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Joe Bavonese, PhD
Joe is a Licensed Psychologist and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Relationship Institute of Royal Oak, Michigan. Joe has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He has worked as a Research Psychologist and Consultant for General Motors and was the Clinical Director of Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for Medical Center Psychiatric Associates in Warren, Michigan. He has worked as an Adjunct Professor for the Graduate College of the Union Institute, a Field Faculty Advisor for the Graduate Program at Norwich University and is a member of the American Psychological Association and the National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers.
Since 2001, Joe’s approach to private practice marketing has been highlighted numerous times in the Psychotherapy Finances newsletter. Joe was also the author of a feature article about business concepts for private practice in the
as well as an article on
for private practitioners in the same publication.
Joe has presented on business, marketing and Internet marketing at the Massachusetts Psychological Assocation annual conference; the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium; the National Alliance for Professional Psychology Providers annual conference; the Psychology of Health, Immunity and Disease Conference; and at the Virtual Conference on Practice Building.
For the past 20 years, Joe has given numerous workshops on relationship issues, self-esteem, stress management, weight loss, and the practices of psychotherapy and hypnotherapy. Joe has also been a marketing consultant to psychotherapy practices since 1996. Joe's work with relationship issues has been featured in TIME magazine, the New York Post, the Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, WXYZ-TV (ABC Detroit affiliate), WDIV-TV (NBC Detroit affiliate), and WJR-AM radio, among other places.
Joe is a self-taught computer and Internet expert, and has helped many therapists get over their fears or reluctance about computers, teaching them how to use these modern tools to optimize their time and obtain many inexpensive referrals in the process.
Mel Restum, PhD
Mel is a Licensed Psychologist who has a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Wayne State University. Dr. Restum was on staff at Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital and has had a long-standing affiliation with the Detroit Medical Center and WSU's Department of Psychiatry. His research experience includes teacher-student interactions, social skills training, and psychotherapy effectiveness.
Dr. Restum is the Founder of the ADDAPT program in Michigan, a psycho-educational program for children with ADD-related disorder. Dr. Restum also regularly participates in training programs on various childhood psychiatric conditions. His clinical practice includes adults and couples as well as children. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Michigan Psychological Association, and Michigan Association for Emotionally Disturbed Children.
Thad Zaremba, ACSW
Business of Psychotherapy Program Coach
Thad is a Certified Social Worker who has an extensive history of working in mental health and substance abuse supervision, administration and clinical practice. Thad has been in private practice for seven years, and using his business and marketing skills, created a six figure sales income in just under two years.
Thad was an adjunct professor at Western Michigan University for many years. He is a Board Certified Diplomate and works with individuals, couples and families in his current practice.
Thad has studied with nationally known small business marketing consultants Jay Abraham and Chet Holmes. At Uncommon Practices, Thad is the Director of the New Practices Program Track and serves as a Business Coach for Business of Psychotherapy: Creating Your Ideal Practice clients.
Kate McNulty, MSW
Business of Psychotherapy Program Coach
Kate McNulty entered private practice six years ago, after an agency career of more than twenty years. Working in crisis, clinic and residential settings, including 14 years supervising the social services staff at a busy metropolitan ER, Kate developed her clinical skills and regarded businessand finance as extremely dull topics.
After transitioning to independent practice, she quickly realized that in order to remain self-employed it would be necessary to master a new set of skills and figure out how to make a living. Business knowledge becamea compelling interest for her. She developed enthusiasm about encouraging this knowledge among therapists, realizing that gifted clinicians were unable to keep theirpractices open simply because they lacked information about these basic principles. She read voraciously and developed a series of workshops for other therapists who wanted to learn how to overcome their reluctance to market themselves and let the general population know about their services. These workshops are now a regular part of her practice, in addition to clinical work with individuals and couples focused on relationship issues, particularly working with decisions about whether to remain in arelationship, dealing with infidelity, and sexual concerns. Kate also has twenty years of experience providing supervision for licensure to other Masters-level therapists. Originally from Boston, she practices in Portland, Oregon, where she has lived since 1981.
