Season Five

Mental Health Amidst Dual Pandemics (S5 E7)

Dr. Yvette Drake

Dr. Yvette Drake is a board-certified partner physician currently in practice with the Southern California Permanente Medical Group where she specializes in Pediatric and Adult Psychiatry. She currently sees patients in the outpatient clinic setting and occasionally in the inpatient and emergency room setting. Dr. Drake helps her patients manage a wide variety of medical and psychiatric problems. She is passionate about community mental health education and is dedicated to helping remove negative stigma of mental illness through advocacy and education. She is committed to mentoring and empowering youth from underrepresented communities who are interested in both health and non-health related careers.

Dr. Drake strongly believes that utilizing a holistic approach that incorporates mental, physical, social and spiritual health is important in maximizing overall wellness for her patients, family, friends and community.
Dr. Drake obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Howard University in Washington, DC. She received her Medical Degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences also in Washington DC. She completed a General Psychiatry Residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans where she was awarded the Gene L. Usdin Leadership in Psychiatry Award.

She furthered her training by completing a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, TX. She has received many awards and honors including the prestigious Laughlin Fellowship from the American College of Psychiatrists and the American Psychiatric Association Award Fellowship in Public & Community Psychiatry.
Dr. Drake currently serves on the Executive Board of the Association of Black Women
Physicians (ABWP) and is active with the ABWP Sister to Sister program where she serves as a mentor to aspiring physicians. She is also a fitness enthusiast and sees regular exercise as an important way to optimize both physical and mental wellness.

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Dr. Natalie V. Nagthall

A recognized leader in business and higher education, Dr. Natalie V. Nagthall currently serves as the Los Angeles/Orange County Guided Pathways Regional Coordinator for the Foundation for California Community Colleges. She is also the founder and principal consultant at N2V Consulting, Inc., a boutique global consulting firm that provides equity-centered strategic and professional development solutions. Dr. Nagthall’s specialties includes professional development, innovative pedagogies including culturally relevant instruction, anti-racist education, curriculum design and workshop development. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology as well as with the Los Angeles Community College District.

The Brooklyn, New York native earned a BS in Marketing and Logistics/Transportation from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MA in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Dr. Nagthall received her Ed.D. in Organizational Change and Leadership at the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education. Her dissertation explores the use of culturally relevant instructional practices in STEM under the title, “(Re)Imagining STEM Instruction: An Examination of Culturally Relevant Andragogical Practices to Eliminate STEM Inequities Among Historically Minoritized Students in Community Colleges.”

During her free time, Natalie enjoys traveling, binge-watching shows, cooking, entertaining, and learning Italian.


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