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Lindsy Wagner, PsyD, CEO, Psychologist & Pediatric Neuropsychologist



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    DeeAnne Davis, MSW, LCSW



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      Wayne Etheridge, PhD, Psychologist



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        G. Rita Dudley-Grant PhD, MPH, ABPP, Clinical Community Outreach Coordinator



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          Sophia Joseph Parrilla, PhD, Psychologist, Clinical Director



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            Jeffrey P. Donnelly, MMSc, PA-C



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              Ernest R. Jermin II, MD, Psychiatrist



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                Lorie Richards, BCBA



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                  Kristina Shiao, M.A., BCBA, LBA, Director of Community ABA Program



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                    Shayne O’Rourke-Testa, VISES Program Director and Practice Manager



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                      Megan Burton, MSW Certified Social Worker



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                        Richelle Wiltshire, M.S., MCFC Licensed Counselor, Group & Intern Coordinator



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                          Sara Gunning, STEP Director, MAT, BCBA, LBA



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                            Sarah Lima, PA-C, MCMSc



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                              Alea Bird, MSW, CSW, Social Worker



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                                Jhozna Industrious, St. Thomas ABA Program Coordinator



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                                  Gloria Mendez, PhD, Psychologist



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                                    Emily Sobeck, M.A., BCBA



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                                      Bailey McGuire, B.A., M.S., BCBA



                                        Danielle Nussel

                                        Danielle Nussel, BCBA 



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                                          Rosalind Spells, MD, Psychiatrist



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                                            Speech-Language Therapy



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                                              Physical Therapy



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                                                Arlene Garcia, Ed.D., LCSW



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                                                  Debbie Roth, Certified Independent Social Worker



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                                                    Marcus Moorhead, CRC and LPC



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                                                      Sherlonda Adkins, DMSc, PA-C, MSPAS, MPA



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                                                        Jamie Cohen, M.Ed., BCBA, Program Director Early Intervention 



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                                                          Laura Duncan, M.S. BCBA, LABA



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                                                            Michele Warren, MSW Certified Social Worker



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                                                              Alison Sobeck, M.S., BCBA



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                                                                Russell Passante, M.S., OT



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                                                                  Atalie Olsen, M.S., BCBA, LBA

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                                                                    Atalie Olsen, M.S., BCBA, LBA

                                                                    Atalie Olsen has been in the field of ABA since 2014. While working on her my master’s degree, she conducted and published research in the area of socials skills for individuals with developmental disabilities. Atalie started her career developing an ABA model in a school system on a Native American reservation in Nebraska where she oversaw three severe behavior classrooms, developed school-wide behavior supports, and served on a leadership committee for school improvements. After 5 years in the school system, she worked as a BCBA in an Autism clinic in South Dakota with youth aged 2-18. After 2 years, Atalie became the Outpatient Behavior Therapy Development Manager with oversight of the outpatient ABA department and supervised the outpatient BCBAs. Overtime, she independently conducted in-home ABA, consulted with schools in the Midwest, provided community education to police departments, and contracted private BCBA candidate supervision. Atalie was drawn to the Virgin Islands for its natural beauty. Outside of work, Atalie enjoys going to the beach, kayaking, cooking, shopping, and yoga.

                                                                    Russell Passante, M.S., OT

                                                                    Russell Passante has been practicing as an occupational therapist for the past 11 years. Ever since earning his Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy, he has worked with hundreds of pediatric patients providing acute OT services, specializing in children with a variety of diagnoses, impairments, and developmental delays. Through all of his experiences he has not only developed clinical skills, but also the necessary soft skills; such as patience, compassion, empathy, and clear communication. He has a full skill set in all aspects of evaluating and providing high quality therapy in a variety of settings including clinical, in-home, and school based. Prior to his work as an occupational therapist he was a certified personal trainer with extensive knowledge of posture, biomechanics, and muscular development. In addition, he provided beneficial advice and recommendations to clients on dietary habits, produced new educational materials, and evaluated clients’ progress.

                                                                    Alison Sobeck, M.S., BCBA

                                                                    Alison grew up visiting family on St. Croix and always knew it would one day be home.  After graduating from the University of Delaware with a degree in Health Studies and minor in Disabilities Studies, she made the move.  She worked for many years in a variety of community programs before starting at Island Therapy Solutions as an RBT in 2019.  Soon after, she began her master’s program at Western Connecticut State University where she graduated with a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis.  Alison completed her supervision at ITS and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  She is passionate about the field and excited to be a part of helping bring meaningful changes to the families of our community.

