Our Team of Experts
Dr. Amy Serin
Dr. Serin conducts psychological and neuropsychological evaluations for ages 4 through adult for ADHD, learning disabilities, IQ, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorders and giftedness. She also uses a team approach, working together with schools and consulting with medical professionals to help facilitate the most effective treatments for her patients. Dr. Serin applies her personal and scientific understanding of the challenges of parents face when dealing with giftedness, ADHD, autism, mood disorders and other special needs. Because she cares deeply about her patients’ successes, she also works with parents on structured parenting plans that can minimize tantrums and other problematic behaviors while increasing positive behaviors.
Dr. Serin takes a strength-based, results-oriented approach to her psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults. She uses cognitive-behavioral approaches because research shows they work for many conditions, including Dr. Serin’s areas of expertise: anxiety, depression, parenting, and women’s issues.
Dr. Serin’s approach is both scientific and holistic, and stems from a broad educational background. She graduated from Arizona State University, where she was Valedictorian (Moeur Award) and holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in Pediatric Neuropsychology from The Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, California. Dr. Serin completed her training at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and several private practices before opening a practice to serve Phoenix and the West Valley. She is President Elect of The Arizona Neuropsychological Association and a member of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research, the Arizona Psychological Association, the National Academy of Neuropsychology, and Arizona Children’s Services Network.
Dr. Meena Choi
Dr. Meena Choi is a licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in assessment and treatment of children and families who deal with a variety of difficulties including depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, attentional problems, autism spectrum symptoms, school difficulties, loss, and trauma. Dr. Choi utilizes cognitive-behavioral techniques, play therapy, and parent training to assist her clients in reaching their goals and improving their lives.
Dr. Choi graduated from Arizona State University with dual degrees in Psychology and Child and Family Studies. She obtained both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (with a focus on children) from the State University of New York at Albany. During her pre-doctoral internship at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, she adopted a multidisciplinary and systems approach to the treatment of children and their families. She believes that collaboration with the family and others who work with children assists greatly to effectively help the child succeed. When working with children, Dr. Choi consults closely with parents, as they are invaluable sources of information and partners for intervention.
Dr. Choi is a member of the Arizona Psychological Association, Arizona Association of Play Therapy, and the Arizona Children’s Services Network. In her spare time, Dr. Choi enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her husband, two daughters and two dogs.
Jennifer Montgomery, LCSW
Jennifer Montgomery specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorders, mood disorders, and ADHD. She provides individual counseling to children, adolescents and adults.
Jennifer graduated from the University of Southern California in 2002 with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Her concentration was in Families and Children, with a sub-concentration in School Social Work. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and Children’s Services Network. She became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in 2005, after moving to Phoenix from the Los Angeles area with her husband. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and her dogs.
Tara Dickey, MA Ed, Counseling
As a School Psychologist with experience as a general education teacher in the public school environment, Tara provides a unique approach when working with children and families during the evaluation process. She believes in a collaborative approach between the child, caregiver(s), school, and other facilities when developing and implementing a plan for success. Tara specializes in the psychoeducational assessment of children with various difficulties including but not limited to learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, traumatic brain injuries, developmental delays, and social/emotional disabilities. Other duties as a school psychologist included dealing with emergency counseling for students during a crisis, small group counseling (such as anger management, social skills, stress reduction, etc.), and delivering professional development for the staff working with special needs children.
Tara Dickey is a graduate of California State University Dominguez Hills, with a Master of Arts degree in Education Counseling. She also has dual certification in the areas of School Psychology and Teaching Multiple Subjects in a school setting. While completing her undergraduate studies, Tara gained the experience of providing services to others as an academic peer advisor for the psychology department on campus. During that time period, she worked as a counselor teaching independent living skills for adults with intellectual disabilities in the home and out in the community. Tara also provides instruction as a Psychology Adjunct Instructor for the Maricopa Community Colleges. She enjoys helping people of all ages reach their educational goals and providing guidance on how to implement this knowledge as a part of personal and professional development.
In her free time, Tara enjoys her family and friends, going to the movies, traveling, hiking, and promoting overall health and wellness. She is excited to continue this journey of helping others as a part of The Serin Center.
