Jeanne Amerine, PMHNP-BC
Jeanne Amerine, BA, MSN is a licensed psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in the management of psychiatric problems across the lifespan, including comprehensive psychiatric assessments, diagnostic reasoning, treatment planning and medication management. Ms. Amerine has 25 years of nursing expertise with patients of all ages in critical care and high stress situations.
Ms. Amerine received her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from North Carolina Central University.
Among Ms. Amerine’s many areas of volunteer community service are Paws4Ever Animal Shelter and Crossroads Animal Sanctuary.
17th Street Office
Pam Wenning, FNP
I have been practicing as a Family Nurse Practitioner for over 22 years in a variety of clinical settings. Areas of specialization include both acute and chronic illness in both the adolescent and adult population. My psychiatric experience includes both addiction and inpatient hospitalizations with a special interest in eating disorders. I work very closely with Dr. Mathew with both the diagnosis and proper treatment of mental illness.
I received my Masters degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I have been in the Wilmington area for 15 years with my husband and three sons. My special interests include personal fitness, keeping up with my three sons, and working with tumbled and recycled glass- having started my own business over the last year.
I consider it a blessing to have clients both involve me in their lives and entrust me with their care.
Julie L. Frederiksen, PMHNP
Welcome to Trinity Wellness Center! My name is Julie Lane Frederiksen, NP, and I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I treat a wide range of mental health and brain diseases and disorders.
My philosophy of care is simple: Educate the patient and family while identifying the various and often multi-modal treatment options, including medication where appropriate, that optimize patient (and family) quality of life. I believe in high quality, evidence-based and compassionate care that empowers.
My areas of clinical interest include treating adults and adolescents with cognitive dysfunction, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, tic disorders, migraines, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, addiction and Bipolar disorder, in addition to my work as a wellness coach.
Combined, I have almost 15 years of experience working in the fields of neurology and psychiatry in my roles as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner. I spent the last decade working in a Wilmington-based general and specialty neurology practice. I enjoy spending time with my husband and our three daughters. I love running, yoga, sailing, reading and peanut M&Ms. I am active in the local Episcopal Church and have worked in youth ministry for decades. I am excited to join the Trinity Wellness team as I believe in the Mind, Body, Spirit philosophy of care. I look forward to working with you!
Dawn Richard Cook, MA, LPC
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. I earned a Master of Arts degree from Webster University and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from East Carolina University. My experience includes over 10 years in the field of mental health and developmental disabilities from a variety of work settings; community mental health, school guidance, contract mental health, and private practice. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with ADHD, childhood behavioral disorders, depression, bipolar, anxiety, pervasive developmental/autism spectrum disorders, and adjustment disorders.”
Originally from Jacksonville, NC, I have proudly worked with the community serving active duty military and their families within my professional career. I have experience working with issues surrounding deployment transitioning and readjustment, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
F. Rhett Saravia, LPA
I am a psychologist who has provided mental health services in N.C. for over thirty years. I enjoy helping people develop skills that will empower them to address the many challenges of life. I have extensive experience treating a broad spectrum of issues including anxiety, stress, mood disorders, addiction, physical and emotional abuse and chronic and severe mental illness. My therapeutic approach is targeted to the specific needs of the client. Some of the highly effective tools that are utilized through Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, DBT, Neurofeedback and Clinical Hypnosis. Hypnosis is very helpful in teaching people how to relax, decrease anxiety and depression. It is useful for the treatment of smoking cessation, eating disorders, pain management and the resolution of trauma.
To help people obtain their optimal functional state I am very pleased to offer the LENS system of neurofeedback. It is a very safe, non invasive approach that combines computer technology and EEG to help improve brain functioning and this can translate into increasing functional capacity in the tasks of life. We have seen anxiety and depression decrease and improvement in ADHD symptoms combined with therapy and a good treatment plan.
I enjoy working with couples and helping them learn communication skills to resolve conflict and increase connectedness.
Psychological Assessments and testing (i.e. Diagnostic, Personality and I.Q.) are other services I offer. I can provide training in stress management, conflict resolution and communication skills. I also test clients for ADHD.
I worked in the development of several community resources that are still thriving. Some of these include the first women’s resource center now called the Cape Fear Domestic Violence and Services, the first psychological program for persons with severe mental illness called Ocean House and the first apartment for persons with mental illness Sherwood Village. I assisted with several Federal Grants for the homeless that resulted in the apartments known as Fourth Quarter, Hopewood, Driftwood and the Sargent Ashley Center.
I have worked with veterans doing PTSD groups and individual treatment.
I graduated from the University of Dayton and received my Masters in Psychology from the State University of Georgia at Carrollton. I have been influenced the most by the Positive Psychology of Dr. Martin Seligman.
