Get to know the Serin Center team by reading the biographies below. You can also read about our Lead Specialists and Directors by visiting the Lead Specialists page.
Meena Choi, PhD
Dr. Meena Choi is a licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in assessment and treatment of children and families who deal with a variety of difficulties including depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, attentional problems, autism spectrum symptoms, school difficulties, loss, and trauma.
Dr. Choi utilizes cognitive-behavioral techniques, play therapy, and parent training to assist her clients in reaching their goals and improving their lives.
Dr. Choi graduated from Arizona State University with dual degrees in Psychology and Child and Family Studies. She obtained both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (with a focus on children) from the State University of New York at Albany. During her pre-doctoral internship at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, she adopted a multidisciplinary and systems approach to the treatment of children and their families. She believes that collaboration with the family and others who work with children assists greatly to effectively help the child succeed. When working with children, Dr. Choi consults closely with parents, as they are invaluable sources of information and partners for intervention.
Dr. Choi is a member of the Arizona Psychological Association, Arizona Association of Play Therapy, and the Arizona Children’s Services Network. In her spare time, Dr. Choi enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her husband, two daughters and two dogs.
Ashley Lynch-Gaede, MA LAC
Ashley Lynch-Gaede, MA LAC is a seasoned counselor with over 13 years experience working children and adolescents who struggle with mental and behavioral health concerns in both counseling settings and within the foster care system. Ashley earned a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in Human Development and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University. Ashley specializes in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Play Therapy.
As a foster parent, Ashley has experienced and learned to manage a variety of behavioral, educational, and mental health concerns of the foster children placed in her home. These experiences give Ashley the ability to understand and support parents of children who have behavioral, educational, and/or mental health concerns. Ashley first experienced EMDR while attending a counseling session with one of her foster children. Ashley saw how effective EMDR is in treating a variety of concerns that she sought training in EMDR. For the past decade, Ashley has also taught Arizona’s 30-hour required curriculum for prospective foster parents, PS-MAPP. She has also created her own cutting-edge advanced trainings for foster parents.
Morgan Benoit graduated Summa Cum Laude from Grand Canyon University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Physical Education. Morgan has always been motivated by helping others improve their health and wellness through new and exciting ways. She is very eager to learn as much as she can so that she can continue to improve the quality of life of the individuals she encounters.
Morgan is passionate about our neuromodulation program and seeing the benefits that this innovative therapy can provide to individuals looking to improve their well-being. Whether it is in their home or workplace, Morgan is able to accommodate to the needs of many individuals with this amazing therapy.
In her free time, Morgan enjoys spending time with her husband and family. She also enjoys reading, water skiing, and playing sports.
Director of Human Resources
Adults with comorbid ADHD and anxiety have greater working memory difficulties compared to adults with ADHD or anxiety alone. At extreme levels, anxiety may inhibit one’s ability to efficiently utilize cognitive resources, which may lead to decreased performance in holding information in mind.
Source: Psychological Assessment, Jarrett, M.A.