Our Staff

Joel I. Kimmel, Ph.D.

headshot_kimmelDr. Joel Kimmel is a Clinical Psychologist and business consultant who has been in continuous private practice in South Florida for over 39 years. He received his Bachelors degree from Queens College in 1969 and his doctoral degree from Hofstra University in 1976. He has provided well over 50,000 hours of assessment, counseling, and consultation, in addition to managing the business of a group mental health practice. Dr. Kimmel is a regular contributor to the radio show Topical Currents on WLRN, South Florida’s NPR affiliate, and he publishes a monthly e-Letter dealing with psychological issues.

Throughout his career, Dr. Kimmel has also served in many different capacities. He has been the Team Psychologist for the Child Protection Team of Broward County where he participated in the investigation of cases of reported child abuse. He has been the adolescent program psychologist for several chemical dependency treatment programs, both free standing and hospital based. Dr. Kimmel has also served as a consultant to several corporations resolving employee conflicts and developing Violence in the Workplace prevention programs.

In his private practice, Dr. Kimmel’s patients consist of children, adolescents, and adults. He is a directive, solution focused, psychologist who believes that improvement comes through changing a person’s thinking, beliefs, and attitudes. Most of his patients are referred for relationship problems, anxiety, depression, and behavioral problems. His approach consists of identification of the problem, developing strategies to resolve the problem, and then executing on these strategies. Dr. Kimmel also conducts psychological evaluations for accommodations in school, for admission to private schools, for identifying learning disorders, to diagnose Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and for class placements.

In addition to seeing children, adults and families in his clinical practice, Dr. Kimmel has been the psychologist for the Broward region of the March of the Living. Since 1996, he has helped to educate high school students about the Holocaust.

James J. Kaikobad, Psy.D., ABMPP

headshot_kaikobadDr. James Kaikobad is a Clinical Psychologist and Medical Psychotherapist who has been in private practice in South Florida for over 26 years. He has provided well over 25,000 hours of psychotherapy, counseling, assessments, and consultations. He received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. He also completed his clinical internship and fellowship in Clinical and Medical psychology at NYU Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital. Dr. Kaikobad is on the graduate faculty at Nova Southeastern University and Broward College. He is also a regular contributor to the Topical Currents show on WLRN, the local NPR radio station in South Florida. He also contributes articles of popular psychological interest to the monthly practice e-Letter.

In addition to his private practice, Dr. Kaikobad’s diverse professional expertise and experience includes:

  • Working with patients to resolve relationship, marital, and separation conflicts
  • Counseling patients with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, eating disorders and alcohol and substance addictions
  • Consulting to the medical community in the areas of neuropsychology and mind/body medicine
  • Working with patients and their families when their loved ones have been diagnosed with serious medical conditions like breast cancer, heart attack, brain injury etc.
  • Consulting to Bariatric surgeons, providing preparedness evaluations for patients who are considering Bariatric or Lap-band Surgeries
  • Providing advice, support, and therapy to patients and their medical teams on personality and mind/body aspects of morbid obesity
  • Conducting eligibility evaluations for individuals seeking Social Security Disability
  • Administrated graduate programs for Nova Southeastern University and was voted Professor of the Year for 2003
  • Serving on the medical/psychological staff at NYU Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital where he was responsible for both clinical and research duties
  • Writing and lecturing on current topics in psychology

In private practice, Dr. Kaikobad sees adolescents, adults, and senior citizens. He is an effective, directive, and solution focused psychologist who has helped his patients go from lives of frustrating dysfunction to lives of satisfying, fulfilling choices and changes. As needed, Dr. Kaikobad’s services are offered to individuals, couples, family, and groups and in English, Urdu, and Gujrati languages.

Akiva Daum, M.D.

Akiva M. Daum, MD received his Bachelors of Science in microbiology and molecular biology from the University of Central Florida and his medical degree from the University of South Florida, College of Medicine. Dr. Daum went on to complete his residency in general psychiatry and addiction fellowship through Boston University School of Medicine. He currently serves as the Director of Addiction Services for a large community behavioral health center and as a psychiatrist for KimmelPsychology where he has the opportunity to work with patients of a variety of backgrounds and mental health conditions using innovative and evidence based techniques.

Dr. Daum’s special interests include program development and ways to improve access to treatment for patients with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. He has studied and implemented the use of the shared medical appointment model, treatment of patients with co-occurring chronic pain and addiction and the use of medication assisted treatments for substance use disorders. Previously, in his roles as Director of Behavior Health Clinical and Educational Services at the Broward Faculty Group Practice and as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health through Florida International University, he worked to develop addiction services for the University and to offer education to current and future health professionals regarding prevention, recognition, and treatment of substance use disorders and addictive behaviors.

