Executive Leadership

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Brian Legg, Psy.D., CEO/Founder

 Dr. Brian Legg, received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. During this time, he completed advanced training in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and conducted psychological assessments. Dr. Legg is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of New Jersey.


With over twelve years of experience in the field of mental health, Dr. Legg has had training in a variety of settings, including outpatient and inpatient levels of care. He completed his Pre-Doctoral practicum and internship training at Friends Behavioral Hospital, Philadelphia.  Dr. Legg provided psychological services to children, adolescents, and adults in an acute inpatient hospital setting. Furthermore, he has experience providing individual, group, family therapy and various psychological assessments.   


Dr. Legg works with individuals of all ages.  His clinical interests are with couples therapy as well as psycho-diagnostic evaluation.  

Contact Dr. Legg:  201-606-2592 or brianlegg@psychcenters.org 

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Nicholas DeMarco, Psy.D., LPC COO/ Co-Founder

Dr. Nicholas DeMarco, received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. During this time, he completed advanced training in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and conducted psychological assessments within various settings across the Philadelphia area. Dr. DeMarco is a Licensed Psychologist in Pennsylvania.  He is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.


With over ten years of experience in the behavioral health field, Dr. DeMarco has had training in a variety of settings. He completed his Pre-Doctoral practicum training at The Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health (CNNH) of New Jersey, where he provided cognitive behavioral therapy services to children, adolescents, and adults in an outpatient setting. Moreover, he completed comprehensive neuropsychological assessments to children and their families.  Dr. DeMarco has completed additional practicum and internship training at the Philadelphia Mental Health Center (PMHC), located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  While in training, Dr. DeMarco continued to provide therapy services to children and their families.  He has been trained in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Parent Management Training (PMT), and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).  Additionally, Dr. DeMarco received training in conducting psycho-diagnostic evaluation as well as forensic evaluating.  Dr. DeMarco also has a track record of success in program development and administration.  He oversaw the provision and implementation of all clinical program for the Philadelphia Mental Health Center and Delaware Valley Children's Center from 2013 to 2016.   


Dr. DeMarco sees a variety of patients ranging from children through late adulthood.  His clinical interests lie in providing CBT to adolescents and young adults as well as forensic and psychological assessment.  

Contact Dr. DeMarco:  267-538-0167 or ndemarco@psychcenters.org 

Meet the Psych center, edgewater staff

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Doreen Marie Pontius, LCSW

Doreen Marie Pontius is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 15 years of experience in individual, family & group therapy, client advocacy, case management and crisis intervention specializing in youth and families at risk. She has direct experience with youth struggling with depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, Attention Deficit Disorders, bullying, etc. Her engagement and rapport building skills are excellent even with those who are hard to engage.

A graduate of New York University's Master of Social Work program, Doreen has worked in clinical, home and school settings. She has extensive knowledge and experience with various State and community resources including the Department of Child Protection & Permanency, local school systems, Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying (HIB) policy and 504 planning. She has also organized, developed and presented workshops on Internet safety for families, improving family communication, handling middle school transitions and many more.

Her clinical perspective is to work with clients from a strength, goal is to build person's confidence while developing healthier coping tools to manage their everyday life and understand their mental health. Clients who have suffered from abuse or trauma she will help them develop a plan to manage their life, gain insight into how their trauma has impacted their functioning and helping them develop better ways to cope.  Working with young children she will use play, games and drawing as tools in therapy. She will work with families on parenting styles, goal setting and structure. Providing them with psychoeducation and support on how to cope. She uses mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and CBT. Her believe is that each person can achieve their goals with knowledge and understanding and believe in themselves. 

"You're Braver than you believe, Stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." Winnie-the Pooh, by A.A. Milne.     

