Clinicians

Richard Rubin
M.D.
Medical Director

Dr. Rubin is a board certified psychiatrist who has been at Grove for over thirty years. After graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Chemistry from Clark University, he earned his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and did his psychiatric residency training at Yale University School of Medicine. He currently is on the clinical faculty at Yale where he supervises psychiatric residents and is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. Dr. Rubin is on the attending staff of Yale-New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. He also maintains a private practice with offices in Guilford and New Haven, CT.

Dr. Rubin’s work covers the life span as he is also board certified in geriatric psychiatry. He addresses issues from a multi-systems orientation and he has spent his career integrating the various contexts of biological, intrapsychic and interpersonal interactions. He has lectured on topics ranging from psychopharmacology to the role of the therapeutic milieu in residential treatment.

As Medical Director of Grove School, Dr. Rubin oversees the all of the clinical services and the Health Center. He also treats students in individual and family psychotherapy, manages medication for a caseload of students and facilitates group therapy.

In reference to his time at Grove, Dr. Rubin comments, “To help shape the creation of an environment that fosters the development and growth of the adolescents who come to the Grove School is enormously rewarding. To work in an environment that also contributes to the evolution of my own thinking and to my personal and professional growth has been, and continues to be, an extraordinary experience which has shaped and changed my life; it is a privilege.”

Albert Koegler
M.D.
Psychiatrist

Dr. Koegler has worked at Grove School since January 2000. He received his medical degree from New York University in 1978, completed training in psychiatry at New York University-Bellevue Hospital Medical Center in 1982, and then did a two year fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts. He is board certified in General Psychiatry and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

He has had an outpatient private practice working with adults and children since 1984, has worked at the Vermont State Hospital, and consulted at several adolescent residential schools prior to moving to Connecticut to continue with an outpatient practice and working at Grove School. In recent years he has been interested in the beneficial effects of mindfulness meditation and conducts mindfulness sessions with interested Grove School students twice a week.

Dr. Koegler’s personal interests include movies, gardening, and cycling.

Avery Grauer
M.D.
Psychiatrist

Avery joined the Grove team in 2006 as a psychiatrist. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Tufts University in Clinical Psychology. Prior to attending medical school, she completed internships at a residential program for adolescent girls in the Boston area and worked on an inpatient child and adolescent psychiatric unit in a local hospital.

Avery earned her medical degree from Yale University, where she completed her medical internship and psychiatric residency. Avery has trained at the Yale University Health Services, the VA Hospital in West Haven, CT and the Connecticut Mental Health Center.

Avery is an avid gardener, enjoys hiking, reading and spending time with her two children.

Aaron Tessler
M.D.
Psychiatrist

Aaron began working as a staff psychiatrist at Grove School in 1973. Following medical school at the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York, he did a pediatric internship at Buffalo Children’s Hospital and a psychiatric residency at Cincinnati General Hospital. Aaron also held a position as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University. He maintains a private practice in Guilford, CT.

At Grove, Aaron provides medication management, individual and family therapy and serves as a facilitator of group therapy. In his spare time Aaron is an actor with local community theater groups.

Jana Weiss-Wuerth
APRN, MSN, BC
Advance Practice Registered Nurse

Jana graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. After working at Stanford University Medical Center in California she moved to Connecticut and worked at Yale at their adolescent and young adult treatment unit. She attended the Master's program at the Yale School of Nursing and while there had an internship at the outpatient clinic at Connecticut Mental Health Center.

After graduating from Yale, Jana worked as a clinical nurse specialist and nurse manager in a satellite clinic of the Connecticut Mental Health Center. Jana then went on to private practice working with adolescents and adults in individual, family, couples and group therapy. As an advanced practice registered nurse she is able to prescribe psychotropic medications. She continues to have a solo private practice in Guilford, CT which she started 24 years ago.

Jana joined the Clinical Department in 2010 and sees students in individual and group therapy. She also prescribes medications to a case load of students and faciliates a therapy group.

Jana has many hobbies and interests including gardening, cycling, hiking, yoga and meditation.

Nancy Darr
L.C.S.W.
Therapist

Nancy was born and raised in Connecticut and earned her BA in Criminal Justice/Sociology from Central Connecticut State University. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University and holds her CT License as a Clinical Social Worker.

