Meet Our Clinicians
Rebecca Cohen, MD – Psychiatrist
Dr. Cohen specializes in psychopharmacology for mood and anxiety disorders as well as TMS therapy. She is a member of the Clinical TMS Society and the American Psychiatric Association.Recognized as an expert clinician in the area of TMS therapy and evaluation, Dr. Cohen was the site director in Newton, MA for the Neuronetics National Outcomes Study and also served as a clinical consultant for Neuronetics. In 2012, she was on the “Meet the Expert” TMS panel at the Neuronetics booth at the Annual American Psychiatric Association convention in Philadelphia, PA. Additionally, she has served on several lobbying panels as an advocate for improved TMS access and reimbursement.
Dr. Rebecca Cohen earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Biopsychology at Tufts University in Medford, MA. She then earned a master’s degree in medical sciences at Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences based on research completed at Harvard Medical School Neurology Department. Dr. Cohen completed her medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine where she was recipient of the psychiatry department’s Malamud Award for Excellence. She began her adult psychiatry training at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN later transferring to Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. where she served as Chief Psychiatry Resident at Georgetown Hospital during her final year.
Dr. Cohen was the recipient of the Hugh H. Hussey Teaching award for two consecutive years given by Georgetown University School of Medicine for excellence in medical student teaching by a resident. She was also awarded the Psychiatry Resident Award of Excellence by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Foundation.
After completing residency in Washington, D.C., Dr. Cohen moved with her husband to Boston, MA where she completed a one year fellowship program in psychotherapy at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. She worked for 12 years in a large group private practice in Newton, MA. where she also continued to teach medical students along with clinical work. Dr. Cohen became the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Director at Newton Wellesley Psychiatry in 2010 and then the Director of the TMS program at a group practice in Sarasota, FL.
Dr. Cohen started her own private practice in July, 2014.
Dr. Cohen’s Treatment Philosophy
My goal with patients is to help you understand your psychiatric symptoms and conflicts, and to work collaboratively with you to improve your overall health and well-being. In over a decade of private clinical practice, I have worked with patients in both acute crisis situations as well as with more chronic, debilitating symptoms or difficulties. For some patients, seeking out care can be upsetting or difficult. My goal is to establish a safe and nurturing environment so we can do the work together, establish clear goals for your treatment plan and take proper care of your needs.
As a psychopharmacologist I will take a detailed history of your symptoms and select the most evidence-based, effective medication(s) to achieve symptom remission.
Additionally, in our work together, I also strive to assist you with gaining more personal insight, provide support for your discomfort and help you develop new strategies for coping with your challenges. I will gladly work with your other treating medical doctors or therapists to provide the most thorough treatment possible.
I invite you to contact me and take the first step towards healing and living a healthier life. Let’s discuss how I can use my expertise to be of help to you. Please feel free to explore my website or call my office number with any questions.”
Robin Bixler, DO – Psychiatrist
Dr. Robin Bixler is Board Certified by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and she specializes in providing outpatient Psychiatric care for adults. Dr. Bixler has experience treating a variety of mental health concerns with a special interest in mood and anxiety disorders. She treats multiple conditions including Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Adult ADHD.
Dr. Robin Bixler earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She then completed her medical degree and graduated from Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical School in 2004. She began her Psychiatric training at The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and served as a Chief Psychiatry Resident during her final year there. After completing her Psychiatry Residency in 2008 she moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to practice outpatient adult psychiatry. She has worked for a large non- profit health care system and private practice clinics. In 2020 she moved to Florida with her family to continue working in private practice.
Dr. Bixler recognizes that everyone is unique. She partners with each individual client to help find an accurate diagnosis and the right treatment regimen. This may include psychoeducation, lifestyle and behavioral changes, medication management and psychotherapy. Usually, it is a combination of these things that will be the most effective. There are times when additional testing may be needed such as lab work, imaging, or psychological testing. If this is the case, Dr. Bixler will help get these tests ordered and collaborate with a patient’s Primary Care Provider or other Clinician to get the proper testing completed in a timely manner. She appreciates that the best approach to patient care is a team effort and each client is an integral part of the team to achieve the best successful outcome.
Nancy Dring, Ed D, BCN, CHT, NBCC, LMHC – Mental Health Counselor
Nancy Dring, Ed D, BCN, CHT, NBCC, LMHC (#10108) has demonstrated professionalism and excellence in the fields of education and counseling for the past 35 years. Dr Dring is a published author, holds a bachelor’s degree in Behavior, a Master’s degree in Counseling, a Doctor’s degree in Counseling Psychology, is a National Board-Certified Counselor, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida. Additionally, she has achieved a master level in Rapid Resolution Therapy, Neurolinguistic Programming Therapy and Hypnosis, as well as a master level in Biofeedback and Neuro-feedback.
Since beginning her career educating and counseling children with emotional and behavioral disorders, Dr. Dring moved into working within a public-school system as an Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Specialist as well as a Mental Health Liaison working closely with Mental Health Hospitals and professionals, school leaders, parents, students, and the mental health community. While working as a Specialist and as a Mental Health Liaison, Dr. Dring conducted many workshops and seminars for parents, educators, and mental health professional about various Mental Health Disorders, Autism, child disabilities, and the specific needs of children. Dr Dring also conducted assessments and taught graduate level classes for the State of Florida.
Dr. Dring has worked for many years in private practice providing therapy for adults, adolescents, and children in need of emotional support. Her specialty areas include, but are not limited to pain management, trauma, anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, behavior disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, communication and relationship issues.
Having a strong background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Neurolinguistics, Mindfulness therapy, plus additional therapy approaches; she also has extensive training and experience in Hypnosis, Biofeedback, and Neurofeedback. Dr. Dring uses an eclectic, multi-faceted approach, with a flexible, creative style focusing on the individual needs of her clients. Dr. Dring believes people have a natural desire and potential to find meaning in their lives, need to be accepted, listened to, and cared about; plus have the ability to make conscious choices for themselves, the ability to “re-wire” their brain to change the impact of past experiences and to refocus emotions and unproductive behavior. Being flexible in approach assists Dr Dring in engaging and motivating clients to achieve personal satisfaction, fulfillment, and individualized goals for achieving, growing, and thriving.
Teri Callender, LCSW, PA-C – Psychiatric Physician Assistant and Psychotherapist
Teri Callender, LCSW, PA-C is a psychiatric physician assistant and psychotherapist. She provides comprehensive and compassionate care for adults who are seeking treatment of psychiatric conditions. She offers evaluation, diagnosis, and prescription of medications to treat many mental health disorders- including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and attention deficit disorder. She has a special interest in geriatric psychiatry and promoting healthy aging.
Ms. Callender earned her first master’s degree from Yale University School of Medicine’s Physician Associate Program 30 years ago. With an interest in better meeting the needs of her patients, she obtained a second master’s degree from University of South Florida’s Social Work Program. She has a broad spectrum of knowledge in extensive experience in family practice and neurology prior to specializing in psychiatry for the last 15 years. Her foundation in general medicine gives her unique understanding of the concerns that many individuals and families face during the recovery from injury, illness, aging, and end of life issues.
Teri believes in optimization of psychiatric medications in conjunction with psychotherapy to improve quality of life for her patients. She will work with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan, with the goal of improving your mental wellness and quality of life.
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