Director, RIT Counseling Center

Director, RIT Counseling Center

Dr. David reetz

Dr. David Reetz serves as Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Rochester Institute of Technology where he maintains the dual role of clinician and chief administrator. Dr. Reetz is a national speaker on campus-wide mental health awareness and early intervention training. He was a governing board member and lead researcher for the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, coordinating the largest on-going database on college mental health policy, practice, and service delivery trends. Additionally, Dr. Reetz was an advisory board member for the Center for College Mental Health, a national network that connects practice, research and technology to benefit college students, mental health providers, administrators, researchers, and the public. Dr. Reetz holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology.     

 Staff Psychiatrist, RIT

Staff Psychiatrist, RIT

Dr. Philip Lavine

Dr. Philip Lavine is the current staff psychiatrist at the RIT Student Health Center, and has been since 2007. He graduated from the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C in 1987, receiving his M.D. After graduating from the George Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Lavine moved to Rochester, New York, where he began his internship and residency in psychiatry at Strong Memorial Hospital, a position he held for 3 years. In 1990, he became the Chief Resident in psychiatry at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Having spent three years at Strong, Dr. Lavine began working at the University of Rochester with the fellowship in College Mental Health. He spent one year from 1991-1992 with the fellowship.

In 1993, Dr. Philip Lavine became board certified in psychiatry.

He began a private practice in 1992 that still operates today.

In 1999, Dr. Lavine became a consulting psychiatrist at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Student Health Center. He held this position until 2007, when he became the staff psychiatrist at RIT, a position he still holds today.

 Board Member, AFSP

Board Member, AFSP

 
 Member, NAMI

Member, NAMI

 
 RIT Student

RIT Student

Karen Heisig

Karen graduated from Our Lady of Mercy High School here in Rochester, NY and went on to study at Niagara University. After two years and an associates degree in Liberal Arts, she married her husband, an Army officer stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina with the 82nd Airborne Division. Karen lived in North and South Carolina over the next 20 years before moving back to New York with her children in 2009. Having lost both her husband and his younger brother to suicide, Karen is passionate about suicide prevention and changing the culture of mental health awareness. She has been a volunteer with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for 8 years and has served on the board for the Western New York Chapter of AFSP for 6 years.  When not working part time at Veterans Outreach Center as an Intake Coordinator, Karen can be found presenting free suicide prevention programs in the greater Rochester area, providing outreach to those who have lost someone to suicide, or spending time with her family. 

Kristina Mossgraber

After almost losing her life in a suicide attempt in 2014, Kristina Mossgraber has made it her mission to raise awareness for mental health & illness and suicide prevention both in her personal and professional lives.  At NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Rochester, Kristina entered back in to the professional realm after her illness as the Special Event Coordinator, organizing the NAMIWalks Rochester and Jessica Henderson Memorial Event, in addition to other functions.  The evolved in to being trained in In Our Own Voice, a program where individuals with lived experience speak to groups large and small in an effort to reduce stigma and raise awareness.  Following that, she was trained to teach Ending the Silence, a program offered at the middle and high school level to inform youth of warning signs, mental health conditions, and how to seek help.  She is currently one of the team leaders for this program – NAMI Rochester’s fastest growing community. 

She also joined the SafeSide team in August of 2017 – a team committed to changing the conversation about suicidality through a patient and recovery centered model.  Kristina provides consultation as a lived experience consultant to ensure that materials developed are as patient centered as possible. 

Kristina sits on the patient and family advisory council in the department of Mental Health & Wellness at the University of Rochester Medical Center in addition to the Community Advisory Board overseeing the development of a study in teen depression also at URMC.  She volunteers with other community organizations, and most importantly looks forward to the day when we all live stigma free! 

Abid Raja

Abid was born and raised in New York City. He has always had a passion for giving back to the community, so much so that he logged several hundred hours of community service in high school. When he heard about ActNow, he couldn’t stop himself from helping with the event. From personal experience, he’s seen that mental health is a topic often put aside or ignored in society. He says it’s time to end the stigma.