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Leadership

Dr. Amit P. Kurani, MD

Director of Psychiatry
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Dr. Amit P. Kurani, MD

Director of Psychiatry

Dr Kurani provides clinical and administrative oversight over a team of 20 full-time and part-time practitioners including psychiatrists, Internal medicine consultants, and Psychiatric nurse practitioners. He completed his psychiatry residency training at the acclaimed UMDNJ (Newark) Psychiatry residency program. During his time there, Dr. Kurani was elected as the Assistant Chief and subsequently re-elected as the Chief resident of the program. He has multiple publications in international medical journals and has been a recipient of the prestigious Lester A. Granet award. 

Dr. Kurani joined the Northbrook Behavioral Health Hospital in 2014. Prior to then, he had worked at Inspira Health Network serving as Medical Director and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry for several years.
He has been involved with the field of Psychiatry for 20 years and has vast experience in the areas of inpatient, outpatient, crisis, and consultation- liaison psychiatry. Through the years, he has played a key role in identifying and implementing innovative treatment programs across various settings while partnering with different hospital systems, State agencies and Community services.

For more than a decade, he has been actively involved in the development and propagation of Telepsychiatry as an effective treatment modality while maintaining an active practice of Telepsychiatry across multiple states.

Dr. Raghuraj S. Tomar, MD

Director of Medical Services
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Dr. Raghuraj S. Tomar, MD

Director of Medical Services

Dr. Tomar joined the clinical team at NBHH in 2015 as the Director of Medical Services. He leads a team of physicians and Nurse Practitioners that provides concurrent medical care to patients hospitalized at NBHH for mental health treatment.

Dr Tomar brings a wealth of experience and knowledge and has been serving the population of the Tri-county area in South Jersey since 1994.He is Board certified in Internal medicine and has expertise in managing acute medical issues as well as Chronic conditions.

He has been appointed to many prestigious positions in the past including VP (Medical affairs) and CMO at Complete care, Clinical director of Behavioral health, Inspira health network, Vice-chairman of the Department of Medicine at Inspira health network (Vineland) and President of the Excel care alliance ( Multi-specialty practice group).

In addition to his clinical responsibilities, he remains an essential component and actively collaborates with the administrative and clinical teams at NBHH to enhance the overall quality of care that NBHH strives to provide to every client.

Corey Olver, PhD, LPC, MT-BC, ACS

Director of Adjunct Therapy
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Corey Olver, PhD, LPC, MT-BC, ACS

Director of Adjunct Therapy

There are many different options for therapeutic fields of practice, and for Corey, there are none as rewarding as inpatient psychiatric care, specifically at Northbrook. This is because Northbrook is different in its prioritization of therapeutic services as a central feature of treatment for inpatients. Here, we take therapy seriously, and the robustness of the Adjunct Therapy team is proof. AT is comprised of a variety of disciplines including clinical mental health counseling and psychology, music therapy, art therapy, recreation therapy, marriage and family therapy, substance abuse counseling, and more. Each therapist is skilled in their area of practice and passionate about working in inpatient psychiatric practice.

To best serve the needs of her staff and patients and to ensure the highest quality of clinical care, Corey mobilizes learning from her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision in her role as Director. Her multi-faceted career has been devoted to helping mental health clients in a variety of venues and modules including counseling, music therapy, healthcare administration, and clinical supervision. Corey is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and has provided multidisciplinary training and supervision in MI for clinicians in the U.S. and Canada.

Corey has presented at conferences and organizations on advanced counseling skills, creative arts therapy leadership, burnout and self-care, mindfulness, and meditative labyrinth walking. Given her passion for culturally informed and trauma responsive practice, Corey currently leads the trauma-informed care training for all staff at Northbrook.

Jacqueline Gates, RN

Director of Nursing
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Jacqueline Gates, RN

Director of Nursing

A highly accomplished professional with many years of experience in the healthcare industry, Jacqueline initially joined the Northbrook staff as a Unit Manager and was promoted to the position of Director of Nursing in August of 2022. She has a deep understanding of the complexities of healthcare management and brings a vast wealth of knowledge and experience to her role. Jackie is known for her exceptional leadership, compassionate nature, and dedication to her staff and patients. She is committed to improving healthcare outcomes and is constantly seeking new and innovative ways to enhance the patient’s experience.

A graduate of the Helene Fuld School of Nursing, Jackie’s productive healthcare career began while she was still in high school working in the dietary department of an assisted living community. She eventually became the facility’s Health Care Coordinator overseeing their 60-bed assisted living and dementia units. She has taken on several leadership roles in senior living and psychiatric nursing which include serving as a skilled nursing facility unit manager and charge nurse as well as a building manager at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital.

Outside of work, Jackie is a devoted wife and mother of two daughters. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Daniel Ciampo RN, BSN

Director of Education and Clinical Informatics
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Daniel Ciampo RN, BSN

Director of Education and Clinical Informatics

As Director of Education and Clinical Informatics, Dan oversees clinical education, ensuring that our staff is empowered to deliver the highest quality of care to our patients. Dan also facilitates opportunities for staff to participate in continuous education opportunities to obtain or maintain certifications and promote current evidence-based practice.

