having worked in the fields of education and mental health for more than 20 years. She has been an educational advocate, learning specialist, special education coordinator, and most recently served as the director of school counseling at a school in Brooklyn, NY. Rachel has advanced training in using visual cues and supports to enhance the learning experiences of children with autism spectrum disorders. Rachel regularly provides training in these techniques to parents, mental health professionals, teachers and school administrators. Rachel enjoys organizing and facilitating social skills groups for children in elementary and middle school, and in addition to her work at the CDM, Rachel continues to co-lead online social skills groups with children in Brooklyn, NY.

Rachel holds a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education from the State University of New York, College at Geneseo, and an M.A. in Counseling and Guidance from New York University. Rachel has received certification in TEACCH at the University of North Carolina and also holds certification in Restorative Practices from IIRP.

Rachel recently moved from New York City to Los Gatos, and is enjoying the nature and outdoor activities that California has to offer. In her free time, she can be found making ceramics and gardening.

Carlin Graveline, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech and Language Pathologist

Carlin Graveline is a speech-language pathologist for the Center for Developing Minds assessing and treating children with a variety of communication difficulties, including developmental articulation and language impairments, hearing impairments, craniofacial anomalies and pragmatic language difficulties. She is a dyslexia specialist and has a special interest in literacy development. Carlin enjoys working with students to improve their phonological awareness and processing, reading comprehension, and oral and written expression.

In addition to her work at the CDM, Carlin is the Clinic Director for the Kay Armstead Center at San Jose State University, and greatly enjoys having an impact on the career paths of future speech-language pathologists. She previously worked with the Craniofacial Team and the Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment clinic at Kaiser Permanente, as well as in private practice and schools for the deaf. She has held numerous workshops for parents regarding typical and atypical communication development in young children, and encouraging language development for at-risk toddlers.

Carlin holds a M.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences, with a specialty in Auditory Oral Communication, from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and a B.A. in Communication Disorders and Sciences from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She has also completed additional training from the Hanen Program and the PROMPT Institute. In her spare time, Carlin enjoys running, hiking, exploring and farming with her young children and loved ones, as well as developing an ethos of sustainability with her family.

Cassandra Harms, M.A., LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

Cassandra Harms is a therapist at the Center for Developing Minds providing counseling for children and adolescents between the ages of 9 and 22 and their families. She uses a cognitive behavioral approach to working with youth struggling with anxiety, depression, behavioral and social problems. Cassandra also moderates several classes and groups at the CDM, including the popular "Let's Get Organized" and "Meltdowns to Shutdowns," which are offered periodically throughout the year.

Cassandra previously worked as a therapist for Eastfield Ming Quong (EMQ) Addiction Prevention Services, conducting high school therapy groups that handle issues related to self esteem, stress management, anger management, drug use and abuse. She was also a clinician for the EMQ Child and Adolescent Crisis Program where she provided safety assessments for youth at-risk for harming themselves or others, consulted with families to create a safety plan and orchestrated appropriate psychiatric placements.

Prior to joining the CDM, Cassandra trained for several years at one of Seneca Center’s adolescent psychiatric residential programs and then she managed the at-risk adolescent unit and supervised and trained residential staff at the Santa Clara County Children’s Shelter. She also worked at Las Plumas Mental Health, where she provided a variety of school districts with at-risk assessments for students to ensure that their educational needs were met.

Cassandra is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned a M.A. in Counseling and a B.A. in Psychology, both from St. Mary’s College of California. She is an active member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Damon Korb, M.D.

Clinic Director & Founder, Center for Developing Minds
Behavioral & Developmental Pediatrician, F.A.A.P.
Author, Raising an Organized Child

Damon Korb, M.D., a board-certified behavioral and developmental pediatrician, examines the neurodevelopmental brain functions that determine how a child learns, behaves and socializes. As the clinic director for the Center for Developing Minds, he guides a team of child development experts that care for children and young adults who are struggling. With the recent publication of his award-winning book, Raising an Organized Child, Dr. Korb aims to provide parents with an assortment of tools to help their children develop the skills they need to thrive.

