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Deer Oaks Mental Health Associates, P.C.

Deer Oaks Mental Health Associates Geropsychology Programs provide comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological services to patients/residents of long-term care (nursing homes) and rehabilitation facilities throughout the United States. Deer Oaks serves primarily geriatric clients ranging in age from 65 to 100 years; however, younger patients with disabilities and/or long-term psychiatric histories are also treated. Services include psychological/neuropsychological evaluations, diagnostic assessments and psychotherapy. For more information click on Geropsychology Services, e-mail docs@deeroaks.com, or call toll-free the Chief Business Development Officer at 888-365-6271.

Deer Oaks EAP Services, LLC

Deer Oaks EAP Services is a premier, national Employee Assistance and Work/Life Company dedicated to helping our members improve their health and well-being through quality, cost-effective services.  Deer Oaks has over two decades of experience in the mental health/EAP industry and currently serves 1 million members throughout the United States and Canada.

Deer Oaks offers public and private employer groups short-term counseling and Work/Life services that positively impact employee morale, performance, and productivity, as well as medical claims, turnover, and supervisor effectiveness.  With a nationwide network of 50,000+ mental health providers and an additional 8,000 providers globally, Deer Oaks supports local, national, and international employer groups, delivering proactive programs and unparalleled customer service.  

Call 1-866-EAP-2400 or e-mail eap@deeroaks.com for more information about Deer Oaks and its programs or to request a formal proposal.

 

Mission

Deer Oaks is a large behavioral healthcare organization offering Employee Assistance, Elder Assistance, and psychological assessment and treatment services throughout the United States.   Deer Oaks Logo
The Deer Oaks mission is to:
  1. Provide the highest quality behavioral health service possible
  2. Provide exceptional Employee Assistance Program services to employers and employees through employer-contracted benefit programs
  3. Provide short-term, clinically-effective, and efficient psychological interventions within a cognitive-behavioral model
  4. Provide comprehensive diagnostic, assessment, and treatment services to the elderly, with particular emphasis on issues pertinent to geriatric psychology
  5. Demonstrate leadership in the assessment and treatment of the elderly, primarily those who reside in long-term care facilities and assisted living communities
  6. Guarantee a high-level of patient and referring provider satisfaction
  7. Coordinate closely with primary care physicians, teachers, neurologists, psychiatrists, managed care companies, and other professionals impacting the course of treatment
  8. Maintain a post-doctoral psychology residency training program which serves as a model for other practices


The Deer Oaks Executive Management Team

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Paul Alan Boskind, Ph. D

June Maxfeldt

Laura Davies

DeDe Gatens

Paul Alan Boskind, PhD
Owner & CEO


June Maxfeldt
Chief Operations Officer

Laura Davies
Chief Financial Officer

DeDe Gatens
Chief Development Officer

Doris Walker

Alicia Barrera

Elaine Traylor, PhD, SAP

Doris Walker
Director of Billing and Collections

Alicia Barrera
Director of EAP Account Management

Elaine Traylor
PhD, SAP

Regional EAP Director


Management Team Credentials

Paul Alan Boskind, PhD
Owner & CEO

Paul Alan Boskind, Ph.D
Education
  • Ph.D., Clinical and School Psychology–Hofstra University; Hempstead, New York: 1987
  • Licensed Psychologist–State of Texas
  • Certified School Psychologist–New York State
  • M.A., School Psychology–Hofstra University; Hempstead, New York: 1985
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology–St. Mary's University; San Antonio, Texas: 1984
  • B.A., Psychology–The University of Texas; San Antonio, Texas: 1982
Experience

Paul Alan Boskind, PHD is President/CEO and Owner of Deer Oaks EAP Services, LLC. Dr. Boskind founded Deer Oaks EAP in 1992 and served as its sole practitioner. Within a year, Dr. Boskind had hired Deer Oaks’ first full-time clinical employee, an office manager, and developed a network of mental health subcontractors eager to work with him. By 1995, Deer Oaks was incorporated and had grown to three clinical offices. One year later, Deer Oaks was awarded the behavioral health carve-out for HMO Blue in San Antonio and Austin.

Through Dr. Boskind’s strategic planning, Deer Oaks has grown into a thriving stand-alone provider of high-quality Employee Assistance, Work- Life, and Wellness services. Deer Oaks currently serves approximately one million employees and their dependents across more than 500 private and public employer groups throughout the nation. Dr. Boskind’s over 18 years of experience in the EAP field and proven experience in providing EAP oversight, management, and short-term counseling has ensured Deer Oaks’ growth and continued success. Dr. Boskind continues to provide direction and guidance in operational, administrative and financial matters, quality assurance and customer service.