Dan was a key member of the development team at Northbrook during the Meditech Expanse - the transition to electronic medical records. Because of his technical expertise, Dan has worked directly with Meditech as a Clinical Liaison and as a contributing member of their development team in relation to mental health. Daniel uses this knowledge and experience to promote education and provide guidance to his colleagues, cultivating staff growth, improvement, and confidence.

Randi Hershkowitz, MSN, RN, PMH-BC

Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President
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Randi Hershkowitz, MSN, RN, PMH-BC

Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President

Northbrook Behavioral Health Hospital has announced Randi Hershkowitz, MSN, RN, PMH—BC as Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President as of August 2022. In the nursing profession for 35 years, Mrs. Hershkowitz began her career in critical care nursing and has dedicated the last 33 years to Behavioral Health.

Most Recently, she served as the Chief Nursing Officer for Behavioral Health in the RWJBarnabas Network. Prior to that position, she served in multiple behavioral Health Leadership roles throughout New Jersey.

Randi has served on many Statewide committees. She brings passion and dedication to excellence in all facets of Behavioral Health Care. She is pleased to be part of the Northbrook Behavioral Health Hospital Team.

Simon Shain, LNHA

Chief Executive Officer
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Simon Shain, LNHA

Chief Executive Officer

Simon’s acclaimed career in healthcare spans more than 25 years in administrative and leadership capacity. Early in his career as a Long-Term Care facility administrator, he was quickly recognized for his exceptional organizational and operational skills, as well as his innovative solutions to challenges.

Over the years he has been appointed to key positions, specifically in taking charge of new acquisitions. In this capacity, Simon gained renown as the leader who would successfully spearhead initiatives resulting in improved patient outcomes, enhanced quality care, quality staffing, and improved operations, earning multiple deficiency-free State survey scores. He ably develops experienced and collaborative teams which contributes greatly to the facility’s continued success.

In 2014 Simon was promoted to Chief Executive Officer at Northbrook where he leads the Hospital’s success as a paradigm acute behavioral health hospital.

Stacy Shubach, MS, BS

Director of Admissions
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Stacy Shubach, MS, BS

Director of Admissions

Stacy, Northbrook’s capable and skilled Director of Admissions, is highly experienced in all aspects of healthcare administration. Stacy’s career includes 9 years of behavioral health experience at Northbrook in addition to 16 years of service in Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living facilities for a total of 25 years of healthcare experience. She is a graduate of Hofstra University and Capella University with a B.S. degree in Social Sciences and an M.S. in Human Services.

Stacy diligently reviews all patient referrals to ensure a smooth transition of patient care from outside facilities to Northbrook. She is passionate about providing patients with necessary resources to yield positive healthcare outcomes.

Jordan Keoppel, LCSW

Director of Social Services
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Jordan Keoppel, LCSW

Director of Social Services

Jordan joined Northbrook in 2020 as a floor Social Worker. She subsequently assumed the position of Assistant Director of Social Work, gaining invaluable leadership skills and a broader understanding of providing services to the psychiatric population. Jordan was eventually appointed as Director of Social Work where she uses her talents, skills, and compassion to positively impact the patients at Northbrook.

A graduate of the University of Rhode Island and Fordham University, Jordan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a specialty in integrated healthcare. Her passion and dedication to the psychiatric population are complemented by her flair for innovation, a winning combination in achieving our goals with the patients we serve.

Jacquelyn Taylor Arena MSN, RN

Assistant VP, Quality and Performance Improvement
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Jacquelyn Taylor Arena MSN, RN

Assistant VP, Quality and Performance Improvement

Jacquelyn Taylor, Assistant Vice President of Quality and Performance Improvement, is passionate about psychiatric care and committed to delivering high quality healthcare to our patients at Northbrook by ensuring compliance of regulatory standards. She also facilitates performance improvement initiatives for all departments within the organization that yield best practice and services to our patients and their family members.

Jacquelyn has been working in the healthcare industry for 8 years with specialties including psychiatric services, cardiothoracic intensive care, and emergency care/resuscitation within multiple healthcare organizations. Her clinical experience specifically includes direct care with various leadership and education roles. Jacquelyn initially earned her B.S. degree in Psychology from Stony Brook University before attending Drexel University to obtain her B.S.N. and graduated valedictorian of her nursing class. She then obtained her M.S.N. in Nursing Education from Grand Canyon University.

She is a current PhD student studying Nursing Science through Wilkes University with an expected graduation date of 2026. Her research experience examining psychiatric disorders, medical decision-making, emergency code roles and responsibilities, healthcare design and efficiency, and ecotoxicology in addition to her clinical and education experience provides the extensive, necessary knowledge to continuously optimize the behavioral health environment.

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