Dawn Perez, MA, LPC, NCC, BCN is the owner and Clinical Director for BiofeedbackWORKS. Ms. Perez has completed advanced training in Neurofeedback, sLoretta, ROI, LENS and Infra Slow Frequency with their inventor’s Len Ochs, Mark Smith, and Tom Collura, respectively. She is a board member of the Mid-Atlantic Biofeedback Society. Throughout her 15 years of experience, Ms. Perez has worked for The Better Brain Center, NOVA Medical Group, as well BiofeedbackWORKS as a Neurofeedback therapist. She is a licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), is nationally certified as a mental health counselor (NCC), and has a certification in Neurofeedback (BCN).
After a career implementing information technologies for the government, Ms. Perez took time for her family while volunteering and supporting education for the underserved. This led to a desire to work in the field of mental health care. While obtaining her masters, Ms. Perez continued to learn all she could about the modality of Neurofeedback. “Through Neurofeedback we recognize the importance of a holistic approach to therapy that allows a person to be their best self. By creating better connections within the brain and optimizing functionality which support all aspects of behavioral health, we are accessing the greatest source of energy in the body.” Ms. Perez is exceptionally dedicated to utilizing effective tools and developing personalized plans for each client to help them achieve their goals.
Nina McCormack, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and neurofeedback practitioner. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She received her neurofeedback certification with training in EEG biofeedback, neurophysiology, and neuroanatomy. Ms. McCormack completed 21 years of service in the US Army and Coast Guard providing individual and group therapy for individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues, conducted suicide evaluations, and provided suicide prevention workshops. Currently in addition to her work at BiofeedbackWORKS, Ms. McCormack provides specialized counseling and support services to geriatric clients. She enjoys participating in on-going professional seminars focusing on the latest research and applications of LENS, QEEG and Alpha-theta protocols.
Archana Dogra, PhD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and neurofeedback practitioner. She is an empathetic and compassionate counselor with an emphasis on holistic well-being. Dr. Dogra has extensive experience helping clients work through anxiety, depression, mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, self-esteem issues, low academic achievement, parent-child relationship issues and other family conflicts. Her approach is collaborative and solution focused. Dr. Dogra utilizes her specialized training in Internal Family Systems, a therapeutic model designed to empower and work with clients in a non-pathologizing way, along with other evidence based approaches to achieve results for her clients. Dr. Dogra also conducts psychological testing for diagnostic purposes. She divides her time between her private practice in Manassas and BiofeedbackWORKS providing counseling and neurofeedback.
Danijela Nardelli, MA, LPC, NCC is a Licensed Professional Counselor at BiofeedbackWORKS. Ms. Nardelli made a career change from software systems engineering to pursue her passion of helping people heal, grow, and transcend personal and situational difficulties. She earned her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marymount University in December 2017. Ms. Nardelli’s counseling is rooted in a humanistic and existential framework of compassionately understanding her clients and collaboratively applying therapeutic tools that best meet their needs. She has experience with trauma informed strength-based solution focused, CBT, REBT, EMDR, and mindfulness approaches. Ms. Nardelli hopes to specialize in the treatment of trauma related and mood disorders.
Lynn Gibbons, LPC, BCN is a Licensed Professional Counselor and neurofeedback practitioner. After serving 8 years in the computer field for the Air Force, Ms. Gibbons began her career providing neurofeedback in 2003. She earned her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University and her neurofeedback board certification in 2013. She has worked for The Better Brain Center and Prince William County CSB providing neurofeedback and biofeedback for children and adults with issues such as anxiety, depression, attention-deficit disorder, PTSD, mild traumatic brain injury, developmental disabilities, and anger management issues. Ms. Gibbons has attended advanced training in QEEGs, Z-score and 19 channel sLORETA neurofeedback, and heart rate variability training. She attends the International Society of Neuronal Regulation yearly conference to stay abreast of new research and technologies to help clients reduce symptoms.
Aya Abdelhalim, BS is the office manager and a neurofeedback technician at BiofeedbackWORKS. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and is currently enrolled in an accelerated M.S. in Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience at George Mason University. For her thesis, Aya will be investigating the fronto-striatal circuitry in women with Opiate Use Disorder via an fMRI salience attribution study. During her undergraduate career, Aya worked in a lab at George Mason and conducted research on a pharmaceutical intervention aimed to alleviate anxiety and depression. Outside of school, Aya has experience working with foster youth and young children as she dedicated a year to serve underprivileged students in Miami-Dade County with Americorps. She acted as a role model, English and Literacy interventionist, tutor, and active member of the community. Aya is passionate about making the world a better place through scientific research and development.
Marisa Ohngemach, MA graduated from Christopher Newport University in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She played an active role in both of the following organizations that promoted awareness of mental health: NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) and Psi Chi: The Psychology Honors Fraternity. She graduated from Northwestern University in December 2020 with a Master’s degree in Counseling. Marisa began her therapeutic career at Peace of Mind Therapy, LLC located in Washington, D.C interning as a therapist-in-training. After two years, she began working at BiofeedbackWORKS as a technician as well as a resident in counseling in the state of Virginia. As a technician, Marisa implements neurofeedback protocols with the intention of treating symptoms of cognitive disorders through non-invasive methods of direct brain function training. As a resident in counseling, she works collaboratively with clients to develop a treatment plan outlined with measurable, achievable, and relevant goals. Her areas of interest include: depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicide risk management, and suicide prevention among adolescents and young adults.
Karen Van Winkle, MA, BCN is a consultant and EEG Technician at BiofeedbackWORKS. Ms. Van Winkle earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Family Studies at Towson University and her master’s degree in Forensic Psychology at the George Washington University. While earning her master’s degree, Ms. Van Winkle co-facilitated trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy for individuals and groups of adult sex offenders and juvenile sexual trauma survivors at the Center for Clinical and Forensic Services. She is currently continuing her education at the George Washington University where she is pursuing a PsyD in clinical psychology. Ms. Van Winkle has obtained her BCIA certification in neurofeedback and plans to incorporate neurofeedback in her future clinical endeavors.
Joan Ordmandy, MSEd, LPC, NCC, BCB, BCN is a renowned expert in the field of Biofeedback, having pioneered the use of innovative neurofeedback and biofeedback therapies during her career in New York, Texas, Idaho and finally Northern VA. She is a valued member of our staff currently providing technical training, case conference, and strategic protocol consultation weekly. Ms. Ordmandy is also a qEEG specialist and edits the qEEGs for our clinic. She is a senior fellow of the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America (BCIA), holding certification in both general and EEG biofeedback. Ms. Ordmandy is also a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience as a counselor in agency, clinical, in-patient, and school settings. She has taught graduate and undergraduate-level classes in Biofeedback, Neurofeedback, and addictions studies. Ms. Ordmandy is well-known and highly regarded among professionals in the field of bio and neurofeedback.