                                                                    Michele Warren, MSW Certified Social Worker

                                                                    Michele is a certified social worker, graduating from the University of Maryland with her Masters degree in Social Work. She has over 30 years of experience working with individuals, groups, and families across the life span with a variety of mental health and substance abuse related issues. In addition, Michele has many years of experience treating trauma related disorders, sexual offenders, anger/impulse control disorders, behavioral concerns, ADHD, and individuals on the Autism spectrum. Her approach is to create a trusting therapeutic environment where individuals can feel safe in their emotional healing by embodying the qualities of empathy, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard.

                                                                    Laura Duncan, M.S. BCBA, LABA

                                                                    Laura Duncan, M.S. BCBA, LABA recently graduated with her Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Simmons University in Boston MA. She has been working in the field for 5 years in four different states in the US. On her free time, Laura likes to pursue art and music activities.

                                                                    Jamie Cohen, M.Ed., BCBA, Program Director Early Intervention 

                                                                    Jamie Cohen is the Program Director of ITS’ Early Intervention ABA Program and oversees both the St. Thomas and St. Croix EI ABA locations. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who has worked in the field of autism/developmental disabilities for almost 15 years. Originally from New Jersey, Jamie received her master’s in education from Rutgers University. Prior to calling St. Thomas home, Jamie lived in Colorado for 10 years where she founded and directed an ABA early intervention program serving children with autism alongside neurotypical peers. Jamie’s passion is to help children and their families attain their highest quality of life, valuing each unique mind, body and spirit. When not in the clinic, Jamie enjoys cooking and trying new foods, exploring the outdoors, live music, and playing the guitar.

                                                                    Sherlonda Adkins, DMSc, PA-C, MSPAS, MPA

                                                                    Sherlonda Adkins, DMSc, PA-C, MSPAS, MPA, has spent the last 22 years serving a socioeconomically and ethnically diverse population of patients, customers and students. She has improved lives by medically treating, educating, motivating and providing customized solutions through her work, community outreach, philanthropy and volunteerism.  Working within the private sector, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies, she has proven her commitment to the physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being of others.

                                                                    Sherlonda earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the Medical University of South Carolina and is nationally certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and licensed through the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners. She also has a Masters in Public  Administration, a joint program through the University of Charleston (the graduate school of the College of Charleston) and the University of South Carolina.  Sherlonda earned a Doctor of Medical Science  (Psychiatry track) degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

                                                                    Over the past seven years Sherlonda has worked in a private outpatient psychiatric practice treating a variety of mental health disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression, binge eating disorders, ADHD, and PTSD.  She also worked in a busy internal medicine practice treating a variety of chronic and acute medical conditions. She quickly and successfully built a large patient base because of her medical understanding of mental health disorders combined with her passion and natural ability to help people navigate life which is enhanced by her previous experience with financial management, teaching, motivational speaking and marriage coaching. 

                                                                    Sherlonda is married and has three children. Her hobbies include listening to music, amateur photography, and travel for missions and pleasure (22 countries…and counting!)

                                                                    Marcus Moorhead, CRC and LPC

                                                                    Marcus Moorhead has a M.S. in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling. Born and raised on St. Croix, Marcus decided to attain his degrees in Mental Health Counseling so that he can return home and provide mental health services to the people of the Virgin Islands. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Washington D.C. and the US Virgin Islands. He has worked in a variety of settings, including an outpatient mental health practice, psychiatric hospital, inpatient rehabilitation for physical and cognitive injuries, and a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. Marcus’ wide range of experiences provides him with knowledge of various mental health practices and allows him to work with individuals from various walks of life.

                                                                    Debbie Roth, Certified Independent Social Worker

                                                                    Debbie is a licensed clinical social worker with a master’s degree in social work. Debbie’s primary interests include working with teenagers and adults.

