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 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 and Director of Program Development, 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.
Courtney Purdy, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist and Director of Personnel Development. She 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.
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.
Agatha Morello, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist who earned her master and doctoral degrees at Carlos Albizu University. She provides individual, family, and group therapy to children, adolescents, and families in both English and Spanish. While she works with children, adolescents, and young adults in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, she has specialized experience in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder.
Dr. Morello completed her psychology internship at Providence Saint John’s Child and Family Development Center in Santa Monica, CA where she specialized in providing services at a therapeutic preschool for children ages 2-4 with emotional and behavioral disorders. She completed her post-doctoral residency at Nova Southeastern University’s Mailman Segal Center in Davie, FL where she specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Morello utilizes Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) informed interventions, play therapy informed interventions, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Managing and Adaptive Practice (MAP), and parent training in behavioral techniques. She also conducts psychological, psychoeducational, and neurodevelopmental assessments in both English and Spanish.
Dr. Morello strives to provide therapeutic services with an integrated, comprehensive, and culturally responsive approach. Having received extensive training in early childhood development, she understands and emphasizes the role early intervention has on future success. Dr. Morello values the therapeutic relationship she forms with each client and their family, providing a warm and safe space for her clients and their families to be heard and understood. She finds it helpful to include family members in the treatment of children and adolescents to best help her clients not only cope with stressors, but better communicate their needs with family members.
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.
Dahlia Magdy, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, earned both her masters and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Magdy specializes primarily in the treatment of eating disorders and co-occurring mental health concerns in the adult population of men, women, and LGBTQ+ individuals. She is also experienced in providing treatment to adults for issues ranging from mood, anxiety, and trauma-related symptoms to interpersonal relationship difficulties, adjustment or transitional problems, and behavioral issues.
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 the assessment and treatment of 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 places priority on creating a safe space and collaborating with clients to develop a meaningful therapeutic relationship. Utilizing the power of the therapeutic relationship as well as the integration of various evidence-based therapeutic approaches, Dr. Magdy works with clients on navigating difficult emotions and life events while acquiring the skills to make lasting change in their own lives.
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.
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.
Benjamin Shepherd, M.Ed. is our Research Coordinator. He has earned his Master's in Education. He works to analyze outcome data that is used to improve the success out program. He, along with our team, presents at several national and international conferences throughout the year. Check out our research page to view some of our research conference presentations.
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.