Our Team

Meet our team of experienced, dedicated, and compassionate professional therapists, yoga instructors, interns, students and administrative staff. We believes that our most important asset is our people. Each member of our team is linked to a full bio containing conditions treated, modalities used, ideal clients, and their ultimate wish for every client.

Ryleigh Strong
Administration
Ryleigh Strong
Patient Service Advocate & Account Specialist

Ryleigh Strong is our patient service advocate and patient account specialist. She is responsible for setting up therapy and testing appointments. Ryleigh’s commitment to our client accounts ensures each client has a positive experience.

"My ultimate wish for every client at Mala is to feel comfort. Mala’s atmosphere is like no other office I have ever been to, and we strive to make people feel at home and like they can trust us. I want them to feel as though Mala is a safe space. Therapy should never feel like a chore and I hope we never make a client start feeling that way."
Ryleigh Strong
Ryleigh Strong
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Hasti Raveau, PhD, LP
Directors and Supervisors
Hasti Raveau, PhD, LP
Founder, Owner, and Clinical Director

Dr. Raveau embraces working with individuals and families who identify with a range of ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Acknowledging and embracing differences while not losing sight of our shared humanity is very important to her and her work. She strives for openness and a desire to learn while not placing the burden of teaching on you. An open dialogue is always important and she welcomes feedback throughout your work together.
Hasti Raveau
Doug Gardner, LMSW, RPT
Directors and Supervisors
Doug Gardner, LMSW, RPT
Registered Play Therapist

The family is the environment in which we develop, grow, learn, and prepare for life. Helping a family to be as strong and stable as possible is one of the greatest services one can provide. I am honored and humbled to have a part in helping your family to be a little stronger and more stable.

As a Registered Play Therapist, I believe in the power of art, play, sand tray, books, pretend, and creativity in helping an individual to be able to express themselves. Play therapy allows my clients to be able to explore and process difficult emotions and experiences by facilitating communication, increasing personal strengths, fostering emotional wellness, and enhancing social relationships.
Doug Gardner, LMSW, RPT
Ashley Tomaszewski, LMSW
Directors and Supervisors
Ashley Tomaszewski, LMSW

My roles at Mala consist of providing care to individual and family clients, and providing training and supervision to pre and post-graduate social work fellows.

"My ultimate wish for every client at Mala is to feel comfort. Mala’s atmosphere is like no other office I have ever been to, and we strive to make people feel at home and like they can trust us. I want them to feel as though Mala is a safe space. Therapy should never feel like a chore and I hope we never make a client start feeling that way."
Ashley Tomaszewski, LMSW
Kristen Kalymon, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Directors and Supervisors
Kristen Kalymon, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Kalymon is currently accepting clients for parent coaching/training.

Kristen Kalymon, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Hasti Raveau, PhD, LP
Doug Gardner, LMSW, RPT
 Ashley Tomaszewski, LMSW
Kristen Kalymon, Ph.D., BCBA-D
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Shayna Hillenberg
Clinicians
Shayna Hillenberg, LLMSW

From the time I was little, I knew I wanted to work with children and help people. My own experiences have led me to want to be an outside source for these children, youth and families.

My wish for my clients is that they feel they are in a safe space, as well as they feel heard and valued when seeking therapy with me.
Shayna Hillenberg
Brooke Wood, MA, TLLP
Clinicians

Brooke Wood, MA, TLLP

Society, emotions, relationships, and life in general can be so overwhelming. I have always believed that even an hour of freedom a week, to get things off our chest, can do wonders for our well-being. My favorite part of my job is being able to offer a safe space for those who need it.

If I could wave a magic wand for all my clients, my wish would be that one day they can feel safe enough to explore the things inside therapy, outside of therapy. That the skills and self-love attained in this safe space, can begin to transcend to their daily life with ease. Additionally, that they have a support system (no matter how small) that can support them at every turn.
Brooke Wood, MA, TLLP
Doug Gardner, LMSW, RPT
Clinicians
Doug Gardner, LMSW, RPT
Registered Play Therapist

The family is the environment in which we develop, grow, learn, and prepare for life. Helping a family to be as strong and stable as possible is one of the greatest services one can provide. I am honored and humbled to have a part in helping your family to be a little stronger and more stable.

