Meet Dr. Pedro Guimares M.D.

Board Certified Psychiatrist in California
  • He has a M.D. degree and Ph.D. (Neurophysiology)

  • Has dedicated over 40 years  of study in Neuro Science

  • Is Board Certified by the American Academy of Neurology and Psychiatry

  • In Recognition of Significant Contributions to Psychiatry Dr. Guimaraes was in 2012 elected to be a Fellow by The American Psychiatric Association

  • Was born in  Brazil and before he came to US he was Associate Professor in Rio de Janeiro; He has been living in US for over 32 years and is a citizen

  • Was Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Neurosurgery, Yale University

  • Has done his Residency in  Psychiatry at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Yale University Medical School

  • Was Instructor at the Department of Psychiatry, Yale University

  • Clinical Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Vermont and

  • Clinical Assistant  Professor at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts

  • He was Medical Director at the Department of Psychiatry, Penobscot Bay Medical Center, Rockport, Maine,

  • Medical Director for the Inpatient Services at the Department of Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine, and

  • Attending Psychiatrist, UMass Memorial Medical Group, MA,

  • Has worked as a Psychiatrist in New Zealand, Australia and Germany.

Palm Desert Psychiatry

Meet The Team

Dr. Donald A. Balun -Psychiatrist

Dr. Donald A. Balun, Jr. is a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist with Child and Adolescent training. Originally from Fresno, California, he received his B.S. Degree in Business Administration from California State University Fresno. After graduating from CSUF, he worked in bank management but soon realized that banking was not his passion. He and his family moved to the East Coast to realize his life-long dream of attending medical school. Dr. 

Anthony Whall -PA

Anthony Whall PA-C received his Master's in Medical Science from Nova Southeastern University and has provided psychiatric care in hospitals, in outpatient private practice, and for the Veteran's Administration.  Mr. Whall treats a wide variety of psychiatric conditions, with special interest in substance abuse, depression, and bipolar disorders. Mr. Whall is a member of the Neuroscience Educational Institute, The American Society of Addiction Medicine, and The Psychopharmacology Institute, with a dedication to staying abreast of the latest research and developments in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Having recently relocated to the Central Coast with his family from West Palm Beach, Florida, Mr. Whall is thrilled to be able to pursue his passion for all things outdoors including motorcycling, mountain biking, hiking, and camping.

Amanda Selman, NP

Amanda Selman has lived on the Central Coast for many years after attending and graduating from Cal Poly. She also graduated from Cuesta College’s Registered Nursing program and has worked in both local hospitals and in the behavioral health setting since 2006. Amanda finished the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program at Wilkes University and graduated in the winter of 2019. Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, friends and various pets. 

Carrie Kieta- Office Administrator

Carrie was born and raised in California. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Management and certification in Medical billing. She enjoys spending time with her two boys and taking care of her horses.

Viri Carrasco -Support Staff

Viri has been working as an office assistant for a couple of years now. She loves what she does and enjoys helping her patients with forms and paperwork. On her spare time she loves to play with her dog Simba and take him out for walks.

Tamara Ganjai- Scheduling / New Patient Coordinator

Tamara has 15 years of clerical experience in the medical industry. She truly enjoys interacting with patients and their loved ones. She takes pride in being part of a team that strives to make a difference in people's lives. In her spare time she enjoys traveling up and down the beautiful Central Coast, going to the beach and taking long walks at sunset with her family.

Dora Stajic- Support Staff

Dora Stajic has worked in the medical field for one year. She enjoys helping patients. On her spare time, she loves spending quality time with her loved ones.

Julie Monser- Front Office Staff

Julie has worked in the medical field for over 40 years and enjoys helping patients.  When not spending time with her husband and son, she enjoys trail riding and working with her horse.  She is the south county director for HEET, The Horse Emergency Evacuation Team of San Luis Obispo and is a first responder for assisting large animals out of emergencies.

Luz Aguilar- Front office

Luz has worked in the Medical industry for over 2 years. She enjoys helping patient’s and loves to spend time with her family.

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