Meet the Staff

Staff Biographies

 

 

Jill Guzman, DNP, CPNP, Director

Jill graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and furthered her education with a Masters of Science in Nursing at Seton Hall University and her doctorate in Nursing Practice at William Paterson University. She is a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and has previously been working in Primary Care for the past several years. Jill also was the former Patient Care Coordinator of Wayne General Hospital's Emergency Room. Jill also has previous experience as an emergency room nurse and a crisis intervention nurse. 

Oren Shefet, Ph.D., Associate Director

Oren joined the staff of the Counseling, Health and Wellness Center in January 2014. He earned his masters in Applied Psychology at Columbia University and his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Adelphi University. For his doctoral thesis he studied happiness, and he continues to be interested in positive psychology and wellbeing. Following his studies he worked as an intern at Jacobi Medical Center and graduated from a multicultural psychodynamic psychotherapy fellowship at Stony Brook University. He worked for several years as a senior counselor at Stony Brook University, focusing on students preparing themselves for careers in the health services, and for several years as the Assistant Director of Training at the counseling center of the College at Old Westbury. Oren’s interests include identity and self-image, dreams and sleep, immigration and cross-cultural conflicts, sadness and depression, adjustment to new life circumstances (entering and graduating college, changes in relationship status, etc.) and postmodern psychology.   

Silvia C. Barrera, BA, Office Manager

Silvia joined the Counseling, Health & Wellness Center in April, 2007. She graduated from William Paterson University with a Bachelor in Sociology with a concentration in Social Services.

Abigail Sanchez

Abigail came to WPU in November, 2008 as Administrative Assistant to the Counseling, Health & Wellness staff. She is pursuing studies in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.

Rose Green

Rose came to WPU in November, 2008 as Administrative Assistant to the Counseling, Health & Wellness staff. She is pursuing studies in Psychology.


Counseling Center Staff

The Counseling Center is staffed with psychologists, social workers, a psychiatrist consultant, and supervised graduate students.

Daisy Rodriguez-Kazanjian, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Coordinator of Outreach

Daisy Rodriguez joined the staff of the Counseling, Health and Wellness Center in 2002. She has been practicing clinical social work since 1992 and is New Jersey state licensed to provide psychotherapy treatment services since 1999. She holds a post masters certificate in group work treatment and is a clinical associate member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Her areas of specialized training are in the assessment and treatment of childhood sexual abuse, assessment and clinical case management of chronic and persistent mental disorders, and group treatment of depression and anxiety. She has a specialized interest in transcultural treatment perspectives of first and second generation Latino college students.

 

David Goldbloom, M.D.

I came to William Patterson University in the Fall of 2012 after leaving Bellevue Hospital Center where I had served as a the unit chief of the hospital's dual diagnosis 28-bed inpatient unit for 2 years following completion of my Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. In addition to my time spent at the Counseling, Health & Wellness Center, I also consult at Treatment Dynamics, a substance abuse treatment facility for adolescents and adults in Florham Park and maintain a private practice in both Wayne, NJ and Manhattan. I am a faculty member at the NYU School of Medicine where I teach current Addiction Psychiatry fellows and a physician specialist at UMDNJ in Newark, NJ. I completed my undergraduate degree at Northwestern University, medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and my general psychiatry residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. 

 

Tal Yonai, Ph.D.

Tal Yonai joined the staff of the Counseling, Health and Wellness Center in December 2007 and holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Adelphi University’s Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies. In addition to training at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s (Metro Campus) Student Counseling and Psychological Services, he completed his pre-doctoral internship at Stony Brook University’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Prior to joining the staff at William Paterson University, he was employed as an Assistant Psychologist in Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center’s Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatric Service. His clinical interests include the treatment of trauma, loss and bereavement; issues of culture and diversity, particularly in traditionally underserved populations; developmental issues of early adulthood; creativity and development in artists and musicians; and psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy.

Amy Falvo, Ph.D., Coordinator of Training

Amy joined the Counseling, Health, & Wellness Center in October 2010 as a staff clinician and the coordinator of alcohol and drug services. She earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Memphis in 2009. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Counseling and Psychological Services Center at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Prior to coming to William Paterson University, Amy was a senior staff clinician and the coordinator of the eating disorders treatment team and Safe Harbor, an advocacy and treatment program for survivors of sexual assault at Auburn University in Alabama. Her clinical areas of interest include alcohol and drug assessment and treatment, eating disorders and body image concerns, general college adjustment issues, sexual assault/trauma, and training and supervision. 

