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Ira Kaufman, LCSW, ABECSW
Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work
Florida Licensed Clinical Social Worker SW6213
NYS Certified Social Worker PR018148-1
Ira Kaufman has had 35 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples & families. In addition to maintaining private practices in both New York and Florida, he spent many years as an administrator in the public sector.
Working initially as the Assistant Director of The Linden Hill School, he became Director of the Hawthorne Cedar Residential Treatment Facility under the auspices of the Jewish Board of Family & Children Services. He later served as the Director of Training and Staff Development, Director of the Division of Development Disabilities and the Director of Foster Home Division for the Jewish Child Care Association.
Mr. Kaufman received his MSW from New York University in 1976. He continued his post graduate training at The Center for Modern Analytic Studies in New York City. He has published several articles and has made many presentations at national conferences. Mr. Kaufman has been frequently consulted with by local newspapers and magazines and has appeared on radio talk shows. Mr Kaufman has consulted in corporate, professional and academic settings assisting in personal issues, workplace incidents as well as increasing productivity.
The comprehensive and holistic approach practices at The North Star Centre has always been Mr. Kaufman's vision and he is proud to serve the Boca Raton and surrounding communities.
Jody Kaufman, LCSW
Florida Licensed Clinical Social Worker SW6177
NYS Certified Social Worker R036776-1
Jody Kaufman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing for over 27 years. Ms. Kaufman received her Master's degree in Social Work from the Hunter School of Social Work in 1987. She received additional clinical post-graduate training at The Riverdale Center for Modern Psychoanalysis. Prior to her relocation to South Florida in 1999, she worked as a clinician in large mental health agencies in New York while maintaining a private practice in Westchester County specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, adults and seniors.
Ms. Kaufman has particular interest and extensive experience in the treatment of depression, anxiety, post partum depression, issues specific to seniors, relationships, eating disorders, addiction, recovery, and the children of alcoholics.
Ms. Kaufman also supervises Social Work Interns to meet their state requirements for their licensure and LCSW's who are interested in furthering their training.
Daniel E. Chervony, MD
Dr. Chervony received his medical degree in 1984. He interned at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia and completed a residency in 1988 at The University of Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital and Veteran's Administration Hospital. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Chervony has been the Medical Director of University Pavilion Psychiatric Hospital since 1996. He was the Chief of Staff of the Department of Psychiatry at University Hospital from 1996-2002 and returned to that position in 2006. He has been in private practice since 1988. He specializes in Adult Psychiatry. He is currently affiliated with University Hospital and Medical Center, University Pavilion Psychiatric Hospital and HEALTHSOUTH Sunrise Rehabilitation Hospital
Dr. Chervony will evaluate, provide medication and follow-up for patients of all diagnostic categories. He is bilingual in English and Spanish
Ella Faye Chazan, MPS, DAPA
Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor MH4044
Diplomate, American Psychotherapy Association
National Board Certified Counselor
Ms. Chazan has years of clinical experience with individuals having psychological and psychophysiological disorders. She has been certified by the Midwest Center for Stress and Anxiety for the management of agoraphobia, panic disorders, anxiety anddepression. Additionally, she has special expertise in geriatric counseling, brief problem focused psychotherapy as well as,marital, family and divorce issues.
Jeffrey Goidel, Ph.D.
Florida Licensed Psychologist PY7618
New York Licensed Psychologist 008916
Dr. Jeffrey Goidel is a licensed psychologist as well as a certified school psychologist in both Florida and New York. Dr. Goidel has over 2 decades of experience working with children, teens and families in public school and private clinical practice. He has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, Summa Cum Laude, from Adelphia University in Garden City, NY. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles.
Dr. Goidel works with youngsters and families on issues includinganxiety, social problems, depression, grief/loss, divorce/separation, peer pressure, school problems, learning disability, developmental disability and ADHD. He providesassessment, therapy and psychological testing. He has been a faculty member in psychology at Monroe College, New York City, and Long Island University, Rockland Campus. Dr. Goidel is an expert witness in the Rockland County, NY court system and has consulted to such community agencies as the Association for Retarded Children, United Hospice, Legal Aid and Child Protective Services.