At Uncommon Practices, Kate serves as a Business Coach for participants in the Business of Psychotherapy: Creating Your Ideal Practice program.
Richard Shook, PhD
Business of Psychotherapy Program Coach
Richard has been a licensed psychologist and licensed professional counselor in private practice in Marietta, Georgia for 14 years. He obtained a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Psychotherapy from Georgia State University. Richard completed his residency at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, as well as a fellowship in Pain Management in the Department of Anesthesiology. He also has an MA in Clinical Community Psychology from Chapman University in Orange, California. His interest in marketing and private practice development lead him to take courses from Jay Abraham. He was an Uncommon Practices client for one year and that experience was a major catalyst for applying Jay Abraham's principles to building a psychotherapy practice.
In addition to his interests in private practice, Richard has been developing an expertise in life and executive coaching for the past seven years. He has recently been busy teaching the first courses in beginning and advanced life/executive coaching at Life University in Marietta, Georgia. After 14 years of private practice, Richard still finds his work to be challenging and exciting. He has a diverse practice where he works with children, teenagers, adults and families, as well as performing psychological evaluations.
At Uncommon Practices, Richard serves as a Business Coach for Business of Psychotherapy: Creating Your Ideal Practice.
Carrie Merscham, PsyD
Business of Psychotherapy Program Coach
Carrie is a Licensed Psychologist who has 13 years experience working with children, teens and adults. She has been in private practice since 2001 and specializes in healing trauma and anxiety symptoms. She obtained her Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, and completed her internship at the Denver Health Medical Center. She also has a MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. Carrie worked in community mental health for a decade, taught for the Professional Psychology Program at the University of Northern Colorado, and has served in various leadership roles for the Colorado Psychological Association.
Carrie’s work focus shifted after the birth of her first child, when she realized she wanted to work fewer days, be more in control over her caseload and significantly increase her financial stability. She completed the year-long Uncommon Practices program, which resulted in a tripling of her practice income, major increases in referral sources and a stable, enjoyable weekly caseload.
At Uncommon Practices, Carrie serves as a Business Coach for the Business of Psychotherapy: Creating Your Ideal Practice.
Mark Anderson, EdD
Business of Psychotherapy Program Coach
Mark is a Licensed Psychologist who He received his Ed.D. doctoral degree in School and Family Psychology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduating with honors from Phi Kappa Phi.
Mark has completed multiple internships and professional experiences including; the Oak Park and Hazel Park School Districts, the University of Detroit Psychology Clinic, Common Ground Sanctuary, Ostro & Associates Clinical Psychology, Northwest Counseling and Psychotherapy Center, Bon Secours and Cottage Hospitals. Dr. Mark is a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified School Psychologist, and Nationally Certified Counselor. He is a member of the American and Michigan Psychological Associations, as well as the National and Michigan Association of School Psychologists. He has over 19 years of professional experience working in hospitals, schools, and private practice.
At Uncommon Practices, Mark serves as a Business Coach for the Business of Psychotherapy: Creating Your Ideal Practice.
Tammy Daniele, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who practices in Naperville, IL. Tammy has over 12 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults. She has been in private practice since 2000 and specializes in relationship issues and divorce. Tammy received her Master's degree from George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Tammy has worked extensively with the court systems in dealing with the emotional impact of divorce. She has provided expert witness testimony in divorce and child abuse/neglect cases. In addition, she has facilitated reunification of parent/child relationships after divorce. Tammy has a certificate in divorce mediation from Northwestern University and provides mediation services both pre and post-decree. She also practices Collaborative Law as a divorce coach and child specialist.
Tammy opened her own practice in 2007 and completed the year-long Uncommon Practices Program, to which she credits helping make her practice successful and full within six months of opening.
