Martin D. Segel, Ph.D. & Associates

About Us

At the private practice of Martin D. Segel, Ph.D. & Associates, we provide our patients with quality and individualized care in a professional, empathic, culturally sensitive environment. Our clinical staff includes five skilled licensed psychologists. Additionally, our knowledgeable office staff offers convenient and friendly administrative support.

​Our psychologists draw their psychotherapeutic techniques from an array of theoretical foundations, including but not limited to the psychodynamic theory of personality, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), family systems therapy, solution focused therapy, person-centered therapy, and humanistic-existential therapy. Our clinicians recognize the unique needs of each patient and use eclectic therapeutic approach to ensure such needs are addressed during individual, group, couples, or family sessions.

Leadership Team

Martin D. Segel, Ph.D.

Martin D. Segel, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

The focus of Dr. Segel’s practice is varied and includes psychological assessment, neuropsychological evaluation and psychotherapy.  Dr. Segel performs several different types of psychological evaluations, including intelligence testing, learning disabilities evaluation, neuropsychological assessment, personality evaluation, ADHD assessment, gifted evaluation, and dementia screenings.  Dr. Segel works extensively with adolescents, adults, and older adults on an individual and conjoint basis.  He treats individuals with anxieties, depression, grief issues, social skills limitations, and relationship issues

Dr. Segel is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Psychology.  He then went on to earn a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Houston Baptist University (HBU) in Houston Texas.  Upon graduating from HBU, Dr. Segel enrolled at The California School of Professional Psychology-Fresno (CSPP) from where he earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.  While attending CSPP, Dr. Segel participated in a research practicum under the supervision of Dr. Donald Templer, a renowned psychologist in the field of psychological research.  It was while working with Dr. Templer that Dr. Segel co-published an article in The Perceptual and Motor Skills Journal on the Exploration of the Neuropsychological Spectrum in Clients of Heterogenous Disabilities.  His great interest in acculturative issues led him to study under Dr. Noel B. Peters who chaired his dissertation. As part of his research for his Doctoral Dissertation, on Acculturative Stress and Depression, Dr. Segel wrote an article on diverse perspectives on education & peace which was published in the International Journal of Humanities & Peace.

In 1994, on his acceptance to The University of Miami-School of Medicine, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Dr. Segel relocated to Miami.  Here he did his pre-doctoral internship, training in various units throughout the hospital.  Dr. Segel served on the Neuro-Trauma Rehabilitation Unit, where he trained in neuropsychological assessment in a sub-acute rehabilitation setting.   While at The University of Miami-School of Medicine, he also trained in the adult outpatient clinic, where he provided psychotherapy to an adult and older adult population.  In addition, Dr. Segel completed rotations on the adult in-patient psychiatric unit and cardiac intensive care unit.  While on internship at the University of Miami-School of Medicine-JMH, Dr. Segel took a leadership role, serving as Chief Intern for his class.

Upon completing his internship, Dr. Segel relocated to Boca Raton where he obtained post doctoral fellowship training in a private practice setting.  Dr. Segel was licensed in Florida as a psychologist in 1996. Currently, he is a member of The American Psychological Association, National Academy of Neuropsychology, The Society for Personality Assessment, The Florida Psychological Association, The American College of Forensic Examiners, and The American Board of Disability Analysts.

Publications:

Marissa Roecklein, Ph.D.

Marissa Roecklein, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Roecklein earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University.  She completed her pre-doctoral internship at South Florida State Hospital and her post-doctoral residency at the Clinical & Forensic Institute Inc.

She is the founding president of Mental Illness New Directions (M.I.N.D.), a group dedicated to advocating for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness. Dr. Roecklein completed her doctoral dissertation research on the effectiveness of a recovery model based drop-in center for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness. She is extremely passionate about advocacy work and decreasing the stigma of mental illness.

Dr. Roecklein has extensive experience conducting individual therapy and group therapy as well as a range of psychological assessments. Dr. Roecklein’s areas of expertise include the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of psychological disorders including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, and substance use disorders. Her theoretical orientation is integrative, as she strongly believes that therapeutic interventions should be specifically tailored to the needs of each individual.

 

Aliesha Rosa, Psy.D., ABN

Aliesha Rosa, Psy.D., ABN

Neuropsychologist

Dr. Rosa is a Florida licensed psychologist and a board certified neuropsychologist, who works with adolescents and adults to provide testing/evaluations for a variety of mental health disorders, neurologic impairment due to strokes, traumatic brain injuries, brain tumors, or neurodegenerative disorders, and to evaluate for ADHD/ADD, learning disabilities, autism, and other developmental disorders. Dr. Rosa additionally conducts general psychological and personality evaluations. As part of her training, Dr. Rosa has provided services in all levels of care with varying degrees of severity, including inpatient and residential treatment centers for mental health difficulties or substance dependence, partial hospitalization programs, outpatient settings, and hospital facilities.

