Our Team

Our Team

Our team of culturally competent clinicians utilize quality, evidenced based interventions that work to care and support our military community. Veterans and their families can receive services as a family unit with the same treatment team.


Iman Williams Christians, PhD

Clinic Director

“Dr. Iman” serves as the clinic director for the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center. A clinical psychologist with over 12 years of experience, she earned her PhD from Jackson State University. Dr. Iman completed a postdoctoral fellowship with STRONG STAR, the world’s largest research consortium for the detection, prevention and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to military combat trauma. She is certified in Prolonged Exposure (PE) and is currently completing the Prolonged Exposure Consultant Program with Emory University.

She joined the Cohen Clinic at The Up Center from within the Cohen Veterans Network nationwide system of mental health clinics. Previously, Dr. Iman served as the clinic director for the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors in Killeen, Texas and as a clinician at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors in San Antonio, Texas.

Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dr. Iman was drawn to Virginia Beach for the opportunity to bring quality mental health services to one of the country’s largest populations of veterans and military families. She is passionate about treating PTSD and facilitating the change that occurs when clients regain meaning and joy in their life.

Beyond the Cohen Clinic at The Up Center, Dr. Iman enjoys hiking, mindful gardening, and caring for her flock of chickens.


Nicole Beauchamp

Practice Manager

Nicole Beauchamp is the practice manager of the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center. She has over 17 years of experience in medical billing with expertise in office management and software implementation.

She is thrilled to be part of an organization that supports veterans and military families in her adopted hometown.

Originally from Maryland, Nicole moved to Virginia Beach to be close to her family…and the beach. A cheerleader at heart, her motto is, “Team work makes the dream work!”


Sarah Pitzen, LPC, ATR

Lead Clinician

Sarah Pitzen serves as the lead clinician of the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center. A Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Registered Art Therapist (ATR), Sarah received a Master of Science Degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Over the course of her career, she has provided counseling and art therapy to veterans in a nursing home and hospice setting, to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in a woman’s shelter and to high schoolers in a day treatment program. In 2010, she joined The Up Center most recently serving as the assistant director of Clinical Services.

Sarah is the proud granddaughter of a WWII veteran and recipient of The Purple Heart. Her parents met while her father was serving in the Army, stationed at Fort Benning in Georgia. With family ties to the military, Sarah admires the loyalty and deep commitment service members have to each other and to their country. She is moved by the opportunity to give back to those who sacrifice so much.

Sarah and her husband have 3 children. Together, they enjoy going to the beach as well as hiking and camping in the mountains of Northern Virginia. Her other interests include painting, playing the piano and cooking.


Ivania Mathers

Data Manager

Ivania Mathers serves as the data manager of Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center. In her position, she responsible for the collection, quality assurance, and reporting of data within the Cohen Clinic at The Up Center. Ivania has an Associates Degree in Medical Administration – Billing and Coding from Ultimate Medical Academy and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in STEM at Liberty University.

She is motivated by the positive impact her work has on the mental health outcomes of veterans and military families.

Originally from Angola, Africa and raised in Toronto, Canada, Ivania speaks 5 languages fluently. Beyond the Cohen Clinic at The Up Center, Ivania enjoys going to the beach, comedy clubs and traveling.


Justin Engle

Outreach Manager

Justin Engle is the outreach manager for the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center. He has over 20 years’ experience in the health care field and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health and a Master’s Degree in Health Sciences from Excelsior College School of Health Sciences. Justin has completed additional graduate work in Clinical Research, Epidemiology and Physician Assistant Studies.

A retired Navy corpsman, Justin is a combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is driven by the opportunity to assist fellow veterans and their families as well as those still on active duty.

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, he was transferred to Norfolk in 2012 where he remained after retirement from his military service. Outside of the clinic he spends his time with my family, meditating, gardening and reading.


Julissa Corona

Intake Coordinator

Julissa Corona serves as the intake coordinator of the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Methodist University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Texas at El Paso. She gained practical experience at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center – Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit where she provided clinical services to active duty personnel, veterans and family members.

A military spouse, Julissa’s husband has served in the Army as a military musician for 16 years. Her brother served in the National Guard for 6 years as a mechanic. She loves supporting the military community by providing high quality care, informing research, and influencing change.

