Our Staff

Lori Eickleberry, Ph.D., ABPP is a Board Certified Licensed Psychologist and co-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 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.

Dr. Christina Tsonas Doro, Licensed Psychologist, works with a diverse population of clients in individual, couple, family, and group settings. Finding it fundamental to use a client centered approach in therapy, she helps clients develop an understanding of their life circumstances through their own unique and personal context.

Prior to joining the Motivational Institute for Behavioral Health, LLC, she gained experience and training in diverse organizations, focusing on the assessment and treatment of adolescents and adults with anxiety and mood disorders. She is well-versed in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She received specialized training in the treatment of individuals who have experienced either a single incident trauma or chronic childhood abuse. Gaining experience also with the wide array of concerns associated with trauma survival, such as substance abuse, disordered eating, self-esteem issues, and interpersonal difficulties.

Dr. Doro is dedicated to creating a non-judgmental and empathetic therapeutic environment in an effort to foster self-compassion, acceptance, and change. With a focus on self-awareness and the acquisition of applicable skills for coping, she works with clients on navigating current concerns with the goal of obtaining a happier and healthier life.

Rachael Unger, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She has specialized experience in the diagnosis and treatment of moderate to severe depression and anxiety, as well as substance abuse.

 

Dr. Unger works with adults, couples, and families using evidence-based treatments and assessments. She utilizes a cognitive-behavioral approach wherein the client is supported in learning how their unhealthy ways of thinking and poor lifestyle choices are feeding into their negative emotions. Dr. Unger empowers her clients to make real, lasting changes for more fulfilling relationships, more satisfying careers, and a better future. She also conducts neuropsychological, personality, intellectual, disability, and academic evaluations for children and adults.

Dr. Unger completed her graduate clinical training at Henderson Community Mental Health Center, an outpatient clinic, and at GeoCare/South Florida State Hospital, an inpatient psychiatric hospital. An emphasis of her training at these sites was working with adults who displayed mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders, as well as addictive behaviors. She also trained at the Adolescent Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program where she provided individual psychotherapy to adolescents, as well as parent training to the parents of adolescent clients. Most recently, Dr. Unger completed a one-year clinical psychology internship at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in long-term mental illness assessment and treatment. During her internship year, she also worked at Harbor Lights, an inpatient substance abuse treatment program for adults.

Amy Simler, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She has specialized experience in the diagnosis and treatment of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, body image dissatisfaction, relationship difficulties and low self-esteem.

 

Dr. Simler works with adults, couples, and families using evidence-based treatments and assessments. Offering a warm, direct, and collaborative approach, she helps individuals to gain a deeper understanding of how to meet their needs and create a more fulfilling life. She works from an approach that helps individuals to identify thinking patterns and behaviors that are not in line with making effective change, and motivate them to seek out a new way of living.

 

Dr. Simler completed her graduate clinical training at the Anxiety Treatment Center at the Psychological Services Center at Nova Southeastern University, Florida Atlantic University Counseling and Psychological Services, and The Renfrew Center, a residential treatment facility specializing in eating disorders. Dr. Simler completed her post-doctoral residency at Oliver-Pyatt Centers, further specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and co-occurring disorders such as substance use, trauma, depression, and anxiety."

 

Courtney Purdy, Psy.D. earned both her master’s degree and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She works with individuals, couples, and families in a collaborative approach to aid in the patient better understanding their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to live a more fulfilling life.

 

Dr. Purdy utilizes Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Interpersonal Therapy (IT) to help create awareness into both cognitive and behavioral patterns, address a person’s beliefs and values, and explore alternative skills to improve her patient’s quality of life and decrease any symptoms or challenges.

 

Prior to joining the Institute for Life Renovation, Dr. Purdy completed her graduate training at the Motivational Institute for Mental Health Bridge Clinic and the APA-accredited Faulk Center for Counseling. During her training she conducted individual, couple, family, and group therapy for children, adolescents, and adults presenting with mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, trauma and-stressor related disorders, and individuals presenting with LGBTQ+ related concerns. During her training, Dr. Purdy conducted groups within a variety of settings, with individuals across the lifespan, addressing a number of issues including socially anxious teens, teens in need of effective coping skills, DBT skills groups with adults who struggled with suicidality, trauma, relationship difficulties, and substance abuse, interpersonal process groups with adults of a diverse background to give the patients the opportunity to both give and receive feedback by connecting to their thoughts, feelings, and reactions in real time during the group, groups with students within the Palm Beach County school system, and with older adults living in senior living facilities. Dr. Purdy administered comprehensive psychological assessments for children, adolescents, and adults to assess learning preferences, behavioral and emotional difficulties, and to improve overall academic achievement.

