Olga Katz, MD
Dr.Katz is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with over 15 years of experience in diagnosing and treating adults, children and adolescents. Dr.Katz has completed Specialty Training in Developmental Psychiatry at Maimonides Developmental Center where she later worked as a Staff Psychiatrist. She also supervised a team of clinical social workers, staff psychiatrists and psychiatric residents in training for a patient population of developmentally disabled adults and adolescents with concomitant psychiatric conditions at Richmond University Medical Center, Staten Island, New York. Dr.Katz has maintained a private practice on Staten Island since 2000. She is a recipient of several awards, including “Patients Choice Award ” 2007-2010
Svetlana Beskina, DO
Psychiatrist/Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr. Beskina received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Columbia University where her interest in Psychiatry emerged. She went on to attend New York College of Osteopathic Medicine where she completed her medical education. She completed her Residency Training in Psychiatry and later a Child Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Beskina is published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Beskina has expertise in diagnosing and treating a range of mental health issues and psychiatric conditions in children , adolescents, and adults. She takes a person-centered approach and uses an approach that is consistent with best practices in the field of Psychiatry.
Dr.Beskina is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Roberto De Paula, M.D.
After finishing a two-year residency program in Adult Psychiatry, Dr. Roberto De Paula undertook a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York City Mount Sinai Hospital, followed by an assignment as Senior Instructor in Mount Sinai"s Department of Psychiatry.
Parallel to that assignment, Dr. De Paula also became a consultant in the Pediatric Department at Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Cornell Medical School.
At Cornell, Dr. De Paula assisted in the planning and establishing of the new subspecialty of Psycho-Oncology and was guest-lecturer in this new field at several International Medical Conferences (Brazil and Mexico), stressing the need for psychological intervention and treatment for patients (and their family members) diagnosed and treated for all types of malignancies. Dr. De Paula published articles in different medical journals on the subject of malignancy and the emotional component of the illness. He also wrote a chapter in a Child Psychiatry book on the issue of “ Hallucinations in Childhood”. Dr. De Paula became involved in International Medicine coordinating medical events overseas and affiliations between different Brazilian hospitals and New York Presbyterian.
Presently, Dr. De Paula provides consulting work in Geriatric Psychiatry at Nursing Homes. Dr. De Paula is fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and French.
Ana Luz Marzal, MD
Dr. Ana Luz Marzal graduated with honors from the University of Santo Thomas with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. She obtained her medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines.
In 1991, the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines affected the physical and mental healths of many people. Unfortunately, mental health services were not readily available at the time. Thus, people endured both physical and emotional pain for a prolonged period of time. In this environment, Dr. Marzal became interested in pursuing a career in psychiatry in order to help people recover from various mental and emotional trauma. She completed her postgraduate residency training in psychiatry at St. Vincent Medical Center in Staten Island, New York. Dr. Marzal has been practicing psychiatry with the New York State Office of Mental Health since 2005. She has extensive experience with forensic and dual diagnoses patients. Dr. Marzal is also fluent in both Filipino (Tagalog) and English.
Phyllis Emma, NP-P
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Ms.Emma was born in Brooklyn, New York and was raised in Howard Beach. She received both BSN and MS degrees from the State University at Stony Brook where she was certified as a nurse practitioner in psychiatry. Ms.Emma has extensive experience in the field of Behavioral Health, treating children, adolescents, and adults with various psychiatric problems. She has worked in the psychiatric emergency room of a local hospital on Staten Island for seven years where she was in charge of the emergency observation area. She was also employed for 12 years at Lutheran Hospital in Brooklyn where she was a nurse in charge. Ms.Emma was also working at the Institute for Community Living for a number of years, where she was in charge of in-house services for treatment resistant patients. In addition, Ms.Emma has unique expertise in working as a forensic psychiatric nurse practitioner on Rikers Island, where she provided care and prescribed medications for inmates with mental health problems.
Marina Roshal, LCSW-R
Director of Social Work
Ms.Roshal is a dedicated and accomplished professional with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology and Psychology at Rutger’s University and her graduate degree from Fordham University. Marina has worked as a sociotherapist helping foster children and their families at Seamen’s Society. Marina has a special interest in working with young children. She uses her expertise as a play therapist to help children with behavior problems and emotional issues.
Marina Roshal, LCSW-R is an EMDR certified provider.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a fairly new, nontraditional type of psychotherapy. It's growing in popularity, particularly for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD often occurs after experiences such as military combat, physical assault, rape, or car accidents.
Tiffany Garcia, LMSW
Tiffany Garcia received her undergraduate degree in Criminology and Dispute Resolution from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2014. Her interest in social justice and mental health drew her to pursue a Master’s Degree in Social Work, which she received from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois in 2016 . Tiffany has extensive experience working with different populations with a wide array of mental health and socio-economic issues. While working with the Department of Homeless Shelters; she provided outreach services, crisis intervention, risk assessment, safety planning and pyscho-education for families. Tiffany's training and experience has prepared her to provide individual, family and group counseling as well as crisis intervention to her patients. Additionally, she is well-versed in working with LGBTQ youth and their families. Her expertise lies in using creative interventions coupled with an eclectic therapeutic treatment approach to help patients achieve their goals of stress reduction, improved coping skills, communication, and self- esteem.
