Together at the Top

MEET OUR TEAM

Doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, CASACs

Our staff is composed of an interdisciplinary team of professionals who will work with you to achieve your goals and maintain your sobriety

MEET OUR EXECUTIVE BOARD

DAVID M. OCKERT, PhD

Executive Director and Clinical Director

BARBARA FELDMANN, LCSW-R,

CASAC

Clinical Supervisor and Consultant

ALEXANDRA FINGESTEN, MD

Medical Director

David M. Ockert, PhD is the founder of the Parallax Center. He currently serves as the Executive Director and Clinical Director. Dr. Ockert has developed methodologies for outpatient detoxification and stabilization from all drugs of abuse. 

Barbara Feldmann, LCSW-R, CASAC has worked in the field of addiction treatment since 2006. She was Parallax Center's Clinical Director, from 2010 to 2017, and continues to serve as a Clinical Supervisor and Consultant for Parallax Center, from 2018 to present. 

Alexandra Fingesten, MD has served as the Medical Director for Parallax Center since 2002. She manages and supervises all medical services, including psychiatric and withdrawal treatments.

PATRICIA SPARKS, CASAC

Senior Counselor

Patricia Sparks, BA, CASAC has been providing services for people with mental health and substance use disorders for over 22 years.  She has been working with Parallax Center since 2000. 

JANE MARIN, BS

Operations Director

Jane Marin, BS has been working with Parallax Center since 2007. Starting as an entry level biller, she currently serves as the Operations Director, overseeing the general operations of the agency and coordinating administrative departments.  

Employee Spotlight

  Saxon Palmer, 
Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA)
saxon and frank_edited.jpg

Meet Parallax's new CRPA! Saxon joins the team after stints on Broadway (acting in Checkov's THREE SISTERS and Coward's DESIGN FOR LIVING) and the Bowery (Rescue Mission).  Although a recent acquisition, he is already feeling at home here and is encouraged by the compassion that informs the care provided by our staff. While he would not claim to be an expert, Saxon's forte might lie in his ability to connect and engage with clients, utilizing his vast lived experience - having come from living on the streets himself, he now helps others get off the streets themselves, from housing to homegroups and from detox to day to day sober living. Whatever it takes.


 

Previous service includes St Christopher's Inn, and The Greenwich House. 

 


Something about Saxon:
He enjoys most things aquatic including sailing and fishing - and he has webbed toes and a stellar dog named Frank!

Want to connect with Saxon?

Let someone know while you are here at your appointment. 

Want to meet our former Employee Spotlight holders? 

Check them out here!

IMG_0552_edited.jpg

Employee Spotlight: Admissions Coordinator

Meet Ash Vasquez! They joined our team in June 2022 and graduated from the SUNY Brockport School of Social Work in 2014. Read more about them by clicking below:

Stephen Hirsch photo.jpg

Employee Spotlight: Clinical Coordinator

Meet Stephen Hirsch! He joined our team in 2017 as a graduate intern from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. Read more about him by clicking below:

20160709_193417_edited_edited.jpg

Employee Spotlight: Director of Outreach

Meet Natalie Helpern! She joined our team in 2015 as a graduate intern from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. Read more about her by clicking below:

20191222_153952_edited_edited.jpg

Employee Spotlight: Senior Counselor

Meet Patricia Sparks! She has been working with the Parallax Center for over 20 years. Read more about her by clicking below:

Ariel_employeepic (1).jpg

Employee Spotlight: Therapist

Meet Ariel Hurley! She has been working with the Parallax Center for almost 2 years. Read more about her by clicking below:

joe.jpg

Employee Spotlight: Nurse

Meet Joe Nebbia! He has been working with the Parallax Center for over 2 years. Read more about him by clicking below:

zooeee.png

Employee Spotlight: Clinical Coordinator

Meet Zoë Sheinberg! She has been working with the Parallax Center since 2017. Read more about her by clicking below:

IMG_0672_edited.jpg

Employee Spotlight: Counselor

Meet Juliet Faber! She has been working with the Parallax Center as a counselor. Read more about her by clicking below: