DR. SANTANA SPARBER
Dr. Jacqueline Santana Sparber is a bilingual, licensed clinical psychologist with specializations in both forensic and pediatric psychology. She has been in the mental health field for over 25 years. currently she is the clinical director of keys gate wellness associates as well as a supervising psychologist/senior behavioral analyst for Florida's department of corrections (FDOC). She is certified in parent child interaction therapy (PCIT); an evidenced base, cutting-edge, short-term therapy approach that has been proven to improve child behavior and enhance parent-child relationships with long-term results.
She has extensive training in the assessment/evaluation of toddlers, children, adolescents and adults with various psychological conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, giftedness, emotional concerns, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorder and bariatric surgery prospects. Her passion/niche however is the completion of forensic immigration evaluations of all type: hardship, u-visa, t-visa, asylum and vawa. All of the above mentioned assessments guide legal and medical decisions, treatment, interventions and accommodations if needed. In addition to the above, Dr. Santana Sparber has experience in the areas of trauma, behavioral disorders, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, phobias, and adjustment to life changes such as birth of a sibling, divorce, relocating and starting college. She developed the bereavement program for Nicklaus Children Hospital (NICO's promise). As well as completing her doctoral dissertation on the topic of familial bereavement. Dr. Santana Sparber completed her pre doctoral internship at Miami Dade County Community action (apa accredited). And her post doctoral residency at the university of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Mailman Center for Child Development Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (APA accredited). Dr. Santana Sparber is a member of the American Psychological Association, Florida Psychological Association, and Dade County Psychological Association.
DR. COLON RODRIGUEZ
Dr. Colon Rodriguez is a licensed clinical psychologist, with a specialization in pediatric psychology. She has over 10 years of experience in the mental health field. She is certified in leadership education in neurodevelopmental and related disabilities (lend). In addition, she has knowledge in applied behavior analysis and is a certified technician. She is warm, friendly and passionate about supporting her clients as they navigate the complex emotions and experiences of caring for a child with autism and other disabilities. Dr. Colon rodriguez takes pride in empowering her families with the tools needed to work through difficult emotions and discover ways to maximize the wonderful potential of their children. She strives to proactively address parents’ concerns and needs of their child’s progress and development. Additionally, her skill sets are honed in helping kids, teens, adults, and groups learn healthy patterns of behaviors, including strengthening social skills, setting healthy boundaries, and learning healthy ways to deal with anger, frustration, and everyday worries. She has extensive training in the assessment and treatment of toddlers, children, adolescents and adults with various psychological conditions. Dr. Colon has experience in the completion of assessments for autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd), learning disability, intellectual disabilities, emotional concerns and behavioral issues. In addition to the above, Dr. Colon Rodriguez has experience in the areas of HIV/AIDS, those living with chronic conditions, trauma, behavioral disorders, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, phobias, and adjustment to life changes such as birth of a sibling, divorce, relocating and starting college. Dr. Colon completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Center for Autism in the Medical Sciences Campus at the University of Puerto Rico and her post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric health psychology at Nicklaus Children Hospital. Dr. Colon Rodriguez is a member of the American Psychological Association.
DR. MILCA Y. GARAY FIGUEROA
Dr. Milca Y. Garay Figueroa is a bilingual, doctor of psychology in clinical psychology (Carlos Albizu University, APA accredited). She has ten years of experience in the mental health field. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of Puerto Rico. Currently she is completing her post-doctoral experience at Keys Gate Wellness Associates.
