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Michael A. Mazius, Ph.D.

Illinois Institute of Technology, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychology, 1990
University of Illinois, B.S., 1979

Specialty Areas:
Dr. Mazius specializes in the treatment of children with Attention Deficit Disorder, Underachievement Syndrome, and other learning and behavioral problems.  Dr. Mazius also provides marital and family therapy.  Dr. Mazius is active in working with various school systems providing teacher consultation, workshops and in-services.  Dr. Mazius is also active in the community, speaking on a wide variety of topics pertaining to children and their families.

Professional Memberships:
American Psychological Association
Wisconsin Psychological Association

Judy Blumenfeld, Ph.D

B.S. Syracuse University, 1992
M.S. Ohio University, 1975
Ph.D. Ohio University, 1997

Specialty Areas:
Dr. Blumenfeld provides individual, couple and group psychotherapy for adolescents, young adults and adults.  Dr. Blumenfeld additionally works with individuals experiencing mood disorders, anxiety, grief and loss as well as adjusting to divorce.  Dr. Blumenfeld also works with individuals experiencing stress related to daily living issues including balancing the demands of work and managing family relationships.

Professional Memberships:
American Psychological Association
National Register of Health Science, Providers in Psychology
Wisconsin Psychological Association



Julie Housiaux Caldwell, Psy.D.

Specialty Areas:
Dr. Caldwell is a licensed psychologist specializing in working with children, adolescents, and families.  Dr. Caldwell has a particular interest in working with parents, inclduing those who are married or coupled and those who may be separated or divorced.  Dr. Caldwell provides clinical services in office and school settings.  In addition to therapy services, she also provides psychological assessment services for children and adolescents.

Donna Laughrin, Ph.D.

University of Michigan Health System, Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology, 2000
Lehigh University, Ph.D., 1999
University of San Diego, M.Ed., 1993
University of San Diego, B.A., 1992

Specialty Areas:
Dr. Laughrin provides neuropsychological assessment services to children, adolescents and young adults.  Dr. Laughrin's areas of specialization include developmental delays, learning disabilities, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder and Autism Spectrum disorders.  Dr. Laughrin is available for consultation with teachers and other school professionals to assist in education planning.

Professional Memberships:
American Psychological Association
National Register of Health Service Psychologists
International Neuropsychological Society

Craig Abrams, Ph.D.

University of Vermont, Ph.D. 1993
University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S., 1987

Specialty Areas:
Dr. Abrams is a psychologist who works with children, adolescents, and adults.  He treats a wide array of issues but concentrates most on:  teen and adult eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders (obsessive-compulsive, panic, phobias, hair-pulling, and more), children's behavior, and collaborative divorce.  Prior to living in Wisconsin, Dr. Abrams served as the director of clinical training, over-seeing the supervision of doctoral students at Chicago's Mount Sinai Hospital.

Laurie Pasch, LCSW, LMFT, DCSW

Master of Science of Social Work, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee School of Social Welfare, 1974
Clinical Internship - Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Psychiatry Center, 1972-1974
B.A. University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1972

Specialty Areas:
Laurie provides individual, family, marital and group psychotherapy and crisis intervention for children, adolescents, young adults and adults.  Areas of expertise include emotional and behavioral problems, school difficulties, divorce issues, loss bereavement and chronic illness.  Laurie has extensive expertise in play therapy with children and is recognized as a specialist in working with children, adolescents and young adults.  Laurie is licensed in the State of Wisconsin as both an Independent Clinical Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist.  She is also a Diplomat in clinical social work.

Professional Memberships:
National Association of Social Workers
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
Academy of Certified Social Workers
Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapists


Robert F. Newby, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

Specialty Areas:

Dr. Newby provides neuropsychological evaluations for children ages 5-18 years.  He has specialty interest in learning disabilities, as well as expertise in neurologic conditions such as brain injury or genetic disorders.  He has served on the faculty in the Department of Neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin for 27 years and he affiliated part time with Pediatric Neuropsychology and Treatment Associates, S.C. in 2010.  He has given professional presentations in many settings, ranging from local schools, to the Mayo Clinic, to the Ostfold University College in Norway through the Fulbright Scholars Program.  He is author of the book "Your Struggling Child: A Guide to Diagnosing, Understanding and Advocating for Your Child with Learning, Behavior or Emotional Problems" published by Harper Collins, as well as numerous professional publications.  Dr. Newby is board certified in clinical neuropsychology.


