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Family & Child Psychology Team

Dr. Samantha Carella

Dr. Samantha Carella

Dr. Samantha Carella is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent (ABPP) Psychologist. She is licensed and has been practicing psychology since 1993. Her practice is concentrated in the area of children and families. Dr. Carella currently provides psychotherapy and family counseling for emotional, developmental and behavioral related issues. These include depression, anxiety, grief, divorce, social …

Dr. Judith Migoya

Dr. Judith Migoya

Dr. Judith Migoya is a Licensed Psychologist with expertise in Neuropsychology. As a neuropsychologist, her primary focus involves assessment of brain functions associated with ADHD, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, traumatic brain injury, and other cognitive impairments. Dr. Migoya is also a skilled bilingual (English and Spanish) therapist with specialization in the treatment …

Dr. Nicholas Maccarrone

Dr. Nicholas Maccarrone

Dr. Nicholas Maccarrone is a Licensed Psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of psychological disorders in children, adolescents, and adults, including Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, autism spectrum disorders, depression, anxiety, and conduct problems. He also works with family issues, such as divorce, parenting, and other related concerns. He completed his predoctoral internship at Florida State University’s Student …

Melissa Balgobin

Melissa Balgobin

Melissa Balgobin is a graduate from Barry University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is currently completing her Thesis on the Perceived Stress and Coping Styles of Parents with Children with Autism to receive a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. She completed her Psychology Internship during the Summer of 2011 and her …

Alexis Bitting, M.S.Ed.

Alexis Bitting, M.S.Ed.

Alexis Bitting, M.S.Ed. is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern and has specialized experience working with children, teens and adults with social and developmental delays, including autism spectrum disorders, Asperger’s, ADHD, non-verbal learning, and other challenges. Ms. Bitting utilizes a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach when working with clients and their families. She also provides school …

Dr. Lizmar Burguera

Dr. Lizmar Burguera

Dr. Lizmar Burguera is a bilingual, licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Neuropsychology. She conducts comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations in English and Spanish to diagnose and develop effective plans of care and recovery for individuals with neurodevelopmental, genetic, and neurological conditions, such as epilepsy and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Burguera also has specialty training and extensive …

Dr. Lauren Carbonell

Dr. Lauren Carbonell

Dr. Lauren Carbonell is a Licensed Psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and their families. She completed her graduate work at Nova Southeastern University in Clinical Psychology. In addition, she completed her pre-doctorate internship at The May Institute in Boston, MA and her postdoctoral fellowship with Pediatric Psychology Associates. Dr. Carbonell has …

Dr. Jessica Garcia

Dr. Jessica Garcia

Dr. Jessica Garcia is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent (ABPP) Psychologist and has been with PPA since 2007. She is licensed and specializes in the assessment of learning and attentional difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, emotional challenges, and behavioral problems in children and adolescents. She conducts comprehensive neuropsychological, developmental, and gifted evaluations with children and adolescents …

Dr. Laura Grashow-Rywell

Dr. Laura Grashow-Rywell

Dr. Laura Grashow-Rywell is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment and assessment of children, adolescents, and adults. She also provides family therapy and parent guidance. Dr. Grashow-Rywell works on issues such as depression, anxiety, anger management and social skills. Additionally she works with children and their families on emotional issues stemming from divorce, …

Dr. Carina L. Massa

Dr. Carina L. Massa

Dr. Carina L. Massa is a bilingual psychologist specializing in the treatment and assessment of children, adolescents and their families. Dr. Massa graduated with a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University’s Clinical Psychology program. She completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Child and Family Health in Miami, Florida, a community health …

Dr. Kelly Painter

Dr. Kelly Painter

Dr. Kelly Painter is a Clinical Psychology Post-Doctorate Resident specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, and families.  After earning her Masters in Community Counseling at the University of Georgia, Dr. Painter completed her Ph.D  in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University with an internship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Kennedy Krieger Institute.  She …

Dr. Elizabeth Penela

Dr. Elizabeth Penela

Dr. Elizabeth Penela is a Licensed Psychologist who offers an active, warm, results-oriented approach that will empower you or your child to overcome the barriers that are keeping you from living a full and meaningful life. Dr. Penela specializes in providing gold standard treatment to children, adolescents, and adults experiencing anxiety, obsessive-compulsive, and related disorders. As …

Dr. Danielle Stier

Dr. Danielle Stier

Dr. Danielle Stier is a Licensed Psychologist specializing in the treatment and assessment of children, adolescents, and their families. While the focus of her clinical work is primarily on children and families, Dr. Stier also specializes in cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders (such as phobias, panic disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and separation anxiety) in both …

Dr. Amanda Strunin

Dr. Amanda Strunin

Dr. Amanda Strunin is a licensed psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of psychological disorders in adolescents and adults, including mood disorders (anxiety and depression), eating disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, behavioral problems, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and personality disorders. She also works with couples and families on issues of parenting, relationship conflict, divorce, and bereavement; and, she conducts therapy for …

Christina Sullivan, MSW, LCSW

Christina Sullivan, MSW, LCSW

Christina Sullivan, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has specialized experience working with children with social and developmental delays, including autism spectrum, Asperger’s, non-verbal learning and children with other various social challenges. For the past 17 years, she has also served children in schools, hospitals and in the foster care system who …

Susanne Wardy, MS

Susanne Wardy, MS

Susanne Wardy, MS is a Group Facilitator and Educational Consultant who joined the practice in 2002. She worked with the Miami-Dade County Public School system for 30 years and retired in 2011 from MDCPS. Ms. Wardy is a member of the National Autism Society and the Autism Society of South Florida. Ms. Wardy primarily …