As a Registered Play Therapist, I believe in the power of art, play, sand tray, books, pretend, and creativity in helping an individual to be able to express themselves. Play therapy allows my clients to be able to explore and process difficult emotions and experiences by facilitating communication, increasing personal strengths, fostering emotional wellness, and enhancing social relationships.
Doug Gardner, LMSW, RPT
Sharmista Chintalapalli, LMSW
Clinicians
Sharmista Chintalapalli, LMSW

I welcome clients from all gender identities, sexual identities, and religious/spiritual orientations. I truly appreciate the complexity that has led clients to our office, and I find it such a privilege and honor to hear and to hold people’s stories with them.

I am a fully licensed social worker, and I aim to provide an emphatically supportive atmosphere, where you can confidently feel at ease and begin to look at the situation from a fresh, new perspective.
Sharmista Chintalapalli, LMSW
George Khamis, MA, TLLP
Clinicians
George Khamis, MA, TLLP

Through providing a safe space and supportive environment George Khamis helps children, adolescents, and families recognize where the problems are and works with them to implement effective, measurable solutions.

Specialtie: Neurodiverse children and teens (Autism, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder), high-risk children and teens (self-harm, substance use, defiance, aggression), high conflict families, couples, LGTBQ youth
George Khamis, MA, TLLP
Amy Graham, MA, TLLP
Clinicians
Amy Graham, MA, TLLP

Amy is a Clinical Psychology Fellow, a researcher, and a mother of five. She understands the very human struggles associated with managing intense emotions and thoughts without feeling consumed by them, living in the present moment without being haunted by memories of the past or worries about the future, and arriving at a place where our lives are dictated by us and our values, rather than by traumas and other stressful life experiences.

Amy’s mission is to offer a therapy tailored to meet your unique needs, grounded in science, and guided by empirically supported best practices.
 Amy Graham, MA, TLLP
Besa Karanfili, MA, TLLP, NCSP
Clinicians
Besa Karanfili, MA, TLLP, NCSP

I’m a psychotherapist and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, with several years of experience working with kids, teens, and adults.

While I enjoy working with individuals of different ages and backgrounds, my expertise is within early childhood and elementary-aged children. With young kiddos, play therapy is essential to my practice. Research shows that play facilitates communication, increases a child’s personal strengths (problem solving, resiliency, moral development, self-regulation), fosters emotional wellness, and enhances social relationships.
Besa Karanfili
Antoinette Ulmer, LLMSW
Clinicians
Antoinette Ulmer, LLMSW

Antoinette Ulmer has a passion for helping children and teens seek support to improve social and emotional well-being and alleviate distress. As an advocate for you, your family, or your child, Antoinette will help you create solutions that will lead to healing, growth, and resiliency.

You should know you are not alone, and there is support available. I truly believe my natural ability to connect with others provides a serene environment that allows me to serve various populations. I am accepting new clients, feel free to call or email to start your healthy journey!
Antoinette Ulmer, LLMSW
Christina DeAngelis, MA, LLP
Clinicians
Christina DeAngelis, MA, LLP

Safety, relationships, play, and stories all have a special place in the psychotherapy journey. Healing and growth flourish when we feel safe enough to explore our feelings and thoughts freely and without fear of judgment.

I am passionate about working with pre-adolescents/adolescents, young adults, and their families. As a therapist, I believe it is important to look beyond the individual and family, to acknowledge the influence of culture. It is the glue that connects us, and its importance cannot go unnoticed. I utilize a strengths-based and person-centered perspective. I believe we can work together to build on what already exists.
 Christina DeAngelis, MA, LLP
Drew Wiggins, TLLP
Clinicians
Drew Wiggins, TLLP

My work focuses on supporting individuals to build stronger relationships with themselves and the world around them, develop an awareness of their strengths and contributions, and achieve meaning as they define and work towards a life worth living.

My clinical interest and specialties include LGBTQ+ affirmative care, childhood and adult trauma, couples/relationship issues, identity development, issues related to gender and sexuality, grief and loss, life changes, and systems change. I enjoy collaborating with my clients to decide on a treatment that best suits their personal needs, goals, strengths, and values.
Drew Wiggins, TLLP
Mariam Saad, MA, TLLP
Clinicians
Mariam Saad, MA, TLLP

As an Arab-American female, I have experienced personally and worked with issues related to acculturation, immigration, and identity. I provide services in both English and Arabic. I offer therapy in both virtual and in-person settings.

