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Dr. Nate Balfanz (Senior Clinical Psychologist at American Medical Center)

Dr. Nate Balfanz

Senior Clinical Psychologist at American Medical Center

Dr. Nate Balfanz (CA#PSY26707) is a clinical psychologist, mental health consultant, and presenter licensed by the state of California. Currently, Dr. Nate is employed as the Senior Clinical Psychologist at American Medical Center (AMC) a multidisciplinary medical and mental health clinic with an office conveniently located in the Puxi region of Shanghai. Clinic services include child and adolescent-focused psychotherapy, adult psychotherapy, relational and family support, parenting instruction, evidence-based treatment, as well as academic/occupational performance support.​

Gabby Gabriel (Founder of LesQueers)

Gabby Gabriel

Founder of LesQueers

Gabby Gabriel is an American artist, writer, educator, humanitarian and entrepreneur living and loving Shanghai. Gabriel moved to Shanghai in 2012 without knowing much about China – she frequently jokes that she, “didn’t even read the Wikipedia page”. Due to the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (the policy that defined marriage as strictly between a man and a woman) in the US, Gabby moved to China with her former fiancé while waiting for the policy to change. Although the love she initially moved here for didn’t last, Gabby fell in love with Shanghai, and started the photo series, Shanghai Love Notes, in 2014. Also in 2014, Gabby founded Shanghai’s leading queer community, LesQueers (LQ). LesQueers is committed to convening queer women (and gender queer people) in a vibrant and inclusive community.

Carrie Jones (Director of Counseling at Community Center Shanghai)

Carrie Jones

Director of Counseling at Community Center Shanghai

Carrie Jones is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) from Texas, USA who has lived in Shanghai since 2008.  Carrie has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Baylor University and has worked in a broad range of settings including a family counseling center, a substance abuse program, a nursing home, several public schools in Texas, and an international school here in Shanghai.  Since 2010, she has worked at Community Center Shanghai as the Director of Counseling.  Carrie sees clients of all ages - children, teens, and adults - and offers marriage and family counseling as well as individual counseling.

Monte Rosen (Co-Founder and Managing Director of ELG)

Monte Rosen

Co-Founder and Managing Director of ELG

Monte Rosen is a co-founder and current managing director at ELG, a social enterprise that provides high quality special education, behavioral, developmental, and mental health services in Shanghai and Greater China. He holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, whose motto, ‘Change Lives. Change Organizations. Change the World’, is incorporated into his work at ELG every day. He is the father of two teenagers.

Jade Qin (Founder of Free Soul Yoga & Yogalover Group Shanghai)

Jade Qin

Founder of Free Soul Yoga & Yogalover Group Shanghai

Founder of Free Soul Yoga Shanghai and Yogalover Group Shanghai, Jade grew up in Guilin, a small village in Southern China and a world-famous beautiful place. Jade’s enthusiasm towards yoga began in 2002 when she was a school student majoring in Preventive Medicine. With the natural talent and the curiosity toward anatomy and bodyworks, Jade created her own sequence of movement to stretch the body. In 2005, Jade moved to Shanghai and dedicated herself to practicing, learning yoga from different teachers all over the world, and now teaching at her studio Free Soul Yoga Shanghai.