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About Our Staff

Susan Acosta (She/her/hers)

Susan is a trained Medical Assistant and Patient Services Representative with Student Health. Susan was born and raised in Sierra Madre, California and has lived in Sacramento for over 30 years. Susan enjoys beading, crocheting, knitting, scrapbooking, and sewing.

Courtnie Arnell (she/her/hers)

Courtnie is a Family Nurse Practitioner with Student Health. She completed a two-year NP/PA Fellowship in Family Medicine. Courtnie enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with her husband and family.

Jennifer Campbell (she/her/hers)

Jennifer is a Registered Dietitian with Student Health and focuses on community nutrition, sports nutrition, and intuitive eating. Jennifer completed her dietetic internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Her approach to her work is person-first and meets with students for a variety of nutrition related topics for individual nutrition counseling, aids students with food insecurity, and education on accessing food and nutrition resources on campus. She also oversees the Peer Health Education Nutrition Outreach Program and the Peer Body Project. Jennifer enjoys lots of outdoor activities, reading for fun, and spending time with her family and dogs.

Sean Carrington (he/him/his)

Sean is the Assistant Athletic Trainer and a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer. Sean currently works with the Men & Women Cross-Country and Track & Field teams. Sean’s is a former 4-year D-II Baseball Player and approach to his work is “Movement is Medicine.” Sean enjoys playing golf, snowboarding, wakeboarding, and spending time with his partner, family, and friends. Sean specializes in Rocktape: Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) certification, Functional Movement Technique (FMT) blades and FMT advanced blades, Rocktape: Functional Movement Technique (FMT) Kinesiology Taping Basic and FMT Kinesiology Taping advanced.

Kevin Choi (he/him/his)

(Communities Represent Me: Chinese American, First Generation)

Kevin Choi is a Licensed Psychologist and clinical areas of focus include anxiety, depression, first-generation college students, life transition, grief and loss, intersection of identities, men’s issues, relationship concerns, and stress management. Dr. Choi firmly believes in the power of healing through relationships and that people have the ability heal from their pain and to grow in the direction of their values when they are provided with a warm, supportive, and nonjudgmental environment that fosters acceptance, authenticity, compassion, empowerment, and self-discovery.

Mercy Davila (she/her/hers)

Mercy is Medical Assistant for Health Services and languages include both English and Spanish. Mercy has worked at Sacramento State Student Health and Counseling Services for over 15 years. “I enjoy working at the campus because of all the diversity in the community.”

Kevin Diaz (he/him/his)

(Communities Represent Me: Latin X, Indigenous American, First Generation)

Kevin Diaz is the current Sports Medicine Team Physician. Specialties include Sports injuries, Regenerative Medicine, Interventional and Diagnostic Ultrasound. Dr. Diaz completed his Residency at UCLA/VA Greater Los Angeles and Fellowship at Harbor-UCLA. Dr. Diaz found his passion for sports medicine in medical school and enjoys snowboarding, baseball, football, and even surfing. “Being a collegiate team physician is my dream job and I feel grateful every day for the opportunity to live my dream. As a first-generation college student, I am especially proud to work at a university that is committed to transforming the lives of students of all backgrounds.”

Susan Dong

Susan is a Registered Medical Assistant with Student Health & Counseling Services.

Bailey Espiritu (she/her/hers)

Bailey works in Athletic Training where she provides injury prevention and care, injury assessment/evaluation, and injury rehabilitation. Bailey is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and collaborates with physicians to provide holistic care for patients. Bailey was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe and loves the outdoors, skiing, volleyball, and basketball. “I treat the entire body and do not focus solely on the injured body part. I love building rapport with all my athletes and patients. I believe treating the entire body and forming rapport with patients helps with injury recovery.”

Annie Jakovac

Annie is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) and is the Urgent Care Clinician for Counseling Services. Annie began volunteering as a paraprofessional for the national suicide crisis line and passion for counseling and mental health grew from there. Annie has vast experience in a variety of settings such as case management, peer advocates, hospitals, county clinics, and Transitional Age Youth (TAY). Annie is a Sac State Alumna who could not be prouder to work with the Sac State student population. Annie enjoys live music, reading sci-fi and fiction novels, and spending time with her family.

Courtney Hughes (She/Her/Hers)

Courtney is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) and is the Diversity Coordinator for Counseling Services and the Counseling Liaison for Sac State MLK Center. Courtney has a passion for providing culturally responsive and trauma informed care. Courtney practices an integrative approach to therapy which utilizes person centered, multicultural, interpersonal, and CBT approaches. Courtney specializes in anxiety, depression, trauma, interpersonal relationship concerns, adjustment issues, and issues around self-worth. Courtney’s approach to therapy is to create a safe space for those she works with, and self-compassion and self-care are important values in her work with students. She also recognizes the unique challenges that BIPOC students face, among them navigating intersecting identities as well as the impacts of historical, intergenerational, individual, and collective trauma. Courtney enjoys working out, watching Netflix, and spending time with family and her dog.

