Clinical Staff

Our team is committed and dedicated to the missions of the SMart Center and the Selective Mutism Research Institute (SMRI).

ELISA SHIPON-BLUM, D.O.
ELISA SHIPON-BLUM, D.O. President and Director
JENNIFER BRITTINGHAM, M.A.
JENNIFER BRITTINGHAM, M.A. Lead Clinical Counselor
WILLIAM LAVALLE PSY.D.
WILLIAM LAVALLE PSY.D.Director of Clinical Training
LEAH BOWDEN M.A.
LEAH BOWDEN M.A.Doctoral Trainee and Head CommuniCamp™ Counselor
ADRIANA PENNACCHI M.A.
ADRIANA PENNACCHI M.A.Doctoral Trainee and Head CommuniCamp™ Counselor
TERA GIBBS, M.A.
TERA GIBBS, M.A.Doctoral Trainee and Head CommuniCamp™ Counselor
JENNA BLUM, B.A.
JENNA BLUM, B.A.Doctoral Trainee and Head CommuniCamp™ Counselor
PAIGE MARTIN M.A.
PAIGE MARTIN M.A.Doctoral Trainee and Head CommuniCamp™ Counselor
FAITH LOGAN, B.A.
FAITH LOGAN, B.A.Doctoral Trainee and CommuniCamp™ Counselor
NAOMI BRINTON, B.A.
NAOMI BRINTON, B.A.Doctoral Trainee and CommuniCamp™ Head Counselor
SAMANTHA ALGAUER, MA, LAC, NCC
SAMANTHA ALGAUER, MA, LAC, NCCDoctoral Trainee and CommuniCamp™ Counselor
ROSEMARIE MANFREDI PSY.D.
ROSEMARIE MANFREDI PSY.D.Neuropsychologist Consultant
AMI VAN DINE MS, CCC-SLP
AMI VAN DINE MS, CCC-SLPSpeech & Language Pathologist
Brittany Lyman, Psy.D
Brittany Lyman, Psy.DNeuropsychologist Consultant

Administrative Staff

LAURA BANSEMER
LAURA BANSEMERLead Clinical Coordinator & Office Manager
ALEX TALARICO
ALEX TALARICOClinical Outreach Coordinator & CommuniCamp Program Director
MORGAN WEISS
MORGAN WEISSSMart Center Support Staff
BETH LEVY
BETH LEVYSMart Center Support Staff
SAM DeFILIPPO
SAM DeFILIPPOSMart Center Support Staff
MICHELLE DEBSKI M.A.
MICHELLE DEBSKI M.A.Graduate Research/Clinical Staff

Selective Mutism Research Institute (SMRI) Research Consultants 

SHARON ARMSTRONG, PH.D.
SHARON ARMSTRONG, PH.D.Research Consultant
EVELYN KLEIN PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL
EVELYN KLEIN PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CLResearch Consultant

SMart Center Therapy Dogs, Our Mascots, and Best Friends

In Memory of Mr. B
In Memory of Mr. B Therapy Pug
Lil Girl (SMall Lady of Love)
Lil Girl (SMall Lady of Love)Therapy Pugs
Bonnie
BonnieTherapy Dog