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 primarily working closely with adults suffering from mood and thought disorders, substance abuse issues, individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, those with PTSD, and people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s type dementia. She believes strongly in a multi-disciplinary approach and utilizing nature and mindfulness whenever possible within the healing process.
Shari Dominianni, MSW, LCSW
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 and is trained in EMDR Therapy. 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.
Amanda Werdann, MSW, LCSW
Amanda is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Master’s Degree, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Social Work from Barry University. Amanda has experience in providing psychotherapy to individuals, groups, and families experiencing mental health, substance use, stress, homelessness, challenges in managing anger, memory and cognitive impairment. She teaches coping techniques utilizing a trauma-informed lens, and also uses mindfulness and strength-based approaches.
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.