Dr. Lisa C. Palmer, PhD, LMFT, CHT-Program and Clinical Director
Dr. Palmer is Founder and Program Director of The Renew Center of Florida and has extensive experience working with trauma, eating disorders, addictions, relationships, and high performance clients. She has worked with thousands of individuals, couples and families throughout the course of her career. She is also highly trained to work with those suffering from a variety of complex co-occurring mental health and relational issues.
Dr. Palmer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; Certified Hypnotherapist; Trained in Mediation; and completed ground-breaking research focusing on the drive to self-starvation amongst anorexic immigrant women to the U.S. She is President of the Palm Beach Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a AAMFT Clinical member, and an Approved Supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and with the State of Florida.
Dr. Bill Tollefson, PhD-Director of PTSD and Trauma
Patients enrolled in the PTSD and Trauma Program will have the unique opportunity to work closely with internationally known Trauma expert Dr. Bill Tollefson. William Tollefson, Ph.D., known as Dr. Bill to clients and colleagues alike, is a nationally known author, publisher, international speaker and certified Life Coach. Dr. Bill is a well-known expert amongst his peers on the effects of trauma and abuse and has developed highly effective and simple techniques for relieving some of the worst effects of Post Traumatic Stress. He has traveled extensively educating others on the effects and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) and his techniques. Dr. Bill’s mission is to help free others from memories of past hurtful events which hinder their growth possibilities in business and personal life. Dr. Bill’sbook, Separated From the Light : A Path Back from Psychological Trauma puts forth his theories and principles for stopping the haunting memories from the experience of trauma and abuse. He has also created CD’s and DVD’s for both survivors and professionals that teach his Rapid Reduction Technique, which is the same ground-breaking, process that he uses in his practice. Incorporating these techniques into life coaching sessions, Dr. Bill can help anyone develop the healing life skills necessary to take back their personal authority from memories of past trauma and abuse and move forward in life.
Kelly Scavone, MS, MFT-Counselor and Program Development
Kelly Scavone, M.S. is a counselor trained in marriage and family therapy. She is passionate about working with children and their families, and has been doing so for more than 5 years. Her experience as an early childhood educator and special education counselor has given her the knowledge that comes when working with and advocating for children with autism and special needs. Her past position as a residential counselor has given her experience in working with children and youth who are recovering from eating disorders, severe trauma, depression, anxiety and attachment disorders, and dual diagnosis. After receiving her B.S. in psychology from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, she went on to receive her masters from Nova Southeastern University with a specialization in marriage and family counseling. Kelly is proud to be a part of the Renew Center.
Roseann Pascale - Assistant Counselor and Patient Coordinator
In her work as a family therapist, media professional Roseann Pascale has developed a therapeutic style that incorporates her prior work in film and storytelling. Utilizing characters, plot, and story development, Roseann helps clients review, rewind and re-story their lives.
Roseann is also Director of Communications and School Counselor for Rainbow Montessori Pre-School in Broward County. She counsels parents and teachers on best practices when working with children and the behavioral challenges they may present.
Roseann is a member of Memorial Regional Hospitals Patient and Family Centered Care Advisory Council. As a council member, she was instrumental in the launching of MRH’s Family Support Network. The program connects MFT interns and volunteers with patients and families to provide the emotional support they need during their or their loved one’s trauma or illness.
Having studied directly under the tutelage of one of the field’s most distinguished founding fathers, Dr. Salvador Minuchin, Roseann was honored to contribute a chapter to Dr. Minuchin’s most recent book “The Craft of Family Therapy” (Rutledge 2013).
Roseann completed her Master of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, FL. Prior to her work as an MFT, Roseann received her BFA in Film Studies from The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Having enjoyed a successful career in television production over the course of two decades, her most recent credits include work for The Travel Channel, TLC and HGTV television networks.
Dr. Brazelia Lazzari-Doctor of Holistic Medicine
Dr. Brazelia Lazzari provides conventional and holistic medical services to Dr. Palmer’s patients upon recommendation. It’s her goal to assist patients with natural methods to restore equilibrium, while pinpointing ailments in order to treat their causes rather than just the symptoms. This methodology is shared by the other conventional doctors on staff, who are also holistic minded and oriented, striving to provide quality hands-on-care to each patient.
Dr. Lazzari’s background, including homeopathic medicine, acupuncture, and craniosacral therapy. She is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture, licensed by the state of Florida and board certified through the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).
Together. Everyone. Achieves. More. (TEAM) ~ Author Unknown