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STRESS MANAGEMENT CENTER

Counseling & Clinicians

To schedule an appointment please call 864-225-0792.
We file most major insurance for your convenience.

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We look forward to serving you & are available for any questions you have through the process!

Our Clinical Practices

Stress Management Center at Fernview has evolved over the last decade as a place of acceptance, support, & healing for any individual seeking awareness and growth through life’s transitions. We are committed to providing a peaceful refuge for the enlightenment & growth of mind, body, & spirit. Through traditional psychotherapy, educational programs, & integrative medicine (meaning we offer counseling coupled with medical evaluations, saliva swab & blood panel & biochemical reviews,) Alexander technique, craniosacral, neurofeedback, hypnotherapy, meditation, massage, Reiki, Tai Chi & Yoga, including pharmaceutical prescriptions when necessary. This allows us to treat the Whole Person according to the most advanced & practical knowledge, as well as evidenced based studies to help everyone attain optimal health & wellness.

We aspire to promote the health & wellness of all beings & our environment.

We offer a full range of psychotherapeutic & integrative medical therapies as well as onsite psychiatric evaluations & medication management.

We provide therapy IN PERSON & VIA TELEHEALTH for your convenience!

Please call to schedule a completely non-judgemental consultation/evaluative session today 864.225.0792 !

Notice: The Stress Management Center email office@fernviewsmc.com & contact form is strictly for general questions and inquiries. For all Questions & Contacts related to scheduling, please call the center at 864.225.0792- We are here to listen and serve you!

E-fax : fax@fernviewsmc.com
Paper facsimile : 864-226-3968 (Please only fax single page referral. We do not need full medical charts unless requested)

Our Clinicians

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Jennifer Palomo Gregory
LPC-S

My name is Jennifer Palomo Gregory. I serve as the clinical licensing director, supervisor and clinician.  I am native from Puerto Rico. I consider Spanish my first language and English my second language. 

At an early age, I found myself gravitating to help others in need. When I decided to pursue my career in Mental Health Counseling my goal was to support and guide in a genuine and non-judgmental manner. We all encounter and experience pain, loss, stress, and other challenges in life. I am no better than those who join me in the pursuit of living well! 

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s in Community Mental Health from the University of South Alabama. I earned my License as a Professional Counselor Supervisor and a National Certified Counselor.

Prior to moving to South Carolina in 2022,  I worked for about 15 years at AltaPointe Health, an extensive healthcare system that provides primary and behavioral care. I’ve worked in inpatient, residential, day treatment and outpatient settings.  I have experience working in different roles, as a clinician, coordinator and in administrative roles within the company. I also have experience working in private practice. 

In my clinical work, I utilize a Person-centered and Existential approach. My work is grounded in evidence-based practices such as CBT(Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT(Dialectical Behavioral Therapy)- Skills, and Reality Therapy. There is no work I do where mindfulness and relaxation exercises don’t take place! I believe that learning and integrating mindfulness within our day-to-day living is vital to living well. 

 

Jennifer Palomo-Gregory, MS, LPC-S, NCC

Clinical Licensing Director  & Private Practice Clinician 

Stress Management Center at Fernview

&

Director of Counseling Services 

University of South Carolina UpState

Cell: 251-214-6663

Commonly Addresses:

 

ANXIETY

CRISIS MANAGEMENT

DEPRESSION

LIFE TRANSITION & ADJUSTMENT 

BI-POLAR LIFE COACHING

STRESS MANAGEMENT

GRIEF/LOSS

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING

TRAUMA/ PTSD

 

Jennifer is currently taking referrals for individuals 15 years old and up.

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JoAnn DeForge

 

Continuing to achieve success and live fully in a world that is often moving way too fast can be challenging, if not overwhelming. How do we slow down without taking time out from the life that we love? How can we continue to achieve success in a stressful job without letting stress affect our health and relationships?

For more than 30 years, JoAnn Bibb DeForge has taught individuals at her private practice, in the workplace, and in community settings how to reduce and manage stress while living and working fully and mindfully regardless of life’s stressors. The DeForge Practice integrates techniques that enable individuals to find ease and space in their minds. This can  have a profound effect on health and wellness. It can also prepare individuals for the on-going benefits of meditation thus providing an optimal mindset for decision-making and group communications and interactions.

