Family Healthy Choices

A nonprofit agency dedicated to helping families meet their needs and embrace their opportunities.

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Meet the Team
To learn more about the faculty and leadership of Family Healthy Choices, Inc. or to contact an individual directly, please read the descriptions below. 

In addition, Family Healthy Choices, Inc. is advised by a Professional Advisory Board comprised of healthcare professionals and consumers with specialized expertise who practice and/or reside in the communities served by FHC.   To learn more about the members of the Professional Advisory Board, please click here


Steven Nisenbaum, Ph.D., J.D.
President, Executive Director and Faculty, Family Healthy Choices

Dr. Nisenbaum has over 30 years of experience in clinical treatment and management for child, adolescent and adult mental health services, mediation, expert evaluator and witness, Guardian Ad Litem, and law, working in both the public and private sectors.  He is a psychologist and attorney with extensive additional training in mediation and alternative dispute resolution.   

Dr. Nisenbaum holds a B.A. from Northwestern University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a MS and Ph.D. from Clark University. 

He has delivered the Parents Apart Parenting Education curriculum for more than ten years.  Dr. Nisenbaum co-facilitates the Parents Apart Program at all three locations (Boston, Danvers and Newburyport).

To contact Dr. Steven Nisenbaum, e-mail


Lisa Dorval, MSW
Faculty, Family Healthy Choices

Lisa Dorval has over 20 years of experience in treating disorders of childhood and adolescence, domestic violence, families in transition, and grief counseling, working in both the public and private sectors.  SHe has provided individual and family therapy to children and adults, after hours emergency services, diagnostic evaluations and outreach therapy to high risk multi-problem families and children, drug and alcohol awareness, and case management residential support groups. 

Lisa holds a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire and a M.S.W. from Boston University. 

Lisa has delivered the Parents Apart Parenting Education curriculum for over 5 years.  Lisa co-facilitates the Parents Apart Program at the Newburyport location.

To contact Lisa Dorval directly, e-mail

Dr. Rina Folman, PhD, Psychologist in Brookline

Rina Folman, PhD
Faculty, Family Healthy Choices

Dr. Rina Folman has over 20 years of experience treating both adults and adolescents in individual therapy and in couple and family treatment.  Her specialties include trauma, domestic violence, professional ethics and practice standards, expert evaluations and expert witness.  Rina is on the medical staff of UMass Memorial Health Alliance and has private practice offices in Brookline, Fitchburg and Beverly.   

She holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from City College of New York and a Ph.D. from Boston University. 

To contact Dr. Folman, e-mail

Violaine Gueritault
Faculty, Family Healthy Choices

Violaine Gueritault is a psychologist with specific expertise in stress and maternal burnout. Her groundbreaking research and book focusing on maternal burnout has been well received internationally. Violaine attended Umass Boston for her undergraduate studies and Georgia State University for her doctorate in Psychology. She joins Family Healthy Choices as a consultant and faculty member. Violaine currently practices in community health treating individuals for a variety of mental health issues.

To contact Violane directly, e-mail

Jill Levine, LICSW
Faculty, Family Healthy Choices

Jill Levine is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW). Jill began practicing twenty years ago in the Boston area.  Jill’s broad background has centered on directing and implementing social services within the framework of community health and homecare environments.

Jill has provided counseling, case coordination and crisis intervention to children, their families and the geriatric populations with special emphasis on servicing individuals with chronic and acute illnesses. She currently provides Guardian ad litem services through the Massachusetts Probate Courts and consults as a psychotherapist to individuals with various mental health issues. This experience allows Jill to operate out of a generalist approach whereby she can service multiple age groups with a wide spectrum of social service and mental health needs.


To contact Jill Levine directly, e-mail

Jan Nisenbaum, MSW
Faculty, Family Healthy Choices

Jan Nisenbaum, MSW, has over 30 years of experience in child welfare and mental health services, working in both the public and private sectors.  She has provided training on case management models, has been involved in developing public policy and quality improvement processes, and has been active in the design, development and evaluation of new program models and local systems of care that involve inter-agency collaboration and use of multiple funding mechanisms. 

Jan holds a B.S. in Child Development and Family Life from Purdue University and an M.S.W. from Boston College. 

Jan has delivered the Parents Apart Parenting Education curriculum for 9 years.  Jan co-facilitates the Parents Apart Program at the Boston location.

To contact Jan directly, e-mail

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Bruce Shackleton, Ed.D.
Faculty, Family Healthy Choices

Bruce Shackleton is a licensed psychologist with over 30 years of experience helping clients in the Boston area, nationally, and internationally.  He is a managing principal of CO Solutions, LLP, a company that provides coaching and consulting services to  businesses and organizations.  Dr. Shackleton is on the staff of the Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital.  He was on the staff of Massachusetts General Hospital for over 25 years where he specialized in neuropsychology, forensic psychology and occupational health psychology.  He is affiliated with the Harvard International Negotiation Program, and has taught mediation and negotiation skills in a variety of business and organizational settings.  He is a member of the Massachusetts Psychological Association and has served on its Board of Directors.  He is a member of the American Psychological Association.  He has received special training in coaching, neuropsychology, mediation, family therapy and organizational development.  He works with individuals, groups, families, and organizations.    

To contact Bruce directly, e-mail

Madelaine Weiss, MSW, MBA
Faculty, Family Healthy Choices

Madelaine Weiss, MSW, MBA has over 30 years of experience in clinical services, organizational consultation and administration; working in hospital, research and clinical laboratory, community and educational settings.  She provides training on work/life balance and family matters, including stress management and quality of life issues specific to the well-being of divorced and transitioning individuals and families.   

Madelaine holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, an MSW from Simmons College and an MBA from Boston University.

Madelaine has delivered the Parents Apart Parenting Education curriculum for 2 years.

To contact Madelaine directly, e-mail