The mental health team at PACE Mental Health Sugar Land is ready to help each and every patient properly manage their mental health. Learn more about mental health team below.
Dr. Sanjay Adhia
Dr. Sanjay Adhia is a board-certified Forensic Psychiatrist. He completed his Psychiatry Residency at the University of Texas in Houston. He worked as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas for a year.
With an interest in treating underserved populations and assisting attorneys with civil and criminal cases, Dr. Adhia was drawn to the sub-specialty of Forensic Psychiatry. He completed a Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship in Portland, Oregon at Oregon Health & Science University in 2014.
After his fellowship, he treated those with severe IDD and Autism at a Richmond State Supported Living Center. With his interest in teaching, he returned to the University of Texas at the Harris County Psychiatric Center at the Competency Restoration Unit. He supervised medical students and psychiatry residents while treating defendants opined Incompetent to Stand Trial. He decided to return to Fort Bend County to the Jester IV prison psychiatric unit with UTMB where he treated offenders at the high-security pod and provided tele-psychiatric coverage to the Polunsky Death Row Unit and taught medical students.
Dr. Adhia draws from his experience in treating those with extreme mental illness, including non- nonverbal patients in state schools, incompetent defendants with treatment resistant psychosis and sociopathic offenders. Dr. Adhia is skilled in providing effective treatments for Mood Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD and PTSD. He has experience in treating individuals with IDD, Cognitive Disorders, Impulse Disorders, Autism and Personality Disorders. He has interests in Addiction Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry and Brain Injury Medicine.
Dr. Adhia strongly believes in educating his clients on their diagnosis and treatment options so they can make an informed decision on an effective treatment. Often it is a combination of counselling, support and pharmacotherapy that yields the optimal results.
In addition to clinical care, Dr. Adhia assists attorneys with civil and criminal cases. He performs Independent Medical Exams and is an Expert Witness. He provides medico-legal opinions in a wide variety of cases including Competency to Stand Trial, Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Testamentary Capacity, Criminal Responsibility, Fitness for Duty, Workman’s Compensation, Disability, Sexual Harassment, Sentence Mitigation, Personal Injury and others. He has a growing interest in Traumatic Brain Injury. Attorneys maybe interested in visiting https://www.forensicpsychiatrynow.com/ .
In his spare time, he assists the Physicians for Human Rights with Asylum and Human Trafficking evaluations. He also enjoys traveling, playing the guitar and spending time his family.
John McDivitt, MSN, RN, FNP-BC
Director of Nursing
John McDivitt serves as a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner at Pace Mental Health Houston. In this role he performs comprehensive consultations enabling patients with an opportunity to discuss current symptoms and concerns about their mental or behavioral health. His focus is on patients from age 6 through adulthood.
Along with managing patient medication, McDivitt provides patients and their families with education about the disease. He treats patients on a holistic level, so that he can find workable solutions for their mental or behavioral health issues.
McDivitt has extensive experience in psychiatric, emergency and family medicine. Throughout his career, he has worked in both clinic and hospital settings.
McDivitt earned a Master of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas Houston Health Science Center where he became board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1992 from The University of Dallas as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1997 from Texas Women’s University.
In his spare time, McDivitt enjoys surfing, volunteering in activities for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and spending time with his family.
Tamara D. Peña, MA, LCDC, LPC-S, NCC
Director of Therapy
Licensed Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor
Tamara is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a clinical board-approved supervisor (LPC-S), a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, and is also certified (NCC) by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). She holds a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is a member of Chi Sigma Iota – National Honor Society. Tamara completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Houston-Downtown.
Tamara’s approach to psychotherapy is simple, yet dynamic. She believes the therapeutic relationship is an alliance… allowing her to walk in another’s shoes, see through another’s eyes, and experience the situation, distress, or event first-hand. Built on trust and honesty, a strong therapeutic alliance allows appropriate insight into another’s life and situation. Once that happens, the therapist is able to gain an appropriate perspective and use the proper tools/interventions to help another person.
