Team

Get to know the CICS Team

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Get to know the CICS Team

We believe in the power of possibility and it motivates each of our employees to deliver the best possible care for every child, every time.

At CICS, our providers and administrators come from all walks of life to give each child the care they need, every time. Our departments communicate regularly and work together to generate individualized treatment plans. Our administration works to keep the patient experience as smooth as possible by simplifying scheduling, billing, and insurance verification. Here are some of the great humans you’ll meet at CICS!

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Medical Services

Amy Edgar, APRN, CRNP, FNP-C (She/Her/Hers)

Founder and Nurse Practitioner

Full Bio

Background:

I have been in practice for 27 years. As a mother of a daughter with autism, I want to provide the type of care for families I wish I had for mine. This desire led to me founding Children’s Integrated Center for Success in 2014.

Specialty:

  • Children and adolescents
  • Adult primary care
  • Mental health

Style and Approach

I have a collaborative, authentic, and transparent style that seeks to inspire trust and respect in every patient/family interaction.

Works Best With:

  • All ages and genders.

Education:

  • BSN from DeSales University
  • MSN from University of Pennsylvania in Child and Family Mental Health

Certifications:

  • Board Certified in Family Practice
  • Post Masters Certificate from DeSales University in Family Practice

Why I Love CICS:

I love that Children’s Integrated Center for Success is leading the way in innovation and bringing the best science and tech to care for families.

Fun Facts About Me:

My favorite foods are pizza and strawberry ice cream, and my favorite colors are green and orange. In my free time I love to listen to rap music and spend time with my family, which includes three dogs, two guinea pigs, and an alpaca!

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Kerry R. Hood, CPNP (She/Her/Hers)

Nurse Practitioner

Full Bio

Specialty:

  • Pre-schoolers
  • School age children
  • Young adults

Style and Approach:

I work in a collaborative way that gives parents and patients the chance to give input and feedback so we can create the best plan of care possible.

Works Best With:

  • All genders
  • Early childhood to 21 years old
  • Those who struggle with mental health concerns.

Education:

  • Wilkes University School Of Nursing
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
  • Thomas Jefferson University College of Allied Health
  • Northeastern Hospital School of Nursing

Special Certifications:

  • Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Certified Breast Feeding Consultant
  • BCLS certification
  • PALS Certification

Why I Love CICS:

I love how everyone is so passionate about serving individuals and their families with mental and behavioral health struggles.

Fun Facts About Me:

I ran track in elementary and high school, and won a gold medal at the Penn Relays  held in Philadelphia in 1977. I have been married for 31 years and am a mother of a special needs child with mental and intellectual differences. My family also includes five shepherds and a husky!

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Travis O'Brien, CRNP, F-PMHNP (He/Him/His)

Psychiatric CRNP and Director of Medical Services

Full Bio

Specialty:

  • Children and Adolescents

Style and Approach:

I work with a warm, empathetic, and responsive style and a client centered approach that tries to get the whole family on board with the best plan.

Works Best With:

  • All ages and genders.

Education:

  • University of Pennsylvania

Certifications:

  • Board Certified
  • Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner.

Why I Love CICS:

I love the company’s focus on having a personal touch with all clients and families while still being cutting edge and tech driven.

Fun Facts About Me:

I love to play guitar in my free time!

 

Jessica Sanchez, DNP, PMHNP-BC (She/Her/Hers)

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Full Bio

Specialty:

  • Drug addiction

Style and Approach:

I take a person centered approach to my work that also focuses on cognitive behavioral therapy.

Works Best With:

  • Teens
  • LGBTQ+ community

Education:

  • Robert Morris University for NP and DNP degrees

Why I Love CICS:

I love how CICS operates so much like a family.

Fun Facts About Me:

I am a huge fan of Batman and the Harry Potter series!

 

Therapeutic Services

Caronne Taylor Bloom, LPC, NCC, CBIT (She/Her/Hers)

Vice President

Full Bio

Specialty:

  • Executive function
  • ADHD
  • School issues

Style and Approach:

I take an active and mindful approach to my work that also incorporates direct cognitive behavioral therapy.

Works Best With:

  • All ages and genders
  • People with ADHD
  • Adoptees and their families.

