Psychotherapist, Consultant, Educator, and Presenter
Shellie is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. She has been Practicing in the Winchester, VA area since 1991 and has been a sex educator since 2002. She has presented and consulted nationally and locally on topics including Sexuality, Autism, and Relationships. Her husband of more than 36 years and one of her sons are on the Autism Spectrum. They have presented together on many occasions.
Ramon Selove, M.S.
Consultant, Educator, Presenter and Adminsitrative Assistant
Ramon is a Professor Emeritus of Anatomy and Physiology with 35 years of teaching experience. He specializes in Autism, Sexual Physiology, and Sexuality. As a man who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, his knowledge of autism goes beyond academic expertise. He is uniquely able to explain to others what if feels like to have autism.
Abby, Retired Therapy Dog
Abby worked in Shellie's practice and with the Animal Assisted Therapy program at the local hospital for 10 years before she retired in 2021.
Therapy dogs are a comforting presence in couseling sessions. They can also facilitate teaching social skills to people with autism.
Verna the Autism Service Dog
Verna was trained and is certified for public access by Susquehanna Service Dogs. Service Dogs are not like therapy dogs who work with lots of different clients. Service Dogs are trained to assist one particular individual who has a disability.
Verna helps Ramon with issues related to his autism (especially sensory over-stimulation).
Service Dogs are guaranteed public access under the Americans with Disabilities Act, so anywhere that you see Ramon, Verna will be there too.