Team

Mitchelides

Title: Clinical Health Educator, Teen Health Connection
Education:University of Connecticut; BA in Psychology with a focus on Neuroscience; MS in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Interests: Pregnancy prevention, healthy sexuality, empowering adolescents to make lifestyle modifications, physical activity and nutrition.

Kate Strater

Title: Program Development and Evaluation
Education:University of North Carolina at Charlotte, BA, Psychology; Child & Family Development, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, MA, Clinical & Community Psychology.
Interests:Program development and evaluation in the areas of child welfare, mental health, education, transition-age youth, and community/civic engagement.

Amber Watts

Title:Health Educator
Education:Florida State University, BS, Psychology & Criminology
Interests:Amber’s passion is preventing substance abuse by empowering youth and their parents to make healthy life choices.

Preeti

Title: Medical Director, Teen Health Connection
Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA,
MD; Carolinas Medical Center, Pediatric Residency
Interests: Gynecology, child maltreatment, eating disorders, contraception, depression, anxiety.

carolyn

Title: Levine Children's Hospital Department of Adolescent Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UNC School of Medicine
Education: Dr. Dixon, a native of the Bronx, NY, graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor's degree in Human Development. She obtained her doctorate degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, completed pediatric residency training at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC and an adolescent medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD.
Interests: Dr. Dixon has provided primary care to underserved and marginalized youth and has clinical expertise in areas of menstrual disorders, reproductive endocrinology and substance abuse. Her research interests include teen pregnancy prevention and postpartum depression among adolescent mothers. She has also conducted work exploring care-seeking behavior for adolescents after a pregnancy diagnosis.

valencia

Title: Family Nurse Practitioner, Teen Health Connection
Education: University of North Carolina at Charlotte,
BS Nursing and Master of Nursing
Interests: Empower each patient with the necessary tools to become successful adults.

shook

Title: Family Nurse Practitioner, Teen Health Connection
Education: University of North Carolina at Charlotte,
Master of Education; University of South Carolina, Family Nurse Practitioner
Interests: Cindy uses strong interpersonal to encourage patients to make healthy decisions.

Ashley Shope

Title: Triage Psychotherapist
Education: Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Social Work with a focus on mental health and substance abuse from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Interests: I enjoy working with adolescents and young adults through implementing a strengths-based solution-focused approach. Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and LGBTQ populations, as well as Integrated Care are areas in which I love to work.

Pat Hogan PhD

Title: Clinical Psychologist
Education: Guilford College, B.S. in Psychology; Towson University, M.A. in Clinical Psychology; University of Maryland, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
Interests: Positive psychology/wellness; grief and loss; resilience

Tayal

Title: Independent Psychological Assessment Coordinator
Education: Bachelor of Arts from Augsburg College and Masters in Social Work from University of South Carolina
Interests: Strengths-based social work and youth involved in foster care.

Tayal

Title: Psychologist, Teen Health Connection
Education: Davidson College, AB; Auburn University, PhD
Interests: John is interested in the diagnosis and treatment of trauma, depression and anxiety.

Tayal

Title: Clinical Psychologist, Teen Health Connection
Education: University of California at Santa Barbara, BA in Experimental Psychology; California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego, Ph. D in Clinical Psychology Teens are our future. The teenage years are filled with wonder, delight, heartbreak and courage. Finding an appropriate path during this time is essential for a healthy transition into adulthood.

shook

Title: Manager, Mental Health Services, Teen Health Connection

shook

Title: Psychotherapist, Teen Health Connection
Education:University of South Carolina, BA, Psychology
Appalachian State University, MA, Community Counseling
Interest:Steffie is interested in creative and expressive art-therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.

MEDLIN

Title: Psychotherapist, Teen Health Connection
Education:East Carolina University, BS, Community Health Education
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Master's Degree in Social Work
Interests:Working with adolescents and their families in addressing issues such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, family conflict, body image and self-esteem using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.

