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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:
Director of North Shore Center, Dr. Michael Mazius specializes in the treatment of children with Attention Deficit Disorder, Academic Underachievement Syndrome, and stress and mood disorders.  Dr. Mazius also provides marital and family therapy.  Dr. Mazius is active in working with school systems providing teacher consultation and is active in the North Shore and Waukesha communities, speaking to parents on a wide variety of topics pertaining to child development, parent-child attachment and neuroscience-informed parenting. Dr. Mazius is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychology at UWM-Milwaukee.

Professional Memberships:
American Psychological Association
Wisconsin Psychological Association


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, young adults, 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


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.




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


Elliot Broch, Ph.D

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Ph.D., 2017
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, EdS., 2009
University of London- BSc, Psychology., 2002

Specialty Areas:
Dr. Broch is a licensed Psychologist with a specialty in School Psychology. He has worked with children and adolescents for over 13 years and is involved in the training and supervision of practicum psychologists at 
the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee.

Dr. Broch possesses significant experience in therapeutic interventions/counseling, consultation with parents and teachers and psychological evaluations. In addition, his expertise includes working with children and adolescents with Autism, social skill deficits, difficulties with executive functioning, learning disabilities, children with symptoms of defiance and aggression, ADHD and anxiety. His training has emphasized cognitive behavioral approaches, and he is trained in biofeedback, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Gestalt therapy.

Professional Memberships:
American Psychological Association
National Association of School Psychologists
Heartmath Institute


Terry Carr, LCSW, LSSW

Specialty Areas:
Terry has training in cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, interpersonal, anxiety reduction and family therapy techniques. Terry has worked extensively with issues such as ADHD, mood, anxiety, grief, school, illness, and eating disorders. In working with children and teens, Terry believes it is important to partner with parents and schools for systematic change. Terry has her masters degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is dually licensed in clinical and school social work.


Julie Housiaux Caldwell, Psy.D.

Spalding University, Psy.D. - Clinical Psychology
University of Oregon, M.Ed. - Marriage and Family Therapy

Specialty Areas:
Dr. Caldwell is a licensed psychologist and a trained couples and family therapist. She has extensive training and experience working with older children and adolescents, as well as with adults experiencing significant life transitions. Dr. Caldwell additionally works with parents who are seeking support and guidance related to home-based challenges. Dr. Caldwell works with individuals who are working to cope with symptoms of depression, anxiety, and trauma-related distress, as well as with individuals who are managing more persistent and long-lasting symptoms of emotional and psychological unrest. Dr. Caldwell believes that therapy is most effective when the therapeutic relationship is founded on warmth and genuineness, and clinical interventions are grounded in research.

In addition to clinical and psychological services, Dr. Caldwell also works as a child specialist/family mediator for families who are navigating the divorce and separation process. In divorce mediation, a neutral lawyer provides guidance related to the legal process, and a child specialist/family mediator helps to facilitate the creation of an informed, livable, and child-centered parenting plan. The child specialist/family mediator role is brief and goal-oriented, and focused on assisting parents in making joint decisions that are in the best interest of the family.


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





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.






Angela Miller, 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.






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

Specialty Areas:

Dr. Newby provides neuropsychological evaluations for children ages 6-18 years.  He has specialty interest in learning disabilities, as well as expertise in neurologic conditions such as brain injury.  He served on the faculty in the Department of Neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin for 35 years, and he is now affiliated part time with Pediatric Neuropsychology and Treatment Associates, S.C. as well as North Shore Center, LLC.  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.



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.

Community Involvement



Caroline Palmer, M.D.

Marquette University, B.S.
Medical College of Wisconsin, M.D.

Board Certified Psychiatry
Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Board Certified Forensic Psychiatry
Board Certified Addiction Medicine

Specialty Areas:
Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Palmer worked extensively with individuals with developmental disabilities in New Mexico.  This work influenced her decision to become a physician.  Dr. Palmer received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin.  She then completed a residency in psychiatry at MCW.  After her residency, she completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry followed by a second fellowship in forensic psychiatry, both at MCW.   While in fellowship training, she worked in a clinic to help treat individuals with opioid use disorders.  As a result of this interest, she eventually also became board certified in addiction medicine.  Dr. Palmer works with children, adolescents and adults with a wide array of mental health issues.  She is well known for her caring approach to working with families.  She takes into account the biological, psychological, and social aspects of an individual’s issues. She is an associate clinical professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  Dr. Palmer is passionate about helping others and decreasing the stigma of mental illness and addiction.  She continues to work part-time for the Department of Corrections, treating inmates with mental health issues.  She also does civil forensic evaluations for attorneys and corporations.

