Our Staff

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Lori Eickleberry, Ph.D., ABPP is a Board Certified Licensed Psychologist and founder of the Institute for Life Renovation. She works as a  graduate professor, and is founder of the Motivational Institute for Behavioral Health, LLC and the Motivational Institute Mental Health Bridge Clinic, Inc.  She is also on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), as well as a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). She has completed formal Intensive Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) through Marsha Linehan's Behavioral Tech and is a Certified Professional in DBT.

 

Change can be difficult and it is not uncommon for people to feel overwhelmed by life's situations. Seeking the help of a psychologist can be a powerful tool for overcoming barriers to happiness. In a completely nonjudgmental environment, she helps others understand their obstacles, develop goals, and follow through with strategies to achieve positive change. An expert in psychological assessment and conceptualization, she works to understand the specific mechanisms that maintain problematic cycles and then helps clients acquire the skills needed to become experts on themselves. Specializing in behavioral health/medicine, she works with a diverse population of individuals, couples, families, and groups, in the assessment and treatment of a vast array of disorders and difficulties. She uses a variety of evidence-based treatments, such as DBT, CBT, ACT, UP, EX/RP, and MI in order to improve treatment outcomes.

 

Prior to individual private practice, she created and implemented programs for several institutions, specifically in addictions and education, gaining vast experience with diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, addiction, eating disorders, weight loss, personality disorders, learning disabilities, AD/HD, and career assessment.

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Stefany Marcus, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and graduate professor. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University (NSU). She has specialized experience in the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, body image dissatisfaction, self-esteem issues, and relationship difficulties.

 

Dr. Marcus works with individuals, couples, and families using evidenced-based cognitive-behavioral treatments tailored to the individual needs of each client. She offers a warm, empathic, non-judgmental, collaborative, and direct approach. Her clinical work places an emphasis on promoting mental health wellness and assisting clients in gaining awareness and learning effective coping strategies to help them lead more fulfilling lives.

 

Dr. Marcus’s clinical experience includes providing individual, couple, family, and group therapy and psychological and psychoeducational evaluations in a wide array of settings, including outpatient, intensive outpatient, day, and residential treatment. Dr. Marcus completed her internship at The Renfrew Center, a treatment facility specializing in eating disorders and co-occurring disorders such as trauma, substance abuse, anxiety, and depression. Dr. Marcus completed her post-doctoral residency at NSU within the School-related Psychological Assessments and Clinical Interventions (SPACI) Clinic and the Office of Suicide and Violence Prevention (SVP), during which time she also provided psychoeducational trainings to NSU students, faculty, and staff and to the local community that addressed mental health and emphasized suicide and violence prevention, intervention, and postvention. Prior to joining the Institute for Life Renovation, Dr. Marcus was a primary therapist at The Renfrew Center, where she further specialized in the treatment of eating disorders. Dr. Marcus also worked as and continues to work as a graduate professor.

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Caroline Monforte Tisot, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist in Florida and Pennsylvania and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She earned her Master’s degree in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania and her Doctorate in School Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For nearly 20 years, Dr. Tisot has worked with children, adolescents, and young adults in schools and clinical settings. She has frequently worked with individuals on the autism spectrum, and individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship and adjustment issues, and learning, executive functioning and/or attention difficulties. 

 

Dr. Tisot has had extensive training in psychological and psychoeducational assessment and holds diplomate status with the American Board of School Neuropsychology. She enjoys helping clients learn about their individual strengths and needs through her assessments. Regarding her approach to therapy, Dr. Tisot considers herself to be eclectic. She has had extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  

 

Dr. Tisot strongly believes that everyone struggles to navigate life’s twists and turns and could benefit from therapeutic support at times to learn to cope with life’s challenges. We are all works in progress and can grow from our experiences and the way we handle them. Dr. Tisot meets clients where they are. She looks at each client holistically, taking into consideration all aspects of their lives and functioning, as well as their areas of strength and their environmental supports and stressors.

 

We are all human and everyone has a unique profile of strengths and challenges. Dr. Tisot believes that successful therapy is based on a solid and trusting relationship between therapist and client. She feels privileged and honored to know and work with her clients and has great respect and appreciation for their goals, values, and experiences. Dr. Tisot is dedicated to working with her clients so that they realize their potential, are true to their values, and reach their goals. Through learning self-awareness, coping skills, and how to listen to their own inner wisdom, clients can better navigate life’s challenges and lead lives full of meaning and purpose.   

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Dr. Dahlia Magdy, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, earned both her masters and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Magdy has experience providing individual and couples therapy for adults who struggle with various issues relating to depression, anxiety, mood, trauma, substance use and addiction, self-esteem and self-worth, interpersonal relationships, and phase-of-life adjustments. She also specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and co-occurring mental health concerns in the adult population of men, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals.

