Passionate. Creative. Knowledgable.
Callie is a graduate of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. She is an LCSW (social worker) in Massachusetts. She has worked in healthcare, social services, and human services throughout her career. Callie has worked in varying levels of care and settings ranging from inpatient, nursing homes, community based, and private practice. She has worked with people throughout the lifespan, with a special focus on those with dementia.
Callie is passionate about working with people facing challenges, including medical diagnoses, mental health conditions, and disability. She has undergone training and worked with people living with Traumatic/Acquired Brain Injury, Alzheimer's disease and related dementia, Parkinson's disease, along with other complex medical conditions. She is comfortable navigating the medical world, challenging it when appropriate. She is happy to help find resources for any condition, as well as help simplify complex material if needed. When nursing knowledge is needed, Callie consults with an RN to ensure information is accurate.
Callie is orally deaf and does not know ASL at this time. She hears using a cochlear implant and hearing aid. She has mentored hearing parents raising D/deaf/HOH kids.
Callie has worked with people living with mental illness, as well as having firsthand lived experience. Callie wants to help connect people to resources she had to search and fight to find, easing some of that struggle. As a clinician, Callie worked with both individuals and groups. She has worked with people with trauma, eating disorders, mood disorders, disabilities, and other conditions.
Callie will be providing services to people with dissociative disorders who would like mentoring and guidance from someone in similar shoes, who can understand in ways singletons cannot.
Callie has a special interest in connecting with therapists who work with trauma survivors, especially those with dissociative disorders. There is so much misinformation out there and Callie can provide information from both sides of the couch, clinician and patient. Callie is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and has done presentations to benefit RAINN.
Callie embraces the moniker given to her by a friend as a "Living, Breathing, Resource Guide, one who can find anything out there." On a more personal level, Callie enjoys spending time with her service dog, a silver moyen poodle named Starlight, playing the flute, and searching for the next perfect cup of coffee. She loves the colors pink and purple. Callie enjoys embodying the unexpected and embracing who she is, as evidenced by the photo with the dinosaur. Why be boring? However, Callie does have professional photos if needed.