Nancy has had the opportunity to work in an array of human service settings, including a community release program with the Connecticut Department of Corrections, the residence life department at Mitchell College and Vista Vocational and Life Skills Center, a post-secondary program for young adults with special needs. She came to Grove in 2004 and worked in the Education department prior to becoming a full-time therapist.  She enjoys getting to know students and their families in their entirety, not just an hour a week in an office.

Nancy and her husband, Victor, have two sons and enjoy hiking, theater and travelling together.

Kerry Graham
L.P.C.
Therapist

Kerry has been a member of the Grove staff since 1998, working as an Assistant Director for many years before transitioning to the clinical department as her main area of focus. She graduated from Hartwick College with a BA in Psychology and minors in Music and Science. Kerry earned her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Health from the University of Hartford and holds her CT Licensure as a Professional Counselor.

Throughout her graduate program, Kerry worked as a research assistant and a clinical intern at Yale University and the Yale Child Study Center. She also pursued postgraduate studies in Health Policy and Law throughout Europe and at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.  She continues to pursue her work in public health through John Hopkins School of Public Health.

Kerry works a consultant to the Town of Madison on their Selectmen Council on Youth Substance Abuse and frequently lectures on topics of health and wellness, parenting and adolescent development for the town of Madison.  She and her husband live in Madison with their four boys.

Andrew S. Pollak
L.M.F.T.
Therapist

Andy came to Grove in 1991. He was the Residential/Associate Director for twelve years, overseeing many aspects of the program. In 2004, Andy moved to the Clinical Department, and is now a full time clinician. Andrew’s specialties include Marriage and Family therapy and E.M.D.R. (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a specialized, integrative psychotherapy approach. In addition to his work at Grove, Andy also shares a private practice with his wife, Andrea, in Guilford, CT.

Andy graduated from Salem State University with a BA in Psychology, and received his M.F.T. from Southern Connecticut State University. Prior to coming to Grove, Andy was the Day Program Supervisor at Boys Village in Milford, Connecticut, and Supervisor of the Adolescent Unit at St. Francis Home for Children in New Haven. Additionally, Andy was an intern clinician at Meriden/Wallingford Hospital in Meriden Connecticut.

Andy’s hobbies include ice hockey, magic, and fishing. Andy also has two sons, whom he enjoys spending as much time with as possible.

Lauren Seltzer
L.M.F.T.
Admissions Director/Assistant Clinical Director

Lauren joined the Grove staff as a clinician in 2006 and was appointed as the Admissions Director in 2010. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Vermont and her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy from San Francisco State University. She currently holds a CT License in Marriage and Family Therapy. Lauren also has been trained in the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Seeking Safety Therapy models.

Her clinical focus is on applying DBT skills to the individual and group therapy process, as well as emphasizing the value of physical wellness as an essential component of the healthy individual. Lauren works to help students develop healthy interpersonal skills to effectively get their needs met and become more active participants in their lives.  She is a student of Integrative School of Nutrition and is a practicing Holistic Health Counselor.

In her role as Admissions Director, Lauren works closely with families and students as they begin the process of determining if Grove School is the right match. She is dedicated to bringing in new students and families with diverse needs to create a positive and unique community at Grove.

Lauren is proud to be a part of an environment that encourages creativity and flexibility. She develops safe and supportive relationships with students and their families to facilitate their trust in the therapeutic process.

Outside of her professional world, her personal interests are travelling, running, yoga, snowboarding and veganism.

Sarah Anacleto
L.P.C., A.T.R.
Therapist

Sarah Anacleto graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University of New Orleans and received a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from Albertus Magnus College. She is a nationally registered, board certified art therapist and a licensed professional counselor in the state of Connecticut. During her training she completed internships throughout Connecticut, including at Grove School. She was also involved in community-based art therapy in Peru where she worked with children, families, elders and community leaders. It was during these experiences that she began to deeply appreciate the value of working in a community setting. After obtaining her degree, Sarah traveled and worked as an art therapist in various places within the U.S. before returning to Grove in 2013, including working with clients across the age range in the Boston area and in a school setting in western North Carolina. 

Sarah is continuously inspired by the imagination, insight, and courage of the adolescents and families in the Grove community and strives to help them access and appreciate their own unique creativity and strengths. Throughout her life she has seen and personally experienced the positive impact of art-making and creative expression on health, healing, self-awareness, and interpersonal connection, and hopes to share that with others in her work. In addition to her work at Grove, Sarah also leads art therapy groups for adults with dementia, teaches in the Master of Arts in Art Therapy program at Albertus Magnus College, and is part of a  private group practice. She enjoys spending time with her family and pets, being outdoors, traveling, and continuing her own artistic endeavors.

