Ariel grew up around the Asheville, North Carolina, area but moved here to Charlotte, North Carolina, in her early teens. She received her Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, and a Master of Social Work degrees from UNC Charlotte in 2021 and in 2023. Ariel loves being able to see her clients and families grow as people, connect with each other, and to learn new skills to help live happy and fulfilling lives. She loves to wander around bookstores, try new places/foods, and spend quality time with family and friends.
Leacie Holland, received her Masters of Social work from UNC Charlotte, with a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Leacie enjoys working with kids and young adults and specializes in supporting behavioral disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, independent living skills, social skill building, anxiety, and depression. Leacie has worked with children in Special Education, health care facilities, and home health care settings. Leacie works on creating a least restrictive environment, allowing her clients to feel safe and at ease while finding their self-identities and interpersonal skills. Leacie enjoys traveling, watching sports, and playing with her goldendoodle, Effie.
Falena was born in Queens, New York, but raised here in Indian Trail, North Carolina. She received both her Bachelors and Master in Social Work from UNC Charlotte in 2022 & 2023. She has a passion for connecting families and kiddos to essential resources to better assist in their day-to-day living and helping them reach their overall goals. In her free time, she enjoys hammocking, trying new foods and binge watching any new or popular shows.
Dr. Eileen Flores is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with almost 20 years of experience working in the areas of trauma, intimate partner violence, adolescent and adult mental health, clinical research, medical social work, and peer support services for people with differences in abilities and traumatic injuries. She is passionate about supporting and encouraging children, teens, and families who have lived experiences with neurodiversity, trauma, and navigating challenges in their life journey using trauma-informed, anti-racist, culturally humble, ethical, and evidence-based practices. Eileen is also experienced in program development and leadership, clinical supervision and field instruction, and incorporating Universal Design for Learning, the 504 Plan and IEP process to support more inclusive learning and skill-building. She is part of the Associate Graduate Faculty at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Personally, Eileen loves spending time with her husband, daughter, son, and two puppies. She loves the mountains, hiking in nature, arranging fresh flowers, and COFFEE! Eileen’s favorite children’s book: It’s OK to Make Mistakes by Todd Parr.
Chandler grew up in Raleigh, NC, but have also lived places like Greenville, Greensboro, and Asheville. She attended Western Carolina University to gain her MSW and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate (LCSWA). She loves working with kids, playing, and pretending, and using arts and movement as tools for self-discovery. She is passionate about understanding neurodiversity, celebrating each person’s unique qualities, and helping kids learn how to be the best version of themselves. In her spare time you may find her playing with her two dogs, Otis and Tucker, spending time with family and friends, watching her favorite shows, or singing songs from Broadway musicals.
Rachel Thomas is an LCSW/A with PAT! She has recently moved to the Charlotte area from Virginia and she is excited for this new chapter. Her professional experience is with kids started in her undergraduate program at Virginia Tech where she worked as a researcher in the development center for children and then as a Pre-K intern in the Child Development Center at Virginia Tech. When Rachel graduated, she started teaching Pre-K full time and led a classroom of 2-year-old for several years.
Rachel started attending graduate school to earn her masters in social work at Radford University in 2018 and graduated in 2020. While earning her masters she worked with the department of social services in a foster care unit and then in a school system as a day treatment provider for kids ages 6 to 17. Rachel has a passion for supporting family and children stems from her own atypical development as a child and knowing how difficult it can be to find the right support that fits into busy everyday life.
Some of the things that she enjoys outside of work are spending time with my chocolate lab, reading, golfing, spending time with family and friends and traveling!
Mallory grew up in the Troutman area and moved back to the area recently from Raleigh. She graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University with a bachelor’s degree in studio art and a minor in art therapy. She received her master’s in art therapy from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in 2015 and has been practicing art therapy with various populations in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Durham since then with the NC Art Therapy Institute. Mallory is married to her high school sweetheart and has a daughter and two dachshund dogs. Her therapeutic approach is multi-modal, strength based and emphasizes the healing power of art. She loves painting, traveling, and being outdoors.