 

Dr. Magdy completed her graduate clinical training at several established clinics and programs, including The Renfrew Center, where she provided individual and group therapy for the treatment of eating disorders in a residential setting. Dr. Magdy completed her psychology internship at The Center for the Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders, focusing on assessing and treating anxiety and mood disorders in the adult population. Dr. Magdy also completed her post-doctoral residency at Kaiser Permanente’s Enhanced Eating Disorders Outpatient program in Oakland, CA. Following the completion of her residency, Dr. Magdy continued working at Kaiser Permanente, providing therapeutic services to adults struggling with eating disorders until joining the Institute for Life Renovation.

 

Dr. Magdy works with adults and couples using evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) informed interventions. She prioritizes creating a safe space and collaborating with patients to navigate complex emotions and difficult life events while acquiring the skills to make lasting changes in their own lives. She utilizes approaches that assist individuals in identifying and modifying unhelpful thinking patterns, poor coping strategies, and ineffective behaviors that interfere with their ability to live rich and meaningful lives.

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Naomi Tarlow, Ph.D., Psychology Resident, earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology (specialization in Children and Families) from the University of Miami.  Prior to joining the Institute for Life Renovation, Dr. Tarlow completed her doctoral internship at the Faulk Center for Counseling, where she conducted individual, couple, family, and group therapy for children, adolescents, and adults presenting with mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, autism spectrum disorder, trauma and-stressor related disorders, and LGBTQ+ related concerns in the community mental health setting. Dr. Tarlow has also provided therapy and assessment services in the pediatric academic medical center setting, in addition to conducting therapy in residential, partial hospitalization, and school-based settings. She has extensive experience conducting psychoeducational evaluations for children and adolescents with a wide range of academic, behavioral, emotional, and developmental concerns.

 

Dr. Tarlow continues to work with a diverse population of individuals across the lifespan, as well as families and groups. She places an emphasis on providing a non-judgmental environment, trauma-informed care, and collaboration with family members and other treatment providers. Dr. Tarlow provides evidence-based interventions such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and has received specialized training in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). With clinical interests and expertise in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, personality disorders and developmental/behavioral disorders (e.g., autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder), Dr. Tarlow takes an individualized and holistic approach to best suit each client’s unique situation. She has co-authored 15 academic publications on posttraumatic stress, borderline personality disorder, and peer relationships.

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Misty Hardy, MHA. is our Program Coordinator. She has a Master's degree in Health Administration. She is often the initial point of contact for patients and their families. She has vast information regarding our program and works to assist patients in getting acclimated and receiving the most benefit from our program.

Lori Kupferman, RD, MS, LDN, CEDRD, CPT grew up on Long Island and attended Oneonta State College in upstate New York. There, she received her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition/Dietetics. After graduating from Oneonta, she attended Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, where she received her Masters of Science in Nutrition Issues and Food Policy. She then went to Tulane University in New Orleans and completed her internship to become a Registered Dietitian. Lori became a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Council on Strength and Fitness based out of Miami, Florida. She has been working in the nutrition field since 1996. Her company is May I Health You, LLC and can offer you, your family or your business many options to improve your lifestyle through nutrition and fitness. At May I Health You, LLC, they believe that nutrition and fitness go hand in hand. Health is the state or condition of being physically sound, which comes as a result of exercise and proper nutrition.

Helen Reynolds, Ph.D., LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Helen has 8+ years experience working with children, adults, couples, and families. She has extensive experience utilizing the arts as a tool for personal and community development. Helen works with clients to create a safe, nonjudgmental, and fun space to explore relationship dynamics within her clients' lives. Through this process, Helen offers creative coaching as clients develop new perspectives and learn to utilize their own unique strengths and skills to create rewarding, meaningful lives.

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Renee Kwok is a RYT 200 certified yoga instructor who specializes in power yoga, vinyasa flow, and yin (long holding poses). Renee works with patients on an individual basis to create a restorative and meditative yoga practice. With the incorporation of breath work to relax the body and mind, Renee aims to assist patients in fostering a deeper connection to the self. Renee has over 10 years of full time yoga instruction experience with individuals across the lifespan ranging from children to older adults. Renee also has experience in Thai Vedic Bodywork; the art of passive stretching and adjustment to ease the body out of pain and regain range of motion.

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Gabrielle Griffith, B.S. is our Research Coordinator. She has earned her Bachelor’s in Science in psychology at Drake University and is currently pursuing her Psy.D. in clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University. Gabrielle works to analyze outcome data which is utilized to improve the success of the program. Check out our research page to see some of our research conference presentations that have been previously presented at national and international conferences. 

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Kat Wojnas, M.S. is our Testing Coordinator. She earned her Master’s degree in clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University, and is currently completing her Psy.D. in clinical psychology. She conducts neuropsychological, psychoeducational, and personality assessments of children, adolescents and adults. ​