Kevin Ponnett, CSAC
I am a substance abuse counselor and psychologist who was educated at Immaculata University. My interests include addiction treatment, sports psychology and yoga. I have extensive experience in treating a wide variety of addictive disorders, emotional and behavioral problems and dual-diagnosis issues (addictive disorders coupled with mental health disorders) in both the public and private sector. My clients appreciate my use of humor and my ability to motivate their recovery.
Market Street Office
Louise Coggins, LCSW
I earned my BA in Psychology and Masters in Social Work at UNC-Chapel Hill. I am a psychotherapist in private practice in Wilmington and Raleigh and a Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work. I have worked with individuals, couples, families and groups for 42 years. I am the Chair of the Board at the UNC School of Social Work; Chair of the Board of VISIONS, a non-profit international multi-cultural anti-racism training organization; Chair of the Board of Directors of the Wright’s Center, an adult day health care center; and Vice-Chair of Make Way Partners, an international organization combating human trafficking and sex slavery. I have been active in issues related to the status of women, domestic violence and child abuse, and have raised funds for many worthy groups and organizations, including The Fuller Center for Housing, the American Cancer Society and the AIDS Service Agency of Wake County. I was honored with the YMCA Academy of Women Human Services Award in 1999, and the School of Social Work Outstanding Alumna of the Year 2006. I am a lifelong Episcopalian and have been married 42 years to Steve Coggins, an attorney.
Cameron Gordon, PhD
I earned my MA and PhD in clinical psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill and after nine wonderful years seeing clients in person at Trinity Wellness Center I am now specializing in seeing clients exclusively through our telemedicine platform. The experience is very much like speaking with someone through Skype or FaceTime, except that telemedicine software was designed to enable physicians to meet more conveniently with their patients, thus it is more secure and HIPAA compliant. In my experience, clients have found the interaction to be surprisingly similar to in-person sessions and they have appreciated the convenience of meeting electronically so they can squeeze a session into a busy work day by avoiding travel time, sitting in the waiting room, etc. So, if you are reasonably comfortable with technology and would like to give it a try just call our office to schedule a telemed appointment and I would be glad to see you!
Overcoming hardship is a complex and challenging task. I have extensive experience working with adults who are suffering from relationship difficulties, stress, depression, anxiety, grief, guilt, trauma, and anger. My approach to therapy is focused on a non-judgmental examination of the difficulties a client is facing. I learn from clients what they do well and what they wish to work on in therapy. Then I join them in the process of developing and implementing strategies that will effectively address their goals. Through this process, my clients learn to maximize their strengths in order to overcome their difficulties. I also work with satisfied individuals and couples. Those who are not distressed are in a wonderful position to prevent the development of problems or to further enhance their lives and create new ways of cultivating joy and having fun!
Whether you have had your life turned upside down or you simply want to learn effective relaxation techniques, everyone can benefit from setting aside time to focus on enhancing their lives and their relationships. Helping people do this is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job and it often turns out to be a lot of fun for both me and my clients.
Jennifer Upchurch, MSW, LCSW
I received my Master’s degree in social work from East Carolina University, where I concentrated in mental health. I completed my internship at the Oaks Psychiatric Hospital. There I provided crisis counseling for individuals and groups. Before I completed my clinical training I worked at HomeCare Management with children and adults with autism, mental retardation and behavioral disorders. Prior to joining Trinity in 2005, I spent the past five years as a therapist at Southeastern Center for Mental Health where I worked with individuals with mood, anxiety and psychotic disorders as well as co-occurring substance use problems. My interests also include supporting clients during certain major life transitions such as grief, pregnancy and healthy attachment in the infant-parent relationship. I also have received specialized training in EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. This treatment has been enormously effective for individuals whom have experienced traumas or stress in their lives.
I can be reached at 910.228.8522.
Heather Lanier, MSW, LCSW
I grew up in Pender County and moved to New Hanover County in 1999. I graduated from UNCW in 2003 with a BA in Psychology. I then received my graduate degree in Social Work from East Carolina in 2005. I have been licensed as a Clinical Social Worker since 2007. I began practicing as a therapist in Pender County in 2005. My experience has consisted of work at the Mental Health Center, Community agencies, and then in Private Practice. I also work as a clinical supervisor for provisional licensed social workers. I was trained in Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from the Duke and Chapel Hill Collaborative program in 2012. This is a treatment model for children under 18 who have experienced a trauma (loss, abuse.) I am also training in LENS with Dr. Mathew. LENS, a form of neurofeedback, has the potential to improve brain function, performance, and mental health symptoms. I will be implementing LENS into my practice beginning in 20l4. I joined Trinity Wellness in May 2012 and I am committed to the patients and to maintaining its mission.
I accept most major insurances (BCBS, cigna, Medcost, Tricare, Aetna, Self-pay, etc.)
Patient Care Coordinator
Susan King Hubbard