Meet Our Team

Meet the Emmons Wellness Center Team

Devon Sakamoto MPH

Devon Sakamoto, MPH

Assistant Dean of Students for Emmons Wellness
Devon received a B.A. in Women's Studies from the University of California Riverside (UCR), and a Master of Public Health from George Washington University. She is currently pursuing an...
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 is a clinical psychologist who provides services using a lens that is justice-oriented, trauma-informed, and holistic.  Areas of focus include identity (ethnicity, culture, gender...
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...
Headshot of Melissa Ireland

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...
Professional headshot photo of Tirzah Blanche, outdoors on a sunny day, looking into camera and smiling

Tirzah Blanche, M.Ed.

Project SAFE Program Manager & Survivor Advocate
(323) 259-1359
Tirzah Blanche is the Project SAFE Program Manager and Survivor Advocate on campus. They are a California Certified Counselor-Advocate and hold a Masters in Education from the University of...
Support Services

Omar Mejorado

Oxy Card Services Assistant Director
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...