Introduction to the Clinic
Lakeway psychiatry and Behavioral Health was established as an outpatient psychiatric clinic in June 2012. Our medical clinic began from the combined efforts of a team consistent of father and daughter. The mission to serve healthcare and education to the community has been a mission held dear to us in our family for a long time. We have expanded our clinic to include care by advance nurse practitioners and intermediate care providers to further serve our community and the presenting needs for psychiatric treatment.
Reza Rezaee Ph.D.
Co-Founder/Clinic Director/ Part-time Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Reza Rezaee not only functions in directing and managing the operation of Lakeway Psychiatry and Behavioral Health but has been an associate adjunct professor for duration of over 10 years. Dr. Reza Rezaee, as a dedicated father and hard-working educator with business background is proud to have been able to deliver health and education to the community for duration of past years.
Dr. Reza Rezaee started his undergraduate studies at Tehran Military College,
graduating with Bachelors of Science in General Science, ranking first among 264 graduates. He
completed an MBA program attending Iran Center for Management Studies (ICMS), a
business school affiliated with Harvard University and obtained his Management Business Administration degree in 1980. Subsequently, Dr. Reza Rezaee functioned as an owner and director of a Manufacturing and Textile company for 15 years.
As a first generation immigrant, Dr. Rezaee decided to dedicate his career to teaching and education. He began taking advanced Math and education courses in University of Texas at San Antonio and obtained his Alternative Teacher Certification program in 1996 . While
teaching math at high school level and tutoring different subjects at a
learning center, he obtained his master's degree in Political Science in 2003 from Texas State University in San Marcos.
Subsequently, Dr. Reza Rezaee joined Austin Community College (ACC) as an adjunct professor teaching government courses. Concurrently, while teaching at ACC, he enrolled in a doctoral program at Texas State University and received his Ph.D. in Adult, Professional, and Community Education (APCE).
Combining his extensive passion and experience in education with his successful past ventures in business, Dr. Reza Rezaee joined his daughter, Ziba Rezaee in establishing Lakeway Psychiatry and Behavioral Health in 2012. Today, he manages various issues from financial operations to administrative issues and non-medical patient care concerns. Dr. Rezaee believes that being a veteran educator will enable him to play a positive role in helping patients and the community.
Outside of work, Dr. Reza Rezaee has shared over 50 years in marriage with his wife and is a proud father of three children and grandfather to two beloved successful grandchildren. As a hobby, he enjoys being creative building and constructing and is the family handy man! In down times, he spends time with family and enjoys the company of friends.
Ziba Rezaee M.D.
Co-Founder/Board Certified General Psychiatrist
Dr. Rezaee has been a resident of Texas for two decades. She grew up in a family with particular passion toward
education and service to others. Thus, starting early on she held great fondness toward pursue of medicine. Dr. Rezaee pursued her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with highest honors with Bachelor of Arts in Biology and minor in Psychology. Concurrent to her studies, Dr. Rezaee worked part-time in the capacity of an educator for duration of 4 years with Huntington Learning Center, tutoring ages 5 till late adolescence. In addition, pursuing her passion in working with children with developmental delays, she established her independent work in aiding in the care, rehabilitation, and family support of children with physical, developmental, and mental disabilities.
Dr. Rezaee obtained her medical degree from University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. During her comprehensive medical education, she began taking an academic interest in the organic brain pathologies culminating in the genesis of psychiatric disorders and the evolving field of neurology and psychiatry. During this time, she recognized her passion in connecting with her patients on a deeper level and addressing the often overlooked treatment of patients with comorbid medical and psychiatric issues. Her particular area of interest lies in the underlying pathophysiology of primary and secondary traumatic brain injury with consequent neuropsychiatric insults that evolve as a result.
Following her interest, Dr. Rezaee began her training in psychiatry and subsequently, completed her specialty training from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She is currently board certified in the State of Texas with her current practice established in general psychiatry. Dr. Rezaee is currently in the process of obtaining her fellowship in the newly established field of Brain Injury Medicine. She plans on finalizing her board certification in Traumatic Brain Injury and focusing her medical practice in treatment and rehabilitation of patients with mild to severe brain injury along with care of developmental and organic neuropsychiatric conditions.
Concurrently, Dr. Rezaee has functioned as a practitioner in several capacities. In addition to her general psychiatric clinic, Dr. Rezaee is the medical director of Pegasus Inc., a child/adolescent male residential facility providing rehabilitation to patients with sexual offenses and trauma histories and has served in the past as medical director of sister facility, New Life and has extensive history with children and adolescents with severe trauma histories. She has served as consultant to Core Healthcare, an inpatient rehabilitation facility for traumatic brain injury where she oversaw the medical and neuropsychiatric recovery of patients in the aftermath of severe neurologic trauma to the brain and spine. Dr. Rezaee also has served as medical director of several detox facilities in the past including Hasinai Ranch and Spirit Lodge and has aided in establishing detox protocols and treatment planning for patients undergoing detox and maintaining sobriety. Dr. Rezaee also works with various outpatient MHMR and community mental health clinics and also is involved in managing patient crises and care in various EOU and CSU (Extended Observation Units and Crisis Stabilization Units) in Hill Country that serve to stabilize acutely ill patients. In commitment to her ultimate passion of education and her loyalty toward University of Texas education system, she has served as an adjunct clinical affiliate faculty at University of Texas at Austin, educating and supervising nursing students enrolled in completion of their advanced nursing degree and is also in process of serving as assistant clinical faculty for medical students enrolled in psychiatric clerkship for A&M College of Medicine.
In her personal life, Dr. Rezaee values family greatly and enjoys socializing frequently with friends. In her downtime, she enjoys relaxation, traveling, exercising, and music. She also dedicates time to appreciating and caring for nature and animals.
Laura Hopkins MA, LPC
Our lead psychotherapist, Laura Hopkins, is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is passionate about helping her clients heal, grow, and thrive. Laura has worked as a counselor in private practice offices, a middle school and inpatient/outpatient psychiatric hospitals. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, she was a teacher in public and private settings for approximately 20 years. Laura has two daughters, ages 17 and 20, who have grown up in the Lakeway area. Personal and professional experiences have helped Laura gain a keen awareness of the mental, emotional, spiritual, physical and relational challenges many individuals and their families face on a daily basis.
Laura has a gift for connecting with her clients so they feel safe to be themselves and to share openly. Laura believes in the importance of working through past trauma and grief, which can cause tendencies toward depression. She encourages clients to set goals with action plans, while addressing unnecessary anxiety. Laura works with clients to help them place a focus on the present moment, to nurture an attitude of self-compassion, to practice positive thinking and to interact with others in a respectful, effective way. So often, clients wonder "what is wrong" with them and make self-demeaning comments, reinforcing thoughts and feelings from past experiences and relationships. Laura helps her clients gain wisdom from their challenges and cope with the difficulties they encounter in healthy ways. This, in turn, leads to better relationships and a better outlook on life.
Healing past wounds and embracing hope for the future empowers Laura's clients to live more vibrantly in the present. Laura looks forward to working with you and helping you achieve your vision, whatever that may be.