April earned three degrees; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University in 1998, Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of Denver in 2000, and a Doctorate in Psychology with a Specialty Focus in Forensics from the University of Denver in 2002. She is licensed by the state of Connecticut as both a Clinical Psychologist and an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Some of her clinical expertise include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, trauma treatment, relationship issues and divorce, addiction counseling (examples: substance abuse, gambling, sex, food, video gaming), and life coaching. April also has an extensive background in psychological assessment and testing and frequently works with individuals going through gender transition and domestic minors of sex trafficking. April is skilled in working with adolescents and adults through the modalities of Individual, Family, Couples and Group Treatment. Her goal is to educate and empower each client to live in the moment, practice mindfulness, build strengths, and learn the art of acceptance; concepts common to Middle Eastern Philosophy.
Emily Lewis has earned two degrees; Bachelor of Social Work from Plymouth State University in 2004 and Master of Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University in 2007. She is licensed by the state of Connecticut as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Emily has practiced in a variety of settings, including managed care, a hospital setting, non-profit, and state agencies. She has treated children, adolescents and adults using treatment approaches tailored to the individual’s needs. Emily’s clinical expertise include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Solution-focused and strengths based work, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and other behavioral interventions. Emily currently practices Individual, Family, Couples and Group Treatment. Her caring approach includes empathic listening and collaboration. Her goal for each individual is to gain insight, identify their inner resources and guide them towards creating a more peaceful and fulfilling life that is unique to them.
Radmila Paneva has earned two degrees; Bachelor of Science from Trinity College in 2009 and Master of Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University in 2011. She is licensed by the state of Connecticut as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and is certified by the Connecticut State Department of Education. Radmila has practiced in a variety of settings, including public high school, clinical schools, and day treatment programs for those that needed more intense treatment. She knows how hard it can be for families to navigate the special education system, and she is always eager to share her expertise. Her passion is working with children and families, and she also earned a Primary Certification from the Albert Ellis Institute in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, focused on treating anxiety disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. In her work with Clients she focuses on their strengths and finding solutions. Radmila also brings another special flavor to the McLean Wellness Group Team, being bilingual in Bulgarian and graduating with a Minor in French from Trinity College.
Shannon has earned three degrees; Associates of Arts & Sciences from Holyoke Community College in 2009, Bachelor of Social Work from Westfield State University in 2011, and Master of Social Work from Smith College in 2013. She is licensed in the state of Connecticut as a Clinical Social Worker and has practiced in a variety of settings including non-profit agencies, which have served clients in their homes, in addition to the outpatient setting. Shannon has treated children, adolescents, and their families using treatment approaches tailored to client needs, but typically including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), while using solution-focused and strength-based approaches. Her passion is working with those who have been told they are differently abled or feel they don’t belong. Shannon’s aim is to guide each individual in creating a more peaceful and fulfilling life that is unique and special to them. She greatly enjoys working with young children and their families and is a Registered Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator. Shannon is also trained in Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), in addition to the Functional Family Therapy (FFT) model of treatment. Prior to her clinical work, Shannon dedicated her working life to helping adults who were diagnosed with developmental disabilities and helped advise a large self-advocacy group located in Western, Massachusetts.
RACHEL SCHWANKE, LMT
Rachel graduated in 2009 from the Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in Austin, TX. Having worked with chiropractors since she was 15, Rachel has always been drawn to clinical settings. To assist her clients in reaching their fullest potential, Rachel promotes self-healing by encouraging a healthy diet, mindfulness and education. Rachel specializes in Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release and Sports Massage. Recently, she added Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) to her skill set. FST is a pain free, interactive stretch technique that increases flexibility and mobility. Prior to attending massage school, Rachel earned her Bachelors in General Business from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Beginning at a young age, she has played soccer competitively and continues to enjoy playing recreationally. Rachel moved to Connecticut with her dog Penny in the spring of 2011 to reconnect with her brothers and to escape the Texas heat.
Ashley Burch, AA
Ashley earned her Associates in Science Degree (Business) from Solano Community College, in Fairfield, CA in 2006. She has also pursued further education in Medical Billing and Coding. She joins the McLean Wellness Group as the Administrative Assistant after working in an administrative role for five years in a medical doctor’s office. Born and raised in CA, she is laid back, easy to be around, and has a great sense of humor. She is willing to take on any task or challenge that is thrown her way and keeps a smile on her face the whole time! She not only adores the office dogs, but she is a wonderful mother to her 2-year old daughter, who also gets to join us some days at the office! mmm
Michael Delaney, Managing Partner
Michael comes to the McLean Wellness Group with a background of 20 years in the corporate Information Technology (IT) world. He not only brings his IT skill set, but also his overall business knowledge, big picture thinking, and problem-solving abilities. He has a special energy, likely bread from his CA-born roots and upbringing, that is ever-accepting and welcoming. He is the McLean Wellness Group DoTerra Wellness Advocate, promoting health and wellness through the use of essential oils. He is eager to help clients improve their emotional and physical well-being by supplementing with essential oils, as part of the McLean Wellness Group holistic approach to health and well-being; healthy body, mind, and spirit.
MABEL MCLEAN, DOG
A Plott Hound, Mabel has experienced a very different life journey than her older sister, whom is no longer with us (RIP Bodhi). Now 8 years old, she has known only happiness and comfort. After discovering her on Facebook, we drove to West Virginia, where we made new friends and brought a new addition into the family. At 9 weeks, she was MORE than a handful, and can still give us a run for our money to this day. However, despite her spicy personality, she exudes pure love and happiness, and brings a smile to the faces of those around her.
grover lewis, DOG
Grover is a 6 year old boxer mix. He was rescued from a shelter in Tennessee when he was a year old and has lived in Connecticut ever since. Grover loves spending time outside laying in the sun and enjoying the fresh air. He has a calm demeanor and a very nurturing sense about him. At times, he’s not aware of his own size and thinks he makes a great lap dog, but can easily be persuaded to move when treats are offered.