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Staff Bios

Staff Bios

Carolyn Cohen, M.A.
Co-Owner and “Hope Coach”

Carolyn Cohen is co-owner of the Center for Brain with her husband, Mike Cohen. She wears many hats, including being in charge of bookkeeping, medical records, marketing oversight and the practice’s correspondence.

Carolyn also brings a skill set to the practice which has contributed significantly to the overall atmosphere of warmth, compassion and caring. Dubbed by some clients the “Hope Coach,” Carolyn provides support to clients as well as education about ways to live a healthier lifestyle – mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. She assists clients who desire it with guided imagery to help them delve deeper into the mind-body connection for enhanced wellbeing.

Carolyn’s inborn talents were enhanced after earning a master’s degree in counseling from East Tennessee State University, one of two master’s degrees she holds. While studying for her second master’s degree in medical science from Emory University, she discovered that she had a learning disability affecting her visual/perceptual processing which explained, finally, why school had always been so difficult for her. When she underwent neurofeedback training in 1996, she experienced what she felt was the right and left hemispheres of her brain properly communicating with each other for the first time, significantly reducing the discomfort of her learning disability.

Outside of the office Carolyn has hosted an ongoing healing circle since 2004 in Jupiter, Florida and authored three motivational books. She enjoys theater, especially musicals, “sappy girly movies,” bike riding, walking and swimming.

Elizabeth “Liz” Doyle, Ph.D
Director of Education and Home Supervision Coordinator

Dr. Elizabeth Doyle joined the Center for Brain team in 2009.  She has had many roles during that time, currently serving both as Director of Education and Home Supervision Coordinator.  In these roles she manages the details for training courses and assists individuals seeking to implement neurofeedback at home.

As part of her graduate studies, Dr. Doyle underwent a three-year training program in the cultivation of human capacities with Dr. Jean Houston, one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement. She completed her dissertation on the subject of spiritual crises, earning a doctorate in transformational psychology.

Dr. Doyle is trained in numerous mind-body techniques, has authored several articles, been featured in radio interviews, and taught meditation, QiGong and other forms of psycho-physical development.  Her interest in neurofeedback arose when she witnessed the life changing benefits it provided a close friend.

Her personal interests include spending time with friends and family, enjoying the beauty of nature, exploring spirituality and meditative practices and sharing a good movie with her husband.

Iza Boesler, MD
Medical Advisory Board member: Sleep

Dr. Boesler is a doctor of internal medicine who specializes in sleep disorders, stress-related disorders, autonomic dysregulation, fibromyalgia and obstructive sleep apnea for both children and adults. She is the director of the sleep laboratory at Riverview Medical Associates in Tinton Falls, New Jersey where she interprets sleep studies, runs a CPAP clinic and treats an array of sleep disorders. She also founded a biofeedback laboratory there for patients with stress-related disorders.

In 2014 she was nominated as one of New Jersey’s top physicians.

Dr. Boesler is a member of American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Anesthesiology and Sleep and International Society for Neurofeedback Research.  She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

In her spare time Dr. Boesler likes to swim, hike, play and listen to music. She derives inspiration from her work,her family, music, nature and her patients.

Gwen Carden, M.S.
Client Outreach Coordinator and Marketing Director

One of Gwen’s roles at Center for Brain is to provide information and support to people who have concerns about a condition or challenge for themselves or a loved one, or who want to know about the types of services offered by Center for Brain. Gwen has a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University and applies her experience in the field to help prospective clients feel heard, cared for and informed.

Gwen was certified in neurofeedback in 2008 by EEG Spectrum and co-founded Neurogenix that year, a provider of neurofeedback services in Stuart, Florida. From early 2013 to late 2014 she served as director of neurofeedback for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Gwen’s earlier career was in journalism and public relations, which imbued her with skills that she applies to Center for Brain’s marketing and PR needs.

For fun Gwen loves to dress up for ballroom dancing, favoring the waltz, dress down for dancing to classical rock and current pop music and enjoys water activities including boating and swimming.

Jayne Krausz
Neurofeedback Technologist

For many years Jayne suffered from chronic migraine headaches. When neurofeedback resulted in her headaches going away in 1992, Jayne “developed a passion” for the science and set about to learn all she could about it. Over the years she earned certificates in biofeedback and advanced biofeedback, peak performance biofeedback training, hypnotherapy and therapeutic crisis intervention. Her work has all been related to neurofeedback/biofeedback, with both adults and children. Jayne worked alongside Dr. Mary Jo Sabo in the groundbreaking Yonkers Project, where neurofeedback was brought into the schools to train some of the most challenging children, most with ADHD and intense behavioral issues.

