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Our Providers

Greg Hansen, Ph.D., M.S., OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Services

  • Occupational Therapy

Biography

Greg Hansen joined ACES in the fall of 2019. is also a full time assistant professor at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences (MDCHS), where he teaches pediatric courses as well as foundations of research and motor learning.

Greg Hansen has been an occupational therapist for over 20 years. For the last decade, he has worked with the pediatric population at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind (VSDB).

In addition to his work at VSDB, Hansen has practiced at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, Fayette County Schools (WVa) schools, Augusta Health and a number of other hospital based centers. Hansen has been an invited guest speaker at many regional colleges and has supported OT students in training as a clinical instructor, receiving two awards as an outstanding fieldwork educator. His area of expertise and his recent research focuses on children with special needs.

Education

  • B.A., Speech Pathology and Audiology, West Virginia University
  • M.S., Western Michigan University
  • Ph.D., Motor Learning, University of Virginia

Emily Haynes McGee, M.A.

RID Certified Sign Language Interpreter Coordinator

Services

  • Signed Languages Interpretation

Biography

Experienced Interpreter with a history of working in in medical, government, corporate, post-secondary, graduate, platform, conference, performing arts, political, Deaf-blind, K12, and community settings.

Strong social science professional with an M.A. focused in Applied Sociology from University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Education

  • B.S., Signed language Interpreting, The University of New Mexico , 2009
  • M.S., Applied Sociology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2017
  • Postgraduate Interpreting Certificate, American Sign Language, University of Arizona, 2010.

Certifications and Memberships

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID)

Emily Loeb, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Services

  • Stress & Trauma
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Attachment Process
  • Family Therapy

Biography

Dr. Emily Loeb joined ACES in 2019. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Rochester and her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia. She completed her internship in clinical psychology at WellSpan Philhaven in Mt. Gretna, PA where she worked with children and adolescents on an inpatient unit as well as in outpatient offices. Her prior training experiences include crisis intervention, psychological assessment, and outpatient therapy.

She has particular interests and training in cognitive behavioral therapy, therapy informed by attachment theory, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, and trauma. She also enjoys working with clients who identify as LGBTQ+.

Services include psychotherapy for children and adolescents for issues relating to anxiety, depression, family stress, life transitions, trauma, OCD, and grief and loss.

Education

  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University Of Virginia, 2018
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, University Of Virginia, 2013
  • B.A., Psychology, University Of Rochester, 2010

Certifications and Memberships

American Psychological Association (APA)

Elena Tuerk, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Services

  • Multisystemic Therapy
  • Evidence-based treatments for children experiencing behavior problems
  • Traumatic stress
  • Anxiety-based disorders

Biography

Dr. Tuerk joined ACES in the fall of 2019. She also currently works at the Sheila Johnson Center at the University of Virginia, training graduate students in Clinical and School Psychology standards of care.

Previously, Dr. Tuerk worked at the Medical University of South Carolina as a clinical psychologist providing evidence-based psychological treatment for children, adolescents, and multi-problem families.

She has done research in a number of areas, including assessing the effectiveness of multisystemic therapy, of behavioral interventions for HIV prevention in developing countries, and of family-based treatment for parental substance abuse.

Dr. Tuerk’s therapeutic approach incorporates insight-oriented and cognitive behavioral techniques and is licensed to practice clinical psychology in Virginia and South Carolina.

Education

  • B.A., Psychology, Columbia University, 2002
  • M.Ed., Clinical and School Psychology, University of Virginia, 2003
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Virginia, 2007
  • Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship, University of Medicine and Dentistry, 2006-2007
  • Post-Doctoral Scholar, Family Services Research Center, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, 2007-2008

Certifications and Memberships

American Psychological Association (APA)

Steven Phillips, D.O.

Psychiatrist

Services

  • Psychiatric assessment and evidence-based personalized medication management for a variety of psychiatric conditions, including ADHD, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, PTSD, OCD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Psychotherapy (Supportive, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic)
  • Pharmacogenetic Testing
  • Please note that I do not provide custody or forensic evaluations

Biography

Dr. Phillips completed his undergraduate coursework at Virginia Commonwealth University, graduating Cum Laude in 2008.  He then worked as a teaching assistant at The Faison School for Autism in Richmond, Virginia, educating students with autism spectrum disorders, utilizing individualized education plans, and developing individualized behavioral plans.

