Newport Beach - Community Psychiatry

Newport Beach

180 Newport Center Drive
Suite 235 Newport Beach, CA 92660

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Leela Magavi, M.D.

Dr. Magavi is a native Californian and Hopkins-trained psychiatrist committed to providing compassionate, evidence-based care to individuals of all cu … Read More

ltural, political, religious, sexual and socioeconomic backgrounds. Dr. Magavi is a board certified adult psychiatrist and board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. She completed her adult psychiatry residency at Georgetown University Hospital, during which time she also had the invaluable experience of caring for veterans at the Washington, D.C. VA. As a resident, she was awarded the String of Pearls teaching award. She subsequently completed her child psychiatry fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she served as the chief fellow and published a manuscript on transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

Dr. Magavi strives to create a safe, comfortable atmosphere for patients and their families in their journey toward recovery. She has a holistic approach and integrates various treatment modalities (lifestyle changes, including mindfulness and meditation, pharmacological agents, as well as individual, couples and family therapy) to provide comprehensive, effective care. She enjoys working with people of all ages (pediatric, adult, geriatric) with various concerns including but not limited to ADHD, anxiety (GAD, PTSD, OCD, panic disorder, separation anxiety), depression, bipolar disorder, postpartum illnesses, sleep disorders and schizophrenia. She partners with her clients and individualizes treatment depending on each client’s unique life story and goals to maximize the quality of life.

In her free time, Dr. Magavi enjoys spending time with her loved ones, trying different cuisines, watching movies, and embracing the beauty and diversity of California. She looks forward to helping as many individuals as possible and playing her part in eliminating the stigma surrounding mental health.

Telemedicine Appointments Available

Cory McNamara, M.D.

Dr. McNamara is a board-eligible general adult psychiatrist with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a strong proponent of the evide … Read More

nce-based use of psychotropic medications with psychotherapy but believes that the ultimate determination of the best, most appropriate treatment regimen is to be determined by the patient’s own personal preferences under the guidance of the treating psychiatrist. This philosophy influences the care of all of his patients. The treatment plan is ultimately designed and created by working collaboratively with the patient at each clinic appointment.

He graduated from the University of California at San Diego with a degree in General Biology with an additional emphasis on Physiological Psychology. After completing his undergraduate degree, he chose to complete year-long post-baccalaureate study in Molecular Biology with the Department of Biology at the same highly prestigious biological research university for more in-depth exposure to the Biological Sciences, especially as it pertains to the field of Immunology. He earned his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine completing his senior year clinical medical school clerkship rotations in New York City with a GPA of 4.0. During his first year of post- graduate medical education he was at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center with the Department of Internal Medicine. Afterward, he completed his general adult Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences residency program at the East Tennessee State University with him completing his residency training program with an emphasis on the care of adult treatment-resistant depression patients. Currently, Dr. McNamara has a research paper in-press which highlights how the potential roles of inflammation created by a dysregulated immune system may have a vital and substantive role in the propagation of depression for a select patient population.

As a senior resident physician at the Mountain Home Veterans Administration Hospital in northeast Tennessee, Dr. McNamara cared for patients with chronic post-traumatic stress disorder along with various types of anxiety, mood, substance abuse, psychotic disorders and the medication management of adult attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Treatment of these disorders included the use for various types of psychotropic medications with the concomitant employment of psychotherapy to improve the quality of life of both the patient he was caring for and their immediate loved ones. Dr. McNamara’s main focus is on the care of patients eighteen years old and older. In his spare time, he enjoys going to the beach or park to play frisbee with his family or visiting local neighborhood cafes.

Brenda Garro, M.D.

Dr. Garro is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine. She is originally from Puerto Rico and completed medical school at Autonomous U … Read More

niversity of Guadalajara and New York Medical College.  Following a year of internship in general surgery, Dr. Garro found a passion for psychiatry and went into the residency program at SUNY Stony Brook University Hospital in Long Island, NY.  Dr. Garro was chief resident in Consultation-Liaison service as a 4th-year resident.  She then completed a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at Long Island Jewish/North Shore Health Care System in NY.  Dr. Garro has worked in addiction medicine with veterans in Northport, NY, and later was recruited to join the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) at Stony Brook Hospital, where she was an attending psychiatrist caring for psychiatric emergencies.  Dr. Garro was also Clinical Assistant Professor with SUNY Stony Brook Residency program and collaborated with residents and medical students.  Dr. Garro enjoys teaching.

Dr. Garro moved with her family to Southern California.  She worked with chronic persistent mentally ill patients at the Orange County Health Care Agency.  In recent years, Dr. Garro worked with the underserved community at numerous locations with St. Jude, St. Joseph, Hoag, and Mission Hospitals providing psychiatric assessment and treatment to patients that could not access care elsewhere.  She has been a guest speaker at NAMI and has collaborated with families of mentally ill patients.

Dr. Garro believes in a holistic approach in caring for her patients; which includes things like mindfulness, good sleep hygiene techniques, balanced diet, counseling, and medication management. Dr. Garro has experience (but not exclusive) in women’s health, anxiety, mood, psychotic, ADHD, trauma-related, and sleep disorders.

Dr. Garro is fluent in English and Spanish, she is bicultural, and has a passion for providing cultural sensitive psychiatric services.

Dr. Garro enjoys spending time with her family; the outdoors, live music and traveling.