                                                                    Arlene Garcia, Ed.D., LCSW

                                                                    Dr. Arlene Garcia is a licensed clinical social worker and possesses a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Hartford. She is the Interim Director of the Master of Social Work Program at the University of the Virgin Islands. Prior to this academic appointment, she served as a clinical social worker, program manager, and clinical program manager during her 15-year employment with the Connecticut State Department of Mental Health and Addictions Services. Dr. Garcia has a long history of advocating in her community for equity and social justice on behalf of at-risk populations. This includes educating practitioners on subjects related to race, ethnicity, oppression, organizational cultural competency, and diversity in conferences across the country. Dr. Garcia has two adult children and two precious granddaughters Riley and Jade!

                                                                    Physical Therapy

                                                                    Island Therapy Solutions partners with MJPT to provide Physical Therapy on St. Croix and JS Therapies to provide Physical Therapy on St. Thomas.

                                                                     

                                                                    Speech-Language Therapy

                                                                    We partner with JS Therapies to provide Speech-Language therapy. Contact JS Therapies.

                                                                    Rosalind Spells, MD, Psychiatrist

                                                                    Dr. Spells is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry. Her medical degree is from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She completed her general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Spells has a broad range of experience across multiple age ranges and treatment settings and adapts well to the challenges of underserved environments. Dr. Spells also has facilitated the start of two Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities in North Carolina in addition to two mental health agencies, also in North Carolina. Her experiences in corrections, forensics, community mental health, private practice, inpatient, consultation and liaison, emergency psychiatry, and telepsychiatry contribute to her ability maintain flexibility in the constantly changing world of medicine.

                                                                    Danielle Nussel, BCBA 

                                                                    Danielle has a Masters of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. With over 7 years’ experience of working with youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), she brings her energy and compassion as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst to St. Croix from Orlando, Florida.

                                                                    Bailey McGuire, B.A., M.S., BCBA

                                                                    Bailey McGuire is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst specializing ABA services for kids under 18-years old. Bailey received a Bachelor of Arts in applied behavioral science from the University of Kansas and a Master of Science in applied behavior analysis from the University of Nebraska Omaha/University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has applied her skills in a variety of settings and with a range of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She worked as a research assistant and lead behavior therapist at an ABA clinic for toddlers with autism for three and a half years prior to moving to St. Croix in Summer of 2020.

                                                                    Emily Sobeck, M.A., BCBA

                                                                    Emily has a Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University and an undergraduate degree in Health Behavior Science with a concentration in disability studies from the University of Delaware.  Emily has been working in the field for almost 10 years before moving to St. Croix in early 2020.  Prior to relocating to St. Croix,  Emily lived in northern New Jersey where she worked in both public elementary school and clinic settings with children with ASD.

                                                                    Gloria Mendez, PhD, Psychologist

                                                                    Dr. Mendez is a licensed psychologist in the Virgin Islands. She is a member and former president of the Association of Virgin Islands Psychologist and a member of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Mendez is originally from Puerto Rico, but has made St. Croix her home for the past 40 years. She is fully bilingual (Spanish and English). She worked as a psychologist for the Department of Education (Educational Diagnostic Center) and the Department of Health (Mental Health Clinic). She retired from government work and is presently providing counseling services for Island Therapy Solutions.

                                                                    Jhozna Industrious, St. Thomas ABA Program Coordinator

                                                                    Jhozna Industrious was born on the island of St. Kitts, but was raised on St. Thomas USVI, from the age of three. She graduated from the University of the Virgin Islands and received a Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology. Jhozna has worked with Island Therapy Solutions since June 2016. She wishes to further her studies in Behavior Analysis, with hopes of becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analysis. Her goal is to continue to inform the public about an under-served population.

                                                                    Alea Bird, MSW, CSW, Social Worker

                                                                    Alea Bird is a Certified Social Worker who enjoys incorporating play and art expression into her therapeutic work with children, adolescents, women and families. Additionally, she facilitates group therapy, co-parenting courses, and parent-management trainings. She also provides educational trainings throughout the community on various topics including mental health awareness, parenting skills, and classroom behavior management. She hopes to empower, educate, and equip individuals with the skills they need to make the hard stuff easier to manage.

                                                                    Sarah Lima, PA-C, MCMSc

                                                                    Sarah Lima is a Psychiatric Physician Assistant with an interest in diagnosis and treatment of all Child and Adult mental health disorders. She graduated in 2017 from Barry University with a Master of Clinical Medical Science – Physician Assistant. Mrs. Lima utilizes her Collaborative Psychiatrists and Evidence Based Medicine to stay up to date with the latest advances and practices in medicine. She is an animal lover and enjoys spending her time off with her multitude of pets.