Jasmine Clare, Psy.D. Coordinator of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Services

Jasmine Clare joined the Counseling, Health and Wellness Center in October 2012 as a staff clinician and the Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drugs Services. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. She did her pre-doctoral internship training at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital’s Self-Injury Recovery-Services (SIRS) and eating disorders program and post-doctoral training in their Adolescent Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program (CDIOP)/Adolescent Partial Hospital Program (YPHP)/Adult Center for Addiction Medicine (CAM) She has previous experience as a clinical supervisor of a residential treatment facility for children and adolescents. Immediately prior to joining the staff at William Patterson University she was employed in the YCDIOP/CAM program and had a private practice. She has specialized interest in working with trauma/sexual assault, substance abuse, eating disorder, self-injury, anxiety, LGBTQQ issues, cultural diversity, spirituality in psychotherapy and group, couples and family therapy.     

Health & Wellness Staff

The Health & Wellness Center is staffed with a nurse practitioner, registered nurses, and a consulting physician.

Avery Browne, D.O.

Dr. Browne comes to the University with training both in Family practice and Sports Medicine. He is a graduate of New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers University and New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Browne has extensive and diverse training in sports medicine and family practice. Some of this includes providing Rural Medicine in Dillingham Alaska and Emergency Room Medicine in San Pedro, Honduras. He did his Fellowship with Overlook Hospital in Sports Medicine. During this tenure he was the Team Physician for Kean University Athletics and also for several area high schools. Dr. Browne is currently an Attending Family Practice Physician at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, a faculty member of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a house physician for Christ Hospital in Jersey City, NJ, and the team physician for Eastside and Central High Schools in Newark, NJ. Dr. Browne will be working one day a week in the Health Center providing sports medicine and primary care to our students.

Fazia Sendak, APNC

Fazia graduated from William Paterson University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and furthered her education with a Master’s of Science in Nursing at Seton Hall University. She is board certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner who recently joined the Health and Wellness Center and enjoys providing primary and women's healthcare services to the students of William Paterson University. Fazia was a former Nurse Manager at Hackensack University Medical Center and has worked in inpatient obstetrics for over 20 years.

Carola Gremlich, BSN, RN, CBE

Carola graduated with her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Bloomfield College. Previously she worked in community health specializing in pediatrics, internal medicine and OB/Gyn. Before that she worked in Meadowlands Hospital in Secaucus in various units. She is a certified Child Birth Educator and has been working at William Paterson University since April 2004.

Ansie Panavelil, BSN, RN

Ansie joined the Counseling, Health & Wellness, as a staff nurse, in August 2008. She is a William Paterson University alumni, graduating in 2007, with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Prior to joining the Health Center staff, Ansie worked first as a Nurse Extern and then a Registered Nurse in the Orthopedic Department at Hackensack University Medical Center. Ansie has also been a NJ State Licensed Emergency Medical Technician since 2001, participating in a private ambulance company and a volunteer ambulance corp. 

Marianne Edmond, BS, MA, CHES

Marianne Edmond joined the staff of the Counseling, Health and Wellness Center in October of 2007. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Health Education from Trenton State College and is a certified health teacher, grades k-12. She earned her Master’s Degree from New York University in Community Health and is also a Certified Health Education Specialist. Prior to joining the staff at William Paterson University, she was the Health Educator for Wayne Township Health Department and then became the Health Officer and Registrar of Vital Statistics in 1986. In 1990 she helped create the Wayne Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse for which she served as chairman for two years. She became the Coordinator for the Wayne Alliance in 1994 where she gained an extensive background in providing community prevention services dealing with alcohol. tobacco and drug issues. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and community, county and state resources with a strong interest in preventing underage drinking. At William Paterson University she also serves as the Advisor to the Peer Health Advocates. She enjoys working with the students at William Paterson University, helping them to make healthy choices.

Katherine Rizman, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Coordinator of Resident Recovery

Katherine Rizman joined the staff of the Counseling, Health, & Wellness Center in November 2010 as the Coordinator of Resident Recovery. She earned her Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Salisbury University in 2010 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Moravian College in 2007. Prior to coming to William Paterson University, Katherine provided psychological and outreach services to undergraduate and graduate students at Salisbury University as a graduate intern. She also has professional experience in the Social Service and Drug Court arenas. Her main theoretical approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy using a strengths based and client centered approach. Specific areas of interest include: substance abuse and addiction, eating disorders and body image concerns, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, self-esteem, decision making, and adjustment.