Our founders, Ainat Rogel and Diana Martinez, met while working with Bessel van der Kold at the Trauma Center in Brookline. Driven by the desire to help clients, conduct research, and train other professionals, Ainat and Diana decided to open their own neurofeedback center. In May 2018, their vision of offering holistic and personalized clinical services, conducting research, and educating both clients & clinicians—all the while maintaining the highest professional and ethical standards—came true, and Boston NeuroDynamics was opened.
Meet our Boston-based team
Our Founders: Diana Martinez and Ainat Rogel
Our Team: Hilla Rogel, Beth Elliott, Mike Yonkovig, Caroline Smith, Ana Paulina Macias, Amit Rogel, Fatemeh Gholamali Nezhad
Our Board of Advisors: Bessel van der Kolk, Leon Morales-Quezada, Mirret El-Hagrassy, Larry Rudolph
DIANA MARTINEZ, MD, PHD, LMCH, BCN
Co-Founder & Co-Director ⋅ she/her ⋅ firstname.lastname@example.org
Diana is the co-founder and co-director of Boston NeuroDynamics, where she provides neurofeedback/biofeedback to clients, performs and analyzes brain mappings (qEEG), teaches neurofeedback courses, and supervises clinicians around the world. She is passionate about learning and understanding how the brain works and seeing each person learn to self regulate. Getting to be a part of her clients journey is very rewarding for her.
Diana is fluent in English and Spanish.
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Diana is a medical doctor with a specialty in Neurorehabilitation. She has 17 years of experience treating patients with severe brain injuries and developmental delays in the United States, Mexico, Spain, Italy, China, Brazil, Colombia and Honduras. She developed, along with other professionals, an integrative intervention to rehabilitated neurological conditions including neurofeedback and other non-invasive brain stimulation techniques. Since 2012, she has been the CEO of Neocemod a Neuromodulation Center in Mexico City and Aguascalientes, Mexico, with experience treating patients with epilepsy, learning disorders, behavioral disorder, mood disorders, sleep disorders, TBI and CP. She has extensive experience in neurophysiology and EEG/qEEG/ERP interpretation.
Diana received her medical degree from University of Aguascalientes, Mexico in 2002. She completed a Fellowship in Neurological Rehabilitation at IAHP of Philadelphia in 2006; an M.Sc in Neurological Rehabilitation in 2009; a Fellowship in Neurophysiology at University Hospital of Cleveland in 2012; and a PhD from De Montfort University of Leicester, U.K. in 2018. She is an international consultant for Neurofeedback professionals and currently she combines clinical work and research. This line of inquiry led her to studying the effects of Neurofeedback in epilepsy for her PhD thesis. She continues to receive invitations to give lectures and workshops for ISNR, BFE, NRBS and SMNB (the Mexican Neurofeedback society) and other international neurological and neurophysiology societies. In 2017, she became the Director of the Neurofeedback Clinic at the Trauma Center at JRI in Boston where she was until 2019 until she co-founded Boston Neurodynamics. She is a certified clinician from the SMART (Stress management and resilience training) program from the Benson-Henry Institute/Massachusetts General Hospital integrative Medicine. Currently she is the secretary of ISNR (International Society of Neuroregulation and Research).
In her free time Diana loves to travel, enjoys art expositions, movies and photography.
Diana is a mother of two and a proud Latino woman who is passionate about promoting the presence of diversity and inclusion in her field.
AINAT ROGEL, PHD, MSW, BCN, LICSW
Co-Founder & Co-Director ⋅ she/her ⋅ email@example.com
Ainat is the co-founder and co-director of Boston Neurodynamics, where she practices neurofeedback, performs and analyzes brain mapping (qEEG). In addition to seeing clients, Ainat leads international presentations and trainings, supervises students and conducts evidence-based research. Ainat currently serves as the president of ISNR (International Society of Neurofeedback and Research). She advocates incorporating neurofeedback and biofeedback as part of therapy and bio-psycho-social system and specializes in PTSD, trauma, developmental trauma, dissociation and the many other diagnoses related to developmental trauma.
Ainat is fluent in English and Hebrew.
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Ainat currently serves as the ISNR (International Society of Neurofeedback and Research) Board of Directors President. Ainat has a PhD in Computer Science and Neurobiology, MSW in social work, a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW), and a BCIA certified neurofeedback (BCN) provider and supervisor. Ainat advocates incorporating neurofeedback and biofeedback as part of therapy in general, and in her practice specifically focuses on developmental trauma. She also believes in fundamental and large-scale research studies. In addition to seeing clients, Ainat leads international presentations and trainings, supervises students and conducts evidence-based research.