                                                                    Sara Gunning, STEP Director, MAT, BCBA, LBA

                                                                    Sara Costello Gunning, MAT, BCBA, LBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who specializes in transition programming for individuals with autism. She attended the University of Georgia for her master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis on autism spectrum disorders under the Collaborative Adolescent Autism Teacher Training (CAATT) fellowship project for a further specialization in adolescent and adult transition programs.

                                                                    Richelle Wiltshire, M.S., MCFC Licensed Counselor, Group & Intern Coordinator

                                                                    Richelle Wiltshire has a M.S. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from Walden University. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and also serves as the group and intern coordinator.

                                                                    Megan Burton, MSW Certified Social Worker

                                                                    Megan Burton is a licensed Social Worker with a Masters in Clinical Counseling. She specializes in working with children and adolescents, as well as individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

                                                                    Shayne O’Rourke-Testa, VISES Program Director and Practice Manager

                                                                    Shayne O’Rourke-Testa was born in Torrington, CT and has had family ties between St. John and St. Thomas for over 30 years. Shayne joined Island Therapy’s ABA St. Thomas team in January, 2018. She brought with her 24 years of experience within the human services field. As Project Director of a vocational services program in CT, Shayne’s program was hand picked for states first Autism Pilot Program. In addition, Shayne worked as a subcontractor to provide vocational career assessments and transition plans for students with Autism in the private and public school sectors.

                                                                    Kristina Shiao, M.A., BCBA, LBA, Director of Community ABA Program

                                                                    Kristina Shiao is the Director of Island Therapy Solutions’ Community ABA Program. She is a Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst who specializes in providing treatment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental disabilities and has worked in the field of pediatric psychology for over nine years.

                                                                    Originally from Florida, Kristina earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Child Development from Florida State University, where she graduated with honors and conducted research in cognitive psychology laboratories. She later joined the Island Therapy Solutions team in October 2015, and earned her Master of Arts in Professional Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in December 2018.

                                                                    Kristina specialties in the field of applied behavior analysis include providing direct care, behavior intervention strategies, environmental manipulations, functional behavior assessments, maintaining motivation, data analyses, parent training, and teaching social skills. She is knowledgeable about the co-occurring disorders associated with ASD, including intellectual disability, seizure disorders, anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, and more.

                                                                    Kristina has provided lectures and trainings at the University of the Virgin Islands and the Department of Education. As a bi-lingual daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Kristina is sensitive to cultural and ethnic differences. She is passionate about her Virgin Islands’ community and consistently aims to create more understanding towards mental health.

                                                                    Lorie Richards, BCBA

                                                                    Lorie Richards was born and raised on St. Croix, USVI. She graduated from the Manor School and received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of the Virgin Islands. She has been on board with Island Therapy Solutions since March 2015. She graduated from Florida Institute of Technology and received a master’s degree in Professional Behavior Analysis and is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst.  Her vision is to implement changes that result in significant life-changing benefits for the community continues to serve.

                                                                    Ernest R. Jermin II, MD, Psychiatrist

                                                                    Dr. Ernest Jermin is a Child and Adult Psychiatrist in practice since 2010. Although he works in all areas of the field, seeing patients of all ages, his primary areas of interest is in preventive, community oriented programs to treat children and adolescents. He is originally from New York, having roots from the Caribbean and Central America. He is presently in practice in Connecticut and the US Virgin Islands.

                                                                    Jeffrey P. Donnelly, MMSc, PA-C

                                                                    Mr. Donnelly is a Pediatric Physician Associate with an interest and experience in the medical management of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder. He graduated in 2005 from the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program and has also earned a Certificate of Added Qualification in Pediatrics, which is the specialty exam for PA’s in pediatrics. Mr. Donnelly uses Evidence Based Medicine to stay up to date with the latest advances and practices in medicine. He is an avid sailor and loves spending his time off on the water.

