Who are we and what we are passionate about…

Hi there,  my name is Dr. Estrella “Star” Evangelista.  I am excited to work with you to overcome any challenges you may be facing. I am a doctorally prepared and board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is also passionate about health, prevention and overall wellness.

I consider myself a learning learner. I have a background in education, leadership, informatics, acute care and of course psychiatry. I am also a certified yoga instructor and a Reiki provider. I am constantly focused on updating myself with the best possible treatment modalities that would help with wellness and health maintenance. I consider myself fulfilled and a huge part of that sense of fulfillment are the two most important people in my life, my sons, Ben and Seth.

I wasn’t always this positive. Like many of of you, I have experienced many struggles. Witnessing patients suffer at the Burn Unit, seeing people lose their lives and limbs at the Trauma Center and many years in the ER took a toll on me. I never realized I was exhibiting signs of complex work related trauma that affected my personal life.

My prolonged divorce led me to a dark period. Because I do not want to appear weak, I kept up a good front of all smiles and laughter. In reality, I was depressed with thoughts of “maybe if I am gone, I won’t be in pain anymore.” I developed a rash that spread all over my body. I had this constant stabbing pain on my chest that felt like a huge knife was slicing me on the inside. After a panic attack that led me to the ER, I had to admit that I was overwhelmed and needed help. I practiced yoga daily, read all the self help books I can find, and started my day with meditation. ” The Body Keeps Score, ” is one of those books that gave me a really good insight of how I responded to situations around me: a Kundalini awakening!

I just woke up one day, my heart no longer hurts. My day starts with gratitude and a new found purpose. I realized that I, all humans, have the capacity to heal themselves. With the right guidance,  people can be free of what holds them back from living their best lives.

Empowered Choices came from my need to create a different approach to mental health treatment. Integrative psychiatry uses a holistic approach to mental wellness. I believe that through creating a partnership with my clients not only empowers them to take charge of their health,  but also develop new behaviors that will maintain a desired state of wellness.

I believe that together, we can create a personalized plan that combines different treatments like therapy, medication management, physical exercise, nutrition and mindfulness to help you achieve your goals. I am also offering specialized care to those who suffer from different types of trauma.

My approach focuses on understanding both the biological and social factors that contribute to mental health conditions, and I believe in taking a holistic path to healing. Drawing from years of experience helping people cope with daily mental health challenges, mood disorders, anxiety, and trauma, I am confident that we can overcome anything that comes our way.

I,  through the work of others, I was able to heal.  I consider myself a messenger who can help translate the basic philosophies of Western and Eastern medicine so you can be on your way to healing and recovery. 


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Empowered Choices Paradigm: Compassionate, Trauma Sensitive, Integrated Psychiatric Care

Having been a provider for many years, I have realized that the traditional model of healthcare delivery no longer works for the modern day client. With the current mental health pandemic that is lurking behind each community, I am driven to provide an opportunity for my clients to choose a level of care that is not easily available with an insurance based model. 

My main goal is to provide an accessible, affordable option for clients by bridging the gap that separates community members from the quality of care that they truly deserve. As a cash pay only provider, my practice philosophy focuses on the following:

  1. Evaluating and treating patients from a holistic framework, one that respects patients’ belief systems (mind, body and spirit); one that appreciates good outcomes that come from trusting relationships between clinicians, clients and collaborative community partners. Integrated care is a philosophy that looks into all life dimensions that could potentially affect mental health and overall health.
  2. Providing patient-centered, personalized care that Is specific to client’s needs and circumstances. That includes looking into various modalities that can be helpful to client’s personal healing.
  3. Focusing on client empowerment instead of chronic dependence; emphasize health & wellness maintenance, instead of crisis care. In order to get better, clients have to commit to get better. I totally understand what it’s like to be unhappy with the direction you’re heading. With the amount of stress we are all in today, it is so easy to believe that you are stuck, and powerless. 

“Wellness is training yourself to stay balanced (mind, body and spirit) in a constantly changing world.” Adapting to change is possible. Welcoming, and better yet, evolving with change is doable!

The Concept of Empowerment in Mental Health

Self Awareness
Seek the Right Type of Help
Belong to a Community

Empowerment is a powerful and transformative process that involves supporting individuals in moving past negative thought patterns and into a positive and self-determined mindset. This approach allows individuals to make more responsible decisions, act with confidence, and embrace life’s challenges with mindfulness, resilience, and strategic thinking. 

The Empowered Choices framework takes a holistic approach by recognizing that mental health is a vital aspect of overall wellness. At its core, Empowered Choices represents a journey toward healing and growth, with several key steps along the way.


