• 300 Garden City Plaza #312
    Garden City, NY 11530
  • Meet Our Staff

    Meet Some Team Members

    All our expert treatment providers specialize in the treatment of eating disorders and are under the direct employ and supervision of Dr. Jeffrey DeSarbo, the creator of the ED-180 Treatment Programs. Our team is comprised of an exceptionally experienced group of physicians, therapist, nutritionists and support staff. The ED-180 team has been selected due to each individual’s reputation for compassion, an understanding of the eating disorder process, a desire for continuous research and education, and a commitment towards results. The ED-180 team meets twice weekly as a group to discuss patient care and treatment planning and with our team all “in-house”, personnel communication is always on-going.

    Jeffrey DeSarbo, D.O. – Medical Director of ED-180 Programs

    Dr. Jeffrey DeSarboDr. Jeffrey DeSarbo, is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and is the Founder and Director of the ED-180 Treatment Programs in Garden City, NY. He is also the Director for the N.Y. Eating Disorder Medical Group and was formerly on the Board of the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) of Long Island. Dr. DeSarbo’s private practice includes treatment for teenagers and adults with about 70% of his case load dedicated to the specialized treatment of eating disorders and the remaining 30% for general psychiatric conditions. Dr. DeSarbo also spent 3 months of elective time working closely with bariatric surgeons for specialized training in the psychiatric evaluation and management of bariatric patients. In addition to psychopharmacological management, Dr. DeSarbo also practices psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and existential therapy.

    Additionally, Dr. DeSarbo was the Producer and Host of a medical, web-based news company called the Eating Disorder News Network and is also authoring two upcoming books: Demystifying the Biology Behind Eating Disorders: an 8-year project that examines the biological and neuro-imaging studies conducted over the past 15 years on patients with eating disorders; and his second book is entitled Why Eating Disorder Treatment Fails which discusses the major pitfalls in treatment and recovery and how patients and families can maximize care and success rates with eating disorder treatment.

    Dr. DeSarbo graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in banking and finance in 1985 and returned to complete a post-bac program for medical school. He attended medical school at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his psychiatric residency training in the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine Psychiatry Residency Program at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. Dr. DeSarbo is a national speaker to medical professionals and clinicians and well as to the public and has been on radio and television. He is a member of NEDA, IAEDP, AED, AMA, APA, and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. For more information about Dr. DeSarbo you may go to www.DrDeSarbo.com.

    Sivan Cohen, LMSW, CASAC-T – Program Coordinator

    SivanSivan is a New York State, Licensed Master of Social Work, trained in clinical psychology. She earned her M.S.W. from Adelphi University. She earned her B.A. in Psychology, and minor in Sociology from the City University of New York, Queens College. Sivan conducted her clinical training through NorthShore-LIJ’s Department of Psychiatry in Addiction at NorthShore University Hospital where she later worked as an intake coordinator among the substance abuse population.

    In addition to her expertise with eating disorders, Sivan has clinical experience in the treatment of adults, children, couples, and families struggling with a wide range of mental, health, behavioral, and relationship issues. She is currently the Program Coordinator at ED-180’s Treatment Programs where she conducts individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, acts as insurance liaison, and works with clients based on clinical needs incorporating an eclectic approach to treatment that is individualized and person-centered. Sivan is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and the National Association of Eating Disorders (NEDA). She is also certified in CBT-E through the Centre for Research on Eating Disorders at the University at Oxford.

    Cara-Mier Capone, LCSW – Consulting Clinical Director

    DSCN2331Cara-Mier received her Master’s degree in social work from Fordham University, followed by post graduate training at The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in New York City.  Cara-Mier began her career working in a hospital setting, both in substance abuse detox and inpatient psychiatry.  She later pursued her interest in eating disorder treatment, working at both The Renfrew Center of Long Island and New York City.  Cara-Mier received her certification in EMDR to expand her specialty to include treatment for trauma.  She has also received her certification in Internal Family Systems therapy; An approach that has expanded her skill set and fostered her growth as a clinician.

    Cara-Mier has presented at several educational forums, sharing her knowledge of eating disorders at schools, hospitals and other mental health facilities.  She has co-led week long intensive trainings for therapists in both California and New York and is a member of NASW, AED, IADEP and NEDA. Cara-Mier is the Clinical Director at ED-180, providing individual, family and group psychotherapy as well as overseeing other therapists involved with the ED-180 programs.  She is a student of meditation and yoga practice and incorporates aspects of mindfulness and body centeredness in her therapeutic style.

