Integrative Wellness Team

At Whole Brain Whole Body, our Integrative Wellness Team consists of our Founder, Clinical Advisors, Specialists and Fellows who work together to provide a range of services to meet the needs of our clients. This makes it possible for clients to have an integrated rather than a fragmented experience in receiving high quality care. We work closely to meet the needs of our clients, and provide quality referrals from our network when needed. Working together, our Integrative Wellness Team provides pioneering high quality Integrative, Functional & Holistic Care.

Our Clinical Advisors:

Current Clinical Advisors are top practitioners in their respective fields with national and international recognition. They currently include a Licensed Professional Counselor, Paula Method Practitioner & Trainer, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Psychiatrist & Osteopath. Collectively, they hold expertise in the areas of mental health, maternal fetal health & holistic health.

On the Whole Brain Whole Body Team, Clinical Advisors engage in one or more of the following:

  • Training opportunities
  • Clinical research updates to inform our work
  • Supervision of case management oversight, as needed
  • Clinical services to clients, as needed
  • Educational talks and programs, as available
  • Mentorship & relationship building

Deborah Antinori, MA, LPC, NCC, FT, RDT (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 29 years in private practice with wide-ranging expertise in many areas including grief, trauma, wellness & more. She is a Brainspotting Trainer and Certified Consultant. She has been using Brainspotting since its inception in 2003.  Deborah met the developer of Brainspotting, David Grand, in the late ‘90’s as the EMDR facilitator in her EMDR trainings, and he became Deborah’s supervisor for her private practice of therapy. Deborah is honored to be a Brainspotting trainer in the first BIPOC Consultant-in-Training (CIT) program, which is a collaborative program with the BIPOC CIT therapists in this group.

As a grief therapist, Deborah holds her FT, Fellow in Thanatology, from the Association for Death Education and Counseling.  She has spoken nationwide on the subject of pet loss, a disenfranchised loss, at national conferences, community meetings, and on TV, radio and podcasts.

Many years ago, Deborah was an Interpreter for the Deaf in the Mountain Lakes, NJ school system’s mainstream program for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students. She interpreted in Signed English, not ASL. This was her introduction into the human services which led her into her study at NYU to become a Drama Therapist and then psychotherapist.

She is a masters graduate of NYU’s Drama Therapy Dept. Originally an actress, she earned her BFA from the Boston Conservatory of Music and is still in the professional actor’s unions, AEA and SAG/AFTRA. Her professional life as an actress included work at the NJ Shakespeare Festival, summer stock, national tours, educational theater, regional theater, NY soap operas, and national commercials. She taught acting for the camera at Morris County College for 10 years. And with movement into the field of psychology, segued into the Alcoholism Counseling Curriculum division teaching Transference and Countertransference.

Deborah worked in the Psychodrama Department at Fair Oaks Psychiatric Hospital (now Summit Hospital), first as an intern with Ingrid Schirrholz, MA, and then as an employee in both inpatient and outpatient programs (eating disorders, survivors of sexual abuse, general psychiatric population and milieu therapy).

Her professional life has encompassed multiple studies and trainings informing her practice including being a Certified Brain Health Coach through the Amen Clinic program, Pesso Boyden Psychomotor Therapy, Wellness Institute Hypnotherapy, EMDR Levels l & ll, and Thought Field Therapy. In the areas of energy and body work she is a Certified Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner through coursework with Philomena Dooley, RN; and holds her Reiki ll from study with Reiki Master, Eileen Foose, RN. She also studied Therapeutic Touch with Crystals with Oh Shinnah Fastwolf.

She has begun work on a PhD through the International University for Graduate Studies, with her mentor, Damir delMonte, a Croatian neuroscientist now living in Germany, who holds two PhDs, in medicine and psychology.