Cheryl Ward, MSM, CALP
ALTA-Certified Academic Language Practitioner, 2009
Cardinal Stritch University, M.S., Business Management, 2008
University of St. Francis, B.S., Health Sciences 1982

Specialty Areas:
Before working with and on behalf of students who struggle learning to read, Cheryl was a healthcare administrator for many years.  Her interest in, education and knowledge about dyslexia resulted after her youngest, unable to read, was diagnosed with dyslexia as a 3rd grade student.  For many years, Cheryl pursued learning about reading and dyslexia attending many meetings, workshops, reading many books and understanding the research about the reading process.  Cheryl successfully navigated her son's education and provided the remedial instruction and support he needed to learn to read.

Upon leaving healthcare in 2005, Cheryl pursued her master's degree; she trained and became a certified academic language practitioner (CALP), teaching students with dyslexia and until recently was an occasional substitute teacher at her local school district where she was a member of the school board.

In addition to being trained in the Orton Gillingham reading and spelling approach, Cheryl recently completed training in Reading with TLC Lively Letters and Sight Words You Can Use programs teaching students one-on-one to read and improve their reading skills.

As the current President of the Wisconsin Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (WIBIDA), a founding member of the Wisconsin Reading Coalition (WRC) and the national advocacy group Literate Nation, Cheryl devotes volunteer time advocating for evidence-based reading practices for students and reading preparation for teachers to ensure all students will be lifelong literate participants in the intellectual process of gaining meaning from print.

Jenny Strom, MA, LPC

Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in counseling, 2008
University of Wisconsin - Madison, BA in Psychology with an emphasis on child development, 2005

Specialty Areas:
Jenny specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families by creating a safe context from which change can occur.  Jenny is devoted to helping clients navigate their way through difficult life issues, whatever those may be, in order to heal.

She has worked with clients to make positive and long-lasting changes around issues such as:  Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Complex trauma histories, Anxiety, Depression, Mental health and substance abuse, Alcohol and other drug addictions, Child sexual abuse, Self-injurious behavior, Family violence/conflict, Grief and loss, as well as emotional, behavioral and relational problems effecting children.  She also enjoys running therapy groups including:  Anger Management, Parenting for Success, Survivors of sexual abuse, Survivors of Domestic Violence, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Groups, and the like.

"The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life.  It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started." - Norman Cousins

Professional Memberships:
American Counseling Association

Jennifer O'Brien, LPC

Loyola University, Chicago

Specialty Areas:
Jennifer is a licensed therapist with 16 years experience.  Ms. O'Brien was trained in Counseling Psychology at Loyola University, Chicago.

Jennifer began her career providing counseling and advocacy with adolescents and soon thereafter was recognized for her effectiveness in empowering clients and families with tools, insights, and growth.  Having developed a specialty in working with female teenage development.  Ms. O'Brien devised and implemented several programs for girls and their parents which remain viable today.  Jennifer was also an adjunct faculty member at DePaul and Loyola Universities in Chicago and Regis University in Denver.  She is currently an adjunct faculty at Concordia University-Wisconsin.

Jennifer began private practice with adults and teens in 2001.  She views therapy as a collaborative process between the therapist and client in which the needs of the whole individual are addressed.  Ms. O'Brien provides a nurturing, challenging environment for clients to learn, heal, and grow - thus maximizing the quality of one's being and functioning.

Ms. O'Brien works with adolescents, adults, and families on a wide range of clinical issues, including the following specialty areas:  Women's issues, adolescent issues, parenting, depression, anxiety, adjustment, and stress management.  Jennifer frequently lectures within the community on her areas of specialty.

