Our Team

Clinical Team

  • Christiane Manzella, PhD, FT

    Christiane Manzella, PhD, FT

    Clinical Director

    Dr. Manzella comes to Seleni with extensive experience as a clinician, administrator, and professor of psychology. For more than 20 years, Dr. Manzella maintained a private practice in New York City where she provided therapy and supervision in a number of areas, including her specialty in grief and bereavement.

    At Seleni, Dr. Manzella specializes in working with parents after miscarriage, stillbirth, and child loss. She helps them to draw on their strengths and recognize their ongoing bond with, and love for, the child they have lost. She also focuses on any potential mood or anxiety disorders that can complicate bereavement and is particularly skilled in supporting parents as they explore the decision to pursue subsequent pregnancies. Dr. Manzella is purposeful and caring as she helps women and couples navigate the complexities of fertility challenges.

    Dr. Manzella is also an expert on the relationship between loss and trauma. She continues to embrace and use mindfulness-based clinical interventions that she developed through her research, teaching, clinical supervision, and service as an international consultant on managing loss and trauma.

    Dr. Manzella also provides career assessment and counseling for women making career changes following pregnancy. She addresses practical and psychological elements in career exploration, building on her 20 years of experience as a New York University faculty advisor and professor.

    Dr. Manzella earned both her master's degree in clinical psychology and doctorate in counseling psychology from New York University. She carried out her doctoral dissertation research at Beth Israel Medical Center hospice, with postdoctoral supervision in grief and bereavement work. Dr. Manzella was named a Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement (FT) by the Association of Death Educators and Counselors (ADEC), and most recently has been elected to their board. She continues to teach at New York University and makes her home in New York City.

  • Shelly Cohen, MD, JD

    Shelly Cohen, MD, JD

    Consulting Psychiatrist

    Dr. Cohen is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in women's mental health and reproductive psychiatry. She is committed to working with women throughout all stages of their reproductive lives. Dr. Cohen has expertise in diagnosing and treating psychiatric conditions related to menstruation and providing support and medication management to women during infertility struggles and treatment, throughout pregnancy, and during breastfeeding and the postpartum period.

    Dr. Cohen takes a holistic and patient-centered approach to treatment, combining her understanding of psychopharmacology and psychodynamic psychiatry to alleviate symptoms and help patients work to achieve meaning, balance, and health in their lives. She also treats mood and anxiety disorders, attentional disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, and psychosis.

    Dr. Cohen received her bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley and went on to earn both a medical degree and law degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She practiced law in New York City before returning to medicine and completing her internship and residency in psychiatry as well as a fellowship in reproductive psychiatry/women's mental health at the New York University School of Medicine.

    In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Cohen conducts research and has published numerous articles on psychiatry and law. She teaches clinical bioethics at the NYU School of Medicine and serves on the bioethics committee at Bellevue Hospital.

  • Sarah Best, LMSW

    Sarah Best, LMSW

    Psychotherapist

    Sarah Best has worked with, and on behalf of, women and their families since 2004. Prior to joining Seleni, Ms. Best provided clinical care coordination, counseling, and psychotherapy in a variety of settings throughout New York City, including court-based family advocacy programs, hospital-based crisis support teams, and outpatient clinics. As an experienced group therapist, Ms. Best has facilitated psychosocial support groups for a wide range of women's health concerns, including trauma and depression.

    Ms. Best's clinical interests include pregnancy loss, traumatic birth, perinatal mood disorders, and the transition to parenthood. Ms. Best focuses on anxiety disorders during and after pregnancy and provides cognitive behavioral therapy (a first-line, evidence-based treatment) for generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and panic disorder.

    Ms. Best earned her master's in clinical social work as a merit scholar at New York University. She has completed postgraduate training at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Philadelphia and additionally trains in couple's and family treatment at The Ackerman Institute for the Family. Ms. Best lives in Brooklyn with her husband and young daughter and appreciates firsthand the challenges unique to urban parents.

  • Melinda Gallagher, MA, LMHC

    Melinda Gallagher, MA, LMHC

    Senior Psychotherapist

    Melinda Gallagher is a licensed clinical psychotherapist specializing in women's health with a focus on motherhood, mood disorders, anxiety, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress, addictions, and sexual health. She is a critically acclaimed writer and author of A Piece of Cake: Recipes for Female Sexual Pleasure (Atria/Simon and Schuster, 2005), a sexuality guide for women.

    Prior to joining Seleni, Ms. Gallagher maintained her own private practice where she provided counseling and therapy to individuals, couples, families, and groups on life transitions, reproductive/maternal mental health, child development, parenting skills, and interpersonal relationships. She has worked extensively in the U.S., the Middle East, and Africa promoting safe maternal and child health care. She is a candidate in psychoanalysis at the American Institute of Psychoanalysis (AIP) and is certified in advanced clinical practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy. She also teaches and supervises trainees in psychodynamic techniques to treat trauma at the Karen Horney Clinic in New York City.

