Meet our Team
William J. Shryer, DCSW, LCSW
Mr. Shryer earned his BA degree in Sociology at California State University in Hayward. He received his MSW from the University of California at Berkeley specializing in Children and Families. Mr. Shryer has been in private practice since 1981 specializing in Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Mood Disorders with addiction, and the Anxiety Spectrum in children, adults and their families. Mr. Shryer has lectured frequently to college classes and professionals in the areas of ADD and Autistic Spectrum disorders and their implications in the educational setting. Mr. Shryer manages two behavioral clinics with a staff of MD’s, Counselors, Clinical Psychologists, and Special Education teachers. He has been the moderator on CCTV, (Contra Costa Television) for both “Mental Health Perspectives”, and “With the Family in Mind” which discussed topics such as Asperger’s Disorder, Autism, Bipolar disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder in children and adults. He writes frequently for local newspapers on subjects having to do with education, autistic spectrum disorders and the failure to launch of young men on the spectrum. He is currently interested in transcranial magnetic stimulation in the treatment of depression and addiction and OCD. Currently his research interest is in the role of folate metabolism and its role in both depression and substance abuse.
Alison Potter, MD
After training in Adult and then Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harvard, and practicing psychiatry in Boston for over 30 years, I’m delighted to return to my Bay Area roots. I have worked with all ages and a variety of modalities, from play therapy to talk therapy, and I consider and prescribe medication when appropriate. My style can be described as engaged, pragmatic and accessible. I believe that our symptoms are often our bodies’ way of asking for help. I particularly care about helping people to feel more engaged and present in their lives, to feel both at ease in themselves and “enough”, to be able to realistically acknowledge their vulnerabilities as well as their strengths, and to love and be loved as fully as they are able. I aim to understand how and why our lives may not be as satisfying as they might be. I believe that life is only as rewarding as it is challenging, and as we are able to take the risks necessary to meet those challenges.
Erik Sandegard, M.D.
A Danville native, Dr. Sandegard is a board certified psychiatrist who works with children, teenagers, adults and families. He completed his residency training in adult psychiatry and his clinical fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at UCSF, with specialized training in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, OCD, anxiety and behavioral disorders. Dr. Sandegard earned his MD degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, and his BA, with honors, from Harvard University. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Sandegard has expertise in the psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic management of many childhood and adolescent psychiatric conditions.
Office Manager, TMS Supervisor
Bria is one of the first contacts for most of our patients. She is a Bay Area native who loves learning, helping and loving people while also currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Psychology. Every day, she is ready with a smile and a positive attitude to tackle any concern our clients may be experiencing. One of her personal daily goals is to make our patients feel welcomed, comfortable and happy!
Sue, BS, BA
Sue graduated from California State University Hayward with her BS in Child Development. She received her teaching credential from California College of Arts and Crafts and then received her Special Education Credential from University of California at Berkeley. She has owned and operated Professional Billing Service since 1972. Sue is one of the first contacts for most of our patients and works with the managed care and insurance companies for Diablo Behavioral HealthCare.
John is a TMS Technician who works closely with our patients to help treat their depression. John believes in Neuromodulation as a progressive therapeutic approach in the treatment of Depression. John has worked at Blackhawk TMS for 2 years and is currently enrolled in the Addiction Studies Program at Diablo Valley College. John also works as an intern at an Intensive Outpatient Program in the Diablo Valley to further his experiential training in Behavioral Health and Addiction Treatment. John has career aspirations to continue as a Health Care Professional in both treating and supporting those afflicted with various Substance Use Disorders and Neurobiological Conditions.
Ben grew up in Danville and he recently moved back to the area to be closer to his family. He graduated with honors from UC Davis College of Biological sciences, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Biology. Besides his clinical work as a TMS technician, Ben is involved in various medical research projects in the Bay Area. Ben’s experiences in both the clinical and research sides of medicine have led him to pursue a career as a physician. He is currently applying to medical schools.
After earning a Master’s Degree in Social Security, Sergei decided to learn about other cultures and languages. Having a lot of experience in working with private and government human rights and customer service organizations all around the world, he found himself helping people in the Bay Area. Sergei is pursuing his goal to improve his knowledge in Social studies. Variety of social and technical skills is helping him and our office to provide non-stop support for our patients.
Michelle was born and raised in New Mexico. She recently completed her AS in Business. Michelle has years of experience working with Human Services as well as working with individuals that have impediments to employment, Vocational Rehabilitation. She enjoys working with people by helping them understand and overcome certain barriers which have an impact in their everyday lives. She enjoys watching individuals grow and change over a course of time, which she feels is extremely rewarding.