Vista Psychological & Counseling Centre opened in May 2008. Under the direction of Julia Appleby, Bob Humphries and Sandy Lombardi, Vista Psychological & Counseling Centre quickly grew. Expanding its physical facilities in the summer of 2012, clients were offered a more comfortable setting and enjoyed a renovated play area, fish tank and newly decorated waiting area. The staff too, grew at this time and includes professionals from the areas of psychology, clinical counseling and clinical social work. Be sure to check out our expansion in the summer of 2020 adding a new floor to our existing office space.
Julia Appleby , M.Ed. LPCC-S, NCC, B-CTP-II is a licensed clinical counselor and earned a Bachelors degree in Social work in 1986 and a Masters degree in Education in Community Counseling in 1992 from the University of Akron.
As a social worker she began her vocation in program development with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. In 1987, she went to work for the Stark County Department of Human Services in the Family Services division. Here she devoted her efforts to working with children and families who had been affected by abuse and neglect. She also filled the first position as the Foster and Adoptive Parent Recruiter for Stark County DHS prior to leaving the Department in 1992. With her Masters completed, she commenced her life's passion as a counselor at Community Services of Stark County, Inc. In addition to providing mental health services, she offered individual and group supervision to counseling student interns. She was also contracted as a part time school counselor at St. Joseph Elementary School in Canton. In 1998, Julia joined Psychological and Family Consultants, Inc.
Her current practice at Vista Psychological & Counseling Centre, LLC includes working with individuals, couples, children/adolescents, and families. She holds a license as a Professional Clinical Counselor and a National Clinical Counselor. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Ohio Counseling Association, and the Ohio Mental Health Counselors Association.
Julia resides in the North Canton community with her husband Michael and their sons, Austin and Jacob.
Bob Humphries , Ph.D. is a psychologist and earned a Doctorate from the University of Akron in Counseling Psychology in 1997. He is a Walsh University Alumni, who began teaching at the University in 1989. Upon completing his Masters, he went to work for the Child and Adolescent Service Center until 1986, when he resumed his doctoral work on a full-time basis. He then completed a pre-doctoral internship through North Eastern Ohio College of Medicine Psychology Internship Program. Bob is a member of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. He previously worked privately at Psychological and Family Consultants, Inc.
Since 1985, his practice has included work with children adolescents, families and adults. He holds a license as a Psychologist, and continues membership in the American Psychological Association, Ohio Psychological Association, as well as the American Counseling Association and the American Mental Health Counselor Association. Bob has served on a number of local community service boards and has consulted with a number of local agencies. In addition to his clinical practice responsibilities, Bob accepted a full-time appointment at Walsh in 1999 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2005. He was named Outstanding Educator in 2002 and Outstanding Alumni that same year. He received an outstanding teaching award from the faculty for the 2007-2008 academic year. He retired from Walsh in the summer of 2020 and continues to do adjunct teaching there.
He was featured as one of Stark County's Top Docs in the October 2015 About Magazine. Bob is married to Judi and has two children, Nicholas and Jenna.
Sarah (Sandy) Lombardi, M.A., LPCC-S NCC is a licensed clinical counselor and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University in 1964. She began her teaching career as a first grade educator in Westerville, Ohio. As a teacher, she taught in most of the elementary grades and substituted in grades one through twelve. She also worked as a reading specialist for students with special needs. After marriage and raising her children, she returned to teaching in 1983 and pursued a Masters of Arts in counseling degree at Walsh University. She graduated in 1986 and completed her clinical coursework in 1991.
She has worked as a counselor in various settings including Comp Care/ Massillon Community Hospital, Child and Adolescent Service Center/Children's Network, Community Services of Stark County, Inc., Canton City Schools, Our Lady of the Elms High School, and North Canton City Schools. In addition she has worked at several private practices. Sandy was employed by Psychological and Family Consultants, Inc. from 1996 to 2008.
