Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

The clinical team at Wholeview Wellness® is a group of expert addiction psychologists who are passionate about their work and about using the most effective treatments for substance use disorders. We have an unwavering commitment to the use of research supported treatment techniques and we use them to support patients as they strive towards their goals.

Sarah Church

Sarah Church, Ph.D.

Founder and Executive Director, Wholeview Wellness® Centers

Dr. Church, the founder and executive director of Wholeview Wellness®, is a clinical psychologist who has more than 20 years of experience in research, program development and treatment of patients with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. She is an expert in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) and Contingency Management.

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Amy Colley

Amy J. Colley, Ph.D.

Psychologist

Dr. Amy J. Colley is a New York State licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience working in the field of addiction. She graduated with a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University after completing an MA in Italian from Middlebury College and a BA in French from Northwestern University.

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Jeane Rajacic-Poppe

Jeane Rajacic-Poppe, Ph.D.

Psychologist

Dr. Jeane Rajacic-Poppe is a licensed clinical health psychologist (NY & NJ) with over 20 years of experience providing psychological services, with a subspecialty in the treatment of substance use disorders. She has expertise in medication assisted treatment and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

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Jennifer Smith

Jennifer L. Smith, Ph.D.

Psychologist

Dr. Smith is a clinical psychologist who has been working in addiction research and treatment for many years and is a national expert in Motivational Interviewing, she uses relaxation therapy, mindfulness and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in her practice.

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Roger Chong

Roger Chong, MBA, CPA

EVP of Operations and Business Development

Roger Chong has over 25 years of experience in Finance and Operations. He completed his degree in Finance at Florida State University and his MBA at DePaul University. He has worked at large companies like Arthur Andersen, Universal Music Group, Virgin Records America, New Line Cinema, MTV and McCann World Group. He also has worked most recently in a start up at Sally Hershberger Professional Hair Care. He specializes in Financial Planning, Accounting, Budgeting, Operations and Special Projects.

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William Gottdiener

William H. Gottdiener, Ph.D., ABPP, FIPA

Psychologist

Dr. Gottdiener is a clinical psychologist with over 30 years of clinical experience helping people with substance use disorders, which includes working in inpatient, outpatient, and private practice settings. His expertise is in the use of empirically supported psychodynamic therapy for people with substance use disorders.

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Kamala Greene Génecé

Kamala Greene Génecé, Ph.D.

Psychologist

Dr. Génecé is a NY state licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience in the design and implementation of addiction treatment programs and the utilization of cognitive-behavioral techniques for the treatment of co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders.

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James Benton

James Benton, Ph.D.

Psychologist

Dr. Benton is a clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience. He specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders, with expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), medication assisted treatment, and chronic pain.

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Art Swanson

Art Swanson Ph.D.

Psychologist

Dr. Swanson is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience. He specializes in the treatment of individuals with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. His expertise is in Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).

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Aryeh “Ari” Barris

Aryeh Barris, Psy.D.

Psychologist

Aryeh “Ari” Barris is a psychologist specializing in treatment of substance use disorders through cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based approaches. Aryeh received his doctoral training at Long Island University-Post, and his graduate work has involved providing psychotherapeutic services in inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment settings, both locally, and in Colorado. Aryeh has cultivated a proficiency in facilitating group and individual therapy and in conducting psychological assessment batteries.

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Braden Josephson

Braden Josephson, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Psychologist

Dr. Braden Josephson is a New York State licensed clinical and school psychologist and doctoral level behavior analyst (BCBA-D) with over 25 years of experience. He has expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and providing assessment, parent training, case supervision and therapy for individuals with both addiction and autism and their families.

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Jared Morgenstern

Jared Morgenstern, DSW

Clinician

Dr. Jared Morgenstern, obtained his doctorate in social work at the University of Pennsylvania where his research focused on the examination of ambivalence in clinical relationships and its impact on patient outcomes. He received his MA in Social Work from The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, and his BA in Psychology from SUNY Geneseo.

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Ariana Dichiara

Ariana Dichiara, Psy.D.