She is certified in crisis prevention intervention (CPI), clinical supervision and university teaching. She has extensive training in assessment/evaluation in psychological, personality, psychometrical, projective and psych-educational for toddlers, children, adolescents and adults with various psychological conditions. Also, training and knowledge in evidenced base therapy models, diagnosis and mental health conditions for individual, group, family and couple psychotherapy. Dr. Garay Figueroa has experience in supervision, sport psychology, management, administration and psychology collaboration and consultation. She also has competence and awareness on the importance of cultural diversity. In addition to the above she has experience in socio- emotional group interventions in scholar settings. She is committed to the mental health field and strives to work in a professional and empathetic way to support her clients in their process of navigating and dealing with different complex situations and emotions in life. She has extensive experience working with children experiencing emotional or behavioral issues, psychological conditions, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder (ADD), intellectual disabilities, developmental concerns, depression, anxiety, life changes, relocation, social skills difficulties and other concerns. She is also passionate about working as a consultant for professionals in the healthcare field that desire consultation, mentorship, or psychotherapy to help them develop in their field or to maintain self-care and optimum level of productivity.
Dr. Garay Figueroa completed her doctoral dissertation and exploratory study to validate an instrument that evaluates the perception of personal psychotherapy in a psychology student sample. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Head Start Program (for preschool population) at Puerto Rico. Dr. Garay Figueroa is a member of the American Psychological Association.
DR. RAÚL SOTO-YULFO
Dr. Raúl Soto-Yulfo, Psy.D. completed his bachelors degree in elementary education (1996) at Inter American University of Puerto Rico. In 1997 moved to Miami and obtained his master of science in psychology and his doctoral degree in clinical psychology (M.S., 2011 and Psy.D., 2017) both with distinction from Albizu University in Miami, Florida. Dr. Soto-Yulfo completed his doctoral dissertation titled microaggressions and the LGBTQI2-s population: a training program design for professionals in the mental health field where he explored the concepts, history, types of microaggressions, its effects and a proposed program design aimed for professionals in the mental health field. Dr. Soto-Yulfo worked in the aviation industry for 14 years, allotting him the opportunity to work with different individuals from multiple backgrounds. While working, he managed study psychology, which is his real passion. He completed his APA accredited pre-doctoral program and apa accredited residency program at Citrus Health Network, inc. where he had the opportunity to continue honing his therapy and assessment skills. Since 2009, he had the opportunity to work with diverse populations; psycho-educational, psychological, and neuropsychological evaluations; distinct theoretical approaches, varied modalities, and different mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, adjustment, behavioral health/behavioral medicine, among other disorders including substance use. His professional interests include adult psychotherapy and assessments/evaluations. Dr. Soto-Yulfo is a bilingual clinician offering services fluently in English and Spanish. Currently, he is a licensure candidate in the State of Florida and a member of the American Psychological Association and the PSI CHI International Honor Society in Psychology. His hobbies outside professional interests include reading, photography, and traveling. “My therapy approach is client centered, solution focused, and a mutual collaboration to facilitate awareness, achievement of goals, with an outcome of obtaining a general wellbeing.”
BLANCA L. CANIZALES DELCID
Blanca l. Canizales Delcid is a bilingual, master level intern in clinical mental health counseling (Keiser University). She received a B.A. in psychology from Keiser University and is currently completing her clinical mental health counseling, MS internship at Keys Gate Wellness Associates. She is committed and driven to the delivery of high-quality, evidence based mental health services. She believes we all need someone who will listen to us and accept us for who we are. She takes pride in providing her clients with a warm and nonjudgmental environment in which to explore issues and enable them to live the life they want. Her goal is to create a strong therapeutic relationship with an emphasis on trust and acceptance, while working collaboratively on setting goals, identifying barriers, increasing coping skills, and building on existing strengths. She has training and experience with children, adolescent and adults with various psychological conditions such as depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, child abuse, substance abuse and trauma. Also, behavioral disorders, relationships, and/ or emotional well-being. She has extensive experience in areas such as biopsychosocial assessment, psychopathology and diagnosis, marriage, couple and family counseling, treatment planning, addiction and addictive behaviors, advocacy with diverse populations, crisis intervention, and career counseling. She has received several administrative certifications at the university of miami, such as essentials of leadership, crucial conversation training and hiring top talent. Blanca l. Canizales Delcid is a member of the American Counseling Association.
