Simone graduated from the University of Santo Amaro, School of Odontology in São Paulo, Brazil. During her career as a dentist, she had the opportunity to succeed as an accomplished professional. Her greatest challenge was working in a government-run orphanage where she provided oral healthcare, legal documentation, and emotional support for 500 underserved children. That experience awakened her interest in mental health, emotional development and family issues. Simone got a certification and worked as a volunteer in court as a family Mediator in Brazil.
Following a sabbatical period to care for her family, Simone earned a second graduate degree in Art Therapy from Paulista University, in São Paulo, Brazil, and later a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology from Montclair State University in New Jersey. Simone is a registered Art Therapist in Brazil and in the USA. She speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish fluently, and has deep knowledge in Hebrew.
Simone moved between countries several times due to family demands. During those experiences as an expatriate she learned resilience, adaptability, and flexibility. She developed an interest, awareness, and respect for multicultural society and diversity.