Her mission is to provide individuals and organizations with training and support that will enable them to direct their attention and release tension and destructive thought patterns to achieve success regardless of life’s inevitable stress.

The DeForge Practice was founded and is led by JoAnn Bibb DeForge. She holds a Master of Science in Rehabilitative Counseling, is a certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique and Yoga Instructor and a member of the Order of St. Luke. She has been in practice for more than 30 years. The DeForge Practice incorporates a number of disciplines and techniques that lead to stillness and enables students to direct their attention. During training and individual sessions, JoAnn DeForge may incorporate including Mindfulness Meditation, Alexander Technique, and Yoga. Depending on individual or group goals or needs, JoAnn often leads discussion around topics to gently guide students to discover new thought patterns and ways of releasing physical tension.

She is currently taking referrals for evaluation & healthy lifestyle adjustments to determine Integrative Medicine needs after clinical and therapeutic support counseling is in process and leads a restorative yoga class Tuesdays & Thursdays at the Center. 

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DOUGLAS HANNER
D.C., FIANM, CST

Dr. Hanner was board certified as a Chiropractic Physician in 1995.  He was later board certified in orthopedics by the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists, and certified in CranioSacral Therapy (CST) through the Upledger Institute. For 23 years, his practice concentrated on treating patients for their neuro-musculoskeletal health complaints, with a focus on spinal rehabilitation.  Over time, his interest in Integrative and Functional Medicine grew. He began his studies in Functional Medicine in 2015 and has since completed his work in the ADAPT (Advanced Diagnostic And Personalized Treatment) framework. He now holds the designation of ADAPT Trained Practitioner from Kresser Institute in Functional Medicine and ancestral health.  He is currently completing the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute’s 3-year program to become a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP).

Dr. Hanner approaches health concerns by obtaining a thorough medical history, the latest in evidence-based lab testing, and physical examination.  His philosophy is always to find and treat the root cause of the problem. Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of chronic health concerns, instead of just treating symptoms, so patients can get well and stay well without unnecessary drugs or surgery. 

He is also particularly interested in how the chronic effects of Trauma impact not only our mental well-being, but also our physical well-being.  He has seen first-hand how resolving and integrating the effects of trauma in an individual, can have miraculous effects on physical illness.  Somatic Experiencing and CranioSacral Therapy are powerful tools in addressing the chronic effects of physical and emotional trauma. They can re-balance and re-regulate a chronically unhealthy and dysregulated nervous system.

 

Dr. Hanner has practiced in Anderson, SC since 1995. He and his wife Lisa along with their son Jordan and daughter Rachel, enjoy living, learning, working and playing in the Upstate.

 

  • Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute

  • ADAPT Functional Medicine Practitioner / Kresser Institute

  • SomatoEmotional Release Trained Practitioner / Upledger Institute

  • Certified in CranioSacral Therapy - 2012 / Upledger Institute

  • Board Certified Fellow in Orthopedics - 2009 / Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists

  • McKenzie Trained Practitioner - 1998 / McKenzie Institute

  • Board Certified Chiropractic Physician - 1995 / National Board of Chiropractic Examiners

Dr. Hanner is taking referrals for CranioSacral Therapy & Somatic Experiencing.

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STACIE M. PETERSON
LPCA NCC

Stacie is a Nationally Board Certified Counselor and  holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services with an emphasis in both Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Wesleyan University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and is part of the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society. Stacie is currently a student in the Master of Science Counseling Psychology program at Southern Wesleyan University and comes to Stress Management Center Fernview to pursue her internship.

 

Stacie has trained in the Darkness to Light program addressing childhood sexual abuse, suicide prevention and crisis training, Mental Health First Aid training through NAMI, 12-Step Anon programs and has co-facilitated a Grief/Loss support group for individuals who have suffered loss due to Covid -19. 

 

She has a passion for serving individuals who are healing from past and present trauma, and the practice of non-invasive treatments to help individuals heal and navigate a journey that works for them, while working collaboratively. She has a heart for serving individuals experiencing life transitions and addressing their needs with compassion to facilitate a healing experience and personal growth.

 

Stacie intends to practice from a person-centered approach tailoring treatment to each client’s need, while addressing them with compassion, acceptance and encouragement.

