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Julia Appleby 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 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 fulltime 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 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.

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Sarah (Sandy) Lombardi 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 earned a Bachelors degree from Ohio State University in Business Administration in 1986 and a Masters 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 addicted to 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 the past 13 years has been assisting children, adolescents and adults through the difficult recovery process of sexual victimization and has provided expert testimony as an advocate for her clients. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Vista Psychological and Counseling Centre's clinical staff.

Kim holds a license as a Professional Clinical Counselor with a supervisor status and earned recognition as a National Certified Counselor. She maintains membership in the American Counseling Association, Rape Abuse Incest National Network, the National Center for Victims of Crime and participates in numerous coalitions throughout Stark County. Kim resides in Canton and has a daughter Courtney and a grandson Trey.

 

Terri Simmons, MA, LSC, PCC 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 2007, 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 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, and currently with Crisis Recovery and Intervention Center and 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.

 

Beth Traveria earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Medical Technology in 1976 from Akron University. She worked as a medical technologist for 20 years. While living in Miami, FL., she pursued a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling. She graduated from St. Thomas University in 1996. After relocating back to Canton, OH, Beth resumed her graduate work. Initially she attended Walsh University. She completed her course work through Southern California University of Professional Studies and obtained a Doctorate of Psychology in 2005. In 1996, Beth began her work as a counselor at Community Services of Stark County. At Community Services, she provided individual counseling to adults, children & adolescents and marriage & family therapy. During her time at Community Services, Beth also worked part-time providing school-based clinical counseling to children at St. Peter's Elementary School and at St. Joan of Arc Elementary School. By 2002, Beth felt it was time to increase her knowledge in the field. In keeping with her life-long interest in the medical field, she made a decision to increase her experience in working with individuals that require medical management of a mood or anxiety disorder. Beth has worked with two local psychiatrists. She worked at first with Dr. Sharad Bhatt, MD; then with Dr. Rajnikant Kothari, MD. She has been at Kothari Medical Associates from 2003 until the present. At that office, she continued to provide counseling to individuals, couples and families in addition to working with patients with psychiatric disorders. Finally, in July 2009, Beth began her part-time work with the military and their families. In her position as a Military Life and Family Consultant (MFLC), she provides brief solution-focused problem solving counseling to military service members and their families. Her work as an MFLC has been with the Reserves and the National Guard at drill events, yellow ribbon events, and at children's camps.

Beth joined Vista Psychological & Counseling Centre, LLC in 2011. Her work there includes working with individual adults, children and adolescents, couples and families. Beth holds a license in the state of Ohio as a Professional Clinical Counselor and is a National Clinical Counselor. She is a member of the American Counseling Association. She resides in Canton, OH with her husband, Roy. She has three grown children, Rory, Aaron, and Andrew.

 

Michelle Foraker 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. Additionally during this time she provided crisis interventions, case management, and group therapy. In 2007, Michelle began Supervising a team of Intensive Case Managers who provided home support to SED children and adolescents. She was also responsible for providing 24-hour crisis support, coordinating residential mental health placements for at-risk youth, and provided individual and group supervision to staff. Michelle continued to Manage Intensive Services at Child Guidance & Family Solutions while actively treating children, adolescents, counseling families. Having left Child Guidance & Family Solutions, Michelle now serves as the Director of American Red Cross Rape Crisis in Stark County.

Michelle is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a Supervisory designation (PCC-S) She has completed the Summit County Child and Family Leadership Exchange and was awarded the Goodwill Industries of Akron Employee of Distinction Award in 2011. Michelle has joined Vista Psychological & Counseling Centre, LLC in 2012.

 

Michael Benoit, Licensed Psychologist 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 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.

 
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