Dr Goidel can assist with evaluation and preparation for The Gardiner Scholarship and exploring and preparing for a McKay Scholarship.
Jeffrey Goidel is a recipient of the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Florida State Education Merit Award. The award, established by Florida Gov. Charles Crist, recognizes outstanding professionals across disciplines in the Florida public schools. Dr. Goidel is certified by the Florida Dept. of Education as a Clinical Educator and Supervisor.
Beth Greenstein, LCSW
Florida Licensed Clinical Social Worker SW3826
Beth Greenstein is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience. She earned her master's in social work from Florida International University, graduating with honors.
Beth has a long history working in medical settings including hospital and dialysis centers. She counseled patients and their families with serious and chronic illness and pain. Her warm and understanding personality aided these patients in harnessing inner and external resources to live life to the fullest. In 1999, she was awarded Social Worker of the Year by the National Kidney Foundation.
After working for a number of years in hospitals, she began to provide counseling to adults who were dealing with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, relationships, pain and illness management. In addition, she has experience in dealing with gay and lesbian issues, life changes and later life issues.and divorce issues.
Richard D, Higinbotham, LCSW
Member, Academy of Certified Social Workers
Florida Licensed Clinical Social Worker SW 8769
Michigan Licensed Clinical Social Worker Lic. #1968351
Graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Journalism/English in 1967, and from the University of Michigan School of Social Work with a Master’s in Social Work in 1971. Has fifty-three years of clinical and administrative experience in State of Michigan inpatient, public and private outpatient mental health settings, and maintained a private clinical practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan since 1991. He recently moved with his wife to southern Florida the summer of 2007. He is a versatile therapist trained in and practicing the use of cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and solution-focused therapy approaches, and works with adolescents, adults, seniors, families, and couples. His approach is collaborative,affirming, solution-seeking, evidence based and dedicated to helping people quickly, and achieving the results they wantquickly. He specializes in the treatment of adjustment and stress issues, depression & affective disorders, anxiety and panic disorders, pain management, trauma and abuse, anger management, couple and relationship issues ( marital, gay and lesbian), grief and loss issues, dual recovery (concurrent emotional condition and alcohol/substance abuse condition), coping with chronic medical illness, career and life transitions, older adult issues, and coping with chronic mental illness—schizophrenia, bipolar illness, and other biochemical conditions.
Dr. Michelle Kaplan
Dr. Michelle Kaplan is a board certified adult psychiatrist, who attended college at Washington University in St. Louis and medical school at Rice University. She completed her residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center's- Zucker Hillside Hospital.
Dr. Kaplan was the director of inpatient psychiatry at St. Joseph's Medical Center, where she had extensive experience with electroconvulsive therapy.
Her expertise lies in a large range of psychiatric disorders including, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, neuro-developmental, somatic, cognitive issues and psychosis. This vast experience enables her to give her patients effective treatment and empathetic understanding.
Currently, she shares her time with Delray Medical Center-Fair Oaks and The North Star Centre.
James C. Kauff, LCSW
Florida Licensed Clinical Social Worker SW6892
Member, National Association of Social Workers
James C. Kauff is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has practiced in the mental health care field for more than 25 years.
Mr. Kauff received his masters degree in social work in 1987 from Adelphi University. He also holds a psychology degree.
His extensive experience includes counseling families,couples and individuals. He provides psychotherapy for clients who suffer from various types of psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety and stress.
Mr. Kauff's particular interests include working with children of single parents as well as geriatric clients. He also treats people who are coping with eating disorders, schizophrenia, substance abuse and addictions.
Dr. Melissa Marcus
Dr. Melissa Marcus is a Florida licensed psychologist as well as a Nationally Certified School psychologist (NCSP). She is also a Credentialed Health Service Psychologist. Dr. Marcus received her Ph.D. in school psychology from Temple University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship under a Board certified neuropsychologist at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. She has obtained a broad range of experiences working in a variety of clinical settings with several populations that include private practice, K-12 school systems, university settings, and inpatient and out-patient mental health treatment programs.
