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Lesley Sanders, PsyD, President


Dr. Lesley Sanders is a clinical psychologist licensed in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. She is passionate about working with children and their families who are experiencing difficulties in the area of affect regulation, school performance, attention difficulties, marital discord, and developmental challenges. Dr. Sanders has specialized training and expertise in the areas of Infant Mental Health, Maternal Mental Health, and Attachment. She has worked in various settings including outpatient clinics, hospitals, schools, and private practice. Dr. Sanders has many years experience successfully helping individuals and families with a broad spectrum of concerns and difficulties utilizing different treatment techniques and methodolgies, including psychological assessments and therapy.

Dr. Sanders has specialized training and expertise in the areas of Infant Mental Health and Maternal Mental Health, addressing concerns including feeding/sleeping issues, regulation, transition difficulties, and developmental delays. She also provides psychological, developmental, and admissions testing. Dr. Sanders conducts play therapy, family therapy, parent guidance, as well as school consultations. She works with families who are experiencing developmental, educational, social, mood and sensory challenges. Dr. Sanders obtained her doctoral degree from The George Washington University, completed her predoctoral internship at Tulane University School of Medicine, and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at The University of Virginia Department of Psychiatric Medicine.

Meaghan R. Doyle, PsyD


Meaghan R. Doyle, Psy.D. is a Psychology Associate with Lifelong Wellness D.C. Dr. Doyle’s pre and post-doctoral training has focused on psychological assessment and therapy with adults and children. In addition to conducting outpatient therapy, she also provides psychological testing and behavioral support services to children in the Public Charter School system in the District of Columbia. Prior to graduating in 2015 with her Psy. D. from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Dr. Doyle completed an APA accredited internship at Deveraux Advanced Behavioral Health in Newfoundland, PA where she provided therapy and assessment services to adults with co-occurring psychiatric and intellectual disabilities. Additional educational accomplishments include an MS in Clinical and Community Counseling from John’s Hopkins University and a B.S from Frostburg State University. Prior to entering the mental health field, Dr. Doyle was a Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselor with the State of Maryland. There, she earned her technical specialty in transitioning youth and Autism. Dr. Doyle has also conducted several webinar series on psychological assessment for the University of Arkansas CURRENTS aimed at helping VR counselors better understand and interpret psychological testing data. Most recently, she presented at the 2017 Maryland Rehabilitation Association/Division of Rehabilitation Services conference on the use of psychological testing data to determine eligibility and service planning for VR counselors.

Ave Maria Renard, PsyD, MSN


Ave Maria Renard is a Clinical and Health Psychologist licensed both in Washington, DC and North Carolina. She brings to Lifelong Wellness many years of holistic health care for couples, individuals and groups challenged by life’s transitions. Dr. Renard has training, experience and expertise both as a registered nurse and a psychologist, in the areas of Reproductive Healthcare, Community Health, Integrative Medicine, applied research and academia. She worked in diverse professional settings that include hospitals, high schools, shelters, outpatient clinics, universities, and private practice. She offers strength-based services in psychotherapy; skills-building health workshops; psychoeducational groups, and clinical or health related presentations. Her particular clinical and health interests address anxiety, chronic pain, depression (including postpartum depression), grief and loss (death, diabetes, cancer), and mindfulness practice. She honors and supports each client’s need to authentically re-engage and connect with others.

Dr. Renard obtained a doctorate in psychology from the George Washington University. She completed a predoctoral internship through the Department of Psychiatry at East Carolina University (ECU). Her two year fellowship was completed with the Department of Psychology and the Center for Health Disparities Research also at ECU. Her nursing degrees were awarded through the Catholic University of America. Dr. Renard actively participates in a peer consultation group and maintains wholistic self-care. This results in her well received psychology services. She also uses measures of client progress to achieve optimal therapy outcomes. She consults with multidisciplinary clinicians. Dr. Renard adapts various psychotherapy modalities to address the specific needs of her clients. These modalities include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotion Focused Therpay and Brief or Long-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Dr. Renard works purpose-to-action and is a life-long learner.

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Sylvia Sanders, PhD, Literacy


Dr. Sylvia B. Sanders is a literacy consultant and reading specialist. She believes that learning to read is the new “Civil Right for All Children.” Finding children’s interest is the first important step in helping less proficient readers improve their reading skills. Many times students are identified as having behavioral or discipline problems when the core problem is their inability to read.

Dr. Sanders has been an advocate for helping children see themselves as readers, so they can say, “I can read!” She was instrumental in bringing the world-renowned program, Reading Recovery, to twenty-seven (27) elementary sites, in the District of Columbia Public School System in the 1990’s.

Dr. Sylvia Sanders has expertise in helping schools develop standards-based classrooms, align instruction and assessment practices, implement balanced literacy curriculum and provide professional development directly to teachers/instructional coaches in the schools and through literacy institutes. She has also held positions as an elementary teacher, and reading resource teacher. She has co-authored several research studies on comprehension and has been an Adjunct Professor at Howard University, in Washington, DC and Towson State University in Towson, Maryland.

Her educational background includes a Ph.D. in Reading/Curriculum and Instruction, from the University of Maryland; M.Ed., Early Childhood Education/Reading; and B.A., Elementary Education, Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Her role with Lifelong Wellness is to conduct reading assessments, identify children’s strengths, needs, and interests, in the area of reading and provide strategies and recommendations to improve their reading proficiency in the home and classroom settings. She will also provide referrals for individual reading tutors, as needed.

Ellen M. Griffiths, MPH, RD, LD


Ellen Madison Griffiths is a registered and licensed dietitian. She holds a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan. She has many years of experience working in a variety of settings including the WIC federal nutrition program, acute care hospitals, nursing homes, group homes, behavioral health facilities, and currently with nutrition services for senior citizens in the District as part of TERRIFIC, Inc. Her areas of clinical expertise include nutrition in chronic disease management especially Type 2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, weight management, and behavioral health nutrition including eating disorders care and issues of distorted body image. She is the Secretary of the Behavioral Health Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group affiliated with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.