Our Staff


Owner & Director | Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Julie Morison started HPA/LiveWell in 2010 after serving as Director of Psychological Services for the Northeast Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders. She remains on faculty at Albany Medical Center where she provides education and awareness training on eating disorders for providers throughout the region. Dr. Morison received her Doctoral Degree from SUNY Buffalo. As Program Director for the LiveWell Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), Dr. Morison continues to lead the clinical treatment team to meet the needs of the community. Dr. Morison has been recognized by CDPHP and Empire BlueCross BlueShield for her leadership through the COVID19 pandemic, and she has become the leading voice in awareness and education on disordered eating. Clinically, Dr. Morison specializes in group-based intervention, body image dysmorphia, personality disorders and anxiety disorders. The best advice Dr. Morison once received: “If you don’t own it, you can’t change it, and if you can’t change it, you have to let it go.”


Director of Research & Outcomes | Licensed Psychologist

Eating Disorders, Body Image, Psychological & Medical Concerns Relating to Weight

Dr. Drew Anderson completed his doctoral training in Psychology at Louisiana State University and postdoctoral training at the Weight and Eating Disorders Program at the University of Pennsylvania Medical College.

Dr. Anderson is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University at Albany-SUNY, leading an active research program focused on the assessment and treatment of eating disorders, body image disturbance and psychological and medical problems associated with obesity. Dr. Anderson has authored many scientific papers and book chapters and presented numerous times at professional conferences. He is a Fellow at the Academy for Eating Disorders (FAED), and a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Academy for Eating Disorders, and the Eating Disorders Research Society

At HPA/LiveWell, Dr. Anderson specializes in treating eating disorders, body image, and anxiety disorders with various treatment approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).


IOP Intake Nurse

Donna Askew, RN, received her degree from the Junior College of Albany, Division of Russell Sage College. She began her nursing career in the Pediatric Unit at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, NY. Following her love of helping children and families in need, Ms. Askew joined the staff at the Center for Disability Services where she led a state-funded respite program that offered medically fragile children the opportunity to leave their home to attend school daily in a safe medical environment. Ms. Askew currently serves as a Registered Nurse at St. Peter's Addiction Recovery Center (SPARC). The best advice she once received: “Be passionate, stay true to your beliefs and values, take risks and love what you do.”


Licensed Social Worker

Personality Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, LGTBQ+, Crisis Interventions
Dr. Bott, LCSW, attended Bowling Green State University for undergraduate studies before earning a Master’s in Social Work from San Francisco State University and a PhD in Social Welfare from the State University of New York at Albany. With more than two decades of experience as a clinical social worker and professor in New York and California, Dr. Bott is currently an associate professor in the Social Work Department of Siena College. She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers, At HPA Live/Well, Dr. Bott’s areas of specialty are personality disorders, depression, anxiety, LGTBQ+, and crisis and suicide intervention. For therapeutic intervention, her treatment approach focuses on psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and humanistic therapies along with elements of mindfulness. Dr. Bott works with individuals, families, and couples to promote personal and interpersonal growth. Dr. Bott not only values positive therapeutic relationships and is dedicated to educating aspiring students.


Licensed Psychologist

Anxiety, Depression, Disordered Eating, Women’s Issues, Trauma

Dr. Patricia Bradway received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School. She also holds a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Dr. Bradway’s clinical areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, disordered eating, women’s issues, and recovery from trauma. Dr. Bradway uses a variety of treatment approaches such as Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Psychodynamic therapy, and Solution-Focused therapy. She also encourages and practices a holistic, wellness approach to emotional health. Beyond her clinical work at HPA/LiveWell, Dr. Bradway is the Associate Director of the Counseling Department at Siena College and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Albany Medical College.


Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Eating Disorders, Body Image, Anxiety, Women’s Health
Kristen Caridi, LMHC earned a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the State University of New York at Albany. Ms. Caridi’s career in behavioral health started at HPA/LiveWell as the IOP Case Manager for three years prior to transitioning to her role as a group and individual therapist. Ms. Caridi’s areas of specialty include eating disorders, body image issues and anxiety. Ms. Caridi leads the Teen Eating Disorder (TED) Group. Her treatment approach consists of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Practices, Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy, all centered around self-compassion. Prior to her career in mental health, Ms. Caridi graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with her BFA degree in International Fashion Design. The best advice Ms. Caridi once received: “You can’t hate yourself into a version of yourself you can love.”


