outpatient substance use treatmeny

PARALLAX CENTER

212-779-9207

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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

Natalie Helpern,
Director of Outreach

Meet Natalie! She joined our team in 2015 as a graduate intern from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. Since graduating with a Master of Social Work degree she has embraced her role with Parallax Center. She currently works remotely managing our social media presence and maintaining our website.

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Parallax Center is always striving to be on the forefront of addiction treatment. They focus on a multi-disciplinary team approach that can adapt to each individual patient’s needs. Working with an agency that is always looking for ways to better themselves and their care means as a clinically-focused social worker, I am able to continue to better myself too.

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In her free time, you can find Natalie playing with her dog, Levi, catching coffee with a friend, or rooting for her favorite team, the Boston Red Sox.