Staff Therapists


Dov B. Finkelstein, LCSW
Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry

Dov B. Finkelstein is a clinical social worker in private practice in Brooklyn, NY and Nutley, NJ. He specializes in the treatment of couples with relationship issues and /or sexual problems as well as the full spectrum of anxiety disorders including obsessive compulsive disorder, panic, trauma, and social phobia. He trained at The Ackerman Institute for the Family and is Level II certified in the Gottman therapy approach. Additionally, Dov has also benefited from advanced supervision in sex therapy from Dr. Virginia Sadock and Dr. Steven Friedman, in cognitive behavioral therapy from Dr. Fred Penzel and Dr. William Sanderson, and in interpersonal psychoanalysis by Dr. Jeremy Safran and Dr. Susan Bodnar.

Dov authored a weekly self-help column “The Therapist Is In” focusing on a broad range of issues, including recovering from trauma, raising an emotionally intelligent child, and the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder.

Dov integrates a breadth of treatment modalities in his work including cognitive-behavioral therapy, family/systems theory, and interpersonal psychoanalysis. He firmly believes in customizing the treatment methods to best meet the needs of the individual efficiently and compassionately. Close, respectful collaboration with clients is a central aspect of Dov’s psychotherapy practice.

Peregrine M. Kavros, PhD, MBA,
Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry

Dr. Peregrine Kavros is a Licensed Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist. She attained her doctorate in Psychology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her Internship and post-graduate fellowship were completed at the Center for Preventive Psychiatry, and a second post-graduate fellowship was acquired in Clinical Neuropsychology at Columbia University. Dr. Kavros was trained in the treatment of Sexual Disorders at New York University School of Medicine by Virginia A. Sadock, M.D., and Amy Rosenberg, L.C.S.W. She is certified as a Sex Therapist by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), and a member of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR), the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), as well as other professional associations.

Dr. Kavros has a long standing interest in the treatment of sexual disorders, particularly with respect to trauma, anxiety, sexual compulsivity and the inhibition of desire and intimacy. She has presented at conferences and in the workplace, and published in peer reviewed journals. Utilizing an integrated approach of Cognitive Behavioral, Schema and Sex Therapy, Mindfulness and Hypnosis, she works with both individuals and couples.

Laura Kimeldorf, M.D.
Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry

Dr. Kimeldorf attended NYU School of Medicine and completed her Psychiatry Residency at NYU.  She has had a long-standing interest in working with individuals and couples who are struggling with sexual dysfunctions and relationship challenges, and has received training and supervision in Sex Therapy from Virginia Sadock,MD,  and Amy Rosenberg LCSW. She has a background in both medical and psychotherapeutic treatment modalities, which allows her to address both physiologic and psychological components of sexual dysfunction in a comprehensive way.  She also supervises trainees in the Sex Therapy training program a NYU.

Leora Manischewitz, PsyD
Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry

Leora Manischewitz is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years experience in the field.  She initially trained at Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work (MSW), where she studied sex therapy under Sandra Leiblum, PhD and Ray Rosen, PhD. Subsequently, Leora received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) at Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. She is an AASECT certified sex therapist and member of SSTAR. Besides clinical experience, Leora has consulted to the corporate sector, where she has lectured on topics such as stress management, healthy lifestyles, conflict in the workplace, and the dual-career couple. She is currently in private practice in mid-town Manhattan.

Elizer MayerEliezer R Mayer, PsyD
Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry

Dr. Eli Mayer is a Clinical Psychologist with a long standing interest in Human Sexuality, especially as it related to non-normative populations. In 1987 he completed his doctorate at Yeshiva University writing his thesis on gay male sexual partnership styles. During training he studied sex therapy at SUNY Downstate taught by Drs. Marian Dunn and Steve Friedman. Opening an independent practice in NYC’s Greenwich Village, 1987, at the height of he AIDS Epidemic, Dr. Mayer quickly establish expertise working with sexuality among highly stigmatized populations, who were confronting death, alienation and grieving.

In addition to his private practice, Dr. Eli Mayer taught undergraduates for many years at Baruch College, CUNY, of which he is an alum. His teaching experience also includes supervising the clinical work of doctoral candidates at Yeshiva, Pace, and Rutgers Universities.

In the last decade Dr. Mayer has intensified his study of sex therapy, under the direct supervision of Drs. Marian Dunn and Suzanne Iasenza. He is an active member of the Society of Sex Therapists and Researchers, the International Society for the study of Women’s Sexual Health, and is certified as a Sex Therapist and Sex Therapy Supervisor by the Association of Sex Therapists, Researchers and Counselors. In addition he maintains membership in the New York State Psychological Association, the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists, and is listed in the National Register of Health Care Providers in Psychology.

Ursula OfmanUrsula Ofman, Psy.D
Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry

Dr. Ofman is a licensed clinical psychologist. She holds an MA in Psychology from NYU, Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology of Rutgers University, and the Diplom Psychologie degree from Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum in Germany.

She came to the US as a Fulbright Scholar to train in Sex Therapy at Cornell University-Payne Whitney Clinic. For 10 years she worked with Dr. Helen Singer Kaplan, a leader and innovator in the field of sex therapy. In addition Dr. Ofman completed a post-doctoral fellowship in psycho-oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  She has an extensive background in cognitive behavioral and couples therapy techniques. Dr. Ofman publishes and lectures about the sexual effects of cancer and cancer treatments to both patient and professional audiences. Dr. Ofman has appeared as a guest on radio shows, and has been featured in numerous media articles about sexual matters. She is on the Executive Board of SSTAR, the Society for Sex Therapy and Research and serves as communications officer of the organization.

Dr. Ofman has been in private practice in Manhattan for 25 years treating couples and individuals with sexual difficulties, as well as general psychotherapy.

Marsha Rosenberg, M.D.
Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry

Dr. Rosenberg started her career as a classically trained analytically oriented psychiatrist who soon realized that there was area of difficulty experienced by her patients dealing with sexual dysfunction of both physical and physiologic etiologies that could not helped by this method alone. She studied Sexual Therapy and Behavior with Dr. Virginia Sadock in the early 80s and since then, has been supervising students in the program as well as seeing patients with sexual and relationship problems using the techniques learned in this program, as well as her earlier training to help understand and focus on underlying issues. She is on the faculty of NYU Medical School.

Mindy Schiffman, Ph.D.
Clinical Instructor in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Senior Psychologist, NYU Fertility Center

Mindy R. Schiffman, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist at the NYU Fertility Center, a clinical instructor in NYU's obstetrics and gynecology department, a sex therapist, and has a private practice in individual and couple counseling. Dr. Schiffman began her work in sexuality more than 30 years ago at the Sexual Behavior Clinic of the New York State Psychiatric Institute. While completing her doctorate at Columbia University, she volunteered at GMHC in the midst of the AIDS crisis. She then pursued a post-doctoral fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in psycho-oncology. While at MSKCC, she completed a joint fellowship in Human Sexuality at Cornell Medical Center, with the expressed purpose of helping cancer patients resolve sexual problems secondary to their cancer. Dr. Schiffman works with individuals and couples from diverse cultural backgrounds and lifestyles on the most intimate aspects of their lives, including their sexuality, relationships, family concerns, and life and death issues. Her style is interactive, and employs uncovering family of origin dynamics, but also more practical, cognitive and behavioral methods to help make changes more quickly.