Our Clinicians are the heart and soul of the Hallowell Center. They are dedicated to helping people lead happier, more productive lives. Our Clinicians embody the philosophy upon which the Hallowell Center is founded. They bring intelligence, dedication and compassion to their work.
We believe it is important for you to know the educational/professional backgrounds of the people who treat you. Enclosed are descriptions of their education, professional experience and clinical expertise. Please feel free to call us to ask questions about our Clinicians and to determine who might best be suited to address your individual needs.
With all best wishes, The Staff of the Hallowell Center, Sudbury
Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.
Ned Hallowell is a graduate of Harvard College, Tulane Medical School, and a Harvard Residency Program in Adult and Child Psychiatry. He is the author of the national best sellers, Driven to Distraction, Worry, and Connect in addition to many other publications. Dr. Hallowell has been featured on national televisions’ 20/20, Dateline, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Oprah. He lectures around the country while maintaining a private practice at the Hallowell Center. Dr. Hallowell has just released his latest book, The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness. It focuses on how to prepare children for a more productive, happy life.
Paul J. Sorgi, M.D. Paul Sorgi is a graduate of Tufts College, Tufts Medical School and a Harvard Residency Program in Adult Psychiatry. He is board certified in Psychiatry. He has served on the faculties of Harvard and the University of Massachusetts Medical Schools. Dr. Sorgi lectures on a broad range of topics related to cognitive and emotional issues. He is co-founder of the Hallowell Center, where he maintains his private practice. Dr. Sorgi is the author of The 7 Systems of Balance.
Dr. Laurie Cestnick has been conducting neuropsychological, educational, and psychological/projective evaluations for fifteen years. Her work expands clinical, research and teaching arenas, where she tests persons for developmental and/or acquired concerns, examines clinical phenomenon through fMRI and MEG neuroimaging research, and teaches at local universities (Harvard Medical School and M.I.T.). Dr. Cestnick’s contributions to the fields of reading and dyslexia in particular are recognized internationally and she has received numerous awards for this work. In addition to testing many of our clients for attention, learning, and/or psychological concerns, she counsels children, adolescents, and adults and runs social skills groups for children. Scientific publications and sample reports from clinical evaluations can be viewed at www.lauriecestnick.com. Clients can also refer to this website to download developmental history questionnaires and complete them prior to meeting with Dr. Cestnick to assist with reviewing your case.
Elizabeth O. Davis, LICSW
Ms Davis is a graduate of Bucknell University and the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. She has been in practice for almost thirty years. In addition to private practice, Ms Davis has extensive experience working in community mental health/substance abuse treatment centers. She has received training in Mind/Body medicine and incorporates a positive, strengths based approach to problem solving when working with individuals and couples.
Linda M. Forsythe, M.D.
Linda Forsythe is a graduate of Oberlin College, Columbia University School of General Studies, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is board certified in Adult and Child Psychiatry. Dr. Forsythe is an instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, a member of the New England Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Forsythe is very active in the adoption field. She is co-founder of Archway, an organization of professionals who investigate and collaborate on issues of adoption and related studies. Besides her affiliation with the Hallowell Center, Dr. Forsythe is on staff at Massachusetts General Hospital and has a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Renee LeWinter Goldberg, Ed.D., C.E.P.(Certified Educational Planner)
Renee LeWinter Goldberg is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and received her doctorate from Clark University. She has taught public school and was a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Renee was recently the assistant director of Disability Services at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. At Clark University, she established and created support services for students with learning disabilities. In addition, Dr. Goldberg has lectured throughout the country on services for students with learning disabilities and AD/HD. She has a special interest in students with learning disabilities and AD/HD.
David James Keevil, Psy.D.
David Keevil received his doctorate in psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Before coming to the Hallowell Center, Dr. Keevil worked with children, adolescents, and adults at a group practice in Brockton. He has also worked at the Brookline Community Mental Health Center, at the Federal E.A.P. in Boston, and with a market research consulting group. Dr. Keevil enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults, as well as with couples and families. He was trained at the Cambridge Hospital and at the Brookline Center, where he was a member of the “family team.” Prior to becoming a psychologist, Dr. Keevil worked as a teacher and administrator in a university writing program and as a professional artist.
Dr. Kohlenberg is a board certified pediatrician with dual fellowship training in Developmental/ Behavioral Pediatrics and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is Co-President of the Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents. Since 1995 Dr. Kohlenberg has worked in a variety of child psychiatry settings including Children’s Hospital, private practice, school consultation, and currently at the University of Massachusetts, where she teaches residents in the Child Behavior Clinic. She has particular interests in the challenges facing adoptive families, and in parent-child interaction. Dr. Kohlenberg graduated Cum Laude from Columbia University, and received her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics, and a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Massachusetts Medical Society and the New England Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Amy Lister, M.D.
