Meet the Staff

Staff Biographies

 

The Counseling, Health & Wellness Center is staffed with psychologists, social workers, a psychiatrist consultant, supervised graduate students, a nurse practitioner, registered nurses, and a consulting physician together with with an excellent team of administrative staff.

Jill Guzman, DNP, CPNP, Director

Dr. Jill Guzman is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Director of the Counseling, Health and Wellness Center.  She joined WPU in 2003 and has been instrumental in the transformation of the center to become a comprehensive and holistic healthcare facility providing innovative care to all WPU students.  She has implemented a comprehensive sports medicine program for athletes on campus and works collaboratively with Department of Athletics and Club Sports to ensure the safety of students engaging in sports.  She has a special interest and expertise in concussion treatment/management and has conducted research on concussions and postural stability testing.  Her past experiences include Emergency Medicine both in rural and suburban settings, Primary Care Pediatrics, Healthcare Administration and Emergency Mental Health Services. Some of her professional accomplishments include implementation of Peer Health Theater Program, Sexual Assault Prevention Educator, Hudson County Chairperson of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, forensic examiner for child abuse cases, and Implementation of Disaster Plan/Mass Immunization Program for university community.  Guzman graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 1995, and from Seton Hall University with a Master’s of Science in Nursing, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in 2000.  She continued her studies here at William Paterson University and graduated with a Doctor Nursing Practice degree in January 2014. 

 

Oren Shefet, Ph.D., Associate Director/Counselor

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.

 

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.

 

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

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.

 

Shannon Evans, LCSW., Counselor

Shannon Evans, LCSW joined the staff of the Counseling, Health and Wellness Center in 2014.  She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work as well as a post graduate certificate in child and adolescent mental health from Rutgers University.  She is licensed as a clinical social worker and has worked as an in-community therapist, program director and care manager supervisor within the New Jersey Children’s System of Care.  Her specific areas of interest include cultural diversity, adjustment issues, relationship challenges, sexuality, self-esteem, trauma, advocacy and supervision. 

 

Amy Falvo, Ph.D., Coordinator of Training / Counselor

Amy joined the Counseling, Health, & Wellness Center in October 2010 as a staff clinician and the Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drug services before becoming the Coordinator of Training in 2012. 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 eating disorders and body image concerns, general college adjustment issues, sexual assault/trauma, and training and supervision.

 

Denise Ginyard-Potts, Medical Assistant

Denise Ginyard-Potts joined the Counseling Health and Wellness staff in March of 2014.  She earned her certification from William Paterson’s Universities Center for Continuing Professional Education program.   Denise also completed a three month internship in the Counseling Health and Wellness Center during her training.  She is now a certified registered Medical Assistant and has over 5 years of experience working in a hospital setting providing clinical skills and exceptional patient care.  Denise has a special interest in working with our students in the college campus environment.

 

David Goldbloom, M.D.

I came to William Paterson 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.

Rose Green

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

Carola Gremlich, BSN, RN, CBE / Nurse

In May of 2014 Carola achieved 10 years of employment at William Paterson University. Carola graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Bloomfield College.  She has a work history in in-patient care, home care and community health specializing in pediatrics, internal medicine and OB/Gyn.  One of the projects she is dedicated to is the free HIV testing program offered to WPU students. On her free time she enjoys instructing Zumba classes on and off campus. 

 

Ansie Philip, BSN, RN / Nurse

Ansie joined the Counseling, Health & Wellness, as a staff nurse, in August 2008.  She was a NJ State Licensed Emergency Medical Technician with 10 years of experience on a both a private and volunteer ambulance corp.  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 was first a Nurse Extern and then a Registered Nurse in the Orthopedic Department at Hackensack University Medical Center.   Ansie also provides training as a certified American Heart Association BLS (CPR) & First-Aid Instructor since 2013.

 

Ashley Rebisz

Ashley joined the Counseling, Health & Wellness Center in July, 2014. She graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor in Psychology.

Katherine Rizman, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., Wellness Coordinator

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. 

 

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

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.

 

Fazia Sendak, APNC / Nurse Practitioner

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 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.