Staff

Our clinical staff includes:

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Tina Bleau, M.A. Licensed Psychologist-Masters (802) 951-0450 X 1043

Tina is the Director of Outpatient Services for the Family Center. Tina is a Licensed Psychologist-Masters, specializing in the assessment and treatment of developmental trauma, adoption, and attachment issues. For over 20 years, Tina has provided consultation, supervision, and training to caregivers and professionals in childcare settings, mental health, post-permanency service agencies, and schools. She also provides psychological assessment services throughout the state. Tina is trained in EMDR, DDP (Dr. Hughes’ attachment model), and a variety of family systems modalities. Tina is a rostered Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) clinician. The ChildTrauma Academy acknowledges that Tina has completed NMT Training Certification through the Phase II level.


Dave Melnick, LICSW (802) 951-0450 X 1042

Dave Melnick, LICSW is the Director of the Transforming Trauma Collaborative at the NFI Family Center. For the past 40 years, Dave has worked in a variety of ​clinical settings including outpatient, residential treatment, and in public and day treatment schools. Along with his focus on Developmental Trauma, Dave has expertise in family therapy, adolescence, attachment, Reflective Practices, and Trauma-Informed Systems. He has provided trauma-informed services to over 150 schools in Vermont. In 2015, the ChildTrauma Academy (CTA) acknowledged that Dave had completed NMT Training Certification through the Phase II level, and between 2017-2021 he was a Fellow at the CTA. Dave teaches graduate classes for the Vermont Higher Education Collaboration, and is a presenter and consultant in Vermont, New York, California and Canada. 


Kaitlin Zura, M.A. Licensed Psychologist, Masters (802) 951-0450 X 1104

Kaitlin is the Assistant Director of Outpatient Services for the Family Center. Kaitlin is a Licensed Psychologist Master. She is a graduate of James Madison University and Saint Michael’s College clinical psychology program. At the family center, Kaitlin provides psychological assessment services, training and consultation, and does direct clinical work with children and families. Kaitlin is a rostered Child Parent Psychotherapy clinician. She has experience and expertise within the areas of attachment, adoption, trauma, and developmental disabilities.


Michael Piche, LCMHC (802) 951-0450 X 10330 X 1104

Michael is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who provides family based treatment to children and adolescents, in addition to couples and individual therapy with adults. He has worked in intensive residential treatment, community based wraparound, and out-patient mental health. Michael is certified in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and is integrating somatic interventions into family based treatment. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is a body based talk therapy used to resolve the impact of trauma and developmental adversity.


Erika Meierdiercks, LCMHC (802) 951-0450 X 1021

Erika is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor who serves youth and families, and has had experience across a variety of treatment settings, including community based services, schools, and outpatient mental health. Erika has expertise in working with individuals with gender and sexually diverse identities, and is a currently standing member of WPATH (World Profession Association for Transgender Health). Additionally, Erika specializes in developmental trauma and attachment. She uses a variety of modalities which incorporate best practice from CBT and Attachment-based treatment. Erika’s approach aims to access positive change through curiosity and empowerment. She is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University.


Olivia Start, LICSW (802) 951-0450 X 1102

Olivia has been a part of the Family Center team since 2021. She primarily works with children, adolescents, and families utilizing an attachment focus within her therapeutic work. The depth of her attachment focused works stems from completing Level 1&2 Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. Olivia has also completed an Intensive DBT training, and uses elements of this treatment modality when supportive for clients. 


Linda Lai Nga Li, LICSW (802) 951-0450 X 1032

Linda Lai Nga Li, LICSW was born and raised in Hong Kong. She speaks Cantonese, English and Mandarin. Before obtaining her MSW from UVM in 2010, she was an interpreter. She has almost 20 years of experience working with refugees and immigrants. She’s now working at the NFI (Northeast Family Institute) Family Center as Program Clinician and DEI (Diversity Equity and Inclusion) Consultant. She’s also an adjunct faculty at UVM Social Work Department. She had provided trainings to interpreters on mental health topics and trained providers on how to work with interpreters. She specializes in working with diverse populations, especially multilingual and multicultural families. She is a certified Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) provider. She devotes her practice and time to racial justice issues. She was the Board President of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Vermont Chapter from 2020-2022. She’s the current Chair of the JEDI (Justice Equity Diversity Inclusion) Committee NASW. She also served as one of the steering committee members for the Racial Justice Alliance Wellness Committee between 2020-2021.


Sara Kassel, Rostered Psychotherapist & Clinical Intern

Sara is a social work intern from Simmons University. She has experience working with children, youth, and families through a trauma-informed lens in a variety of settings including NFI Vermont’s Hospital Diversion Program and the Family Center. Sara’s areas of interest include creative arts, movement, and the natural world. Sara is also a clinical intern with NFI Vermont’s  Crossroads Adolescent IOP. 


Abigael Dillon, Office Manager (802) 951-0450 X 1101

As the Office Manager for the Family Center, Abigael’s wide ranging tasks include organizational, administrative, and receptionist duties. Abigael coordinates planning and presenting conferences, administrative support for the Trauma-Informed Schools Program, fundraising, and development. Additionally, Abigael is specially trained to score a variety of standardized measures for both psychoeducational and trauma evaluations.

Email: FamilyCenter@nafi.com

Phone: (802) 951-0450
Fax: (802) 652-2008
45 San Remo Drive, South Burlington, VT, 05403