Amy Keiper-Shaw graduated from Cedar Crest College Magna Cum Laude with a dual degree in Psychology and Social Work. Amy furthered her studies at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work. Amy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Grief Counselor, a Clinical Thanatologist, and a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She also received training to become a Clinical Certified Trauma Professional through IATP.
She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women and the National Association of Social Workers. For several years she was employed in the field of psychiatric social work focusing on maintaining positive emotional health and re-hospitalization prevention. Amy has provided individual and group counseling in outpatient, inpatient, and partial hospital settings. She was a bereavement counselor for a hospice program for over a decade and has been facilitating a bereavement camp for children for more than 12 years.
Melissa Wombwell-Twersky has been a Licensed Social Worker since 2004. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from West Chester University in 1997 and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University in 2002. Melissa was recently certified as an Advanced Social Worker in Gerontology from the National Association of Social Workers and has been a member of NASW for the past 18 years. She has worked as a hospice social worker for the past 10 years providing counseling and bereavement support to individuals and groups coping with grief and loss. Melissa also co-facilitates an Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group in Montgomery County.
Jeannine Matyi is a graduate of Drexel University with a Masters in Creative Arts in Therapy. As a Registered Dance Movement Therapist and Child Development Specialist, she has provided individual therapy within early intervention programs and devised family treatment plans as part of an interdisciplinary team. Jeannine is an independent contractor with UGOT Active Kids where she teaches yoga & music inspired classes and in addition facilitates creative movement classes for children of all abilities. More recently she leads Dance Movement Therapy groups for senior citizens in memory care centers. Her focus is on building a positive rapport with others, creating a comfortable environment for self-expression, increasing group cohesion and assists with feelings of isolation and withdrawal. She is a member of PSI CHI –National Honor Society in Psychology and continues her ongoing training in bereavement support.
Tara Bane has a masters degree in Creative Art Therapy and is a registered Art Therapist through the American Art Therapy Association. She has been a mental health practitioner for over 20 years. She has provided her services in a variety of setting including a crime victims center, a domestic violence center, and a residential treatment facility for boys. She has also provided services specific to the community she lives in since 1999, where she began working for Family Service Association of Bucks County. Through this agency she has helped many children and families manage and heal from their personal struggles, including their grief issues. Through her position at Family Service, she provided clinician art therapy services to many of the lower bucks schools (including the Morrisville Schools) for those children in need who have limited ability to get to the agency for services. Throughout her years of practice, she has gained a tremendously rich knowledge of the mental health issues people face daily. Tara has a long history of supporting those suffering from various forms of abuse, traumatic experiences, and grief due to loss. She has utilized a variety of techniques to help those healing from traumatic experiences. Tara has a great understanding for childhood development and the struggles facing children today. She has counseled countless clients with peer relationships issues, socialization struggles, behavioral issues, childhood anxieties and depressive symptoms.
Patricia Scheffel has thirty years of experience in the field of Social Work, the last seven in private practice. She has worked with both individuals and in groups in outpatient and inpatient behavioral helth settings. Additionally, he has worked in school systems in both the United States and in Germany. She has extensive experience in the fields of hospice and bereavement.