Dr. Ruggiero is a pediatrician board certified in the subspecialty of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. He specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children, teens, and young adults and their families with a wide spectrum of neurodevelopmentally based health and wellness challenges including motor disabilities, Autism Spectrum, ADHD, Learning and Mood Disorders. His holistic approach to neurodevelopmental and behavioral medicine include a detailed genetic, medical, developmental and environmental history, health systems and lifestyle review such as nutrition, sleep, exercise and allergies. This information is integrated with a detailed physical and neurological exam, and if indicated, laboratory testing is performed. Appropriate diagnoses and recommendations for interventions that include various therapies, medication, school based accommodations, wellness based lifestyle changes, and when indicated, further psychological testing and subspecialty medical referrals.
Dr Ruggiero’s years of experience as a general pediatrician prior to his completing his developmental pediatrics fellowship has provided him a more broad view and experiential base in the interrelationship of nature and nurture in the expression of wellness and challenges in all of us. Dr Ruggiero graduated from medical school at the University of Florida School of Medicine, and completed his residency in general pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Oakland. Following subspecialty training at the University of North Carolina he was appointed assistant professor of Developmental Pediatrics at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon, serving as director of a multidisciplinary neurodevelopment clinic and resident training director. This experience was the basis of his appreciation and commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to neurodevelopmental and behavioral evaluations and interventions.
Dr. Ruggiero has been practicing at the Melmed Center since 2001 and is now at The Serin Center to continue to serve Arizona families and integrate care with neuropsychologists and psychologists for comprehensive treatment that works for each patient. Dr. Ruggiero very much enjoys the Arizona lifestyle. He is an avid hiker, water skier, snow skier, and tennis player, and spends much of his free time traveling to see family and many other destinations.
Jamie Dana, MC, LAC
Jamie Dana graduated from Arizona State University’s Master’s of Counseling program in 2005, and has since worked with adolescents and adults in individual and family counseling. As a Licensed Accredited Counselor (LAC), Jamie provides a confidential, non-judgmental environment for people to share their struggles and master skills that can improve their lives, their relationships and their overall happiness.
Jamie’s specialties include anxiety, depression, communication problems, social skills difficulties and organizational and behavioral issues. Jamie also provides treatment for ADHD, organizational challenges and behavioral issues. She uses a cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused approach to counseling, which studies show to be successful with many problems.
Jamie is compassionate, insightful and supportive. Clients can expect Jamie to challenge them when needed and be their strongest cheerleader as they grow and progress.
Kim Van Roekel, BA, SpEd
Kim Van Roekel graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University with her degree in Education and obtained a dual certification in Elementary Education K-8 and Special Education K-12. She also earned certificates in Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities, and Mild Mental Retardation. Kim is passionate about working with children struggling with a learning difference and helping them reach their potential.
Kim develops and implements individualized reading intervention programs for students according to their strengths and needs. She utilizes the most current, research-based reading programs and a multi-sensory approach to build reading fluency and comprehension skills. She also strives to rebuild a student’s esteem that may have been adversely affected by a reading difference. Kim works with families and schools to provide dyslexic students the educational accommodations they require, and she equips older students with the skills to be their own advocate.
Kim is excited to fuel her passion for helping others at the Serin Center. Kim is a wife and mother of three children. In her free time, she and her family enjoy spending time together while cooking, volunteering with local organizations, and spending time outdoors.
Anne Friedman specializes in our neuromodulation program. She provides active training to children and adults who are dealing with a variety of challenges such as anxiety, ADD/ADHD, addictions, OCD, traumatic brain injury and other mental health conditions. Anne’s passion is helping people see a positive difference in their life by assisting them in their training while supporting and encouraging them along the way.
Anne has a well-rounded background in medical, dental and business. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University and moved to Arizona in 1998. For the past few years, Anne has been volunteering as a facilitator and Board Member for Billy’s Place, a local non-profit organization which helps children and their caregivers cope with a traumatic loss in their life. Anne has four children and enjoys spending time exercising, volunteering, spending time outdoors and being with her family and friends.
Morgan Benoit graduated Summa Cum Laude from Grand Canyon University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Physical Education. Morgan has always been motivated by helping others improve their health and wellness through new and exciting ways. She is very eager to learn as much as she can so that she can continue to improve the quality of life of the individuals she encounters.
Morgan is passionate about our neuromodulation program and seeing the benefits that this innovative therapy can provide to individuals looking to improve their well-being. Whether it is in their home or workplace, Morgan is able to accommodate to the needs of many individuals with this amazing therapy.
In her free time, Morgan enjoys spending time with her husband and family. She also enjoys reading, water skiing, and playing sports.
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Whether you come to the Serin Center for a neuropsychological evaluation, therapy, in-home services, or a consult, you will receive a uniquely personal program designed to meet your goals.