Our Team

"Every single person in our team is committed to make a difference for the people we serve", Shahla Ali, MD


"Patient care and customer service are our top priorities. We pay attention to details and strive for continuous improvements", Mandy Larsen, Practice Manager

Treatment Philosophy


"We take pride in offering the most advanced treatments for the people we serve", Shahla Ali, MD

Allen Psychiatry is a recovery-oriented practice which emphasizes and supports a person's potential to recover from a wide range of psychiatric problems.

All patients are treated in a highly confidential, safe and warm environment. We respect patient's autonomy and patients are supported to be deliberate about the possible attributes and consequences of options, to arrive at informed preferences in making a determination about the best plan of action for treatment.

You are treated as a unique individual on the ground of your specific social, environmental and personal difficulties which can be addressed with sheer willpower, appropriate psychotropic medication adjustments, effective stress management and coping skills in daily life.

Confidentiality

We treat each patient in a personalized and highly confidential way where they feel comfortable sharing their symptoms, treatment options and concerns.

Guidance

We educate patients in various treatment options and trade-offs to make educated and well informed treatment decisions.

Information Technology

We use the latest IT tools in patient care and practice management.

Shahla Ali, MD

Dr. Shahla Ali is a Double board-certified Interventional Psychiatrist with 15+ years of extensive experience in treating common Psychiatric conditions including PTSD, OCD, ADHD, ADD, Treatment resistant Depression, anxiety, bi-polar and Complex Substance Use Disorders. She is Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and also Board Certified by the American Board of Preventive medicine for specializing in Addiction medicine.

Dr. Ali graduated from the prestigious institute of Rawalpindi Medical College, Pakistan and finished her residency training at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN. She has served as the Chief Resident and later as an adjunct faculty member at Meharry Medical College for 2 years. She is a seasoned physician who has successfully treated thousands of patients in her outpatient practice as well as in many well known hospitals including Private, state and federal facilities. She has a special connection with the veteran community. After graduating, Dr. Ali has practiced at various hospitals including Baylor Healthcare system, Middle TN Mental Health Institute, Department of Veterans Affairs,VA North Texas Health Care System, Greenhouse Residential Treatment and Department of Veterans Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare Systems. Dr. Ali serves our community relentlessly. She does not let hurdles or "red tape" stand in her way when it comes to her service.

Dr. Ali cares deeply about this profession and patient recovery is her top priority. She has conservative approach to medication and prescribes only when needed after careful assessment of each situation. Dr. Ali is an interventionist which means she is well experienced and skilled to use modern treatment modalities like Transcranial magnetic stimulation and Esketamine treatments.

Dr. Shahla Ali has also given CME talks at many scientific societies including American Psychiatric Association Annual Convention and served on Medical Advisory Board for different health care companies. Dr. Shahla Ali regularly updates her knowledge evidenced by being a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. This requires her to stay abreast of clinical updates and scientific studies, which ensure patients get the best treatment approved by the scientific community.

Shahla Ali, MD, Allen Psychiatry

Cindy Moua, MSN, APRN, PMHNP

Cindy Moua is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). In conjunction with your physician, she will evaluate, diagnose, and treat various psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia, OCD, PTSD, and substance use disorder. Cindy received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Michigan and her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University. In addition to being recognized as an Advanced Practice Nurse by the Texas Board of Nursing, she is also board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in her Psychiatric Specialty. Cindy utilizes evidence-based practice as the foundation for treatment, committed to delivering compassionate care. Cindy has personal experience with losing loved ones to mental health and strives to decrease the stigma on mental health. Cindy worked as a cardiovascular ICU registered nurse for seven years before completing her advanced degree. In her free time, Cindy enjoys being a mom, reading, and spending time with family and friends.


Cindy Moua, PMHP, Allen Psychiatry & TMS

Robert Samczuk, LPC-Associate, supervised by Marcus M. Greenwood, LPC-S

Robert is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and the University of Dallas with a Master of Psychology with a clinical concentration. Robert has nine years of experience as a medical assistant in family practice, with his recent experience coming from both the in-patient and outpatient levels of care in mental health. Due to his wide range of experience, Robert has worked with patients who have suffered from depression, anxiety, PTSD, Schizophrenia, and Bipolar disorders. His long-term goal is to expand his therapeutic modality of interest, which is a psychoanalytic perspective. Robert works with his patients from a holistic point of view and understands that no two persons are the same. As a result, he will work with patients and help to facilitate an environment of growth. In his spare time, Robert enjoys hiking, backpacking, reading books, and pondering the existential mysteries of life.

