THE DATING ACADEMY TEAM
Founder, The Dating Academy
Israel Irenshtain is an International Dating Coach Association (IDCA) certified dating coach. Israel’s extraordinary talent and unique insights have shaped The Dating Academy curriculum and have been key to his unprecedented success. Israel’s ability to listen to his students, identify challenges, and articulate concrete solutions is the reason many top matchmakers send their clients to The Dating Academy.
Charismatic and personable, Antonia has helped a number of single men and women gain power and control over their dating lives. Her sense of humor and outgoing personality have a way of enchanting her audiences. She’s studied with numerous masters of personal development as well as body language experts from around the world, and has conducted many seminars which have focused on dating and relationship skills, body language, and communication. She has been featured in national and online publications including Seattle Weekly, CNN, The Date Report, Ezinearticles.com, and Datingish.
Hunt is a dating and relationship expert that has consulted hundreds of men and women over the years. The emphasis is on confidence building, leadership, image & style, conversation skills and more.
Hunt has two undergrad degrees from University of Miami, an MBA in marketing from Drexel University and is a member of Mensa.
Psychotherapist, MBA, MS MFT, LMFT
An innovative and well known licensed psychotherapist, MFT supervisor, business consultant and executive coach. Moshe has been on the front line of providing cutting edge coaching and mental health services for his clients. His unique profile has led him to successfully enhance the performances of leaders and organizations.
Moshe holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree as well as an MS degree in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF). Moshe also has been a professional basketball player, a basketball coach, a military officer and a secret service expert.
LCSW-R , Psychotherapist
Allison Abrams, LCSW-R, is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice and mindfulness specialist with Leading Minds Executive Coaching. She is a topic expert contributor for goodtherapy.org, psychologytoday.com and The Huffington Post, where she writes about nurturing self-compassion and building confidence in relationships, beginning with the most important one- the relationship with yourself. She has been quoted as a mental health and relationship expert in several publications such as Redbook and Glamour. Whether through her work as a therapist or coach, her passion is empowering people to gain the confidence they need to achieve their goals.
Improv Expert, Flirting Coach
Maddie O’Hara is a NYC based improviser who received training at The Second City and The Savannah College of Art and Design. She was a teacher and faculty member of Gotham City Improv for two years, and performed on their house team. In the city she has performed with numerous groups and currently teaches independent improv classes.
Male Perspective, Wingman
Jonathon attributes much of his colorful and eclectic thinking to his upbringing as a native Brooklynite, born and raised in the greater Flatbush area, as the youngest of five boys. His mother, Diana Beckles—a child psychologist, educator, designer; and his dad, Andre Beckles, a photographer and artist, filled the home with many means creative outlets and open-ended conversation. Through his own creative endeavors as a poet, writer, artist, and founder of his own unique art business—THE I—Jonathon leads a life based in human connectivity and open expression.
Karen is an award-winning journalist who has received top honors for her writing as well as her work in digital and social media. As an online media maven, and avid dater, Karen knows how to create an attention-getting profile.
Karen’s work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Yahoo! Shine, CNN, SHAPE, Women’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, DailyBurn, and many more. Karen lives and dates—online and off—in New York City.
Elizabeth Schwartz & Sonu Sanghoee
Elizabeth Schwartz obtained her Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences from Hunter College, CUNY in 1992. She began her career in Speech-Language Pathology by helping children with a variety of speech and language disorders and delays. She later spent several years training and supervising new speech therapists and helping them achieve independence in their chosen career. She has always been fascinated by languages and is proficient in Spanish. She has traveled on four continents, which has broadened her view of communication across cultures.
Sonu Sanghoee was born in India and raised and educated in Nepal and India. She was exposed to various languages and cultures from early childhood as she traveled throughout the world and speaks Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, Urdu and Nepali. She has treated a wide variety of clients in many different settings. Diversity, communication and multiculturalism became her passion, leading her to develop many effective training strategies for professionals from various countries.
Winners of the 2012 Queens Economic Development Corporation Start-Up Competition in the Social Enterprise Category.
NLP and Hypnosis Practitioner
Larry Levine is a Master Practitioner in facilitating change in people quickly and easily. Larry works with people to help them replace their current, unproductive patterns with carefully selected programs that produce the outcomes that each individual wants.
Larry has spent decades in the corporate world– running businesses and consulting with others. He is a nationally recognized motivational speaker, communications trainer, sales strategist, and facilitator of change for large corporations. His clients have included Disney, AOL, McGraw-Hill, Tourneau, IBM, and many others. Larry has taken his years of experience with Top Executives and is now applying the same principles in helping people make changes in all areas of their lives.
Larry uses a variety of tools to help clients achieve the results they want. These may include hypnosis, NLP, EFT, Brainspotting, and more. Larry will use whatever works best for any particular issue, or by what a client’s previous experience suggests will be most effective.