Driven by my belief that therapy is not "one-size fits all", I utilize various evidence based approaches and effective techniques when working with individuals and families to best fit their needs and goals.
 Mariam Saad, MA, TLLP
Shayna Hillenberg
Brooke Wood, MA, TLLP
Doug Gardner, LMSW, RPT
Sharmista Chintalapalli, LMSW
George Khamis, MA, TLLP
Amy Graham, MA, TLLP
 Besa Karanfili, MA, TLLP, NCSP
Antoinette Ulmer, LLMSW
Christina DeAngelis, MA, LLP
Christina DeAngelis, MA, LLP
Christina DeAngelis, MA, LLP
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Ryleigh Strong
Practicum Students
Ryleigh Strong
Patient Service Advocate & Account Specialist

Ryleigh Strong is our patient service advocate and patient account specialist. She is responsible for setting up therapy and testing appointments. Ryleigh’s commitment to our client accounts ensures each client has a positive experience.

"My ultimate wish for every client at Mala is to feel comfort. Mala’s atmosphere is like no other office I have ever been to, and we strive to make people feel at home and like they can trust us. I want them to feel as though Mala is a safe space. Therapy should never feel like a chore and I hope we never make a client start feeling that way."
Ryleigh Strong
Ariella Sandoval
Practicum Students
Ariella Sandoval

Ariella Sandoval is a Wayne State University alum with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Liberty University and is expecting to graduate December of 2022!

The unpredictability of life exposes us to various twists and turns. As adults that can be daunting, but it can especially be throughout adolescence. It is a curious and special time in life where we first experience drastic change in our bodies and emotions, all while discovering who we are-- But it can also be a lot, and I hope to be a safe place to grow and navigate that road with.
Ariella Sandoval
Alexis Fraser
Practicum Students
Alexis Fraser

Alexis Fraser is a Counselling Psychology Practicum student at Mala. She is currently completing her Master’s degree at Wayne State University, and plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Infant Mental Health.

She is passionate about working with young children and families, especially those who have experienced trauma. At MCFI, Alexis is involved in providing comprehensive psychological evaluations and therapeutic services.
Alexis Fraser
Ryleigh Strong
Ariella Sandoval
Alexis Fraser
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Holly Stevens
Undergraduate Interns
Holly Stevens
She/her/hers

I am a BSW graduate from Madonna University and will begin work in the fall to get my MSW from Madonna University as well with my concentration being in children and youth mental health. After I graduate, I plan to work with children as a therapist to help them cope with hardships and trauma they may have endured.

For as long as I could remember, I wanted to go into a field where I was able to help others. I also wanted to work with kids and thought about teaching and nursing for awhile. However, as time went on and I learned more about mental health, my own included, I knew that is where my heart was leading me. I have overcome my own mental health struggles and I wanted to be a safe space for others. I decided to become a mental health professional because I have been helped myself by mental health professionals and know how beneficial it can truly be. I want to help others in their coping strategies and help them grow as a person. I want to let people know they are not alone.

I love MCFI! Everyone was so welcoming on the first day. I have learned so much already and am excited to take this information with me as I move forward in the field. I feel like my absolute favorite part is learning. Every day I learn something new or different that will help me and guide me as I enter the field myself after graduate school.
Holly Stevens
Mary Claire
UNDERGRAD Interns
Mary Claire

Mary Claire is a senior at Michigan State University majoring in Marketing and Communications and minoring in Business and Advertising. She was a member of the MSU Women's Rowing Team and has been on the Dean's list every semester. Mary Claire graduates from Michigan State this December, and plans to start Law School in the fall of 2023, with the intention of practicing Family Law.

 

While at Mala, Mary Claire hopes to gain a greater understanding of the challenges that families face when going through difficult situations such as divorce, and the legal and marketing challenges associated with mental health management and private practice administration.

Mary Claire loves spending time rowing and swimming in many of Michigan's wonderful lakes. Health and wellness are very important to her, and she works out and lifts weights several times a week. She places a very high value on practicing mindfulness and includes yoga and meditation as a part of each and every day. Other activities she enjoys include watching movies (comedies are her favorite), cooking, and designing vision boards.

My favorite thing about being an intern at Mala is the people. Everyone here has been so kind and helpful since the very first day, and they have really made me feel like I am a part of this family. I have had the opportunity to experience so many things that I would never have done elsewhere. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work with!
Mary Claire
Holly Stevens
Lauren Majilinger
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