our team



Deborah Groening-Rother, Psy.D.

Deborah Groening-Rother, Psy.D.

Founder, Clinic Director

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.    
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 Hefford, M.F.T.

Rebekka Hefford, M.F.T.

Lead Faciliator 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.

Sophie Levy, M.F.T.

Sophie Levy, M.F.T.

Lead Facilitator and Trainer

Well Baby Center allows me to work with a demographic that I believe is often invisible: mothers and parents who are struggling. To know that we provide a valuable oasis for them makes me feel that this work is not only worthwhile but crucial.    
Helena Vissing, M.S., Psy.D.

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

Lead Facilitator

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. 

Janine Krause

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.

Allie Aguilar

Allie Aguilar

Marketing and Development Associate

I love working at Well Baby Center because every day I fight the stigma associated with mental illness. I enjoy encouraging the beautiful process of self-healing and letting people know that there is no shame in asking for help.

Katy O' Donnell, Associate M.F.T.

Katy O' Donnell, Associate M.F.T.

Counselor and Group Facilitator

I came to this work later in life after experiencing my own growth and healing through psychodynamic therapy. Interweaving what I have learned personally and professionally as a nurse, mother and now therapist, I am so grateful to continue to learn and grow as a therapist at the Well Baby Center.    

Heather Ward, Associate M.F.T.

Heather Ward, Associate M.F.T.

Counselor and Group Facilitator

I love the Mindful Parenting Groups at Well Baby Center. The children show us so much through their play and interactions. The processing that we all do together is so powerful for the attachment and attunement between parent and child.    

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

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 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.


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.


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.

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