                                                                    Sophia Joseph Parrilla, PhD, Psychologist, Clinical Director

                                                                    Dr. Parrilla is a licensed psychologist. She has worked in the mental health field/ social welfare agencies with a variety of populations including adolescent parents, infants, and their families, abuse and neglect cases, high risk adolescents with externalizing and externalizing behaviors, victims and offenders of domestic violence, and the elderly. She has previous experience with the Catholic Charities of the VI, Department of Human Services, Department of Education, Virgin Islands Behavioral Services, Seaview Home Health Services, and Women’s Coalition. Most of her career has been in social work positions and she has obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology. Her goal is to promote positive social change in society.

                                                                    G. Rita Dudley-Grant PhD, MPH, ABPP, Clinical Community Outreach Coordinator

                                                                    G. Rita Dudley-Grant, Ph.D., MPH, ABPP, is a licensed clinical psychologist with and the Clinical Community Outreach Coordinator for Island Therapy Solutions. Her primary interests include working through trauma, alternative approaches to therapy, and working across the generational spectrum. Her publications include books, articles and chapters on clinical psychology and capacity expansion in the Caribbean, women’s mental health, diversity and spirituality in mental health. She is a member of the Behavioral Health Advisory Council in the VI and serves on the State Advisory Group, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention USVI. Dr. Dudley-Grant is a founding member and past president of the Association of Virgin Islands Psychologists, a founding and Executive Council Member of the Caribbean Alliance of National Psychological Associations and a fellow of the American Psychological Association. She is currently co-chair of the Caribbean Regional Conference of Psychology, a hybrid conference which will be held in November 2021 in St. Croix, bringing an international audience to the territory with a focus on Resilience in times of Disaster building behavioral health and wellness. She has been a trainer for decades on multiculturalism, trauma informed care, and women in treatment. Her current training focuses on self-care for caregivers in a variety of circumstances and nonviolent communication.

                                                                    Wayne Etheridge, PhD, Psychologist

                                                                    Dr. Wayne Etheridge is a licensed Counseling Psychologist with over 40 years experience working in various mental health settings. He is currently working part time at Island Therapy Solutions providing psychological services for adults and couples. Dr. Etheridge has been practicing in the V.I. since 1995 and has served as President of the Association of Virgin Islands Psychologists, was a member of the V. I Psychologists Licensing Board, and was on the faculty of U.V.I. as an instructor in the undergraduate and graduate schools. His professional experience on St. Croix includes working at Virgin Islands Behavioral Services, the V.I. Department of Education, and over twenty years in private practice. Dr. Etheridge’s other interests include seeing the world up close and in person. Recently he completed the 520 mile hike of the Spanish Camino, from France to the Atlantic Ocean and the 386 mile hike of the Portuguese Camino, from Lisbon, Portugal to Santiago, Spain.

                                                                    DeeAnne Davis, MSW, LCSW

                                                                    DeeAnne Davis is a licensed Clinical Social Worker who is currently accepting new therapy clients. She primarily treats individuals who have experienced trauma or struggle with depression and anxiety, young adults on the Autism Spectrum, retirees, and hurricane survivors/champions. DeeAnne uses integrative techniques to provide clients with powerful ways to reduce automatic and habituated responses to stressors, which can keep them stuck in unproductive patterns of behavior. She looks forward to partnering with you on this transformative journey of growth and healing.

                                                                    Lindsy Wagner, PsyD, CEO, Psychologist & Pediatric Neuropsychologist

                                                                    Dr. Lindsy Wagner is a licensed clinical Psychologist and Pediatric Neuropsychologist. She is the owner and CEO of Island Therapy Solutions. Dr. Wagner is also the founder and Board President of Coral Reef Academy. a school for children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities. Most recently, Dr. Wagner was appointed by the Governor to the serve on the Virgin Islands Board of Psychology.

                                                                    Her clinical specialties include conducting diagnostic evaluations, neuropsychological evaluations, forensic neuropsychological evaluations and providing consultation and training for children and families with a variety of presenting concerns including learning disabilities, neurological disorders and emotional and behavioral concerns. Dr. Wagner also specializes in diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. She conducts social skills groups with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as individual and family therapy.

                                                                    Dr. Wagner has taught at the University of the Virgin Islands, and prior to moving to St. Croix, she was the Director of Training at The Watson Institute in Pennsylvania. She completed her doctorate at The American School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC. Dr. Wagner previously completed two years of training at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, in the Pediatric Neuropsychology Unit.