Tamara’s experience encompasses many different levels of care – from outpatient services to intense crisis intervention/stabilization. She has worked with children, teens, and adults in a variety of settings. Tamara is fortunate to have been a team-clinician with the following agencies/organizations:
- Harris County Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (MCOT)
- ReMind (formerly the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance)
- Shiloh Treatment Center (for refugee children)
- Bloom Counseling & Children’s Service
- Jewish Family & Children’s Services
Tamara enjoys working with both teens and adults. Her treatment scope includes stress management, coping with anxiety, combating depression, and alleviating helplessness and hopelessness. Tamara utilizes a multi-theoretical approach that is custom designed to assist each and every person.
In her spare time, Tamara enjoys supervising practicum students and LPC interns. She is a firm believer that therapists need to work together in order to uphold the integrity of the field and shape the therapists of tomorrow. She is currently interviewing and accepting new practicum students and LPC-Interns. Tamara also assists in finding placement/employment for students and interns to practice under direct supervision.
When Tamara is not in the office, she enjoys live rock music, Broadway shows, and spending time with her six year-old Chihuahua, Bella Marie.
Annie Law, MSN, RN, PNHNP-BC
After completing her year-long clinical rotation at Pace Mental Health Houston, Law joined the staff as a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Law has been a nurse for more than 19 years. Her extensive health care experience, including stints in hospital ER, ICU, and Oncology departments, serves patients at Pace.
She works with patients who have mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders. A large part of Law’s work is medication management and educating patients about the disease process and its potential side effects.
Law involves her patients in their care plan, and says, “including patients and their families, if possible, in the treatment plan is the best way to provide better quality and get more positive outcomes.” She believes that “the culture of patient-centered care at Pace assures them a better quality of life.”
“Part of who I am is compelled to help others,” says Law. “Nursing provides me the best way to help people feel better and guide them to a new path. Psychiatric nursing gives me an opportunity to help the community in a different way.”
Law was awarded a Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University in 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Prairie View University.
A native Texan, and a self-proclaimed foodie, Law was the first college graduate in her family of eight children. She inspired her younger siblings to seek degrees in medicine and nursing.
Lilian Ike, MS, CMHNP-BC
As a Board Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Lilian Ike comes to Pace Mental Health with 15 years’ experience in psychiatric nursing. She has worked with a full spectrum of patients, including children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric populations, as well as their families. Ike has cared for patients with a variety of mental health disorders in both residential treatment facilities and hospital settings.
Prior to focusing on psychiatric nursing, Ike worked in acute care, serving patients in hospitals on surgical floors and also in long-term care facilities.
“I’m passionate about providing patient-centric and holistic care to my clients,” says Ike. “The culture at Pace Mental Health encourages my focus on comprehensive care to my patients, which improves the quality of health outcomes.”
Ike is certified in Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPA) and Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behavior (PMAB). She is a member of the Houston
Area Nurse Practitioner (HANP) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
Ike holds a Master of Science degree with a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner from Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri. She earned her Bachelor of Science Nursing degree with honors from American Sentinel University.
Serving as a community resource for those suffering from mental illness, Ike regularly engages in community service with Calvary Church through their outreach Ministry.
MANJU MENON, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Manju Menon is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who obtained her Masters degree from Walden University. During her program, she was awarded with Golden Key International Membership for Scholars as well as getting inducted into the prestigious Sigma Theta Tau international Honor Society. She completed her Bachelor in Science Nursing from Gulburga University, India. She is also a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Ms. Menon takes pride in having a unique approach in practice. She tries to meet her patients where they are and work together to ensure the best possible outcome using scientifically proven practices, that suits their specific lifestyle and culture. Before pursuing her passion in psychiatry, she used to work with medical and geriatric patients. She has extensive experience in caring for individuals struggling with different kinds of emotional/behavioral and mental issues. Ms. Menon says “I want my patients to feel comfortable and confident in me when they are at their most vulnerable stage emotionally and mentally. I want to treat them like how I expect mine to be treated….I feel energized and content to see their satisfaction in my care and their wellness…to feel proud to be able to make a measurable difference in their lives”.
Ms. Menon is happily married with two precious children. Besides supporting her husband in his business, she is also actively involved in the South Indian Community through volunteering activities and as a show host and television anchor. She enjoys dancing, reading, and travelling the world with her family.
The Mental Health Team for Success
To speak with a member of our mental health team, call PACE Mental Health Sugar Land today at 866-453-6019. You can also make an appointment in Sugar Land to learn more about PACE Sugar Land and how we can help you or your loved one. Our mental health team is ready to help each and every patient that needs our help.