Dr. Ariel Mintz grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After spending two years learning in Israel, at Derech Eitz Chaim and Shaalivm, he earned his BA in Psychology at Yeshiva Univesity in New York. He went on to obtain his MD at Oakland University William Beaumont School of medicine and trained in adult psychiatry at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. He is currently a licensed physician and is completing a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. He has received awards for his research, academic performance, and service to the Jewish community. He runs Kesher Psychiatry, a private telepsychiatry practice offering convenient and stigma free mental healthcare in Minnesota and Ohio. He has a supportive and talented wife and three wonderful children. He is very passionate about destigmatizing mental illness and bringing comfort to those who are suffering. Ariel can be reached at email@example.com.
Dr. Avi J. Gordon, originally from Toronto, Canada is a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Psychological Growth and Wellness in Plantation, Fl. He earned his Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD) from Loyola University of Maryland and obtained his M.A. from Columbia University. Avi’s clinical experiences at university and outpatient mental health centers include anxiety, depressive, and personality disorders, as well as complicated grief, relationships, and various identity and developmental factors. His research interests include emerging-adult religious and spiritual identity. He is passionate about Refuat Hanefesh's mission and spreading mental health education and awareness in an effort to ensure access to care for those who may need it. When he’s not working, he can be found rollerblading, playing music or ice hockey. Avi can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Etan Neiman, CPA, grew up in Chicago, Illinois and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Yeshiva University's Sy Syms School of Business. While at Yeshiva, he was editor of the student newspaper's Business Section and President of Active Minds, a national organization committed to decreasing mental illness stigma on college campuses. He currently works in downtown Manhattan as a Senior Accounting Associate for Brand Sonnenschine. Etan has spoken and written extensively about his mental health battles with Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, and Depression. He looks forward to joining others on a similar journey to break the harmful stigma-induced silence. Etan can be reached at email@example.com.
Rabbi Dani Bauer, originally from Brooklyn, NY, earned a Bachelor’s of Talmudic Law at Yeshivat Sha'alvim in Israel and a Bachelor's in Psychology at Lander College for Men. He obtained Semicha at Yeshiva University and received an M.S. in Jewish Education from the Azrieli School of Education. Rabbi Bauer has served as a rabbinic intern at the Roslyn Synagogue, a Kollel instructor at DRS High School, a Beit Midrash Fellow at SAR High School, and youth director in Bais Medrash of Bergenfield. He has been teaching Gemara and Tanach at Kohelet Yeshiva High School in Philadelphia since 2013. He is currently studying at the Council for Relationships in a post-graduate certification program for marriage and family therapy.
Moshe Winograd grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and earned his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Seton Hall University. He received Semikha from RIETS in 2011. Moshe resides with his wife and children in Boca Raton, Florida and is doing a post doctoral fellowship at Mental Health Center of Florida. He is an adjunct professor of psychology at NYU and has previously taught at Brooklyn College. His clinical and research area of focus is Perinatal Mental Health, and he intends to work with couples, families and individuals experiencing difficulties related to pregnancy and women's health. Moshe is looking forward to engaging with the diverse Jewish community in a variety of initiatives to reduce stigma related to mental health.
Jonathan Kugel, CPA, is originally from New Jersey. He is currently a doctoral student in accounting at the Georgia Institute of Technology, specializing in experimental methodologies. After attending the University of Maryland: College Park, he practiced in the government and not-for-profit sectors. Jonathan formerly served as the Treasurer for Sunflower Bakery, a Maryland community organization that prepares young adults with learning differences for employment in pastry, baking and related food industries. He also serves on the audit committee for local NPR affiliate WABE 90.1 in Atlanta. Jonathan looks forward to supporting the Refuat HaNefesh team and the organization's work to destigmatize and inform. Jonathan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nathan Gilson lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife and daughter. He is the Assistant Director of TAMID Group, a non-profit organization that trains the next generation of business leaders and instills in them a strong connection to Israel. Previously, he spent three years in a marketing and product management role at a financial technology startup. Nathan holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Economic Development from the University of Michigan. His work with Refuat Hanefesh is dedicated to the memory of his friend Bram Glazer z"l.
