My personal philosophy is derived from my core values and beliefs. These beliefs are then reflected in the way we treat our fellow human beings. I expect to be treated with respect and thus respectful of others. Honesty and integrity are equally important to me. I also believe each individual should be honored for their unique needs and circumstances.
When I reflect on my career choices, it is clear to me that I realize my greatest pleasure comes from helping others. This has been true throughout my career. My current work as a mediator, even though it can be extremely difficult at times, is always fulfilling. In fact, the more I mediate the more I become excited about the numerous benefits of conflict resolution. I enjoy seeing parents or other parties who have been at odds with one another reach a mutually agreeable resolution.
If you are experiencing conflict, whether it is because of divorce, other family disputes, or business-related problems, contact me so that I can help you resolve your issues. I bring decades of experience, in the business and health care sectors, to my mediation practice. I am certified in Civil, County, and Family Courts by the State of Florida Supreme Court. During the past 12 years, I have helped thousands of people resolve their conflicts. I work with a sliding fee schedule and travel throughout the state of Florida.
In addition to my mediation practice, I mentor other mediators, and teach those taking the certification courses so that I can share my experience with them. I welcome the opportunity to speak with you. I will offer you an honest assessment regarding your situation. If I can't help you, I will try my best to refer you to someone who can.
I enjoy the benefits of a diverse background: management of a family owned business, administration of physician office practices, and executive hospital leadership. These various vocational experiences provided me with the opportunity to learn business principles while I was completing my educational requirements. The years in hospital administration created an opportunity for me to become involved in patient care, staffing issues, insurance and managed care negotiation and disputes, and the concerns of physicians. Throughout my career, I have been able to develop the conflict resolution skills that serve my clients today.
I have participated in the Family Mediation program in Brevard County, Florida, since 2003. I have handled divorce cases that included working through parenting issues such as custody and child support as well as assisting in the division of marital assets and liabilities. I have also developed a private practice, specializing in family mediation.
In addition to my family practice, I have volunteered in our county court mediation program, helping individuals who are involved in numerous disputes in small claims court. I also participate in a new area of mediation that has recently been developed to help homeowners facing foreclosure. As mediators, we must be familiar with the alternatives available to those facing foreclosure and assist the banks and families reach an agreement regarding properties that the individuals can no longer afford.
Bachelor of Science Degree, Barry College, Miami, Florida 1982, with Honors
Masters in Business Administration with a Certification in Healthcare Administration, University of Miami, Miami, Florida 1993
Dates Trainer(s) Title
2002 Mel Rubin, Gary Cantor Circuit Civil, 40 hours
2003 Perry Itkin Family, 40 hours
2007 Chip Rose Collaborative Symposium, 16 hours
2009 Collins Center Foreclosure Prevention, 8 hours
2011 Mediation Training Elder Mediation
I believe the mediation process begins with the initial contact with the individuals, and continues until the agreements are signed. Throughout this process, one must be exquisitely sensitive to the nuances of mediation: active listening to what is being said, and what is not being said, is a skill required of a successful mediator. Understanding of the parties' emotions, maintaining respect for their situations and the mediation process, and maintaining confidentiality are essential requirements of a successful mediator. Finally, assisting the parties to shift from their position to one of what is best for the family and children benefits the family as a whole. This requires patience, understanding, and empathy.
A sliding fee schedule is used in our practice. My fees vary from $175.00 to $400.00 per hour, depending on the complexity of the issues, the amount of time required to resolve the conflict, and the income levels of the participants. Individuals who complete required paperwork, and who come to mediation with a desire to settle their differences in mediation, can save hundreds to thousands of dollars by participating in mediation.
Areas of Practice
Small Claims Court Disputes
Mediator Mediation Trainer
I am a member of several professional organizations including:
Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)
ACR is a professional organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution.
Association of Family & Conciliation Courts (AFCC)
AFCC is an interdisciplinary and international organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict.
Florida Academy of Professional Mediators (FAPM)
FPM IS an organization of Florida mediators dedicated to the effective and efficient resolution of disputes.
Mediate.com is an organization providing numerous educational, certification and other services to mediators.