Her current practice at Vista Psychological Counseling Centre, LLC includes working with children, adolescents, families, and adults. She has worked with victims of sexual abuse and sex offenders. She is trained in mediation and high conflict resolution used in working with parents involved in divorce and dealing with shared parenting issues and recently trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She currently holds a license as a Professional Clinical Counselor and is a National Certified Counselor. She is a member of the American Counselor Association, American Mental Health Counselor Association, Chi Sigma Iota, and the Ohio Counselor Association.
Sandy resides in North Canton with her husband. They have four children and ten grandchildren.
Kim Kroh, M.A., LPCC-S, NCC is a licensed clinical counselor and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University in Business Administration in 1986 and a Master’s degree in Counseling & Human Development from Walsh University in 1993.
She began her counseling career at the Grief Support and Education Center where she provided individual, group and family therapy for adults and children grieving from death and divorce. In 1997, Kim moved to the Community Drug Board where she provided group and individual therapy for adults chemically dependent on drugs and alcohol. A year later, she began work at the Day Treatment program of Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health. Kim provided daily group therapy, individual therapy and family home visits for adolescent with severe behavior problem and other mental health issues.
Kim then joined American Red Cross Rape Crisis Services and for 13 years assisted children, adolescents, and adults through the difficult recovery process of sexual victimization and has provided expert testimony as an advocate for her clients. In 2013, she became the Executive Director of American Red Cross Stark & Muskingum Lakes Chapter.
Kim also counsel’s clients in a private practice setting at Vista Psychological & Counseling Centre. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a supervisor status and earned recognition as a National Certified Counselor. Kim resides in Canton and has a daughter Courtney and a grandson Trey.
Terri Simmons, M.A., LSC, LPCC-S is a licensed school counselor and licensed clinical counselor. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Akron in Elementary Education with a minor in psychology in 1992. She worked as a teacher in the Perry Local Schools for 8 years while she pursued her master's degree in school counseling at Walsh University.
In 1999, she completed her master's degree and began working in the North Canton City Schools as a school counselor. She continued her education at Walsh University and completed additional clinical coursework to receive a license as a mental health counselor. She worked with children, adolescents, and families at One-Step Counseling, Inc. and is serving as a school counselor in North Canton City Schools.
In 2010, she joined Vista Psychological and Counseling Centre, Inc. as a therapist. Her area of specialization is mental, emotional and behavioral concerns with children and adolescents and providing crisis and spiritual counseling for families and adults when dealing with trauma, grief and loss. Additionally, she practices individual, family, couples and group counseling. She has an interest in helping others with trauma, anxiety, and family systems.
Along with her counseling, Terri has an interest and passion for community and service. She is a certified mediator for the Stark County Family Courts and has served as a mediator for the past 12 years. She is currently serving on the board for Safe Haven, Inc. as well as volunteering for various community projects locally and internationally.
Stephanie Bradford, DSW, LISW-S, ACSW is a licensed independent social worker and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, major in social work, from Kent State University in 1975. She began her social work career at Summit County Children Services Board working for seven years in child protective services, foster care and adoption. She received a Masters of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) from Case Western Reserve University, School of Applied Social Sciences in 1982.
Since 1982 Stephanie has worked as a clinical social worker / therapist in both public and private settings, including Catholic Community League, New Hope Adoptions International, Nova Behavioral Health, Kaleidoscope Counseling Services, Trillium Family Solutions, Crisis Recovery and Intervention Center and currently with Vista Psychological Counseling Centre, LLC. She is an adjunct professor in the social work program at Malone University. She works with individuals, families, couples - premarital and marital, children and adolescents, with particular skills in treating chronic mental and emotional disorders. Her work also includes supervision and training with interns and therapists.
Stephanie is licensed as a Licensed Independent Social Worker with Supervisory designation (LISW-S). She is certified by the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) and the National Association of Social Work Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. She is also certified as an adoption assessor. Stephanie is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), which affords her the opportunity to pursue and participate in the area of ethics, a particular interest and area of expertise for Stephanie. She is an honorary member of Pi Eta Chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society. She has been honored as NASW Social Worker of the Year-1987 and NASW Outstanding Service Award-1991.
