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Bat Sheva Marcus, LCSW, MPH, PhD, Clinical Director

Bat Sheva Marcus wrote her dissertation on women and vibrator use while earning her Doctor of Philosophy in human sexuality from the Institute of Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. She also has a Master’s in public health from the same institution. She is a licensed social worker with a Master’s degree from Columbia University. She is certified both as a sexuality counselor and supervisor by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists.

Dr. Marcus is a founder of Maze Women’s Sexual Health and has served as its director since the launch of the Center in 2000. Although in recent years her work has focused on the area of female sexuality, in the past she has also worked as the executive director of not-for-profit institutions and corporations, medical practices and laboratories. She is a frequent guest on television and radio, has lectured both nationally and overseas on a wide variety of women’s issues and has been extensively profiled in local and national publications.

Read Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus’ PhD Dissertation: Changes in a Woman’s Sexual Experience and Expectations Following the Introduction of Electric Vibrator Assistance

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Melissa Ferrara, MS, FNP-BC, Associate Medical Director

Melissa Ferrara is a nationally board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Siena College and received a bachelor’s degree in nursing and master’s degree as a nurse practitioner from Pace University. She has been practicing women’s health for more than 15 years and specializes as a female sexual dysfunction clinician.

Melissa’s passion is caring for women, utilizing a holistic approach and developing new and innovative treatments for all areas of sexual dysfunction, including desire, arousal, orgasm and pain. She integrates culturally competent care to help produce optimal outcomes for her patients. She has presented on the topic of Female Sexual Dysfunction at numerous conferences and has been an investigator on several clinical trials for medications for female sexual dysfunction. Additionally, Melissa is a clinical preceptor for Nurse Practitioner students at Pace University.

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Rachel Hercman, LCSW, Psychotherapist

Rachel Hercman is a psychotherapist specializing in sexual health, relationships, and trauma. She earned a B.A. in History and Education from CUNY Queens College and graduated with honors from Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University.

Prior to joining Maze Women’s Sexual Health, Rachel worked at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services in Brooklyn where she conducted individual and family therapy and was a consultant on clinical issues for area high schools serving young women. Rachel has an eclectic therapeutic approach and has been trained in EMDR, CBT, sex therapy by the Florida Postgraduate Training Institute, and Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples by the Ackerman Institute in New York City.

As a writer on sex and relationship issues, Rachel’s work has appeared on various websites and covers a broad range of wellness topics.

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Nicole Tammelleo, MA, LCSW, Psychotherapist

Nicole Tammelleo is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist specializing in sexuality and women’s health.  After college she volunteered with the Peace Corps in Cameroon where her interest in empowering women and sexuality started. From there Nicole has worked at both the national and international level as an educator providing workshops, curriculum development and direct therapeutic service related to sexual health.

She earned an MA in Medical Anthropology as well as a Masters in Social Work from Hunter College, the City University of New York. She has training in trauma informed therapy, dialectic behavior therapy and completed post-graduate training at the William Alanson White Institute in Interpersonal Psychotherapy.  Nicole has created a holistic approach to sexuality and believes understanding one’s own sexuality is the best place to start.  

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Helen Leff, LMSW, Sexuality Counselor 

Helen Leff, LMSW, holds a Master Degree in Social Work with over 25 years of experience. She earned a BS in Special Education from City College of the City University of N.Y. and studied at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Helen received her Master’s degree in social work from New York University. She attended the Advanced Training Program in Psychotherapy at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health.

Helen has devoted many years providing counseling and advocacy services to families of children with developmental disabilities both at the Shield Institute as well as the Hebrew Academy for Special Children (HASC). She has extensive experience working with single mothers and has always been passionate about championing women and committed to issues promoting women’s health and welfare. She believes that “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

Throughout her career as a mental health professional, Helen has endeavored to take a holistic view in understanding the needs of individuals as well as incorporating the larger family and social dynamics effecting them. A tireless advocate, Helen’s greatest professional satisfaction comes from helping those in need to develop self-empowerment skills to take greater control of their situations and to become their own best ally, adviser, and advocate.

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Cathleen Kneidl, RPA-C, Assistant Medical Director, Long Island Office

Cathleen earned her physician assistant degree from Albany Medical School. Prior to that, she earned a B.A. in social sciences from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has been a physician assistant specializing in women’s health issues for more than 20 years, and is a Certified Menopause Practitioner through the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). She has worked with gynecologists, infertility specialists and general practitioners. Cathleen also worked at Planned Parenthood for the past 15 years, meeting the obstetrical and gynecological needs of women. Cathleen believes that every woman should be able to work with her healthcare provider to develop the best treatment plan for her.

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Aimee Goldman, RWHNP, Nurse Practitioner 

Aimee Goldman is a nationally board certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She holds a bachelor’s degree in both mathematics and psychology from New York University, and she received an additional bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree as Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from Columbia University.

Before specializing in female sexual medicine, Aimee worked as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a lifelong advocate for Women’s Sexual and Reproductive health and wellness. Aimee is committed to providing individualized, expert, and compassionate care in the field of Women’s Sexual Health.

MICHAEL A. WERNER, MD, FACS, MEDICAL DIRECTOR

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Although Dr. Werner does not generally see patients, he reviews all evaluations and lab results, oversees all treatment, and follows all patient care. Upon request, he is always available for consultation after the initial evaluation.

Dr. Werner is a board-certified urologist who received his specialized fellowship training in male infertility and surgery, and male sexual dysfunction at Boston University Medical Center. Dr. Werner completed his urology residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan and received his medical school training at the University of California at San Francisco. He holds an undergraduate degree in Biology from Harvard College.

Dr. Werner’s private practice is limited to male infertility and male sexual dysfunction. He lectures and writes extensively on these topics in medical journals and books. More importantly, his concentration in these areas means he practices the latest and most advanced treatments and surgical techniques, ensuring the greatest likelihood of success for his patients.

“You don’t have to suffer with ED if you deal with a specialist in the field; not strictly a urologist, but someone who’s trained and practiced for years in this area. Dr. Werner was a totally upbeat guy and easy to talk to. He was that specialist for me.”
— Jim, February 2010

As the Medical Director of Maze Sexual & Reproductive Health, Dr. Werner diagnoses and treats erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, impotence, andropause, and the many causes of male infertility. The practice is founded on the belief that patients should have a complete understanding of the medical options available to them, and that the patient and physician should decide, together, on the course of treatment that makes the most medical and personal sense.