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.

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
Karlin Stern, LLMSW
Clinicians

Karlin Stern, LLMSW

Since I was very young, I knew I wanted to go into a helping profession. I care deeply about others and their wellbeing, and I love making a difference in their lives. I chose social work specifically because I feel it’s important to consider the ways in which individuals are affected by different systems, whether it’s their family system, school system, community, or the larger world at play.

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
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
Antoinette Ulmer, LLMSW
Christina DeAngelis, MA, LLP
Drew Wiggins, TLLP
 Mariam Saad, MA, TLLP
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Alana Keller
PRACTICUM STUDENTS

I enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. In our work together, I like to pull from various orientations, including cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, family systems therapy, and motivational interviewing.

I am currently a student in Wayne State University's clinical psychology Ph.D. program. My research interests include childhood and adult trauma, culturally relevant care for marginalized populations, and community-based participatory research.
Alana Keller
Velinka Marton
PRACTICUM STUDENTS

Currently, I am working on completing a PhD in clinical psychology at Wayne State University. I provide psychotherapy and clinical assessment services at Mala Child & Family Institute and through Wayne State University’s Psychology clinic.

I believe that every person has a unique story and perspective that is all their own. And it is my goal to create a safe and welcoming therapeutic environment through a compassionate, kind, and open approach.
Velinka Marton
Ryleigh Strong
Practicum Students
Ryleigh Strong
She/Her/Hers

Ryleigh is a graduate student at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor studying Social Work with an expected graduation date of July 2023.

My style is solutions-focused, compassionate, and collaborative. I provide a reflective space in which you can discuss your worries that may be impacting you or your child, and identify evidence based solutions tailored to your specific needs. I hope that all of my clients feel a sense of safety and are able to remain their authentic selves in our time together.
Ryleigh Strong
Holly Stevens
Practicum Students
Holly Stevens
She/her/hers

I received my bachelors degree in social work from Madonna University in May of 2022. I am currently enrolled in the masters of social work program at Madonna University and will be graduating in May of 2023. I am specializing in working with children and adolescents.

I want to provide a safe space for all of my clients. Everyone’s journey in life is different and there are many ups and downs that people experience. I want to be a sounding board and helping, guiding hand for my clients in overcoming hardships that they may be facing.
Holly Stevens
Celia Hilden
Practicum Students
Celia Hilden

Celia is a Social Work practicum student at Mala. She is currently completing her Master’s degree at the University of Michigan. She is passionate about working with pre-adolescents, adolescents, young adults, and their families. She finds value in interactions with people from diverse backgrounds and getting to hear about their life experiences. She strives to build a healthy and comforting relationship between her and her clients to promote growth and support social-emotional wellbeing.

My wish for every client is to make progress towards the goals they set. Even if they take five steps back, one tiny step forward is still progress.
Shayna Hillenberg
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
Alana Keller
Velinka Marton
Ryleigh Strong
Holly Stevens
Celia Hilden
Ariella Sandoval
Alexis Fraser
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Mary Claire
UNDERGRAD Interns
Rayna Gammo

Rayna is an undergraduate student studying psychological sciences at Wayne State University. On campus, she serves as a mental health ambassador and activist for students through her leadership roles in different student organizations. She is currently researching physical and psychological health and public service use of homeless individuals in Wayne County. She is planning to graduate in 2024 and start her graduate studies in clinical psychology to further explore her interests in child and adolescent mental health.

The time I've spent at Mala so far has taught me growth in countless ways. I have been presented with the opportunity to gain clinical experience from dedicated and promising clinicians and mental health professionals. I have also been given the chance to give back to our clients and the community by spreading mental health resources and advocating for accessible mental health services. It is evident that everyone at Mala understands that we are all here to learn from each other, teach one another, encourage each other, and grow together. We are lucky to serve you here at Mala and we are happy you chose us to be a part of your journey.
Rayna Gammo
Rayna Gammo
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