Robert LPC

Erica Dempsey, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, ENP-C

Erica Dempsey is a compassionate and engaging Family and Emergency Nurse Practitioner (FNP/ENP) with a reputation for delivering dynamic leadership and attentive care to colleagues and patients. She enjoys building and maintaining lasting relationships with her patients and leveraging excellent interpersonal and communication skills to sensitively manage confidential information and complex situations.

Erica graduated with honors from Purdue University Global with her FNP in 2019 and pursued her love of emergency medicine through additional training at the University of Texas in Houston. She is dual board certified by the American Academy of Nurse practitioners in both family medicine and emergency medicine. Erica has extensive experience in treating psychiatric disorders in an emergency environment and is excited to continue to help patients in a more intimate setting.

Erica’s love of psychiatry stems from her grandmother who was a patron and advocate for individuals with psychiatric disorders. As an integrative health practitioner, Erica believes that you should have an active role in your care. She takes a holistic approach and will not only treat your symptom(s), but your body as a whole. This method can help with prevention of chronic illnesses, as well as healthcare maintenance, so your body and mind and can heal itself.

Erica is also a United States Army Veteran and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). As a combat veteran with deployment experience, she can uniquely identify with common psychiatric disorders experienced by veterans and their families.

Erica Dempsey, FNP, Allen

Christelle Leiker, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Christelle is a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with a background in both primary care and mental health. She is experienced in treating a wide spectrum of psychiatric conditions including anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, substance use disorder, binge eating disorder, bipolar and PTSD. Christelle compassionately individualizes care plans for her clients that takes each person’s unique needs into account.

Christelle’s experience as a nurse practitioner caring for people under many different life circumstances resulted in her developing a passion for mental health and wellbeing. She believes that true wellness stems from a healthy mind, body and spirit. Christelle’s background includes women’s healthcare, urgent care, weight management, hormone replacement therapy, primary care and psychiatry.

Christelle is a graduate of the University of South Alabama where she received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing degrees. She is licensed by the Texas Board of Nursing as an Advanced Practice Nurse and is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a member of the Texas Nurse Practitioner Association, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Obesity Medicine Association.

In her spare time Christelle enjoys family activities, cooking, reading and traveling.

Lesley John, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Lesley John is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). In conjunction with your physician, she will evaluate, diagnose, and treat a variety of psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia, OCD, PTSD, and substance use disorders. Lesley received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Texas Woman’s University and her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has experience treating patients in the community mental health setting, working with underserved populations. Lesley utilizes evidence-based practice as the foundation for treatment, with a commitment to delivering compassionate care. She is recognized as an Advanced Practice Nurse by the Texas Board of Nursing, and is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in her psychiatric specialty. Lesley also has nursing experience working in orthopedic-trauma at Medical City Plano, as well as in the home health setting. In her free time, Lesley enjoys music and spending time with her loved ones.

Lesley John Allen Psychiatry

Rachel Ellington, LPC

Rachel is originally from Garland but graduated from Howard Payne University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and from Hardin-Simmons University with a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience working in corrections, hospital settings as well as private practice. Rachel specializes in disruptive disorders, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and trauma. Rachel’s four years of experience in various therapeutic settings has equipped her to explore all possibilities when it comes to assisting clients achieve their goals. Rachel utilizes a Strengths and Solutions focused approach to therapy. Currently, Rachel sees individual clients and also facilitates our Revive Intensive Outpatient Program. In her spare time, Rachel collects comic books, listens to music and attempts to educate her two dogs on the importance of boundaries.

“My first job working as a therapist was in a juvenile correctional facility. Therapy can look a lot different when someone makes you go! However, if you are a person who wants to move forward, who works to live happier, who strives to become more…You deserve a standing ovation. The first step towards self-discovery is always the hardest. I'm excited to run this race with you, whatever your track looks like.” Rachel

Breanna Robertson, LPC-S

Breanna has been a Licensed Professional Counselor. (LPC) since 2006. She is a graduate of Abilene Christian University where she received her M.S. in Counseling Psychology. She received her B.A. in Psychology at Harding University. Her background has primarily been in higher level of care settings such as residential and inpatient treatment. She has experience working with individuals with issues related to food, chemical dependency, mood disorders, and anxiety.

As a little girl, Breanna had a desire to make an impact and to somehow help people have a more joy-filled and meaningful life. She finds it rewarding how helping one person can impact relationships, family dynamics, and generations to come.

Breanna understands that no one is immune to facing challenges living in a broken world. Everyone experience trials, both small and large at various points during a person’s lifetime. Her goal is to help people find joy, gratitude and purpose in whatever phase of life they are in.

In Breanna’s spare time, she enjoys baking, gardening, and spending time with her husband and pets.

