Our Therapists

Our Therapists

Counselors in Royal Oak

Mike

LMSW, ACSW, BCD

Mike grew up in Ann Arbor, MI with his mother. At age of 20, he joined the United States Air Force where he began his journey towards helping others. While in the Air Force, he formed a mentor program called “People Providing Real Optimum Success“. Mike and other airmen went into the local high schools in Riverside, CA, and mentored young people who were struggling at home and in school. This experience inspired Mike to want to go back to school to become a therapist.

While it became very clear that this was his purpose in life to help others, he dealt with his own struggles. When he got out of the Air Force, he struggled with depression and a severe addiction to alcohol. This led him down a path to despair. In 2002, he hit a point of pain and desperation that led him into therapy as well as a 12 step program. Through therapy and the support of a fellowship of people, Mike was able to rise up and begin to follow his true calling. In 2004, he went back to school full-time and ultimately graduated with his Masters in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University.

While at Eastern, Mike established the first annual “Youth College Day” for young people aging out of the foster care system. This program was designed to provide a transformational weekend to inspire hope in disadvantaged youth.

After graduating from Eastern Michigan University in 2009, Mike started his journey as a therapist at the Ann Arbor VA Hospital helping veterans and their significant others deal with addictions and trauma. While at the VA, Mike was recognized by his peers and was awarded the designation of “Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work” by the American Board of Social Work Examiners.

While at the VA, Mike knew there was more to helping people than just the standard medical model of treating symptoms. This is why he ultimately left the government sector and started his own private Mind/Body Wellness Center. Mind Wellness Counseling is Mike’s vision of creating a place where people have access to high quality holistic mental health care. Mind Wellness Counseling combines his scientific background with integrative approaches like yoga, breath work, nutrition, and naturopathy.

“Both counseling and integrative wellness approaches have been a big part of my own personal journey to healing. That’s why I like to shout it from rooftops. My goal is to make Mind/Body Wellness available to all people that want it.”

As an extension of this goal, Mike does a very engaging and interactive podcast called Mind Wellness Guru. “Our goal with the podcast is to take you on your own wellness journey through 15 minute teachable segments and engaging interviews with wellness guru’s”. Mike can be found on Spotify, Apple Podcast, Podcast Addict, and Podbean.

Mike now resides in Grand Blanc with his wife Sameera and two step children Zahra (4) and Abdullah (11). While he is no longer a resident of Royal Oak, he knows that Royal Oak has a special place in his heart. “I love giving back to the Royal Oak community, giving back is an important part of my life”. Mike volunteers his time at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen when he has time and also volunteers his time as a mentor.

Counselors in Royal Oak

Lisa Petty

CYT, RYT 200

Certified Yoga Therapist, Yoga Instructor!

An active but serene lifestyle is what Lisa cherishes most! A wife and mother of two middle school children, Lisa has recently moved back to Michigan from sunny California! After losing her father to cancer seven years ago, Lisa took a 180 degree turn and decided to leave the fast pace of the corporate business world to become a part of the wellness community and becoming a certified yoga teacher. Lisa received her RYT 200 certification through Barefoot Movement in Oakland, California in 2012 and received her yoga therapy training through YogaMedics.

Lisa has always enjoyed running, cycling and skiing and still does, but finds the balance of movement and breath that yoga brings to a person’s life to be irreplaceable! She enjoys teaching all ages especially concentrating on alignment in poses and breath work. Lisa also enjoys teaching prenatal and vinyasa flow yoga; especially for the balance of strength and softness that these practices can bring to anyone’s life. Feeling a connection to our peers both on the mat and outside the studio is also key to living confident, happy lives. Lisa looks forward to being a part of the Mind Wellness community!

Sandra Scamardella_Therapist

Sandra Scamardella

Sandra Scamardella, a licensed mental health therapist in the state of Michigan, strongly believes in the power of self-exploration as a potent tool to navigate your internal world misalignment, addressed within a collaborative style of therapy. In her sessions, Sandra offers a safe and secure space for individuals to be their vulnerable and authentic selves and help uncover their innate ability to modify their own experiences.

In her regular practice, she guides her clients through life transitions, trauma, loss, anxiety, and depression, employing a combination of therapies including person-centered therapy, psychodynamic, somatic-focused therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, Emotion Focused therapy, and more.

Sandra earned her BA from the University of Michigan and currently holds an MA in Clinical Psychology from the Michigan School of Psychology’s Humanistic Psychology program. She has also worked locally to provide psychotherapy to individuals, families, and couples in community mental health and private practice settings.

Her intention as a therapist is to offer new perspectives to her clients through self-awareness, compassion, honesty, forgiveness, and sometimes even lightheartedness.

Savannah Dynkowski, LLMSW

Savannah Dynkowski

LLMSW, Clinical Coordinator

“Loving ourselves through the process of our story is the bravest thing we will ever do.” – Brené Brown

Let’s face it – life isn’t easy and we all go through storms that are difficult to weather. My goal as a therapist is to provide a safe space for you to explore yourself, heal, and become the best version of you in mind, body, and spirit. My mission is to collaborate with you to find and focus on your individual strengths, celebrate them, and use them to improve the areas you are struggling with and meet your goals.

My name is Savannah Dynkowski and I am a Limited License Master of Social work (LLMSW) in the state of Michigan. I received my Master of Social Work with concentrations in interpersonal practice and mental health from the University of Michigan School of Social Work and received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Oakland University.

I specialize in working with teens, adults, families, couples, and athletes in mental health, substance use and addiction concerns, mood challenges, and stress reduction. I have experience working with those who struggle with feelings of anxiety, depression, stress, addiction, relational concerns, emotional dysregulation, and also those who simply want a safe place to talk. I use a variety of evidence-based therapeutic practices and tailor them to fit each individual’s needs and goals.

Being here today, even just browsing shows bravery and courage. I look forward to meeting you where you’re at, learning about what makes you who you are, and working together on your physical, emotional, and mental health journey.

Amanda MWC Therapist

Amanda Glaros

LMSW, CAADC

Amanda Glaros, a licensed social worker, and substance abuse counselor in the state of Michigan, is a strong advocate of integrating a brain/body approach within a client’s healing journey.

A master’s degree holder in Social Work from Wayne State University in 2012, Amanda has trained under some of the world’s most renowned leaders in trauma research today. She has extensive experience working with diverse clients on a range of issues such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, substance use disorders, traumatic stress (domestic violence, sexual assault, adult survivors of childhood abuse, medical trauma, and single incident traumas such as car accidents), grief, spirituality, self-esteem, co-parenting, new motherhood, traumatic birth experiences, separation/divorce, and stress management.

Amanda collaboratively engages with her clients to create a goal-oriented treatment plan to reduce symptoms and rebuild resiliency. In her therapy sessions with adults and adolescents, she prescribes different treatment modalities, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, identifying, and focusing on personal strengths to develop coping skills for a lasting change.