Licensed Clinician

Trauma, Eating Disorders, Mood Disorders

Victoria Cymerman, LMSW, attended Nazareth College, School of Social Work for her undergraduate studies. She received her licensure through a one-year accelerated program at the Columbia School of Social Work. Ms. Cymerman is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

During her Master’s program, Ms. Cymerman completed an internship with the Whitney Young Health Center, where she focused on Women & Gender Studies and mindfulness. At HPA/LiveWell, her focus is intuitive eating and body image through the use of mindfulness practices, CBT and DBT.

Outside of work, Ms. Cymerman is a Registered Yoga Teacher. Combined with her clinical background, Ms. Cymerman expresses the importance of mindfulness and grounding techniques; getting out of your head and into your body in order to discover physical indicators of distress and ways to release it from the body.

One skill she is interested in learning is sign language. The best piece of advice she’s ever received was “People start to heal the moment they feel heard.”


Licensed Psychologist

Grief, Trauma, Chronic Illness, Life Transitions

Dr. Gerard Florio received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from State University of New York at Buffalo.

Dr. Florio specializes in living with chronic/acute illness, grief and life transition, trauma, depression, and anxiety. He uses a variety of best practice treatment approaches including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Existential Psychotherapy. In addition to his work at HPA/LiveWell, Dr. Florio is the Clinical Health Psychologist at the C. R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital and the Director of Psychological Services at Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne, NY. Dr. Florio also serves on the Medical Advisory Board at Double H Ranch and is an adjunct faculty member at State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Dr. Florio’s favorite quote is, "Life isn't beautiful because it lasts forever, so time is where the miracles live" from Shane Koyczan.


Licensed Clinician

Eating Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Trauma, Anxiety

Jenna M. Gallo, LMSW, earned both her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master's Degree in Social Work from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany.  Throughout her studies, Jenna worked as an undergraduate and graduate research assistant for various research projects.

Prior to joining HPA/LiveWell, Jenna worked with local schools and community agencies to provide consultation, professional development seminars, and therapeutic services for individuals, groups, and families. Throughout Jenna’s experience, she has developed a specialty in working with clients who have intellectual/developmental disabilities, childhood behavioral disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder/Neurodiversity, trauma, eating disorders, and anxiety disorders.

Jenna uses a holistic and integrative therapeutic approach which stems from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Practices, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), somatic therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.  Jenna’s attention to detail, dedication to collaborative work, and trauma informed training/background allows her to create a safe and supportive space for the clients in her care to explore and make positive change.  Outside of work, Jenna is a registered yoga teacher who enjoys engaging and teaching classes to manage stress/anxiety. Jenna also provides community habilitation services.

The best advice she’s ever received: “Vulnerability and sensitivity are not weaknesses, they are superpowers.”


Licensed Psychologist

Couples & Family Therapy, PTSD

Dr. Elana Gordis is licensed in New York State with specialized training in couples and family therapy and treating post-traumatic stress disorder. Dr. Gordis received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Yale University, before earning a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her post-doctoral training at UCLA focused on treating child and adolescent anxiety and depression. In addition to her clinical work at HPA/LiveWell, Dr. Gordis is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University at Albany, SUNY. Her research program focuses on adjusting to the effects of exposure to family and community violence have on adolescents and young adults.


Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Eating Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Adjustment Disorders
Matthew received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Cazenovia College and Master’s Degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from the College of Saint Rose. Mr. Holmes continues to serve his alma mater - The College St. Rose - as a member of the Advisory Board Committee. At HPA/LiveWell, he specializes in treating eating disorders using CBT with an emphasis on Solution Focused interventions, behavioral activation and mindsets. Mr. Holmes also provides therapy services to address interpersonal and adjustment issues, anxiety disorders, depression, and other mood disorders. His treatment philosophy: “discomfort is a building block for change.” Prior to joining HPA/LiveWell full time, Mr. Holmes worked as a school administrator and therapist in residential settings.


