Board-Certified Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists
Ismatt Niazi, MD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr. Ismatt Niazi graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Medicine, earning his medical doctorate. During his time in medical school, Dr. Niazi was the president of the Psychiatry Interest Group.
Dr. Niazi then ventured to Washington DC, where he completed his Adult Psychiatry residency at Georgetown University. After spending time in the Midwest and the East Coast, it was only right that he moved across the country to complete his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at UCLA, where he served as chief fellow for the division. Dr. Niazi was also honored as the recipient of the UCLA Gertrude Rogers Greenblatt Award in Child Psychiatry, given to one fellow annually noted for their “deeply human commitment to children and families requiring psychiatric care”. Dr. Niazi remains affiliated with UCLA as a volunteer clinical faculty member.
Dr. Niazi has experience treating a variety of psychiatric disorders through medication management and various psychotherapeutic interventions including psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, parent management skills, and trauma informed psychotherapy. Dr. Niazi believes in a holistic, individualized treatment plan that aims to bolster an individual’s strengths while providing guided interventions to treat their current challenges.
Aside from his compassion to provide quality psychiatric care to children, adults, and their families, Dr. Niazi enjoys spending time with his family, watching NBA basketball, compiling musically diverse playlists, and collecting high end sneakers.
Elizabeth Casalegno, MD
Dr. Casalegno graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, San Diego, with a degree in biochemistry and cell biology. During her time at UCSD, she also studied abroad in the Bordeaux region of France, immersing herself in French culture and language. Later, she pursued her medical studies at the University of California, Davis, where she ran a student-run clinic for low-income and minority patients and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.
Her interest in human behavior led her to complete her psychiatry residency training at UCLA where she served as the chief resident of the whole training program.
Dr. Casalegno specializes in treating various disorders with careful selection of psychotropic medications in combination with individual psychotherapy. She also has special interests in reproductive psychiatry, psychotic disorders, and applying psychodynamically-informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to aggressively treat mood and anxiety disorders, including OCD.
Dr. Casalegno is a member of the Volunteer Clinical Faculty at UCLA where she is an attending physician in the Psychosis Clinic. She is also a board member of the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty Association (PCFA).
Kristina Eipl, MD
Dr. Eipl graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in neuroscience. After college, she joined AmeriCorps and spent a year working at a free clinic in Rhode Island. She was also involved in research on Alzheimer’s Disease at Johns Hopkins and University of Chicago.
Dr. Eipl later attended medical school at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her interest in neuroscience combined with a passion for the humanistic side of medicine led her to pursue a psychiatry residency at NYU. There, she gained experience working with a widely diverse patient population across multiple locations, including Bellevue Hospital, NYU Langone Medical Center, the NYU Student Health Center and the Manhattan VA Hospital.
Dr. Eipl takes a collaborative and compassionate approach to both medication management and psychotherapy. She enjoys utilizing various types of psychotherapy to help patients improve their quality of life. She has experience with psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, exposure and response prevention therapy, as well as interpersonal psychotherapy. She also practices thoughtful medication management when indicated. She enjoys working with students and young adults with anxiety and mood disorders and has advanced training in reproductive psychiatry.
Amy Woods, MD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr. Woods graduated with a psychology degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She subsequently completed a post-baccalaureate program at Columbia University in New York City. She returned to California to attend Keck School of Medicine for her medical training. Dr. Woods completed her adult psychiatry residency at UCLA/San Fernando Valley/VA Greater Los Angeles and child and adolescent fellowship at UCLA where she was also the chief resident.
Dr. Woods has a deep interest in treating children and adolescents with a holistic approach. She has interests in mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, sexual health, trauma, as well as working with special populations including LGBTQ and racial minorities. She is trained in therapeutic techniques including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress), and Family Focused Therapy.
Dr. Woods is a leader within her professional community, serving as a council member for the Southern California Psychiatric Society since 2016. She has been a strong advocate for policy change around mental health. She spent elective time during her training as an American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resident Scholar in Washington DC. Most importantly, Dr. Woods is happy to return to Pasadena to serve the community where she grew up.
Maya Smolarek, MD
Dr. Smolarek graduated Phi Betta Kappa from UC Berkeley with a degree in Religious Studies. Although she pursued medical training to enter palliative care, she could not escape the allure of focusing on internal experience, meaning and personal narrative in the speciality of Psychiatry.
Dr. Smolarek graduated UCLA medical school with a leadership award and induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society for her merits in compassionate care. During Psychiatry Residency at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, she and a colleague co-founded the Women in Psychiatry group in order to further the education of trainees on issues related to women. She developed curricula for medical students and residents on sexual harassment during training and delivered talks on the subject at two national conventions. She continues her interest in teaching and mentorship as a Volunteer Clinical Faculty member at UCLA within the Interpersonal Therapy Clinic.
Dr. Smolarek is experienced in treating the gamut of mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders. She has specialty training in reproductive psychiatry (pertaining to menstrual, menopausal, and peripartum issues), geriatric psychiatry, PTSD, treatment resistant depression, and bipolar disorder. She brings a background study of mysticism and buddhism to her psychodynamic psychotherapy. Her holistic approach to care also includes interest in affect oriented and somatic therapy.