Breanna Robertson, LPC-S, Allen

Ricci Criner, LPC

Ricci Criner is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). She received her education and training from Texas A& M University-Commerce with clinicals giving her experience in both Residential and Out-Patient settings. In Addition to her counseling education, she received a Bachelors in Business Administration and a Bachelors in Education. Ricci has eleven years of experience in the counseling field. She has worked with clients who suffer with depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, anxiety, schizophrenia, PTSD; her specialties are substance use disorders and marriage and family therapy. She has had success working with clients from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. She understands the unique challenges faced by clients of LGBTQIA community.

Ricci recognizes that one of the highest goals of counseling is to assist clients to make changes in the heart, in the mind, and in behavior – and while positive change is difficult for anyone to make, she is committed to giving her best work toward this high goal! She has the knowledge needed to help the client make sure the goals are both challenging and realistic. While a spirit of professional care will be maintained at all times, the client-counselor relationship is also warm, and personable within the context of mutual confidence, trust, and positive regard.

Ricci is a proud mother of two, has been married for ten years, and is grounded by her spiritual beliefs.

Ricci Criner, LPC, Allen Psychiatry

Tingting Li, LPC

Tingting Li is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Her specialties and interests are trauma therapy, marriage and family therapy, anxiety, depression, sleep and adjustment issues. Tingting has over 8 years of experience working with clients who struggle with their mental health. Tingting is trained to practice Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing therapy (EMDR) and she has had amazing success working with individuals suffering from all levels of trauma history.

Tingting is a graduate of University of Mary Hardin-Baylor where she received her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She received her B.A. in English and Chinese Translation and Interpretation in Xi’an Fanyi University in China. Her multicultural background enables her to have a unique perspective and understanding on struggles experienced by clients from different cultures. Tingting was born and raised in China and she has been living in Texas for the past 10 years. In her spare time, Tingting enjoys practicing yoga and walking her two fur babies.

Tingting Li, LPC

Karen Miller, LPC

Karen Miller is a Licensed Professional Counselor whose specialties and experience in counseling include childhood and adult trauma, depression, anxiety, recovery from abusive relationships and rebuilding after divorce and loss. Karen has over seven years’ experience helping clients of diverse cultures and sexual orientations recover from mental health issues that keep them from living their best lives. She enjoys working with adult clients of all ages and life stages. Karen is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and has taken advanced EMDR trainings focused on chronic trauma, attachment, grief and mourning, and early childhood trauma.

Karen graduated from Amberton University with her M.A. in Professional Counseling and is a member of the American Counseling Association. She completed her undergraduate degree at Graceland University in Iowa with a dual major in Psychology and Computer Science and worked in IT before pursuing her master’s degree. Karen’s positive approach to counseling focuses on helping clients recover and rediscover their strengths. Karen was born in Michigan but raised her family in Texas and considers Texas home. In her free time, she enjoys reading great books, walking on beautiful evenings, and watching feathered friends who stop by her bird feeder.

Karen Miller, LPC

Dr. Tomekia Starling, DNP, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Tomekia Starling is dual-certified advanced practice nurse (APRN) from San Antonio, Texas. She earned her BSN in 2009 at The University of Mary-Hardin-Baylor and worked as a circulating nurse in the cardiovascular operating room for 5 years. In 2014, Tomekia completed her MSN program at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio in Family Practice. Tomekia then moved up to Dallas in 2015 and provided chronic and acute care in a correctional health facility for adult male and female inmates. While working in correctional health, Tomekia earned her Doctorate in Nursing at Chatham University in 2018. After working in correctional health, Tomekia found she enjoyed working with clients suffering from substance abuse and mental health disorders and decided to earn her psychiatric mental health certification (PMHNP) in 2020.

Dr. Starling is a compassionate advanced practice provider and is dedicated to providing quality comprehensive care. In conjunction with your physician, she will evaluate, diagnose and treat a wide variety of psychiatric disorders including Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity, Major Depression, Bipolar, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Use Disorders. Dr. Starling enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Tomekia Starling, PMHNP, Allen Psychiatry

Jenny Haney, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Jenny Haney is an experienced Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) with clinical experience in both In-patient and Out-patient care of adolescents and adults. In conjunction with your physician, she will evaluate, diagnose and treat a wide variety of psychiatric disorders including Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity, Major Depression, Bipolar, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Use Disorders. Jenny believes in a conservative approach to psychotropic medications in combination with her full scope of therapeutic skills to provide individual holistic care. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington where she received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing. In addition to being recognized as an Advanced Practice Nurse by the Texas Board of Nursing, she is also board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in her Psychiatric Specialty. Prior to completing her advance degree, Jenny worked at Parkland Hospital for more than 8 years and was nationally certified as a High-Risk Inpatient Obstetric Registered Nurse. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Texas Nurse Practitioners Association, and a Founding Member of the Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses of North Texas.

