Deborah Groening-Rother, Psy.D.
Founder, CEO and Infant Mental Health Specialist
Simcha Saiek, Psy.D.
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.
Helping others learn and be more mindful creates an environment that fosters exploration and self-care. It is important to educate our young children and ourselves in ways that make us feel more at peace internally and with the world around us. Teaching families was an early passion of mine, and it is rewarding to focus that energy into directing the center’s operations and administration.
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.
Nancy Ezra, LMFT, Ph.D.
Dr. Nancy Ezra is a licensed clinical psychologist, and licensed marriage and family therapist who has been providing clinical services in Los Angeles for more than 30 years. She is Endorsed by California as an Infant-Family & Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist/Reflective Practice Mentor, and National Trainer of Child Parent Psychotherapy. Dr. Ezra also serves as faculty and the Curriculum Director of the Reiss-Davis Graduate School. She specializes in providing psychotherapy, education, training and consultation to families and professionals within the Birth to Five Community. Dr. Ezra treats clients of all ages, as well as couples and families.
Theresa Goldstein, Registered Associate PCC
Counselor and Group Facilitator
Cazzie Marzwell, Registered Associate MFT
Counselor and Group Facilitator
I truly believe in the healing power of a strong therapeutic relationship. My goal is to provide a safe place for individuals and families to share their experiences, be honest about their thoughts, process their feelings, and cope with stress or past traumas. My approach is to always meet my clients where they are, while challenging and empowering them to change what’s not working for them.
Yael Sherne, Registered Associate MFT
Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
I believe that through a compassionate and collaborative process, therapy can help you heal and transform. My goal is to meet each client where they are, to help them explore and express their emotions, needs and challenges – whether through talk or play – so they can grow to live authentically and truly thrive.
Associate Clinical Social Worker
As human beings, we are all doing our best to navigate life’s complexities. I have found that by helping clients mindfully reflect on their past experiences, they are able to gain a sense of clarity and self-awareness. This helps them as they think about their present life and future. At Well Baby Center, I enjoy equipping parents with these mindful and reflective tools that allow them greater opportunities to connect with their children in new ways. I love working with children, and appreciate the constant reminder that we are always learning and growing.
I believe that by helping families we strengthen society as a whole. Navigating life can be a difficult process and Well Baby Center is here to support families and build healthy coping skills. Often, parents just need a little support in order to better understand their feelings and behaviors as well as their children’s feelings and behaviors. Well Baby Center is here to help families develop a greater sense of awareness and clarity.
board of directors
President of the Board
Deborah Groening-Rother, M.A., L.M.F.T., Psy.D.
Publisher and Community Advocate
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.
Educational Attorney, is instrumental in helping hundreds of children obtain vital educational services.
USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
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 email@example.com or call (310) 402-2229.