Past Publications & Recent Works:

Deborah coauthored an article with colleague Penelope Moore, DSW, following a workshop at a National Drama Therapy Association’s annual conference at Yale with the same title: The Controlled Approach Exercise in Cultural Diversity Training with Clinicians, This article appears in the “Special Issue: Multiculturalism in the Arts in Psychotherapy, Penny Lewis, Guest Editor”. The Arts in Psychotherapy, Vol. 24, No. 2, 1997, pp. 173-182.

Deborah authored a chapter on Grief and Brainspotting in The Power of Brainspotting: An International Anthology, Gerhard Wolfrum, Ed. Deborah is the author and narrator of the double award-winning audiobook, Journey Through Pet Loss. (Audie Award – Audio Publishers Association, ForeWord Book of the Year Award – Silver).

She has recently led Zoom sessions on Brainspotting and Telehealth, and the Brain and Grief in the era of COVID for Brainspotting Indonesia which are available as recordings on her website. Additionally, she has spoken on Managing Existential Trauma with podcast host Kathryn Guylay, and on Managing Existential Trauma with Brainspotting for Dr. Anna Cabecca, The Girlfriend Doctor. Both recordings can also be found on Deborah’s website, the latter podcast contains information on pet loss as well as managing in the time of COVID.

You can learn more about Deborah’s work here.

Paula Method Practitioner & Trainer Corrine Shabat (she/her/hers) discovered the Paula system after studying biology at the Hebrew University, followed by art studies. When she was a student, she first heard about the special method – the Paula method, which is based on muscle activation that she had not previously been aware of – the “ring muscles”. Although she understood very little, she was curious to experiment with the method herself.

Corinne learned the secrets and the basics of the method. Very quickly she was clear, she found her purpose: to learn, deepen, treat and teach the method. She enrolled in a teacher certification course under the guidance of Paula Garbourg, the founder of the system, and was ordained by her in 1984.

Upon graduation, Corinne joined Paula’s Institute and was her assistant for about 10 years until her retirement. The close relationship with Paula, who never stopped researching and deepening her method, and hours of watching her rigorous lessons gave me a rich experience in both the method and body wisdom. Today, Corinne is a senior teacher and therapist. She has qualified dozens of teachers.

Corinne lives in Haifa, Israel where she treats patients and trains teachers at Paula Haifa, Tel Aviv & abroad. Her work includes:

  • Individual treatments
  • Training in groups – women, seniors, pregnant women & more
  • Specialization in pelvic floor care
  • Paula teacher certification in a group and individual setting in Israel and abroad
  • Workshops for understanding the method in diverse frameworks
  • Lectures, workshops and training for teachers and therapists on a variety of topics such as: diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor defects, pregnancy and childbirth preparation, gastrointestinal problems, child care, elderly care & more
  • Paula Method Massage Workshops
  • Care for babies and children through play and material touch
  • Accompanying pregnancy, preparation for birth and rehabilitation of the pelvic floor after birth – in individual and group work
  • Rehabilitation of injured and paralyzed, after surgery or accident

You can learn more about Corinne’s work here.

Lea Rivera, IBCLC, MS (she/her/hers) is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant with 13 years of experience in maternal child health. Lea brings over 30 years experience in education and psychology with a Masters in Educational Psychology.  In 2011, Lea began Mami Mia and now runs Empire Lactation. She has had the benefit of working in both hospitals and in private practice. She brings to her work skill and training in oral structures, premature/near term deliveries, NICU stays, cleft palates, endocrine disorders, breast surgery and supply issues. Lea enjoys teaching and training others about lactation support. When she’s not working with moms or working toward pre-med prerequisites, she enjoys spending time with her two kids, swimming and hiking with her dogs.

You can learn more about Lea’s work here.

