Hi everyone,

     At the beginning of my time as President of SGVPA, I made a concerted effort to highlight as many minority voices, heritage months, etc.. as possible. As time passed, I reduced the structured nature of these acknowledgements, hoping that our work together would speak for itself.
    However, I find it necessary to make an acknowledgement at this moment, as a voice is currently being silenced. In honor of AAPI Heritage Month, where AAPI voices are amplified, I'd like to acknowledge a Black voice that is being silenced, 25 year old poet, Amanda Gorman. It was recently reported that due to new laws enacted in Florida, her poem she wrote and read at President Joe Biden's Inauguration would be pulled from a Florida school shelf, due to accusations of hateful messages in her poem. 
     So, with that being said, I'm posting her poem in its entirety for you to read for yourself. If you disagree, I welcome you to reach out to me, as we need to continue to connect and come together, even in dissent.

The Hill We Climb

-  Amanda Gorman

When day comes, we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade?


The loss we carry. A sea we must wade.


We braved the belly of the beast.


We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace, and the norms and notions of what “just” is isn’t always justice.


And yet the dawn is ours before we knew it.


Somehow we do it.


Somehow we weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished.


We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one.


And, yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect.


We are striving to forge our union with purpose.


To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man.


And so we lift our gaze, not to what stands between us, but what stands before us.


We close the divide because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside.


We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another.


We seek harm to none and harmony for all.

Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true.


That even as we grieved, we grew.


That even as we hurt, we hoped.


That even as we tired, we tried.


That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious.


Not because we will never again know defeat, but because we will never again sow division.


Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid.


If we’re to live up to our own time, then victory won’t lie in the blade, but in all the bridges we’ve made.


That is the promise to glade, the hill we climb, if only we dare.


It’s because being American is more than a pride we inherit.


It’s the past we step into and how we repair it.


We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation, rather than share it.


Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.


And this effort very nearly succeeded.


But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated.


In this truth, in this faith we trust, for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us.


This is the era of just redemption.


We feared at its inception.


We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour.


But within it we found the power to author a new chapter, to offer hope and laughter to ourselves.


So, while once we asked, how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe, now we assert, how could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?


We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be: a country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free.


We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation, become the future.


Our blunders become their burdens.


But one thing is certain.


If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change our children’s birthright.


So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left.


Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one.


We will rise from the golden hills of the West.


We will rise from the windswept Northeast where our forefathers first realized revolution.


We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the Midwestern states.


We will rise from the sun-baked South.


We will rebuild, reconcile, and recover.


And every known nook of our nation and every corner called our country, our people diverse and beautiful, will emerge battered and beautiful.


When day comes, we step out of the shade aflame and unafraid.


The new dawn blooms as we free it.


For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it.


If only we’re brave enough to be it.


Presidents Message from SGVPA's President Wayne Kao, Psy.D., March 2023


In the Ocean by Wayne Kao, PsyD. 

In the Ocean

I may not make waves

But I will continue to splash in the water

In the Ocean

I may not be heard

But I will continue to make noise

In the Ocean

I will swim with Dr. Alex Wong and Dr. Shannon Thomas

We will explore the caves of spirituality and religion

I will dive with Dr. Enrico Gnaulati

Paddling through the depths of humanity


In the Ocean

I will explore the many treasures to eat

I will reach out to Dr. Sam Alibrando

For his wisdom that precedes me

In the Ocean

With Dr. Amee Velasco

We will create a space to seek wisdom, safety, and friendship

In the Ocean

I will look out to what I do not yet see

In the Ocean

I will make waves 

Hello all,

I just wanted to thank everyone for a successful January Jubilee and thank you for your continued support of SGVPA. As we continue through another successful year, I wanted to update everyone on some upcoming events.

We recently met for a couple of Lunches with the President at Guilin Noodles in Monterey Park and Lord Empanada in Monrovia. In coming months, we will explore Clifton’s BBQ in Pasadena and more to come.

We have our first CE consultation group with Drs. Alex Wong and Shannon Thomas, as they will discuss Religion and Spirituality in Clinical Practice. These events will be on March 25 and April 8



We also have our 2
nd annual Diversity Conference at Whimsy in Pasadena on April 22.


I am also working with Dr. Enrico Gnaulati and Dr. Sam Alibrando on further Continuing education opportunities. I thank everyone for the gracious collaboration.