Licensed Psychologist

Binge Eating Disorder, Health- and Weight-related Disorders, Living Donor Assessments

Dr. Ross Krawczyk attended the University of Nebraska for his undergraduate studies and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of South Florida. Dr. Krawczyk specializes in treating eating disorders - specifically binge eating disorder - as well as anxiety disorders, health- and weight-related concerns, and obesity. He utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) in his therapy sessions. Dr. Krawczyk is an Associate Professor of Psychology at The College of Saint Rose and is a member of the American Psychological Association.


Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Body Image, Athletes

Laura Libruk, LMHC, earned a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University at Buffalo. Laura uses an integrated, person-centered approach, with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness. Laura has a particular interest in self-compassion and wellness interventions. Laura has experience working with adolescents and adults with eating disorders, athletes, and a wide range of mental health disorders. Prior to her career in mental health, Laura received her undergraduate degree from the University at Buffalo where she was on the Division 1 Cross country and track and field teams. Laura owns two Canine Good Citizen dogs, Moose and Nova, who are on their way to become therapy dogs. Laura’s favorite quote is “You can do anything but not everything.”


Licensed Psychologist

Multicultural Psychology, Health Psychology, Relationship Issues

Dr. Amina Mahmood completed her ‘A’ Levels of schooling in English Literature, Economics and Math with Statistics at the University College of Islamabad, Pakistan. She attended the State University of New York at Albany for her Bachelor’s Degree, where she majored in Psychology with Honors and minored in English. Dr. Mahmood is a member of the American Psychological Association, specifically Division 17 (the Society for Counseling Psychology) and Division 45 (the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race). She is also a member of the New York State Psychological Association and a member of the Division of Culture, Race and Ethnicity (DCRE).

Dr. Mahmood specializes in multicultural psychology, working with ethnic minorities, the Muslim population, immigrant and refugee populations, health psychology, and relationship issues including interpersonal violence. She utilizes the many different treatment approaches such as, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Practices, Motivational, Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Multicultural Therapy. Her treatment lens and theoretical orientation is feminist-multicultural psychotherapy.

Dr. Mahmood is currently the President of the Albany Collegiate Interfaith Center, a not-for-profit organization focused on building interfaith relationships and increasing interfaith understanding. Dr. Mahmood is also a certified yoga instructor. She has two favorite pieces of advice, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time” from Maya Angelou and, “It’s good to leave each day behind, like flowing water, free of sadness. Yesterday is gone and its tale told. Today new seeds are growing” from Rumi.


Nurse Practitioner

Marianne Nettina is an experienced Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, licensed in Adult Health as well as Psychiatry.  Her current practice focus is primarily in the mental health field, providing medication management as well as therapeutic guidance to her patients.

Ms. Nettina completed her RN training in Buffalo, NY, and her graduate work at Syracuse University.  She went on to complete a Post Master’s Certificate in Psychiatry/Mental Health from Stony Brook University.  She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in Adult Health and also nationally board certified in Psychiatry/Mental Health. 

She has a broad professional background.  She provided management and supervision as director of Surgical Services while in Syracuse, practiced in New York City and Glens Falls in Radiation Oncology and was the primary Nurse Practitioner for a large Gastroenterology practice in Pennsylvania.  As an educator, Ms. Nettina has trained nurse practitioners as a preceptor at Columbia University in New York City and was an associate professor of nursing at SUNY Adirondack. Her nursing background makes her uniquely qualified to provide guidance and strategies for healthy lifestyle transition and maintenance. Ms. Nettina is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and New York State Nurse Practitioner Association.


Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Eating Disorders, Body Image, Anxiety Disorders

Allison R. Oliver, LMHC, received her Bachelor's Degree from the State University of New York at Albany and her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counselling from the College of Saint Rose. She is a member of American Counseling Association and the New York Mental Health Counselors Association.

Ms. Oliver specializes in treating adolescents and adults with eating disorders, body image, anxiety, depression, and mood disorders. She utilizes CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), Humanistic Therapy, SFBT (Solution-Focused Brief Therapy), Mindfulness Practices, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).