Dr. Tejal Kaur, M.D. (she/her/hers) believes the relationship and connection she forms through working with clients lays the foundation for ensuring success in the treatment. Within that therapeutic relationship, she believes in the capacity of her patients to heal.  If people come to see Tejal after already having developed an illness (rather than for preventative treatment), her predominant mode of treatment is to combine medicine with lifestyle changes, coaching and/or therapy. Tejal does see people for therapy where meds are not needed, but for those where medicine is an important part of the plan, she views medicine as a tool that then allows therapy or other strategies to be most effective, allowing an individual to be in the right space to reach their potential. Whether you see Tejal or someone else in her practice at Gray Matters which she founded, know that you will get the highest level of care, combined with patience, optimism and human connection.

Education, Training & Research Background:

  • BA, University of Southern California; MD, University of California San Diego School of Medicine
  • Residencies/fellowships at UC San Diego, New York Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, Columbia University, and the New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Recipient of Barbara Ann Liskin Memorial Award (Columbia University), American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Pilot Research Award, and New York State Psychiatric Institute Pilot Award for MRI Scanning
  • Advisor, mentor & lecturer at UCSD, Bellevue Hospital Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell, Children’s Hospital of New York and Columbia University
  • Research Fellow, Developmental Neuroscience Research Training Fellowship, Columbia University, 2011-2013
  • Research Fellow, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Research Fellowship, Columbia University, 2013-2014
  • Principal Investigator, AACAP Pilot Research Award to identify the brain-based correlates in children and adolescents of risk for schizophrenia using multimodal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) , supported by Lilly USA, 2013-2014
  • Principal Investigator, Pilot Award for MRI Scanning, supported by New York State Psychiatric Institute, 2013-2014

Published in various books & peer-reviewed articles (see below).

Specialties: adolescents, college students, young adults, perinatal or postpartum depression or anxiety, attentional/executive function, autism-spectrum, early intervention for psychosis or bipolar disorder, learning disorders and school accommodations

Other Interests: exploring, going on adventures, cuddling with my children, learning, reading, writing, social justice

Research Publications:

 

Peer Reviewed Articles:

Ballon JS, Kaur T, Marks II, Cadenhead KS: Social functioning in young people at risk for schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research 2007;151(1-2):29-35

Kaur T, Dobroshi Z, McCarthy J, Coffey BJ: New onset of psychotic symptoms in an adolescent with pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology 2011;21(1):87-90

Horga G, Kaur T, Peterson BS: Annual Research Review: Current Limitations and Future Directions in MRI studies of Child- and Adult-onset Developmental Psychopathologies. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology 2014.

Chapters & Books:
Kaur T & Cadenhead, KS. (2010) Treatment Implications of the Schizophrenia Prodrome, in N. Swerdlow (Ed.):  Behavioral Neurobiology of Schizophrenia and Its Treatment. Springer Publishing Company, New York, NY.

Rube DM & Kaur T. Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder. In: Klykylo W and Kay J, Eds. Clinical Child Psychiatry, Third Edition. London, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2012.

Heleniak C, Kaur T, Ghalib K, Rynn M. (2011) Tricyclic Antidepressants and Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors for the Treatment of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders, in D. Rosenberg & S. Gershon (Ed.):  Pharmacotherapy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders, Third edition. Wiley Blackwell, Hoboken, NJ.

Kaur T, Shafer K, Marks II, Cadenhead KS. “Olfactory dysfunction in individuals at risk for schizophrenia and first episode subjects: a cross-sectional analysis,” 5th International Conference on Early Psychosis, Birmingham, UK, October 2006.

Kaur T, Shafer K, Cadenhead KS.  “The Relationship of Olfaction, Neurocognition and Symptom Measures in the Prodrome and First Episode of Schizophrenia,” Society of Biological Psychiatry’s 62nd Annual Scientific Convention & Program, San Diego, CA, May 2007.

Kaur T, Shafer K, Cadenhead KS. “Reliability of repeated assessment of attentional performance in individuals at risk for psychosis and in the first episode of schizophrenia,” International Congress on Schizophrenia Research, San Diego, CA, March 2009.

You can learn more about Tejal’s work here.