Dr. Phillips attended medical school at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pennsylvania, graduating in 2014.  During this time, he was selected as a Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellow, completing over 300 hours of work with students with autism spectrum disorders at a school in an underserved community.  During this program he provided education on healthy eating, recycling, gardening, life skills, and exercise. He later became a Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows Program mentor, aiding another fellow in continuing the project that he had established.

Dr. Phillips completed his adult psychiatry training at the University of Virginia, receiving extensive clinical training in both the inpatient and outpatient setting and serving on the UVA House Staff Council.  He also participated in scholarly activities including research in topics of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, being published in the Psychiatric Times for a comprehensive literature review on the available pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments of ADHD, and participating in the education and training of junior residents.

Education

  • B.S., Biology, Chemistry Minor, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2008
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic  Medicine, 2014
  • Residency: Adult Psychiatry. University of Virginia, 2017
  • Fellowship: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2017-June 2019

Certifications and Memberships

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • Board certified in Adult Psychiatry-December 2018
  • Board eligible in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry-June  2019
  • American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Michelle Benedict, M.A.

Certified Teacher

Biography

Michelle Benedict, MA has a master’s degree in contemplative education from Naropa University. Her life-long passion is to help others, particularly children. Michelle is a certified teacher in the state of Virginia with an endorsement in earth and space science, and geography. She has taught in a variety of public school settings. She teaches mindfulness techniques at Aligned Clinical and Educational Services, PLC to help people improve their emotional regulation and increase their overall wellbeing.

Licensure

  • Virginia Teaching License

Lauren Carter, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Services

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach for children, adolescents, and adults
  • Treatment for anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, behavioral problems, and social concerns
  • Educational testing for accommodations on standardized testing (SAT, ACT, GREs, etc.)
  • Psychological testing for concerns about attention, behavior, relationships, social skills, mood, problem solving, cognitive functioning, learning, executive functioning, memory, independent living skills, and mental health.
  • Assessments for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule Second Edition, ADOS-2)

Biography

Dr. Lauren Carter joined ACES in 2016. Prior to ACES, Dr. Carter began her career as an elementary school teacher in Charlotte, NC. To acquire more experience working with students facing behavior issues and their parents, she earned a master’s degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During this program, she focused on developing trauma-sensitive discipline strategies for elementary-school children. Next, Dr. Carter earned her PhD from the Clinical and School Psychology at the University of Virginia.  As a doctoral student, she primarily worked with children and pre-adolescents across multiple environments, including school, an outpatient center, and an in-patient state hospital.

Dr. Carter’s time at ACES is split between conducting psychological assessments and delivering therapy services. She administers a wide variety of assessment measures to help make sense of a child, adolescent, or adult’s behavior (ADOS-2, NEPSY-II, D-KEFS, Rorschach with R-PAS scoring, etc.). She is licensed as a school psychologist through the VA Dept. of Education

Education

  • B.A. Elementary Education & Linguistics, College of William and Mary, 2006
  • Ed.M. Risk & Prevention, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2009
  • M.Ed. Educational Psychology, UVA, 2011
  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, UVA, 2016

Other Licensure

  • VDOE-licensed School Psychologist
  • VDOE-licensed Classroom Teacher for PreK-6

Lauren Good, M.S.W.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Services

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Treatment for anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, behavioral problems, and social concerns
  • Individual therapy services for children and adults using American Sign Language (ASL) or Cued Speech for communication
  • Mental Health Education for parents and children

Biography

Lauren Good previously worked at RHA Health Services in Burlington, North Carolina. There she provided comprehensive clinical assessments and evaluations as well as medically necessary outpatient therapy services to deaf and hard of hearing adults and children with mental health, developmental disabilities, and/or substance abuse challenges.

