Help prevent the long-term damage of early marijuana use

Our Mission

Panaptic is dedicated to serving as the national leader in marijuana prevention for young people. We are committed to protecting the youth of America from the potentially devastating effects of marijuana use.

Our comprehensive, innovative curriculum and customized resources empower educational institutions, healthcare organizations and families by providing safe and effective prevention education.

Our Commitment

The Future Well Being of Today's Youth


As educators and addiction specialists, we see the use of marijuana becoming the norm. We want to prevent the long-term damage this could cause an entire future generation. This desire to help today's youth inspired us to create Panaptic, a comprehensive marijuana prevention curriculum for schools, families and communities.

Founders

       Richard Von Feldt, PsyD

Dr. Richard Von Feldt is a licensed psychologist specializing in addiction in the San Francisco Bay Area. Previously, Richard lived in New York City and pursued successful careers in international auction business, branding and marketing for more than a decade.

After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Dr. Von Feldt dedicated his life to helping others. He attended post-baccalaureate studies at New York University and Hunter College, before moving to Berkeley, California, to complete a master's and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco.

His professional psychology career has evolved from working primarily with families to honing his expertise in university mental health. For the past decade, Dr. Von Feldt has worked with The Permanente Medical Group providing family, individual and group therapy as well as early intervention services to those impacted by substance use. He serves as a regional leader in Kaiser's Performance Excellence Group as well as Clinical Training Director for the postdoctoral residents.

Dr. Von Feldt is regarded as an innovative educator of marijuana abuse for teens, young adults and families. He has provided training and consultation to physicians, residents and therapists, and extended his outreach efforts to include consulting with community agencies and health care providers across the Bay Area.

Through these efforts, he realized a vocation to give young people a drug prevention education that works before substance abuse takes hold of their lives. With over 25 years of recovery himself, Dr. Von Feldt offers a deep personal understanding of the pain and liberation from addiction.

       Sarah Ferraro Cunningham, PsyD

Dr. Sarah Ferraro Cunningham is a licensed psychologist specializing in substance use in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Cunningham pursued her master's degree at Northeastern University in 2000, where she completed her training with Cambridge Health Alliance, an affiliate of Harvard University Medical School.

Before pursuing her doctoral degree, Dr. Cunningham served as clinical director at a mental health clinic providing individual and family therapy for teens and young adults in the greater Boston area. She earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the American School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco.

Throughout her career, Dr. Cunningham has demonstrated a deep commitment to research, innovation and early intervention. She has served as a clinical leader in The Permanente Medical Group, the award-winning national leader in preventive care.

At Kaiser Permanente, she has championed evidence-based practices that address behavioral health integration and contributed to best practices groups focusing on adolescent health. Dr. Cunningham has also devoted her expertise to nationally recognized research projects on early intervention for teens and young adults struggling with substance use.

Dr. Cunningham's expertise and passion for education led her to emerge as a leader in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she currently provides training, consultation and education classes to university administrators, mental health providers and college students. She resides in Sonoma County with her husband and daughter. Dr. Cunningham brings her personal experience as a mother to helping young adults reach their full potential by gaining an honest and thorough understanding of how marijuana can negatively impact their lives.

Accolades

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In 2016, the National Committee for Quality Assurance rated Kaiser Permanente's health plans 5 out of 5, the only health plan in the country to receive the highest rating for both Medicare and private plans.

The Permanente Medical Group was awarded the 2016 Excellence in Healthcare Award from the Integrated Healthcare Association for top performance on clinical quality, patient experience and cost measures.

For the ninth consecutive year, Kaiser Permanente has been given the highest ranking for customer satisfaction in California — ahead of all other health plans in the state that were included in the study — according to the J.D. Power 2016 Member Health Plan Study.

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