Dr. Talaun Simmons, LMSW, Ph.D. Executive Director, MCCHS
Dr. Talaun Simmons is the Executive Director of the Muslim Community Center for Human Services (MCCHS); a primary care, mental health, and social services clinic targeting vulnerable ethnic and diverse populations. Dr. Simmons has an affinity for culturally diverse populations and for over 10 years she has supervised and established programmatic standards that support culturally sensitive services for individuals experiencing distress. Dr. Simmons has investigated the impact of trauma and access to care across diverse populations and has presented research projects at various community seminars, webinars, and conferences.
Dr. Simmons has served as an international fellow in Ghana West Africa and as a principal investigator published research on the interpersonal perceptions of Africans and African Americans. After her graduate studies, she worked to assist in providing care for diverse at risk adult populations with mental health and substance use disorders. Dr. Simmons was a co-chair of the Dallas Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC), has served on nonprofit boards and steering committees and has been a principal writer and awarded several federal and foundation grants. In 2010 Simmons collaborated with colleagues to publish Domestic Violence Cross Cultural Perspective.
Dr. Simmons received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Capella University, a Masters in Social Work, a Masters in Sociology, and a Bachelors in Psychology from The University of Texas at Arlington. She was previously the Social Work supervisor at the Center for Addiction and Recovery Studies and is currently an Adjunct Faculty in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Dr. Simmons teaches graduate level social work courses on direct practice children and families, generalist macro, human behavior, and the social environment, along with trauma informed services, motivational interviewing and strength based practice for Advanced Graduate Social work interns.
Dr. Mariam Razi, MD, Al-Shifa Physician
Dr. Razi is a Board Certified Internal medicine physician, who has recently moved to the area after running her own Internal Medicine practice for nearly ten years in Newport Beach. She trained in the East Coast from University of Connecticut and in Boston at St. Caritas’ hospital, after having graduated from Dow Medical College in Karachi. Dr. Razi is well versed in the latest preventative medicine measures and strives to manage patients so they can have an excellent quality of life.
Nuha Alamakhzoumi, MBA, MCCHS Program Coordinator
Nuha Almakhzoumi has been MCCHS’s case worker since 2007. She provides program coordination and an array of services to assist individuals and families in need. Nuha relentlessly advocates on behalf of her clients to makes sure they obtain needed services.
Sara Bawany, LMSW, MCCHS Case Worker
Sara Bawany is a Social Worker at MCCHS. She is fresh and enthusiastic. Her experience lies in working with young adolescents in a school setting, with hospital patients and with domestic violence victims.
Sadaf Kamran, MCCHS Administrative Assistant
Sadaf has joined MCCHS in 2016 as an administrative assistant. She works closely with the executive director. She is diligent, and passionate in performing her duties.
Valeria Guadian, Al-Shifa Clinic Assistant
Valeria Guadian is the Al-Shifa Clinic receptionist and a medical assistant. She has more than 3 years of experience working with the doctors and patients.