    Ms. Gallagher has advanced degrees from New York University in mental health counseling and health education with a focus on public health and human sexuality. She lives in New York City with her husband, son and daughter.

  • Patricia Harteneck, PhD, MBA

    Patricia Harteneck, PhD, MBA

    Senior Psychologist

    Patricia Harteneck, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist. In addition to working at Seleni, Dr. Harteneck lectures at Lenox Hill Hospital and supervises at the Center for Cognition and Communication. As a psychologist licensed in New York state and Argentina, Dr. Harteneck has more than 18 years' experience in psychotherapy for individuals, groups, and couples and diagnostic evaluations. She has extensive experience treating people with depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy, infertility, adjustment disorders, life and career transitions, body image anxieties, and relationship issues with partners, family, and friends.

    Dr. Harteneck received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Buenos Aires, her master's degree in counseling psychology from Columbia University, and her master of business administration from the University of Chicago. Her doctorate in clinical psychology is from Adelphi University. She completed her internship at Kings County Hospital and her postdoctoral training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. She also trained at the Metropolitan Center for Mental Health. Dr. Harteneck is fluent in Spanish, French, and German.

  • Mia Hatgis, LAc

    Mia Hatgis, LAc

    Mia Hatgis LAc is a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. She specializes in women's health with a particular interest in fertility, pregnancy, the postpartum period, and pediatrics. Ms. Hatgis is also a trained doula, and in her work she uses a unique combination of traditional Chinese medicine, DreamBirth imagery, nutrition, and essential oil therapy. Her passion is working with pregnant women to empower them, enhance their pregnancies, prepare them for labor, and ease their transition into parenthood. She lives with her husband and two children in Brooklyn and has a private practice in Soho.

  • Ayelet Kaznelson, CLC, IBCLC

    Ayelet Kaznelson, CLC, IBCLC

    Ayelet Kaznelson is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a Certified Lactation Counselor. At Seleni, she offers clinics, classes, workshops, and one-on-one sessions to help expectant parents prepare for the postpartum period and to resolve breastfeeding issues after the baby is born. Born in Israel, she moved to New York City in 1989. After the birth of her daughter in 1999, Ms. Kaznelson started training to become a lactation consultant at Elizabeth Seton Childbearing Center. When the Center closed in 2003, her mentors invited her to cofound a private practice, The Manhattan Lactation Group. She was also asked to join the original staff at Realbirth, New York City's first comprehensive childbirth education and postpartum center. She received her Lactation Counseling Certification in 2000, and after the birth of her son in 2004, Ms. Kaznelson passed the International Board Certification exam. She relocated to Los Angeles in 2006 where she started a private practice, The Los Angeles Lactation Group, and was a staff lactation consultant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Ms. Kaznelson returned to New York City in 2007, and she continues to offer home visits, teach classes, and run clinics. She currently resides in Manhattan with her 2 children, Zoë and Liam, and her husband Todd. You can find out more about her at ayeletkaznelson.com.

  • Brooke Nalle, MS

    Brooke Nalle, MS

    Brooke Nalle, MS, founder of Sleepy on Hudson, is a pediatric sleep consultant who works with families and children from birth to preadolescence. Ms. Nalle believes sleep teaching (rather than sleep training) creates a healthy sleep relationship for the entire family. She collaborates with families to find sleep solutions that meet each child's cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional needs.

    Ms. Nalle received her master's in education from Bank Street College of Education in 2003 and is one of the first 50 graduates of Kim West's Gentle Sleep Coach program. She is trained in basic counseling and child development, sleep science, behavioral modification techniques, and secure attachment theory. 

    In her work with Kim West, Ms. Nalle studied with experts in postpartum depression, sleep apnea (and other medical conditions) in children, and sensory processing disorders and sleep, and received specialized training to handle the particular issues of babies in the four to six month period. Ms. Nalle is a member of the Hudson Valley Birth Network and chair of the Community Nursery School Parent Committee. She is the proud mother of three children: Alistair, Clara, and Loewy.

  • Paul Kempisty, LAc

    Paul Kempisty, LAc

    Paul Kempisty LAc is a licensed acupuncturist and board certified herbalist. He has studied Traditional Chinese Medicine in the United States and in China with a special focus on oncology and gynecology. Mr. Kempisty has also practiced and taught Reiki and medical aromatherapy for more than 15 years.

