Meet Our Facilitators
Pace Groups are led by world-class facilitators chosen for their extensive experience leading deep, cohesive groups.
Brian Cohn
Brian Cohn received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas with a Minor in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2009. In 2014, Brian received his Masters in Education with an emphasis in Autism from the University of Massachusetts. When he is not working you can find him exploring the wonders of Colorado with his wife, two children, and two pups. Brian also loves to play and listen to music.
Michele Cooper
Michele received her BA in psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her MSW from the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. Michele is also a certified personal trainer and loves helping people feel strong and powerful in their physical bodies. When she isn’t working you can most likely find her chasing sunrises and sunsets in the mountains on her bike or ski’s.
Sahar Dorani, PsyD
Dr. Sahar Dorani earned her Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California in 2015. When she's not working, Sahar enjoys painting with acrylic paints and exploring new creative endeavors.
Marci Flores, Psy.D
Dr. Marci Flores received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hartford in Connecticut with affiliations at Yale University and the Institute of Living. Outside of Pace, Dr. Flores is also involved in several animal rescue and re-homing efforts, and, overall, enjoys traveling, live music and sporting events, and staying active in her own efforts for wellness and growth.
Elnur Gajiev
Elnur (El) is a clinical psychologist who currently serves on the faculty at the University of Hawai'i. When not working, you can find him traveling to parts unknown, falling off a surfboard, reveling in jazz and spoken word poetry, and providing mentorship to youth engaged in social entrepreneurship.
Allison He, PhD
Allison is a clinical psychologist based in the San Francisco Bay Area and the President of the San Francisco Psychological Association (SFPA).
Adrienne Heinz, PhD
Adrienne is a licensed psychologist who conducts research and clinical practice in the areas of resilience, trauma, anxiety, and substance use.
Kerry Makin-Byrd, PhD
Dr. Makin-Byrd received her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University, and subsequently received advanced training at the University of California San Francisco and Stanford University. In addition to being a psychologist and executive coach, Kerry is founding board member of the Kids Compassion Project, volunteers with Dumb Friends League, and enjoys hiking with her husband and daughter.
Karli Meredith
Karli received her PhD from Columbia University, and as a psychologist, has focused on cultivating resilience in the lives of children, adults, and families. Outside of work you can find Karli immersed in nature, whether that's through hiking, mountain biking, or skiing.
Amanda N'zi, PhD
Dr. Amanda N'zi received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida and completed her residency at the University of Oklahoma, specializing in pediatric and child psychology. Dr. Amanda enjoys relaxing outdoors, reading, and exercising. She loves spending time brunching with friends and enjoying daily life with her husband and son.
Vivian Oberling, PsyD
Dr. Oberling has extensive experience in the hospital setting, providing individual therapeutic and assessment services at Stanford Children’s Hospital, California Pacific Medical Center Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente Oakland, and Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. In her free time you will find Dr. Oberling spending time with her family, attempting various baking challenges, and exploring coffeehouses.
Cydney Shindel
Dr. Shindel earned her PsyD from the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium. Over the course of her training, she provided clinical services at VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Stanford University, Institute on Aging, and San Francisco VA Health Care System. Outside of work, Dr. Shindel enjoys outdoor adventures with her family, friends, and dog as well as crafting, painting, and attending performing arts events.
Debbie Sorensen, PhD
Debbie is a psychologist with a private practice in Denver, and she has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard University. She lives in Colorado, her home state, with her husband, two daughters, and dog. She enjoys reading fiction, cooking, travel, and getting outdoors.
Matthew Stimmel, PhD
Matthew is a clinical psychologist and training director at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Born and raised in New York City, he currently spends time living in New York and San Francisco and enjoys spending time by the ocean, hanging out with his two dogs and watching the sunset.
William Thiele, PhD
William is the founding director of the School for Contemplative Living, adjunct professor at Loyola University New Orleans. He has an adult son and three grandkids after 42 years of marriage, and loves walking meditation in nature and authentic sharing in groups.
Ani Vidrine
Rev. Andrea “Ani” Vidrine serves as an interfaith minister, psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, spiritual director, and continuing education workshop facilitator for licensed professional counselors and social workers. Hiking at Louisiana’s Chicot State Park Arboretum, camping, singing, playing Spades, and sitting on her porch are some of her favorite pastimes.
Camila Williams, PhD
Dr. Camila Williams is a board certified psychologist and high performance life coach and has specialized in the field of perfectionism, anxiety and stress management for over 10 years. Working with professionals, small business owners and entrepreneurs, Dr. Williams helps high achievers break the shackles of self-doubt, limiting beliefs, and procrastination to live into their gifts without sacrificing their well being.
We’re always looking for talented facilitators to lead our groups. Email care@pace.group for more information.