Dr. Rosa earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Central Florida and her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology from the Florida School of Professional Psychology. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at South Shore Mental Health Center and McLean Hospital in Massachusetts. She completed a two-year fellowship in Neuropsychology at Comprehensive Medpsych Systems, Inc in Sarasota, Florida. Dr. Rosa completed board certification in Neuropsychology and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology. Her area of expertise is conducting cognitive and psychological assessments to assess impairments in functioning in order to assist with future treatment planning for each individual and their families.

Gesenia Sloan-Pena, Psy.D.

Gesenia Sloan-Pena, Psy.D.

Neuropsychologist

Dr. Sloan-Pena is a graduate of Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, California where she was awarded her Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology, an American Psychological Association (APA) approved program. At Pepperdine University she received training in neuropsychological evaluation and psychotherapy from the University of Southern California (USC) General Hospital as well as Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). Dr. Sloan-Pena also provided individual psychotherapy and psychological evaluations at the Pepperdine University Counseling Clinic.

Dr. Sloan-Pena completed her internship at Kaiser Permanente Behavioral Health Department of Psychology/Psychiatry where she conducted neuropsychological and developmental evaluations as part of the Autism Clinic and Diabetes Clinic. Dr. Sloan-Pena also participated in the Behavioral Medicine Clinic where she assisted in training the Medical Residents. Dr. Sloan-Pena completed a second internship at the Clinical Evaluation and Guidance Unit (CEGU) for the Orange County Health Care Agency where she performed neuropsychological evaluations and provided individual therapy to foster/adopt children and youth. Dr. Sloan-Pena completed her Post-Doctoral training at Fullerton Neuropsychological Services in Orange County, California. In this position, she conducted neuropsychological evaluations and provided individual and family therapy to children and young adults. Dr. Sloan-Pena also worked for three years in a private practice in Orange County, California completing neuropsychological evaluations for pediatric, adults and geriatric patients. Dr. Sloan-Pena completed an AABN recognized Post-Doctoral Residency at Comprehensive MedPsych Systems.

Dr. Sloan-Pena is well-versed in completing neuropsychological assessment for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)/Asperger’s Syndrome, chronic medical problems, ADHD/ADD/Attention problems, Anxiety and Depression, learning disabilities and behavioral problems, traumatic brain injury, concussion/sports injury/CTE, epilepsy/seizure surgery, stroke and memory problems and dementia. Dr. Sloan-Pena is trained to complete the Autism Spectrum Diagnostic Schedule (ADOS) with children from 2 years old to adults. She is also available to complete worker’s compensation and forensic civil cases. She is Bi-lingual Spanish speaking and able to conduct evaluations with Spanish speaking individuals. She is excited to continue her practice as a licensed psychologist and neuropsychologist at the office of Dr. Martin Segel.

Marcia Washington, Ph.D.

Marcia Washington, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Washington is a postdoctoral psychology fellow, who specializes in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults experiencing concerns with a variety of mental health disorders and learning disabilities, including depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, relationship concerns, low self-esteem, and difficulties with career decision-making, behavior management, and other areas of social/emotional development.

Prior to joining Martin D. Segel, Ph.D. & Associates, Dr. Washington completed her internship at Mid-Ohio Psychological Services, a community mental health center in Columbus, OH, where she provided therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and adults from the underserved population.  Services included, but were not limited to, providing individual, group, couples, and family therapy; and administering psychological and psychoeducational assessments measuring general intelligence (IQ) and academic difficulties due to a possible learning disability or ADHD.

Dr. Washington received her pre-doctoral training in a variety of clinical settings, including private practices, hospitals, elementary/middle schools, the Department of Children and Families, an adult learning evaluation center, student counseling center, and career center.  Other training experiences included developing and facilitating a self-esteem group for middle school-aged girls referred for concerns related to self-esteem and self-perception, in addition to co-facilitating a sexually aggressive youth program tailored to reducing the risk of sexually abusive behavior of children and adolescents.

Dr. Washington earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with Honors from Florida International University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science from the University of Miami.  Dr. Washington received her Doctoral degree in Counseling and School Psychology from Florida State University.

Dr. Washington presents with experience working with culturally diverse populations and is bilingual in English and Haitian-Creole.  While her academic training mainly stems from a cognitive-behavioral prospective, Dr. Washington adopts an eclectic theoretical orientation that best suits the needs of her clients, including person-centered, family systems, and solution-focused approaches.  Dr. Washington is currently a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a non-matriculating fellow of the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship.

Stefania Dannacher, Psy. D.