    Susan Jungman, LMHC, MHA – Consulting Therapist

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    Susan has worked with several leading medical practices in a variety of roles, including Patient Coordinator, Practice Administrator and Director of Marketing. Since 2009, Susan has been a volunteer and Board Member and is the former President of Reaching Out Against Eating Disorders (ROAED), an all-volunteer, not-for-profit eating disorder organization that provides support services to those suffering from eating disorders, as well as their friends and families.  Susan has been a facilitator for several support groups in New York City and Long Island for those suffering from Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder and Women Over 40 with Eating Disorders. She was also actively involved in ROAED’s mentor program, and provided one-on-one support to those recovering from an eating disorder. Susan regularly participates in speaking engagements related to eating disorders, speaking at conferences, workshops, high schools and colleges and has contributed to various publications on eating disorders.

    Susan received her first Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration (MHA) from Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY. Her experience and her passion to help others influenced her decision to pursue a second Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling (MHC) at Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus. Susan is currently a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in private practice and a group therapist for the ED-180 Program.

    Michelle Tucci-Graziano M.A., MFT – Consulting Marriage and Family Therapist

    DSCN2663Michelle is a Marriage and Family therapist who has earned two master’s degrees. She received her first master’s degree in psychology from Adelphi University, and her second master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hofstra University. Michelle completed both programs with high honors and distinction. She is currently the family and relationship therapist at ED-180 programs, and also provides group psychotherapy with patients and at ED-180 family nights helping families navigate through the language of eating disorders.

    Michelle has worked in a variety of therapeutic settings, ranging from community clinics, group practices, and hospital-based outpatient settings. Her passion and life’s work is to help individuals who are struggling in their lives attain a happier and healthier way of living. Through her training at Hofstra University’s Marriage and Family therapy program, Michelle has learned to take a unique approach in her way of viewing and working with families, couples, and individuals. From a strengths-based perspective and through the use of various systemic family/couple’s therapy approaches, Michelle helps her clients learn to stop viewing themselves and their loved ones as “sick” and “defective” people. Instead, Michelle works with families and clients to help them see themselves and their loved ones as fully functional individuals, who are stuck in dysfunctional patterns and cycles in their relationships. Michelle works diligently with her clients to help them identify their dysfunctional patterns and to eventually learn to create newer healthier ways of communicating and relating to one another. By helping family members learn how to relate to one another more effectively, the family unit becomes strengthened and individuals begin to feel more secure and content both intrapsychically, and interpersonally in their lives.

    Judi LiVigni, MS, RD, CDN – Dietician/Nutrition Consultant

    DSCN0075Judi is a registered dietician specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. She has been a registered dietitian since 1994 and has worked clinically in a hospital setting as well as various outpatient settings, including consulting for the New York Eating Disorder Medical Group and Eating Disorder Associates. Her treatment approach is to collaborate with the treatment team and utilize a meal rehabilitation program that best suites the clients needs from intuitive eating to meal exchange systems.

    Judi is a graduate of the University of Maryland and completed her master’s work at Long Island University, CW Post campus.  There she graduated with distinction receiving an academic award for her thesis work related to disordered eating. Judi is a member of the American Dietetic Association, obtaining advanced certifications in both Adult and Child/Adolescent weight management.  She is also a member of the National Eating Disorder Association, the Academy of Eating Disorders and the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.

    Igal Rahmani, M.D. – Addiction Psychiatry

    Dr. Rahmani, obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from American University of the Caribbean in 1996. He completed a surgical internship in Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, N.Y. He then continued his training, completing his general psychiatric residency training in the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine Psychiatry Residency Program at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) in Manhasset, NY. During his tenure at NSUH he lead groups for disordered eating clients with his colleague, Dr. DeSarbo, developing treatment plans and monitoring results. Upon completion of his general residency training, Dr. Rahmani did a Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at Beth Israel Medical Center, University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

    Dr. Rahmani’s private practice involves working with patients with general psychiatric issues as well those with addiction and substance abuse issues and is licensed to prescribe Buprenorphine (Suboxone) for treatment of opioid dependence. In addition to being a psychopharmacologist, Dr. Rahmani is trained and practices psychodynamic, CBT, and supportive therapy with clients. He plays an important role in working with clients in the ED-180 program who have a duel diagnosis (eating disorder and substance abuse/dependency).

