Matthew Paris, PsyD | Psychologist, Clinical Director
Dr. Matthew Paris was born and raised in northeastern Ohio, and he completed his undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University. He received his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2008. He completed an APA accredited, pre-doctoral internship at The Youth Opportunity Center (YOC) in Muncie, Indiana. At the YOC, he conducted psychological testing and group and individual psychotherapy with youth with severe emotional and behavioral disorders, many of whom were mandated by the courts to reside in one of the several residential homes at the YOC.
After he completed his internship, Dr. Paris completed his post-doctoral training at Western Mental Health Center in Marshall, Minnesota. At The Western Mental Health Center, Dr. Paris conducted psychological testing and individual, group and family psychotherapy with people ranging from 5-65 years old.
Dr. Paris was licensed as a psychologist in Ohio in May of 2011. He conducted psychological testing and disability evaluations for one year. He then worked at an outpatient mental health facility in Fairview Park, Ohio before he accepted a position at The Charak Center for Health and Wellness in January of 2013. Based on his clinical skills, diligent work-ethic, positive feedback from clients, and positive interactions with staff members, Dr. Paris was promoted to the Clinical Director position in June of 2013.
Dr. Paris has worked and completed training in several hospitals, residential treatment facilities with adjudicated juveniles, and he has worked in jails and prison environments. Dr. Paris specializes with children, adolescents, and adults. He has extensive training with depression, anxiety, trauma, and personality disorders. He also has conducted several disability evaluations for Social Security and The Bureau of Worker’s Compensation and several psychological testing reports. Dr. Paris specializes in cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy and evidence-based treatments for mental health disorders.
Michelle Lanzi, MSSA, LISW-S | Therapist
Michelle Lanzi, MSSA, LISW-S graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, and Case Western Reserve University with a Master’s of Science in Social Administration. Michelle has 16 years clinical experience in the field of mental health, and has specialized in the treatment of co-occurring disorders for individuals 18+ for more than a decade. Michelle has worked in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient counseling centers, and inpatient hospital systems. Michelle has experience in providing individual and group counseling, facilitation & management of Intensive Outpatient Programs, Clinical Supervision, Program Development & Implementation, and is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Michelle’s areas of competence include: Assessment & Screening, Dual Diagnosis, Mood & Anxiety Disorders in Adults, Personality Disorders, and Chemical Dependency/Addictions.
Michelle is located at the Mentor office.
Susan Shefner, PsyD | Psychotherapist
Dr. Shefner is a psychotherapist at Charak Center and currently works out of the Elyria, Garfield Heights, and Medina offices.
Eileen Mahdik-Morello, LISW | Therapist
Dr. Davis is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years treating children and adolescents. Dr. Davis currently works on a part-time basis in our Medina and Stow offices.
Steven Davis, PhD | Psychologist
Ann-Marie Yezzi-Shareef, PhD | Psychologist
Director of Psychotherapy Training &
Dr. Ann Marie Yezzi-Shareef was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. She completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Gannon University in Erie PA. She graduated in December 2009 with her doctoral degree in psychology and in June 2002 with her master’s in community counseling. Besides being a licensed psychologist in Ohio, she is also licensed in Pennsylvania as a psychologist and a licensed professional counselor. She has an extensive history of working with people from the very young to the very old- in particularly with children and families. She worked with predominantly counseling teenagers for about 11 years in Erie PA, has run large child care programs in Erie PA as well as Pittsburgh PA. In addition, she has worked with diverse populations including refugees and all age groups. Dr. Ann Marie has extensive training in different types of therapy and enjoys working with people. She most recently has been servicing geriatric populations living within assisted living centers in the Cleveland area in her spare time.
Jason Davis, LPC | Therapist
Jason is a Licensed Professional Counselor who graduated with his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kent State University. He is licensed by the state of Ohio to treat and diagnose mental health and addiction disorders. He specializes working with people with depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. His theoretical orientation is mostly existential and cognitive-behavioral.
His extension is 5008 at the Medina office.
Margret Bialowas, LPCC | PHP Facilitator/Therapist
Margret is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kent State University. She has experience in providing individual and group counseling and is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Since completing her Master’s degree, she has worked with children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a variety of mental health needs. Margret is located at the Elyria office.
Cherarae Weisend, LPCC | Therapist
Cheri has her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kent State University. She has experience working as a Crisis Interventionist, Crime Victim Outreach Advocate, juvenile offenders, school and community based-therapy as well as outpatient therapy. Her areas of specialty include working with children, families, couples, and trauma victims. She is an LPCC and is located at the Stow office.
Heather Sibley, LSW | Pyschotherapist and Group Leader
Heather is a licensed social worker in the state of Ohio. She conducts therapy and case management services for adults with mental health and substance abuse concerns and children and adolescents with mental health concerns. She received her Bachelors and Master’s degrees from the Ohio State University School of Social Work. At Ohio State, she completed field placements with youth at St. Vincent’s Family Center and adolescent mental health and outreach at the Ohio State University STAR House, one of the only drop in centers for homeless youth in Ohio. Heather currently works at the Mentor location where she sees individual clients and also facilitates substance abuse groups for adults in IOP and After Care programs.
Melanie Dente, LPCC | Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Melanie was inspired to enter the mental health field after working in a domestic violence shelter for more than six years. She obtained her BA in Psychology from Kent State University and MA from the Adler Graduate School in Richfield, MN. Working with survivors of trauma has been her primary interest throughout her career. Melanie obtained independent licensure in the state of Ohio, and she is working on an upgrade to her license that will enable her to supervise other therapists.
Melanie is certified in a therapy called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which is an evidence based practice that has proven useful in addressing issues such as the aftermath of trauma, anxiety, grief, and the underlying issues of substance abuse. She also has significant training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Processing the aftermath of trauma is a daunting tasks that comes with a myriad of psychological symptoms and disorders. Melanie wants to continue to acquire skills to help her to serve clients who have experienced trauma.
Stephanie Hubbard, LSW, LCDC III | IOP Facilitator and Therapist
Stephanie Hubbard is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor III (LCDC III). She earned by Bachelor Degree from Cleveland State University in 2012.
Stephanie specializes in both substance abuse and mental health services. In her 15 years of clinical experience, she has worked in a variety of settings with diverse clients, which have included children, young adults, individuals, and families. Stephanie feels that her main role as a therapist is to teach individuals how to modify their behavior and/or manage mental health symptoms on an ongoing basis.
Through encouragement, empathy, compassion, and support she has seen individuals and families overcome obstacles and overcome difficulties and thrive in life. She also believes that change happens when people are given the guidance needed to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling lives.