Professional Memberships:
American Psychiatric Association
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
American Board of Preventive Medicine
Wisconsin Psychiatric Association
Wisconsin Medical Society


Beth Paras, LPC

"I am a strong believer in HOPE both professionally and personally. The fact that you are checking out resources to guide you in a more positive direction is a healthy and hopeful sign. Initially my approach in therapy includes teaching my clients new skills and how to use their strengths to reach their treatment goals. My commitment to my clients is to challenge them to grow in self-awareness so they can make positive choices in the  direction their lives are headed. When working with me you can expect to learn, develop and implement tools to help you manage daily life stressors to crisis situations in safe, nonjudgmental, and comfortable atmosphere."

Specialty Areas:
Beth has extensive training in evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Beth has experience working across the lifespan with children, adolescents, adults and families. For over 15 years her clinical expertise has focused on a wide range of problems, including anxiety, depression, bipolar, eating disorders, impulse control disorders, behavioral problems, posttraumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, relationship problems and daily stressors. 

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:
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, self-regulation and emotional control, school difficulties, divorce issues, loss bereavement and chronic illness.  Laurie has extensive knowledge in play therapy with children and is recognized as a specialist in working with children, adolescents and young adults. Laurie enjoys working as a team with schools which include the teachers, guidance counselors, school psychologists, parents and students to achieve a successful outcome. Laurie approaches problems with an eclectic perspective using psychodynamic, supportive, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavior and family system strategies.  She is strategy based and uses a combination of psychodynamic play, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, mindfulness and supportive therapies.

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.

TMJ4 Interview with Laurie Pasch about Jayme Closs

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


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.



Sammi Schams, LPC, SAC, NCC

B.S. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 2011
M.S. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 2015
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Current

Specialty Areas:
I see therapy as an opportunity to maximize an individuals' growth and potential. This growth stems from self-understanding and finding your places of empowerment within difficult situations. I hold licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC). I'm currently working to complete my doctorate in Counseling Psychology at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I primarily work with adolescents and young adults who struggle with addiction and mental health concerns. I see this relationship as highly intertwined; oftentimes, problematic substance use stems from underlying mental health concerns. I've worked extensively with young adults and adolescent populations with diagnoses of substance use disorders, anxiety, depression, and social distress. In working with adolescents and young adults, I am amazed at the resilience and identity development that occurs at thist time of life. So often, this time of life can see dramatic improvement quickly as the individual chooses their path and works to develop an identity that aligns with their values.

Professional Memberships:
American Psychological Association
Teen Substance Use Video - E-Cigarettes, Alcohol, and Marijuana Demystified by Sammi Schams 



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."


Nina 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

Board certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Board certified Pediatric Mental Health Specialist

Specialty Areas:

Nina is a board-certified nurse practitioner who specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents and young adults. She provides psychiatric evaluations and treatment for a variety of mental health conditions including but not limited to depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, autism, and eating disorders. Nina provides medication management and utilizes individual and family therapeutic interventions when appropriate. She is also available to consult with schools and teachers when needed to develop individualized education plans or establish behavioral interventions for use in the school setting. 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 values a holistic approach to care that takes into consideration the unique psychological, biological, and social factors contributing to each patient's difficulties. Nina collaborates with families, therapists, primary care providers, and school professionals to assure the best outcomes for each individual. As she is also certified in pediatric primary care, Nina routinely evaluates for medical conditions that may be contributing to current behavioral or psychological concerns.

Professional membership:
American Psychiatric Nurses Association


Cheryl Ward, M.S.M., I.C.A.L.P., D.P.

ALTA-Certified Academic Language Practitioner, 2009
ALTA-Instructor of Academic Language Practitioners, 2017
CERI-Dyslexia Practitioner, 2016
Cardinal Stritch University, M.S., Business Management, 2008
University of St. Francis, B.S., Health Sciences 1982
Radiation Therapist

Specialty Areas:
Before working with and on behalf of students who struggle learning to read, Cheryl was an Oncology healthcare administrator for many years.  Her interest in, education and knowledge about dyslexia resulted after her youngest son, unable to read, was diagnosed with dyslexia as a third-grade student. Cheryl attended meetings and workshops, read research journals, and networked with reading professionals as she helped her son gain reading mastery and complete his education.

Upon leaving healthcare in 2005, Cheryl trained to be a tutor for individuals with dyslexia using the Orton-Gillingham (OG) method. In addition to OG training, Cheryl trained in the supplemental phoneme to sound supplemental strategy, TLC "Lively Letters". Cheryl is a certified trainer of both the OG and Lively Letters strategies. Additionally, Cheryl advocates for students in school as part of the IEP team and can train teachers and others interested in evidence-based reading practices. 

Cheryl is a former President of the Wisconsin Branch of the International Dyslexia Association and a founding member of the Wisconsin Reading Coalition (WRC). She also devotes volunteer time advocating for evidence-based reading practices for students and reading preparation and support for teachers to ensure all students will be lifelong literate participants in the intellectual process of gaining meaning from print.


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