Commonly Addresses:

 

ANXIETY RELATIONSHIP ISSUES & FAMILY COUNSELING

DEPRESSION LIFE TRANSITION ISSUES

BI-POLAR

MARRIAGE/COUPLES

CONFLICT RESOLUTION

TRUAMA/ PTSD

STRESS MANAGEMENT

GRIEF/ LOSS

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING

Stacie is currently taking referrals for counseling & supportindividuals 14 years old and up.

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IAN KARGEL
LMT

Ian Cargil is a Licensed Massage Therapist. He comes highly recommended and has been practicing in Brevard, North Carolina and honoring folks with the benefits of holistic massage since 2017.

 

Ian specializes in therapeutic massage for stress relief, muscle tension & pain relief. He recognizes the essential practice of listening to his clients & states:

 

“Though I do a lot of deep tissue work, I always focus my practice on working within my clients' specific requests & attending to their needs during the session and work to establish long term goals for optimal benefit & long lasting relief!"

 

We look forward to scheduling a time we can discuss your goals for stress management and neuromuscular relief through massage. Please call 864-225-0792 to schedule a 15, 30 or 60 minute session.

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JOHN BARNETT
DMin, MDiv, LMFTA

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate.

Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry, Founding Pastor of CBC in 1992.

John grew up in South America (his dad was in international business), New York, and California, and has been in South Carolina since after college. Because of his upbringing, John loves traveling to see and study unique cultures. John feels at ease with different cultures and relates to each one to bring Christ to them. In his down time, you can find John taking a motorcycle trip in the mountains with his wife and friends or hunting and fishing or gardening. John says, “There is nothing like sitting in a tree-stand meditating and reading to refresh the soul, or the rush of wind as you ride down a country road on a motorcycle to clear the mind and invigorate the heart”.

As a pastor, John’s spiritual gift and passion is to minister the Word of God so people will experience the grace of God and be drawn into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It is his conviction that ultimate happiness and life are found in nothing else but a relationship with God through Jesus Christ and by no merit of our own. It is all of grace.

Commonly Addresses:

 

ANXIETY/ DEPRESSION

LIFE TRANSITION ISSUES

ADJUSTMENT ISSUES

RELATIONSHIP COUNSELING

BI-POLAR

FAMILY COUNSELING

CONFLICT RESOLUTION

TRUAMA/ PTSD

STRESS MANAGEMENT

GRIEF/LOSS

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING

MARRIAGE COUNSELING

 

John is currently taking referrals for individuals 5 years old and up.

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CELESTE MENDEZ
BSN, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Celeste Mendez is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in the mental health field since 2009 and is excited to walk with during their struggles and difficult times in life. She has worked in Home Care with the Developmentally Disabled children and adults, in acute care, nursing instructing, and at the Institute of Living, an Ivy League Psychiatric institution. She has a passion for helping others and giving them the tools to overcome life’s challenges.

 

She is actively involved in her churches and serves in the women and children’s ministries. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, boating, and volunteering at a local horse farm.

Celeste is is currently taking referrals for psychiatric evaluation & healthy lifestyle adjustments to determine pharmaceutical & Integrative Medicine needs after clinical and therapeutic support counseling is in process with a Fernview Center Clinician.  

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TODD KOUMANDUROUS
M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Koumandurous is trained in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine and Pathology. Currently he is a Medical Doctor serving as a General Practitioner & Primary Care Physician with the V.A. Clinic. He also has a Doctorate Neuropathology with a minor in Neurogenetics. He serves in the Army national Guard & has been active for 37 years. He has served multiple combat tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan and Syria. His Bachelors of Science is in Molecular Genetics with a minor in Modern Greek. His passion for learning & serving others has oriented him to advocate the mission of Fernview Center by becoming engaged in supporting our community in evolving skills & practices for effectively coping with the symptomology of Post Traumatic Stress, Anxiety & Depression. He also specializes in Counseling individuals & family members dealing with Personality Disorders, focusing his expertise in the area of NPD & Narcissistic Abuse.

 

In his own life he balances through relaxing & enjoys time off listening to classical music & playing blues on his guitar; as well as cultivating his savory skills in the culinary arts and preparing meals for family & friends.

 

Dr. Koumandurous is taking referrals for individuals & family members dealing with the issues surrounding PTSD, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, as well as those dealing with Personality Disorders. He also leads seminars & Workshops in these areas for Continuing Education & enhance awareness & understanding in our global community.

