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.


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

Dave Melnick, LICSW is the Co-Director of Outpatient Services at the NFI Family Center, which he helped start in 2004. 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. Dave ​helped develop NFI’s ​Transforming Trauma Collaborative, a resilience-focused consultation and training program designed to help schools and organizations become better equipped to both prevent and address the impact of trauma and adversity. Dave teaches graduate classes for the Vermont Higher Education Collaboration, and is a presenter and consultant in Vermont, New York, and Canada. Dave received his master’s in social welfare from UC Berkeley in 1988 and is licensed in both the state of Vermont and New York as a clinical social worker. 


Michael Piche, LCMHC (802) 951-0450 X 1033

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.


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

Kaitlin is a Licensed Psychologist Master. She is a graduate of James Madison University and Sain 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.


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, M.S.W (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 NFI as a Program Clinician and DEI Consultant. She keeps her interpretation connection by training interpreters on mental health topics and providing training to 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.


Sara Kassel – Office Manager (802) 951-0450 X 1101

As the Office Manager for the Family Center, Sara’s wide ranging tasks include organizational, administrative, and receptionist duties. Sara coordinates planning and presenting Conferences, administrative support for the Trauma-Informed Schools Program, fundraising and development, and maintains the Family Center website. Additionally, Sara 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
3000 Williston Rd.  Suite #2
South Burlington, Vermont 05403