Keri Marcovici
Ph.D.
Therapist

Keri is a licensed clinical psychologist. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Sociology from Oberlin College. Upon completing a Master of Public Health in Forced Migration and International Public Health at Columbia University, she consulted domestically and abroad to develop community-based, psychosocial programs for children in areas affected by natural disaster and war.  With a growing interest in focusing upon the family unit and the individual child’s psychological development, Keri pursued her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the City University of New York.

She was trained in individual, group, couple and family therapy and was awarded The Chancellor’s Teaching Fellowship and Clinical Fellowship. In addition to her work at Grove, she has a private practice in Guilford, CT. Keri enjoys traveling, dancing, photography and spending time with her family and friends. 

Lisa Kimball
L.P.C.
Therapist

Lisa grew up in Connecticut and left the state to attend college at the University of Colorado at Boulder and continued onto graduate school at the Boston University School of Medicine.  There she obtained her masters degree in Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine and coordinated a study on smoking cessation and exercise.  She was trained at Boston Medical Center in the Emergency Department and Pediatric Outpatient Clinic.  She returned to Connecticut and began work at the Yale Child Study Center.  There she worked with children and families of children who were transitioning out of residential treatment centers back into the home and community.  She worked both in the home and in an outpatient setting.  She was trained in the IICAPS model (Intensive In-home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services) and underwent several years of supervisory training.  She supervised individuals preparing for licensure and supervised and coordinated the IFP (Intensive Family Preservation) Program.  She was trained and worked in the MDFT (Multidimensional Family Therapy) program. 

In 2009, Lisa moved to California and worked at Stanford University in the Pediatric Bipolar Disorders Program and at the Children’s Health Council in Palo Alto.  She returned to her position at Yale in September 2010.  Lisa came to the Grove School in February 2013 to work as a therapist.  Since joining the Grove community she has enjoyed working with students on a long-term basis, giving her the opportunity to gain insight into the many facets of their life: including their roles as family members, students, friends and individuals.

Lisa is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She has experience providing treatment and assessment for children and adolescents with disruptive behavior, ADHD, exposure to trauma, attachment issues, depression, anxiety, adjustment difficulties and autism spectrum diagnoses. 

Lisa enjoys travel, the arts, hiking and spending time with her husband, two kids and dog.  

Alison Brodhagen
Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist

Alison is a licensed clinical psychologist who joined Grove in 2015. Ali received her BA in psychology and sociology from Clark University.  After Clark, Ali joined the Judge Baker Children's Center and Harvard Medical School as a researcher in a 24-year longitudinal study to understand risk and resilience in adolescents and families. Ali then moved to Portland Oregon and earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Pacific University School of Professional Psychology.  Alison was trained in individual, family, and group therapy.  Her interest in resilience continued and Ali has since published her research on how dispositional optimism is a protective factor in individuals who have experienced traumatic events.  Alison then moved to New Haven, Connecticut and worked for several years at the Clifford Beers Clinic and Post Traumatic Stress Center. While there she provided individual and family therapy, coordinated the Trauma Center, and presented at conferences on issues related to trauma and resilience.  Ali also had a private practice in Guilford, CT before joining the Grove team. Ali feels honored to be part of the Grove team and working with the wonderful adolescents and families on their journey of personal growth and wellness.

Ali enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, exploring nature, gardening, cooking, running, traveling, and reading.

Taffy Bowes
M.A., M.A.R., LPC
Therapist

Taffy received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, where she was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society.  She did additional undergraduate work in psychology through Quinnipiac University’s Shoreline Adult Degree Program, and earned a Master of Arts in Education through the Goddard College Graduate Program, developing an independent program in educational theory and school reform.    Taffy holds a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale University Divinity School where she focused on Liberation Theology, Ethics, and Pastoral Counseling, receiving honors in Family Counseling and New Testament Interpretation.  While at YDS, she was a teaching assistant for Issues in Liberation Theology and for Feminist Theology from a Third World Perspective, as well as co-coordinator of the Women’s Center.  

