Our Team

Dr. Julie A. Galvin, PhD

DIRECTOR, LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST, NATIONALLY CERTIFIED SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST

Dr. Galvin is a Fully Licensed Psychologist in the State of Michigan and she is also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). In addition, Dr. Galvin is an Adjunct Specialist at Michigan State University in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education. Dr. Galvin has been a field supervisor, training doctoral students and other graduate students in the field of psychology for more than 20 years.

Dr. Elizabeth Snyder, PhD

Clinical Director
Doctoral Limited Licensed Psychologist, Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)

Elizabeth Snyder earned her Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Spanish before earning her Doctorate Degree in School Psychology at Michigan State University. Her dissertation focused on reading instruction for English Learners. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and numerous professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association and National Association of School Psychologists. She started her career in the public schools in rural Michigan before moving to private practice.

Heidi Stevens, MA, CAS

Doctoral Temporary Limited Licensed Psychologist, Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)
Doctoral Candidate ABD
Director of Client Services

Heidi utilizes her background as a School Psychologist to help parents, families, children, adolescents, and young adults in the areas of organization, academic skills, anxiety, depression, and social skills.

Troy Marks II, MA

Temporary Limited License Psychologist

Troy began his career working in the Detroit Public school district for social-emotional development before transitioning to outpatient therapy to focus more on mental health issues. Through group and individual therapy, he is most experienced in mood disorders, trauma, and emotional regulation. He uses humanistic and psychopathological approaches to better understand his clients.

Talar Bagdasarian, MA

Temporary Limited Licensed Psychologist

Talar earned her M.A. in Counseling Psychology at Wayne State University. She has previous experience at child-care centers and youth camps, both nationally and internationally. She has a passion for understanding the needs of all children, and enjoys working with clients from a variety of backgrounds. Talar is also active in her local Armenian community, and enjoys providing support to local Armenian youth organizations. 

Farah Qureshi, MA

Temporary Limited License Psychologist

Farah received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Michigan-Flint and her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Wayne State University. Farah specializes in child and adolescent populations presenting with ADHD, autism, depression, anxiety, trauma, etc. Farah has worked with families in the Flint and Detroit area, and also advocates for mental health in her South Asian, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, immigrant and Muslim communities. Farah’s current research focuses on the effects of social determinants on mental health from a political economy and Islamic approach.

Cindi Lonick, MA

Temporary Limited License Psychologist
School Psychologist
Board Certified Behavior Analyst

With over 15 years of experience, Cindi specializes in diagnostic assessments of learning disorders, autism, anxiety, and other social-emotional and behavioral difficulties. Her background in School and Community Psychology and Educational Psychology, coupled with certifications as a School Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst, equips her to navigate the complexities of education systems and provide tailored interventions to meet individual needs.

Dr. Lynice Towns, PsyD

Doctoral Limited Licensed Psychologist, Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)

Dr. Lynice Towns specializes in the treatment and assessment of school-aged youth as she has a background in school psychology. Dr. Towns has the experience of working with youth struggling with depression, anxiety, and trauma.

Dr. Lynice Towns earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Wayne State University. She recently earned her Doctorate degree in School Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. 

Jared C. Bonnici, MA

Temporary Limited Licensed Psychologist

Jared earned his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Michigan School of Psychology. He began his career running group therapy sessions for all age groups and a wide array of populations dealing with diverse presenting problems ranging from substance abuse and trauma to personality and eating disorders. His background in psychotherapy and applied behavioral analysis provides clients with a strong foundation of skills and a great ability to adapt to each client’s specific needs.

Dr. Julia B. Kubek, PhD

Doctoral Limited Licensed Psychologist, Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)

Dr. Kubek specializes in the treatment of school-aged youth who struggle with emotional and mood disorders (i.e. depression and anxiety), and who experience problems in social and behavioral functioning.

Joyce Kuribayashi MS

Temporary Limited Licensed Psychologist

Joyce has worked in outpatient counseling providing psychological testing and therapy and patients with with chronic pain. She has also facilitated substance abuse groups and created anxiety groups for mothers.

Joyce is also fluent in Mandarin and speaks conversational Japanese.