Stefania Dannacher, Psy. D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Stefania Dannacher is a clinical psychologist who specializes in neuropsychological and psychological assessment, diagnosis, and psychotherapeutic treatment for a wide variety of psychiatric conditions. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Florida and her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Dannacher completed her pre-doctoral internship at Tewksbury Hospital, Department of Public Health in Massachusetts working with underserved client populations. She has had clinical experiences in a wide variety of settings including outpatient neuropsychological assessment and anxiety treatment centers, correctional and state hospital settings, intensive outpatient and residential OCD treatment programs, and residential and partial hospitalization dual diagnosis treatment centers. She specializes in providing psychotherapeutic treatment for individuals suffering from a variety of mental health difficulties including anxiety disorders, OCD (and related conditions), PTSD, and depression. She has an individualized and integrative approach to psychotherapy with an expertise in evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).

Dr. Meza Valencia

Dr. Meza Valencia

Post Doctoral Psychology Fellow

Dr. Meza Valencia is a postdoctoral psychological resident, who specializes in neuropsychological evaluations and psychotherapeutic treatment. Her specialty area is the treatment and evaluation of adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum. Dr. Meza Valencia also has vast experience in neuropsychological assessment with individuals presenting with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, aphasia, learning disabilities, and neurodevelopmental disorders. She also provides psychotherapeutic treatment for individuals suffering with depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and chronic pain. Dr. Meza Valencia also specializes in couples therapy and is a certified Gottman therapist, who offers a top of the line research based interventions for couples with relational issues.

Dr. Meza Valencia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Humanities from Baylor University, and her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in neuropsychology from the American School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC. She completed her predoctoral training in outpatient psychiatric, private practice, and integrated primary care facilities.

Dr. Meza Valencia also has been involved in collaborative research including school-based autism intervention development and a national study of gender non-conforming children. She has research experience focused on validity and utility of a computerized neurocognitive assessment battery in assessing cognitive dysfunction in Multiple Sclerosis, as well as research focused on verbal fluency and depression in Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Mercedes Martinez

Dr. Mercedes Martinez

Psychology Fellow

Dr. Martinez attended Carlos Albizu University and completed her internship at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center in Miami, Florida in 2012. She was Chief Intern for her class and trained in adult behavioral medicine and rehabilitation psychology. During her internship, she provided psychotherapeutic services to an ethnically and socio-economically diverse adult inpatient and outpatient population with an emphasis on central nervous system disorders and multiple traumas including spinal cord injury, lower limb amputations, mild to moderate levels of brain injury, and multiple fractures. Additionally, she administered neuropsychological evaluations to patients with traumatic brain injury.

During her post-doctoral residency with Martin D. Segel, Ph.D. & Associates, Dr. Martinez continued conducting neuropsychological evaluations, as well as a wide range of other assessments, for the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. In 2014, she completed a second post-doctoral residency with an emphasis on primary care behavioral health at Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts. This was followed by work as a primary care psychologist at an independent medical group in Central Massachusetts.

Dr. Martinez speaks fluent Spanish and is a licensed clinical psychologist in Massachusetts.

Daniella Lopez

Daniella Lopez

Psychometrician

Daniella is currently working towards her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology from Nova Southeastern University. She received her Master’s in Arts in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Psychology from Montclair State University in 2018.

While earning her Master’s Daniella worked as an extern clinician at a nonprofit clinic, Outpatient Dr. Helen May Strauss Clinic, Youth Consultation Services Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health, in Union City, New Jersey. She worked with undocumented, Hispanic children and their families. During her externship, Daniella performed individual and family therapy as well as group therapy. In addition, she also collaborated with schools and parents to provide academic accommodations to children. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico in 2016. Daniella is fully bilingual in Spanish and in English.

In February 2019, she affiliated with Martin Segel, Ph.D. & Associates, working as a part-time psychometrician.

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Samantha Shumaker

Staff Assistant

Samantha received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University in 2015. While working on her degree, she worked as an undergraduate Research Assistant in the “Infant Development Lab” (language acquisition), as well as the “Visual Mind (Perception) Lab” (EEG research) at FAU.  In the Fall of 2015, she began her graduate work at FAU, pursuing a Master’s degree in ‘Clinical Mental Health Counseling’. In March 2016, she affiliated with Martin Segel, Ph.D. and Associates, working as a psychometrist and continues to do so, on a part-time basis. Currently, Samantha is completing her full-time internship at Palm Partner Rehabilitation in Delray Beach, Florida, and will receive her M.Ed. in May 2018. Her clinical interests include psychological assessment, individual and couples therapies, and women’s issues. Samantha plans to pursue her doctorate in psychology beginning in the Fall of 2018.

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Sonya Moss

Sonya Moss

Office Manager

Lisa Dambrosio

Lisa Dambrosio

Office Support Staff

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