Our Staff

Brightstar offers a multi-disciplinary team to ensure that collaborative care is provided. Our team consists of licensed professionals and specialists available to diagnose and guide you towards a productive life.


Dr. Mohammad Aman
Board Certified Psychiatrist, Medical Director

Certification: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
Education:
King Edward Medical University. Graduated 1996.
Psychiatry Resident, Meharry Medical College, 1998-2001
Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2001-2003

Dr. Aman specializes in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and has over 18 years of experience. Dr. Aman strongly believes in medication being prescribed as a last resort and established Brightstar as a comprehensive multi-disciplinary practice.


Wadzanai Jadagu, PMHNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner

Wadzanai is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She graduated with a Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington. Wadzanai is passionate about working with children of all ages with various mental health issues to maintain mental health wellness. She is dedicated to providing comprehensive and quality care that helps patients improve mental health outcomes.


Leticia “Tish” Hammond
Vice President of Operations

Education:
Bachelors in Business
Master in Healthcare Administration

Tish is a medical office specialist with ten years of medical office experience and seven years of experience in mental health. She has been with Brightstar for eight years. She enjoys spending time with her family and is a die-hard San Francisco 49ers fan.


Issac Connie, MA, LPC
Director, Adolescents

Issac is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has a Masters of Arts in Counseling. Issac takes a solution-focused approach with clients to help shift their thinking from a problem-focused standpoint to a solution-focused type of thinking. He works primarily with adolescents, families, adults, and couples to discover and develop tools to overcome the problems.


Zachary Zender, MA, LPC-S
Director, Children and Families

Zach is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked for Brightstar since 2012. He holds a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling. Zach primarily works with children, adolescents, families and young adults. He also assists Dr. Aman in assessments and evaluations. Zach has a wide range of counseling and mental health experience including school-based behavioral intervention, adolescent group training and counseling, and individual and family counseling. He primarily uses a cognitive behavioral therapy model but integrates from other models when applicable including Family Systems, Solution-focused, and Play Therapy.  Zach is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor.

Zach is an avid sports fan and enjoys spending time with friends and family, working out, and playing golf.


Joshua Walsh, MA, LPC
Counselor

Josh has a Masters of Arts in Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Texas A&M University. He has worked at Brightstar since April 2014. Josh has been counseling since 2011 and has experience in working with a variety of presenting problems with pre-adolescents, adolescents, adults, and family relationships. Josh operates primarily from a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy model but integrates behavioral and family systems theory when applicable.


Bessie Ann Christenson, MAMFC, LPC-S
Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisior

Bessie Ann Christenson is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over a decade of experience working with children, teens, individuals, couples, and families. She received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling and her Bachelors in Elementary Education.  Whenever possible, she integrates family members into the process of counseling as she believes healthy family functioning and harmonious supportive relationships are one of the keys to overall wellbeing. She utilizes many different approaches to therapy and works with her clients to set goals for counseling and assist them in recognizing their strengths.  The approaches she uses are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Play Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy.  Bessie Ann is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor.


Suja George, DNP, RN PMHNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner

Suja is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is licensed and trained to treat psychiatric and mental health problems across the lifespan. Suja graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Master’s of Science in Nursing. She has experience in treating a variety of mental health disorders including ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and other behavioral and mood disorders. Suja is committed and focused on providing quality care to help her patients on their journey towards a meaningful, fulfilling life.


Rameshwar Thapa, PMHNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner

Rameshwar is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He received a Master’s of Science in Nursing from The University of Texas at Arlington. Rameshwar has experience in a variety of psychiatric environments and treating a variety of mental health struggles. He is committed to assisting patients to achieve their mental health goals.


Runako Richardson, PMHNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner

Runako is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is committed to providing person-centered care to patients from many different backgrounds with various mental health conditions. Runako is passionate about working with people of all age groups and helping them on their path to mental wellness.