June Maxfeldt
Chief Operations Officer

June Maxfeldt

Education
  • B.A., Health Care Administration–Saint Edward’s University, Austin, TX: 1987
Experience

June Maxfeldt, PHR, Chief Business Officer, joined Deer Oaks in 1998 and is responsible for the oversight of human resources, business administration, contract compliance, and administrative operations. With more than 20 years of experience in health care administration, EAP account management, human resources, quality assurance, and behavioral health oversight, her strong commitment to customer services ensures a responsive approach to any issue that could lead to concern or grievance. Her expertise and knowledge of employee relations, health insurance, mental health issues, ADA, and other employer legal issues, provide assistance with employee assistance program development, services and support to the employer groups human resource and risk management departments.


Laura Davies
Chief Financial Officer

Laura Davies

Education
  • B.B.A., Accounting–University of Texas at San Antonio
Experience

Laura Davies has served as Chief Financial Officer of Deer Oaks – A Behavioral Health Organization since 2003. She brings almost 30 years of finance, treasury management and accounting experience to Deer Oaks and she oversees all accounting, finance and treasury functions.

Laura previously served as Chief Financial Officer of an international shortline railroad company. During her tenure with this high growth, acquisition-oriented company, Laura was responsible for all finance, treasury management, investor relations and accounting functions. Laura also served on the board of directors and was integrally involved in the company’s initial public offering, subsequent public equity offerings, several private placements of debt and equity and numerous syndicated bank transactions. Prior to the railroad company, Laura served as an Audit Manager with an international public accounting firm.


DeDe Gatens
Chief Development Officer

DeDe Gatens

 

Education

B.S., Health Care Administration-Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas: 1993

 Experience

DeDe Gatens, Chief Development Officer, has been with Deer Oaks since June 2002.  She oversees Business Development, Marketing, Account Management, and Recruiting for the Deer Oaks Geropsychology Division.  As a former nursing home administrator, DeDe brings over fifteen years of nursing home management experience to Deer Oaks.  In her many years with Deer Oaks, she has helped to expand the Geropsychology Division from providing services in one state to providing services in eighteen states.  DeDe has always felt that working with the elderly “is her calling”, and she has a strong commitment  to ensuring that nursing home residents throughout the country receive quality mental health services.  DeDe feels that “someone’s last days should be good days”.


Doris Walker
Director of Billing and Collections

Doris Walker

Experience

Doris Walker, Director of Billing and Collections started with Deer Oaks in March 1999. She brings almost 20 years of medical insurance and billing expertise to Deer Oaks and manages one of the company’s largest administrative departments. She oversees all billing, payment posting, front-end collections and accounts receivable. Doris is also an expert in the state-of-the-art software medical billing system utilized by Deer Oaks for over 10 years.

Prior to Deer Oaks, Doris worked in other healthcare environments as a medical billing specialist and service coordinator.


Alicia Barrera
Director of EAP Account Management

Alicia Barrera

Education
  • B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies–University of Texas Pan American: 2002

Experience

Alicia Barrera is Director of EAP Account Management for Deer Oaks EAP Services and a member of the firm’s management team. Alicia has over 15 years of experience in the EAP & Work/Life industry.  She is a proven business development professional with extensive experience in both sales and account management.  She has provided EAP program implementation, contract compliance initiatives, customer service, and contract management services to leading organizations in many industries nationwide.  

As Director of EAP Account Management, Alicia manages key accounts and establishes partnerships to help drive corporate initiatives. She also serves as a consultant to client organizations and to supervisors and managers to assist them in increasing utilization, coordinating benefits, and improving productivity and healthy functioning in the workplace. She also has expertise in working with cultural diversity issues, which enables her to work closely with client HR departments to help them address issues such as diversity, harassment, team building, workplace violence, and stress management.


Elaine Traylor, Ph.D., SAP
Regional EAP Director

Elaine Traylor, PhD, SAP

Education
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology–University of North Texas
  • M.S., Clinical Psychology–University of North Texas
  • B.A., Psychology–James Madison University
Experience

Elaine Traylor, PhD, SAP, is Regional EAP Director for Deer Oaks EAP Services and a Licensed Psychologist. She joined Deer Oaks in 2003 and serves as the Regional EAP Director to local EAP accounts, as well as conducts individual/couples/family and group counseling with employees and their dependents. Dr. Traylor manages all referrals for mandatory substance abuse cases as a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) according to the Department of Transportation Guidelines. She also responds to employer requests for critical incident debriefing and management. Dr. Traylor received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Texas. She works with a wide range of counseling concerns, such as stress management, life transitions, communication skills, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, trauma, and substance abuse/ dependence. In addition, she has facilitated seminars/workshops on several different issues related to organizational behavior, management, and mental health.

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