In addition to his clinical experience, Dr. Daum has had extensive experience in didactic teaching and clinical supervision of psychiatrists, therapists, medical students, residents and addiction psychiatry fellows since residency training. He has previously presented at multiple national and international conferences including the American Psychiatric Association Annual meeting, the International Conference on Opioids, the annual meeting for the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, the state conference for the Massachusetts Association of PAs, and the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society. He has previously presented grand rounds and formal lectures to multiple training programs and institutions. Dr. Daum served as the co-chair of the Massachusetts psychiatric society’s alcohol and substance abuse committee and is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, Florida Psychiatric Association, and American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both General and Addiction Psychiatry.

Stacey Mednick, LCSW

Stacey-431Stacey Mednick is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been providing psychotherapeutic and psycho-educational services to children, adolescents and their families in South Florida for over 12 years. Stacey received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her Masters Degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University. She has been licensed since 2012.

Stacey has provided behavioral health services in the home, private practice, and academic settings. She offers her service to individuals, families and groups. Ms. Mednick specializes in working with childhood and adolescent behavioral and emotional disorders such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and anger management. She also works closely with the parents and families in order to provide them with the communication skills, coping skills, support, and the tools necessary to overcome the challenges their family is facing. Stacey is passionate about bringing the family together in order to function as a cohesive unit and support each other throughout the trials and tribulations encountered throughout life.

Stacey has extensive history in working with children, adolescents, and adults with a history of trauma, as well as with a history of grief and loss. Ms. Mednick is an effective therapist who has training in various therapeutic approaches such as solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, crisis intervention and behavior modification. Stacey’s goal is to create a safe, supportive and collaborative therapeutic environment that leaves you feeling empowered and ready to live the life you desire.

Stacey is passionate about helping her clients to reach their goals through healing, growth and transformation. She will help you, your child and /or your family to identify the issues at hand, develop a treatment plan to help you overcome those issues and most importantly, will provide you with the support, guidance and therapeutic tools necessary to reach these goals. Stacey’s therapeutic style is warm, nurturing, thought-provoking and empowering. Stacey is able to provide private practice services in the office setting as well as in the comfort of your home.

Howard Chusid Ed.D, LMHC, NCC

Dr. Howard Chusid is a board certified professional counselor who holds a BA in Physiology and Biological Physics and an MS Ed degree in Health Education. He also has an Ed.D degree in Counseling Psychology, as well as a certificate in Human Resources. Dr. Chusid returned to school at the age of 53 to complete his doctorate, after a successful career with several companies in the medical/health care industry. His experiences have led him to use a collaborative approach to resolving issues, especially to ensure the viability of the family unit after divorce.

Dr. Chusid enjoys working with children, adults and seniors. He has published many articles on ADD/HD, a syndrome that he shares with his patients. He is a member and contributor to the Attention Deficit Disorder (Add.org) dialogue and CHADD, the National Resource on ADHD. Because of his experiences with ADD/HD, he has a unique understanding of how this disorder affects individuals and their family’s functioning.

Dr. Chusid’s additional trainings include a Master Addiction Counselor certification from the National Association of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC). He is also Florida Supreme Court Certified in Family and Circuit Civil mediation and is trained in the Collaborative Divorce process as a viable alternative to the combative divorce process. For the past five years, Dr. Chusid has served as an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Kaplan University, teaching many of the undergraduate psychology courses. The students have nominated him to be designated as a “Best Professor” over the past three years.

Particularly rewarding to Dr. Chusid is his experience working with veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, who have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues. Dr. Chusid brings a wealth of information and experience in resolving many family and personal issues. He has expertise in treating both children and adults who have ADD/HD and the associated co-morbid areas of anxiety and depression. He collaborates with educational and neuro-psychologists for the evaluation of school issues and the educational problems that prevent someone from learning, from elementary school through college. His approach is to work with both the student and their family in developing an educational program that leads to success.

In addition, Dr. Chusid has treated clients with varying addictions. When necessary, he works with the court system to resolve legal issues such as Driving Under the Influence (DUI) convictions and provides the required accepted treatment in this area.

Dr. Chusid also strongly believes in the mediated approach to divorce. He has experience in working with attorneys and financial professionals in a collaborative divorce process which allows all participants to work together to resolve outstanding issues. The mediated divorce process encourages harmony and allows the family to continue communication post-divorce.

Dr. Chusid believes that if you show a person success, it will motivate them to find success in other important areas of their life.

Jillian Baer

headshot_jillianJillian Baer is our practice administrator. She is a friendly and helpful individual who does whatever she can to provide our clients with excellent customer service. Jillian received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Advertising from Florida Atlantic University in 2002. Jillian has over five years’ experience in medical office environments and is very knowledgeable in handling insurance billing, authorization and referral issues, and in managing the multitude of tasks involved in managing a front office environment. Jillian’s previous experience includes Administrative Assistance experience. Jillian is available to help clients with setting up appointments and resolving insurance issues. Jillian is courteous and friendly and is often the first voice heard in welcoming our clients to the practice.