Residency Leadership

Our fearless leaders strive to continually infuse our residency family with
passion, professionalism, wellness, and resiliency.

Timothy Lee, M.D.
Residency Training Director
Assistant Professor, LLU School of Medicine

Dr. Lee was raised in Fountain Valley, CA and studied in the combined 7-year BA/MD program at Boston University. He completed his psychiatry residency at Loma Linda University and is Board-certified by ABPN (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology). His clinical interests include spiritually oriented psychotherapy and supportive psychotherapy for mood disorders. His academic/research interests include residency supervision and training, ketamine for depression and chronic pain. “I enjoy having the privilege of playing a small part in fostering the growth of our residents and medical students. My desire is to provide the necessary support for our faculty and residents to thrive and pursue their passions. I appreciate the freedom I have here at Loma Linda to engage with patients in conversations about their spiritual and religious beliefs, and the interplay between that and their mental health.” In his free time, Dr. Lee enjoys playing Japaense-style role playing video games, playing strategic board games, playing fantasy baseball and basketball, and watching/following baseball and basketball.


Melissa Pereau, MD
Psychiatry Residency Associate Training Director (since 2013)
Medical Director of the Eating Disorders Program
Service Line Chief for all PHP/IOP
Medical Director of the Behavioral Health Institute Clinic
Medical Director of Adult Inpatient Services

Dr. Pereau started college when she was 16 years old and graduated Suma Cum Laude from Whittier College just before her 20th birthday. She completed medical school as well as residency from Loma Linda University (where she was also chief resident). She completed ECT training from Duke University and is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry. Her clinical interests are Teaching/Education, Women's Mental Health, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Trauma & PTSD, and Physician Wholeness. Her academic/research interests are finding new ways to make teaching and learning fun, creation of online educational guides, using the word "Ninja" whenever possible. What she enjoys most about our program is working alongside our residents while helping them to learn and grow in a safe space. Outside of work she enjoys painting, playing the piano, reading sci-fi, and chasing a 4 year old around the house.


Priscilla Verales, BSOL, C-TAGME
Residency Program Coordinator

Priscilla keeps our resident family organized, connected, and running like a well-oiled machine. She loves her residents and makes sure they know it. She makes everything and everyone around her better, faster, and stronger.

"What I enjoy most about being program coordinator is being part of each of my resident's journey to become psychiatrists. I am very proud of my residents and enjoy working alongside each one of them. This organization is amazing. I feel at home here.  I work with a supportive department and program that has allowed me to have the work/life balance I need in order for me to pursue my goals."

Outside of work, Priscilla enjoys thrift store shopping, karaoke, watching football, cooking, hosting family gatherings, and holiday decorating.