Get to know the SportsPsychMDs

The SPMDs began as a conversation between two avid sports fans who just so happen to be psychiatrists. With the shared idea that participation in sports can set the foundation for success in any avenue of life, we seek to decrease the stigma of mental illness in sports. By doing so, we hope to empower the world's athletes to use mental fitness to achieve their highest performance on and off the field.

Team Members

Armin Hoes, MD

Armin Hoes, MD

Psychiatrist and Co-founder of SportsPsychMDs

Armin is passionate about social justice, inspiring wellness and community advocacy. He’s an avid sports fan and has been since he was 5 years old. Dr. Hoes believes that through the lens of competitive sports, the lessons of mental health and wellness can be promoted in a way that inspires people to make their lives better.

Natalia Manzanares

Natalia Manzanares

Program Manager

Natalia's origin story begins as a young athlete who began as a swimmer at seven months and evolved into skier, soccer player, soccer captain/president and now soccer coach. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from CSU, Fullerton and has professional experience in sales, human resources, and talent acquisition which has allowed her to discover her passion for connecting people to unique opportunities.

Torey Troggio, MD

Torey Troggio, MD

Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist and Co-founder of SportsPsychMDs

Torey is a former standout bench warmer for his high school baseball and football teams, Torey brings the steady "glue guy" approach to the SportsPsychMDs' team.

Osagie Obanor, MD

Osagie Obanor, MD

Volunteer Program Coordinator and Research Specialist

Osagie's presence adds a flavor of sharp wit, comedic relief, and irrational confidence to the eclectic team dynamic. Osagie draws upon his unconventional journey through medicine and training in general psychiatry to convey themes of resilience and wellness that are embodied by SportsPsychMD’s mission.

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