Julissa is originally from Panama, moving to Virginia Beach from El Paso, TX to due military relocation. Outside of the Cohen Clinic at The Up Center, she enjoys spending time with her family, running, cycling and camping.


Brian Helm, LPC

Clinician

Brian Helm is a clinician at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from UNC Wilmington and a Master’s Degree in Community and Addictions Counseling from the College of William and Mary.

An Army veteran, Brian served one tour with the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He is driven to support those who have defended our country, and seeks to help clients complete the loop from service and sacrifice in military life to success in the civilian world.

Among his mottos is a quote by Maya Angelou, “You may not control all the events that happened to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” Outside of the clinic Brian stays active with his family by surfing, biking, hiking and camping.


Danielle Rogers

Receptionist

Danielle Rogers serves as the receptionist for the The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Norfolk State University. Danielle gained practical experience in the field of mental health as a therapeutic day treatment counselor in which she participated in the resolution of problems and crisis interventions.

Born and raised in Norfolk, Danielle is honored to serve the military community in her hometown. She is the proud niece of an aunt who is active duty in the Navy and a cousin who is active duty in the Army.

She lives by the motto, “You only have one life to live, choose a happy one.” Outside of the clinic she plays with her children, shops, paints, dances and travels.


Michelle Maddalozzo, LCSW

Clinician

Michelle Maddalozzo is a clinician at The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois and a Master of Arts Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. She is currently pursuing a Doctor Doctorate of Social Work Degree from at the University of Tennessee. For nearly 10 years, Michelle worked as a contractor for the Air Force and the Navy at bases across the globe as both an embedded asset in special operations and in traditional military treatment facilities.

Michelle’s husband is active duty Air Force, while her brother is a medically retired Marine. She is passionate about helping veterans and military family members live happier, healthier lives.

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Michelle has relocated four times in eight years both overseas and stateside. Outside of the clinic Michelle likes traveling, coaching, and sampling amazing food.


Cindy Paauw, LCSW

Clinician

Cindy Paauw is a clinician with the The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Psychology and International Relations from the University of Rochester and a Master of Science Degree in Social Work from Columbia University with a focus on military personnel and families. She joins the Cohen Clinic at The Up Center from The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors in Killeen, Texas where she also served as a clinician. Prior to that, Cindy worked at Ft. Hood in Fort Hood, Texas where she provided counseling to active duty children and families.

Cindy’s husband is an active duty service member who was commissioned into the Army in 2010. Her firsthand experience within the military community has inspired her to serve those who have selflessly served our country. She wholeheartedly respects the resilience, strengths and unique experiences of this particular population. Her practice is guided by the idea from Carl Jung, “I am not what has happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”

Cindy and her husband have a young daughter who keeps them on the go. Together, they go hiking, biking and backpacking. Cindy is both an artist and a yogi.


Heather Wilson

Case Manager

Heather is the case manager for The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at The Up Center. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from American International College and a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Norfolk State University. For 11 years, Heather served as the intake and recruitment manager for the Therapeutic Foster Care & Adoption Services at The Up Center where she provided clinical services to children and families in the South Hampton Roads area. Over the course of her career, she has touched the lives of countless foster youth and families and has counseled both military and civilian adolescents, adults, and families.

Heather is the daughter of an Air Force veteran and the wife of a Marine veteran who currently serves as a first responder. She works tirelessly to connect veterans and military families with various community resources. Heather is also the founder and executive director of Kennedy’s Angel Gowns, a non-profit that provides hand-crafted burial Angel Gowns made from donated wedding gowns to bereaved families who have suffered the loss of a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Heather moved to Virginia in 2004. She currently resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and children. In her spare time, she enjoys, traveling, sewing, and spending time with her family.

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LOCATION
828 Healthy Way, Suite 105, Virginia Beach, VA 23462
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday
8:30am to 5:00pm
Tuesday
8:30am to 5:00pm
Wednesday
8:30am to 8:00pm
Thursday
8:30am to 8:00pm
Friday
8:30am to 1:00pm
2nd Saturday of Every Month
8:00am to 12:00pm
Other Saturdays and All Sundays
Closed

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