Jerry Bruns, MD

Dr. Bruns is a native of Southern California. He attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and finished his psychiatric residency and clinical fellowship at USC. Dr. Bruns is the founder of La Mer Integrative and Behavioral Medical Group and he has practiced Psychiatry in Ventura County since 1990.   Dr. Bruns special interests include healthy aging and nutrition and their critical role in overall health for the active patient.  He also specializes in anxiety, depression and behavioral management with the elderly and also the developmentally disabled young adults.   Currently Dr. Bruns serves as Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board of the Alzheimer's Association in Ventura County. He is a frequent leader in collegial continuing education programs and directing innovative clinical outpatient programs. 


Debbie Herrera, CNS, NP

Debbie Herrera is an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and COO of La Mer Integrative & Behavioral Medical Group. After she received her degree from UCLA, she specialized in psychiatry with Dr. Jerry R. Bruns.  Her focus is with Alzheimer’s patients and developmentally delayed patients regarding behavioral management issues. Debbie is dedicated to our community.  She is a member of the Ventura County Alzheimer’s Medical Advisory Board, member of Rotary Club, and actively educates professionals in behavioral medicine.


Doug Peterson, PhD

Doug Peterson is our clinical psychologist on the team. He received his doctorate in Psychology from State University of New York at Binghamton. Cognitive behavioral therapy Is his approach to psychotherapy. Dr. Peterson has special interest in issues associated with aging and the management of chronic medical conditions. 




Naima Chaves, CMP, LAc.

Naima Chaves, CMP, LAc. is a licensed Acupuncturist and herbalist who received her master’s degree in Traditional Chinese from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, Ca. Naima also has a background as a massage therapist and is a certified Yoga instructor. Naima is proficient in treating Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Immune System issues, Digestive disorders, Stress Management and Acute/Chronic Pain. She is available for group Yoga classes for therapeutic healing, strengthening, flexibility and stress management. Naima also can provide Lifestyle Consultations which includes an acupuncture session and an in-depth examination of every aspect affecting overall heath, including not limited to: nutrition, supplementation, sleep hygiene, emotional balancing, elimination of excess exogenous toxins, exercise and stress management.







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