Lauren Good recently moved to the greater Richmond area from North Carolina. Prior to North Carolina, she resided in Washington State for twelve years. She is originally from New England. She is married and has two teenagers. During her free time, Lauren likes to read a variety of novels and do crafts. Lauren Good also manages a private page on Facebook focusing on gluten free living, named “Gluten Free What?”

Education

  • B.S. Social Work, Gallaudet University
  • M.S. Social Work, Ohio State University

Certifications and Memberships

  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW), since 1992
  • NASW Cultural Diversity Committee, 2005-2011

Shilpa Hanumantha, Ph.D.

Resident in Clinical Psychology

Services

  • Treatment for anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, behavioral problems, and social concerns
  • Individual therapy services for children and adults using American Sign Language (ASL) or Cued Speech for communication
  • Educational testing for accommodations for standardized tests (SAT, ACT, GREs etc.)
  • Psychological testing for concerns about attention, behavior, relationships, social skills, mood, problem solving, cognitive functioning, learning, executive functioning, memory, independent living skills, and mental health.
  • Multi-disciplinary team assessments
  • Consultation and training on diversity

Biography

Dr.  Hanumantha has worked as a resident in clinical psychology with ACES since 2012, providing comprehensive assessments and individual psychotherapy for children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. Dr. Hanumantha has extensive prior experience in the field and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia in the Psychology Department and the American Sign Language (ASL) Program, a position she has held since 2012. Dr. Hanumantha is also a member of the Disabilities Access Committee and the University’s Diversity Council.

Dr. Hanumantha remains passionate about diversity and multi-cultural issues and has been active with education, advocacy and leadership on a local and national level. Expanding on her prior experience in research with Visual Language, Visual Learning (VL2), she taught research methods to local professionals in the Philippines on a project for Discovering Deaf Words through the United States Agency for International Development. Dr. Hanumantha has been invited to serve on the boards for national organizations, such as the Diversity Strategic Team of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Deaf Women United (DWU), and Global Reach Out Initiative. In 2009 Dr. Hanumantha co-founded and was a team member for the Deaf Youth Camp of Color. She continues to volunteer and share her experiences in an effort to empower others for success, always motivated to expand the access and well-being of people from diverse backgrounds.

Education

  • B.S. Biology, George Mason University, 2000
  • M.S., Administration & Supervision, Gallaudet University, 2005
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Gallaudet University, 2005
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Gallaudet University, 2008

Robert Haxter, PhD, NCSP

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Services

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach for children, adolescents, young adults and families
  • Treatment for anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, and social concerns
  • Educational testing for accommodations on standardized testing (SAT, ACT, GREs, etc.)
  • Psychological testing for concerns about attention, behavior, relationships, social skills, mood, problem solving, cognitive functioning, learning, executive functioning, memory, independent living skills, and mental health
  • Educational Consultation

Biography

Dr. Haxter joined ACES in 2017. Previously, he worked for 15 years in local public school systems as a school psychologist and early childhood special educator. In furtherance of his education, Dr. Haxter pursed a doctoral degree at the Curry School of Education in Clinical and School Psychology. In addition to psychotherapy and psycho-educational assessment, Dr. Haxter’s training rotations included practica at the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents and the Forensic Clinic at the UVA Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy (ILPPP). He completed an APA-approved internship at the Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents and a formal postdoctoral fellowship in forensic assessment at Western State Hospital and the ILPPP.

Dr. Haxter’s therapeutic approach is client-focused and incorporates insight-oriented and cognitive behavioral techniques. He has worked extensively with gay and transgendered youth, individuals with autism spectrum disorders, and stressed family systems. Dr. Haxter is licensed to practice clinical psychology in Virginia and West Virginia and is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.

Education

  • B.S. Psychology, University of Maryland College Park, 1996
  • M.S. Psychology, Radford University, 1999
  • Ed.S. School Psychology, Radford University, 2000
  • Predoctoral Internship, Regional Institute for Children & Adolescents, 2016-2017
  • Ph.D. Clinical and School Psychology, University of Virginia, 2017
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Virginia School of Medicine: Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy & Western State Hospital, 2017-2018