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Our Providers

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

Linda Jones-Oleson, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Services

  • Speech-language evaluations and therapy
  • Literacy (reading) evaluations, tutoring, and instruction
  • Specialized language instruction for people who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing using speech, sign language and text

Biography

Linda joined ACES in 2012 and has enjoyed being able to use her wide experience and expertise to provide clinical and support services to children and adults with complex communication challenges. Jones-Oleson has been a speech-language pathologist since 1980 and worked with children and teens at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind for almost twenty years, where she also gained proficiency in and a love for American Sign Language. She has also worked with teens and adults with brain injuries at the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center and continues to work in neurogenic disorders with older adults at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Center. Linda’s clinical interests cover all aspects of learning and communication across the lifespan with special consideration for the contribution of motor processes (movement) to language development and use. Linda is a certified See-the-sound Visual Phonics practitioner and trainer. Linda has also been an adjunct instructor and clinical supervisor for James Madison University and Gallaudet University and has taught graduate level course in autism, ASL, neuroanatomy and neurogenic communication disorders.

Linda is also interested in and experienced with the challenges of raising and educating children with autism. She schooled her own son who has autism. He is now 25 years old and an avid reader and Internet movie database explorer.

Education

  • B.S. Speech-Language Pathology, Madison College, 1976
  • M.S. Speech-Language Pathology, James Madison University, 1980

Certificates and Memberships

  • Member of American Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence

Kimberly Lemite, Ph.D., NCSP

Licensed School Psychologist

Services

  • 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. Lemite joined ACES in 2013, working with children, adolescents, and young adults who have learning, attention, and communication problems. Dr. Lemite has particular expertise in the cognitive and academic development of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. She can assist parents in navigating through the special education system, school based intervention teams, and Section 504-plans for accommodations.

Dr. Lemite has been a School Psychologist with Chesterfield County Public Schools since 2008. From 2004 – 2008, Dr. Lemite worked as a School Psychologist with the Henrico County Public Schools. Dr. Lemite is a member of the Virginia Network of Consultants (VNOC) supporting local school divisions with students who are deaf or hard of hearing.  As a VNOC consultant, Dr. Lemite provides psychological assessments to students who are deaf or hard of hearing throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and is also available for staff training and consultation with school psychologists.

Education

  • B.A., Psychology and Education, College of New Rochelle, 1989
  • M.A., Early Childhood/Elementary Education, Hofstra University, 1992
  • Ph.D., School Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2003

Certifications and Memberships

  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist

Lisa Locke-Downer, 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.

Biography

Dr. Locke-Downer joined ACES in 2014 and enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing difficulties such as anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, behavioral problems, and social concerns. She uses a cognitive-behavioral treatment approach, with family and school consultation as important treatment components. Consultation with physicians, psychiatrists, and other treatment providers is also welcomed. In addition to psychotherapy, Dr. Locke-Downer offers psychological evaluations to determine level of cognitive, academic, and social-emotional functioning. She is available for appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Dr. Locke-Downer has been a practicing clinical psychologist since 2003, when she joined the faculty in the Clinical and School Psychology Program in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Dr. Locke-Downer became Director of the Curry School’s Center for Clinical Psychology Services, the training clinic for doctoral students in the Clinical and School Psychology program. Over the course of eleven years, Dr. Locke-Downer’s work included supervising doctoral and postdoctoral trainees in psychological assessment and psychotherapy, teaching clinical seminars, and working with clients for assessment and therapy. Dr. Locke-Downer continues to be affiliated with the clinic as a supervisor of predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees.

Education

  • B.A., Psychology, Wake Forest University, 1996
  • Ph.D., Clinical-Community Psychology, University of South Carolina, 2002
  • Predoctoral Internship, Medical College of Virginia’s Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC) 2001-02.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, 2002-03.

Certifications and Memberships

American Psychological Association (APA)

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)

Rebecca Plesko-DuBois, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Services

  • 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)
  • Multi-Disciplinary Team Assessments
  • Educational testing for accommodations for standardized tests (SAT, ACT, GREs, etc.)
  • Consultation for complex diagnosis, developmental issues, and treatment planning

Biography

Dr. Plesko-DuBois established Blue Ridge Psychological Services, PLC in August of 2010 in order to provide comprehensive assessments to children, adolescents, and young adults. In 2013, Blue Ridge Psychological Services, PLC expanded into Aligned Clinical & Educational Services, PLC in Crozet, Virginia to offer a wider range of multi-disciplinary and collaborative clinical services.

Dr. Plesko-DuBois worked at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton, VA from 2002 – 2011 in various roles. She served as the school psychologist from 2002-2009, providing comprehensive assessments, clinical supervision, consultation for program development and data analysis, as well as group or individual counseling. Dr. Plesko-DuBois was the Director of Clinical and Educational Supports during the 2009-2010 academic year, supervising the delivery of all clinically related services, the behavior management team, transition services, school counseling and specialized health care planning. From 2010 – 11, Dr. Plesko-DuBois worked as a part-time psychologist assisting with the admissions process and the VSDB Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project.

Since 2004, Dr. Plesko-DuBois has been a member of the Virginia Network of Consultants (VNOC) supporting local school divisions with services for their students who are deaf or hard of hearing.  VNOC was created by the Virginia Department of Education, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Health, and the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Plesko-DuBois has also enjoyed teaching as an adjunct professor at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. She taught psychopathology to graduate students in counseling and clinical psychology. In the past, she has also worked at the Center for Clinical Psychology completing comprehensive psychological assessments.

Education

  • B.A., Psychology, Biology Minor, Wake Forest , 1995
  • M.A., General & Experimental Psychology, The College of William & Mary, 1997
  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, The Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology sponsored by The College of William & Mary, The Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University, and Old Dominion University, 2002
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC) at the Medical College of Virginia, 2003

Certifications and Memberships

  • American Psychological Association