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Heather Kline Schaffer
Ph.D., M.Ed., NCC, LPC

Dr. Kline Schaffer is a Nationally Board Certified Counselor & Licensed Professional Counselor with a Doctorate in Integrative Medical Therapies & Transpersonal Psychology. She facilitates individuals, couples, families, and groups in discovering clarity through life changes.  Her background in treating individuals coping with anxiety, depression, stress management, trauma, chronic pain, and terminal illness has helped her evolve successful approaches with integrative medicine, non-pharmacological pain management, and solution focused therapies to treat the whole person. Her comprehensive, person-centered approach is ignited by her love for all people.
 

She has been recognized by a U.S. Congressman for her work with individuals, families, and groups coping with trauma and grief. Dr. Kline Schaffer currently takes referrals for children, adults, couples, families, and groups; she has embraced serving others in full time private practice since 2008.

 

Commonly Addresses:

 

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE

HYPNOTHERAPY/NEUROLINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING

HEALTH OPTIMIZATION

RELATIONSHIP / MARRIAGE / COUPLES

FAMILY COUNSELING

RELAXATION / WELLBEING

REIKI, TAI CHI, YOGA, MEDITATION

ANXIETY/ DEPRESSION

TRUAMA/ PTSD

GRIEF/LOSS

ADJUSTMENT ISSUES

LIFE TRANSITIONAL ISSUES

CONFLICT RESOLUTION

STRESS MANAGEMENT/ RELAXATION

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING

NON-PHARM PAIN MANAGMENT

 

Heather is currently taking referrals for individuals , couples & families.

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Brianna Gorman
RN, PMHNP-BC

Bri has over a decade of experience in the clinical mental health field and joins us with a passion for serving others through life transitions. She is a South Carolina Board Certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with inpatient and intensive outpatient psychiatric experience as well as direct experience with clinical practice in assessment and diagnosis, interdisciplinary team and patient analysis, medication management, crisis intervention, therapeutic communication, patient education, psychiatric evaluations, pharmaceutical prescriptives, documentation, professional development and certified and trained in Non Violent Crisis Intervention, Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment. She truly enjoys 

Bri is noted for her ability to establish rapport and communicate effectively with patients, their families and evolve an integrative medical approach to optimize an individuals health and wellbeing, thereby advocating for their best life!

 

In her free time Bri enjoys spending time with her family and horses and time outside in the beautiful outdoors of the upstate!

Bri is currently taking  referrals for ages 7 and up for assessment and evaluation for lifestyle evaluations to optimize counseling outcomes and interdisciplinary referrals for integrative medicine, psychiatric evaluations and medication management..

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TANIKA FIELDS
MEd., NCC, LPC

Tanika Fields has an M.Ed. in Community Counseling, is an LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor, and an NCC, Nationally Board Certified Counselor is intentional in promoting a professional atmosphere where you feel safe, knowing your needs are confidential, and ensuring you are comfortable expressing your truth without judgment.

 

It is her goal to meet people where they are and assist them in exploring solutions to their concerns and achieving their personal life goals. Tanika offers years of experience working with special needs populations and serving in the roles of case management, counseling, and guidance. Tanika is currently taking referrals for children 5 years old and up.

I look forward to supporting you in your journey!

Commonly Addresses: 

 

ANXIETY CRISIS MANAGEMENT

DEPRESSION

LIFE TRANSITION ISSUES

BI-POLAR

LIFE COACHING

STRESS MANAGEMENT

GRIEF/LOSS

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING

MARRIAGE COUNSELING

RELATIONSHIP COUNSELING

Tanika is currently taking referrals for children 5 years old and up.

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RUSSELL WASHINGTON
Meditation Guide, Hypnotherapist & Neurolinguistic Programmer

Russell Washington is our newest meditation guide. He specializes in helping people grasp the fundamentals of meditation in a way that helps them sustain the meditative state through a day’s ordinary activities and thereby, become more resourceful and creative. His passion is showing people how to open and access resource states at will or on demand so they can thrive through confronting circumstances and/or any creative challenge. He understands this approach is very appropriate given what we face as a human family in these times.

