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A Few Words About Our Clinic


Welcome to Avita Integrative Care, LLC! We are a boutique mental health and wellness practice. Our specialty is in the integration of traditional and emerging modalities for treatment of anxiety-related issues, bolstering of stress resilience, and empowering for personal and professional growth. As a team of independent, experts-in-collaboration, we offer a wide range of services including psychotherapy, psychiatry, biofeedback, peak performance coaching, mediation counseling, relational training and wellness consulting. Each of our providers is an expert in his or her respective field and will create an individualized plan to accomplish your treatment goals. Our team members specialize in the areas of addiction, anxiety, depression, family issues, interpersonal difficulties, mood disorders, and work related stress. Our mission is to go beyond of what is expected, in an effort to create a safe, confidential treatment that will focus on your unique needs. Our team of experts includes clinical psychologists, psycho-physiologists, social workers, and family mediators. This interdisciplinary team of specialists utilizes the latest in the scientifically-supported and clinically proven approaches to deliver measurable results. Through the integration of latest advances in technology, mental health, psychiatric care, and nutritional/wellness services, we strive to bring to you the most effective and efficient care. In our unique approach, we strive to treat an entire person. That means we consider all spheres of functioning - physical, cognitive, emotional, social and spiritual. Comprehensive approaches tend to produce highly effective and measurable outcomes in caring for individuals, couples and families with mild to severe mental health needs. Such synthesis enhances the ability of our health care providers to develop comprehensive assessments and collaboratively implement best suited individualized treatment plans for shared clients. Our clients also benefit by having increased provider availability, enhanced communication between care providers, and reduced short- and long-term health cost. Who Do We Treat? Majority of our clients are intelligent, professional, highly functioning and motivated people. We are very focused on helping them overcome their mild to moderate mental health challenges. We eagerly await an opportunity to help you and your loved ones on the journey towards a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life. Most commonly conditions treated through the traditional "top-down" approach: Acute and Chronic Stress Anxiety Disorders and Panic Attacks Obsessive and Compulsive Thoughts and Behaviors Melancholy and Depressed Mood Interpersonal Conflicts Spiritual and Religious Struggles Loss of Motivation, Creativity and Productivity Loss of Sexual Drive Various forms of Addictions Career and Work-related issues Search for Meaning and Self-Actualization Poor Social and Communication Skills History of Trauma and Unresolved Grief Most commonly conditions treated through the "down-up" approach: Migraine, Tension, and Vascular Headaches Chronic Anxiety Test and Performance-related Anxiety Depression Post -Traumatic Stress Syndrome [PTSS] Chronic Pain Acute/post injury or post-operative, and revolving pain; Fibromyalgia Hypertension Addictive Behavior Disorders Gastro-Intestinal Disorders (IBS, ulcerative colitis, chronic constipation, etc.) ADHD, ADD and other forms of inattention and loss of focus Tachycardia and other cardiac conditions and arrhythmias Arthritis and Musculo-skeletal Disorders Auto-immune and related conditions Sports and Athletic Conditioning Benefits of Choosing Avita Integrative Care The importance of integrative health care begins with the understanding of health as interrelated functioning of one's physical, mental, emotional, social, and often spiritual self. Therefore, to be truly healthy, happy and successful it is not enough to merely live without some major disease or other type of a crisis. To be able to achieve our fullest potential, we need to strive towards a more holistic and balanced existence. When a crisis arise, it should be interpreted as a signal that, some type of a change is no longer avoidable. In our integrative practice, we work with our clients at the level where they need most help. At times this may require to initially address their history of trauma, personality disorders, addictions, or other chronic disfunction. However, our focus and an ultimate goal is to fortify their inherent strengths and their own healing capacities. Throughout the process, we encourage and help our clients to strive towards a holistic life, by restoring and maintaining emotional fitness and wellbeing across a person’s entire lifespan. Our health practitioners will employ a personalized treatment strategy that will consider your unique conditions, needs and circumstances in order to address the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences that maybe affecting your health and wellbeing. Furthermore, the clinicians will help you go beyond the treatment of symptoms, so that all of the causes of an illness are properly addressed.

