Our dedicated, professional team is here to meet your needs and empower you on your journey to healing. Click below to learn more about each of our practitioners.
- Founder of South Bay Wellness -
Director of Clinical Services -
Licensed Clinical Social Worker -
- Founder of South Bay Wellness -
- Director of Holistic Health Services -
- Traditional Naturopath -
- Certified Quantum Reflex Analysis Practitioner -
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker -
Expert EMDR Practitioner -
Tara Bulin, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in providing treatment to individuals who have experienced trauma. She has extensive clinical and administrative hospital-based and outpatient experience, including developing a nationally recognized, inpatient treatment program for service members experiencing PTSD and co-morbid substance abuse issues.
Tara provides an empathic, supportive, and nurturing therapeutic experience for her clients in which together, primary concerns are identified, a mutually agreed upon treatment plan is developed, and the focus of therapy is on the coalescence of the mind and body on a journey to achieve emotional balance, healing, and recovery.
She has worked extensively with individuals of various backgrounds who present with a variety of concerns related to mental health and emotional disturbances and life transitions. Tara also sub-specializes in working with active duty service members, their family members, veterans and women who have experienced pregnancy-related trauma and/or birth trauma.
Tara Bulin is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and integrates this technique quite regularly with individuals she works with who have been exposed to trauma, as well as with individuals who express anxiety, fears, phobias, and depression. In addition, she incorporates performance enhancement EMDR for those who wish to better negotiate upcoming stressors and concerns or life transitions.
- Licensed Master Social Worker -
Christopher Conway is a Licensed Master Social Worker who believes in improving the social and emotional well-being of the children and adolescents he serves. Christopher’s goal is to increase the self-esteem of young people and empower them to reach their full potential. He believes that forming a trusting and supportive clinical relationship is crucial to success.
Christopher’s greatest strength as a professional social worker is being able to communicate understanding, warmth, respect, interest, and hope to his clients. Through his experiences and background in the social work profession, Christopher has developed the ability to make comprehensive assessments and deliver appropriate and effective interventions for the children and families he serves. He believes that a positive support system in life of a child significantly increases their ability to meet individual goals and personal growth.
After receiving his undergraduate degree in Social Work at Stony Brook University, Christopher decided that he would like to continue his education in Social Worker to better serve those he works with. During the completion of his Master of Social Work degree at Stony Brook University, he had the ability to complete a year-long internship as school social worker at the South Huntington School District. Following the completion of his Master of Social Work degree, Christopher began working with children and adolescents diagnosed with severe emotional disturbances and developmental disabilities placed under the care of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. These professional experiences allowed him to discover his passion for working with children and the people who have the greatest impact on their lives.
- Licensed Master Social Worker -
Certified Life/Empowerment Coach -
Core Energy Analysis Practitioner -
Maureen Ford is a Licensed Master Social Worker and Certified Life/Empowerment Coach specializing in working with individuals who have experienced past trauma that influences their present day emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in a way that they are unhappy with. She believes that her role is not to teach, preach, or convince anyone of anything but rather to empower others to get their own answers, find a sense of joy and peace in their daily lives and to overcome anything that gets in their way of moving forward. Most of us recognize the external changes needed to reach our emotional/spiritual goals but many people overlook the kind of changes that create a healthier, happier you. That kind of change is internal and effects all other changes. Maureen believes that there is a direct connection between who you are being internally (your perceptions of self and others) and what happens externally. Maureen helps others learn how to make choices from a perspective of peace, love, safety and purpose as opposed to fear, doubt, worry, anger and other destructive emotions. Maureen also works with people who are going through a major life transition, helping them to move through the transition with less anxiety and doubt and a clearer vision of the next step in their life journey. Coming from a family with multi-generational military service experience, Maureen is sensitive to the special needs of military personnel who have served our country and are seeking a way to get back to their daily lives here at home. Maureen has a passion for facilitating the healing and transitional process of our service men and women.
After receiving an undergraduate degree in teaching, Maureen taught middle school aged children and then went on to receive a Master in Social Work from SUNY at Stony Brook. She has experience working with individuals living with mental illness and developmental delays both in a hospital and group home setting. She worked several years with women and teens who had survived sexual and or physical abuse both individually and in groups. Maureen also has earned a certification in Life Coaching using a unique and transformational coaching process called Core Energy Coaching. This approach has been produced from over twenty years of research and development in the field of Science of Human Potential and Consciousness.
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker -
Sharon Gingola is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in trauma. Sharon has over ten years of experience with interventions and treatments modalities for trauma specific to Military, Law Enforcement and Post 9-11 Responders. Sharon has worked with this population since 2003 and is the founder of Heal Safe Inc. and the Director of the Women Veterans Program for Samaritan Daytop Village.
Sharon continues to work in trauma and violence related therapies and she has clinical experience working with veterans in the substance abuse field and has expertise in providing services for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She is trained in military culture, COS/ PTSD, and Prolonged Exposure Therapy.
Sharon speaks at conferences and international conferences such as at the national conference for Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers and internationally at the War Stories Conference in the UK. Specifically related to PTSD, Women Veterans and Barriers to treatment for those who suffer with trauma and addiction.
