Licensed Clinical Psychologist, NY & NJ
The founder and owner of Renewed Focus Psychology Services, PLLC, Melissa is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in Pediatrics-Adolescent Medicine & Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Dr. Robinson-Brown obtained her B.A. in Psychology & Women’s Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a child and family subspecialty, from Loyola University in Chicago. She completed her Pre-Doctoral Clinical Psychology Internship at NYU/Bellevue on the Child/Adolescent Track.
Her early research interests included HIV/AIDS prevention and intervention with adolescents and young adults. After completing her studies, she became a Staff Psychologist and Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital where she provided individual, family, couples, and group therapy to children and families who were infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.
After spending 2.5 years at CUMC, she joined the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center(MSAHC) Team in 2011. During her time at MSAHC, she assumed Co-leadership of the Psychology Training Program, which includes their APA Accredited Pre-Doctoral Internship Program. She also founded the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program at MSAHC. She was a clinical supervisor and remained heavily involved in program development and operations for the mental health team.
Currently, she owns a private practice in Manhattan that focuses on working with individuals, especially women, who are struggling with depression, anxiety, work-life balance difficulties, feeling empowered in their decisions and interpersonal relationships, and tackling racism and sexism in the workplace. She also works with adolescents and their parents as part of her practice.
Dr. Robinson-Brown resides in NJ with her husband and 3 smart and sassy daughters. She also loves all things fitness, health, and overall wellness.
500 hr RYT, Yin Yoga, Kids Yoga.
From Australia, I first started taking yoga when I moved to New York. It quickly became my passion and enabled me to view life with a new and fresh perspective of equilibrium.
I decided to become a yoga teacher - an easy decision as I had enjoyed my previous job as an English teacher. While I trained under Alan Finger (and mentor, Jean Koerner), I became fascinated by the way in which yoga practice could be linked to ayurveda (ancient Indian system of medicine), science and tantric philosophy. Yoga’s philosophies lead to true life health and wellness.
I've lived in 6 cities, 4 countries, have done international moves, have travelled alone, have worked in the corporate sector, have been married, been divorced, been in love and been out of love, been happy and been sad ... and throughout it all have used my yoga practice as a tool to move through with ease, grace and stability.
My goal is to share my passion and knowledge of yoga and to help bring the same enjoyment to as many people as I can. I love my job and constantly seek new creative ways to express this ancient practice.
Licensed Professional Counselor
Alaine received her Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance from New York University after completing her Bachelor of Science, also at New York University.
For over 18 years, Alaine has been empowering individuals, families, and children struggling with mood management, addiction, trauma survival, learning disabilities, and challenges with family functioning through counseling and coaching techniques.
Alaine believes in educating adults and children through evidence based interventions toward making healthy choices so that they can heal themselves and their loved ones.
Arts Educator, Clinical Psychologist
A native Brazilian, Ana Cristina dos Santos taught for over 15 years after receiving her clinical psychology and art education degrees from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais.
Ana Cristina worked with children using art modalities outside in nature, and after moving to the US she facilitated groups of children and families for the nonprofit Free Arts NYC.
Living in Montclair now with her husband and two young boys, Ana Cristina believes that making art, when focused on the processes and experimentation as it's being done gives individuals and families opportunities which will support their emotional and physical health.
Natural Culinary Artist
A Garden State Native, I first started cooking and gardening with my parents as a youngster and immediately fell in love with the process of creating with food and serving others.
As a teenager, some of my most formative experiences occurred working in a restaurant kitchen, experimenting in the art studio and sharing my music in the church youth ministry. I have a very playful spirit and decided in college to focus on education which led me to work with children with special needs through local programs in Montclair like Spectrum Academy, Nandi Art School and eventually on a larger scale at the Learning Disabilities Association of New York City.
In every work capacity,
In 2011 I moved to Texas and lived on a sustainable farm, where I facilitated farm-to-table learning experiences and catered events.
Recently, my wife Emma and I started our Paleyobakery, we sell plantain-based waffles and batter in a spout pouch. It’s a unique recipe that we invented out of the need for a grain-free diet for Emma as she is healing from Chron’s. Basically, this is the lemonade from the lemons of her life.
My mission is to empower people to self-heal naturally. I share the power of Fresh Foods, a Nurturing Environment, and Positive Words. Through my Natural Health Mentoring, individuals and families learn to cleanse and rejuvenate their lives from the inside out. You can connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, and my Website.
Textured mixed media hand painting held the children's focus and had them asking for more paper and 'cruncy paint"!
Coarse, scented, colored salt was used to create a self portrait or silly monster. The children loved watching the salt change texture as they rubbed it into the sandpaper!
By far the most popular activity; foamy, colored, scented, poofy art! Using their hands and little they watched as they mixed colors to create a one of a kind piece. Process indeed!!