    In addition to his private practice, Dr. Rahmani has worked as a consulting psychiatrist for Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, N.Y. and was a staff psychiatrist at Adelphi University where he provides consultation and treatment for the students as well as supervising therapists and counselors at the Student Counseling Center. From 2006 to 2011, Dr. Rahmani held the position of Medical Director of Community Counseling Services of West Nassau, N.Y. (an OASAS approved facility). Dr. Rahmani is also affiliated with North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

    Tamara Guarini, CMA– Consulting Business Manager

    DSCN0209Tamara Guarini is the office manager and a medical assistant for the ED-180 programs and is usually the first person you will speak with when contacting us. Tamara was born and raised in Brisbane, Australia, came to the United States in 2006 and became a Certified Medical Assistant in 2009. She has been working directly with Dr. DeSarbo since 2008 and is very knowledgeable about the nuances of eating disorder patient care. As a part of the ED-180 team, she continues to educate herself in the field of eating disorders and mental health and has even been to on-site visits of national eating disorder residential treatment centers.

    As a medical assistant, Tamara is responsible for many of pre-exam procedures including weights, blood pressure readings, EKG tests, and metabolic testing as well as coordinating patient care. Wearing her other hat as office manager, Tamara is responsible for physician scheduling and patient billing and assisting families with insurance issues. She is often complimented for her efficiency with both staff and patients and can be a great resource of information about ED treatment and referrals. Tamara also plays an instrumental role in helping patients obtain reimbursement from insurance companies and getting approvals for non-covered medications and procedures.

    Elissa Siony, Psy.D. – Consulting psychologist

    DSCN0241Dr. Elissa Siony is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and related issues including depression, anxiety, and interpersonal difficulties. Using a comprehensive eclectic treatment approach, she compassionately helps eating disorder sufferers uncover maladaptive thinking patterns and behaviors, interpersonal dynamics, and crystallized core self beliefs. Through the recovery process, clients will establish effective thought patterns and behaviors, a healthier relationship with food, and positive coping mechanisms to manage life’s past and present challenges. Dr. Siony assists clients to break the chains and cycle of the eating disorder and experience the true freedom of living and loving one’s self.

    Dr. Siony received her Doctorate in Psychology from Yeshiva University at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and has had extensive training and experience working with eating disorders and has been a consultant with the New York Eating Disorder Medical Group since 2007.

    Meg Maginn, MSW, LCSW – Consulting Therapist

    Meg Maginn, MSW, LCSW, received her Masters in Social Work from S.U.N.Y. Stonybrook and is a psychotherapist who has been in private practice for over 20 years specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. Meg has been trained in and utilizes an array of therapeutic techniques including CBT, DBT, the Maudsley Approach, Gestault therapy, EMDR, family systems, and is a licensed NLP /Hypnotherapy practitioner trained in the Kathy Welter-Nichols Intensive Outpatient Bulimia Breakthrough and Binge Eating Program.

    Meg is the Founder/Director of Eating Disorder Associates treatment centers of Long Island in Hauppauge, NY and is a former Vice-President and Executive Board Member of the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) of Long Island. Meg is also a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders, the International Association for Eating Disorders, NEDA, and the National Association of Social Workers. Additionally, Meg is on the C.W. Post Advisory Board and provides supervision for therapists in training.

    Lukas DeSarbo – Biofeedback Technician

    Lukas is a biofeedback technician who was trained by Biosound Technologies (Safety Harbor, FL) in the operations of the biofeedback software and technology utilized in the biofeedback suite at the ED-180 program. Lukas conducts biofeedback sessions with ED-180 program patients as well as non-program patients as a complimentary treatment process. In addition to conducting the sessions, Lukas collects physiological data generated from the biofeedback session and shares this information with Dr. DeSarbo for interpretation and treatment planning as a part of his internship. Lukas is currently an undergraduate student at C.W. Post majoring in Psychology with a special interest in the neurosciences. He plans to obtain his post-graduate degree in psychology and pursue a career in neuropsychology.