Management Team

Michelle Owhadi MPH - Administrative Director 
Michelle Owhadi began working for California Psychological Institute in 2003. She obtained a Graduate Degree from California State University, Fresno in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management. She completed an internship at Children’s Hospital Central California with a focus on hospital policy and regulatory compliance.  In her work at CPI she has expanded the team and increased the number of services provided to Fresno County to twice the amount from which they started. She sits on the board for the Fresno Association of Mental Health Contractors. As Administrative Director for CPI, Michelle oversees contracts with Fresno County as well as manages staff. She believes in strong collaboration between agencies and team members and participates in many committees and monthly collaborations. 

Julie Torok-Mangasarian, LMFT, RPT-S - Clinical Director
Julie Torok-Mangasarian is a licensed marriage and family therapist and the Clinical Director of the California Psychological Institute in Fresno, CA. Julie is a Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor, infant mental health specialist, reflective practice mentor and certified educator of infant massage (CEIM). Julie specializes in the use of play to treat complex and developmental trauma in young children. 

Angela Boardman LMFT - Clinical Supervisor 
Angela Boardman is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, receiving her Master of Science degree from Fresno State.  Angela’s career has been dedicated to working primarily with children in the public mental health arena. Her work focuses on helping children and families who have experienced trauma and attachment disruption.  She enjoys working with families, infants, children and adolescents to help improve secure parent-child relationships using attachment-focused, strength-based interventions. She has specialized training in Early Childhood Mental Health and relationship-based therapy models of Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.  The impact of healthy attachment on the neurological trauma response is also the focus of her published research article in the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation. Angela also conducts Attachment, Bonding, and Sibling Studies for the courts and believes in an inclusive, collaborative approach to treatment. She aspires to help children and families create healing attachments and generational change by using relationship-based trauma-informed practice.

Brooke Pfister, LMFT - Clinical Supervisor
Brooke Pfister is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor at the California Psychological Institute. Brooke has been a member of the CPI staff since 2003. Brooke first began her career at CPI as a case manager and is now a licensed clinician. Prior to her work at CPI, Brooke attended California State University, Fresno and graduated with a Master’s degree in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy. Brooke has participated in training with Anthony Mannarino on Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Deborah Gray on Nurturing Attachments: Working with Complex and Complicated Children.

Tara Peterson, LMFT - Clinical Supervisor 
Tara Peterson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor at California Psychological Institute. Tara received her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Fresno in 2012. Tara has been working with children and families impacted by the Child Welfare System for over 10 years and has been part of the CPI team for the past 7 years. Tara uses an attachment approach to build connections and relationships with clients and families to address the mental health needs of her clients. Tara has specialized training in Infant Mental Health, Child Parent Psychotherapy, Theraplay among other therapeutic modalities to meet the needs of the client and family.