Dr. Krista Ford has spent over 15 years conducting psychological and educational evaluations for children and adolescents experiencing educational and/or behavioral difficulties such as ADHD, PTSD, adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression, Autism, Dyslexia, and other non-verbal learning disorders. She specializes in working with children and families overcoming adversity related to trauma, grief, divorce, parenting difficulties, and other life adjustment issues. Dr. Ford has extensive experience educating and assisting children in understanding their own mental health and educational challenges. She utilizes a strength based but eclectic approach to treatment drawing from her training in play therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, solution focused therapy, and mindfulness. Dr. Ford follows research based practice guidelines. She received her master’s degree in school psychology from Queens College, and her doctoral degree in School Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ.
Dr. Lorraine Perry is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified School Psychologist who specializes in working with children and families through behavioral, academic, and emotional difficulties. She also has extensive experience in conducting psychological assessments, creating and implementing academic and behavioral interventions, and engaging in consultation with schools and families. Dr. Perry has worked in a variety of settings including a psychological health center, therapeutic preschool, hospital, and public schools. In therapy, she utilizes evidence-based practices stemming from cognitive-behavioral, family-systems, and relational approaches. Additional areas of interest include the impact of children's relationships with teachers on their school functioning as well as building resilience in children and families to assist in successfully navigating life's transitions. Dr. Perry completed her BA in Psychology at Cornell University in 2004 and received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Syracuse University in 2009.
Darcy Ferrentino is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and families who are dealing with anxiety, depression, bipolar, family conflicts, relationship issues, and eating disorders. Darcy specializes in assessing and treating eating disorders and emotional eating. Darcy uses an eclectic approach of strengths-based, emotion-focused therapies as well as both CBT and DBT skill building to address challenges and teach new skills to better manage symptoms. Darcy is trained in and uses the Maudsley approach which is a family based approach for treating eating disorders in children and adolescents.
Darcy’s experience includes managing the adolescent intensive outpatient program at Four Winds Hospital, in Saratoga Springs, NY for 8 years before moving to Denver, Colorado. In Denver, Darcy further developed her specialty in working with eating disorders by working at both the Eating Disorder Center of Denver and then Denver Children’s hospital providing assessment and treatment for adolescents and young adults at all levels of care.
In 2015, Darcy moved back to her hometown of Buffalo, NY to be with family. She worked at Horizon Health Services as the mental health program director of the Orchard Park clinic for three years before branching out into her own full time private practice in August of 2018. Darcy uses therapy dogs in her practice and is certified in animal-assisted therapy through Denver University.
Dr. Gina Smith is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Corporate Wellness Specialist working with pre-teens, teens, and adults. Dr. Smith is a National Health Service Psychologist and has worked in diverse treatment settings including private practice, primary care, community mental health, family-based home care, both private and public school systems, jail, and residential milieus. She successfully treats concerns with self-worth, life adjustment issues (social and academic-related, mood, and relational changes), mood disorders (depression, seasonal affective disorder, post-partum depression), anxiety-related issues, and relationships. Dr. Smith works collaboratively, building a foundation of trust in order to support each person in achieving their desired results.
Dr. Smith provides evidenced-based treatment. She utilizes an integrative, strength-based approach to treatment incorporating cognitive behavior therapy, humanistic, psychodynamic, solution-focused therapy, and mindfulness. Dr. Smith fosters acceptance, genuine interest, and collaboration which optimizes treatment outcomes. She achieved both Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area. After completing her postdoctoral residency and licensure in California she moved back to Buffalo to be closer to her family.
Dr. Nicole Shea is a Licensed Psychologist who specializes in treatment of children, adolescents, and young-adults as well as conducting psychological and educational assessments. She has experience treating anxiety disorders (generalized anxiety, OCD), depression, adjustment disorders (adjusting to new medical diagnoses, transition to college, transition to adulthood), ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Shea has particular expertise in working with children and adults’ chronic illnesses (diabetes, chronic pain, respiratory disease), as well as helping parents and children cope during a parent’s illness, such as cancer. She uses a primarily cognitive-behavioral approach with influences from various treatment modalities including dialectical behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy.
In addition to working in private practice, Dr. Shea is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Department of Pediatrics at University of Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences where she is a psychologist for the Cystic Fibrosis Center of Western New York. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, an inpatient psychiatric unit, a specialized school for individuals with developmental disabilities and autism, a therapeutic preschool and public schools.
Dr. Shea received her BA in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame and received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Syracuse University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at The Children’s Institute in Pittsburgh. As part of her internship, she provided outpatient therapy and neuropsychological assessment, as well as provided services on a behavioral health inpatient unit and an inpatient rehabilitation until. In 2018, she moved back to her hometown of Buffalo NY to live closer to her family and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at UBMD/Internal Medicine working with children and adults with chronic illness, and provided outpatient services through the Children’s Psychiatry Clinic at Oishei Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Kate is a Licensed Psychologist specializing in assessments and the treatment of preschoolers, children, adolescents, young adults, and families. She successfully treats issues including disruptive behavior disorders (ADHD, ODD), anxiety related issues (Generalized Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, OCD, Specific Phobias), and mood disorders (depression, Bipolar Disorder). She also excels at working with children and families who are experiencing life transitions such as separation, divorce, re-location, re-marriage, family blending and death, as well as college students who are experiencing adjustment issues. She often works with parents providing support, education, and consultation. Dr. Sanborn has additional experience working with adults with depression, anxiety, trauma, and adjustment issues.
Dr. Sanborn uses a primarily cognitive-behavioral approach with influences from various treatment modalities including family systems theory, play therapy, and relational theory. She believes that in addition to an evidenced based treatment modality, a warm, caring approach to the therapeutic relationship is the foundation to successful treatment. Dr. Sanborn also believes that her personal faith provides an ability to show others unconditional acceptance and support when helping them with their specific issues.
In addition to working in the private practice setting since 2008, Dr. Sanborn has worked in various treatment settings including public schools, day treatment schools, inpatient mental health, and residential treatment facilities. She has also taught as an adjunct instructor at several local colleges including Canisius College and SUNY at Buffalo. She believes that communicating and coordinating care with other professionals such as pediatricians/family doctors, school social workes/counselors, psychiatrists and other helpers is necessary in providing good treatment outcomes.
Dr. Sanborn graduated with a BA in Psychology from Taylor University in 2000. She completed her academic career at the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY at Buffalo) where she received her Ph.D. in Counseling/School Psychology in 2005. She proudly lives in the Buffalo Southtowns with her husband and five children.