Education:

  •  MEd from Mansfield University
  • MS from Walden University

Certifications:

  • CBIT Certification
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)

Why I Love CICS:

I love knowing that my work at CICS and the work of the whole organization helps improve the lives of children.

Fun Facts About Me:

In my free time I enjoy working on textile crafts such as crocheting, knitting, and felting!

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Debra Bachmura, Psy. D (She/Her/Hers)

Psychologist

Full Bio

Specialty:

  • Diagnostic psychological evaluations
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • School psychology
  • Family and couples therapy

Style and Approach:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive assessments

Works Best With:

  • All ages and genders

Education:

  • Bucknell University BA Psychology
  • Widener University Psy. D. in Clinical Psychology with concentrations in family and couples counseling and School Psychology
  • Masters degree from Widener University in clinical psychology

Why I Love CICS:

I really enjoy the variety of work I am able to do here, ranging from therapy to evaluations to testing.

Fun Facts About Me:

Many of my patients know me as “Dr. Deb”!

 

 

Lorraine Baltz, LMFT (She/Her/Hers)

Director of Behavioral Health and Family Therapist

Full Bio

Specialty:

  • Family
  • ODD
  • Attachment
  • Couples
  • Family structure
  • Parenting

Style and Approach:

  • Direct
  • Family systems

Works Best With:

  • Whole family
  • Couples
  • All ages and genders

Education:

  • MA from LaSalle University in Marriage and Family Therapy

Why I Love CICS:

I enjoy the support systems from co-workers and the diverse range of specialties they each possess.

Fun Facts About Me:

I love traveling abroad and riding motorcycles in addition to spending time with my husband and baby!

 

Peggy Bressette, MSS, LCSW (She/Her/Hers)

Psychotherapist

Full Bio

Specialty:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Autism
  • ADHD

Style and Approach:

  • CBT
  • Play Therapy
  • TFCBT

Works Best With:

All ages and genders

Education:

  • MSS Bryn Mawr University, Bachelors in Social Work,  Honors in Fellow, Child and Family Wellbeing

Why I Love CICS:

I love the communication and teamwork between all the services at CICS.

Fun Facts About Me:

I was a military spouse for 22 years!

Deidre Folk, MSW, LSW (She/Her/Hers)

Psychotherapist

Full Bio

Specialty:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Couples
  • Family
  • ODD

Style and Approach:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Family Systems
  • Insight-Oriented
  • Strengths-based
  • Collaborative

Works Best With:

  • All ages and genders
  • Challenging adolescents and their family systems

Education:

  • Master of Social Work from University of Pennsylvania 

Why I Love CICS:

I love working with dedicated individuals who desire to make a positive impact on families.

Fun Facts About Me:

I keep a collection of knock-knock jokes and brain teasers in my office desk at work!

 

 

Devon Layfield, MSW, LSW (She/Her/Hers)

Psychotherapist and Advocate

Full Bio

Specialty:

  • Trauma

Style and Approach:

  • Client-centered cognitive behavioral therapy
  • TF-CBT

Works Best With:

  • Children and adolescents

Education:

  • MSW from West Virginia University

Certifications:

  • Certificate in Integrated Mental and Behavioral Health
  • Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Why I Love CICS:

I love being a part of an integrated team. It’s so beneficial to be able to communicate with other parts of the treatment team in order to provide the best care.

Fun Facts About Me:

I love traveling and doing outdoor activities like kayaking, snorkeling, and bungee jumping. I once did a 440 foot bungee jump in New Zealand!

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Liz Lowe, MA, LPC (She/Her/Hers)

Psychotherapist, Research Associate, and Advocate

Full Bio

Specialty:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • OCD

Style and Approach:

  • Client-centered cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • TF-CBT

Works Best With:

  • All ages and genders

Education:

  • Undergraduate at Cedar Crest College
  • Graduate at Rosemont College

Certifications:

  • Training and consultation in ERP for OCD

Why I Love CICS:

I really enjoy the range of colleagues knowledge and experience, and my ability to work with diverse population of clients and families.

Fun Facts About Me:

I have two elementary school kids and a few pets. I also have my motorcycle license, enjoy sports cars, and love playing board games, card games, and some video games.

