Our Staff

Family Nurse Practitioner

Nina Lavorini, NP-C, Interim Director 
nlavorini@samuelmerritt.edu 

Nina received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University and Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University. She has been a part of the SHAC team since January 2015. Nina has a strong passion for health promotion and teaching, with a focus on birth control planning and STI prevention. She also serves as a preceptor for SMU’s online FNP students. 

Clinical Specialist / Medical Assistant
Gemeelah Elzofri
Gemeelah Elzofri received her Associate degree in Math & Science and an Associate degree in Arts and Humanities. She has a strong passion for helping others and discovered her enthusiasm for healthcare through her volunteer hours at various hospitals and college health courses. She is certified for Emergency Medical Response, Medical Assisting, CPR, and a California licensed Phlebotomist.

 

Staff Psychologist

Dr. Anglyn Sasser, Psy.D.

asasser@samuelmerritt.edu 
Dr. Anglyn Sasser has been working as a staff psychologist in Student Health and Counseling since April 2011.  She is licensed by the California Board of Psychology (PSY 20940).  Dr. Sasser graduated with her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego campus, in June 2004. Dr. Sasser’s areas of expertise include personal growth, anxiety, depression, women’s issues, first generation college/graduate students, working with the LGBTQI community, healthy sexuality, and relationship issues.  She works from an eclectic perspective with great attention paid to empowering and helping her clients identify healthier ways to cope with their problems and make lasting positive changes in their lives.

 

Staff Psychologist 

Dr. Jeanne M. Zeamba, Psy.D.

jzeamba@samuelmerritt.edu
Dr. Jeanne Zeamba joined the SMU community in January 2008 as the Director of Counseling and Student Wellness.  She built the first counseling center on campus and was instrumental in the integration of the health and counseling services into our current unified Student Health and Counseling Center (SHAC).  Dr. Zeamba is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in college mental health and young adult development. She has worked in multiple University Counseling Centers in CA and NY for over 17 years and practices from an integrative, insight and growth-oriented perspective utilizing a variety of Interpersonal, Psychodynamic, Mindfulness, Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) based treatments. Dr. Zeamba emphasizes a collaborative therapeutic relationship and encourages her clients to take a very active role in their treatment, working to increase self-awareness and an understanding of their internal processes to better understand how past behaviors, experiences and relationships affect their current lives.   Dr. Zeamba's professional areas of expertise and specialization include: Anxiety & Panic Disorders, Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families, Depression, Codependency, Eating Disorders, Family Issues, Parenting, Personality Disorders, Relationship Concerns, Self-Esteem, Sexual Abuse, DV & Sexual Assault Survivors, and Women's Issues.

 

2016-17 Interns

Counseling Extern:
Amber Haydu
Doctoral Student at JFK University, Psychology

 

Student Assistants:

Yuvadee Srijongsirikul
Yuvadee is a second year student in the ELMSN-FNP program with an expected graduation date of December 2017. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutritional Science from UC Berkeley.  She has a passion for holistic care and serving the underserved in the medical field. When she is not in class or studying, she enjoys hanging out with friends, reading novels, listening to music, playing sports, and hiking on trails.

 

Christine Chong
Christine Chong is in her pre-licensure year for the ELMSN Case Manager program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from UC Davis and Master of Science in Global Health from Trinity College Dublin. Her main drive is to one day provide high quality healthcare to underserved populations. In whatever free time she has, Christine enjoys traveling, going to concerts, and trying all kinds of food. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

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