The Serin Center Team

The Serin Center Team

Dr. Amy Serin

Dr. Amy 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.

Dr. Serin 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.

Buffy Slaff

Buffy Slaff

Buffy Slaff has 18 years of clinical experience conducting psychological assessments and treating addictions, women’s issues, and trauma for individuals and groups.  She trained and worked at the world-renowned Meadows Treatment Facility in Wickenburg, AZ.  Buffy graduated from Indiana University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work and holds licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) credentials in Arizona and Indiana.

Buffy integrates strength-based psychotherapy approaches by effectively combining cognitive-behavioral therapy and EMDR to remedy a comprehensive range of mood disorders, post traumatic stress, and addictions.  Buffy demonstrates a non-judgmental approach to counseling and supports her clients throughout the process, with the ultimate goal of assisting them in gaining empowerment for improved quality of life.

Tara Dickey, MA Ed

As a School Psychologist with experience as a general education teacher in the public school environment, Tara Dickey 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.

Morgan Benoit

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.

Dr. Mark Ruggiero, MD, FAAP

Dr. Mark Ruggiero is a pediatrician board certified in the subspecialty of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Dr. Ruggiero 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.

Dominic Di Lorento

Dominic Di Loreto, MA, BCIA has 6 years of experience developing and implementing neuromodulation treatments in premier clinics in the United States. Dominic is an International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) award winner who graduated cum laude from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he studied the physiology of anxiety using EEG and cortisol.  In 2013 he obtained his master’s degree in experiential psychology after working in the EEG and biopsychology lab as a research assistant and graduate teaching assistant.  Dominic blends his unique experience in both research and cutting-edge applied neuroscience to create effective treatment strategies for The Serin Center’s patients of all ages.

 

Kari Millican

Kari Millican

Kari Millican is an independently Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with over 10 years of experience in the field of mental and behavioral health. Certified through the Arizona Trauma Institute as a clinical trauma professional, Kari completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Diego State University (SDSU), and her Master’s degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling and Forensic Psychology from Argosy University in Phoenix, AZ.  Kari is trained in EMDR Therapy and is a member of the Arizona Association of Play Therapists (AZAPT) and has received numerous trainings focused on Sand-tray, Sand-play, Expressive Arts, Music-based, and Play-focused Therapies with children.

Kari has focused much of her career on early-childhood, family dynamics, and complex trauma. She is proficient in a number of specialized therapeutic modalities and techniques that support her work with children. Common treatment areas include: trauma, depression, anger-management, healthy bonding & attachment, adjustment disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD, behavioral problems, social skills / self-esteem, grief & loss, and parent coaching.

Kari believes in a strength-based approach and the importance of honest communication. She regularly provides parent-coaching to incorporate caretakers in the treatment process, with the understanding that stable and consistent adults are an essential environmental component to raise healthy and well-adjusted children. Kari has a naturally energetic and engaging demeanor to build rapport with children and set the foundation for a positive therapeutic relationship. In doing so, Kari remains consistent in the knowledge that children and adolescents are best poised to thrive and succeed in life when they experience dependable and supportive interactions with caring adults and mentors. In her free time, Kari most enjoys spending quality time with her husband and four children. She is an avid runner and is always striving for personal and professional growth.

Anne Friedman

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.

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.

Dr. Amy Serin

Dr. Amy 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.

Dr. Serin 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. Amy 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.

Dr. Serin 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. Mark Ruggiero, MD, FAAP

Dr. Mark Ruggiero is a pediatrician board certified in the subspecialty of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Dr. Ruggiero 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.

Dr. Mark Ruggiero is a pediatrician board certified in the subspecialty of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

Dr. Ruggiero 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.

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.


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.

Dominic Di Lorento

Dominic Di Loreto, MA, BCIA has 6 years of experience developing and implementing neuromodulation treatments in premier clinics in the United States. Dominic is an International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) award winner who graduated cum laude from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he studied the physiology of anxiety using EEG and cortisol.  In 2013 he obtained his master’s degree in experiential psychology after working in the EEG and biopsychology lab as a research assistant and graduate teaching assistant.  Dominic blends his unique experience in both research and cutting-edge applied neuroscience to create effective treatment strategies for The Serin Center’s patients of all ages.

Dominic Di Loreto, MA, BCIA has 6 years of experience developing and implementing neuromodulation treatments in premier clinics in the United States. Dominic is an International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) award winner who graduated cum laude from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he studied the physiology of anxiety using EEG and cortisol.  In 2013 he obtained his master’s degree in experiential psychology after working in the EEG and biopsychology lab as a research assistant and graduate teaching assistant.  Dominic blends his unique experience in both research and cutting-edge applied neuroscience to create effective treatment strategies for The Serin Center’s patients of all ages.

