Dr. Chris Hodson
The never married Hodson has a peculiar habit of intensively interviewing witnesses from one side, but not the other - then dismissing complaints.
Dr. David Jimenez
The behavior of Dr. David Jimenez, who sits on many panels throughout California, was such that the he may lose his license.
Los Angeles - a best, worst case example
Dr. Joe Kenan
Consider Beverly Hills Psychiatrist Dr. Joe Kenan, past president of the of the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry, best known for his lewd Facebook postings, hard partying lifestyle, who seemed overjoyed to have gotten Bobby Trendy to host a function sponsored by the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry.
And that's just the part he made public. It's worth noting Pasadena Commissioner Mary Lou Katz refused to remove Kenan from a case stating,
“You’re saying Dr. Kenan should be disqualified because of a goofy Facebook page. What on earth does it have anything to do with this court?”
[With a jurist as dense as Katz we recommend bouncing her from any hearing involving any child.]
Media recently outed the lewd pictures part. In another area of media failing to address the crimes committed in family court, media just completely blew off Kenan's extortion attempts, in favor of focusing on pictures to shock.
The LA Times reported: "State law sets requirements for evaluators, but County courts oversee their appointments and handle complaints. LA County Superior Court requires private evaluators like Kenan to submit sworn declarations detailing their training and experience, including at least three years of working with families in custody disputes, but does not vet the information or conduct background checks."
Kenan has been involved in at least 250 custody cases in the last 10 years. Kenan wormed his way in the county’s custody evaluations office as a medical intern in 2002, before graduating to part-time employee from 2004 to 2009 according to a Superior Court family law and probate administrator.
The money is in Private Evaluations.
Evaluators on the court’s staff work at a fixed rate but private evaluators set their own fees, which can be more than 10 times as much. In Kegan's case he stipulated to a $7,500 and then demanded thousands more to "finish his report" offering to send a "runner" over to pick up a check.
Most evaluations aren't necessary
In Singer's case she already had custody of her daughter, now 5, and supported her financially. Singer’s estranged husband had barely seen the child in two years, was serving a one-year jail sentence for a probation violation and faced additional felony charges upon release, the records state. But that's how the evaluators roll - and attorneys aren't stepping up and just saying "No" to evaluations. Perhaps now they will.
Dr. Margaret Lee
One Marin County woman said long ago Dr. Lee mentioned she would continue to see a couple's child, although there was nothing wrong with the child. When another litigant attempted to report Lee to the Ethics Board - it was discovered Lee sat on the Board. Separate from seeing patients for no reason, the woman is just plain, strange.
Dr. Edward Oklan
Deemed "Not Credible" by an LA Court in the Alanna Krause case, Dr. Oklan's evaluations have been so bizarre three children placed with their abusive parents wound up entering law school. That's some kind of legacy. But then, as the California Auditor's office found, Marin Court judges are using people who are unqualifed for their custody evaluations.
Dr. Elizabeth Lee
Sometimes it's better to be succinct. A disaster.
After we noticed the bad reviews on Michael Kerner were disappearing from Yelp, we suggested people dissatisfied with Kerner (and Yelp's willingness to remove bad reveiws) people make new one at the Rip Off Report.
Meanwhile, how did psychologist Michael Kerner react when a litigant filed a formal complaint against him with the Board? The next day Kerner filed a TRO against the individual, citing voicemails from a year earlier, but referenced in a way to make them appear recent. After mediation, the motion was dropped. Athough seemingly embroiled in the case, Kerner, the psychologist who is being paid to render his opinions, refused to recuse himself and next made claims against the litigant. We're waiting to see if the Judge, perhaps on the judge's own motion will ask psychologist Kerner step out. If not, we recommend not working with any attorney who sings Kerner's praises.
Separately, we have noticed psychologist Kerner's name on a couple of lawsuits, and Kerner's bad reviews on-line; another reason to steer way clear of Kerner as a
psychologist, or custody evaluator. But separate from that, we believe it's time for the public to take a hard look at local government. Why DA Jeff Rosen hasn't acted against Kerner and Ayers remains a problem. Nt taking action against Ayers and Kerner...is essentially not providing honest services. Ultimately that means people are paying taxes for services the District Attorney refuses to provide.
Judges who continue to support Stephen Doyne as "highly respected" are themselves, suspect. Far more sinister however, is Breffni Barrett. Contact us for details.
John C Parker IV
One word comes to mind with Parker. Ka-ching. According to some reports "John C Parker IV Inc in San Diego, CA is a private company categorized under Psychologists. Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of less than $500,000 and employs a staff of approximately 1 to 4. Companies like John C Parker IV Inc usually offer: Behavioral Psychologist, Psychologists Jobs, Pet Psychologist, Jungian Psychologist and Military Psychologist."
Equally troubling? In one case the judge wrote, "the record shows he submitted his 45 page report to the court almost a year later."
In any case where the Court appoints this guy - we recommend an appeal.
Neil Ribner is someone we recommend avoiding at all costs. If ordered to use him, we recommend an immediate appeal. Ribner has submitted "reports" when asked to simply write a letter, and then charged outrageous fees, all while his license was expired.
Separate from other complaints received, Ribner has also Not protected children by allowing one parent to verbally disparage another, exactly the reason he was hired for supervised visitation....while promoting himself to be used for future visitations. (Ka-ching.) Ribner's association with Alliant University, one of San Diego's least reputable establishments pretty much guarantees future problems. The university is politically embedded in the courts. Personnel sits on various boards, (and the phrase "highly regarded" is always used to prior to identifying them by name) which in San Diego, constitutes the bedrock of San Diego's custody evaluation problems.
Fake therapist Steven Feldman arrested. Saratoga County contracted with him for custody disputes. On June 2, Feldman pled guilty to one of the four charges. However, as Maria Geizer's arrest demonstrates, Saratoga seems to have a problem checking credentials.
Dr. Mary O'Connor: Dr. O'Connor was featured in the Rip-Off Report. The charges sound very familiar.
Dallas: The doctors also mix it up. Dueling shrinks
Dr. Edward Silverman: This Houston practitioner, whose lack of skills recognizing parental alienation are only surpassed by his inability to recognize a pedophile.
The saddest issue being Dr. Silverman appears entrenched in the Houston Bar Association as a presenter of information. How scary is that?