Dr. Emily L. Sportsman, PhD

Doctoral Limited Licensed Psychologist, Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)

Dr. Sportsman specializes in assessment and treatment of adolescents to promote social/emotional wellness and academic success. She also provides support and guidance for parents.

Since earning her PhD in School Psychology from Michigan State University in 2011, she has worked at many levels in the schools, including system change leadership. She has worked with children of all ages and has practiced high school psychology for over 9 years.

Dr. Jameel Smith, PhD

Licensed Psychologist, Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)

 Dr. Smith works as lead pediatric psychologist for Wayne Pediatrics and is part of a multidisciplinary team providing care to children and adolescents. Her work supports children and adolescents exhibiting anxiety, depression, enduring mental illness, neurological disorders, attention deficits and learning disabilities.

Sarah Rea, MA, MEd, TLLP

Sarah has more than 25 years of experience working in the educational setting, initially as a teacher and currently as a school psychologist. Sarah specializes in the diagnostic assessment of learning disorders and autism, as well as helping families navigate the confusing and often frustrating process of obtaining help for their children at school. She is well-versed in school procedures, practices, and special education laws. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and four daughters, their cat Max, and close friends. 

Nathalie Marinho, MA

Doctoral Temporary Educational Limited License Psychologist

Nathalie Marinho is a Brazilian doctoral candidate in psychology at Michigan State University (MSU). She collaborates in her advisor’s Hope Laboratory, and directs the MSU research team in mental health initiatives by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She is passionate about helping youth and families navigate psychological difficulties and find hope in the midst of life’s challenges. Nathalie will be completing her advanced practicum at the Galvin Growth Group for the 2023-2024 school year.

Christina DeGrand
MA CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Christina uses evidence-based practice and explicit instruction to address language and articulation deficits. She strives to make therapy fun and engaging, while still challenging the client to make progress.

Suzanne Biermann
MA CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Mrs. Biermann is a fully licensed speech-language pathologist in the state of Michigan and she is
nationally certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She has worked in a variety of therapeutic settings in Kansas, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Michigan. Mrs. Biermann has been a clinical fellow supervisor for the past 5 years.

She loves spending time with her family inuding her grandson hanging out or traveling. In her free time, she is an avid reader and active genealogy researcher.

Supporting Team Members

Flavia Reva

HR Coordinator & Administrative Assistant

Flavia is from Brazil and graduated in Architecture/Urbanism from the Federal University of Paraná. She speaks Portuguese, English, and advanced German, thanks to her travels around the world with her family, such as her move to Germany and the US. She is a bright and adventurous person who loves to travel and learn new things. In her free time, she loves to play with her children and do fun family activities, such as hiking and exploring nature.

Lexie the Therapy Dog

Certified Therapy Dog

Lexie is G3’s Certified Therapy Dog. She is a Mini Bernedoodle and was born in the Spring of 2021. She is a 24 pound ball of happiness.   She is certified as a Therapy Dog by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs and has also been awarded the credentials of Canine Good Citizen and Community Canine (CGCA) by the American Kennel Club.

Brenda Snellenberger

Medical Billing

Brenda is the Owner of Lakeshore Medical Billing LLC and provides insurance billing services to Galvin Growth Group.  She has worked in the healthcare industry for 27 years and owned her Billing Service business for over 20 years.  Brenda has extensive behavioral health billing experience and a strong accounting background.   In her spare time she enjoys the beach, reading, walking/hiking and traveling with her husband and children.

Kara Ferreira

Website & Marketing Support, G3 Contributing Writer

Kara is the owner of Kara Co Creative, where she helps women-led companies establish their websites and everything they need to run their businesses online. She enjoys helping G3 to reach more people and provide resources to the local community through blog posts and social media content.

Barbara Stump

Art Education Consultant, G3 Contributing Writer

Barbara Stump is an artist and an art educator currently residing in Traverse City, Michigan. She has over 30 years of art teaching experience kindergarten through 12th grade. Barb earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Central Michigan University and her Master’s Degree is from Michigan State University. She taught dual enrollment art classes for Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University; Drawing and Painting at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp; portfolio workshops; and other art events for adults.