- Licensed Master Social Worker
As a seasoned health professional with a passion for communication, Ruth brings a unique perspective to counseling. She has dual certifications as a licensed master social worker and speech language therapist. Ruth believes that each of us has within them the tools to communicate effectively and create balanced meaningful lives. She empowers people to develop self-care with compassion and skill. Health and wellness behaviors are blended to deepen connections and bring about desired change.
Ruth has in depth knowledge of the education and healthcare systems. She assists clients in advocating for themselves to ensure health and educational needs are met. Wellness begins with willingness.
- Licensed Master Social Worker -
Reiki Practitioner -
Erica Lucks, LMSW is a Licensed Master Social Worker, as well as a Reiki Level II Practitioner. Erica’s passion lies in motivating others to reach their optimal level of functioning, with a specific focus on working with individuals to help them heal from trauma. Through a holistic approach to therapy, much support, and empowerment, Erica assists individuals, couples, and families to find acceptance and peace in the here and now.
Erica has experience in working with adolescents between the ages of 12-20 years old with a variety of emotional and behavioral issues, as well as substance/alcohol abuse. Her current work is primarily with Veterans of all eras who are faced with an array of psychosocial issues including unstable housing, history of or current substance/alcohol abuse, marital issues, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and sexual trauma. She has experience utilizing Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, Motivational Interviewing, and approaches therapy from a strengths based perspective.
Erica believes that every individual has the potential to be the best version of themselves and through the use of support, acceptance, and guidance strives to help them do so. She has worked with children from the age of 10 years old in collaboration with their families who are facing academic, behavioral, and adjustment issues. Her experience also spans up to individuals at the age of 90 who are faced with marital stressors, life transition issues, substance/alcohol abuse, mood and personality disorders, and trauma.
- Licensed Master Social Worker -
Children's Therapist -
Megan Kowalchick is a Licensed Master Social Worker with a passion for improving the social and emotional wellness of children, youth, and their families. She believes that positive relationships are the key to success for people of all ages, and aims to aid in the development of such relationships in the lives of the people with whom she works.
Megan’s goal is to motivate children and their families to identify, develop, and trust in their inner strengths and abilities. It is her genuine belief that a child with a positive support system will have the ability to believe in themselves, and will therefore believe that they are capable of great things.
After receiving her undergraduate degree in Adolescent Education and English at Molloy College, Megan found that she wanted to help youth in a much deeper capacity than teaching would allow. During the completion of her Master of Social Work degree at Arizona State University, Megan had the opportunity to complete her year-long internships as a Mental Health Counselor with the City of Phoenix Head Start Program, and a school social worker with a Phoenix elementary school. These opportunities in her educational career allowed her to recognize her love for working with children, youth, and the people with whom they interact on a daily basis (i.e., families, teachers, daycare providers, etc.).
Melissa Macko is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and certified to provide supervision to bachelors and masters level counseling students.
For over ten years, Melissa has served as an educator, practitioner and administrator; assisting individuals on their journey towards change. Within her private practice, Melissa provides individual, couples and family interventions. Melissa is an expert in providing treatment for acute/complex traumas. Additionally, she also specializes in providing crisis intervention and treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, adjustment issues relating to chronic illnesses, bereavement, suicide/homicide assessment/risk prevention, depression and anxiety. Melissa is trained in various therapeutic modalities; however she strongly believes that the interventions used need to be tailored to fit the individuals needs and life circumstances.
Jenna O’Leary, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in virtually all care settings. Jenna is passionate about helping individuals overcome life’s challenges while empowering them to create the life they want. Jenna utilizes various strategies to help guide them toward making the changes they desire to accomplish their goals. She believes in each person’s mental strength and their ability to be resilient.
Jenna has diverse experience, working with people of all ages, from a variety of cultural backgrounds and currently treats a broad population of clients, including adults, adolescents, and couples. She has over eight years of experience working with individuals faced with anxiety, depression, PTSD, stress, relationship difficulties, family conflict, self-esteem, abuse, trauma, and grief/loss.
- Marriage and Family Therapist -
Susan Paraspolo, MA, CHE, MFT has been working to empower individuals and families for over 20 years. Whether it be in her role as an adjunct professor, distinguished lecturer, or therapist, Susan practices with the belief that everyone can reach their desired goals given the right environment and tools. Susan works as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) at South Bay Wellness Center. Her training as a MFT enables her to work with clients to empower them in making positive choices that will support them with living in accordance to their family, couple or individual goals. Prior to working at South Bay Wellness Center, Susan provided clinical services at Hofstra University’s Saltzman Center.
Susan is inspired by the courage of her clients. Their unique mix of confidence and faith enables them to move through the barriers life sometimes puts in our paths. The word courage and its definition embody what she believes families, couples and individuals can obtain via therapy. With client centered, empathetic and constructive therapy, those patterns can be shifted to a more satisfying and healthy cycle of communication and interactions. The understanding and recognition of destructive patterns and self-judgment can break the negative cycle many individuals, couples and families find themselves in. Susan recognizes the first step to enter therapy is the hardest, and values her role in assist her clients to find their courage to work toward emotional health.
