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

BARBARA FELDMANN, LCSW-R,

CASAC -Master Counselor 

Clinical Director

ALEXANDRA FINGESTEN, MD

Medical Director

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

Barbara Feldmann, LCSW-R, CASAC -Master Counselor, has worked in the field of addiction treatment since 2006 and currently serves as the Clinical Director at Parallax Center. 

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.

ARMIN BAIER, JD, LCSW

Director of Special Projects

Armin Baier, JD, LCSW has been an integral part of the Parallax Center, Inc. since 1989, first as Clinical Director (1989 through 2008) and then as the Director of Special Projects and Development (2009 though the present.) 

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

Ariel Hurley,
Therapist

Meet Ariel Hurley, LMSW, MPH! Ariel is both a social worker and a public health practitioner. She’s been with Parallax Center, Inc. for nearly 2 years as a part-time clinician, working with individual clients, as well as running group therapy. Ms. Hurley’s role outside of Parallax consists of identifying community needs related to the opioid epidemic and coordinating comprehensive initiatives to address them. 

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I enjoy working at Parallax Center because we genuinely work with people at all stages of readiness to change their substance using behavior. The clinicians and medical staff approach each person that walks through the door with empathy and compassion. We believe that we’re not just here to stabilize the person in their early recovery, but also to ensure that they develop the tools to maintain their sobriety and reach long-term recovery.

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Ariel’s hobbies include reading, cooking, traveling, and writing.

Want to meet our former Employee Spotlight holders? 

Check them out here!

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:

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:

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Parallax Center, Inc. ■ 145 East 32nd Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY, 10016  ■ 212-779-9207