Mariana Cordova, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She completed her psychology internship at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care in Newark, NJ and completed her post-doctoral residency at Jackson Behavioral Health Hospital, where she completed formal foundational training through Marsha Linehan’s Behavioral Tech in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She provides individual, family, and group therapy to children, adolescents, families, and young adults in both English and Spanish. In a collaborative environment, Dr. Cordova works to understand and validate the challenging experiences families face, while teaching her clients how to cope through difficult times and change their behaviors.

 

Dr. Cordova prioritizes the therapeutic relationship and offers a warm, non-judgmental, and empathic approach to build trust and commitment to change with her clients. She tailors evidence-based treatment approaches to fit each families’ needs in order to help them meet their goals and live more fulfilling lives. Dr. Cordova utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), cognitive-behavioral and nondirective Play Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, the Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) framework, and behavioral parent-training protocols. She is fully qualified in conducting psychoeducational and socioemotional evaluations for children and adolescents. 

Prior to joining the Motivational Institute for Behavioral Health, Dr. Cordova received specialized training in acute and chronic trauma through the Child and Adolescent Traumatic Stress Program at NSU’s Psychology Services Center. Dr. Cordova has additional experience in the treatment of children and adolescents with a wide range of difficulties including Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, anxiety and mood disorders, adjustment disorders, interpersonal and school challenges, behavioral difficulties, and self-harm and suicide.  She has specialized training in the treatment and rehabilitation of adult survivors of domestic violence utilizing the Survivor Therapy Empowerment Program (STEP) at the Coordinated Victim’s Assistance Center.

Melissa Alexander, B.S. is our program coordinator. She is currently working on her Master’s in Applied Psychology with a concentration in Community Psychology at Sacred Heart University. She has experience working in research settings focused on pediatric health, sleep hygiene, and weight management.

Zoe Ross-Nash, B.A. is a program coordinator. She is currently working on her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University after earning an undergraduate degree in psychology at Elon University. She is the president of the Eating Disorder Awareness Association at Nova Southeastern University as well as a Teaching Assistant for graduate classes. She has experience in working in eating disorders, anxiety and OCD related issues. 

Lori Kupferman, RD, MS, LDN, 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, M.S., 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.

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.

Meg Cairns is a RYT200 certified yoga instructor specializing in vinyasa flow as well as other styles. She is also a Clinical Social Worker who has worked at inpatient hospitals settings in New Orleans and Boston, as well as in private practice as both an individual and couples' therapist. Her unique combination of training and skills helps her to guide individuals with their mind/body connection.

Kelsey Grodner, M.S. is our testing coordinator. She has earned her Master's in both Experimental Psychology and Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University.  She is currently in her fourth year working towards a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in Nueropsychology at Nova Southeastern University.  She has experience in neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessments with both children and adults to determine current level of cognitive and emotional functioning as well as recommendations for treatment.

Huda Abu-Suwa, M.S. is our research coordinator. She earned her Master’s degree in clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University, and is currently completing her Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She is specializing in neuropsychology, and has experience in neuropsychological, psychoeducational, and personality assessments of children, adolescents and adults. ​

John Kim is co-founder and ongoing program consultant. He is a Managing Director at H.I.G. Growth Partners, the $500 million dedicated growth capital fund of H.I.G. Capital, a leading global private investment firm with over $20 billion of capital under management. Specifically, Mr. Kim focuses on technology buyouts and investments and currently serves on the corporate boards of 8 fast-growing online, mobile, media, software and e-commerce companies. These profitable companies have a combined revenue of over $500 million. 

Prior to H.I.G., he had executive operating roles at web, software and
semiconductor businesses. Mr. Kim is an Endeavor mentor where he coaches
CEOs of high growth Miami companies. He frequently teaches and participates
in expert panels on entrepreneurship, growth and technology.

Mr. Kim received an M.B.A. with honors from Harvard Business School and an
M.S. and B.S. with Phi Beta Kappa honors in Industrial Engineering from
Stanford University.

Contact

3600 N. Ocean Blvd.

Second Floor

Fort Lauderdale, FL  33308

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Tel: 954-766-4955

Fax: 954-616-5147

Coordinator@renovationoflife.com

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