our team

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staff

Deborah Groening-Rother, Psy.D.

Deborah Groening-Rother, Psy.D.

Founder, CEO and Infant Mental Health Specialist

Exploring my early childhood through psychoanalytic treatment was life changing for me. Despite all surface indicators that I should have had a happy childhood, I did not. I founded Well Baby Center to help others heal as I have, by providing applied psychoanalytic services that are short-term and affordable, with a special focus on early life and unconscious processes. Read the full story here.  

Timothy Sweeney

Timothy Sweeney

Executive Director

I love building the systems and teams that help organizations run well. And, as the father of a toddler, I can’t imagine a better way to contribute to my community than supporting other families to make connections and build a strong foundation for their children.    

Simcha Saiek, Psy.D.

Simcha Saiek, Psy.D.

Clinical Director

My passion is working with families and children. I particularly love working with parents. I think that all parents want to be their best for their children, but some have a hard time showing it. I see my role as helping them discover that part within themselves – their hopes and dreams for their children. Well Baby Center is just that place for me and I am fortunate to take part in it and training our Associates.

Ellyn Singer, Psy.D.

Ellyn Singer, Psy.D.

Senior Clinical Supervisor, Counseling

I love this profession and want our Associates to love it too. I didn’t always connect with my supervisors and that motivates me to be accessible and to find ways to connect with each Associate. I emphasize the importance of deep work and exploring patients’ early life as the foundation of good practice.    

Rebekka Helford, M.F.T.
Rebekka Helford, M.F.T.

Clinical Supervisor and Trainer

Families are the bedrock of society. By helping Well Baby Center’s team of compassionate clinicians think deeply about and respond sensitively to families and children in need of support, I feel inspired that I am contributing to a stronger, more loving, more empowered world.

Helena Vissing, M.S., Psy.D.
Helena Vissing, M.S., Psy.D.

Lead Facilitator and Trainer

Supporting a mother’s wellbeing allows me to ensure a child’s future. By supporting a mother’s transition into motherhood, I help her connect with her child, a connection that will impact them for a lifetime. 

Sr. Janine Krause
Sr. Janine Krause

Operations Manager

The parent-child bond is the earliest and most impactful relationship for a child. The stronger this bond is at the beginning, the happier a child will be, and sometimes creating that mindful connection requires help. Being able help families strengthen this bond is rewarding, and I am so excited to be a part of it.

Synthia Praglin
Synthia Praglin

Early Childhood and Parent Educator

I find that the inherent challenges of parenting can often be mitigated when one feels connected to and supported by a group. Well Baby Center’s parenting groups emphasize the importance of nurturing the connection between parent and child, allowing parents to feel empowered to be the best parent they can be.

Aviv Linden, Registered Associate MFT
Aviv Linden, Registered Associate MFT

Counselor and Group Facilitator

I believe that every child has a story to tell if we just allow ourselves to be still long enough to hear it. Through the mindful parenting approach, parents have a very unique opportunity to sync in with their children and see the world through their child’s eyes while strengthening and repairing the parent-child attachment.

Molly Gruber, Registered Associate MFT
Molly Gruber, Registered Associate MFT

Counselor and Group Facilitator

I love working with kids and enjoy seeing the growth in the parent-child relationship. Watching clients progress and helping them find and develop tools to help them on their journey is one of the greatest parts of this work.

Theresa Goldstein, Registered Associate PCC
Theresa Goldstein, Registered Associate PCC

Counselor and Group Facilitator

I love working with families and children,  and take play very seriously. At Well Baby Center, I am grateful to learn and grow as a therapist while utilizing my skills in play and expressive therapy to enhance treatment with children and families.

Leslie Gilliam, Registered Associate MFT

Leslie Gilliam, Registered Associate MFT

Counselor and Group Facilitator

I hold a very high regard for each of my clients and feel deeply passionate about the depth work bravely encountered in session. Additionally, aiding parents to strengthen their attachment with their children in our parenting groups is an honor. The growth that occurs with individuals and families is the reason why I love being a therapist.

Maki Furuya, Registered Associate MFT

Maki Furuya, Registered Associate MFT

Counselor and Group Facilitator

I love working with children and families because it is rewarding for me to witness that each family creates and develops its own unique family unit. Moreover, their capability for growth with professional support is fascinating. I am thankful to be a part of it.

board of directors

President of the Board 
Deborah Groening-Rother, M.A., L.M.F.T., Psy.D.

Child Psychologist
Dorie Weiss, Ph.D.

Tech Consultant 
Paul Rother

Business Community Advocate
Carol Cassella

Publisher and Community Advocate
Bob Zaugh

Entrepreneur 
Chris Lieber

advisory board

Ed Tronick, Ph.D. 
Director, Child Development Unit, Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Chief Faculty, University of Massachusetts Infant-Parent Post Graduate Certificate Program.

Mark McDonald, M.D. 
Child Psychiatrist/ Collaborator, holds board certifications in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, and specializes in the evaluation and treatment of young people with mental illness.

Alessia Gottlieb, M.D.  Neuropsychiatrist, Advisory Board, Co-Medical Director of the UCLA Child and Family Trauma Center.

Tandy Parks, R.N. 
Parenting Group Leader, who has run mindfulness-based parenting classes for over 20 years.

Bonnie Yates 
Educational Attorney, is instrumental in helping hundreds of children obtain vital educational services.

employment

Employment Opportunities with Well Baby Center Well Baby Center’s small team creates a big impact. If you’re passionate about the early stages of a baby’s life, parenthood, and mental health, we want to hear from you! We provide a supportive environment that allows our employees to grow and succeed. Click here to see our current job listings.

internships

Well Baby Center is seeking BBS-registered Associates (AMFTs, ACSWs, or APCCs) who are passionate about working with children and families. Incredible opportunity to receive specialized training in infant-parent, family and child therapy, and the Becoming Social, Mindful Parenting, and Loving Discipline models.This is a 20 hr/week, one-year unpaid internship. Candidates must attend two supervisions/week on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please send your resume and cover letter with your available hours to: Simcha Saiek, PhD, Clinical Director, Well Baby Center internships@wellbabycenter.org or call (310) 402-2229.

volunteer

By volunteering at Well Baby Center, you’ll join us in providing the most vulnerable members of our community – babies and toddlers – with a healthy emotional start in life so that they can grow up to be happy, healthy individuals. Our volunteer program offers both challenging and rewarding opportunities that allow individuals to make a difference in the community as well as achieve personal growth. Apply for a volunteer opportunity here.

Hours:
Monday - Friday 9 am - 9 pm
Saturday 9 am - 4 pm

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