Taffy has worked with young people for over forty years.  She taught fourth grade in Madison, worked with multipli-handicapped students through Project Learn, and was a Special Education tutor in New Haven high schools.  She worked for Madison Youth and Family Services for twenty-seven years, first as Positive Youth Development Coordinator, then as Assistant Director for Prevention. There she facilitated, supervised and developed positive youth development programs and support group for Madison teenagers.  The programs she ran included a Peer Counseling program, an interfaith interracial program that addressed hate language, a gay-straight alliance and a girls’ support group.  Two of the programs developed collaboratively with students won regional and state awards. In addition, Taffy carried a counseling load, and co-wrote and co-taught a Violence Reduction curriculum in all Daniel Hand High School Junior Health classes.  She was given a Youth Worker of the Year Award by the Connecticut Youth Services Association and was a Beacon Award Recipient.   A founding board member of the Women and Family Life Center in Guilford, she has worked also with the Circle of Care for Families of Children with Cancer, developing and facilitating a training program for teen and adult hospital volunteers. 

Taffy first encountered Grove many years ago when she and her daughter purchased a rabbit from one of the students.  She had a good impression of the students then – and that has only grown over the years.  She began working at the school in October and is truly grateful to be part of such a collaborative staff.  Taffy considers it a gift to be able to work with Grove School students and their families. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and adolescents are her favorite population on the planet.

Taffy lives in Madison with her husband Jay, the founder of St. Martin de Porres Academy, a Nativity/Miguel School in New Haven.  They have three adult children, three children-in-law, and five grandchildren, all of whom they love and with all of whom they delight in spending time.  They are interested in issues of equity, equality, and justice and believe in the power of presence.

Lara Goodrich
Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist

Lara is a licensed clinical psychologist who joined Grove in 2015.  Lara grew up in Madison and is excited to have returned to her small-town roots.  She received her B.A. in psychology through the Honors Program at Central CT State University, during which she held leadership positions in Residence Life and the international advocacy club Best Buddies.  Participating in these clubs sparked Lara’s passion for connecting with people and supporting them to achieve fulfillment in life. 

Lara pursued her graduate education at University of Rhode Island within the clinical psychology doctoral program.  She received extensive training in assessment and treatment of childhood anxiety, depression, trauma, and Autism spectrum disorders through rotations at Rhode Island hospitals, community programs, and schools.  Lara also became intrigued by the impact of childhood medical conditions on psychological development and family functioning.  Fittingly, her dissertation investigated the impact of stress and culture on pediatric asthma.  Lara moved to Baltimore, MD, for a yearlong training position at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, during which she gained specialized experience in pediatric rehabilitation/coping, obesity, diabetes, and feeding disorders.  Lara then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital with the Psychiatry Consultation Service.  There, Lara integrated with inpatient medical teams to manage emotional and behavioral challenges experienced by children and their families.  Lara most often utilizes individualized cognitive-behavioral modalities, family approaches, and mindfulness in therapy.

After years of working within hospitals, Lara sought a therapeutic community that was less hurried and more personalized.  She decided to find a smaller setting where therapy could be provided in unison with a child’s daily life, not separate from it.  This level of therapeutic integration and thoughtfulness is what Lara favors most about the Grove community.  Lara also enjoys vegetarian food and cooking, goofing around with her dogs, DIY projects, and camping.  Her favorite memories are boating along the CT shoreline, walking in Hammonasset State Park, and vacationing in Maine and Cape Cod with family.  Her favorite travel destination thus far is San Francisco, CA

Heather Bernstein
Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist

Heather is a licensed clinical psychologist who joined Grove in 2016. She received her BS is psychology from Union College followed by her PsyD at the University of Hartford. While at the University of Hartford, Heather sought clinical training in hospital, outpatient, research, college, and school settings. After the University of Hartford, Heather completed her clinical psychology residency at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI) in Salt Lake City, Utah. At UNI, Heather gained focused training in an inpatient psychiatric hospital environment working with both youth and adults.  After a year of hiking and training in Salt Lake City, Heather returned to Connecticut to complete her postdoctoral fellowship at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) in the Pediatric Obesity Program. At CCMC, Heather directed her research and clinical efforts toward developing specialized programming for children with obesity who were on the Autism Spectrum. Heather’s primary clinical interests are in family therapy, Autism Spectrum Disorders, social skills training, and behavioral health. 

Outside of Grove, Heather’s interests include swimming, running, practicing/teaching yoga and spending time with her dog, Graham.