Meet Our Team

Meet the Emmons Wellness Center Team

Sara Semal

Sara Semal, LPCC

Senior Director of Student Wellness and Special Advisor to the President on Health and Safety
Sara received her graduate training in Counseling Psychology at New York University and Public Health at George Washington University. She went on to complete a Fellowship in Advanced...
Medical Services
Lily Nourmand

Lily Nourmand, MD

Medical Director
Lily Nourmand attended UCLA where she received a B.S. in microbiology. Dr. Nourmand received her M.D. from the UCLA School of Medicine and finished residency in Family Medicine at Stanford- San...
Evelyn Chan

Evelyn Chan, NP

Nurse Practitioner
Evelyn attended University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business-Economics and Specialization in Computing. She was working in Healthcare IT for several...

Adelina Lopez, NP

Nurse Practitioner
Adelina attended the Brandman University, where she earned a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. She trained in family practice and enjoyed working in family practice before joining the Emmons team...
Psychological Services
Jenny Heetderks

Jenny Heetderks, Psy.D.

Director of Counseling Services, Training Coordinator
Jenny graduated from the California School of Professional Psychology with a doctorate degree in psychology. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Counseling Center at University of...
Anna Rivera

Anna Rivera, Ph.D.

Staff Psychologist
Anna graduated with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in NJ and completed her internship at Maimonides Medical Center in NY.  For 7 years she then worked in...
Irma Breakfield

Irma Breakfield, MFT

Staff Therapist
Irma graduated from Phillips Graduate Institute with her master’s degree in Marriage Family Therapy and is currently completing her doctorate in Higher Education Leadership at California...
Paul Kurkjian

Paul Kurkjian, MD

Staff Psychiatrist
(323) 259-2657
Dr. Azad Paul Kurkjian is a board-certified adult and child psychiatrist specializing in neuropsychiatry. Dr. Kurkjian’s clinical interests include mood disorders, psychotic disorders, anxiety...
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Melissa Ireland, MS, RD

Melissa is a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified in Sports Dietetics. She provides nutrition counseling for the general population and athletes to manage and address health conditions and...
Marianne Frapwell

Marianne Frapwell, MSW, MBA

Senior Manager and Survivor Advocate, Project S.A.F.E.
(323) 259-1359
As a Survivor Advocate, Marianne provides highly confidential crisis support and resource options to students who experience sexual and power-based violence of any kind. Marianne operates within...
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Tirzah Blanche, M.Ed.

Program Coordinator & Prevention Education Specialist, Project S.A.F.E.
(323) 341-4750
Tirzah Blanche is the Program Coordinator & Prevention Education Specialist at Project SAFE, where she oversees all the prevention, education, and awareness-raising activities on Occidental’...
Support Services
Krista Place

Krista Place

Student Benefits & Insurance Specialist
Krista is the Student Benefits & Insurance Specialist at Emmons Wellness Center. She joined the Emmons team in July 2015. Krista has been working in the insurance and medical billing field...