Amin Azzam is a professor, researcher & psychiatrist at UCSF and UC Berkeley with 27 years of formal education in medicine and curriculum development. He remains clinically active—running long-term psychotherapy groups for patients with chronic illnesses. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, board games, and international travel.
"Seeing my friends and family suffer from various mental health problems, I wanted to become someone who helps others feel heard. Going through my own struggles during covid and finding support within my own community, I strive to help others feel a sense of belonging and safety within the Shimmer community."
"Growing up in a community of Southeast Asian refugees, I experienced what it’s like to deal with trauma and mental health issues from a young age. I’ve also had to manage my own anxiety, depression, and postpartum depression, and am grateful that I had peer support and therapy. I know firsthand how important it is to have a safe and supportive community, and that’s why I’m excited about Shimmer’s mission."
"I'm at a point in my life where, thanks in part to a sustained support network, I've developed a perspective to live fully. Here at Shimmer, I want to help foster moments where people feel safe to embrace possibility and gain perspective — whatever that means to them."
"I'm from Los Angles, lived in Japan for 9 years, and currently live in Vancouver. I hope that I can use what I've learned from my personal struggles with depression and anxiety to help guide and support others in their own mental health journeys."
We’re looking for people who care deeply about accessibility of mental health services. We’d love to see how you could fit into the team! Drop us a line and let us know what you love to do—we’re excited to hear from you.