Ainat received her Ph.D. in Computer-Science and Neurobiology from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, received her MSW from Simmons College in 2014 and her LICSW in 2017. She has worked in brain research at various institutions including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at MGH-Harvard, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. Since 2010, she has focused on neurofeedback research and clinical work at the Mental Health Center in Beer-Sheva, Israel and at Ben-Gurion University. Ainat also worked as a clinician and group intake coordinator at Arbour Outpatient Clinic in Jamaica Plain, Boston. She has been on the staff at the Trauma Center at JRI since 2012 as a chief scientist of neurofeedback and a senior affiliate at the neurofeedback clinic. She also trains and supervises NFT clinicians. She coordinated the child Neurofeedback Study and was part of the adult NFT study.
In her free time Ainat enjoys various outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and all types of camping, from backpacking to canoe camping. During the long Boston winters, Ainat likes to read and do origami.
HILLA ROGEL, M.ED
Executive Director ⋅ she/her ⋅ firstname.lastname@example.org
Hilla is the Executive Director here at Boston NeuroDynamics, and usually the person you will speak to if you email or call the office. She is an educator at heart and loves teaching others about neurofeedback.
Hilla is fluent in English and Hebrew.
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Prior to working at Boston NeuroDynamics, Hilla was a middle school math teacher who has taught in a diversity of places from low socio-economic urban schools and correctional facilities to upper middle class high achieving schools. Hilla has her B.S. in Mathematics and B.A. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and M.Ed in Education and Social Change from the University of Miami. Hilla is also a RYT 200 hour, 85 hour prenatal, and Babies and Toddlers yoga instructor who has taught children, students and adults.
Hilla is a new mom and in her free time enjoys doing yoga, camping, hiking, reading, and spending time with her son and cats. She has seen the impact that neurofeedback has on individuals and would love to answer all your questions!
BETH ELLIOTT, MSW, LICSW
Therapist, Neurofeedback Clinician ⋅ she/her ⋅ email@example.com
Beth is a clinician at Boston NeuroDynamics, providing therapy, trauma informed therapy, neuroregulation. Beth participated in the BCIA Neurofeedback training given through Boston NeuroDynamics in October 2019, and she continues to deepen her understanding of neurofeedback treatment of various disorders through combining it with many aspects of psychotherapy.
Beth is fluent in English.
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Beth is a 1988 graduate of the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. She is a highly experienced clinician with a history of practicing social work in various capacities. With her family, Beth has lived in different parts of the U.S., working in psychiatric acute care hospital settings both in Worcester, Massachusetts and Seattle, Washington; as well as doing evaluations for vocational rehabilitation clientele in Columbus, Ohio. She also has been licensed in and has experience with facilitating adoptions, a population near and dear to her heart. Since returning to her native New England in 2013, Beth has worked as an outpatient clinician at Riverside Community Counseling and Arbour Counseling Services, furthering her understanding of all phases of mental health treatment and outpatient care.
In her free time, Beth enjoys many outdoor activities with her family, including skiing, mountain biking, and orienteering in the forest.
MIKE YONKOVIG, BS
MSW Intern, Neurofeedback and Brain Mapping Technician ⋅ he/his ⋅ firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike is currently getting his Masters in Social Work from Boston College.
Mike is fluent in English.
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In his free time, Mike gets into the mountains and sun as much as possible, works on the occasional art project, plays soccer and football, and consumes literature and cinema that explore themes in philosophy, biology, psychology, and technology.
AMIT ROGEL, BSc
Technical Specialist ⋅ he/his ⋅ email@example.com
Amit is a technology specialist at Boston NeuroDynamics, providing support for signal processing, neurofeedback equipment, as well as facility management. Outside of this, Amit is a graduate student in music technology and robotics at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Amit is fluent in English and Hebrew.
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He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Rochester Institute of technology while working for Tech Crew in sound, power, and light processing. Amit’s research focuses on increasing trust between humans and robots through the use of emotions, gestures, and music.
ANA PAULINA MACIAS
Spanish Trainings Coordinator ⋅ she/her ⋅ firstname.lastname@example.org
Paulina is the coordinator and organizer of all the services that Boston NeuroDynamics offers in Spanish, specifically the Neurofeedback Training. Outside of Boston NeuroDynamics Paulina is a finance student at the Universidad Autónoma of Aguascalientes in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Paulina is fluent in Spanish and English.