    Mr. Kempisty integrates the scientific advances of modern medicine with the wisdom of ancient Eastern medicine to make both more effective and accessible to his patients. This combination of Western and Eastern approaches gives him the opportunity to guest lecture at medical conventions and at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

    In his private practice in Manhattan Mr. Kempisty treats patients for pain management, functional disorders, and gynecology and fertility issues as well as with complementary care during and after traditional cancer treatments. He develops a comprehensive treatment and personal education plan for his patients to help them achieve radiant health.

  • Ira Joan Macner

    Ira Joan Macner

    Massage Therapist

    Ira Joan Macner uses a unique blend of bodywork modalities to create a therapeutic experience tailored to each client. She incorporates Reiki, reflexology, Shiatsu, and other massage techniques as well as allied therapies, such as aromatherapy and hot stones. In her ten years of practice, Ms. Macner has helped her clients find relief from chronic soft tissue conditions, postural imbalances, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatic nerve impingement, and plantar fasciitis. She is experienced in prenatal and postnatal massage and also works with clients undergoing fertility treatment.

    Ms. Macner received her associate's degree in occupational studies from The Swedish Institute and has acquired additional certifications in ARCB foot reflexology, Southern Thai massage, and Reiki. She has taught kinesiology, pathology, medical massage, and body mechanics at The Finger Lakes School of Massage in Westchester, New York, and she currently teaches anatomy in the yoga teacher training program at Greenhouse Holistic in Brooklyn. Ms. Macner also holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah.

  • Carolyn Ezrin, LMHC, NCC

    Carolyn Ezrin, LMHC, NCC

    Psychotherapist

    Carolyn Ezrin, LMHC, NCC, is a licensed clinical psychotherapist specializing in depression, grief, anxiety, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, and life transitions. She offers individual and couples therapy integrating holistic, interpersonal, and relational psychotherapy as well as modern psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapy, and positive psychology.

    Ms. Ezrin received her master's degree in mental health counseling from New York University in 2010 and is certified in advanced clinical practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy.  She is currently a candidate in psychoanalysis at the American Institute of Psychoanalysis (AIP).   Prior to starting her private practice in Manhattan, she trained as a clinician at the Karen Horney Clinic in New York City.

  • Brittney Mandryk

    Brittney Mandryk

    Clinical Fellow

    Brittney Mandryk joins the Seleni team as a clinical fellow from Long Island University Brooklyn where she is pursuing her master's degree in mental health counseling. She has a strong interest in women’s health, specifically perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Ms. Mandryk has received specialized training in postpartum depression and has made many connections throughout New York City advocating for women with postpartum depression. Ms. Mandryk holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and business and a postgraduate certificate in human resources.

  • Katerina Kouliaki

    Katerina Kouliaki

    Clinical Fellow

    Katerina Kouliaki joins Seleni as a clinical fellow from Pace University, where she is pursuing a master's program in mental health counseling. A Greek native, Ms. Kouliaki worked with cancer patients and their families in Athens, providing palliative care and bereavement counseling at the Agios Savvas Cancer Hospital and at the NGO Agaliazo. She also worked in an outpatient setting with children coping with learning disabilities and provided counseling to their families.

    Ms. Kouliaki holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the Panteion University of Athens and a bachelor's degree in social work from the Technological Educational Institute of Crete. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Clinical Advisors

  • Dana Rosenbloom, M.S. Ed.

    Dana Rosenbloom, M.S. Ed.

    ​Dana Rosenbloom is dedicated to providing families with practical information and effective techniques that come from years of interacting with parents and their children. Ms. Rosenbloom offers parent education, play and behavior therapy, special education services, parent workshops and support groups, and professional development coaching. You can learn more about her services on her website, Dana's Kids. Ms. Rosenbloom graduated from the Bank Street College of Education with advanced degrees in both Infant and Parent Development and Early Intervention and is certified in both general and special education for children birth to 9 years old.

  • Jodi Rubin, ACSW, LCSW, CEDS

    Jodi Rubin, ACSW, LCSW, CEDS

    ​Jodi Rubin is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist who works with individuals, families, and groups in her private therapy practice in Manhattan. She created Destructively Fit™, a training program for fitness professionals that addresses eating disorders within the fitness industry. She is a former director of Day Treatment at The Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders, and creator of a curriculum on eating disorders for the Graduate School of Social Work at New York University. 

  • Susan Nason

    Susan Nason

    Susan Nason has facilitated parenting workshops for more than 30 years. She leads Faber/Mazlish "How to Talk So Kids Will Listen, How to Listen So Kids Will Talk" and "Siblings Without Rivalry" workshops and has a thriving spiritual counseling practice, which features therapeutic and practical approaches to the challenges of raising children. Ms. Nason views parenting as a spiritual practice of compassion, gratitude, self-reflection, and connection. She also conducts teacher trainings in the New York tri-state area, is a frequent speaker at the Parents League and other organizations, and most importantly is a proud mother and ecstatic grandmother.

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