  Contact Doreen:  201-606-2592 

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Joseph Retik, LPC, BCPC, CCH, NBCCH

Joseph Retik is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of New Jersey. He has a Master's Degree in counseling from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Joseph has experience with providing individual therapy to adults and adolescents who have anxiety and depression. Joseph has extensive experience in working with individuals struggling through grief and loss as well as substance abuse obstacles.  Modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic, Client Centered Therapy, Hypnosis, meditation/relaxation, progressive muscle relaxation, and other approached that are effective with adolescents and adults. He is a member if the American Counseling Association and American Psychotherapy Association. He has achieved becoming Board Certified Professional Counselor from the American Board of Professional Counselors and certification as a National Board Certified Clinical Hynotherapist. He is a Certified Tobacco Cessation Treatment Specialist. Joseph also is bilingual and speaks fluent Spanish. 


Joseph has been working in the mental health field for the past 21 years. Joseph is passionate and confident as a counselor/psychotherapist with integrating mindfulness-based approaches into effective therapy.


Contact Joseph: 201-606-2592 

Wendy Savarese, LPC, LCADC

Wendy Savarese earned her Master's Degree in 1994 from Monclair State University. Shortly thereafter, she earned her license to practice in New Jersey as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She then undertook more education and training to become a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC).


With over twenty-five years of experience in the field of mental health, Wendy  has worked in a variety of settings: Domestic Violence shelters, Group homes, inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, emergency room screening, in-home clinician, suicide hotline, and methadone clinics. Wendy also gained valuable experience in assessment, treatment planning, supportive housing, and case management/treatment planning for DCP&P.


Wendy has worked with children as young as five, with teenagers, and with adults as old as eighty-seven. Her therapy choice tends to be CBT which she provides with empathy, understanding and compassion. 


Contact Wendy at 201-606-2592

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Martina Dawoud, M.A

 Martina S. Dawoud has a masters in Clinical Psychology and is en route to receiving a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the American School of Professional Psychology. As part of her training, she has clinical experience working individually with adults and children, as well as couples. She has experience and knowledge in the treatment modalities of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Diversity Psychology. Specifically, she has done extensive work integrating these modalities to treat anxiety related disorders and substance related issues. She has also worked with the veterans at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs with adjustment related issues. While she has worked successfully with a number of clinical disorders, Martina enjoys working with anxiety related disorders and relational patterns. She also works well with children, specifically related to behavioral modification. Martina is warm and empathic, encouraging children to feel excited to modify behaviors and supporting parents throughout the process. Her main approach is collaborative in creating specific goals and target areas in order to see lasting change. She patiently works with people of all ages to identify and highlight strengths that help them become more resilient to life stressors. 


Contact Martina at 201-606-2592

Meet the Psych Center, Berlin Staff

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Jessica Smith, MFT

Jessica Smith received her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from La Salle University.  Following this she received extensive training and application of trauma interventions.  She has completed research in areas of trauma, eating disorders, self esteem and health/risk practices in young adults. 


Experienced in helping both families and individuals make lasting changes, Jessica uses cognitive behavioral and experiential techniques to assist clients in reaching their goals. 


Jessica spent time at schools in both Delaware and Philadelphia, working with high risk students to decrease aggression and effectively manage overwhelming emotions.  She has experience in both individual, group and family treatments. Jessica’s clinical interests lie in parent-child relationships, medical therapy and positive psychology.  She has enjoyed working with many different family compositions such as divorce, adoption and foster, blended families and families experiencing loss or illness.  Jessica works in clinical and community settings, where she enjoys joining pyschoeducation and coping skills to help clients overcome their experiences of symptoms. 


Contact Jessica at 856-809-2962 or email jsmith@psychcenters.org.

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Alexis Hoinkis, MA

Alexis Hoinkis received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The College of New Jersey. Alexis is trained in and practices Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She has experience working with the drug and alcohol population in group and individual settings. Alexis enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of diagnosis. She has experience working in both Philadelphia and New Jersey. Alexis encourages and assists her clients in developing practical coping skills for issues with anxiety, depression, and anger using cognitive behavioral techniques, mindfulness, and stress reduction skills. She follows the positive psychology movement to guide clients to live meaningful and productive lives. 


Contact Alexis at 856-809-2940 or ahoinkis@psychcenters.org.