Two Convenient
Locations In NE Ohio

4833 Darrow Road,
Suite 101
Stow, Ohio 44224
(330) 650-5338
Fax (330) 342-3837

7650 Chippewa Road
(Rt. 82), Suite 306
Brecksville Shopping Center Bldg. Brecksville, Ohio 44141
(440) 526-2208
Fax (330) 342-3837

Barbara A. Buchanan, Ph.D.
Catherine C. Cherpas, Ph.D.
Virginia F. Clark, Ph.D.
Janet E. Dix, Ph.D.
Bonnie Fraser, Ph.D.
Suzanne H. Hetrick, Ph.D.
Mary E. Hickcox, Ph.D.
Elizabeth R. Holmes, Ph.D.
Jay A. Levine, Ph.D.
Richard C. Rynearson, Ph.D.
John S. Schell, Ph.D.
Carole P. Smith, Ph.D.

Gerald J. Strauss, Ph.D.
Eve F. Whitmore, Ph.D.

Dr. Barbara Buchanan has over 37 years of experience working with children, teens and families as well as individual adults. She likes to help parents be more effective with their children. She enjoys assessing and treating children who have developmental and/or crisis-oriented problems. Dr. Buchanan is experienced in the treatment of trauma from whatever the source — accident or maltreatment. She has been a friend of the Domestic Relations Court as a Guardian Ad Litem and as an expert witness about custody, companionship and other children's issues. She is a member of the Assessment Center at Western Reserve Psychological Associates, Inc.

Dr. Buchanan has a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University (1973) and has committed herself to ongoing education in professional matters. She is also engaged in the education of fellow professionals such as psychology interns, child welfare workers, clergy and foster parents. She is an adoptive parent and continues to be interested in the challenges and joys of adoption.

Dr. Catherine Cherpas is a counseling psychologist who provides treatment for adolescents (18 years and older) and adults, with a special interest in geriatrics. She has practiced in the areas of health, rehabilitation, and counseling psychology. Her approach utilizes both cognitive-behavioral and insight-oriented psychotherapies. She conducts both psychological and neuropsychological assessments. Areas of practice include the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, marital/relationship conflicts, substance abuse, adjustment to disability, pain and chronic illness, stress management and grief.

Dr. Cherpas received her Ph.D. from Kent State University and completed her postdoctoral internship through Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. Professional memberships include the American and Ohio Psychological Associations and the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

Dr. Virginia Fowkes Clark is a clinical psychologist who provides treatment to clients of all ages with a specialty in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents. Areas of practice include depression, anxiety including obsessive compulsive disorder and panic disorder, behavioral and developmental problems including trichotillomania and ADHD. Other areas of practice include: treating adults with depression or anxiety, coping with family members with alcoholism or addictions and women's issues. She also performs evaluations for gastric bypass surgery, memory problems, child custody, intellectual and achievement assessments, and personnel selection and consultation to businesses, government and safety forces. Evaluations performed for documentation of disabilities for schools, college and college entrance exams.

Dr. Clark received her Ph.D. from Miami University (Ohio) and belongs to both the Ohio and American Psychological Associations.

Dr. Janet Dix is a counseling psychologist who sees clients of all ages. She has a special interest in providing psychotherapy to children and adolescents. She received her Ph.D. from Kent State University and belongs to the American Psychological Association and the Ohio Psychological Association.

Dr. Dix uses a variety of approaches in her work depending on the client and the nature of the problem. She uses behavior modification, cognitive therapy and play therapy. Some of the problems she deals with are depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, family maladjustment, suicide, learning disabilities, obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), school related problems, post traumatic stress and eating disorders. She utilizes input from parents, teachers, and physicians and in some cases, probation officers in her work. When needed, testing is incorporated with treatment, and assessments are made in the areas of intelligence, personality, academics, cognitive functioning and AD/HD.

Dr, Dix is experienced in conducting training seminars and teaching leadership skills. She has expertise in educating clients in the areas of interpersonal communication techniques, risk management, time management and decision-making.

Dr. Bonnie Fraser provides psychotherapy, psychological evaluations, vocational interest evaluations and career coaching for adolescents and adults. She has twenty-five years of experience in settings as diverse as outpatient clinics, a college counseling center, a military family service center, a general hospital and an employee assistance program.

Dr. Fraser treats mood and anxiety disorders such as panic attacks, excessive worry, stress, reactions to trauma, depression, mood swings and grief. She also works with interpersonal problems and couple's conflict as well as with life transitions. She enjoys counseling for career redirection, performance enhancement and personal change.

In addition to clinical work, Dr. Fraser does public speaking and workshops on a number of topics such as self-esteem, stress management, coping skills, assertiveness, women and career, communications skills and how to help others.

Dr. Fraser graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in Religion and from California School of Professional Psychology with an M.A. and Ph.D. Her dissertation was on the topic of coping with work stress. She has done post- graduate training in both cognitive-behavioral and gestalt methods and she is a certified provider of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) for post-traumatic stress.

Dr. Suzanne Hetrick is a clinical psychologist with over 30 years experience providing short-term psychotherapy and behavior therapy. She works with adolescents, adults and couples who have varied problems and issues. She treats depression, anxiety, phobias, mood disorders including bipolar illness and adjustment disorders.

Dr. Hetrick graduated from Kent State University and belongs to the American and Ohio Psychological Associations and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Dr. Mary E. Hickcox is a clinical psychologist who works with adults and couples. Dr. Hickcox utilizes insight-oriented and cognitive-behavioral therapies, and engages clients with compassion to help them overcome their difficulties. She offers individual therapy for a variety of issues including adjustment and identity issues, anxiety, life transitions, mood disorders, phobias, stress management, and substance abuse. She also works with couples to help improve understanding, communication and relationship satisfaction.