 

Nick Mediate, MAC (He/Him/His)

Psychotherapist

Full Bio

Specialty:

  • Video Addiction, particularly for video games

Style and Approach:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 
  • Family Systems

Works Best With:

  • Young men aged 6-25

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Pace University
  • Master of Arts in Counseling from Arcadia University 

Why I Love CICS:

It’s great being able to work with such supportive and helpful colleagues and admins everyday.

Fun Facts About Me:

I once got into a dance battle in the middle of Webster Hall in New York City!

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Tommy Rohn, MA, LPC (He, Him, His)

Clinical Director of On-Demand Services

Full Bio

Style and Approach:

  • Eclectic

Works Best With:

  • All genders aged 12-21

Education:

  • BA from Lehigh University
  • MA in counseling from Lehigh University

Why I Love CICS:

I love helping children overcome personal struggles by finding balance and meaning in life. 

Fun Facts About Me:

I have four children ranging from 10 to 18 years old!

Nicole Rooney, M.Ed (She/Her/Hers)

Director of Behavioral Support Services

Full Bio

Specialty:

  • Integrated Behavioral Healthcare
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • Child Development

Style and Approach:

I work in a way that tailors interventions and treatment to the patient. Additionally, I love working in an integrated and collaborative format with my colleagues.

Works Best With:

  • Children and adolescents ages 2 through 21

Education:

  • East Stroudsburg University – Early childhood education & Child Development
  • Arizona State University- Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on Applied Behavioral Analysis & Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Arizona State University- Integrated Behavioral Health

Certifications:

  • Pending certification as a licensed behavioral specialist

Why I Love CICS:

I love the team atmosphere. We all share a mission to serve.

Fun Facts About Me:

Before having children I was a professional musician!

Care Navigation

Brittany Kiefer (She/Her/Hers)

Care Navigator

Full Bio

Administrative Tasks:

I manage scheduling and the intake process for new patients. Additionally, I can answer any patient question and direct them to right people. 

Why I Love CICS:

I love being able to work with our great families and patients ever day.

Fun Facts About Me:

I am a huge Harry Potter fan, and actually had a Harry Potter themed wedding!

 

 

Billing

Michelle Miller (She/Her/Hers)

Director of Billing Administration

Full Bio

Administrative Tasks:

I oversee the Billing Department and maintain billing procedures and workflows. Additionally, I communicate with our patients and families in regards to their insurance and billing questions.

Why I Love CICS:

I love being part of such an amazing team and having the opportunity to help families and patients in need.

Fun Facts About Me:

I love numbers and am very good at math! I am the mom of 3 beautiful girls and the furmom of 3 adorable dogs, who I  enjoy going on annual family vacations with in Outer Banks, North Carolina!

Michelle Panagopoulos (She/Her/Hers)

Medical Biller

Full Bio

Administrative Tasks:

I assist with insurance verification, processing patient payments, claims submissions, and various tasks delegated by our billing manager.

Why I Love CICS:

I really love being able to be a part of a team that helps families and patients with their mental health needs. Mental health services are so important and I am very grateful I get to help our patients.

Fun Facts About Me:

I’m a self-taught digital artist with a love for sci-fi and fantasy themes. I love cats, plants, and creative writing!

Data and Technology

Sage Herrick (She/Her/Hers)

Director of Data and Technology

Full Bio

Administrative Tasks:

I implement new software to make CICS run better and design architecture for CICS’s unique dataset. I also manage marketing initiatives and IT support.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts Lehigh University 

Why I Love CICS:

I love being around providers that don’t just strive for the standard of care but aim for excellence above it.

Fun Facts About Me:

I grew up in a small northern New Mexico town, and I’m currently working remote from sunny Albuquerque. In my free time I rock climb, crochet, read, and will join another choir when it is safe to do so!

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Zach Day (He/Him/His)

Content Marketing Specialist

Full Bio

Administrative Tasks:

I manage the CICS website and keep it updated with content. I also assist with other marketing initiatives.

Education:

  • BS from Lehigh University

Why I Love CICS:

I love being able to apply my interests in marketing for a company that helps others.

Fun Facts About Me:

I play five instruments: Guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and ukulele!

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