Amy Lister, M.D. is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She completed a combined residency in Pediatrics, General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Prior to joining the Hallowell Center, Dr. Lister practiced in New York and Vermont. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Diabetes Association. She enjoys working with children and adults of all ages. Her particular areas of interest include ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and chronic medical illness.
Shelley MacLeod is a Licensed, independent clinical social worker. She graduated CumLaude, with a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from Simmons College. She also received a Master in Social Work from Simmons College. Ms. MacLeod is also a clinician at Riverside Community Care Outpatient Center, Norwood, MA. Ms. MacLeod’s work over the years has focused on providing individual and family therapy for children, adolescents and adults. She is skilled at creating strength based treatment plans collaboratively with patients. Ms. MacLeod enjoys conducting social skills groups for children and leading parent support groups. Ms. MacLeod coordinated a clinical research study on ADHD at the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.
Carol E. Montgomery has over twenty years experience with neuropsychological evaluation and treatment. She has worked in a variety of settings including rehabilitation hospitals, residential homes and correctional institutions which have enabled her to acquire a strong understanding of what aspects of neuropsychological test data is relevant to the functional and behavioral problems a client faces. She is well versed in issues confronting persons with AD/HD, learning disability and brain injury and enjoys group and individual treatment of anger management issues in addition to neurobehavioral assessment.
Kimberly Rawlins, M.D.
Kimberly Rawlins is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a Harvard Residency Program in Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is board certified in Psychiatry and enjoys working with adults and adolescents who experience A.D.H.D., anxiety disorders, affective disorders as well as chronic medical illnesses. Besides her practice at the Hallowell Center, Dr. Rawlins also has a private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Sarah Reiff-Hekking, Ph.D. Dr. Sarah Reiff-Hekking is a Personal and Professional Coach and Clinical Psychologist with more than a decade of experience helping people create and achieve their goals. She received her Ph.D. from the SUNY at Stony Brook and an BA from DePauw University. She was on the faculty at UMass Medical School for 6 years and is an experienced coach, psychotherapist, teacher, researcher, and mentor. She enjoys coaching groups and individuals on a variety of topics including life balance, healthy lifestyles, increasing productivity and focus, and goal setting and achievement. She offers private and group coaching services in person and over the telephone. Find out more about her at www.TrueFocusCoaching.com.
Christine Robinson, M.Ed. is an ADHD Coach and Educational Consultant. Christine received her Bachelor’s Degree from Clark University and her Master’s Degree in Education from Fitchburg State College. She is a certified teacher and coach who also has over 20 years of sales and management experience. Christine focuses on coaching older teens and adults with organizational and time management challenges along with those making business or personal transitions who are seeking optimal performance in their lives. Christine also enjoys working with parents of small children to help guide them in managing their child’s ADHD symptoms, managing behavioral issues and general parenting techniques. She can also be a resource in directing her clients to appropriate alternative therapies. In addition, Christine has had personal experience advocating for her own child and has helped many families navigate the IEP process through Special Education and seek appropriate services and programs for their children.
Robin Roman Wright, M.A.
Robin Roman Wright, M.A.provides AD/HD & Career coaching. She specializes in offering customized coaching that is strengths-based, structured and supportive. She works with clients to enhance time management, organizational and decision-making skills as well as improve study habits. For those who are seeking career direction, Robin helps them identify their talents and skills and articulate where, within the world of work, they might find fulfillment and joy. Prior to becoming an AD/HD Coach, she provided coaching and training services internally in the financial services industry for 18 years. She has a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. She has presented locally and nationally including at the International Career Development Conference and the 2009 CHADD International Conference on AD/HD. She works with college students, young adults and mid-career professionals who want to increase their effectiveness and create a more satisfying life.
Rebecca Shafir, M.A., C.C.C.
Rebecca Shafir . is a speech/language pathologist, neurotherapist and author of the award-winning book The Zen of Listening: Mindful Communication in the Age of Distraction (Quest Books 2000). Formerly, the Chief of Speech/Language Pathology at the Lahey Clinic, Ms. Shafir has over twenty five years of clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of children and adults with speech, language, and voice disorders. Her advice has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Washington Post and other major national publications. Her specialties include LENS neurofeedback for children and adults, biofeedback for stress management, HEG hemoencephalography and executive function training.
Saumya G. Sharma, Ph.D.
Saumya Sharma is a clinical neuropsychologist and conducts cognitive and academic assessments. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University. Her internship training was completed at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Post-doctoral training in neuropsychology was completed in the psychiatry department and the behavioral neurology unit at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sharma enjoys working with children and adults of all ages and performs a wide range of evaluations assessing ADHD, learning disabilities, concussion/traumatic brain injury, neurological/medical illness (dementia, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy), and mood disorders.