Board-Certified Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists
Glenna Smith, MD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr. Smith has long been devoted to a career working with children and families, since her school-aged days volunteering in a free clinic for immigrant populations. With this goal in mind, Dr. Smith pursued her undergraduate degree at Columbia University, studying Psychology and Hispanic Studies, before attending medical school at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She subsequently completed residency in adult psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, where she promoted wellness across medical education, participating in medical student teaching and wellness curriculum development within training programs. She recently completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at UCLA, where she served as chief fellow of the child and adolescent psychiatric inpatient unit and the resident psychotherapy clinic. She remains at UCLA as an associate physician at the UCLA Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Clinic (CHAMP).
Dr. Smith has specialized training in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy for anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, and beyond. She has experience with a wide breadth of therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Focused Therapy, and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Dr. Smith is fluent in Spanish.
Dr. Smith spends her time outside of work on adventures with her anxious rescue Dachshund, Ruby.
Wendi Benalt, MD
Dr. Benalt graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied biology, psychology, and neuroscience. She went on to pursue her medical education at UCLA, where she graduated second in her class and served as co-president of the University’s chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.
A passion for women’s health led Dr. Benalt to complete a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania and a surgical fellowship at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Through this work, she had the enormous privilege of walking beside patients as they experienced the greatest joys and tragedies that life had to offer, and in doing so, discovered that her passion wasn’t for surgery, but for the human connection that comes with taking care of patients. She left OBGYN and, after a lot of soul-searching, returned to UCLA, where she completed her psychiatry residency and served as the Chief Resident of Reproductive Psychiatry.
Dr. Benalt enjoys treating patients with diverse mental health issues, using an approach that integrates targeted psychotherapy and medication management. She is particularly interested in women’s mental health (conditions specific to the menstrual cycle, infertility, pregnancy, the postpartum period, and the menopausal transition) and LGBTQ+ issues. She has experience with multiple psychotherapeutic modalities, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, and Gestalt therapies.
Dr. Benalt is a member of the Volunteer Clinical Faculty at UCLA, where she supervises residents and fellows in reproductive psychiatry at the Women’s Life Center.
Benjamin Bloxham, MD
Dr. Bloxham graduated with honors from New York University with a bachelor's degree in Religious Studies. During his time at NYU, he spent a year in London studying Psychology and Biology. He then attended medical school at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. There, he conducted bioinformatics research, spent a month volunteering in a hospital in rural Guatemala, and starred in two musicals. He went on to pursue Psychiatry Residency training at UCLA-Resnick Neuropsychiatric Institute and West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, where he mentored junior residents as Chief Resident of the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit. His background lends itself to taking an interest in understanding his patient's context and life story in order to better tailor effective treatments to address their concerns.
Dr. Bloxham has experience treating patients by combining medications and psychotherapy for complex psychiatric problems including Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, Trauma and Stressor-Related Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, ADHD, interpersonal issues, and grief. He has specialty training in Reproductive Psychiatry (including assessment and treatment of pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder, infertility-associated mood/anxiety changes, postpartum depression/anxiety/OCD, and counseling patients who are taking medication who plan to become pregnant). He is certified as an Interpersonal Psychotherapist and has specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (including Exposure with Response Prevention for OCD). He is especially interested in reducing the stigma that often surrounds mental illness in general, including within religious/faith communities.
Victoria Huang, MD
Dr. Huang graduated with honors from Northwestern University with a degree in Cognitive Science. She then attended medical school at University of California, Irvine, before pursuing her residency training at UCLA, where she was the chief resident of UCLA's Interpersonal Psychotherapy Clinic and the West Los Angeles VA's Schizophrenia Inpatient Treatment Unit.
Dr. Huang has expertise in working with patients with a range of mood, thought, and anxiety disorders. However, she specializes in reproductive psychiatric treatments, as well as the treatment of PTSD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Dr. Huang is well versed in several evidence-based psychotherapies (e.g., Interpersonal Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Prolonged Exposure).
Dr. Huang also continues to expand her interest in teaching as an active member of the UCLA Volunteer Clinical Faculty. She currently serves as the director of UCLA's Interpersonal Psychotherapy Clinic helping to train future psychiatrists.
Sungeun Melanie Lee, MD, PhD
Dr. Lee graduated from Harvey Mudd College with a bachelor's degree in Biology and a minor in Piano. After college, she pursued her medical training and research training through Keck School of Medicine and Caltech's joint MD/PhD program. Dr. Lee studied the relationship between the gut microbes and host inflammation as part of her thesis project which was featured in Nature. She went on to pursue Psychiatry Residency training at UCLA-Resnick Neuropsychiatric Institute. Dr. Lee combines her research interest in gut microbiome and her expertise in psychiatric illnesses and continues to be actively involved in research studies at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.
Dr. Lee has experience treating patients with medications and psychotherapy for a wide range of psychiatric issues including depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, addiction and insomnia. Dr. Lee has training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) and Psychodynamic psychotherapy to treat depression, anxiety disorders, interpersonal difficulties and OCD. Dr. Lee is fluent in Korean.
Kara Tabor-Furmark, MD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr. Tabor-Furmark graduated with honors from Harvard University, dual majoring in cognitive neuroscience and Spanish language. She attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine before pursuing both her adult psychiatry residency and child and adolescent fellowship at UCLA.
As part of her training, Dr. Tabor-Furmark spent time in specialty clinics focusing on neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, bipolar spectrum disorders, and anxiety/OCD/tic disorder, among others. While in fellowship, she worked at a non-profit organization offering mental health services to foster youth and families. She was the recipient of the UCLA Gertrude Rogers Greenblatt Award in Child Psychiatry, given to one fellow annually noted for their "deeply humane commitment to children and families requiring psychiatric care." She remains at UCLA as an associate physician at the UCLA Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Clinic (CHAMP).
Dr. Tabor-Furmark strongly believes in a multi-disciplinary, holistic approach to patient care, and is so excited to be part of the team at Adelpha. After having grown up in Hawaii, she could not be happier to have escaped the East Coast cold for sunny Los Angeles. She enjoys spending her free time with friends and family, playing with her dogs, traveling, yoga, running, and spending as much time in the ocean as possible.