Dr. Marasa is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist. Her areas of focus include depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), neurocognitive disorders and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
While she had always been attracted to the fields of science and medicine, growing up she had dreams of working for the FBI. Though eventually learning that it wasn’t quite like what is portrayed on TV, her interest remained. After she finished her chief residency year in general psychiatry, she completed a forensic psychiatry fellowship focused on the intercept between psychiatry and law. In fact, she continues to provide expert witness and testimony in a variety of civil and criminal cases.
Dr. Marasa finds that no two patients are ever the same in psychiatry, and she recognizes and appreciates what makes each person unique. She listens to each patient and assesses his or her symptoms, tailoring the treatment approach uniquely to that person. She makes it a point to understand the biologic and genetic factors, psychological factors and social factors to develop individualized treatment options for each patient. She then uses a collaborative approach to offer the patient various treatment options while discussing the risks, benefits, side effects, and alternatives to each. Ultimately, it is team effort to develop a personalized treatment plan for each patient.
She offers her patients the best psychiatric treatment with a broad range of treatment options. She is especially intrigued by Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), where she can treat her patients with the latest in neuromodulation noninvasively. Although she takes pride in staying up-to-date with latest advances in the field of psychiatry, she believes in the motto, “No one cares what you know until they know that you care.”
She joined Mindful Health Solutions in the Summer of 2019.
After spending her entire life in the South, she loves the warm weather and wide variety of activities available in and around the Sacramento area. She aims to lead a very balanced and well-rounded life and has diverse array of interests. When not working, she can be found running a half marathon, playing tennis, hiking, skiing, or anything that involves being out on the water. She loves to travel, meet new people, try new foods, and is always looking for her next adventure.
Dr. Marasa received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Biology and a minor in Spanish. She attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine where she received her Doctor of Medicine, cum laude.
Upon beginning medical school, she had plans to pursue a career in neurology. After doing an internship in Bolivia as a medical student, her interest in neuroscience combined with a love of operating pushed her towards a path in neurosurgery. However, upon completing two years of neurosurgical training, she found she craved more time with each patient and more personal connection, and switched her specialty to psychiatry, which combined her passion for neuroscience with the personal aspects of patient care.
She completed her Psychiatry Residency at the University of Kentucky. During these four years, she practiced in a variety of settings, from triaging, evaluating and admitting patients from the emergency department to running a psychiatric ward at the state hospital. She also practiced in a variety of outpatient clinical settings, treating those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder to those with substance use disorders. She was also trained in telepsychiatry and served as a consult liaison to primary medical providers at the Federal Medical Center.
Dr. Marasa completed her Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of California, Davis. She believes her training in forensic psychiatry allows her to examine each piece of evidence in an objective manner, just as she personalizes each patient’s treatment plan based on their individual needs. Her variety of experience helps her work individually with each patient to develop a multifactorial plan unique to each patient.
“Threatening the President: When Hate Trumps Love.” Panel Member. Presented at the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Austin, Texas. October 2018. Also presented at the American Psychiatric Association. San Francisco, California. May 2019.
“Myths and Media: Mass Homicide and Mental Illness.” University of Kentucky Department of Psychiatry research presentation. May 2018.
“The Opioid Epidemic- Challenges of Sustained Remission.” Peer review article. Int J Psychiatry Med. 2017, Vol 52(2) 196-201.
“Malingering- A Result of Trauma or Litigation?” Case Report. AM J Psych The Residents’ Journal. 2018, Vol 13(3) 7-9. Also presented at the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Portland, Oregon. October 2016.
“Are they Mad or Just Really Bad (or Maybe Sad?) Detecting Real versus Malingered Psychosis.” Peer Review Presentation. University of Kentucky. October 2015.
“Neurocognitive Disorders: DSM-V Lecture Series.” Residency lecture. University of Kentucky. September 2015.
“Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.” Book chapter accepted for publication. August 2018.