Meet the Staff

Dr. Michael Villanueva

San Diego, CA : Michael Villanueva, PsyD 858-952-7660

Edge-Neuro-Fitness-San-Diego-Dr-Michael-VillanuevaDr. Villanueva has worked as a Clinical Psychologist for over 15 years. He served as a reservist in the United States Army Medical Service Corps and was deployed from 2011- 2012 to a FOB (forward operating base) in Afghanistan as a combat psychologist.

Dr. Villanueva started his career at the University of New Mexico as an assistant research professor, successfully obtaining over 5 million dollars in grant funding from National Institute of Health (NIH) to study PTSD and substance abuse, first among Hopi Pueblo Vietnam veterans, then later among other Pueblo tribes. He left New Mexico to work with US Marines and Navy personnel, first at Twentynine Palms Naval Hospital, then later at Camp Pendleton, California where he first learned about Neurofeedback and its ability to effect permanent, regulatory change in his patients’ central nervous system. In 2011, Dr. Villanueva presented Neurofeedback research at the Navy Combat Operational Stress Conference, showing highly significant PTSD stress symptom reductions on Marines from Camp Pendleton.

In 2011, having demonstrated clinical efficacy of Neurofeedback through multivariate data analysis, Dr. Villanueva volunteered for a deployment to Afghanistan as a US Army Combat Psychologist. He was the first deployed psychologist ever to use Neurofeedback and Alpha Theta synchrony training within a Combat Stress Control Clinic. He and his staff achieved major reductions in the insomnia and anger that are associated with high tempo military operational stress. With many young combat soldiers obtaining significant relief from PTSD and TBI symptoms, and, later during the deployment, as word spread among Soldiers of Neurofeedback’s effectiveness, Dr. Villanueva would use induced Alpha Theta states to enhance peak performance for officers, scaffolding unsuspected mental abilities into new dimensions.

Since returning from Afghanistan he has widened his initial reliance on Infralow Neurofeedback to include 19 channel QEEG Mapping, LORETA Z score neurofeedback, Real Time Z score training using pEMF Neurofield, Heart Rate Variability training, as well using both tDCS (Trans Cranial Direct Current Stimulation) and tACS (Trans Cranial Alternating Current Stimulation). He works with researchers using MatLab and EEGLab to mathematically model aspects of consciousness.

He specializes in traumatic brain injury, attentional problems, ADHD, depression, anxiety, and creative functioning.

Dr. Jay Gattis

Costa Mesa, CA: Jay Gattis, PsyD 949-891-1417

Edge-Neuro-Fitness-Costa-Mesa-Dr-Jay-GattisLicensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jay Gattis graduated from the Rosemead School of Psychology in May of 2001. After working for the Meier New Life Clinics for several years Dr. Jay joined his friends and colleagues Drs. Paul Sullivan and Stacey Aoto-Sullivan in opening a private practice in Costa Mesa in 2004. Dr. Paul and he ran an ADHD neurofeedback “summer camp” each summer together. Dr. Jay has focused his practice around helping clients resolve the neurological problems underlying their struggles as well as the psychological underpinings. Dr. Jay has worked with adults and children in neurofeedback treatment for the symptoms of addiction, ADHD, anger, anxiety/panic, aspergers, autism, depression, insomnia, night terrors, pain, stress and trauma.

Bill Mitchell, LMFT, Ed Psych

Lake Havasu City, AZ: Bill Mitchell, LMFT, Ed Psych 909-260-8804

edge-neurofitness-billBill Mitchell has over 40 years of experience working in the peak performance and mental health field. He began his journey working in a psychiatric hospital in San Diego California with chronically ill clients. This early experience with a very difficult population to treat lead him to look for alternative innovative solutions for mental health issues. As a result Bill has not only trained traditionally as an Licensed Marriage Family Therapist and Educational Psychologist but also sought out non-tradtional treatments as well. Bill has worked in private practice as a contract therapist in managed care and residential care programs for delinquent youth. Bill has also served as an intake director, clinical director and executive director for several residential care facilities in California. Bill has also uses several non-tradtional approaches to treatment as well. Bill has been trained in adventure based experiencial therapy, peak performance training, hypnotherapy and neurofeedback therapy. While working with the Desert Mountain SELPA Bill was allowed to use Neurofeedback experimentally with his school based clients with special needs. Currently Bill is involved with developing a neurotherapy research project in the Baker Unified School District in the San Bernardino High Desert. This 3 year project will explore the efficacy of neurofeedback treatment with special needs students identified in that district. As an affiliate of  Edge Neuro Fitness Bill hope to bring his expertise to the communities in the Colorado River area. Bill is available for consultation or group presentations and looks forward to working with you.

Becky Bassham

Program Director

Becky is director of QEEG and Neurofeedback at Pure Recovery California in Oxnard, Ca

Becky Bassham has been in the field of health and wellness for over 25 years in various projects including employee health and facilitating lifestyle change programs.Becky Bassham is a health educator, who, after working as a medical imaging specialist seeing sickness and disease studying the brain from the inside out, has committed her life to helping people to become healthier by preventative tactics.

She is a board certified Neurofeedback Practitioner (BCN) through the BCIA, a licensed Radiologic Technologist (ARRT), holds a BS degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Health promotions from CSUF, and completed a fellowship in Special Imaging (CT and MRI) at Loma Linda University.