Josephine Pereira, LCSW
Ms. Josephine Pereira, LCSW is a bilingual psychiatric social worker who completed her Master’s degree at Hunter College. She graduated in 1987 and since then has dedicated her life to serving culturally diverse adults, young people and their families. She has conducted many individual, family, couple and group psychotherapy sessions in English and Spanish. As a native New Yorker, she is aware of the multiplicity of challenges that are faced by residents of the urban environment. Ms. Pereira utilizes the impact of her patients’ culture, upbringing and environment in treatment. Her treatment approach is very eclectic and realistic in working with patients. She firmly believes in their ability to partner with her as their therapist to make positive changes. Ms. Pereira is influenced by theorists who practice behavior modification and cognitive behavioral therapy. Her goal is to enhance the patient’s capacity to locate the root causes of their difficulties and empower them through their strengths to problem solve and develop positive coping strategies.
Tiffany Garcia, LMSW is a CBT trained provider.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel. It is used to help treat a wide range of issues in a person’s life, from sleeping difficulties or relationship problems, to drug and alcohol abuse or anxiety and depression. CBT works by changing people’s attitudes and their behavior by focusing on the thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes that are held (a person’s cognitive processes) and how these processes relate to the way a person behaves, as a way of dealing with emotional problems.
Daniella Tozzi-Polimeni received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Marketing and Management from the City University of NY at Brooklyn College in 2005 and then received her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the State University of NY at Stony Brook in 2008. Daniella has extensive experience working with different populations with a wide array of psychiatric conditions. Daniella has worked as a social worker doing individual and group psychotherapy with the chemically dependent and mentally ill population. In addition to Daniella’s clinical experience she has worked on Riker’s Island alongside Administrative Law Judges to assess parole violators’ substance abuse and mental health status to determine if they are ready to be released to an alternative to incarceration program. Daniella has a special interest in helping individuals overcome their interpersonal and relationship struggles because she believes in the importance of social and family support in one’s life and she is dedicated to helping people improve their emotional stability in order for them to endure life’s struggles and gain success.
Jenny Savkub is a licensed psychotherapist with over 10 years of experience in diagnosing and treating children ( 0 and up), adolescents and adults. Ms. Savkub has completed various advanced trainings in cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, dialectical behavior therapy, trauma, loss and bereavement and early intervention. Ms. Savkub completed her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology at Hunter College and her Master’s Degree in Social Work at Adelphi University. She has been providing individual, family, group and couples counseling.
Ms. Savkub specializes in working with teenagers and young adults who suffer with mood disorders (Depression, Bipolar d/o) and anxiety/panic attacks disorders helping her patients to improve coping skills, their self-esteem and overall functioning.
Anna received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from SUNY Albany in 2005 and then received her Masters in Counseling with a dual specialization in Clinical Mental Health and Marital, Couple, Family Counseling from Barry University in 2008.
Anna has 5+ years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents and families in diverse capacities. She has been working within the NYC child welfare system since 2011, beginning as a family therapist providing intensive evidence-based services in a home setting. Anna collaborated with families to help them discover new common ground together and building their skill set through unique and creative interventions and prevent the need for children to enter the foster care system. Most recently, she has been working with at-risk and traumatized adolescents placed in the custody of ACS in need of diagnostic evaluation and stabilization.
In addition to Anna’s clinical experience, she has also worked as a special education paraprofessional within the NYC Department of Education before entering the clinical field. This experience validated Anna’s passion of working with children, adolescents and seeing the importance of the amount of support from family.
Anna is experienced in providing individual, family and group counseling as well as crisis intervention. She is well-versed in working with LGBTQ youth and their families as well. Her expertise lies in using creative and unique techniques to help her clients achieve their goals of stress reduction, improving coping skills, communication, and self esteem.
Noel Avitabile, LCSW
Ms.Noel Avitabile is a dedicated therapist with over 10 years of clinical experience. She received her bachelors degree in Pre-law/Political Science from Seton Hall University (NJ) and her bachelors in Social Work from New York University (2010).
Noel has a wide variety of experience in many areas including child welfare, court cases, adoptions, custody issues, foster care, individual, family and group therapy. She is also a certified divorce and relationship mediator. In addition, she has extensive experience in trauma, anxiety, emotional issues, substance abuse, addiction and depression. She has an excellent retention rate and is very dedicated to her work. Noel is comfortable with working with all ages. She believes in a strength based approach to solving issues and conflicts.
Ms. La Bega is a devoted and talented professional with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She received her graduate degree from Touro College Graduate School of Social Work.
Laura’s experience includes working with adolescents, adults, senior adults, families, and couples in community organizations, resource centers, and treatment centers. She has worked with people suffering from mood disorders, anxiety and depression, grief and loss, and individuals seeking to find a healthier stable way of life. Laura has a special interest in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in helping her clients overcome depression and anxiety. She uses her expertise as a Cognitive Therapist in helping her clients change dysfunctional thinking to healthy thoughts and behaviors.