She is a volunteer at Double H Ranch which provides specialized camp experiences for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses.


Registered Dietitian

Eating Disorders, Nutrition Counseling

Madelyn Olson is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian Nutritionist. She received her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Vermont and completed her dietetic internship at Cornell University. Ms. Olson provides group nutrition counseling for eating disorders through our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) as well as individual nutrition counseling with a focus on intuitive eating and food freedom. Ms. Olson has volunteered working closely with young children to provide nutrition education. One skill she would like to learn is how to make sourdough bread.


Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Women’s Health, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, and Depression

Rebecca Tebano, LMHC, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from SUNY Oswego and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The College of Saint Rose. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, and a former board member of the Infant Mental Health Association.

Ms. Tebano specializes in treating adolescents, adults, and family for various concerns, including fertility and postpartum concerns. She also offers Solution Focused Therapy with a humanistic, personalized approach. Ms. Tebano provides a safe space for people to feel welcome and relaxed in sharing their concerns.

The best advice Ms. Tebano once received: “The time will pass either way, it’s up to you how you spend it”.


Licensed Psychologist

Children and Adolescent Behavior, Psychological & Education Assessments
Dr. Melissa Them attended Alfred University for undergraduate studies and earned her Doctoral Degree from the University of Albany. She is a member of the American Psychology Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Dr. Them is a psychologist specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy for children, adolescents and adults. She provides individual psychotherapy for patients ages six and up, as well as family therapy and parent training for parents with children of any age. Her areas of specialty include behavior disorders of childhood (ie: ADHD, oppositionality), generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive anxiety, social anxiety, depression, dysthymia, and adjustment disorders. Dr. Them has extensive experience in psychoeducational assessment and provides these services to children, adolescents and adults, including consultation with schools where appropriate. In her spare time, Dr. Them enjoys baking and decorating cakes and cupcakes for her friends and family.


IOP Program Coordinator

Carli Voellm is the Program Coordinator for the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Ms. Voellm received her bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from Union College and attained her Master of Social Work degree at the College of Saint Rose. Ms. Voellm’s professional career started working with homeless Veterans in the Capital Region and she has worked to advocate for updated policies for a local school’s counseling department. The best piece of advice she once received is “Start where you are by controlling the things you can.”


Registered Dietitian | Certified Dietitian Nutritionist

Eating Disorders, Nutrition Counseling

Tammy Weber is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian Nutritionist with 20 years’ experience in nutrition counseling for eating disorders. She earned a bachelor's degree in business from Villanova University and graduated from the Registered Dietitian/Nutrition program at Russell Sage College.

Ms. Weber provides individual and group nutrition counseling for eating disorders through our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and individual appointments, ensuring a personal meal plan for each individual.

Ms. Weber is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and leads community education presentations on eating disorders, body image, sports nutrition, healthy heart eating, wellness and a lifestyle change of eating habits.


IOP Case Manager

Eating Disorders, Trauma

Alex Wiedenbaum is the Case Manager for the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Ms. Weidenbaum studied psychology at Hofstra University, earning a bachelor's degree before attaining a degree in Masters of Social Work at the University at Albany. Ms. Weidenbaum’s professional experience started with veterans at the Albany VA with a focus of partner violence. She has also worked with the substance abuse rehabilitative residential population prior to joining the HPA/LiveWell team. Ms. Weidenbaum’s therapeutic approach stems from CBT, Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing. The best advice she has ever received was “change begins at the end of your comfort zone”.


Licensed Social Worker

Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Gender Identity
Katherine Wells earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany. Prior to joining HPA/LiveWell full-time, Ms. Wells worked to support those in foster care, substance and addiction treatment and HIV care center. In addition, she was an Adjunct Professor at Empire State College. At HPA/LiveWell, Ms. Wells specializes in eating disorders, substance abuse, anxiety, trauma, mood disorders and gender identity. She uses a wide variety of treatment approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Solution Focused Therapy. The best advice she once received: “Let go or be dragged with stress in life.”