Hear from each of our panel members, as they address Loss, Grief, and Depression. Learn helpful tools to move through the various stages of loss and grief; and learn how to recognize depression and address it in a healthy way. This will be an interactive event. Come prepared with questions and benefit from asking the experts.
Jasleen Chhatwal, MD
Associate Medical Director, Director of Mood Program
Jasleen Chhatwal, MD, joined the medical staff at Sierra Tucson as Medical Director of the Mood Disorders Program in September 2018. Dr. Chhatwal comes to Sierra Tucson by way of the University of Arizona Department of Psychiatry where she continues to serve as an Assistant Professor. Her extensive experience in treating complex mood disorders in a multi-disciplinary setting and training in integrative medicine makes her a great fit for leading the mood recovery program. She believes each individual has a unique, authentic story, and is grateful to all those who have trusted her with their stories. Dr. Chhatwal completed her residency training in psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, also serving as Chief Resident. Here she trained in psychodynamics, cognitive behavior therapy, psychopharmacology, neuromodulation, and various other emerging modalities. She further completed fellowship training in Integrative Medicine from the renowned Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Post residency, Dr. Chhatwal stayed on at her alma mater working in a combined community and academic setting. Here she provided inpatient and outpatient services, while also serving as associate and then interim medical director of inpatient psychiatry services at Banner University Medical Center – South Campus. Dr. Chhatwal has been active in medical student & resident physician education, aiming to enhance understanding of psychiatric disorders for varied medical personnel. She is also active in the mental health community, advocating for her patients’, colleagues, and profession through the Arizona Psychiatric Society. This year, she serves the society in the role of Vice-President and was recently awarded the presidential award for leadership. She concurrently is also serving as the Early Career Psychiatrist representative for western US and Canada (Area7) to the American Psychiatric Association Assembly. Echoing naturalistic healing disciplines, Dr. Chhatwal believes that the human body has the inherent capacity to heal itself when provided with a nurturing environment for the mind, body, and spirit. In her practice, in collaboration with colleagues from various disciplines, she aims to recreate that nurturing environment so residents can start their journey towards a healthier, more wholesome life. Dr. Chhatwal’s treatment philosophy includes intervening early, providing holistic, culturally competent, gender-affirming and evidence-based care. She envisions the mood recovery program as a place where intensive biological and psychological therapies help restore the vital essence of each person’s unique and authentic story.
Mike Gaziano, MSW, LCSW (WI)
Mike Gaziano was born and raised in the Midwest and chose Tucson for his undergraduate work in psychology. He is now a proud alumnus from the University of Arizona. He later received his master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois. Bringing over 25 years of clinical expertise to Sierra Tucson, Mike worked in the Family Program from 2008-2017 before he became the manager for the Pain Recovery Program in August 2017. He has worked in the private sector and public sector as a social worker and is trained as a mediator and conflict resolution specialist. Mike has also provided his clinical skills to Pima County as a group facilitator for domestic violence classes.
Elaine Hixson-Weiss, MC, LPC
Elaine Hixson-Weiss, MC, LPC, received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Tennessee and her Master of Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She began her career in mental health at an inpatient psychiatric unit, and then moved to working in residential treatment with dually diagnosed adults. After working with both populations, she discovered her passion for working with emergent adults. Elaine has experience working with trauma, eating disorders, addiction, and co-occurring disorders. She worked for two years as a primary therapist at Sierra Tucson, and returned to Sierra Tucson in 2017 as a primary therapist. Elaine enjoys working on a multidisciplinary team. The collaboration with others to determine how to best support the needs of residents while also assisting them in achieving their treatment goals has provided invaluable experience. She believes much of her knowledge and experience has been gleaned from individuals, family members, and other providers over the years, including the experiences they have shared with her and the chance to witness transformations firsthand. Elaine believes laughter can be a great teacher that provides an opportunity to step back and look at a situation from a different perspective, realizing that oftentimes we are doing the best we can with the knowledge we have. She will frequently reference a book or a movie that may illustrate an example of dealing with a particular situation. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, rooting for the Tennessee Volunteers during football season, and spending time with her husband and their two dogs.