Melanie Thomas-Castillo, Psy.D. obtained her Doctor of Psychology degree from Xavier University in 2014 and completed her training at Creighton University and University of Cincinnati. She has received training in a variety of outpatient settings, working primarily with adolescents and adults. She has worked in college settings, school settings, and in community mental health. Dr. Castillo’s clinical interests include psychoeducational assessment, individual psychotherapy, depression, anxiety, and life transitions. Dr. Castillo utilizes an interpersonal, client centered approach; focusing on the individuals needs and experiences in order to help them gain understanding into his/her own functioning.
Kelly Isaacs Cloes, Psy.D. obtained her Doctor of Psychology degree from Xavier University and completed her professional internship training through Wright State University. She has received clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings within community mental health centers, pediatric hospitals, private practice, and school districts. In these settings Dr. Cloes has worked with children, adolescents, and adults providing assessment and therapy for a wide variety of presenting problems. Dr. Cloes’s clinical interests include psychoeducational assessment, mood and anxiety disorders, and behavior modification and parent training. She utilizes a holistic, strengths-based approach to therapy and assessment in which attention is given to the client’s developmental, emotional, social, and cognitive functioning.
Amanda Conrad, M.A., CCC-SLP is a speech/language pathologist who has provides consultation services to The Affinity Center staff and clients. She provides traditional speech and language services to children and adults, including assessment and treatment of oral expression, language processing, and written language skills. In addition, she provides social/pragmatic language skill assessment and treatment, both individually and/or in groups. She has professional experience spanning 25 years in a variety of treatment settings, including hospitals, private clinics, and public schools.
Zainab Contractor, M.D. is board-certified by the American Academy of Psychiatry and Neurology and serves as the Medical Director of The Affinity Center. She has special interest in the areas of nerve and muscle disease, stroke, and women’s health and works with adults and adolescents at The Affinity Center. “As a neurologist, I believe I have a lot to contribute to the team at The Affinity Center. The group is unique and the multidisciplinary team goes out of their way to help patients, and what they do motivates me. I like that the patients are happy with the benefits they are receiving and that they feel they are being listened to and given good direction.” Dr. Contractor also facilitates a headache support group in collaboration with the WestChester Medical Center and the National Headache Foundation.
Tom D’Erminio, LISW is co-founder and co-director of The Affinity Center. He has been a psychotherapist working with children, adults, couples and families since 1976. Mr. D’Erminio completed his BA at the University of Cincinnati, and his Masters in Social Work at the Kent school of Social Work, at the University of Louisville. He worked in a variety of both in- and out-patient settings, prior to entering private practice in 1983. As an adult with ADD, his participation in the development of The Affinity Center was the result of a long awaited personal and professional goal.
Michelle Estes, Psy.D. earned her Doctor of Psychology degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She completed her professional internship training at Wright State University and South Community, Inc., a community mental health facility also located in Dayton. Dr. Estes has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings, including college counseling centers, community mental health agencies, integrated health clinics and private practice. She enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families from a client-centered approach, with an emphasis on helping clients enhance emotional, physiological, cognitive, and social well-being. Dr. Estes has particular interest and training in psychoeducational assessment and treatment (including ADHD/ADD). She also treats clients with the following issues: depression, anxiety and other mood disorders; abuse and trauma; grief and loss; relationship and communication difficulties; self-esteem and identity issues; parenting challenges; life transitions and career exploration/changes. Prior to her doctoral training, Dr. Estes worked as a Licensed Social Worker, as well as a professional grant writer.
Andrea Johnson, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist who joined The Affinity Center staff in 2007. She obtained her Doctor of Psychology degree from Xavier University and completed professional training through The Medical University of Ohio, The University of Toledo, and Ohio University. Her areas of professional focus include psychoeducational assessment, individual psychotherapy, and professional outreach and education. As a therapist and psychologist, Dr. Johnson utilizes a humanistic, client-centered, and holistic approach; centering on the clients’ capacity for self-direction and understanding of his/her own development. Dr. Johnson also provides educational presentations to the community, including local support group organizations, elementary/middle/high schools, universities, and other professional groups.