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Our Team


Dr. Kalman Khodik, Psy.D., BCB

Dr. Kalman Khodik, Psy.D., BCB

Director of Psychological and Psychophysiological Services

Dr. Khodik, Psy.D., B.C.B. is credentialed as a National Register Health Services Psychologist. He earned his Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology and his Board Certification in Biofeedback from Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology (IGCP). With over ten years of working in the field, Dr. Khodik has experience of working in a variety of clinical and counseling settings, with a broad range of patients and psychological issues. He specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, psycho-somatic disorders, addiction, and various stress-related issues. In addition to his interest in working with individuals, Dr. Khodik spent many years bringing positive change and organizational optimization at some of the most prominent global corporations, such as the McKinsey & Company, the World Bank, and the Credit Suisse Group. Dr. Khodik completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the prestigious Karen Horney Clinic in New York City. In addition to his advanced training in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the American Institute for Psychoanalysis (AIP), he is now pursuing his candidacy in Psychoanalysis. This training is deeply rooted in the tradition of Karen Horney along with other influential and contemporary psychoanalytic theorists. With formal training in several theoretical orientations including long-term and brief psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral techniques, biofeedback, and evidence-based drug and alcohol counseling, Dr. Khodik is able to integrate and personalize treatment strategies to best fit his patient’s unique needs. Furthermore, Dr. Khodik integrates spirituality into his own personal life and professional work. Although this type of integration remains unusual among traditional psychotherapists, through his own spiritual journey and current practice, Dr. Khodik is uniquely positioned to help patients explore openly their relationships with the sacred, overcome their spiritual struggles, and guide them to reaching an integrated sense of self. The use of biofeedback and other psychophysiological interventions in this regard could help those individuals who find it difficult to regulate their attention and emotion in their own meditative and contemplative practices. Dr. Khodik speaks fluently both English and Russian, and in addition to having international and multicultural exposure, he is especially keen on being open-minded in providing a culturally-sensitive treatment. Dr. Khodik effectively provides a uniquely non-judgmental environment in which patients feel free to express themselves and explore their conflicts, while creating real and sustainable change.


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Ellie Wolf, MS, BCB; Fellow BCIA

Ellie Wolf, MS, BCB; Fellow BCIA

Director of Biofeedback and Stress Recovery

Ellie Wolf, MS, BCB, Fellow BCIA, is a BCIA National Board certified Biofeedback practitioner, internship supervisor, and certification course instructor. She was recently elected as a Fellow by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. Specializing in pain care and management, stress resilience, and stress recovery medicine; Ellie has over 30 years’ experience in allied health care- including 20 years as board-certified in sports medicine/athletic training, and as an NATA National Certification Board Examiner. She focused for many years in orthopedic and sports physical therapy clinical treatment and management, incorporating biofeedback into the treatment protocol. Ellie has also worked with numerous Olympic athletes, including the first US Olympic Women’s Volleyball Team to win a Silver Medal, as well as numerous professional athletes from all over the country, and all of the Chicago professional sports franchises, including the Chicago Bears Super Bowl team. Ellie now serves as an instructor for the STENS BCIA national certification course. She practiced as the Senior Biofeedback Therapist at the RIC Center for Pain Management, several integrative medical practices in Chicago, and a medical oncology treatment center. Her private practice specializes in anxiety/panic/PTSD disorders, ADHD/ADD, pain and headaches, stress-driven medical conditions, and performance and test-taking anxiety. Pioneering practices include EMG training with professional athletes; Biofeedback and/or Neurofeedback for: non-surgical bariatric patients [weight loss], a spectrum of addictive behavior disorders, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and fibromyalgia. Ellie’s recent and exciting national landmark program was in providing Biofeedback for patients during their bone marrow biopsy procedure in a medical oncology treatment center, in the absence of general anesthesia. Both the patient and physician response has been extremely positive.


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Maryana Kanda, LSW, APM

Maryana Kanda, LSW, APM

Accredited Professional Mediator

I am passionate about helping people resolve their differences through mediation and get on with their lives. I have been practicing family and divorce mediation for over 16 years and I keenly understand the emotional pain the divorcing couples are going through and I dedicate my efforts to reduce their sufferings as much as possible. I firmly believe that I offer much better way for people to end their relationships than a legally contested divorce. I conduct my sessions in a non-threatening, non-adversarial and trust building manner where parties can direct their best efforts to resolve all their issues in a dignified and constructive setting. I can make the difficulet process of divorce easier on you and your family. I am accredited by New Jersey Association for Professional Mediators (NJAPM) and have also received a special training in child custody, parenting coordination, financial planning, and conflict resolution. In 2009 I have been appointed as a Parent Coordinator by NJ Family Courts. For the last three consecutive years I have been recognized by NJ BIZ as one of the top family mediators.


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Sara Pasternak LSW, LMSW

Sara Pasternak LSW, LMSW

Psychotherapist

Sara Pasternak is a Licensed Social Worker and obtained her Masters degree from Columbia University. During her graduate training, she specialized in Advanced Clinical Practice with a concentration in Health, Mental Health and Disabilities. Sara has worked in a variety of school settings, helping students and their family members overcome personal challenges. She began her career at an elementary school, where she provided individual and group play therapy to a diverse student body of children ranging from the ages of 4-11. Sara also counseled parents and implemented school-wide initiatives to address social-emotional issues among the larger school community. Additionally, Sara has also worked in a college counseling center, where she provided therapy and crisis intervention to college students from diverse cultural backgrounds with various clinical presentations. She also facilitated a weekly anxiety and stress management skills group and organized campus-wide mental health programming. Sara's specialties include counseling children, adolescents and adults with anxiety disorders, academic and professional concerns, post-traumatic stress disorder, relationship and familial conflicts, eating disorders, self-esteem issues, stress-management challenges and transitional difficulties. Sara also has extensive experience working with members of the LGBTQ community. In addition to her clinical experience, Sara has completed post-graduate course work in Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety and Depression through the Beck Insitiute. She is currently training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Chain Analysis, and Validation Principles. Furthermore, she has a teaching background and has co-taught graduate students at Columbia University and adolescents at Northern Highlands Regional High School. Sara is an empathetic and passionate clinician that is extremely devoted to helping those she works with create lasting and meaningful changes in their lives!


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