Meet The Team
Murali Rao, MD, FACLP, DABAM, DLFAPA
A very well accomplished Psychiatrist with extensive clinical experience, driving innovation and excellence in the mental health with demonstrated expertise in psychiatry, behavioral neurosciences, consultation-liaison psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry and addiction psychiatry, with special interest in Also with demonstrated ability to train and coach high performing medical staff. Goal-driven professional with strong business acumen and strategic thinking.
He is an Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry at Loyola University Chicago and has chaired the department from 2009 - 2021.
He is an esteemed special consultant to Mindful TMS Neurocare Centers and DuPage Psychiatric Care.
His special interest is in mood disorders especially in Depressive Disorders that are treatment-resistant.
He has been formally trained in TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) at two of the top TMS centres in the world; Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) at the hands of Prof Ziad Nahas and Prof Mark George who was the first psychiatrist to use TMS to treat depression in the early 90s; and at Duke University under Prof Sarah Lisanby, now the Director of Translational Reserach at the NIH.
Since the spring of 2019, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a nasal spray version of ketamine specifically for use as an antidepressant, he has been involved in Esketamine research and in Ketamine Infusion Therapies to complement all other modalities of treatment.
Carla Delaney, BS
Position: Human Resource and Finance Manager
I have always had a passion for the well-being of others. My position here at Mindful TMS grants me the opportunity to be a part of both worlds. I can take care of our team and also our patients. Not only is my open door policy for our team it is also open to our patients as well. I have learned a great deal about mental health since I joined Mindful TMS. When just listening not only can you receive but you allow another to release. More than 50% will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime. We are here to listen to them all ... one patient at time. "There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in." - Leonard Cohen
Michele Stoehr, MA
Position: Operations Coordinator | TMS Therapist
“While awareness of the importance of mental health is increasing, there is still much misunderstanding about the extent to which these conditions impact one’s physical, cognitive, and interpersonal well-being. Determining how best to treat intractable mental health diagnoses can be stressful. At Mindful TMS, I can apply my passion for helping individuals on the road to psychological recovery using cutting-edge technology whose safety and efficacy are backed by clinical research. Moreover, I get to be part of a team that genuinely prides itself on clinical transparency and patient advocacy.”
Saima Sabah, MD
Position: Psychiatrist, Medical Director
“I am a board-certified Psychiatrist, practicing medicine for 20 years. I received my medical training at Loyola University, Chicago, and now truly enjoy evaluating and treating adolescent and adult patients. I treat a wide variety of conditions, including major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and ADD. Most importantly, I’m passionate about helping individuals lead happy, healthy lives through evidence-based practices and cutting-edge technology. Through Mindful TMS, I have the unique opportunity to treat patients, with TMS and Neuronavigation technologies, as well as give them a new chance at achieving symptom relief."
Erika Olson, MD
I am a board-certified psychiatrist and a native to the Chicago area. I received training at UIC College of Medicine for my MD, and Loyola University Medical Center for my psychiatry residency. It is a privilege to treat patients who teach me daily about perseverance, and inspire me to continue to grow in my practice. I am humbled by the honor of sharing in my patients’ joys and struggles on a daily basis. My goal is to be able to provide quality psychiatric care with respect and dignity.
Position: Business Development Manager | Marketing | Partnerships
“I want the absolute best for everyone and I have consistently strived to bring people together to overcome obstacles, resolve issues, and find solutions. Mindful TMS gives me the opportunity to work with a team of the most amazing people and to use my passion in helping others to positively impact the lives of those dealing with mental health challenges. I believe that each and every day is an opportunity to do better, be better, and to help better the world around me. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us” - J. R. R. Tolkien
Chize Ikedi, BS
Position: Chicago Practice Manager | TMS Therapist
I believe asking for help is equally the bravest and most daunting undertaking in life. Throughout my own life, I have found that my passion is helping those in need find that life should come from within a person and not just at them. Mindful TMS couples the desire of continuous learning with state-of-the-art technology to provide the best care possible for people who have been through it all and are often immensely lacking hope. I am proud to be a part of a positively cultivated environment that values transparency, communication, and heart in hopes of improving quality of life for others. It is very important to me not only that I am able to listen to our patients with intention and compassion, but that they are confident that they are being heard. 'We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.' —Carl Rogers"
Marisa Franson, BS
Position: Senior TMS Therapist
I have always believed that the most noble journey in our lives is our pursuit of happiness. On my journey, I have realized that it brings me the utmost joy to help others pursue their own version of happiness. This has led to my career in mental health. I believe in fighting for a world where mental illness is destigmatized, and treatments are available to those who need a little extra help. TMS is a novel treatment that can improve lives, tremendously. I am committed and excited to provide the best care possible using my education, experience, and enthusiasm for helping others. I look forward to helping our clients in their unique pursuit of happiness!
