Manhattan Beach Professional Group -

Dr. Martha B. Koo, M.D., is the Medical Director of the Manhattan Beach Professional Group. Originally from McLean, Virginia, Dr. Koo completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton University. She settled on the west coast to attend UCLA Medical School, earning membership to the AOA and Sigma Xi Society for academic excellence. Dr. Koo completed residency training in psychiatry at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and psychoanalytic training at the New Center for Psychoanalysis. She is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Board Certified in Addiction Medicine. She has lived in Manhattan Beach since 1995, and for the past twenty-three years has served the South Bay, providing psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and pharmacological treatment for individuals, couples and families. A pioneer in the development and application of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Dr. Koo is the Medical Director of the Neuro Wellness Spa. Additionally, Dr. Koo is a clinical supervisor at the Clear Recovery Center, and she works closely with several local recovery homes to provide addiction therapy and medication management for their residents. She is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association, the New Center for Psychoanalysis, the Clinical TMS Society, the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Southern California Psychiatric Society.

Lily Darya Shariat, M.A., LMFT., is the Clinical Director of the Manhattan Beach Professional Group. Lily has lived in Southern California for over twenty-five years and has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings. Prior to obtaining her Masters in Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles, Lily worked as an ADHD Coach. She has a special expertise in family, couple, and individual psychotherapy. Lily is a certified substance abuse professional by the Department of Transportation, and she is professionally trained to aid employees and employers in Employee Assistance Programs. In addition to her private practice, she manages Behavioral Health accounts for United Health Group. Lily is fluent in Farsi and French.

Dr. Steven T. Charles, M.D.,was born and raised in Kansas. After completing his undergraduate studies and medical training at the University of Kansas, he pursued a fellowship at Yale University in the History of Medicine. He then traveled to Los Angeles for residency training in psychiatry at Harbor UCLA, after which he completed a second fellowship, in Psychiatry and Law, at the USC Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Charles is board certified in Psychiatry. He has over twenty years teaching experience as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Voluntary Attending at USC. Dr. Charles has extensive experience in direct patient care. He was a Flight Surgeon in the U.S. Air Force, he has been a staff psychiatrist in several county mental health clinics, community outpatient centers and inpatient hospitals in California, Colorado and Ohio, and had his own private practices in Manhattan Beach and Denver.  He is delighted to offer his expertise in therapy and psychopharmacological treatment. Dr. Charles is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the California Psychiatric Society and the Southern California Psychiatric Society.

Gerard Sobnosky, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He earned a Master of Science Degree in Psychology from Walden University (2005) and a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University (2013). He is certified in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the New Center for Psychoanalysis (2010), where he is also currently an Advanced Candidate in the PhD in Psychoanalysis program. Gerard works with adults and adolescents (ages 11-18) in individual, family, and couples therapy, addressing issues including anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, bereavement, couples in conflict, and character disorders. He is an active member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the International Psychoanalytic Association.

Sophia Galano, MSW, is an Associate Social Worker (#69296). After obtaining a B.A. from Pitzer College, Sophia earned a Masters Degree from New York University. She specializes in child, adolescent and young adult therapy and utilizes a creative approach in pursuing a deeper understanding of the human psyche. Her training has brought her coast to coast, and she has extensive experience in residential, inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. In addition to providing individual psychotherapy at MB Professional Group under the supervision of Martha Koo, M.D., Sophia is a clinical therapist at Paradigm Malibu, an established residential treatment center for adolescents with depression, anxiety and addiction. Sophia is an active member of the National Associate of Social Workers.

Brian Lutz, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#101628)  was born and raised in the South Bay. He is excited for the opportunity to help people in his local community live more meaningful and purposeful lives. Brian earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Irvine, and his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. He has professional experience working at The Manhattan Beach Community Counseling Center and at Clear Recovery Center in Redondo Beach. He specializes in working with adolescents and families struggling with depression, anxiety and addiction. Brian believes that by increasing awareness of specific conflicts/struggles, incorporating new perspectives, gaining psychological insights, acquiring healthy coping strategies and integrating new experiences, his clients achieve    
improved flexibility and adaptability and enjoy more productive, fulfilling responses to life’s challenges and successes.

Goldie Rai is the Administrative Director of the Manhattan Beach Professional Group. A native of California, she graduated from California State University at Fresno and began a career in teaching before becoming a medical assistant and office administrative supervisor.

Being a fully certified Transcranial Magnetic Therapy Technician, Goldie also works closely with Dr. Martha Koo at the South Bay TMS Therapy Center.

Please do not hesitate to contact Goldie for any of your administrative needs.Her goal is to ensure a stress-free experience for patients and to be a direct liaison between patients and their clinicians. She is an expert in comprehensive patient care.

                                       1101 North Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 202
                                       Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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