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In addition to working at Boston NeuroDynamics and being a full time student, Paulina is an administrative assistant at Neocemod (Neuromodulation Center) in Aguascalientes, Mexico City. In her free time, Paulina likes to travel, learn new things, play tennis and spend time with her family and friends.
FATEMEH GHOLAMALI NEZHAD, PhD
Brain Mapping Analyst ⋅ she/her ⋅ email@example.com
Fatemeh joined Boston Neurodynamics as qEEG/ ERP analyst in 2021. She has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Shahid Beheshti University and a Masters in Cognitive Psychology from ICSS, Tehran, Iran. She also has more than ten years of experience in neurocognitive assessment and treatment.
Fatemeh is fluent in English.
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Fatemeh is trained in Neurofeedback and tDCS under the supervision of the Neurocare Group, Netherland, and in qEEG/ERP under the Swiss Brain and Trauma Foundation supervision. She has more than 300 hours of supervision on the clinical interpretation of qEEG and ERP. She was the director/supervisor of the Learning and Cognition Department of Atieh Clinical Neuroscience Center for about six years and the director/supervisor of the Brain Mapping Lab for almost two years.
Fatemeh is active in both clinical and academic fields. She was a lecturer at Tehran University and the instructor of different workshops such as PMT, qEEG/ERP Biomarkers, and Coping Strategies for SLDs and ADHDs in the classroom. She also has publications (books and journal papers) in these fields.
In her free time, Fatemeh loves to spend time with her family, watching documentaries about different nations and cultures, reading novels and poets, making food, and walking in nature.
Our Board of Advisors
BESSEL VAN DER KOLK, MD
Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is a clinical psychiatrist whose work integrates mind, brain, body, and social connections to understand and treat trauma. He is a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, and the co-founder and chair of the Trauma Research Foundation. He was the Medical Director of the Trauma Center in Boston. Bessel is the author of more than 150 peer reviewed scientific articles, including two major scientific publications on neurofeedback for PTSD and four books, including the New York Times best-sellerThe Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.
LEON MORALES-QUEZADA, MD
Dr. Leon Morales-Quezada is a physician-scientist with experience in neurocognitive rehabilitation, noninvasive neuromodulation, applied psychophysiology, and technology development for neurological rehabilitation. Dr. Morales-Quezada received his MD degree from Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes and completed clinical training in emergency medicine and intensive care. He also completed a fellowship and Masters in Neuropsychology Rehabilitation at Touro College, a PhD in Cognitive Neurosciences from De Montfort University in Leicester UK, and a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Morales-Quezada was awarded with the prestigious Fellowship in Integrative Medicine from the Harvard-NIH program, Division of General Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. He is currently a Research Faculty from Spaulding Rehabilitation Research Institute and fellow from the Ellen R. and Melvin J. Gordon Center for the Cure and Treatment of Paralysis. Dr. Morales-Quezada research interests focus on noninvasive neuromodulation, the placebo effect, and technology development applied in rehabilitation and behavioral medicine.
MIRRET EL-HAGRASSY, MD
Mirret M. El-Hagrassy, MD, is a licensed neurologist, board-certified in Neurology and Epilepsy. She is a neurologist at UMass Memorial and Assistant Professor of Neurology at University of Massachusetts Medical School. Prior to that she was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Spaulding Neuromodulation Center, Harvard Medical School. Dr. El-Hagrassy was conducting research in neuromodulation with an emphasis on neurologic disorders, and her research projects involved the effects of non-invasive brain stimulation on Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain as well as EEG changes in healthy volunteers. She has authored peer-reviewed articles, as well as book chapters on topics including digital EEG signal analysis, non-invasive brain stimulation, epilepsy and clinical research. Dr. El-Hagrassy has a special interest in non-invasive brain stimulation, EEG, epilepsy, and neurofeedback. She enjoys living and working in multicultural environments and multi-specialty groups. Dr. El-Hagrassy completed her medical training at the Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University (Cairo, Egypt) over a decade ago, and has moved to the US since. She completed her neurology residency at SUNY Upstate University Hospital (Syracuse, NY), clinical neurophysiology (EEG and Epilepsy track) fellowship at Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio).
LARRY RUDOLPH, PHD
Larry Rudolph is a Senior Research Scientist and VP at Two Sigma Investments LLP, a Visiting Scholar at NYU, Affiliate of CSAIL MIT, Academic Board Member of the Mass Open Cloud, and CTO of ReDigi. After receiving his PhD from NYU Courant Institute, he has been on the faculty of CMU, Hebrew University and MIT as well as a project manager at VMWare. He has authored over a 100 conference and journal articles, authored 3 books, and advised dozens of graduate students.
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