Dr. Hickcox received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, and completed her clinical internship at the Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She has conducted forensic and neuropsychological evaluations and is a member of the Public Safety Forces Evaluation team at WRPA.

Dr. Hickcox is a member of both the Ohio and American Psychological Associations. She enjoys serving on community boards to facilitate growth and change. She serves as a consultant for "Two Tribes One Vision", a cultural exchange partnership between local students and the Northern Cheyenne Nation in Montana, which fosters individual and cultural identity building and cross-cultural understanding.

Dr. Elizabeth R. Holmes (formerly Dr. Bing) is a clinical psychologist who provides psychotherapy for clients of all ages but who has a special interest in psychotherapy for children and adolescents. She received her Ph.D. from Ohio University and belongs to the Ohio Psychological Association.

Dr. Holmes began her career in special education, teaching children and adolescents with severe developmental disabilities, including children on the autism spectrum. She has extensive experience in conducting psychological testing and evaluations of all types, including educational evaluations. In psychotherapy with children, Dr. Holmes utilizes a variety of approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and play therapy. With adults, approaches include cognitive therapy and cognitive-behavioral treatment, as well as humanistic approaches.

Dr. Holmes has worked with children experiencing behavior problems, family maladjustment, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism spectrum disorders, developmental disorders, learning disorders, attachment issues, adjustment, depression, trauma, divorce, adoption, and grief. She has worked with adults experiencing adjustment problems, developmental disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, couples issues, and grief issues.

Dr. Jay Levine is a counseling psychologist who has been in practice for more than twenty years. He treats adults and couples. He works with issues ranging from depressive and anxiety disorders, ADD/ADHD, and career coaching and change. He has directed Employee Assistance Programs that responded to the psychological needs of thousands of individuals.

Dr. Levine earned his Ph.D. from the University of Akron. His Master's Degree is in Community Counseling. Dr. Levine has taught psychology at local colleges and universities at both the graduate and undergraduate level. He is a member of such professional organizations as the American Counseling Association and the Society for Human Resource Management.

Dr. Richard Rynearson is a clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University. He provides counseling to adolescents and adults (16 years and older) in the areas of stress management, depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, personality disorders, sexual abuse and marital problems. Other areas of practice include: forensic evaluations, pre-employment, promotion and fitness for duty evaluations for safety forces, crisis intervention/debriefing, biofeedback and consultations to businesses and government.

Dr. Rynearson is a member of the American and Ohio Psychological Associations, the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He is currently a consultant to the Cleveland VA Hospitals and has held appointments as Director, University Health Services and Adjunct Professor, Kent State University, and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Psychological Association and past Chair of the Education Committee. He currently Chairs the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award committee for the Ohio Psychological Association.

Dr. John Schell is a clinical psychologist who sees clients of all ages, either individually or as a couple or family. He is trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and brief psychodynamic psychotherapy. Areas of specialization include: couple/marital/partner relationship issues, problems with life satisfaction, self-esteem, interpersonal difficulties, adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive disorders. He also has extensive experience in psycho diagnostic assessment and psychological testing.

Dr. Schell received his Ph.D. from Kent State University and completed an internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Kent State University.

Dr. Carole P. Smith is a clinical psychologist who works with adults and couples to solve a variety of mental health problems such as stress, co-dependency, depression, grief, communication, adjustment to retirement and women's mid-life issues. She has a special interest in anxiety disorders including phobias, panic attacks and agoraphobia and has received additional training in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Dr. Smith is comfortable dealing with a wide range of spiritual and religious issues as they affect mental health. She has given presentations to mental health and business professionals, educators, police officers and parents.

Dr. Smith received her Ph.D. from Kent State University. She is a member of the American and Ohio Psychological Associations, the Cleveland Psychological Association and the Akron Area Professional Psychologists.

Dr. Gerald Strauss is a clinical health psychologist specializing in treating adults in the areas of depression, anxiety, sexual dysfunction, disability, chronic pain, chronic illness, eating disorders, obesity, personality disorder, crisis, post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and marital conflict. Dr. Strauss also practices sport psychology in which he is trained to help individuals/teams improve their game.

Dr. Strauss is a Ph.D. graduate of Kent State University. He is a member of both the American and Ohio Psychological Associations. He is past president of the Ohio Prescribing Psychologists. He is currently Chairman of the Ohio Psychological Association's Task Force on Prescription Privileges. He is past president of the Ohio Psychological Association and past chairman of the Advocacy and Membership Committees.

Dr. Strauss is the Section Chief of Clinical Health Psychology at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and Associate Director of the Inquiry Group Program at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Eve Whitmore is a developmental/clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience in private practice. She provides consultation and therapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families. Her career interests are health psychology and helping people optimize their functioning and regulate their life stresses through improved self-adaptation, cognitive approaches, and behavior modification. Her goal in working with people is to decrease risk for problems and increase resilience in physical, mental, and behavioral health.

Dr. Whitmore has served as a staff member and consultant to hospitals. She has taught Psychology at various universities and colleges. After earning her M.A. in Developmental Psychology/Disabilities and her Ph.D. in Developmental/Clinical Psychology from Ohio State University, Dr. Whitmore interned at the Nisonger Center and completed a post-doctorate at the Ohio State University Medical Center, Department of Psychology, in Rehabilitation Medicine.

She is a member of both the American Psychological Association and Ohio Psychological Association. Currently, she is a Trustee to Cornerstone Wellness, a non-profit organization, which promotes community health. She is an accomplished speaker and published author.