Our Team and Credentials

Professional Background


Description of Practice

Professional Background

Ali Hashemian Ali Hashemian, Ph.D., CEO
Ali Hashemian is the President and CEO of American College of Behavioral Medicine, Inc. which owns and operates the five Attention and Achievement Centers located in the San Francisco- San Jose metropolitan markets.  He is also the co-founder and CEO of Brain Science International, a leading provider to clinics worldwide of  EEG/qEEG/ERP analysis, interpretation and Neurotherapy recommendation as well as educational seminars and workshops teaching QEEG Brain Mapping , EEG Neurotherapy and neuroscience to doctors and clinicians worldwide.

Under his supervision, Attention and Achievement Center has provided diagnostic evaluations, QEEG recording and interpretation and non-medication based interventions including Neurofeedback (EEG Neurofeedback), Auditory Integration Training, Sensory Integrations training and coaching to thousands of clients over the past decade.

He has completed the Hearing Conservation Certification program at Portland State University, and also has completed the Professional Program in Neuropsychological Assessment from the University of California at Berkeley. He has received several hundred hours of continuing education and training in child and adolescent psychiatric disorders from Harvard Medical School, and has completed the intensive course in Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation at Harvard.

He is a Certified Berard Practitioner, as well as a Certified Solisten (by Tomatis) System provider and an Associate of the International Association of Registered Certified Tomatis Consultants. He serves on the Board of Directors of Internationional Society For Neurofeedback Reserach (ISNR) and is President Elect of California Biofeedback Society.

Ali Hashemian specializes in alternative non-medication based treatments and does not practice medicine or psychology.

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Saad A. Shakir, M.D., D.F.A.P.A., F.A.C.I.P.

Dr. Shakir is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and also is a Diplomate and Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is trained in medicine, neurology and psychiatry. Dr. Shakir finished medical school in Baghdad, Iraq with highest distinction being the first graduate in his class (as well as the highest graduation average in the history of the medicine school) obtaining highest honors in different fields of medicine. He also did part of his medical training at the London University in London, England. After finishing his medical training, he did a rotating internship in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Neurobehavioral Medicine. Then he did one year of Chief Residency in Neurology at Baghdad City, teaching hospital. His U.S. training has been at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and New York State Psychiatric Institute for two years and subsequently Stanford University Medical Center where he did his last year of residency and another extra year as Departmental Chief Resident and also acting Chief of the Outpatient Services in Psychiatry. Dr. Shakir has been an educator all of his life including since finishing his residency he has been on the clinical faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine where he served starting as a Clinical Instructor to most recently he has been with the rank of Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.

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Meyer ProlerMeyer Proler, M.D.

Meyer Proler, M.D., is a graduate of Baylor University, College of Medicine, and is certified by       the American EEG Society Board of Qualifications, as well as American Board of Electroencephalography with special competence in Quantified EEG. He has been a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Baylor University for over 14 years. He has had numerous scientific papers on neurology published. Dr. Proler is a member of American Medical Association, American Academy of Clinical Neurophysiology and American Academy of Neurology among others. He is president of MedDataLink and Statlink which processes hundreds of EEG’s for doctors and hospitals in the United Stated and other parts of the world each month. He is also a shareholder and principal at Brain Science International and provides QEEG interpretations to client clinics throughout the world.

Dr. Proler reviews EEG files for the center's clients.

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Gregory AlterGregory Alter, Ph.D., ABPP, BCIA
California Licensed Psychologist (PSY7422)

American Board of Professional Psychology
Board Certified in Clinical Health Psychology
Certification Institute of America Board
Certified in General Biofeedback and


Gregory Alter, Ph.D. is a California Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Alter is also a managing director of NeuroAdvantage, specializing in the clinical integration of light and sound neuromodulation, neurofeedback, and biofeedback. He brings over thirty years of experience in the use of biofeedback to enhance attention, performance and well-being.

In addition, Dr. Alter offers educational assessments and psychotherapy. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, and the National Register of Healthcare Providers in Psychology. Dr. Alter is a pioneer in the biofeedback field, integrating diverse approaches from both biofeedback and the psychology of health and well-being. Dr. Alter is a member of American Board of Professional Psychology and is Board Certified in Clinical Health Psychology and Board Certified in General Biofeedback and Neurofeedback. Dr. Alter has worked with Attention and Achievement Center for over thirteen years, providing clinical supervision and training in psychophysiology.

