CarePlus to Honor Dr. Dina Vaynberg at Courage Awards Gala

May 13, 2015 – Paramus, NJ – The CarePlus Foundation is proud to recognize Dr. Dina Vaynberg with the Compassionate Care Award at their 17th Annual Courage Awards Gala being held on June 3, 2015 at the Venetian in Garfield, NJ. Dr. Vaynberg is being honored for her decades of service with the organization, representing the best in the field of mental health care.

Dina Vaynberg was born and raised in the former USSR, where she graduated from one of the most prestigious Medical Schools in Eastern Europe. She followed that education with a Residency Training in Internal Medicine, as well as a Fellowship in Psychiatry. She was quite an accomplished physician in the USSR up until her emigration to the United States in the 1980s. At that point in time she not only had to learn English, but she also had to retake her exams, certifications and trainings to continue her practice.

After completing her Residency Training and Fellowship in New York, she began her work as an Attending Psychiatrist, and soon relocated to Bergen County. In the late 1980s, Dr. Vaynberg began her career with CarePlus as a full-time Psychiatrist, balancing that work with continuing education and her own private practice as well.

Dr. Vaynberg has a DEA-X certification, which allows her to prescribe specific medications to some of her dual-diagnosis clients that struggle with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. She works primarily with adults, a large percentage of whom are seniors, and many are Russian speaking immigrants. The whole-body health of her patients is very important to her, and she is sure to close the loop between psychiatric and medical services. Since many of her clients experience physical ailments, she guides them in the right direction or makes connections with the necessary professionals.

“Through her dedication to knowledge and her patients, Dr. Vaynberg has provided exemplary services and has been an excellent representation of professionals in the field of mental health,” said Joe Masciandaro, CEO of CarePlus. “She is very devoted to her clients, and they are in turn very devoted to her. Her work embodies the CarePlus philosophy of healthy minds, healthy bodies.”

The Courage Awards Gala, the CarePlus Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year, will celebrate courage, hope, and happiness by honoring those who work tirelessly on behalf of individuals and families facing the daily and life-long challenges of mental illness and substance abuse. The event also helps to raise the much-needed funds for those very same individuals and families

This year’s honorees also include The Sefcik Family, survivors of suicide loss and advocates in prevention with their presentation “Remembering T.J. – A Story of Teen Depression, Lessons and Hope”; John Cosgrove, Mayor of Fair Lawn and supporter of the Fair Lawn Stigma-Free Zone Initiative; and Kenneth Ehrenberg, the Chief of the Paramus Police Department and collaborative leader in crisis de-escalation and mental health awareness.

In addition to the honorees, the 29 recipients of the 2015 Bernard Dubnick Scholarship will be recognized for their hard work and determination to further their education. The Foundation is proud to award the largest amount of scholarships to date, totaling $55,000.

The Courage Awards Gala includes a cocktail hour, dinner, live and silent auctions, 50/50, raffle and more. The event attracts attendees from across the state, including representatives and supporters from the Northern New Jersey business community. Individual tickets are available for $150 each, with full tables of 10 offered for $1,400.

The Foundation is currently welcoming dinner guests, sponsors, and auction donations. For more information, click here or call 201-986-5070.