Dr. Marcus received comprehensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) from the world-renowned Beck Institute in Philadelphia, PA. She utilizes a variety of evidence-based approaches during the course of psychotherapy and works with clients to form a strong therapeutic relationship that provides the foundation for successful treatment. Dr. Marcus has extensive experience in the assessment of psycho-educational, social-emotional, and behavioral evaluation of children and adults. She frequently consults with other health care providers and educational professionals to ensure continuity of care and assist with treatment planning.
Dr. Marcus also works with families going through transitions such as divorce/separation, including co-parenting issues and/or concerns, and is able to provide assistance with the development of Parenting Plans. She is a qualified Parenting Coordinator and Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator.
Martha Otice, LCSW
Florida Licensed Clinical Social Worker SW9881
Martha Otice is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has practiced in New York and Florida for over 20 years. She holds an MA in counseling from Montclair State College, an MSW in Clinical Social work and a post-graduate degree in Advanced Clinical Social Work from Hunter School of Social Work in New York.
Martha works with individuals as well as couples. Her focus isshort-term problem solving and goal setting as well as being very supportive. She has expertise with anxiety, depression, midlife issues and loss. She helps her clients to learn how to overcome their fears and feelings of helplessness so they don't interfere with their daily lives and relationships.
She has had extensive experience as an administrator and clinician in the medical field. Martha has a long history of work withadolescents, adults and seniors. Her commitment to this population continues.
Elaine S. Rubinson, LMHC
Florida Licensed Mental Health Counselor MH3303
Elaine S. Rubinson brings over 35 years of experience as a psychotherapist and grief counselor to The North Star Centre. She received her B.S. degree in Mental Health Technology from Hahnemann Medical College University in Philadelphia, Pa and her Master's Degree from Temple University.
Elaine worked for PATH Community Mental Health Center in Philadelphia as a therapist and Director of Mental Health Programs. In Florida, she was affiliated with the Renfrew Center, East Las Olas Psychological Group, Family Service Agency and in private practice. In addition, she has planned, organized and presented educational workshops and seminars.
Elaine has served on many professional task forces and Boards in Philadelphia and Florida. Her community work began years ago as a volunteer and officer of many charitable organizations. She has offered her clinical expertise to the shelter for battered women at Women in Distress, led widow and widower's groups and survivor's of suicide groups for the Mental Health Association of Broward County and a "Suddenly Single" workshop for Brandeis University National Woman's Committee. She currently is Newsletter Editor and Publicity Chair for her community unit of Papanicolaou Cancer Research.
At The North Star Centre, Elaine offers caring, confidential help with depression, anxiety, stress, bereavement, marital and relationship issues, divorce, traumatic grief, problems related to aging and anger management.
Lindsey Webster, LCSW
Ms. Webster comes to The North Star Centre with over a decade of experience. She earned her Masters in Social Work at Catholic University of America, Washington DC. She has post graduate clinical training in TF-CBT and Filia Family Play Therapy. And, she received her Adoption Specialist Certification at Rutgers University. She is currently licensed as a LCSW in both Florida and New York.
Ms. Webster’s experience comes from working in a variety of settings with adolescents, couples, adults, children and their families. Her specialties include depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, bullying, LGBTQ/gender identity related issues, adoption, and family therapy.
She considers herself a Client Centered Therapist, who believes in working together with her clients in a comfortable setting helps them to achieve their goals. She strives to provide a “therapy space” that allows a client to feel safe and supported with a treatment model that is driven by the client.
Diana Paz is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in both Florida and New York. She has over a decade of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Diana’s multi-cultural background allows her to work with clients in both English and Spanish. She earned her masters degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University. After graduating, she gained her experience by working in a variety of settings including outpatient mental health clinics, mobile crisis units, as well as psychiatric hospitals. Her client centered approach focuses on supporting and empowering her clients as they move towards their goals. She strives to empathetically provide honest and direct feedback as she believes a good therapeutic relationship based on trust, is vital to progress in therapy.