Leadership Team2021-04-09T11:31:41-04:00

Healthy Minds’ Leadership Team

One of the primary reasons we’re Southern Nevada’s premier mental health provider is that Healthy Minds’ executive leadership is comprised of psychologists and psychiatrists. The expertise of our executives helps everyone in our organization focus on what matters most: our patients.

Our team of mental health experts includes psychiatrists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, clinical social workers and marriage and family therapists. We encourage you to read more about the people who make Healthy Minds work.

Dr. Lisa Durette, MD, DFAPA, DFAACAPBoard Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Medical Director
Dr. Durette is Board Certified in both General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has been awarded Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and has served in several leadership positions within the Nevada District Branch of the APA, including the role of President. She has also been awarded Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and is actively in AACAP both locally and nationally. Dr. Durette serves as the Nevada AACAP regional organization’s delegate to the AACAP assembly, and is appointed to the AACAP Adoption and Foster Care Committee, as well as the AACAP Advocacy Committee.

Dr. Durette graduated with Honors from Agnes Scott College with degrees in Chemistry and French, and matriculated to the University of South Carolina where she completed her medical school training. She then attended the Medical University of South Carolina’s General Psychiatry residency training program and Child and Adolescent fellowship training program. Dr. Durette has served the Las Vegas community since 2004. She has been very active in patient advocacy and education, as well as direct patient care. In the summer of 2014, Dr. Durette launched the first Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training program here in Clark County through the University of Nevada School of Medicine, and continues to serve as the Program Director for the UNLV-SOM Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. Dr. Durette also serves several local patient advocacy groups and has been appointed to the Nevada Commission on Behavioral Health. Dr. Durette has received local ‘Top Doc’ awards several times, and routinely provides community-based educational presentations with goals to educate the community on common psychiatric disorders seen in youth and to help remove the stigma often attached to psychiatric illnesses. Clinically, Dr. Durette’s interests and research are in the area of trauma, specifically foster care youth, where she has presented several symposia and posters at the national AACAP meeting as well as the annual Foster Family Treatment Association (FFTA) meeting.

Read Lisa’s interview on our blog.

Kenneth McKay, Ph.D.
Kenneth McKay, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist with over 12 years of experience in a variety of settings, including schools, psychiatric hospitals, foster homes, residential treatment facilities, detention centers, private practice, and outpatient clinics. He provides comprehensive psychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults with an emphasis on differential diagnosis as well as educational/occupational functioning. Dr. McKay received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California in Irvine and a Dual Doctorate degree in Clinical and Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego.
His post-graduate training experiences included private and public psychiatric hospitals, Job Corps, and outpatient treatment in Las Vegas with an emphasis in family crisis, psychological testing, organizational development, and foster care. Dr. Kenneth McKay also conducts forensic psychological evaluations.
Melissa Paller, LCSWClinical Director
Melissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in health and human services for twenty-five years. She attended Boise State University, earning her degrees in Criminal Justice and Social Work. After receiving her degree in Criminal Justice, she became a Detention Diversion Coordinator, and later a Juvenile Probation Officer, where she served youth who were involved in the juvenile justice system. Upon receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work, she began her career in the mental health field, working with children, adolescents, adults and families diagnosed with severe emotional disturbances and mental illnesses.
She later became the owner and director of an outpatient, mental health treatment facility that provided community-based, therapeutic, and psychiatric treatment for individuals and families.

As an International Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, she was also the Clinical Director of treatment services for Drug Court, treating individuals with substance use disorder.

After a decade of proprietorship, she relocated to Las Vegas, where she became the Clinical Director of an inpatient psychiatric hospital. She has extensive inpatient and outpatient experience as a clinician, and specializes in the treatment of trauma and self-injurious behaviors in adolescents. Currently, she is the Clinical Director at Healthy Minds, where she oversees programming and treatment services for children and adolescents in foster care, along with individuals and families in need of mental health care. She is approved as a Clinical Supervisor for the Nevada Board of Examiners for Social Workers and is an adjunct professor at the University Of Nevada School Of Medicine.

Read Melissa’s interview on our blog.

Sid Khurana, M.D., FAPA, Assistant Medical DirectorBoard Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr. Khurana is board certified from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry and board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Virginia where he served as Chief Fellow for the division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. His research interests include autism spectrum disorders, tourette’s disorder, and ADHD. He specializes in the treatment of bipolar disorder, PTSD, and anxiety problems. Dr. Khurana practices using the bio-psychosocial model of psychiatric disorders and applies elements of the cognitive behavioral approach during his medication management visits.

Read Sid’s interview on our blog.

Jill GearyHR Director

Jillianne Geary, a Las Vegas native, graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2013. With an initial interest in Marriage and Family Therapy, Jill came to Healthy Minds in February of 2013 to acquire more knowledge of the mental health field. Jill eagerly learned the business and helped to grow Healthy Minds, starting as an Office Administrator, and worked to become an Office Manager, then a Regional Manager. Jill began to set up the Quality Assurance department in the last quarter of 2013 and works in conjunction with all of the staff to ensure Healthy Minds standards are consistently met in order to work towards the mission of minimizing hospitalizations, and maximizing family safety and stability without over-relying on medication.

Nathan RudigQuality Assurance Officer
Nathan first started his education in his hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska; but finished his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. However, he was always fascinated by how people learn mathematics and use it to enrich their careers. It was this focus that led him to complete a UNLV Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology while researching attitudes towards mathematics and their effects on learning. After graduation, Nathan wanted to continue using his skills of research and statistics by joining the Healthy Minds research team to assure quality care and help illuminate treatment outcomes. Nathan also enjoys inspiring a similar passion for research methods and statistics to psychiatry residents and fellows as an adjunct instructor for the UNLV School of Medicine.
Suzen James, ACSW, LCSWAssistant Clinical Director
Suzen is a licensed clinical social workover who has worked in the mental health field for over 30 years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Lock Haven University and her Masters of Social Work from Arizona State University.

Suzen has a diverse background beginning her career working as a juvenile probation officer and later as an inpatient psychiatric social worker at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Additional experiences included Clinical Director for Presbyterian Healthcare Behavioral Health inpatient/outpatient programs in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Behavior Specialist for Rio Rancho Public Schools, Clinical Supervisor for an Albuquerque-based treatment foster care agency and Assistant Professor of Social Work- Master Program clinical track- for New Mexico Highlands University.

Therapeutic practice is guided by psychodynamic, attachment and CBT theoretical models. Suzen utilizes a strengths-based perspective and collaborative approach in her practice. She promotes client advocacy, self-acceptance/compassion and mindfulness. Understanding clients’ culture, values, systems in which they function are a treatment focus as is assisting clients with enhancing and developing skills to help them obtain a higher level of fulfillment.