Our Leaders

LEADERSHIP
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Using their professional skills around the clock to help trauma victims.
Miriam Ballin, MFT, Advanced EMT
Founder and Director
Miriam Ballin is a proud Olah, born in Houston, Texas. She’s had life stopovers in San Francisco, Denver, New York, Maryland and even Down-Under in Sydney, Australia before fulfilling her dream of making aliyah with her husband and five children.
She started out in education and then gravitated to psychology, graduating with a double major. After watching her husband in action in the medical field she also felt drawn to emergency medicine; but how to combine it all?
She was completing her Diploma of Family Therapy and her Emergency Medical Technician course through United Hatazalah of Israel when the idea hit her – literally! She was run down at a crosswalk by a speeding motorbike and knocked unconscious. Miriam was concussed but thankfully no major injuries but when she went back to thank one of the ladies who gave her first aid she was shocked. She was way more traumatized than Miriam was?! And so the United Hatzalah Psychotrauma & Crisis Response Unit concept was born. Since the Unit was founded they’ve been helping people in their moment of crisis – from the Haifa wildfires, to crib deaths, to Sarona Cafe – because some wounds need a different type of a bandage.
Dr. Gary Quinn, MD
Consultant Psychiatrist and Instructor
Dr. Quinn, originally from Ohio, moved to Israel in 1983 . He is a board certified Psychiatrist and Director of the Jerusalem EMDR Institute. He specializes in crisis intervention, the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders, and the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. His practice of over 40 years has made Dr. Quinn a valuable player in the Psychotrauma Team.
Rickie (Rivkah) Rabinowitz, MSc, EMT
Team Leader
Originally from NY, Rickie has been active in the field of adult education and psychotherapy in Jerusalem for the last 30 years. Her clinical practice specializes in the treatment of adolescents using a psychodynamic approach. Additionally, Rickie is an EMT with United Hatzalah, thus treating mind, body and soul.
Avi Steinherz, LMSW, CASAC, Advanced EMT
Team Leader
Avi has been a Senior Medic with United Hatzalah for over 15 years. His experiences on the front lines of terror attacks in the 2’nd Intifada, along with concurrent psychological training, has led him to see the critical importance of immediate on-site treatment for psychotrauma. Avi is a Trauma Specialist, an EMDR practitioner, as well as a CBT trained mental health professional. He is also a masterful teacher and supervisor, sharing his unique blend of in-field and clinical experience with all of his students.

The United Hatzalah Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit is the first of its kind in the world.

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