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Lisa Novak, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Co-Founder & Director

Dr. Novak earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She most recently served as the Director of Clinical Training at O'Koon Psychology Group, a private practice in Glenview, where she completed her postdoctoral fellowship and early career development. Dr. Novak specializes in neuropsychological assessments for children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of presenting concerns, as well as supervising other licensed and pre-licensed clinicians in their assessment work. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Jewish Child and Family Services. Dr. Novak has worked in a myriad of settings, including private practice, social service agencies, and inpatient hospitals.
 
Dr. Novak’s areas of specialty include learning disabilities, ADHD, and the interplay between physical and mental health concerns. She considers the evaluation process to span beyond the scheduled appointments and integrates information from many areas in an individual’s life to help formulate a comprehensive understanding of one’s strengths, learning style, and areas of growth. Dr. Novak attends school meetings, closely collaborates with other providers, and remains available to parents for consultation, in order to ensure that the evaluation process yields a positive change for the individual and family.
 
You might be able to hear Dr. Novak’s Canadian roots in her pronunciation of the word “about”, but her decade in the Chicago area has made it nearly undetectable. She has a special place in her heart for game shows, especially Wheel of Fortune, and she loves spending time with her husband and little one.
 
You can reach Dr. Novak directly at:
lisa@illuminateneuropsych.com
312.857.6393


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Noelle Pontarelli, Ph.D.

Co-Founder & Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Pontarelli earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago. She is currently completing her postdoctoral fellowship under the tutelage of Dr. Lisa Novak. 

Prior to co-founding Illuminate Psychological Assessments, Dr. Pontarelli gained five years of experience in conducting psychological assessments for O’Koon Psychology Group in Glenview. Her extensive training in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults includes externships at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Head Start programs, public school districts, and several private practices within the Chicagoland area. Dr. Pontarelli completed her predoctoral internship at Regional Mental Health Center, a community mental health center serving Northwest Indiana, in 2013. 

Dr. Pontarelli’s previous research, including her dissertation as well as several published papers and book chapters, examines risk factors of obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders. As such, she brings specific expertise in assessment and follow-up care of individuals with symptoms of anxiety and mood disorders, although she thrives on the challenge of working with families with a wide variety of concerns. Dr. Pontarelli’s practice is informed by her passion for the science of neuropsychological assessment, as well as her dedication to the art of forming connections and developing an understanding of her clients and their families. 

A native of Glenview, Dr. Pontarelli is a proud product of local schools and an active member of a boisterous and ever-growing extended family. In her free time, she takes her job of “aunting” her seven nieces and nephews very seriously, in addition to enjoying the quieter pursuits of crossword puzzles and cross-stitching. 

You can reach Dr. Pontarelli directly at:
noelle@illuminateneuropsych.com
847.802.8221