Nina C. Sebastian-Bredehorn, MSN, APNP, CPNP, PMHS

University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S., Psychology and Sociology, 2007
Marquette University, B.S., M.S.N., Nursing, Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner, 2012

Specialty Areas:
Nina is a Nurse Practitioner providing psychiatric evaluation and medication management for children, adolescents, and young adults with behavioral health concerns.  She has specialized experience in the treatment and management of eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder as well as the common co-morbid mental health conditions such as anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and depression.  Nina also has several years of inpatient psychiatric nursing experience caring for children and adolescents struggling with issues such as depression, self-injurious behaviors or suicidal ideation, trauma, ADHD, and childhood disruptive behavior disorders.

Nina's caring nature, non-judgmental attitude, and strength-based therapeutic approach create an environment where patients and family members feel comfortable to speak openly about their struggles.  She takes a collaborative and holistic approach to care and works closely with families, therapists, primary care providers, and schools to assure the best outcomes for the individual.  As she is also certified in pediatric primary care, Nina routinely evaluates for medical or developmental conditions that may be contributing to current behavioral concerns.

Professional Membership:
American Psychiatric Nurses Association

Rebecca Leipold, MSW, LCSW

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Master's Degree in Social Work, 2003
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, 2002

Specialty Areas:

Rebecca is a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Wisconsin.  She has over 16 years experience working with adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders.  She provides group, family and individual therapy for adults at Rogers Memorial Hospital in West Allis.  She specializes in treating clients with depression, adjustment disorders, anxiety, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorders and personality disorders.  Rebecca also has 11 years of inpatient and outpatient therapy experience treating clients struggling with issues such as career, marital, divorce, parenting, family violence/conflict, conflict resolution, adjustment problems, co-dependency, grief and loss, retirement, going to college, and changes in economic condition or status.

Penny Greene, Tutor

Cornell University, A.B., University of Michigan, A.M., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, M.B.A.

Specialty Areas:

Since 2007, Penny has worked as a teacher at a college preparatory, independent school, responsible for an academic support center for 11th and 12th grade students; these students benefit from supplemental teaching in order to understand and retain course content.  Penny's past experience includes teaching at an inner city charter school, working with underprivileged youth, as well as teaching at a suburban public school.  She has also worked privately with individual students, including those requiring homebound instruction.

A certified teacher at the secondary level, Penny has privately tutored in diverse subject areas, such as English, math and social studies.  Penny also explicitly teaches organizational and study skills.  She has worked with a wide range of students, including those with executive functioning issues, ADHD, learning disabled students, and students who have fallen through the cracks in the traditional classroom.

Penny's experiences have reinforced her belief that there is no "one size fits all" solution.  Each student is a unique individual, with strengths and weaknesses.  Providing a safe place where a student is comfortable is necessary so that a student feels successful.  Determining exactly what a particular student requires is what makes her work so enjoyable.

Amy Schwabe, MS, LPC

Concordia University-Mequon, Master's Degree in Community Counseling
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Bachelor's Degree in Psychology

Specialty Areas:

Amy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and graduated from Concordia University-Mequon with a Master's degree in Community Counseling.  She provides individual, family, and group therapy for children, adolescents, and adults.  Areas of interest include but are not limited to post traumatic stress, anxiety and depression, stress management, psychosocial and transitional issues of adolescents and young adults, and parenting/family support.  Amy brings many "tools" into the therapeutic process, including art, music, and mindfulness training.

Amy brings a unique perspective to her consulting.  Prior to entering the counseling profession she spent time as a firefighter/EMT and worked behind the scenes in a busy operating room.  She trained several years in the peaceful martial art of Aikido and mindfulness and is a self-taught artist.  Together, these experiences along with a personal knowledge of walking the road of healing blend into a philosophy that addresses both the biological aspects of healing as well as the importance of the body-soul-mind connection.

"I believe that the act of reaching out for help is the most courageous part of the healing journey.  I am always honored when I am asked to be part of a person's path of healing.  As a therapist, I believe in walking with a client as we together unfold their story.  I am a new set of eyes; a new perspective.  In the end-the power to heal is always within."

Angela Johnson, LPC

Specialty Areas:
Angela is a passionate Professional Counselor who works with adolescents and children with anxiety disorders.  She graduated UW-Whitewater's CACREP accredited Counseling Program in 2014.