Michelle Foraker, M.Ed., LPCC-S is a licensed clinical counselor and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology-Community Clinical track in 2002 from Walsh University. She completed her Master's of Education in Community Counseling in 2005 at the University of Akron.
Her counseling career began by providing intensive home-based counseling to Severely Emotionally Disturbed (SED) Children and their families at Child Guidance & Family Solutions in Summit County. Also during her time at Child Guidance she oversaw residential placements to SED youth, provided 24 hour crisis support, provided individual an group supervision, and managed their Intensive Services department. In 2014, Michelle began serving as the Director of Red Cross Rape Crisis in Stark County.
During this time, she provided counseling services to survivors and co-survivors of sexual assault, provided hotline and hospital crisis support, wrote grants, coordinated with local community providers, and advocated at the local and state level for survivors. She assisted with the merger of Red Cross Rape Crisis services with Compass Rape Crisis and continues to work with Compass to provide supervision to their on-going counselors.
Michelle is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a Supervisory designation (PCC-S). Michelle has joined Vista Psychological & Counseling Centre, LLC in 2012. She is married to Vaughn and they have two sons, Vaughn Logan and Toby Neel Edward.
Michael Benoit, Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed psychologist and earned a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Christian Thought from Grove City College (Pennsylvania) in 2001 and his Masters and Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron in 2007.
Michael loves helping people find meaning in their personal and professional lives. He values the unique strengths of each of his clients and looks for ways to help clients creatively solve their own problems. He has helped people with a variety of different problems and circumstances. Michael is a person of faith and recognizes the centrality of spirituality in people's lives.
On the side, Michael likes to carve wood and play musical instruments (guitar, mandolin, ukulele, Irish whistle) with varying degrees of success. Michael married his best friend and has two young children whom he adores. He grew up in Houston, Texas and still supports the Astros.
Bridgette Cruickshank, M.A., LPCC, NCC is licensed clinical counselor and earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1993 from the University of South Carolina. She completed her Master's of Education in Community Counseling in 2010 at the University of Akron. She began her counseling career at Interval Brotherhood Home where she worked with adults struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. In addition to providing individual counseling services, she also provided group therapy, crisis intervention, case management and worked with the families of individuals affected by addiction.
In 2013, Bridgette collaborated with a team to create and implement an initial phase of treatment for male clients, which included motivating, engaging and stabilizing individuals prior to transitioning to the second phase of treatment. Bridgette is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, a member of the American Counseling Association and the Ohio Counseling Association.
Bridgette resides in North Canton with her significant other, Harry and her youngest son Nathan. She enjoys spending time with her seven adult children and her six grandchildren.
Angela Miller, Ph.D., MPH, MSCP is a licensed Clinical Health Psychologist. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University. She also holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Wichita State University (2005) and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology from Alliant International University (2017). In 2013, she completed her internship at West Virginia University School of Medicine/CAMC. Following her time in Charleston, she returned to Ohio and completed her postdoctoral residency in Clinical Health Psychology/Specialty Medicine at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.
Dr. Miller is passionate about the behavioral health of individuals with sleep, cardiopulmonary, and neurological/cognitive disorders and strongly desires to improve their access to specialized care. Since 2014, she has been providing community-based, comprehensive, holistic, and compassionate health psychology treatment to adults and adolescents. Dr. Miller is listed on the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and is active in both the American and Ohio Psychological Associations. She currently serves as the Vice President of Professional Practice on the OPA Board of Directors.
In her spare time, Dr. Miller is very active in her faith community and spends as much time as possible with the loves of her life, her husband and five young children. Dr. Miller joined Vista Psychological & Counseling Centre in 2017.
Donald J. Lemme LISW-S is a Licensed Independent Social Worker who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Vista Psychological and Counseling Centre.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1977 and in 1982 earned a Master of Science in Social Administration from the School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. Since that time, Don has worked in the public and private sectors of community based mental health care treating a diverse clientele and mental health issues ranging from stress related adjustment issues, relationship issues and more serious mood disorders. Years of experience along with a casual style allow him to quickly establish a therapeutic rapport which enables him to help his clients discover and utilize their values and strengths that will move them toward achieving their goals. Don has a particular interest in helping clients to respond to changing roles throughout the life span including coping with divorce, co-parenting, ageing and health issues.