Dr. Korb has more than 25 years of pediatric practice experience, including 20 years focusing on child behavior and development. He is the current Board Chairperson for Parents Helping Parents, a past President for the Society of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and a member of the Adjunct Clinical Faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Korb is a frequent speaker, having lectured to parents and professionals on a wide range of neurodevelopmental topics, and has provided advice on NPR, the Today Show, and other morning news programs, including stations in the LA, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. areas. He has contributed to articles featured in Parents Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times, OprahMag.com and Good Housekeeping.

Prior to creating the Center for Developing Minds, Dr. Korb established two other unique California clinics that continue to serve children with developmental variations. The many years of working closely with thousands of families -- and raising five children of his own -- has given him a unique perspective about what works, and what doesn’t, when it comes to parenting.

Dr. Korb completed his behavioral and developmental fellowship training at Center for Development and Learning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Korb finished his pediatric internship and residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and earned his medical degree in 1994 from the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, New York. Dr. Korb received a B.S. in psychobiology from the University of Southern California in 1990.

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Joyia Moeller, M.A., LEP

Licensed Educational Psychologist

Joyia Moeller is an educational psychologist for the Center for Developing Minds, with more than a decade of experience assessing cognitive, processing, and academic strengths and weaknesses in individuals from preschool through adulthood. Joyia also facilitates IEP meetings and coordinates the implementation of support plans, consulting with parents, teachers and outside agencies.

In addition to her work at the Center for Developing Minds, Joyia is currently a school psychologist at Sequoia Union High School. Prior to this, she was a psychologist at a number of school districts in bay area, serving students in grades from elementary to high school.

Joyia earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis, and a M.A. in School Psychology from Tufts University, Boston. In her free time, Joyia enjoys being outdoors with her family, reading and running.

Jennifer Rich, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

Jennifer Rich is a therapist at the Center for Developing Minds providing relationship counseling for children and adolescents and their families. She has been in private practice for more than 13 years, specializing in treating individuals who have trauma, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. Her training is in brief therapy, cognitive behavioral, as well as family systems.

Jennifer previously worked for Alliance for Mential Health and the Adolescent Residential Center (ARC) as a trauma team leader. She also provided care in the Adolescent Day Treatment Center and the Outpatient Mental Health Center of the Santa Clara County Department of Mental Health, where she offered group therapy, as well as individual and family therapy.

Jennifer is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned a M.S. in Marriage and Family, and Child Counseling and a B.S. in Psychology, both from San Jose State University. She is an active member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Julie Tucker, M.A., LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

Julie Tucker is a therapist at the Center for Developing Minds providing counseling for families and children, adolescents, and young adults, between the ages of 5 to 26, and their caregivers. She is experienced in helping with anxiety, depression, parent-child relationship issues, social struggles and behavioral challenges. Her training is in cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment based and play therapies, and she takes a holistic approach to build skills, help people get unstuck, and strengthen resilience.

Passionate about experiential learning, Julie often incorporates movement, story, play, expressive arts, and mindfulness in the structure of her practical skill sessions. She is currently developing the CDM’s first horticultural therapy (gardening) group.

Previously, Julie worked for Bay Area Clinical Associates, working closely with psychiatrists and educators to provide therapy and support families and their children’s mental health needs. Prior to this, she worked for EMQ Families First (now Uplift) with struggling children and families in the foster care system. She also had her own private therapy practice.

Julie is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her B.A. in Communications from Santa Clara University and her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary, San Jose. She is a certified EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association) mental health practitioner. She is an active member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the California Association of Play Therapists.

Makenzie Wesner, M.S., R.N., P.H.N., P.N.P.-P.C.

Behavioral and Developmental Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Makenzie Wesner, N.P., is a behavioral and developmental pediatric nurse practitioner at Center for Developing Minds and a leader in child development and behavior. Makenzie specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children with a wide array of challenges such as autism, ADHD, motor-communication disorders, and executive dysfunctions, all among various intellectual and genetic backdrops. With training in sensory processing combined with a focus on self-regulation and social thinking development, Makenzie offers an expert and meticulous approach to understanding diverse and complex behaviors with each assessment. She is also passionate about serving those affected by depressive, anxiety, and stress-related difficulties. Makenzie partners with clients, families, educators, and fellow providers throughout the entire process of​ care.