Junet Morales is a bilingual, master level, marriage and family therapist (MFT) intern from North Central University. She works with adults, adolescents and children and is trained in a variety of therapy modalities (individual, couple, family and group therapy). Special interests include relationship problems, parenting concerns, life transitions, stress, anxiety, depression, body image and identity. She is warm, empathetic, accepting, and has a natural ability to make people feel at ease, heard, and understood. She is committed to providing her clients with a safe, judgement free zone where they can be themselves and she can learn about them and who they truly are. She works collaboratively with her clients to help them gain insight and an increased understanding of themselves, their maladaptive patterns of behavior, which in turn allows them to make more conscious choices and changes. Her work is based on the belief that we are all influenced by a variety of factors including larger social contexts, individual family histories, and unique life experiences. She utilizes only evidence-based treatments such as (cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, exposure therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, dialectical behavioral therapy) to help her clients achieve their therapeutic goals.
Tammy Altamirano is Keys Gate Wellness Associates psychologist assistant. She is a bilingual, bachelor level intern in Psychology. She will soon receive her B.A. In Psychology from St. Thomas University with a minor in Forensic Criminal Justice. She is determined and willing to learn and grow her clinical skills from the Keys Gate Wellness Associates Team. She is empirically driven and believes in the importance of evidence-based treatment. She believes that not everyone has the privilege of having someone to lend a listening ear when they need it most, although everyone deserves one and feels in the future as a clinical psychologist, she will provide that opportunity to those in need. Her goal is to learn through partnership in the community, how she can aid those who struggle with mental health in their life while keeping a bright light on their strengths. She is currently building her research experience at St. Thomas University while already being CITI Program certified on Social and Behavioral Research Stage 1. Her upcoming academic and professional goal is to enter a competitive Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology. Her intent is to build a career with particular importance in the specialty area of clinical child and adolescent psychology. With an extensive understanding of the psychological needs of children and adolescents, and how the family and other social contexts influence the socio-emotional adjustment, developmental processes, mental and behavioral disorders and developmental psychopathology, behavioral adaptation, and health status of children and adolescents.
Maria Mathers with over 15 years experience working in the mental health field Maria brings extensive knowledge to Keys Gate Wellness Associates. She is the office manager and executive assistant to the clinical director. She is an integral part of the Keys Gate Wellness family and the representing voice and face of the practice. She is kind, patient, caring and the go-to girl, in the office. Always ready with a smile to help our patients with anything they need from providing information, verifying insurance, requesting authorizations, scheduling appointments and coordinating with the clinicians. She is dedicated to working hard to help serve the needs of the patients and families that we serve.
MR. MICHAEL SAMUEL SPARBER
Michael S. Sparber, CIC, CRM, CAIP is the chief executive officer, risk manager and co-founder of Keys Gate Wellness Associates. As a member of the executive management team of the organization, his responsibilities include the oversight of operations & business development aspects of the firm. Duties also involve acting as team leader for agency vip concierge clients service development in coordination with the clinical director, and marketing representative. In addition his responsibilities involve the development, review and improvement of business processes to improve quality control and customer service. Mr. Sparber has extensive experience in the area of risk management. In the past he served as the risk management administrator for the city of coral gables. Michael holds a master of science degree from florida state university with a major in risk management and a bachelor of science degree from Barry University with a major in accounting. His credentials also include certified insurance counselor (CIC), certified risk manager (crm), certified aviation insurance professional (caip), and he has been a licensed 2-20 property & casualty insurance agent in the state of florida since 1995. Michael is involved with RIMS, the risk management society. He served on the board of directors for the Greater Miami Chapter from 2010 through 2014 and was chapter president from 2011 through 2014. Additionally, he served on the On Florida Educational Conference Committee in 2011 & 2012 and served on the RIMS Student Advisory Council from 2012 through 2014. He was also a member of the technology committee for NAPSLO (now “WSIA”, the wholesale & specialty insurance association) from 2015-2016 (one-year term).