At Uncommon Practices, Tammy serves as a business coach for the Business of Psychotherapy: Creating Your Ideal Practice.
Jenny Olin, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker practicing in Saratoga Springs, NY, Jenny Olin’s clinical specialty is relationship counseling and education. Helping people create healthy relationships for life is her clinical passion.
Jenny received her MSW in 1981 from The University at Albany. She has extensive advanced clinical training from several internationally renowned institutes. Prior to entering private practice in 1989, Jenny worked as an outpatient clinician in the public sector. She provided individual, marriage and couples, and group psychotherapy for adults experiencing the full range of mental health and psychological problems. She provided clinical supervision to Masters level social workers. For several years Jenny was an Adjunct Faculty member for The University at Albany's School of Social Welfare, training Masters level students in counseling and psychotherapy. Further, for ten years she was a Certified Diabetes Educator, and brings a medical and psychosocial knowledge of chronic illness to her practice.
Jenny is a graduate of Uncommon Practices’ Business of Psychotherapy program. For many years Jenny operated under the misconception excellence in clinical skills was enough to build and sustain a thriving private practice. This program was pivotal in quickly revitalizing a financially failing business into one that has proven successful in reaching her practice goals.
At Uncommon Practices, Jenny serves as a business coach for the Business of Psychotherapy: Creating Your Ideal Practice.
Portion of Uncommon Practices Coaching Staff
at Staff Training in Portland, Oregon
Private Practice Consultant
Mike Powers recently retired from The Dow Chemical Co. after thirty-four years. He is married and has three sons. He and his wife Lisa have been married twenty-seven years and reside in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
Mike graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1973 and went straight to work for Dow at the Los Angeles sales office where he started out as a salesman in Dow's plastics department. Over the course of his career at Dow, Mike held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility including Product Manager at the company headquarters in Midland Michigan; District Sales Manager in New York; Corporate Account Manager in San Francisco; Executive Director Strategic Marketing and Business Development for the automotive industry globally.
His responsibilities and experiences in the commercial world and his personal life suite him particularly well for helping Uncommon Practices' clients achieve success. Practical business experience in sales and marketing, leading people and helping them achieve their career aspirations, developing long term relationships, setting goals and maintaining focus while at the same time keeping the important things in perspective are the things of value in business as well as life.
Some of Mike's other ongoing activities and hobbies include: Director of Sponsorship for Eye son Design, one of the premier car shows in the world. Eye son Design is a not for profit that supports the Detroit Institute for Ophthalmology's efforts in the areas of vision research, education and support; Chairman of the Detroit Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers for 2008; Co-Chair for Judson Center, a non-profit, human service agency. Mike is an amateur triathlete and has competed in the Ironman distance. He plays golf and maintains an eleven handicap.
At Uncommon Practices, Mike serves as a Private Practice Consultant who helps private practitioners assess what services would be the best fit for their unique situation, to help them reach their practice goals as efficiently as possible.
Director of Website Development
Bob has been a programmer for a medical software company using Visual Basic and has automated the medical software to utilize Microsoft Office products such as Outlook and Excel along with Crystal Reports. He has also developed websites for small to medium sized businesses utilizing HTML, CSS, .Net, PHP for many years.
Before this Bob was a science teacher as well as a special education teacher. During his earlier career he worked in hospital laboratories as a medical technologist.
At Uncommon Practices, Bob directs Website Development Services, from template to fully customized designs.
Julie is a graduate of Kendall School of Design, with an Associate of Fine Art degree. She has a diverse background with over 20 years of secretarial experience. Julie worked for many years at Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, a non-profit human services agency, as Confidential Secretary for the Public Relations and Financial Development Departments. There she was the primary secretarial support, managing a database for donors, creating newsletters, flyers, charts & graphs, and assisting fundraising events. Julie worked more recently as secretary at her church, in this one person office, maintaining the database of membership, was responsible for all printed materials including reports, weekly bulletins and monthly newsletters.