Don seeks to encourage clients to find a balance between work, self-care, social and family relationships. He also values cultural diversity and the exploration of personal beliefs that influence decision making and self-concept. Areas of particular interest and expertise include the role of fathers in family, decision making skills, and organizing skills.
Don has lived with his family in the local area for many years and is an avid motorcyclist and martial arts practitioner. He joined the practice in late 2018. Don retired from our practice at the end of November in 2020.
Maria Harrison, M.A., LPCC is a licensed professional clinical counselor and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Kent State University in 2003. She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Development from Walsh University in 2017.
She began her career in mental health working in crisis services at Community Mental Healthcare in Tuscarawas County. Continuing her career at CommQuest, she has served as a lead counselor of residential and outpatient groups focusing on anger management and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. During her time with CommQuest, she also worked as a home-based therapist for clients diagnosed with mental health and developmental disabilities.
The core of her work as a counselor has been assisting individuals in the recovery from mental health symptoms and alleviating trauma-related symptoms. Her clinical interests are life adjustment issues, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, and trauma-related issues.
Her motto is “Seek balance in all things.” Staying true to her motto, she finds balance in her life by creating artwork, cooking, and spending time with the people (and dogs) she loves most. Maria joined Vista Psychological & Counseling Centre in the Fall of 2019. Maria is currently seeing a limited number of clients by telehealth and is currently not taking new patients.
Linda M. Clark, MA., LPCC-S is an independently licensed clinical counselor who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kent State University in 2001 and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walsh University in 2012.
She spent her early years working in the mental health field as a case manager and supervising an Early Intervention program before returning to graduate school to obtain her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. She holds a license as a Professional Clinical Counselor with a Supervisory designation and is a member of the American Counseling Association.
After receiving her independent licensure, she began working on her specialization in LGBTQ counseling and counseling survivors of domestic violence. Linda began working with LGBTQ population while interning at the Herttna Counseling Center at Walsh University and became a staunch advocate for Transgender individuals. Her work with survivors of domestic violence comes from working with Domestic Violence Project in Canton, OH where she provided counseling to individuals, performed outreach at DV shelters and teaching healthy relationship skills. She received her designation as an LGBTQ Affirmative Therapist through the Azalea Institute in Akron, OH and previously worked for LGBTQ Affirmative practice, Safe Space, from 2018 until 2019 and Linda’s preferred pronouns are She/Her/Hers.
She also enjoys the teaching aspect of her profession and loves working with interns and new counselors. She has been a guest professor at Walsh University, Stark State College and Kent State University, Stark Campus. Her life experiences lend to her ability to connect with clients from diverse backgrounds and cultures and providing a down to earth, open and accepting approach to counseling.
Linda currently lives in Canton and is the proud mother of two grown children, Kerry and Kayle and an extra proud grandmother of grandson, Jayden. She and her partner, Jack, enjoy hiking local state parks and being in nature. Linda joined the practice in the spring of 2020.
Emily Tamas, M.A., LPCC is a licensed professional clinical counselor and earned a Bachelor’s in Behavioral Science from Walsh University in 2014. She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling and Human Development from Walsh University in 2017.
She began her career in mental health as a case manager at Coleman Behavioral Health in 2014, working with various ages of clients diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness. As a therapist, Emily has worked with transitional aged youth and serves as a Team Lead for a group that focuses on transition to independence for clients diagnosed with various diagnosis. Emily has also done home based therapy for two years, for clients diagnosed with Hoarding Disorder, OCD, and Agoraphobia.
The focus of Emily’s role as an outpatient therapist has been working with individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance use disorders, and personality disorders.
Emily loves staying busy, reading, and enjoys being outdoors. When she’s not working, she is spending time with her family and numerous animals. Emily lives in Massillon with her husband and three young children. Emily joined Vista Psychological & Counseling Centre in the late Fall of 2020.