Akiva Clair was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He studied at Yeshivat HaKotel for two years before moving onto Yeshiva University to pursue a degree in business marketing with a minor in writing. He is currently a senior and is involved in several extracurricular activities. Among them are managing the Yeshiva College social media accounts, writing for the student newspaper’s business section, and handling the marketing efforts of SOY (Student Organization of Yeshiva), one of Yeshiva University’s branches of student council. His proudest achievement is serving as the Wilf Campus President of Active Minds. Akiva’s passion for mental health advocacy makes him extremely excited to work with Refuat Hanefesh.
Dr. Bella Schanzer is currently the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Baylor-Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Medical Director of the Baylor Psychiatry Clinic, as well as the Brown Foundation Chair in Psychiatry. She previously served as the Chief of the Mental Health Service at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit. She received her MD degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons where she graduated AOA and received her Masters in Public Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She completed her psychiatry residency at New York University School of Medicine where she was Chief Resident during her fourth year. She then did a one-year fellowship in Public Psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute followed by a three-year research fellowship that focused on mental illness and homelessness. In addition, Dr. Schanzer received extensive training in the Toyota Lean Management System and has participated in multiple System Redesign and other formal performance improvement projects.
Dr. Stephen Glicksman received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Yeshiva University. He works at Makor Disability Services (formerly Women's League Community Residences), a life-span social services organization meeting the needs of children and adults with Intellectual Disabilities and their families in Brooklyn, New York. He is also an adjunct associate professor at Yeshiva College and the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University, the Consultant Psychologist for the School for Children with Hidden Intelligence (SCHI) in Lakewood, New Jersey and has a private practice in Teaneck, New Jersey. Dr. Glicksman has presented on a variety of developmental topics at numerous professional conferences and his research has been published in both national and international scientific journals.
Avital Mintz grew up in upstate New York and Boca Raton, Florida. After high school, she studied for a year in Israel at Michlalah then continued her education at Stern College, where she obtained a Bachelor's in Psychology. Throughout high school, college, and beyond Avital has volunteered and worked for non-profit organizations such as NCSY, Aish Hatorah, YUConnects, and Kids Kicking Cancer. Currently, she works as an instructor for an organization, Shaarim, providing extra support for children with learning disabilities and mood disorders. She is thrilled to use her writing and web design skills to help people with everyday struggles and challenges. She believes that through openness and empathy, we could improve each other's lives. Avital can be reached at email@example.com.
Dr. David Pelcovitz received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and has published and lectured extensively on a variety of topics related to trauma, violence, stress management, education, parenting and child mental health. He is recognized as an expert within and outside the Jewish community, frequently being sought out for guidance in the US, Israel and Europe. Dr. Pelcovitz was director of psychology at North Shore University Hospital-NYU School of Medicine and clinical professor of psychology at NYU School of Medicine for greater than 2 decades. He currently holds the Straus Chair in Psychology and Jewish Education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration of Yeshiva University.
Andrew Waters is a native of Toronto and currently resides with his wife and two children in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. He is a licensed addiction counselor working at the world-renowned Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation: Addiction Treatment Center with adolescents and young adults. As a graduate of the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies, Andrew is passionate about sharing his knowledge and helping people understand the science of addiction. He looks forward to using his skills to help people on the journey to recovery.
Rabbi Dovid Zirkind is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He studied for two years in Israel at Yeshiva Kerem B'Yavneh and is a graduate of Yeshiva University where he obtained a Bachelors in Psychology. He received Semicha (Rabbinic Ordination) from the Rabbi Yitzchok Elchonon Theological Seminary. He has served as the Associate Rabbi of The Jewish Center in Manhattan since 2012. In his role as Associate Rabbi, Rabbi Zirkind is the director of The Center's Adult Education Programming and Rabbi of its vibrant Young Leadership community.
Devorah Naomi Waters, LGSW, is a social worker residing in Minneapolis, MN with her family. She loves Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and has special interests in perinatal and postpartum mental health, understanding the intergenerational transmission of the effects of trauma and of resilience, and in accessing possibilities for growth and wellbeing throughout life. Devorah Naomi is inspired by those who have spoken openly about their struggles with brain health, who have been activists in reducing loneliness, self-stigma, and self-judgment in others. Her work with Refuat Hanefesh is dedicated to the memory of her father, Rafael Yaakov ben Dovid Menashe A"H.