Becky has worked in the field of health and wellness for over 25 years with experience to include employee health, facilitating lifestyle change programs, and promoting community health education and outreach through radio, television, email news campaigns, and establishing an organic produce distribution system in the desert of Arizona. After discovering the power and healing of neurofeedback within her own family, she completed curricula at the New Mind Academy, Brain Science International and the EEG Institute in Woodland Hills, CA. She also completed didactic training in Quantitative EEG and Z-Score Training and sLORETA Neurofeedback at Stress Therapy Solutions in Cleveland, Ohio. She has mentored under a distinguished list of professionals including Sue and Siegfried Othmer, Dr. Victoria Ibric, Chuck Davis, Dr. Tom Collura, Dr. Richard, Powell, Tom Brownback, Jay Gunkelman, and John Demos.

Specializing in Brain Fitness, Becky uses qEEG Brain Mapping and 3D sLORETA Imaging to look at what the brain is doing. Then EEG Biofeedback (neurofeedback) training is applied, along with life and wellness coaching which includes work on nutrition, exercise, goal setting, mindfulness, stress management and time management for a holistic, alternative approach to improve cognitive function.

Becky is a member of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research and the Biofeedback Society of California.

Neurofeedback Becky Bassham

Dr. Alejandro Leon

Las Vegas, NV : Alejandro Leon, MD 702-431-3626dr-leon

Dr. Alejandro Leon M.D graduated in Mexico from Autonomous University of Guadalajara in 2005.  During this time he participated with the community on different activities related to his profession. At the psychiatric department he worked with young patients in the rehabilitation unit, helping to reintegrate them back to society and support them in having have a productive life.

Ever since that experience, he has been extremely passionate about helping people with psychological disorders.He has a strong affiliation with this field of medicine. Dr Leon moved to the U.S to obtain a psychiatric medical license. He is currently working as a Neurotherapist (neurofeedback), helping his clients resolve emotional imbalances and improving their quality of life.

Dr. Marina Chirco

Director of Global Outreach

Check back soon for our new offices in the UK!

Originally from Bellflower, California, Marina Chirco and her family moved to Italy when she was 16 years old where she eventually went on to medical school at the University of Palermo, attaining her degree as a Medical Doctor. Throughout her studies, she began to realize that while allopathic medicine is at the forefront of technology it many times fails to address the true cause at the base of many medical conditions. After medical school, she continued her studies in Homeopathy and Psychoneuroendocrinimmunology and began integrating these disciplines into her medical practice with great results!

In 2010, Dr. Chirco moved back to California to further her studies in alternative therapies and found Neurofeedback Therapy. Through neurofeedback, Marina works successfully with a variety of clients to relieve their suffering from a wide range of conditions such as ASD, migraines, ADHD, behavioral problems, PMS, pregnancy symptoms (nausea, headaches, back pain, insomnia and mood swings), traumatic brain injury and PTSD and finds her work truly satisfying, helping patients to heal from a top-down, inside out approach without the use of medications. It never ceases to amaze her how clients� symptoms change, without unwanted side effects, even within a session!

Marina is also a certified practitioner of NAET, a revolutionary approach to the treatment of allergies and intolerances. She is in the process of taking the United States Medical Licensing Examination. Marina is mother to an adorable little boy (who was her first neurofeedback patient, suffering from a tremendous food allergy to egg whites and other intolerances, he can now eat everything! For the first two years of his life, he would wake several times a night with night terrors but one treatment with neurofeedback had him sleeping through the night!). She currently resides in Anaheim, California with her family.

Dr. Feldman

Bio-Medical Director

Edge-Neuro-Fitnes-Dr-Feldman-Las-VegasI’ve been a physician and caregiver for the last 28 years. I graduated from UCLA School of Medicine specializing in anesthesiology and pain management. My career history includes the following:

  • 1988-2004 Active Staff Anesthesia and Pain Management Northridge Hospital Medical Center, Van Nuys, CA
  • Serving as Anesthesia Chairman 1992-1999
  • 2001- 2003 Specialty Surgical Center, Beverly Hills, CA
  • 2001-present Valley Hand Surgical Center, Van Nuys, CA
  • 2003-present Pacific Surgery Center, Burbank, CA
  • 2003-present Spalding Surgery Center, Beverly Hills, CAThis work has given me great satisfaction, providing compassionate care, treating the whole patient, and trying my best to make their surgical experience as easy as possible. Controlling pain has been integral to my career. I am now happy to announce my new position as Medical Director of Edge NeuroFitness.I have trained as a general physician, including emphasis on bispectral EEG analysis, psychiatry, and I am familiar with methods of operant conditioning, which is in fact, the mode of EEG biofeedback.EEG biofeedback (also known as neurofeedback) is a very safe, non-invasive tool, that is FDA approved with proven efficacy for self-regulation. Our focus is to assist people with the self-regulation that biofeedback facilitates as part of a comprehensive brain fitness program.

Kandis Silvestri

Licensed Professional Counselor

Kandis Silvestri is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Arizona. Kandis is experienced in working with adults, adolescents, children, and families in a variety of clinical settings such as college counseling, career development & disability services, Wraparound programs for At-Risk youth, mental health clinics, and private practice. She focuses on clients and families strengths to facilitate therapeutic discovery of solutions for each person’s unique and individual needs.

  • Works with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, grief & loss, posttraumatic stress disorder, ADHD, family dynamics, spirituality, and stress related difficulties.
  • Certified in Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Trained in Career Counseling & Development
  • MS in Education Counseling & Guidance, Northern State University, Aberdeen, SO (2002)
  • BS in Medical Radiography, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff,AZ (1982)
  • AZ License LPC-12176