Jenny Haney, PMHNP, Allen Psychiatry

Jillian Adams, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Jillian Adams is an experienced Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with clinical experience in both In-patient and Out-patient care of children, adolescents, and adults. In conjunction with your physician, she will evaluate, diagnose and treat a wide variety of psychiatric disorders including Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Major Depression, Bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and Substance Use Disorders. She has a special interest in adoption and women’s health. Jillian believes in evidence based integrative medicine with full understanding of Bio-psycho-social model. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington where she received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing. In addition to being recognized as an Advanced Practice Nurse by the Texas Board of Nursing, she is also board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in her Psychiatric Specialty. Prior to completing her advanced degree, Jillian worked at Medical City Dallas Hospital for more than 11 years at their busy ICU as registered nurse. She enjoys being a mom and wife, spending time with her family and friends, outdoor activities, traveling, and creating art.

Jaime Thompson, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Jaime is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specializing in the treatment of a wide variety of psychiatric disorders, including depression, ADHD, substance use disorders, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, and PTSD. She enjoys working with adolescent and adult clients. Jaime believes that a trusting therapeutic relationship is the foundation of effective treatment, and takes the time to get to know you as a person, not a constellation of symptoms.

She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington where she received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing. In addition to being recognized as an Advanced Practice Nurse by the Texas Board of Nursing, she is also board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in her Psychiatric Specialty. Prior to completing her advance degree, Jaime worked in Women’s Health and as an OR nurse.

She is a a Founding Member of the Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses of North Texas.

In her spare time Jaime enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, and hosting dinner parties.

Jaime Thompson, PMHNP,  Allen Psychiatry

Jacqueline (Jacki) Riley, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Jacqueline (Jacki) Riley is a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) with diverse background in primary and psychiatric care including treating depression, ADHD, bipolar, OCD and PTSD. Jackie takes a holistic approach to treating psychiatric condition and strives to be an advocate for all her patients.

Jackie's background in nursing includes working in a level 3 trauma center in Pullman, WA. She also worked in primary care and urgent care as an FNP. Assisting women with their unique health concerns including birth control options is also a priority. Jackie has also performed successful Botox treatment of patients living with chronic migraines.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Jacki is happily married and has three adult children and three grandchildren; all live in the Texas area. Her personal interests include family activities, reading, scrap-booking, walking for exercise, party planning, and, of course exploring the many areas of her new Texas home. Her professional interests include volunteering each summer at a Type 1 Diabetes summer camp as a medical provider, educator, and fundraiser. She enjoys patients of ages 18 and up, assisting in their emergencies as well as helping them to achieve or maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Jacqueline (Jacki) Riley, FNP, Allen Psychiatry

Tina Anibowei, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Tina is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Masters of Science in Nursing degree at The University of Texas Arlington. Her specialty is psychiatric and mental health (PMHNP). She is board certified through the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC). She offers primary care services to the PMH population ages 18 and up. Tina is passionate about helping clients with mental illnesses become their best self and promoting mental health to include recovery-oriented principles, psycho-education, reducing stigma, and mental health disparities. She has a special interest in adolescent MH issues and substance use disorder. She treats an array of MH disorders to include depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, alcohol and opioid use disorders. She is DEA Waivered and certified to treat opioid use disorders.

Clients can expect to have their opinions valued, to participate in their treatment goals, and treated with dignity and respect.

Tina enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering to support the eradication and ending the disparity of HIV among women, and traveling.

Tina Anibowei, PMHNP, Allen Psychiatry

Kyle Freeland, LPC

Kyle Freeland, LPC graduated with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Texas at Tyler. Kyle has experience with adolescents and adults across the lifespan. He’s worked with people in acute crisis as well as those managing challenges related to figuring out who they are, spiritual identity issues, grief and loss, career stress, and familial and relationship problems.

As a two-time cancer survivor—first as a child, second as a young adult—Kyle brings an insider’s perspective to the fallout of chronic illness. As someone who understands just how much physical health battles impact mental health, he knows that even when your health improves or an illness ends, the journey is not over. If you struggle with depression, anxiety, loneliness, isolation, trauma, or stress caused by an illness or have been affected by the illness of a family member or friend, Kyle wants to come alongside you. Using an empathetic, supportive, and engaging therapeutic process, he’ll encourage you to do more than just survive your illness, he’ll help you learn to thrive. -

Kyle Freeland, LPC-Associate - Therapist in Plano

Mental Health Awareness: 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness. nearly 1 in 25 (10 million) adults in America live with a serious mental illness. Committed to patient care and safely, at Allen Psychiatry and TMS Center #TMSTherapy, we are here to help when it counts.