Richard Kloss, M.S.W.,LISW has provided psychotherapy and consultation to individuals, families, and other professionals since 1979. In addition to being in private practice since 1982, he was the director of an outpatient center within the community mental health system from 1984-1992. During these years, he also held a position as Adjunct Faculty, University of Louisville. He has served on the boards of three professional organizations, spending much of his early career in the area of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Having expanded his subspecialties to include the treatment of ADHD, he joined the Affinity Center in 2002. Clinical interests have always included depression and anxiety, with more recent focus having to do with the relationship between sleep, diet, aging, and memory, in addition to consultation regarding management of college life, and productivity within the context of self owned and small business.
Doug Logan, M.D. joined The Affinity Center in January 2007. Dr. Logan began his career as a junior high school teacher of history and math before deciding to return to school for his medical degree. He practiced primary care internal medicine for 27 years; in addition, he taught medical students from The University of Cincinnati before retiring from practice in 2006 to take a position with a local firm specializing in clinical pharmaceutical research in novel drugs for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Working at The Affinity Center has allowed him to continue to participate in his “first love,” which is patient care and in an area of medicine in which he had developed an increasing interest over the most recent several years of his own practice.
Chris Mayhall, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who brings specialized knowledge from the fields of developmental psychology, psychological assessment, and family therapy. Her education and training included the areas of clinical and child-clinical psychology at Xavier University, lifespan human development at The Ohio State University, and family/systems therapy at the Houston Child Guidance Center. In 1993, with a move back to Cincinnati, her hometown, Dr. Mayhall worked for 5 years as a treatment team member then Director of the Child and Family division within the University of Cincinnati Medical School psychiatry department’s outpatient practice; during those years she also served as an adjunct faculty member at Xavier University. Dr. Mayhall joined The Affinity Center staff in 1998. Her expertise allows her to evaluate and treat a broad range of clinical conditions in both children and adults. She utilizes an approach that involves careful and comprehensive consideration of developmental, emotional, social/interpersonal and school/work strengths and needs in order to provide treatment through psychotherapy built upon a thorough understanding of each client’s potential for growth and increased well-being.
Melissa McKelvie, Ph.D. rejoined the Affinity staff in June 2011. She is a clinical psychologist and certified life coach. For the past 15 years she has practiced in various settings: community mental health, private practice and at The Affinity Center. After several years as a therapist at Affinity, Melissa now devotes her time to coaching. She works with clients to develop and reach practical, meaningful goals that improve their wellness and quality of life.
Doug Pentz, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and co-founder and co-director of The Affinity Center. He has been a psychotherapist for nearly forty years. The early part of his career was spent happily working in a wide variety of mental health settings, including fourteen years doing mostly family therapy in the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, the last several years serving as co-director of the University Psychiatric Services Child and Family Division. He has spent the last fifteen years personally and professionally committed to understanding and treating Attention Deficit Disorder. He came to this commitment because ADD had touched his life very personally and directly. He had spent nearly ten years finding various ways not to finish his doctoral dissertation when his then wife, Kate Kelly, discovered her own as well as their daughter’s ADD (and writing a popular book about it) and helped Doug to discover his own ADD as well. This not only led to treatment and the completion of his dissertation (to his great relief), but a passionate dedication for providing adults as well as children with effective and humane treatment and the collaboration with Tom D’Erminio in the development and operation of the Affinity Center.
Terry Peterson joined The Affinity Center front desk staff in June 2015.
Kati Pratt was born and raised in Cincinnati. When she was younger, she lived in Oakley and attended St. Cecilia. She then moved to Mariemont were she went to Mariemont High School. She resides in Anderson with her fiancé and two children, Gracie and Logan. In addition to working at The Affinity Center, she attended the University of Cincinnati, where she started off majoring in Medical Assisting and after a year changed her major to Psychology. Her plan is to work at the Affinity Center as Office Manager and obtain her Bachelors in Psychology from Kaplan University.
In Memoriam 2011
Susan L. Montauk, M.D. played an integral role in the opening and development of The Affinity Center for 15 years. She was the first physician on staff at the Center and began work as the Center was opened in 1996. She previously served as the Medical Director for the Center, from 1996-2010. She was a professor of Family Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and worked tirelessly as a staff physician on Cincinnati’s Health Care for the Homeless van. The importance of her role over the years was immeasureable. Until her death in April 2011, she continued to be a invaluable friend and consultant to the staff at the Center.