Our team consists of psychologists, therapists, and doctors who specialize in ADHD care.
Melanie Thomas-Castillo, PsyD 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, PsyD 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, MA, 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, MD 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.
Trena Goodwin, MSN, APRN, CNS-BC; LPCC-S (InActive) is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and Board Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist, with national certification in child and adolescent psychiatric nursing, and is qualified to provide psychiatric assessment and medications to children and adolescents ages 4-22. She received her undergraduate nursing degree from Indiana University and her master’s degree in child psychiatric nursing from the University of Cincinnati. Her career has spanned 50 years, including in-patient, out-patient, teaching graduate nursing students, private practice, being the director of The Child and Family Treatment Center at Central Clinic, and having an appointment as adjunct associate professor in the UC Department of Psychiatry. She provided Individual and family counseling and school consultation services for 35 years. Currently, she is enjoying providing medication services at The Affinity Center as part of their team approach. “I am impressed with how thorough the clinicians here are in making the right diagnosis and multi-factored treatment plan for a child. Medication is only one part of helping a child be happier and more successful. I am thrilled when a child feels better about him/herself and parents see progress.”
Andrea Johnson, PsyD 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.
Michelle Khan, LPCC is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) with experience working primarily with adolescents and adults. She has gained clinical experience working in various community mental health centers, school setting, and both inpatient and outpatient settings. Michelle utilizes an insight-oriented and integrative therapeutic approach tailored to each client’s unique goals, and incorporates components of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and mindfulness. She strives to empower the client with positive coping skills and increased self-awareness and self-acceptance. She believes that providing a safe, non-judgmental and supportive environment is most important to a strong and thriving therapeutic relationship. Michelle’s clinical interests include behavioral issues, mood impairment, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, life transitions, work/life balance, trauma, cultural differences, self-esteem, and crisis management. Michelle obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from the Adler University in Chicago.
Richard Kloss, MSW,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, MD 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, PhD 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, PhD 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.
Julie Meade, PsyD. earned her Doctor of Psychology degree from Xavier University. She completed her professional training at Grand Valley State University’s Counseling Center and University of Cincinnati’s Health Services. Dr. Meade has worked with adolescents, college students, and adults in a variety of settings including community mental health, school-based mental health, and several universities. Professional interests include diagnostic assessment, individual psychotherapy, relationship difficulties, and anxiety disorders. She utilizes a therapeutic approach that balances change and acceptance, with a focus on helping her clients meet their individual goals through interpersonal, strengths-based, and cognitive behavioral approaches.
Doug Pentz, PhD 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 is one of our office support staff professionals, having joined the Center June 2015. She has worked in the customer service industry for over 25 years and really enjoys working in the clinical environment of The Affinity Center. She has lived in Cincinnati her entire life. She earned her B.S. in Educational Psychology from Brigham Young University with a teaching degree to work with special needs students K-12, but instead chose to start her own family. With three of her four children having special needs, she feels her degree was definitely beneficial to her family.
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 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.
Maria Ripley, PsyD earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and completed her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the Arizona School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. Dr. Ripley has worked for many years in public, private and charter school systems as a school counselor and later as a school psychologist. She has worked in a private practice setting as well as a juvenile forensic setting. She has worked extensively with children, adolescents and adults with ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder and is trained in the assessment of neuro-developmental delays and disorders as well as the treatment of these populations.
Susan L. Montauk, MD 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.
Kate Kelly Co-authored with friend Peggy Ramundo, the first book by and for people with ADD: “You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy.” Published in 1993, it was instrumental in facilitating understanding for and reducing the stigma of ADD for the tens of thousands of people who have read it. In the early years of the Center, Kate worked in helping to develop clinical programming. Her book was an inspiration to us in creating The Affinity Center. Kate died in September 2012 after an eight month battle with bladder cancer.