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.
Nicole Andrews, RD, LD/N, Registered Dietician/Nutritionist
Nicole is passionate about helping people achieve optimal health through coaching, education and motivation. She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian in the state of Florida and was elected for the Outstanding Dietetics Award in Recognition of Emerging Leadership and Achievement presented by the American Dietetic Association. Nicole graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics and Nutrition and holds certifications in First Line Therapy and the Psychology of Eating. Nicole also implements the Functional Medicine Model approach to health & disease prevention in her daily practice.
Her foundational belief lies in the natural healing of all health modalities by incorporating healthy eating and lifestyle habits, appropriate supplementation and a heightened awareness of the mind-body connection in our daily lives. Nicole has worked in a variety of settings such as clinical, private practice, wellness centers, drug & alcohol treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, and with home health agencies.
She has experience treating a wide variety of health modalities such as heart disease, diabetes, gastrointestinal issues, disordered eating, weight management and mood disorders to name a few. Some clients come with the request of how to simply eat healthier, fit simple healthy cooking into their life, have more energy and to ultimately separate fact from fiction when it comes to food, supplements and living a healthy lifestyle. Nicole is also the creator and producer of her own nutrition education video entitled, Eat Right Now The complete guide to no nonsense healthy eating. Health, healing and happiness are words she lives by and is committed to encourage others to do the same.
Brooke Chancey (Anandi)- Kripalu Yoga Mind-Body Specialist
Brooke Chancey joins The Renew Center of Florida and is certified in Kripalu Yoga. She focuses her techniques on the unique needs of our clients. Her client focused approach evolved from her own Yoga experience and personal journey. Brooke took a year off from the corporate world and decided to immerse herself to extensively study the art and practice of Yoga. She then began devoting her time to helping others deal with panic, anxiety and other related issues using this Eastern Philosophy. Brooke earned her certification from PremYoga Center in West Palm Beach, FL and has been teaching Kripalu Yoga in South Florida for 3 years. At the PremYoga Center she was trained by founder Acharya Premshakti and co-founder of the famous Kripalu Yoga Center in Stockbridge, MA. She was drawn to Kripalu Yoga because of its strong focus on compassion, self-empowerment and self acceptance. Brooke has also studied Phoenix Rising School of Yoga and Movement Therapy which offers training in leading-edge, body-mind healing practice in Bristol, VT and New York, New York. Brooke instructs with a lighthearted, loving and compassionate approach.
Alina Gershonov, M.S., MFT-Group Coach and Program Development
Alina Gershonov, M.S. is a counselor in marriage and family therapy who believes that every person has the ability to overcome whatever obstacles are standing in the way of living the life they want. Her highly empathic and understanding approach creates a sense of openness, and her dedication to helping clients overcome obstacles helps them to achieve happiness, growth, and fulfillment. Alina serves as an assistant team member to Dr. Palmer, to help nurture patients through their recovery process. Additionally, Alina is a group coach of WISE Program, which focuses on utilizing solution-oriented strategies to help individuals move forward from personal obstacles to achieve mental, emotional, and relational balance. Alina received a degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, then went on to receive her Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University with a specialization in marriage and family therapy.
“My intention is to bring peace into your life by formulating solutions to conquer the barriers in the way of your goals.”
Together. Everyone. Achieves. More. (TEAM) ~ Author Unknown