In her spare time Jayne enjoys long distance bicycling. She has completed three charity rides from Boston to New York and a 500-mile trip in Alaska.

Risa Voorhees, L.C.S.W.
Clinical Director

Risa, a licensed clinical social worker, has been in the mental health field for over 20 years. She works with both teens and adults who are dealing with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and major life transitions.

Risa also works with the families of children with special needs and disabilities. As the mother of two special needs children, she has an in-depth understanding of the difficulty of raising children who struggle with the challenges of being different. Risa is well-acquainted with the emotional, psychological, physical and financial hurdles parents of special needs children encounter daily. She uses her experience as a psychotherapist and parent to present workshops on neurodiversity to educators and parents.

Before becoming a LCSW, Risa spent 10 years at a financial magazine in New York using her undergraduate degree in business administration and marketing. With her husband of 20 years, she co-founded Synergy Health & Wellness in Jupiter, Florida, where she utilizes both her business experience and psychological services. Believing strongly in the mind-body connection, Risa also became certified in teaching Pilates.

In a compassionate and reassuring environment, Risa provides insight, support and new strategies for all types of life challenges and assists clients in achieving their desired changes. She brings her years of counseling experience and consulting services to Center for Brain.

In her spare time, Risa enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, movies, music and doing Pilates.

Robert Coben, Ph.D.
Connectivity Map Consultant

Dr. Coben is the developer of a unique method of applying the connectivity map to learning and processing issues. He interprets the findings of connectivity maps for select Center for Brain clients who need this specialized mapping service.

Dr. Coben is Director and Chief Neuropsychologist of NeuroRehabilitation and Neuropsychological Services at Integrated Neuroscience Services in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He is an affiliated researcher of New York University Medical Center.

He is the former director of inpatient and outpatient brain rehabilitation at Staten Island University Hospital. He is also an affiliate of Winthrop University Hospital and an affiliated researcher of NYU Medical Center.

Dr. Coben is an associate editor for the Journal of Neurotherapy and Frontiers in Child Health and Human Development. He is also an editorial reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Coben has served as President of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research and is Past President of the International Board of Quantitative Electrophysiology.

Kimberly Briggs, M.S.
Home Training Specialist

Kimberly is owner of the Brain Training Center in Fairfield, Illinois. She is board certified in neurofeedback through the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (BCIA). Kimberly, a speech and language pathologist, became interested in neurofeedback after observing how much faster children doing neurofeedback achieved speech therapy goals compared to children who were not doing neurofeedback.

She has completed the highest level neurofeedback courses offered by Center for Brain’s Professional Training Institute and taken part in extensive one-on-one training and mentoring by center director Michael Cohen.

Kimberly’s hometown neurofeedback practice serves both adults and children. She helps individuals dealing with a variety of conditions, some of which include learning disabilities, language processing issues, ADHD, and autism.

Kimberly’s role at Center for Brain is to provide remote training from home for clients around the world, with a warm and supportive approach – sometimes at some very odd times of the day!

When Kimberly is not working, she enjoys spending time with family and her puppy Bella.

Important things to know about us before turning to Center for Brain for help:

  • We see you as a person in distress, not a “patient” or a “case.”
  • We believe you when you say you’re in pain or distress.
  • We listen to you. With care and compassion. Without judgment.
  • We ask a lot of questions to get to know who you are and what makes your problem unique.
  • We have an array of specialized tools designed to help re-program the functioning of your brain and body
  • We take a holistic approach to your healing by offering complementary modalities, such as nutrition and counseling, available from our team of highly-credentialed specialists.

Client Feedback

At Center For Brain Training we have helped countless clients feel better using neurofeedback to lessen their symptoms and improve the quality of their lives. We invite you to read some of their stories.

Elizabeth, age 35, mother of an active 2 year old, came in with anxiety, and up to 5 panic attacks a day. She said they “are taking over my life”. She had problems with anxiety since the age of 17. She was also suffering from mild depression and was on an antidepressant. She wanted to have another child and she wanted an alternative to medications to help resolve the anxiety before she got pregnant.
As she began treatment, she said that she had to talk herself in coming because she was so anxious. After 12 sessions, she no longer had the anxiety or panic attacks and had reduced her medication in half.

– Elizabeth, 35 year old, North Palm Beach, FL

Thank you for all your help and making me feel much better! You should take great pride in what you do for a living! Many people want to be in professions where they help people but often don’t feel that they actually succeed. You can know for certain that you succeed in helping people and make the world a better place …

– E.K., Palm Beach, Florida