Russell is deeply invested in his soul mission. Which, simply put, is to aid those with a humane, life oriented world view striving to unlock next-level human capabilities in the ways he can. He’s the original ascension activist committed to uplift and self-directed evolution for every seeker. His work is rooted in science, spirituality and employs transformational healing modalities. He’s trained in applied, environmental systems biology with apprenticeships or certifications in; botanical medicine, clinical hypnotherapy, NLP and cellular psychotherapy on one side and years of experience with shen kung, gnostic metaphysics, reiki and intuitive energy healing on the other. Russell strives to bring a full pallet of love, empowerment and generosity to every class and private session. Russell Washington is available for 75-minute 1-on-1 sessions. To schedule call the office at 864.225.0792.

Russell Washington is currently taking referrals for Crisis Intervention, Neurolinguistic Programming & Hypnotherapy.

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TODD GOMEZ
MSW, LISW-CP

Todd S Gomez believes that everyone can benefit from mental health support. He provides an open and welcoming space for clients to overcome past hurts, grow as a person, and set new goals. Todd works with adults from 18+ and uses an eclectic approach drawing from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and solution Focused Therapy. Tod has over 20 years experience as a mental health counselor in both North and South Carolina. He has also worked in private practice.

 

Commonly Addresses:

 

ANXIETY

RELATIONSHIP / MARRIAGE COUNSELING

DEPRESSION

LIFE TRANSITION ISSUES

BI-POLAR

FAMILY COUNSELING

CONFLICT RESOLUTION

TRUAMA/ PTSD

STRESS MANAGEMENT

GRIEF/LOSS

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING

LBTGQ

Todd is currently taking referrals for individuals 12 years old and up.

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Kaitlin Sherfield-Tarver
 LPCA NCC

Katie is a Nationally Board Certified Counselor & Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. In her free time, you can find Katie in her pottery studio, kayaking on the lake, camping, working in her garden, or enjoying time with her husband and family.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Visual Art from Lander University where she fell in love with graphic design and pottery. She was able to study art locally and internationally, and earned awards for her work. After graduating and working in the art industry for a few years, Katie felt God pulling her heart into a different direction.

In the fall of 2019, she started her Master’s program with Liberty University and graduated in the winter of 2022 with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Since then, she has been practicing (Trauma Focused) Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Art Therapy. Majority of her clinical experience has been spent serving children and adults with a history of sexual abuse,

physical abuse, domestic violence, neglect, and homicide through forensic interviewing and therapy services.

She prides herself in creating a non-judgmental therapeutic alliance with each client, and loves helping clients to create healthier ways of thinking, which leads to healthier ways of living.

COMMONLY ADDRESSES:

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Anxiety

Depression

Stress Management

Loss/Grief

Life transitions

Conflict resolution

Relationship issues

Communication issues

Self Esteem

Power and control

Katie is currently taking referrals for ages 5 & up individuals, couples, children and families moving through life adjustments and transitions

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SAVANNAH M. SCALES
LPCA

My goal is to give my utmost service to each client I work with; and specifically, to make sure that I adhere to exactly what my client wants so that they can receive what they paid for with great service and to the best degree possible.  I strive to treat each client equitably and to serve to the very best of my ability, while honoring their growth.  I maintain that the quality of my work is my main priority for my client, yet with solution focused results.

 

Bachelor of Science, University of South Carolina Upstate
· Major: Psychology
· Cognate: 400-level courses heavily focused in fields of studies of Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Creative Writing
Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling  & Education, LPC Track

 

Savannah has been a member of Psi Chi, 2012-2016 the International Honor Society in Psychology since 2014,  Honored on the Dean’s List for Academic Work·, American Counseling Association Member, 2021- “The Stress of Being a Student”. Leader for group counseling with peers, 2021- “Mental Health Conversation with David A. Burton”, Live Interviews & Facilitator of Cohesion Healthy Coping Skills for Youth Art of Living Well Online Seminar Series 2022
Experience

Savannah is currently taking referrals & co-counsel supervision under the license of Tanika Fields, LPCS for individual counseling with children & families ages 5 & up.

 

Commonly Address:


CHILDREN & ADOLSESCENTS
ANXIETY
DEPRESSION & GRIEF
STRESS MANAGEMENT
INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING

LIFE TRANSITIONS

LIFESTYLE COACHING
LIFE TRANSITION ISSUES
ANGER MANAGEMENT

BEHAVIORAL DIFFICULTIES

BODY IMAGE ISSUES

SELF ESTEEM/CONFIDENCE ISSUES

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