Staff Members at The Woodlands Treatment Programs:
Olayinka Ayeni, MD
Dr. Ayeni originally had his basic medical training at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He did his internship in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics and gynecology and Pediatrics at the General Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria. Dr. Ayeni was later a trainee in Internal Medicine at the Federal Medical Center, Yenagoa, Nigeria after which he travelled to the United Kingdom where he began training in Psychiatry. He later came over the U.S. and started psychiatry training at the University of Connecticut and later Texas Tech University, El Paso where he had a subspecialty training in child and adolescent psychiatry.
He has worked as attending psychiatrist at Baptist Hospital, Beaumont, Tri County Behavioral and Kingwood Pines Hospital. He is currently an attending child and adolescent psychiatrist at Intra Care North Hospital, Houston and Medical Director at New Dimensions Day Treatment Center, The Woodlands. He also runs a private psychiatric practice in Spring, Texas.
Rita Maniscalco, MSW, LCSW, MA
Adult Mental Health Therapist
Rita is a graduate of Hofstra University, Long Island, N.Y. with a BA in Psychology and received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University, Garden City, NY. Rita has a Masters Degree in Theology from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, NY and has over 25 years of experience as a clinical social worker. She has been a board approved supervisor for many years supervising social work graduate students. Her clinical interests include marrying theory and practice together with spiritual purpose to help make a difference in the lives of her clients. Her experience ranges from supervising therapists to providing individual, group and family therapy to patients with mental and chemical dependency concerns. At New Dimensions she is the Adult Mental Health therapist who provides clinical group therapy and case management to mental health and chemical dependency clients and supervises graduate students.
Jasmine Groves, MA, LPC-Intern, LCDC- Intern
Adult Mental Health and Adolescent Therapist
Jasmine is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPC-I) and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern ( LCDC-I) under the direct supervision of Laura Stark, LPC-S. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Houston-Downtown and her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Sam Houston State University. Jasmine’s therapeutic process is targeted at assisting clients, both adult and adolescent, in gaining self-awareness while working through life challenges. Jasmine’s expertise is working with individuals who have experienced depression, anxiety, intimate partner violence, PTSD, substance abuse, stress related issues, mood disorder, and trauma.
Laura Alper, MA, LCDC
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor
Laura is the Director of the Adult Chemical Dependency Program in the Woodlands. Laura is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor specializing in adult outpatient treatment. She received her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in psychology from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. Laura has experience working with clients involved with the Criminal Justice System, Specialty Courts and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. She also has training and experience working with dual diagnosis clients. Laura previously worked as a Drug and Alcohol Prevention Specialist educating youth and families on drug and alcohol prevention, teaching family dynamics and parenting skills.
Ki was born in Osaka, Japan and has lived as a child in California, Germany, Arizona, and as an adolescent in New Jersey. As an adult, Ki has lived in Seattle, Washington, where she received her B.A. degree in Humanities with a minor in English from Seattle University. She has also lived in Dallas, Texas and Doha, Qatar before transferring to The Woodlands, Texas where she also received a Certificate in Basic Chemical Dependency Counseling. She had been a LCDC-I for a transitional living center and a Case Manager for a hospital’s mental health clinic in Houston prior to coming to New Dimensions in June of 2015 to be their Admissions Coordinator/Administrative Assistant.
Having a heart for helping others as well as providing help and hope is what drives Ki every single day. Out of the suffering she has witnessed, her true joy lies in the transformation and healing of the strongest souls. According to her Japanese mother, everyone has an ikigai, a reason for living. Having a strong sense of ikigai--the place where passion, vocation, and profession intersect—means that each day is infused with meaning. And it’s the reason she gets up in the morning!