Position: Oak Park Practice Manager | TMS Therapist
I am a recent graduate of Northwestern University with a bachelor's in Biology and Psychology. Since mental health affects an overwhelming majority of the population, I am continuously striving to enhance my knowledge and contribute to the prevention and treatment of psychological disorders. Mental and physical health go hand-in-hand, and my main motivation is to promote a higher quality of life for individuals who need it the most. That is why I find my role at Mindful TMS extremely rewarding. Working under the guidance of excellent healthcare professionals and with a team of caring and compassionate individuals really sets Mindful TMS apart. It allows us to give treatment resistant individuals a support system, new solutions, and above all: hope. "Hope is the feeling that the feeling you have isn't permanent" -Jean Kerr.
Autumn Rajcevich Schwer
Position: Wheaton Practice Manager | TMS Therapist
As society has progressed, we are slowly starting to break down the walls that have created
stigma towards psychopathologies that effect over 50% of the American population. As
someone with a passion for psychology, neuroscience, and medicine, I am proud to be part of
this progression. It is such an amazing feeling to be able to aid individuals to open up about
mental health and provide them with safe, effective, and rewarding treatments. It is so
extraordinary to see these individuals rediscover life and reconnect with themselves. I am so
grateful to be part of a team of exceptionally intelligent and fervently passionate individuals, who
have a drive for helping others and breaking the stigma. Mindful TMS combines state-of-the-art
technology along with therapists who have immense compassion, kindness, and intellect. It is
so incredible to be part of a team that not only helps individuals ameliorate the debilitating
symptoms of various mental health conditions, but strive towards creating toward genuine
“Mental health problems don’t fine who you are. They are something you experience. You walk
in the rain, and you feel the rain, but more importantly, you are not the rain” -Matt Haig
Position: Crystal Lake Practice Manager | TMS Therapist
There is freedom in having a sound mind and a peaceful heart. A sound mind brings about productive thought and a peaceful heart brings those thoughts into action. At Mindful TMS, my goal is to bring these two elements back into the lives of the people that I serve. Three of my greatest passions include: my faith in Jesus Christ, family, and having deep conversations. In seeing how faithful God has been to me and my family, He has called me to extend His unconditional love to my neighbors. I am beyond blessed to have a strong family behind me and the ability to enter into the most vulnerable spaces with others through my gift of listening. On top of my work here, I am currently a grad-student at Moody Theological Seminary studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis in Family, Marriage, and Couples Counseling. As an aspiring Counselor, I am eager to see positive change in this world within the unique lives of the individuals that I meet. I encourage you to join the family we are creating here at Mindful TMS where we help you rediscover the colors in your life!
"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11:28
Position: TMS Therapist
As an individual whose passion lies heavily in medicine and the act of giving, I am grateful for the opportunity to hold a role in others’ mental health journeys. At Mindful TMS, I am enabled to actively expand my knowledge of psychological conditions and develop new skills using breakthrough technologies. While stigma around mental health still exists, the consistently increasing advocacy for overcoming this global crisis is remarkable. We shall not fear the unspoken. "Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood." - Marie Skłodowska–Curie
Position: TMS Therapist
In our ever-changing society, it’s easy to become disconnected from our innate happiness. I strive to help people become reacquainted with their sense of joy through quality care and innovative technology. I cannot imagine anything more rewarding than helping someone find bliss and peace in their life. I am blessed with the opportunity to be a part of someone’s healing journey, and I work to the best of my ability to make this experience as seamless as possible. I’m happy to be part of a team that prioritizes the mind as much as the body. Mindful TMS is an organization that really values its patients and works hard to deliver excellent care". "Happiness is not out there for us to find. The reason that it’s not out there is that it’s inside us”- Sonja Lyubomirsky.
Ann Marie Valdez
Position: Patient Liaison | TMS Therapist
I believe mental health awareness is very important. Being Hispanic mental health is not something hispanics talk about and I would like to make awareness that it's okay to not be okay as long as you ask for help, we can be there to guide you. Having a family member with mental health allows me to better understand the patients and their viewpoint. My goal is to give the best medical care they can receive to be able to continue with their everyday lifestyle and allow nothing to hold one back living a healthy/ happy life.