In addition to her work at the CDM, Makenzie is managing editor for DBMH Resource, an online collection of resources for pediatric providers through the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). She was elected to the NAPNAP Developmental, Behavioral & Mental Health Special Interest Group Board in 2016 and currently serves as Chairperson.

Prior to joining the CDM team in 2018, Makenzie practiced at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland in Behavioral Health & Psychiatry, where she helped improve services for children, teens and young adults with developmental disorders. During that time, Makenzie earned research reliability in autism diagnostics with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Service, Training, Advocacy & Research (STAR) Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

Makenzie completed her M.S. in advanced practiced pediatric nursing to become a pediatric nurse practitioner at UCSF. She completed a series of specialty residencies throughout her training including Stanford Children’s High-Risk Infant Follow-up Clinic and Developmental & Behavioral Middle Childhood Clinic. Within the UCSF Pediatric Brain Center, she completed residencies at the Cognitive & Behavioral Pediatric Neurology Clinic, the Multi-disciplinary Assessment Center at San Francisco General Hospital, and the Autism Neuro-Genetic Clinic. She also holds a minor in genomics from UCSF.

Throughout her graduate studies, Makenzie practiced as a licensed behavioral therapist through Red House Behavior Resources in San Francisco. Before this, Makenzie worked as a teacher at Victory Academy in Oregon, a private non-profit school for children on the autism spectrum. She is a certified public health nurse with a B.S. in Community Health and a B.A. in Spanish, both from Oregon State University. Makenzie speaks Spanish fluently and in her free time, she enjoys open water swimming, trail running and the great outdoors.

Nurse Practitioners, or NPs, are registered nurses who have the advanced education and experience necessary to perform patient care duties comparable to those of a physician. For instance, NPs are able to provide diagnostic assessments and prescribe treatments including medication. NPs are generally trained in a specialized area and have master’s and/or doctoral degrees. Like physicians, NPs are licensed in the state(s) in which they practice and maintain clinical competency through ongoing education and professional development.

Randy Yates, M.A., LEP

Licensed Educational Psychologist

Randy Yates is a Licensed Educational Psychologist at the Center for Developing Minds, with more than twenty-five years of experience supporting students encountering cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and developmental barriers to learning. Randy provides psychoeducational evaluations that give insight to students, parents, and teachers, allowing for adaptive and flexible acquisition of knowledge and skills in school and beyond.

Randy believes that neuropsychological test results, parent and teacher observations, and school performance are best interpreted through the child - not the other way around. Randy’s practice is rooted in the belief that children develop a unique set of knowledge and abilities shaped by the interplay of the cultural, social, and motivational contexts of their surroundings.

Prior to joining the CDM, Randy served as a district, county, and charter school psychologist and he volunteered his clinical services at the Mustard Seed School, an emergency school for homeless children. Before becoming a school psychologist, Randy worked with students whose emotional and behavioral struggles necessitated placement in a residential school in a Northern California wilderness program and California Pacific Medical Center. Randy also assisted students attending international schools in Tokyo, Japan, and Seoul, South Korea.

Randy is a Licensed Educational Psychologist, School Psychologist, and School Counselor. Randy earned his B.A. in Applied Psychology from Long Beach State University and his M.A. in School Psychology from San Francisco State University.

Clinic Staff

Samantha Holland

Medical Receptionist

Samantha provides administrative support to the clinical team and manages patient inquiries. She is one of the first points of contact for CDM clients, via phone or email.

Samantha has a B.S. in Psychology from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and is currently pursuing a Master's in Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University. In her free time, she enjoys running, painting, and hanging with her cats.

Kevin Korb

Office Coordinator

Kevin is the CDM office assistant and special projects coordinator who oversees a variety of administrative duties, including managing the reception desk and new patient inquiries, providing CharmHealth technical assistance, and scheduling appointments.

Kevin has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern California.

Liz Valenti

Medical Receptionist

Liz provides administrative support to the clinical team and manages patient inquiries. She is one of the first points of contact for CDM clients, via phone or email.

Liz has a B.A. in Speech Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a minor in Business. She enjoys dining out (pre-pandemic), lap swimming, and hiking with her family.