Buffy Slaff

Buffy Slaff

Buffy Slaff has 18 years of clinical experience conducting psychological assessments and treating addictions, women’s issues, and trauma for individuals and groups.  She trained and worked at the world-renowned Meadows Treatment Facility in Wickenburg, AZ.  Buffy graduated from Indiana University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work and holds licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) credentials in Arizona and Indiana.

Buffy integrates strength-based psychotherapy approaches by effectively combining cognitive-behavioral therapy and EMDR to remedy a comprehensive range of mood disorders, post traumatic stress, and addictions.  Buffy demonstrates a non-judgmental approach to counseling and supports her clients throughout the process, with the ultimate goal of assisting them in gaining empowerment for improved quality of life.

Buffy Slaff has 18 years of clinical experience conducting psychological assessments and treating addictions, women’s issues, and trauma for individuals and groups.  She trained and worked at the world-renowned Meadows Treatment Facility in Wickenburg, AZ.  Buffy graduated from Indiana University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work and holds licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) credentials in Arizona and Indiana.

Buffy integrates strength-based psychotherapy approaches by effectively combining cognitive-behavioral therapy and EMDR to remedy a comprehensive range of mood disorders, post traumatic stress, and addictions.  Buffy demonstrates a non-judgmental approach to counseling and supports her clients throughout the process, with the ultimate goal of assisting them in gaining empowerment for improved quality of life.

Kari Millican

Kari Millican

Kari Millican is an independently Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with over 10 years of experience in the field of mental and behavioral health. Certified through the Arizona Trauma Institute as a clinical trauma professional, Kari completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Diego State University (SDSU), and her Master’s degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling and Forensic Psychology from Argosy University in Phoenix, AZ.  Kari is trained in EMDR Therapy and is a member of the Arizona Association of Play Therapists (AZAPT) and has received numerous trainings focused on Sand-tray, Sand-play, Expressive Arts, Music-based, and Play-focused Therapies with children.

Kari has focused much of her career on early-childhood, family dynamics, and complex trauma. She is proficient in a number of specialized therapeutic modalities and techniques that support her work with children. Common treatment areas include: trauma, depression, anger-management, healthy bonding & attachment, adjustment disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD, behavioral problems, social skills / self-esteem, grief & loss, and parent coaching.

Kari believes in a strength-based approach and the importance of honest communication. She regularly provides parent-coaching to incorporate caretakers in the treatment process, with the understanding that stable and consistent adults are an essential environmental component to raise healthy and well-adjusted children. Kari has a naturally energetic and engaging demeanor to build rapport with children and set the foundation for a positive therapeutic relationship. In doing so, Kari remains consistent in the knowledge that children and adolescents are best poised to thrive and succeed in life when they experience dependable and supportive interactions with caring adults and mentors. In her free time, Kari most enjoys spending quality time with her husband and four children. She is an avid runner and is always striving for personal and professional growth.

Kari Millican is an independently Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with over 10 years of experience in the field of mental and behavioral health. Certified through the Arizona Trauma Institute as a clinical trauma professional, Kari completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Diego State University (SDSU), and her Master’s degree in Professional Mental Health Counseling and Forensic Psychology from Argosy University in Phoenix, AZ.  Kari is trained in EMDR Therapy and is a member of the Arizona Association of Play Therapists (AZAPT) and has received numerous trainings focused on Sand-tray, Sand-play, Expressive Arts, Music-based, and Play-focused Therapies with children.

Kari has focused much of her career on early-childhood, family dynamics, and complex trauma. She is proficient in a number of specialized therapeutic modalities and techniques that support her work with children. Common treatment areas include: trauma, depression, anger-management, healthy bonding & attachment, adjustment disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD, behavioral problems, social skills / self-esteem, grief & loss, and parent coaching.

Kari believes in a strength-based approach and the importance of honest communication. She regularly provides parent-coaching to incorporate caretakers in the treatment process, with the understanding that stable and consistent adults are an essential environmental component to raise healthy and well-adjusted children. Kari has a naturally energetic and engaging demeanor to build rapport with children and set the foundation for a positive therapeutic relationship. In doing so, Kari remains consistent in the knowledge that children and adolescents are best poised to thrive and succeed in life when they experience dependable and supportive interactions with caring adults and mentors. In her free time, Kari most enjoys spending quality time with her husband and four children. She is an avid runner and is always striving for personal and professional growth.

Tara Dickey, MA Ed

As a School Psychologist with experience as a general education teacher in the public school environment, Tara Dickey 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.

As a School Psychologist with experience as a general education teacher in the public school environment, Tara Dickey 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.

Anne Friedman

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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The Serin Center

10184 West Happy Valley Road
Suite 190
Peoria, Arizona 85383
Telephone: (623)824-5051
1615 E. Warner Road #2
Tempe, AZ 85284
14269 N. 87th Street #203
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
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20325 N. 51st Ave. Building 10
Suite 178, Office 11
Glendale AZ 85308

Payments

We are an out-of-network provider and can assist clients with insurance reimbursement. All major credit cards are accepted for payment.