The Friendship Center for Aging Studies CE courses and general education offerings are led by the most skilled instructors in the profession. Each professional teaching the course gives clear instruction and materials relative to the course objectives. Content is delivered in a format that instills confidence needed to successfully finish each course.

Many of our staff have held academic appointments at leading universities and medical centers with extensive education and training in aging and related fields.

The Friendship Center for Aging Studies professional resources include supporting our clinical work with information from our doctors, nurses, professionals and volunteers who gather information and material for each course.

The top professionals in the field develop our own on-site lectures and in-house curriculum.

Courses are presented by highly experienced professionals integrating the emerging science-based research and the universal age-related issues and challenges facing our aging population.

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Linda Albert, B.A., APA Certification, Master Certification Neuro-Linguistics

Linda Albert is a certified Archetypal Pattern Analyst (APA) and communications and life coach. She holds APA and dream translator…
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Diane Alexander, B.A., M.A., MBA

Diane Alexander is president of The MindWorks, an international organization dedicated to helping people learn to use more of their…
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Babette Bach, Esquire

Babette Bach is a Florida Board Certified Elder Law attorney and the founder of BACH & JACOBS, P.A. Ms. Bach…
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Steve Brasington, MD

Steve Brasington, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist with more than 30 years of mental health experience. A US Navy Veteran,…
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Mary Bray, M.A.

Mary Bray, MA has worked with people with chronic pain, obesity, alcoholism, and other addictions. She has written several books…
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Janis Frawley, M.S., ASHLA

Janis is licensed by the State of Florida, certified by membership in American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHLA). She…
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Alan B. Grindal, MD, FAHA, FAAN

Dr. Grindal is a board-certified neurologist with 38 years of experience practicing in Sarasota and has been repeatedly selected among…
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Lenice Haber, MSW, CDP & Cheryl L. Hamlin, LCSW, CDP

Lenice has lived in Sarasota, Florida for 15 years and earned her master’s degree in Social Work from the University…
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James Hollis, Ph.D.

James Hollis, Ph. D., is a Zurich trained Jungian Analyst with a practice in Washington, D. C. where he also…
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Barry Jacobs, Psy.D. and Julia Mayer, Psy.D.

Barry J. Jacobs, Psy.D. and Julia L. Mayer, Psy.D. are the co-authors of the new book, AARP Meditations for Caregivers—Practical,…
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Kenneth Kinzie, LCSW

Ken is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Vice President of the Grief Education & Support Center at Tidewell…
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Nicci Kobritz, ANP, B.S.

Nicci Kobritz is the founder of the Center for Brain Health. She has a certificate as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner…
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Hedda Matza-Haughton, LCSW

Hedda Matza-Haughton is a specialist in the area of communication between the mind and body, and a breast cancer survivor.…
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Baila Miller, B.A., M.A.

Baila Miller completed a bachelor’s, a master’s degree, and post graduate work in the area of instruction and curriculum development…
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Beverly Mustaine, Ed.D., LMHC, NCC, CCMHC, ACS

Dr. Mustaine is an Associate Professor in the College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Sciences at Argosy University in Sarasota,…
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Jason Nippert, B.S.

Jason earned his degree in Exercise Physiology from Florida State University and is a member of the American College of…
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Sharon Ohrenstein, B.A.

Sharon Lesley Ohrenstein has worked professionally as a singer, actor, director, writer, lyricist, arranger, teacher and reviewer. She received her…
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Dr. Kevin O'Neil is the Chief Medical Officer for Brookdale Senior Living. He is a Clinical Professor in the School…
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Butch Phelps, B.S., LMT

Butch Phelps is a Florida licensed massage therapist and is certified in neuromuscular massage, sports massage, and active isolated stretching.…
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Scott Porter, MSPT, CSCS

Scott Porter has practiced physical therapy in Sarasota for over 20 years. Scott’s formal education began at California State University,…
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Jane Roberts, Ph.D. ACSW, LCSW,

Dr. Jane Roberts is Chair of the Duvall Family Studies Initiative and an instructor in the College of Liberal Arts…
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Andy Rousseau

Andy Rousseau has been buying since he was 12 and at young age of 16 he purchased his first estate.…
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Tamar Shovali, Ph.D.

Tamar Shovali, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Human Development at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. Dr. Shovali earned…
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Barry Stein, MD

Dr. Stein, a well known Family Practice Physician in Sarasota, graduated from the University of Cape Town, Faculty of Medicine,…
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Paulette Weber, B.S., Registered Dietitian

Paulette is an experienced registered dietitian and nutritionist providing nutritional assessments and advising clients how best to support brain health…
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