Dr. Alter provides clinical supervision at the center.

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Michael Bass, M.D.

Dr. Michael BassMichael Bass, M.D. is a Board Certified Clinical Electroencephalographer and Neurologist with over 30 years of experience as a diagnostician. He has developed expertise in technologies outside EEG, notably performing and interpreting electromyography; nerve conduction studies; carotid arteriography; and Doppler/ultrasound studies of cervical, cranial, and peripheral blood vessels. He has had training in Quantitative EEG (QEEG).

He is a graduate of University of Arkansas School of Medicine and is a member of The Association of California Neurologists and the EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society.

In addition to years of in-patient and out-patient neurology practice, Dr. Bass’s experience includes running a state hospital ward for chronic mental problems including developmental disorders, as well as running the medical care for the Alameda County Santa Rita Rehabilitation Center. He has done years of Orthopedic Disability exams in addition to neurological ones. He participated in research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Currently, he practices in Northern California and provides review and neurological examination services to selected clients at The Attention and Achievement Center.


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Jay Gunkelman, QEEGD

Jay GunkelmanJay Gunkelman, QEEG Diplomate, is recognized as one of the top leaders in the field of EEG and QEEG, and has processed over 500,000 EEGs since 1972. He has served as president of The International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, as well as a board member and treasurer of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and as a past-president of the Biofeedback Society of California.

Jay was the first EEG technologist to be certified in QEEG (1996) and was granted Diplomate status in 2002. He has conducted, published or participated in hundreds of research papers, articles, books and meetings internationally. He continues to lecture on EEG/QEEG at neuroscience meetings worldwide; authoring a textbook on Artifacts (2001).

Jay remains busy with current projects and publications related to his seminal paper on EEG Endophenotypes (2005, Clinical Electroencephalography). He is co-founder and Chief Science Officer at Brain Science International and is a popular lecturer worldwide on the topic of QEEG and phenotype identification of neurological disorders. Jay reviews many of the Center’s QEEG and is a member of the team that develops training protocols.

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We are an affiliate of
Brain Science International.

Brain Science International (BSI) is a world leader in EEG, QEEG and functional QEEG (fQEEG) analysis (brain mapping). BSI provides EEG interpretation, analysis and consultation and neurofeedback recommendations, processing several hundred EEG/QEEG records for clinics throughout the world each month. BSI teaches professionals how to become a neurotherapist and how to record QEEG brain mapping. Additionally, BSI teaches courses in addiction, ADHD, autism, depression, PTSD and brain Injuries, as well as other topics in applied neuroscience. BSI also provides mentoring and internship programs to clients throughout the world. BSI’s EEG certification program meets the didactic requirements for certification by BCIA. For more information you can visit www.brainsinternational.com.


Juri Kropotov (Ph.D.)

Juri Kropotov Juri Kropotov, Ph.D. has earned three doctorates: in theoretical physics, in philosophy and in neurophysiology. From 1970 to 1990, he practiced at the psychiatric clinics of the Institute of Experimental Medicine and Institute of the Human Brain at the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg. His work with psychiatric patients included electrode implantation for neurological research, evaluation, diagnosis and therapy. For this research, in 1985 he was awarded the country's highest scientific award -- the USSR State Prize. His scientific interests are now focused on Quantitative EEG and normative data bases, event-related potentials (ERPs), neurotherapy (neurofeedback, tDCS, DBS), QEEG/ERP markers of psychiatric and neurological disorders. In 2009, his book, entitled Quantitative EEG: Event-Related Potentials and Neurotherapy, was published. Upon publication, he received the award for the year's most significant publication in the field of neurofeedback from the Foundation for Neurofeedback and Applied Neuroscience. In 2009, he was also awarded the Copernicus Prize, an award presented by the Polish Neuropsychological Society. Dr. Kropotov has published more than 200 papers and authored 9 books. He is currently the Laboratory Director at the Institute of the Human Brain at the Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg) and a Professor at the Institute of Psychology at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology (Trondheim).

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