Lloyd Chaser, LCSW
Lloyd has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) for 27 years now and has worked in the mental health and substance abuse field for over 40 years. He received an Associate’s degree in Community Services at SUNY Farmingdale and shortly after began his career in mental health. His first job in the field were as a Mental Health Worker in psychiatric hospitals in Northern Virginia and then in Washington, D.C. He moved to Richmond in 1980 to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and then soon after, his Masters at VCU. Lloyd continued to work on psychiatric units at the Psychiatric Institute of Richmond while he finished his degrees at VCU. Lloyd has provided individual and group therapy over the years in a variety of in and outpatient settings, including a residential substance abuse program. Prior to joining the Good Neighbor team in May 2014, Lloyd had worked at John Randolph Medical Center for 15 years as the Program Coordinator on the inpatient psychiatric units. Lloyd specializes in working with men and women struggling with depression, anxiety and other mood disorders, loss and grief, trauma, PTSD, and substance abuse. One of his best experiences at Good Neighbor was when he had a long-term client come back to say hello and to tell him that she was doing really well.
Lloyd also enjoys the commeraderie of his co-workers and the opportunity to work with such a team of professionals. Lloyd enjoys photography, spending time with friends, motorcycling and traveling. When not working, Lloyd says he just enjoys not working.
Janet Dawson, PMHNP
Janet is Good Neighbor’s newest Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has been in the nursing field for 38 years. Janet graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and received Master's of Science, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program. She heard about Good Neighbor through her preceptor when she was in school and wanted to be a part of the community that was so highly talked about. Janet thrives on connecting with others and being able to talk to all types of people. She cares about being authentic and genuine in order to connect with others and make a difference in each of their lives. Janet is currently taking all kinds of patients with mental health issues or people who need just someone to listen.
In her personal life, Janet is a frequent Starbucks customer. She enjoys taking walks in the park, especially when there is water involved, and being active in the Richmond community through volunteer activities and attending many of the ongoing music festivals. She has a dog named Nugget, because “nugget” means he’s worth gold.
Sedina Drake, LCSW
Sedina has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) for 5 years and joined the Good Neighbor team in April 2018. She got her Bachelors at UVA in Psychology and her Masters at Radford University in Social Work. Her first job in mental health before receiving her master’s degree was working in Poplar Springs with all ages inpatient hospitalization for a year, and then moved to working in-home and completing assessments with children with mental health disorders ranging from ADHD, to oppositional defiant disorder, bipolar disorder, and autism for 7 years. For the next two and a half years, Sedina worked at Hope Unity Freedom (HUF) center doing authorizations and assessments to see if people were eligible for the program, and supervising a clinical staff for an adult day program. Sedina is now happily serving a range of patients at Good Neighbor as an outpatient therapist at Good Neighbor. Her main clientele are children and adults, most with ADHD, depression, and other mental health issues. Her youngest patient is 8, and her oldest patient is 84.
Sedina went into the mental health field because she came from a broken family and dealt with anxiety as a child. Going through traumas in her own life have helped her relate to her clients in ways that others can’t. In her practice, Sedina uses positive visualization with guided meditation and emotional regulation techniques to help her clients deal with their traumas.
Outside of work, Sedina, enjoys getting outdoors with her 3-year-old son and husband, seeing her father from Lake Gaston, and visiting her mom at Chesapeake Bay.
Adria Gardner, LPC
Adria is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 10 years of experience in individual counseling and case management and has been with Good Neighbor for over 4 years. Adria wanted to work in mental health because of her own struggle with sadness. She found that with counseling, there was more than one way to solve a problem, and that allows a person to be really creative. Adria likes to educate her clients on some sort of relaxation techniques, whether its deep breathing or guided imagery, any sort of mindfulness, where maybe they use some things they see or hear around them as a way to help calm them down, when their emotions get out of control. Her areas of treatment include depression, anxiety, stress management/relaxation training, enhancing assertive communication, and improving self-esteem. She also has several years’ experience working with special populations such as adults dually diagnosed with mental health and mild intellectual disability and transgender people.
During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two cats and 5-year-old son, learning how to use a sewing machine, knitting/crocheting, going to the movie theater, and binge-watching shows on Netflix.
Jenny Marek, LCSW
Jenny is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has worked in the mental health field for about 12 years. She received her master’s degree in social work from VCU and worked full time while attending graduate school. Although she has worked with children and adolescents in the past, her focus is primarily on working with adults. She works with a wide variety of presenting issues, which include: trauma, grief and loss, substance abuse, mental illness, life transition challenges, and a variety of other mental health issues and life stressors. She specifically attempts to help individuals recognize their strengths, and recognize the inherent abilities that they have to manage the overwhelming life stressors being presented. She is always grateful and honored when individuals allow her to be a part of their journey, and is always struck by the resiliency and beauty within the human spirit. She uses a variety of treatment modalities to help individuals meet their goals.
When she's not working, Jenny enjoys reading, writing, and spending quiet/relaxing time outside. She also loves creating flower arrangements, and most recently has been planting her own flower garden-pots. As with life, some of the seeds and plants are sprouting, and doing really well, and some are not, but the beauty is within the creation, and it’s all a process.
Linda Modelfino, PMHNP-BC
Linda has been a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Good Neighbor since September 2018. She grew up in Long Island, NY and moved to Glen Allen when she was young. Linda has been working in hospitals for 25 years, and started as a certified Nursing Assistant. While in nursing school, she worked at Chippenham Hospital’s Tucker Pavilion's ICU and when she graduated, she went into the medical side of CJW. She has worked on Vascular, Transplant, Renal, and Cardiac step-down as well as Cardiac Surgery ICU. She also has an extensive background in dialysis, as well as traveling to different ICU's in the area doing CVVH. She worked at MCV as a unit coordinator on acute care surgery, and then worked as a director of nursing at a local prison. Linda has always loved nursing. She enjoyed working in critical care where she could really help her patients. At Good Neighbor, Linda specializes in a vast array of psychiatric issues; including depressive disorders, schizophrenia, BPD, ADHD, autism, IDD, dementia and many other mental health issues. Her patient populations includes the life span from children to geriatrics. Her best day at Good Neighbor was when a client came into her office after 4 weeks of appointments to share the news that her problems with depression and anxiety were feeling under control.
Outside of work, Linda enjoys spending time with her spouse and their 10-year old son who is autistic; together they go fishing, camping, and like to travel all over. They also own several domestic and farm animals. Her son loves them and uses them as therapy.
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