Meet The Therapists

Exceptional Wellness consists of a team of highly qualified professionals dedicated to improving the lives of the people we serve.

Justin Vassi, MSW, LCSW


Justin has over 20 years of clinical experience.  He has extensive experience working with individuals with anxiety, depression, developmental disabilities, Aspergers syndrome,  and social issues.  Justin has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Barry University and also has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  He is a licensed and board certified psychotherapist.  Justin is committed to providing the highest quality services.


Fran Rizzo, MSW, LCSW


Fran has extensive experience working with individuals with chronic mental illness, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, forensic clients, children with psychiatric disabilities and the homeless. She graduated with her Master’s degree from Rutgers University in 1985.  In addition to being a team leader for a community based group of mental health professionals, she has also coordinated and facilitated psycho-education support groups for families and has worked in a residential group home for adolescents with co-morbid disabilities.


Aimee Taylor, MSW, LCSW


Aimee has twenty years of clinical experience working closely with adults suffering from mood and thought disorders, substance abuse issues, individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, those with PTSD, and those diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment.  Aimee is trained in multiple therapeutic modalities and believes strongly in infusing a variety of techniques including somatic, psychodynamic, mindfulness, parts work (Internal Family Systems) and intuitive therapy. She is an EMDRIA certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) as well as a Certified Forest Therapy Guide (Shinrin-yoku). She believes strongly in a multi-disciplinary approach and utilizing nature and mindfulness whenever possible within the healing process.


Shari Dominianni, MSW, LCSW


Shari is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree from Fordham University.  Shari has over 10 years of clinical experience.  She has experience working with individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, substance abuse, family conflicts, peer relationships, anger management, behavioral issues, and adults and children with developmental disabilities.  Shari also has experience working with clients who are dealing with issues of aging, anxiety, coping skills, self-esteem and depression.  When Shari is not working she enjoys spending time with her family.


Laura Knipper, MSW, LCSW


Laura is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Master’s degree from Florida State University.  She is experienced working with families, children, adults with disabilities, and individuals with various mental health disorders.  She also has experience working with individuals suffering from grief and loss, or other life stressors. Laura is very committed to helping her clients find an empowering plan that will help them meet their needs.  Projective expression through art or other forms of creativity are welcomed in sessions and Laura works very hard to create a comfortable and caring atmosphere. 


Alyssa Kahhan, MSW, LCSW


Alyssa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been providing therapeutic services for 5 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the University of North Florida.  Alyssa went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University. Alyssa is passionate about working with adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, and has vast experience working with those who struggle with mental health and substance use diagnosis in a variety of settings. Alyssa has experience providing individual and group psychotherapy with adults, adolescents, couples and families. She is a compassionate therapist who focuses on client’s strengths to empower and support them on their personal journeys. 


Diana Cervone Gintner, Ph.D., Ed.S., MSW, M.Ed., IPEC, LSP, NCSP, LCSW


Diana is an International Psychometric Evaluator (certified by ABVE), Licensed School Psychologist, Certified Cognitive Behavior Group Therapist, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker with advanced degrees from Boston University, Salem State University, the University from Massachusetts and Walden University. Diana has over 30 years of clinical experience, including 15 years as an educational psychologist – nationally certified (NCSP). She has extensive experience providing vocational-psychoeducational testing, strength-based assessment, multidisciplinary evaluations, and comprehensive psychological reporting for young adults, youth, children. Additionally, she has a broad background in delivering Group and Individual Therapy with a Cognitive Behavioral approach (all ages and capabilities). Diana teaches cognitive behavioral techniques to clients and facilitates self-advocacy, goal-setting, skills practice, self- monitoring, and assimilation of capabilities by instructing consumers to practice newly discovered competencies, regularly utilize effective life skills and learned vocational and social proficiencies in their natural environment – with a strength-based approach. She has vast experience working with those who struggle with learning and intellectual disabilities, as well as mental health and substance use diagnosis.


Alanna Teitelbaum, MSW, LCSW


Alanna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work from Tulane University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida State University. She is experienced working with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, chronic mental illness, as well as adults and youth with various emotional concerns. Alanna has worked in a variety of clinical settings. She has facilitated both individual and group therapy including social skills and perpetrators of domestic violence groups. Alanna has a client-centered approach and is passionate about helping individuals and families meet their needs. Alanna also facilitates a weekly support group for Neurodiverse adults.

Amanda Werdann, MSW, LCSW


Amanda provides psychotherapy to individuals, groups, and families. Specialized areas include mood dysregulation, stress, depression, low self-esteem, anger, anxiety, panic disorders, substance abuse, life adjustments, relationship issues, memory, and cognitive impairment. Amanda will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan that matches your goals for personal change. She will assist you in developing coping skills to help you manage your symptoms. Amanda has specialized training with people who have experienced trauma in their lives. Every experience in our life is a chance to gain self-awareness allowing for personal growth. The approaches used in therapeutic sessions include mindfulness, expressive arts, and strength-based techniques. Starting therapy is a brave and courageous step to take to promote transformation and healing.

Joanna Saint Jacques, MSW, LCSW


Joanna Saint Jacques is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree from the University of Central Florida. Joanna has experience using psychodynamic skills including cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. Joanna uses client-centered and solution-focused interventions, and helps with exploring healthy coping mechanisms. Joanna has experience with diverse populations and issues, including adults, children/adolescents, veterans, and families dealing with homelessness, acute mental illness, depression, life stressors and trauma.  Joanna’s approach helps you feel empowered and promotes a goal-oriented mindset.

Abigail Parthemer, MSW, LCSW


Abigail is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Master’s of Social Work from Florida Atlantic University.  Abigail has a background working with foster care children, elementary school children, young adults with severe mental health diagnosis, adults with chronic illnesses, and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Abigail believes in a client-centered approach where she will work with you through your therapy journey while offering a compassion filled space for you to grow.

Tasha Hyppolite, LMHC


Tasha is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University, and her Bachelors in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University.  She has experience working with individuals facing substance abuse, anxiety, depression, stress management difficulties, self-esteem issues, grief, and common phase of life problems. She incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy techniques into every session. Tasha believes that having a strong therapeutic relationship between the therapist and client is one of the major keys to a successful journey in therapy.

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