Anthony W. Poehailos, M.D. is a licensed physician, board certified in both child and general (adult) psychiatry.
He has extensive clinical, administrative and supervisory experience throughout the spectrum of child and adolescent
mental health services including outpatient, inpatient, partial/day treatment, residential and school consultation.
Philip D. Dupont, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has specialized in the
assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, adults, and families for over 15 years. He provides individual therapy for children (including play therapy), adolescents, and adults; as well as family and marital therapy, and parent consultation informed by extended family systems theory and developmental psychology. Other specialty areas include working with individuals and families where anxiety is a prominent symptom, and family of origin work designed to understand and strengthen relationships in all areas of life.
Anna H. Vanhoy, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience in providing individual and family therapy to children, teenagers, young adults and adults, particularly in the treatment of anxiety and depression. Ms. Vanhoy’s treatment approaches include mindfulness-based therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and self-compassion therapy. She teaches a college-level course and facilitates workshops in the use of mindfulness and self-compassion to address stress-related issues. Ms. Vanhoy also leads Mindful Wellness programs at Poehailos, Dupont & Associates.
Lisa B. Duval, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a wide range of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She joins Poehailos, Dupont & Associates with a focus on providing individual cognitive, behavioral, and emotional assessment services. With the general goal of identifying areas of strength and struggle to maximize individual's functioning in school, work, and life in general, Dr. Duval is available to provide assessments to children, adolescents, and adults. In her spare time, Dr. Duval enjoys yoga, baking, and being outdoors.
Matthew Tolman, Psy.D is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist that has worked in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, and community mental health clinics. He has also worked at UVA’s Counseling and Psychological Services providing psychotherapy to undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Tolman specializes in treating children, adolescents, and adults using an approach that integrates classic and modern psychodynamic theory with contemporary approaches including family systems, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness-based treatment. In his approach, Dr. Tolman strives to help individuals to utilize their strengths to overcome painful emotional symptoms and negative behavioral patterns that can be associated with life transitions, loss, trauma, personality development and interpersonal difficulties. When working with children, play therapy is often a key component of Dr. Tolman’s treatment as well as frequent parent consultation. Dr. Tolman is coauthor of the book, Psychodynamic Perspectives on Eating Disorders.
L. Wrenn Carlson, Ph.D. (Licensed Clinical Psychologist), completed her doctoral training at the University of Virginia's Clinical and School Psychology Program in the Curry School. She joins the practice following fellowships with Eastern Virginia Medical School and the Charlottesville League of Therapists. Dr. Carlson has experience providing child, couples, and family therapy in outpatient and inpatient settings. Her areas of interest and previous research have included working with the parents of adolescents, issues regarding bullying, high-stress families, and women with trauma histories. She also provides comprehensive assessments for children and adults using cognitive, achievement, and personality measures. She aims to make assessments a useful addendum to therapy, psychiatric care, and improved classroom and home functioning.
Kirsten E. Franke, LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), received her master's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. Ms. Franke has almost 30 years experience working with individuals in their recovery from addiction, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and trauma. She incorporates a variety of theoretical modalities including psychodynamic therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Internal Family Systems, all from a strengths-based perspective. As the former Clinical Services Director at The Women's Initiative, she served women in our community presenting with relationship, parenting, trauma, and other stress-related issues, in addition to providing clinical supervision for licensure. She is also a certified yoga teacher and incorporates mindfulness based practices into her therapeutic work which serve as a foundation for meaningful and transformative experiences. Ms. Franke specializes in assisting adolescents, couples, and adults on their path to wellness and wholeness.
Jonathan R. Mills, PMHNP-BC (Licensed Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner), recently completed his Master of Science in Nursing at Yale University’s School of Nursing with a specialization in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Mr. Mills has experience in a variety of settings providing evaluation and intervention services, including Medication Evaluation and Management as well as individual and family-based therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. He utilizes a comprehensive biopsychosocial approach in assessment and brings a strength-based, collaborative orientation to the therapeutic process. Areas of interest include anxiety, depression and mood disorders, attachment-related difficulties, and the treatment of medical and psychiatric comorbidities in the pediatric population.
Mecca Antonia Burns, RDT-BCT received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Performing Arts in 1984, and her master's degree in Counseling Psychology (Emphasis: Drama and Movement Therapy) in 1992. She is a Registered Drama Therapist and Board-Certified Trainer who has served on the Board of the North American Drama Therapy Association as Standards & Ethics Chair. Since 1980, she has taught creative drama and movement, written and directed plays for children, and provided Drama Therapy for both adults and children. For the past twelve years she has been director of Drama Therapy services at Family Compass in Reston, Va. (You may find some articles about Drama Therapy here.) She lives in Charlottesville, Va. where she offers Drama Therapy for children with special needs, and leads workshops for Drama Therapists in training. She is director of PRESENCE Center for Applied Theatre Arts, applying theatre to social issues in Virginia, Romania and East Africa.
Laura DeVault, RN, CPCC, Certified Meditation Teacher began working with mindfulness about 15 years ago, and hasn't looked back. She is a Certified Meditation Teacher, and has also trained in Mindful Self-Compassion with Kristin Neff and Chris Germer, through UCSD's Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. She currently teaches through a variety of venues, including the Fluvanna Women's Correctional Center, Common Ground Healing Arts, the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville, and private classes for individuals & groups. She is also the Retreat Manager for IMCC. She has launched two wonderful sons and lives in Charlottesville.
Abby A. Bode, Ph.D. completed her doctoral training at the University of South Carolina in
Community-Clinical Psychology in August 2018. She joins PDA following an APA-accredited
Predoctoral Internship at the Florida State University Multidisciplinary Evaluation and
Consulting Center. Her training there included performing diagnostic evaluations in Autism
Spectrum Disorder and Attention Disorder clinics, providing consultation and evaluation
services in a rural school district, and providing direct mental health services to middle school
children. She also provided group interventions for adolescents with significant social skills
deficits using the PEERS curriculum. Abby will be conducting diagnostic evaluations for
children and adults at PDA, and brings her cutting edge training in assessing Autism and
Attentional disorders to the practice. Her treatment focus is primarily skills-based behavioral
and cognitive approaches to target a variety of presenting difficulties, with the goal of helping
young people generalize skills to be more successful in their home, school, and social lives.