Angela specializes in working with anxiety disorders.  For five years she has worked under the supervision of nationally recognized exposure and response providers at Rogers Memorial Hospital.  Exposure and response prevention, or ERP, is considered the most effective evidenced based treatment for OCD and OC spectrum disorders.  It is also effective for other anxiety related disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, panic disorder, and PTSD.  She became very passionate about helping children and adolescents with anxiety disorders when she personally saw the amazing outcomes from this treatment.  It teaches children not to avoid anxiety but instead, to accept and challenge it, leading to behavior change, confidence, skill and success.

Throughout her career she has worked in many levels of care, including inpatient, residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient.  She looks forward to bring her passion and skillset to North Shore Center.


Terri Peckerman-Stein, MSW, LCSW

Bachelors in Social Work - University of WI - Madison

Masters in Social Work - University of WI - Madison

Specialty Areas:
Terri provides therapeutic services to children, pre-adolescents, teens and adults, specializing in children/adolescents/young adults with behavioral and emotional issues.  Terri has expertise in helping students and their families partner with and navigate school systems for students with various disabilities.  Terri provides support on parenting issues, family conflict, depression, loss, managing relationships, stress, and issues of daily life.  She also works with women who are experiencing life transitions.

Terri has been in practice for over 30 years.  She is a licensed social worker and a licensed clinical social worker.  Terri has been an adjunct professor at Concordia University for the past twelve years, teaching about special educational needs.  She also has worked as a professor at Bethesda College, providing therapy and support for young adults with disabilites.

Joy E. Carter, Tutor

BA and Master's degrees in Special Education from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Specialty Areas:

Joy is a certified Special Education teacher with 30 years of teaching experience in urban and suburban schools.  She has taught students with a wide range of learning needs including:  low academic achievement, low motivation for learning, specific learning disabilities, speech and language disorders, ADD and ADHD, cognitive disabilities, emotional/behavior disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders.  In addition, Joy has worked in general education classrooms and collaborated with regular classroom teachers.

Joy teaches in the areas of reading, language arts (written language), math, study skills and organizational skills for grades K-5.

Joy believes all students can learn if taught using methods that suit their learning style.  She uses a multi-modal approach to academic instruction.  This means that she discerns each individual's needs and designs instruction specifically based on those needs.  Joy can recognize underlying deficits that interfere with understanding.  Her goal is to advance achievement as much as possible.

Joy believes learning should give students a sense of success and build self-esteem along with teaching concrete skills that can immediately transferred to their school environment.  She has been fortunate to have turned her passion and love of children into her career.  She looks forward to continue to use her talents and expertise at North Shore Center.


Terry Carr, LCSW, LSSW

Specialty Areas:
Terry provides counseling to adolescents, children and families on issues impacting school performance, facilitates support groups for students on grief, family change, substance abuse, social skills and communication, co-facilitates an educational program for students and parents on substance abuse, teaches suicide prevention to health classes, speaks publicly to parents about a range of mental health topics, provides a monthly parent support group, participates on IEP teams and coordinates community mental health services.  Terry is a member of Mequon Thiensville School District's Equity Leadership Team and Social Responsibility Team.


Raymond A. Gallope, PH.D 

We will always remember Dr.  Raymond Gallope. Friend, colleague and co-founder of North Shore Center.  He will be deeply missed.


Georgia State University, Ph.D., 1978
New School for Social Research, M.A., 1973
St. John's University, B.A., 1969

Specialty Areas:
Dr. Gallope provided individual, couple and family therapy for children, adolescents, young adults and adults.  Dr. Gallope worked closely with school systems, treating children experiencing academic, emotional and behavioral problems.  Dr. Gallope also provided Psychological Testing and Assessments.  Dr. Gallope was active in the community providing speaking engagements, workshops and in-services for educational and clinical staffs.

Professional Memberships:
American College of Advanced Psychological Practices, American Psychological Association, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Wisconsin Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Wisconsin Psychological Association, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry Medical College of Wisconsin












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