  • Awareness: mindfulness, knowing that life shouldn’t be a struggle. 
  • Acknowledging that situations and how one adjusts can get better, with the right type of help.
  • Accountability, being responsible for the decisions that you make, regardless of outcome.
  • Accepting help from the right people; it is knowing that you have a choice on the type of help that you need. Options should meet your needs regardless of what state of empowerment you are in.
  • Alleviating one’s suffering/challenges is a conscious effort with the help of the right provider to work together so that you can make the appropriate choices for your care.
  • Aligning yourself with a community of like-minded people.
  • Allowing others to learn from your experience, giving back will offer you the reward that you need to internally validate your efforts toward self healing.

With Empowered Choices, individuals can unlock their true potential, make better choices, and achieve greater levels of happiness and well-being.

The Empowered Choices Team

Our team is comprised of individuals who approach their work with compassion, believing in what’s possible for you and guiding you on your journey. We want to help you truly understand your story and the patterns that have led you to this point, whether they be biological, psychological, social, spiritual, relational, or environmental.

We use evidence-informed medicine and psychotherapy, combined with holistic wellness approaches and mind-body practices, to create a personalized pathway forward that is unique to your needs and goals.

It’s time to take gentle, practical steps towards the life you’ve always wanted. You have the power to make a profound change in your well-being and we are here to support you every step of the way.

Dave Meng: Life Coach

Meet Coach Dave, an extraordinary life coach who has dedicated his life to inspiring and empowering others. His passion for coaching began when he was attending college, where he helped his baseball coach hold training camps for children and aspiring athletes. After being drafted by the Mets, Coach Dave knew that his burning desire to coach and help others would always remain his calling. With a wealth of experience in sales and finance, Coach Dave has won numerous awards while working for Pepsi and Synchrony Financial. Today, he coaches baseball with middle school and high school kids and is expanding his passion for sports coaching to become a life coach as well. With a focus on working with teens and young adults both individually and in groups, Coach Dave is changing lives and inspiring greatness in all those he works with.

Chris Fom ECYT200: Yoga Therapist

Meet Chris, our incredible body work therapist and yoga expert! After years of practicing yoga, Chris has uncovered its immense power to heal not only the body, but the mind and spirit too. With his expert knowledge and intuitive abilities, he has crafted a series of Yin classes that are perfect for those struggling with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. He also teaches several forms of physical body practices and understands how meditation and movement go hand in hand in healing. 

As a 200 E-RYT and having taught over 1000 hours of yoga and body work, Chris is a true master of his craft. Whether you’re seeking group healing or one-on-one coaching, Chris is available to guide you on your journey towards physical, mental, and spiritual wellness. Don’t miss out on the incredible benefits that Chris and his practice have to offer!

Seth E. Hoffman: IT Applications Manager

Seth is an exceptional individual who brings a wealth of experience and talent to his role as our IT manager. He is a graduate of Dominican University, where he completed his studies in 2022 with a major in Computer Science and Informatics. Alongside his academic achievements, Seth is a natural born athlete and a longstanding baseball player who has been involved in the sport since his days in Little League all the way through college. In addition to his passion for sports, Seth enjoys exploring the world and taking on new challenges, with a keen interest in hiking and working out. Beyond this, Seth also works as a dedicated strength and agility coach and practices Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), demonstrating his drive, discipline, and commitment to achieving excellence in all aspects of his life. We are proud to have Seth as part of our team and know that his knowledge, skills and enthusiasm make him a valuable asset to our company.

Collaborative Partners

Collaborative Care is an integral aspect of the integrated care model that aims to address mental health concerns across the care continuum. Empowered Healing, however, is taking a step further by creating synergistic relationships with primary care, specialists and wellness experts and complementary therapy provider. 

Let us celebrate the independent collaborating providers below who work collaboratively with Empowered Choices Providers in upskilling clients to maintain optimum health and wellness in all aspects of life. We believe that such partnerships demonstrate the power of working together towards a common goal, and we encourage you to collaborate with others towards your endeavors. With a positive attitude and teamwork, we can conquer any challenge and achieve greatness. Feel free to connect with our partners to avail of their services. 

Innovation: Beauty that results from taking a leap of faith

There’s something scary yet enchanting about change. It’s the possibility of something new, something better. It isn’t easy, but it’s an opportunity to embrace the beauty of transformation. It’s a chance to discover how we can best help each other get to where we want to be in life.

At Empowered Choices, you are given options to take charge of your care.  You will be empowered to choose the care that you truly you deserve!  

Contact Us!

Address: We are a virtual clinic and appointments are all virtual. 

* We are available to see clients at our business address: 6550 Grand Montecito Parkway Suite 100, LV, NV 89149 once a week for clients who want to be seen in person. *

Hours: Virtual Thursdays and Fridays

From 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Email for weekend and off office hour appointments 

Phone: 702-401-8794