Dr. Katia Ghazi-Dahan studied in Paris, France, where she finished a six-year Diplôme d’Ostéopathie (DO). She has been practicing for more than a decade the traditional osteopathic techniques, which help restore the body’s natural self-healing process without the need of drugs or chemicals. Her expertise includes cranio-sacral, visceral, musculo-skeletal, fascial, vascular and neural manipulations.

She was a member of the Integrative Medicine Center at St Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center. In Paris France, she led several osteopathic teams that covered musical comedies, marathons and basketball games. She has worked as volunteer applying osteopathic techniques to alleviate the condition of autistic and trisomic children.

Her vision of the body as an interconnected whole makes her approach unique. She treats each case by identifying and treating its origins rather than the symptoms.

Miss Ghazi-Dahan advanced her studies with a degree in managing pain and discomfort during and after pregnancy. She works with pregnant women to treat their back and sciatic pains, headaches and digestive disorders.

She is an expert in the human anatomy, which is fundamental for any manual therapy. She has a degree in clinical anatomy and has taught anatomy and biomechanic classes at osteopathic schools for students and healthcare professionals. She gives lectures and workshops to nurses and massage therapists on osteopathic topics.

Because of her expertise and wide range of techniques she can work with babies, pregnant women, adults and elderly.

Our Specialists:

The Specialists on our Integrative Wellness Team are highly sought after practitioners with unique skill sets, who are recognized in their respective fields nationally for the quality of their work and professionalism. They participate in ongoing research and/or train other practitioners. As part of the team, they:

  • Work together to provide services to clients when needed
  • Support the integration of their services across Whole Brain, Whole Body by providing insights and strategies that can create a cohesive client experience
  • Deliver educational talks and programs, as available
  • Attend trainings on cultural consciousness, as available

Our current Specialists are movement, brain, child development & special needs experts working in different fields. We will be sharing their information on this page soon!

Our Fellows:

In 2021, we will open up requests for proposals for Inaugural Fellows by invitation only. Currently, we are looking for a Reproductive Justice & Arts Fellow and a Food Justice Fellow. Fellows should be accomplished experts in one or more of the following areas: Public Health, Education, Communications, Creative Arts, Maternal Fetal Health, Health Justice and Reproductive Health. They work at the intersection of racial, economic, gender, disability, and/or environmental justice to support marginalized communities. At Whole Brain, Whole Body, they will:

  • Conduct critical research and forge important links between our work in the holistic health & wellness sectors with the public sector
  • Advise and facilitate programs in the public sector
  • Help to make holistic health services more accessible to marginalized communities with a focus on the Black community by seeking out funding & other avenues
  • Develop products & recipes utilizing healthy foods that reach diverse audiences
  • Contribute their expertise to cultural consciousness trainings for wellness practitioners

Fellows will have the unique opportunity to apply and mutually develop their skill sets and knowledge base through a wide-range of initiatives at Whole Brain Whole Body. We will soon begin fundraising for fellowships, and hope that Fellows will receive a combination of a stipend & in kind contributions. For inquiries, contact us at info@wholebrainwholebody.com.

Our Referral Network:

Our referral network includes over 50 care providers who offer medical as well as holistic, integrative & functional care services on par with our professional standards. The breadth & depth of expertise is truly unmatched. While many practitioners are based in the Northeast, and specifically in NY & NJ, our referral network is national & international.

  • Medical Doctors: General Practitioners, Endocrinologists, Rheumatologists, Physiatrists & more
  • Registered Nurses
  • Osteopathic Doctors
  • Physical Therapists
  • Naturopathic Doctors
  • Functional Nutritionists & Functional Doctors
  • Neuromovement & Movement Specialists
  • Brain Specialists
  • Brain Integration Technicians
  • Midwives
  • Herbalists
  • Craniosacral Therapists
  • Psychologists & Social Workers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Massage Therapists
  • Doulas
  • Lactation Consultants
  • Health Coaches
  • Life Coaches
  • Health Educators
  • Healers