Neal Mazer, MD, MPH, has practiced adolescent and child psychiatry in Santa Barbara, California. He has extensive experience assisting unique and gifted patients with autism, Asperger's syndrome, ADHD, depression, and visual and spatial learners. Dr. Neal Mazer views his patients as a unique group, who are simply struggling to fit into a society that is not designed for them. He views it as an honor to know them and help them find a way to thrive.Dr. Mazer uses a collaborative approach in developing treatment plans for his young patients, taking time to learn their personal interests, goals, challenges, and strengths. He also carefully considers his patients’ past responses to other treatments and medications, and evaluates the support systems on which they and their families rely. Dr. Mazer's previous professional experience includes leading the Alisos Institute, a nonprofit group that focused on developing strengths-based training and assessment tools. The organization’s Community Heroes Project notably matched children with prominent music, sports, and entertainment figures who could encourage and inspire them.