Levitt

Title: Manager of Mental Health Services, Teen Health Connection
Education: Denison University, BS Psychology, BA Religion
University of North Dakota, MA Community Counseling
Interests:Trauma, ADHD, depression, anxiety, self-harm, self-esteem, body image and family conflict. Diana also enjoys teaching the Becoming a Love and Logic Parent course.

Robbins

Title: Psychotherapist, Teen Health Connection
Education:Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Old Dominion University and Masters in Social Work from the University of Connecticut with a focus in Mental Health and Substance Abuse issues.
Interests: Emily is available to provide both individual and family therapy, depending on the needs of the patient. She enjoys helping teens that are struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues or who have experienced trauma.

THOMAS

Title: Licensed Psychologist, Teen Health Connection
Education:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA
MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill, She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Duke University Medical Center
Interests: I truly enjoy working with adolescents and their families and believe in Teen Health Connection's vision to empower them to be healthy, safe, and successful. I am particularly interested in working with adolescents on issues related to trauma, depression, relationships, culture and diversity.

Singleton

Title: Nurse Clinician - Center for Disordered Eating
Education:Pacific Lutheran University, BSN
University of Washington, MSN
Interests: Child/adolescent health, maternal health, child advocacy, patient education.

Courtney Perkins

Title: Registered Dietitian - Center for Disordered Eating
Education: Virginia Tech, BS, Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise
Interests: Nutritional counseling for weight management, sodium restriction, insulin resistance, reducing cholesterol, and general wellness. As Registered Dietitian for The Center for Disordered Eating, recovery focused nutritional therapy is provided to guide weight restoration and maintenance, nutrition education and meal planning to create a healthy and balanced outlook on nutrition.

Sarah Beth Hughes

Title: Registered Nurse
Education: BSN from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC and BS in Biology from Wofford College.
Jenny has been a Registered Nurse for 10 years. She has experience in pediatrics and family medicine and has worked in an inpatient and outpatient setting.
Interests: Educating adolescents about their health and well-being as well as empowering them to be successful and make healthy life decisions.

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Title: Licensed Practical Nurse
Education: JECPI, Practical Nursing Program
Interests:Spending time with my family and friends

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Title: RN, Charge Nurse
Education: Kim earned a BSN from Auburn University.
Interests: Kim loves being able to treat adolescents in a teen friendly environment, not as children but not quite adults.

shook

Title: Registered Medical Assistant
Education:Medical Assisting Diploma from Kings College
Interests: JaLesa enjoys working with teenagers and is able to provide insight into issues that teenagers face each day.

shook

Title: LPN
Education: LPN degree through ECPI University
Interests: Megan loves working with adolescents knowing that she has the opportunity to educate them about their health. She feels that it is important for teens to know that they have a place where they can come and be themselves, have someone to talk to and receive excellent care.

Adams

Title: Managed Care Coordinator
Education:Medical Transcription and Coding Degree from Michiana College
Interests:Chaka enjoys working with adolescents and making a difference in their lives.

Holloway

Title: Registrar
Education:Secretary of Science Degree from Central Piedmont Community College
Interests: Margaret loves adolescents and feels that Teen Health Connection has enormous impact on the community.

Rodiguex

Title: Medical Patient Account Representative
Education:Medical Certificate in Coding from Central Piedmont Community College and a Medical Office Administrative Degree from Central Piedmont Community College
Interests:Migdalia enjoys working in medical accounting and helping patients navigate the insurance system.

Rollins

Title: Registrar
Education:Medical Terminology Certificate from University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Interests: Jackie served in military for 12 years and enjoys talking with patients about their future goals. Jackie is excited to talk with patients each day that she knows will grow up to be our future doctors, lawyers, teachers and professionals.

Wilcox

Title: Mental Health Patient Account Representative
Interests: JoAnn enjoys helping patients and their families navigate the medical and mental health system. She works with families assisting them with insurance claims and medical benefits.

Bernadette

Title: Registrar and Medical Records
Interests: Bernadette ensures patient confidentiality and assists the medical team with filing important medical documents. Bernadette enjoys working with accounting teams and medical benefits.