Psychologist

Dr. Dichiara is a licensed clinical psychologist with a dual doctorate in school and clinical psychology. She specializes in evidence-based therapies that address trauma, comorbid mental and physical health conditions, and substance use. Dr. Dichiara received a master’s in clinical psychology from Columbia University and an additional masters and her doctoral degree at Kean University. She completed her predoctoral internship at Hudson Valley VA Healthcare System, where she worked in the residential PTSD program, the Primary Care-Mental Health Integration program, the outpatient DBT program and the Acute Psychiatry unit. Dr. Dichiara did her postdoctoral fellowship at the James J. Peters VA’s Mental Illness Research Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC)/National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans (NCHAV).

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Carly Moskowitz

Carly Moskowitz, LMHC, CASAC

Program Director of Wholeview Direct

Carly Moskowitz is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC). She is currently a doctoral student in the Mental Health Counseling program at Pace University. Carly graduated from Long Island University with a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Studies from Iona College.

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Marissa Pizziferro

Marissa Pizziferro

Psychology Extern

Marissa is a Psychology graduate student at The New School for Social Research with a concentration in Substance Use and Mental Health Counseling. Her clinical training and research are focused on attachment theory, mentalization, and emotion regulation, all of which inform her approach to recovery.

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Jane Macky

Jane Macky

Clinician

Jane Macky completed her Mental Health Counseling degree at the City College of New York, where her focus was on Substance Use Disorders (SUD) and recovery. She is certified in Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) and has dedicated the past 5 years to increasing access to CRAFT and working directly with family members impacted by addiction in both group and individual therapy. Jane has also conducted research proving the efficacy and outcomes of delivering CRAFT online.

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Ashley Hall-Simmonds

Ashley Hall-Simmonds, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Hall-Simmonds is a postdoctoral fellow with a doctorate in clinical psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ. Her research interests focus on the area of positive psychology specifically focusing on the relationship between character strengths and clinical presentation among individuals with depression. She is trained in a range of evidence-based treatments that focuses on the amelioration of short-term and long-term effects of chronic substance-use. She has dedicated most of her career to the provision of dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness techniques, and psychodynamic therapies. She completed her predoctoral internship at Mount Sinai Health Systems, where she worked at the Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders, Addiction Institute, and the Psychiatric Inpatient Unit.

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Hima Reddy

Hima Reddy, Ph.D.

Psychologist

Dr. Reddy is a New York State licensed clinical psychologist with 10 years of experience in treatment and neuropsychological evaluation of a wide range of presentations. Practicing from a culturally sensitive and intersectional lens, she has extensive experience working with intergenerational transmission of trauma, sexual expression, gender identity, and neurodiversity.

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Felipe Castillo

Dr. Felipe Castillo, MD

Medical Director

Felipe Castillo, MD, received his undergraduate degree in biology from Cornell University in 2008. After graduating, he worked as a research coordinator at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute. Prior to starting medical school at Tulane University, he received a Post baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award at the NIH. After graduating medical school, he completed his adult psychiatry residency at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. He then completed an NIH T32 and ACGME Addiction Psychiatry fellowship at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute with the Division on Substance Use Disorders, pursuing both his research and clinical interests in addiction.

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Amy Trachter

Amy Trachter, Psy.D., Ph.D.

Psychologist

Dr. Amy Trachter, Psy.D., Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with both adolescents and adults struggling with a variety of psychological disorders including substance use issues, relationship, and marital problems, learning disabilities, and eating and weight difficulties.

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Isaiah Sypher

Isaiah Sypher, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoroal Fellow

Dr. Isaiah Sypher is a postdoctoral fellow with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor and a BA in Psychology from Wesleyan University. His research explores links between race-based stress and substance use disorders, with a particular emphasis on community-based approaches. He completed his predoctoral internship at the Yale School of Medicine, providing services at the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit and Adult Community Mental Health programs within the Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC).

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Adenike Lawal

Adenike L. Lawal, LMSW

Therapist

Adenike L. Lawal, LMSW (“Nikki”) is a NYS licensed social worker who specializes in evidence-based practices that address trauma, depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders. She is trained in the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), mindfulness techniques and psychodynamic approaches.

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