UNDERSTAND

About Us

 

Quality of life is something no one should have to forgo. At the Anne Sippi Clinic, we are dedicated to this philosophy. We use medication judiciously to decrease symptoms of psychosis, and maintain a stimulating environment that enables our clients to explore their potential within ASC and their greater community.

 

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The Anne Sippi Clinic empowerment and recovery model:

 

  • Provide a better quality of life for our clients, reducing the need for hospitalization and restrictive or segregated living
  • Foster personal empowerment while reducing social isolation and stigma
  • Help all persons with mental illness to achieve their potential as co-workers, neighbors and friends; offer supported employment to all participants, regardless of illness status or functional ability
  • Involve families in treatment planning and interventions, facilitating reunification and healthy family dynamics
  • Teach psychological skills for problem solving, emotional regulation and adaptive responding to life’s stressors

 

Each client’s experience plays a central role in treatment and assessment at ASC. Improved quality of life is our greatest measurement of success.

 

 

ASC practitioners

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Michael Rosberg, Ph.D.

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Dr. Rosberg has over 30 years of experience treating the refractory mentally ill in both inpatient and outpatient environments. Dr. Rosberg is a licensed clinical psychologist, a marriage and family therapist, and maintains a robust private practice specializing in the provision of evidence-based best practices for major mental illnesses, neuropsychology, assessment and development. Dr. Rosberg has been a featured presenter at multiple national conferences including the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) and the International Symposium for Psychotherapy and Schizophrenia. Dr. Rosberg has also consulted for mental health departments within 11 California counties and provided input in the writing of a landmark bill addressing the provision of mental health services in California (AB1425) that was signed into law in 2002.

 

 

Chess Brodnick, Ph.D.

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Dr. Brodnick earned degrees from California Coast University, Pepperdine University and California State University Northridge in the field of psychology. As a licensed marriage family therapist (MFT), Dr. Brodnick has over 37 years of experience working with individuals with chronic, persistent mental illness. A co-founder of the Anne Sippi Clinic, Dr. Brodnick has assisted many patients on their road to recovery through pioneer treatments in a community setting. Dr. Brodnick has lectured nationwide on the subject of treating refractory clients in the community and believes ASC patients are living proof that recovery is “alive and well.”

 

 

Leora Brodnick, Ph.D., PT

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Dr. Brodnick received training in both psychology and nursing at the Long Beach Neuropsychiatric Institute, California Coast University and UCLA. A pioneer in the discovery that community living and rehabilitation lead to recovery, Dr. Brodnick was instrumental in the development of the Anne Sippi system of care. She has specialized in the treatment of severely mentally ill and refractory clients including those suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder and developmental disabilities. Dr. Brodnick’s passion is helping clients “unlock the person they were meant to be.” She and her recovery team are dedicated to this “process of rediscovering life” in both inpatient and community settings.

 

 

Ken Bagnis, MA, MFT

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For more than 14 years, Ken Bagnis has participated in developing a unique and accessible continuum of care to address the complex needs of adults with severe and persistent mental illness. As the Director of Treatment for the ASC Treatment Group, his goal is to provide a warm and creative environment that fosters recovery. His treatment philosophy is based on the premise that people change within the context of relationships. Through the lens of a strengths perspective, he describes, “I look for their abilities, hopes and dreams. I want to know about what they value and simply what makes them smile.”

 

Bagnis is a graduate of Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. He was recently featured in Pepperdine University’s alumni magazine, which described him as “The light in the life of an otherwise marginalized group of society.”