- Licensed Master Social Worker -
Sex Therapist -
Heather Simonson, LMSW, is a Licensed Social Worker and AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator. Heather’s foundation and experience in counseling, health education and integrative therapeutic techniques enable her to use a truly holistic perspective of healing by fusing eastern and western practices throughout her teachings. Providing individual, couples and family counseling for all ages and abilities.
Heather helps engage her clients’ personal strengths and utilizes a holistic approach to bring the body, mind and spirit into balance. Heather specializes in sexual and reproductive health, relationships and intimacy, parenting and pre/postnatal transition issues and mood disorders.
Heather’s mission is to empower others to live the life they deserve and to embrace their bodies and themselves with pride.
Heather has a rich variety of professional experience that rounds out her clinical practice. She is a nationally known trainer and counselor in the areas of sexuality and youth development and the co-author of “EMPOWER NOW!” an innovative holistic workshop for empowerment in life skills and sexuality for youth.
Caitlin Winnicki is a Licensed Master Social Worker who earned her Master’s degree from Stony Brook University with a specialization in trauma. Caitlin offers compassionate, dedicated care to those struggling with anxiety, depression, and recovery from trauma. She strives to provide safety and non-judgmental support through a holistic, mind-body approach to therapy and healing.
Caitlin combines an expertise in women’s health with a strong background in patient advocacy that was forged by her experience as a hospital social worker, birth doula and childbirth educator. With over a decade of experience attending births across Long Island and New York City, she has assisted women and their partners through all phases of pregnancy, and the postpartum period. She is a fierce advocate for families, helping them navigate the changes that follow birth and is sensitive to the unique challenges involved in recovering from birth trauma, fertility struggles, perinatal loss, perinatal mood disorders, and parenting. Drawing upon her experience as a medical social worker, Caitlin has provided counseling and guidance for individuals and families facing chronic illness, complex care-planning, addiction recovery, end-of–life decisions, caregiver burdens, and loss & bereavement.
- Licensed Physical Therapist -
Michelle is a NYS licensed physical therapist who earned her degree from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1996. During her college years, under the guidance of highly trained manual therapists, Michelle developed a passion for healing others and a strong desire to continue to learn and grow as a physical therapist.
Since then, Michelle has gained extensive experience working in orthopedic physical therapy. She has helped clients with a wide range of conditions such as: fibromyalgia, back and neck pain, sciatica, headaches & migraines, carpel tunnel, hip pain, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, plantar fascitis, arthritis, whiplash, decreased range of motion, and frozen shoulder. She specializes in helping people who are suffering from chronic pain. In addition, Michelle has taken many advanced education courses including:
- Certified Nutritional Consultant
Brittany is a Nutritional Consultant and a family menu planning guru. She is also a personal trainer.
- Energy Healer -
EFT Coach -
Encouraging growth, creativity and acceptance, Monet believes that we discover ourselves everyday. She has been a Registered Nurse for 13 years with experience in specialties including Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as Emergency Nursing. She is extremely passionate about connecting with the self as a whole being.
Monet discovered her affinity for the Healing Arts in her early twenties,and although already working a a Registered Nurse, there seemed to be something missing-a deeper more holistic approach that is often not fully attainable in the hospital setting.
Her journey thus far has included receiving training at the 200 hour level as a Registered Yoga Teacher, Certification as a children's yoga instructor through Karma Kids Yoga, post-natal and baby yoga through Yoga Mom Buddha Baby, and to teach yoga to children with special needs via The Every Kid's Yoga training program.
She is an EFT Coach with level on and two training under Dawson Church and holds experience in this therapeutic modality with adults as well as children and adolescents. Additionally, Monet has education in Energy Medicine under the curriculum of Donna Eden's Energy Medicine Practitioner Program as well as various other sources and hands on experience.
As the founder of Life is Energy and Life is Energy Kids, Monet has embarked on a personal mission to assist others in finding and maintaining the inherent balance and harmony that each individual posses and is entitled to.
- Chef -
- Veg Head Chef -
In 2006/2007 Chef Tina DeJesus graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy where she learned the art of French cuisine. After going through an exasperating ten years of unhealthy eating and living she knew she needed to change her life around. She made the decision to leave the restaurant business opted for a 9-5 kind of job. During this transition, Tina became awaken to a whole another way of eating and living. She self-educated herself on nutrition and vegetarian cuisine mastering healthy eating.
Through Tina’s professional training in classic French cuisine and career as a chef in fine dining as well as her own vegetarian cooking she learned to create recipes to suite any healthy lifestyle. She focuses on bringing out the natural flavors of basic ingredients. Over the years, Chef Tina has grown, as have her recipes, into a Holistic Chef and Author she is today. She is constantly learning and growing as each food trend comes and goes. The one thing that never changes is the quality and flavor her recipes bring to every meal.
Tina believes that that we should feed our body & soul with simple all natural foods to reach maximum health & happiness. Chef Tina believes our ingredients should be sourced directly from Mother Nature right to our table.
- Licensed Acupuncturist -