Valerie Doyle, MA, LMFT, Clinical Director - Valerie Doyle has 11+ years of clinical experience counseling urban women and families, and 9+ years of non-profit program development and management experience. She is passionate about seeing hearts and minds strengthen and healed, lives and relationships restored and new visions birthed in people. She has specialized training in grief & loss, childhood trauma, EMDR, women’s issues, mood disorders, somatic experiencing and life transitions. Valerie is currently working on her doctoral research to address how somatic experiencing resolves pervasive trauma in women of color.
Beverly Thomas, Executive Assistant - Beverly has 20+ years experience from a diverse career background and she holds a degree in business. In addition to her administrative skills, her concern for, love, respect and compassion for every woman who walks in the door is clearly evident. Her goal is to ensure that each woman feels welcomed and safe every time she arrives. As the mother of three young women, Beverly understands the unique needs of women today and is committed to helping and serving them.
Dr. Julius Johnson, PhD - Dr. Johnson has over 40+ years of experience as a psychologist. His whole career has been focused on serving minority populations. He has worked extensively in San Francisco with a diverse population within community mental health and later in private practice seeing children, families and various cultural minority populations. Even though he commutes from San Francisco, he is thrilled to be part of our team of clinicians. Dr. Johnson describes his work serving women at Restore Women's Wellness Centers as his "passion project."
Dr. Alta Monroe, PsyD - Dr. Monroe has provided services to the Masai people of Tanzania, victims of the devastating southern hurricanes and developed support groups for first responders. Beyond Dr. Monroe’s experience as a psychologist assistant, she was a psychiatric RN for over 25+ years. As a result, she treats clients in a very holistic way. "I feel reaching out for emotional support should be viewed no differently than when we reach out for help for our hearts, lungs, feet, eyes, hands or pain."
Ricka White-Soso, LCSW - Ricka has 25+ years of experience working with Bay Area residents from abuse survivors to former foster youth and ex-offenders managing a variety of difficult life issues. She has specialized training in sexual assault, domestic violence and batterer intervention. Ricka’s desire is to see underserved women in the East Bay live healthy lifestyles and experience wellness. "Building and maintaining rapport is my priority throughout our time together as this is an important task in developing a strong therapeutic foundation and relationship."
Dr. Kimberly Whitaker, PsyD - Dr. Whitaker has 12+ years of experience working with adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression, psychotic disorder, trauma, child and adult physical, sexual and mental abuse, and domestic and community violence. She has 20+ of experience working with the re-entry community, people struggling with addiction, and people addressing issues of homelessness. Dr. Whitaker is uniquely skilled for her work at Restore Women’s Wellness Centers having written her doctoral dissertation on childhood sexual abuse of African American women and the impact of sexual trauma.
Shari Plunkett, Founder/CEO - Shari Plunkett has led non-profit organizations serving women since 1984. She believes that every woman should have the opportunity to, not just survive, but thrive – because when women are well their families and communities follow. Shari is a visionary and courageous leader, a compelling communicator and an experienced fundraiser, who in the course of her career, has raised over $25M. She is proud to be serving the mental health needs of low income women in her hometown of San Leandro.