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  • All the Therapists at both STEP locations love being social workers and our passion for the profession shows through our work and ability to connect with our clients.
    • Reginald Vilmenay
      (LCSW, Owner)


      Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Human Relations at Pace University, New York. He received his Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University, New York. Mr. Vilmenay has more than 15 years of experience providing support to children, adolescents, and their families.

    • Tanya Johnson-Gilchrist
      (LCSW, MSW, MPH, CPH, PMP)

      Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Public Health Professional, Project Management Professional, Florida Supreme Court County Mediator Ms. Johnson-Gilchrist is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides therapeutic services to adults, children, couples, and families.

    • Lillian Perez
      (LCSW)

      She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Springfield College in Massachusetts and received her Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University in New York with a concentration in Substance Abuse. She has experience working with children, adolescents and families.

    • Laurence Ford
      (MSW, RCSWI)

      Laurence graduated from the University of South Florida with his Master’s In Social Work in August of 2016, a Graduate Certificate in Children’s Mental Health in December 2015, and a Bachelor’s in Psychology the December of 2009. 

    • Brittany Trenker
      (MHC)
      Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern for the State of Florida. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania and received her Master’s in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University in Arizona.
    • Ashley Stewart
      (LCSW)
      Ashley Stewart is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from USF and a Bachelors degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from UCF. She has experience working with youth, families, couples, and young adults. Ashley has devoted her studies to the growth and development of healthy minds. It is her goal to network and build bridges to create healthier communities.
    • Lacey Tucker
      (MSW, MPH , CPH)

      Ms. Lacey Tucker, MSW, MPH, CPH, has over 9 years of experience in the field of behavioral health. Ms. Tucker enjoys working with children and adolescents with mild to severe behavioral challenges associated with autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and diverse personality disorders.

    • Denise D. Solomon
      (MS, LMHC )

      Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She obtained her Bachelors in Social Work degree form Niagara University in New York, May 2001. She has obtained her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Troy University in Tampa, FL 2012. Mrs. Solomon has worked with children, families, individuals and couples. She is skilled with providing mental health and substance abuse counseling.

    • Adlin Loperena
      Intern

      Seeking therapy services can be a complicated process for some individuals. If you are currently seeking services for yourself or a loved one, you are already one step in the right direction.