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Mike Rizzo, Ph.D., ABSNP
Director of Clinical and Educational Services, Licensed School Psychologist
For more than 25 years, Dr. Rizzo (A.K.A. Coach Mike) has worked with children, and their families, who struggle with social, emotional, behavioral, and/or academic difficulties. Beyond his doctoral training, Dr. Rizzo has earned his Diplomate in School Neuropsychology from the American Board of School Neuropsychology. Dr. Rizzo is no stranger to learning challenges, as he himself struggled as a child with what was later diagnosed as ADHD, anxiety, and dyslexia… (Continue reading)
Sheri silverman, psy.d., p.a.
Director of Diagnostic Services, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Silverman has over twenty years experience providing neuropsychological and educational evaluations to children and adolescents both in the public and private sectors. Dr. Silverman received her Doctorate in School-Clinical Psychology at the Ferkauf Graduate School at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Silverman completed her post-doctorate training at New York University Hospital in Pediatric Rehabilitation… (Continue Reading)
Jim “Coach crash” Jenson
Director of Wellness Programs, Motivational Coach, & Educational Technology Specialist
In many situations, a child simply needs direction from a strong male role model in order to make significant social, emotional, and behavioral changes. For the last few summers, we have had the privilege of joining forces with former Miami Dolphin Jim “Crash” Jensen in order to provide our children with opportunities to socialize with their peers under the leadership… (Continue Reading)
Craig handwerker, lmhc
Craig Handwerker has a Masters in Professional Counseling and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). He has been counseling individuals and families since 1996. With 20 years of counseling experience, he has seen and dealt with a multitude of counseling needs. His theoretical approach to counseling is eclectic, where he incorporates primarily cognitive-behavioral, solution- focused and psychodynamic approaches to counseling… (Continue Reading)
deborah howell, lmhc
Deborah Howell is a licensed professional therapist whose sole practice is devoted to ages 4-17. She specializes in many areas including school issues, anxiety, loss, depression, self-injury in teens, and parent-child relationships. She would consider it a privilege to come alongside your child’s hurt and struggle and work with you to give your child coping skills for whatever they may be facing… (Continue Reading)
kathy tsatsanis, ph.d.
Dr. Tsatsanis obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology in Canada and completed her clinical and research pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at the Yale Child Study Center. Previous research and publications have focused on assessment, neuropsychological profiles, and outcomes in Autism Spectrum Disorders, in addition to several articles in the area of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities. Dr. Tsatsanis is a former Clinical Director of… (Continue Reading)
monika schuelke, ph.d.
Dr. Monika Schuelke is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been a part of the CPS team since 2007. A Florida native, Dr. Schuelke attended Dade Christian School from kindergarten through 12th grade. She pursued her undergraduate degree in psychology at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and then returned to South Florida to spend 10 years in Christian education at her alma mater. During that time, she embarked on her graduate studies… (Continue Reading)
nicole mancini, ed.s.
Nicole Mancini is a Licensed School Psychologist and Licensed Florida Educator and has been working in the field of education for over 10 years. She has experience conducting neuropsychoeducational evaluations and diagnostic assessments, developing educational and behavioral plans for school-age children, as well as, serving as an educator and program coordinator in the public and private sectors… (Continue Reading)
Sabella mansur, psy.s., ncsp
Sabella is a Florida Licensed and Nationally Certified School Psychologist and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University’s Specialists in Psychology (Psy.S) program in 2013 and has been a part of the CPS team ever since! Sabella completed her internship year through the School District of Palm Beach County where she was involved with the Response to Intervention (RtI) process, was trained in Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) and… (Continue Reading)
Tara Dibattisto, Psy.D.
Tara DiBattisto is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Assistant Executive Director of our Weston office. Dr. DiBattisto completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Florida State University. She then went on to complete her Doctorate degree at Nova Southeastern University. Tara originally started at CPS as a Clinical Psychology Intern in September of 2012. After her internship year, CPS offered Tara a full-time position, and she has been here ever since! Tara is also currently completing a course to become a Diplomate of the American Board of School Neuropsychology… (Continue Reading)
Whitney Friedl, psy.d.
Whitney Friedl is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Special Programs. Dr. Friedl specializes in behavioral modification and social skills training. She received her Bachelors in Psychology and Biology from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania… (Continue Reading)
Samantha bellini, psy.d.
Samantha graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.). She is currently completing her postdoctoral training. Samantha completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at New York University. She began at Child Provider Specialists in 2015 as an intern and has remained with CPS since then. Samantha primarily conducts neuropsychological evaluations and helps to supervise interns from Nova Southeastern University’s South Florida Consortium Internship Program. She enjoys working with the CPS team and helping others achieve their full potential…(Continue Reading)
Clinical Psychology Interns
Clinical psychology interns from Nova Southeastern University’s South Florida Consortium Internship Program are also a part of the CPS team. The interns have already received master’s degrees in clinical psychology and work full time at CPS as the final year in their clinical doctoral training. At the completion of the internship year, they receive either a Psy.D. or Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Interns provide services under the supervision of licensed psychologists and are involved in weekly trainings at Nova Southeastern University. Interns primarily conduct neuropsychological evaluations, facilitate social skills programs, and assist in our Brainforest Adventures Summer Camp.