Christine Khan, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who graduated from California State University, Long Beach. Christine’s clinical career took her on a journey through the healthcare system, from inpatient to outpatient settings, managing the care of everyone from toddlers to older adults. She started her career as a Cardiac Intensive Care Unit nurse where she found her passion in not only helping her patient’s physical illnesses but being able to help their mental health too. She soon realized that a patient’s mental health significantly impacted their physical health and overall wellbeing.
Christine’s passion lies in working with children and their families in helping them achieve their goals and reach their maximum potential. She provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management with special attention to each person’s individual needs, including attention to personal history, concerns about, or fears of medications, all of which she approaches with patience, warmth, understanding, as well as helpful explanations that facilitate treatment. She is flexible and integrative in her approach in order to meet the needs and desired outcomes of each individual. Christine is enthusiastic to apply her experience and compassion with clients as they begin to address issues that will help them to improve their quality of life and attain a sense of fulfillment.
In her free time, Christine enjoys cooking, being outdoors, and spending time with her family. She is a strong advocate for empowering nurses and believes that nurses should play a pivotal role in shaping modern health care.
Omar A. Khan, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Springs Behavioral Health. Dr. Khan completed his Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2009 and an Associate of Science in Nursing from El Camino College in 2013. He went on to complete his Bachelors of Science in Nursing from University of Illinois, Chicago in 2015. Dr. Khan proceeded to pursue and complete his Master of Science in Nursing from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), in 2017 and later achieved his Doctor of Nursing Practice from Missouri State University in 2023. He treats individuals across the lifespan, specializing in trauma, adolescents, veterans, adults, and older adults with severe, persistent, and chronic mental illness.
With over a decade of experience in the field of mental health, Dr. Khan is very knowledgeable, compassionate, and understanding. He has worked in many mental health settings, including inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization, and crisis residential programs. Dr. Khan has an interest in academia and has served as a Clinical Instructor to BSN students at Mount Saint Mary’s University, an Adjunct Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California (USC), and a Site Visitor Lecturer for University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS). Dr. Khan is a proud member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) and the Neuroscience Education Institute. When Dr. Khan is not busy with school or work, he enjoys spending time with his family and outdoor activities.
Erin H. Sandy, MSN, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who graduated from Walden University. Erin has significant psychiatric experience working in both the inpatient and outpatient settings for many years. She enjoys outpatient the setting the most because she can follow her patient’s progress in a close and personal environment. Her peers have recognized her ability to create unique and individualized care plans for each patient’s specific needs. She is passionate about supporting growth and recovery for her patient’s using the most current evidence-based research in nursing and psychopharmacology. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, finding adventures with family and friends, and physical activities like swimming, dancing, and hiking.
Elaine LaVelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, San Bernardino and a Master of Science degree in Education Administration from National University. She is a former elementary school teacher with 11 years of experience. The opportunity of teaching and working with children was a rewarding experience and a highlight of her career. She is a certified professional coder in medical and billing. In her free time, Elaine enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening, and volunteering at a local cat rescue, Wild Blue Cats.