Nikolas Jones (he/him/his)

(Communities Represent Me: BIPOC, Athletics, Mental Health)

Nikolas is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and represents Counseling Services with Hornet Athletics. Specialties include CBT, DBT, Gestalt Therapy, Humanistic. Nikolas enjoys the outdoors, camping, visiting the national parks, and sports fan – especially baseball. Nikolas’ approach to therapy is to make it as approachable as possible and create a space where it feels just like two people talking rather than "a therapist and a client.”

Maribel Magana (she/her/hers)

(Communities Represent Me: LGBTQ)

Maribel is Medical Assistant for Health Services and languages include both English and Spanish. Maribel loves to cook, nature, hikes and go on adventures in her free time.

Blythe Mao (she/her/hers)

(Communities Represent Me: Asian and Pacific Islander)

Blythe is a Pharmacist for Health Services and has over 15 years of experience in pharmacy services. Blythe is a part of the American Pharmacists Association, CA Pharmacists Association, and Sac Valley Pharmacists Association. Blythe enjoys hiking, biking, traveling, scrapbooking, spending time with her family, and working with students at a university.

Jose McManaman (She/Her/Hers)

Josie is the Patient Care Coordinator with Student Health and Counseling Services. Josie helps students connect to resources and support for medical and mental health services at Sacramento State and in the community. “Love what I do and hope to be a helpful resource to students who need help or support navigating their healthcare options.” Josie enjoys going on walks along the river with her do, hiking, and being outdoors. Josie is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in School Counseling.

Cathy Rojas (she/her/hers)

Cathy is a Pys.D (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology) and is the Outreach Coordinator for Counseling Services and is the Counseling Liasison for the Sac State Active Minds Chapter. Cathy is a Sacramento native who completed her graduate school in Atlanta, Georgia, and internship in upstate New York before making her way back to Georgia for several years and now back to Sacramento to Sac State. Cathy has worked with college students for over 10 years and specializes in eating disorders, relationship issues, Anxiety and Depression, Identity Issues, Time Limited Psychodynamic Therapy (TLDP), and CBT. Cathy enjoys geocaching, True Crime, traveling with her partner and puppy, and her job.

Katelyn Sandoval (she/her/hers)

Katelyn is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and currently the Coordinator of Peer Counseling and Practicum Training. Katelyn is a Sac State Alum and has worked at Sacramento State for over 15 years. Katelyn enjoys meeting new students and supporting their growth. Katelyn specializes in Emotionally Focused Therapy; Relational Life Therapy; Psychodynamic Therapy; Queer Affirming Therapy; Supervision and Training. Katelyn’s approach to therapy is “meeting people where they are at and helping them to see and love themselves in a new way.” Katelyn enjoys cooking, biking around Sacramento with her partner, reading in the sunshine, snuggling with dog, and watching Great British Bake Off.

Laura Smith (she/her/hers)

Laura is a Registered Dietitian with Student Health, a Sac State Alumni, and former Peer Health Educator. Laura completed her dietetic internship with OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria Illinois. Laura specializes in non-diet nutrition counseling, Health at Every Size approach, and Intuitive Eating model. Laura’s approach is “supporting students find balance with their busy schedules, food, and health.” Laura enjoys gardening, roller skating, spending time with her pets, boba, and has even been to Antarctica.

Heather Swanson (She/Her/Hers)

Heather is the Associate Athletic Trainer and a NATA Board Certified Athletic Trainer. Heather is a Sac State Alumna who has worked in Athletics for over 15 years with Women’s Basketball, Volleyball, and Women’s Golf. Heather is Rock Tape Certified, Tecnica Galvalen Certified, an American Red Cross Instructor, and a Stop the Bleed Instructor. Heather recently completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Organization. Heather enjoys running, lifting weights, hiking, reading, and spending time with her family.

Becca Thompson (she/her/hers)

(Communities Represent Me: Woman, Mother, Mid-Westerner)

Becca is a Licensed Psychologist with Counseling Services and current Coordinator of Group Therapy. Becca received her D. in Counseling Psychology from University of Houston, TX and Study Abroad – Spanish language and Sustainable Human Development, Universidad de Costa Rica, San José. Becca specializes in Group Therapy; Multicultural and Feminist counseling; Relationships and Interpersonal concerns; issues related to identity and development; body image and disordered eating; and supervision and training. Becca’s approach to therapy is person-centered, adaptive to what students are experiencing and needing, and mindful of ways in which systemic, contextual, and cultural factors may be impacting individuals to explore this together. “I recognize that different students need different things out of counseling at different points in their lives, so I try to be flexible to your needs and open to feedback about your experience.” Becca enjoy traveling, hiking, reading, cooking, and spending time with her two children, friends, and family.

Reva Wittenberg (She/Her/Hers)

Reva is the Associate Director of Campus Wellness with Student Health. Reva directs the Health and Wellness Promotion Department in Student Health and Counseling Services, providing education and outreach in mental wellbeing; alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; healthy relationships; and nutrition. She collaborates campus-wide to create policy, systems, and environmental change that supports the health of the whole campus community. Reva is a member of the American College Health Association and has received SafeZone, Dreamer Ally, and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) Trainings. Reva enjoys Jewelry metalsmithing, music, riding her bike.