Rett

Title: Health Educator
Education: University of North Carolina, BA; Charleston School of Law, JD
Interests:Rett is an attorney and enjoys working on adolescent policy issues. She is the leader of the Teen Advisory Board and the Youth Drug Free Coalition.

McDonald

Title: Senior Health Education Program Coordinator
Education:East Carolina University, BS, School and Community Health Education
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Graduate Certificate Public Health and a Master in social work from University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Interests: Health Education with a focus in reproductive health, mental health and providing young people with fact-based information.

Safrit Libby

Title: Executive Director, Teen Health Connection
Education: Pfeiffer University, BA, Psychology; University of North Carolina at Charlotte,
Master of Clinical and Community Psychology
Interests: Empowering every adolescent to be healthy, safe and successful

Ashley Broome

Title: Associate Development Officer
Education: BS and a Masters from North Carolina State University in Animal Science and Nutrition
Comments: "I truly believe that Teen Health Connection provides a vital service for the teens of Charlotte. I am thrilled to be involved with an organization that is doing so much good for the youth of our community!"

Ashley Broome

Title: Senior Development Officer
Education: Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University and Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan
Interests: Glenda is excited to be a part of an organization that strives to ensure the successful future of our community's teens.

Shauna Guy-Noel

Title: Staff Assistant, Teen Health Connection
Education: Business Administration at Central Piedmont Community College
Interests:Traveling

Tesha Boyd

Title: Teen Health Connection Practice Manager/Ambulatory Services
Education: UNC Charlotte-BSN; Pfeiffer University, MHA Interests: Have a passion for empowering and supporting youth and adults to dream big and pursue all goals. Enjoy listening to music, dancing and taking cruises with family.

Title: Physician, Teen Health Connection
Education: Pfeiffer University, BA, Psychology; University of North Carolina at Charlotte,
Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences; University of Michigan Medical School,
University of Michigan Medical School, MD;
Harvard School of Public Health
Interests: Prevention healthcare, childhood obesity, nutrition, health disparities, community health, school health, international health, integrative medicine, mind-body wellness.

shook

Title: Psychotherapist, Teen Health Connection
Education: Denison University, BS Psychology, BA Religion
University of North Dakota, MA Community Counseling
Interests:Trauma, ADHD, depression, anxiety, self-harm, self-esteem, body image and family conflict.

Teen Health Connection is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals who are committed to the health and wellbeing of adolescents. The transition from adolescence to adulthood can be challenging for teens and their caregivers. Our team is dedicated to helping our patients and their families navigate these exciting years.

Medical Team

  • Preeti Matkins, MD, FAAP, FSAHM
  • Shamieka Dixon, MD
  • Valencia Jeffcoat, DNP, FNP-BC
  • Cynthia Shook, MSN, FNP-C
  • Mental Health Team

  • Sonja Payne, MSW
  • John Magee, PhD
  • Steffie Beard, LPC
  • Ashley Broome, MS
  • Suzanne Medlin, LCSW
  • Mary Tayal, PhD
  • Emily Robbins, LCSW
  • Pat Hogan, PhD
  • Ashley Shope, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
  • Center for Disordered Eating

  • Preeti Matkins, MD, FAAP, FSAHM
  • Suzanne Medlin, LCSW
  • Cheri Singleton, RN, MSN
  • Courtney Perkins, RD, LDN
  • Nursing Team

  • Jalesa Blackshear, RMA
  • Cheri Singleton, RN, MSN
  • Megan Hollingsworth
  • Front Office Team

  • Chaka Adams
  • Migdalia Rodriguez
  • Jackie Rollins
  • Bernadette Wells
  • Community Outreach & Health Education

  • Rett Liles, JD
  • Ashley Mitchelides, MPH
  • Kate Hogan, MA
  • Amber Watts, BS
  • Administrative Team

  • Libby Safrit, MA, LPA-HSPA
  • Glenda Bernhardt, MSW
  • Shauna Guy-Noel
  • Leadership Team

  • Libby Safrit, MA, LPA-HSPA
  • Dr. Preeti Matkins, MD, FAAP, FSAHM
  • Tesha Boyd, MHA, BSN, RN
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