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Dr. Sherra’ Watkins
Dr. Sherra’ Watkins, PhD, M.S., MA.Ed, LCMHC-S, LCAS, CRC, CCS, BC-TMH (Therapist)
Sherra´ McMillan Watkins, was born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC and currently resides in Charlotte, NC. is a graduate from East Carolina University with a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling & Administration. Sherra´ also obtained her M.S. in Clinical Counseling & Substance Abuse (2011), & MA.Ed in Health Education (2007) also from ECU. Dr. Watkins is a Substance Abuse approved Supervisor (CCS), and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS), Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), and Board Certified-Telemental Health Provider (BC-TMH).
Sherra´ began counseling as a Sexual Assault Advocate for sexual assault victims and working the National Suicide hotline. She is an experienced individual, couple, and family therapist. She specializes in depression and anxiety, chronic pain, chronic diseases and disability, child and adolescent behavioral therapy, relationship or marriage counseling, substance abuse counseling, career or vocational counseling, and counselor training & supervision.
She is a highly sought after presenter and keynote speaker in Mental Health and Substance Use Conferences. She is a subject matter expert in the areas of areas of resilience, trauma, micro-aggression, ethnic identity, home-based counseling, internet counseling, HIV/AIDS, addiction and multicultural issues within counseling and higher education.
Sherra´ holds memberships with several professional associations which include Eta Sigma Gamma, National Council on Rehabilitation Educators, Professional Association of Rehabilitation Counselors, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She has received personal honors from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and professional honors ECU Leadership Awards: 40 under 40 Inaugural Class.
Dr. Charla Blumell
Dr. Charla Blumell, MA, CHES, CHWC, Ed.D. (Coach)
Charla Blumell, is a Connecticut born, North Carolina resident, working in higher education in the Piedmont area. Charla’s role expands student knowledge and experiences in regards to the dimensions of wellness, attentiveness to inclusivity, addressing health equity, resiliency, and prevention efforts.
Charla’s wellness experience includes over a decade of teaching in public health at the collegiate level and in addition to this experience, she has been presenter for several local/regional colleges and universities, as well as the surrounding community, since 2001. Charla brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Sister WELLS working with adults on behavior change, through motivational interviewing and health coaching, individual and group. She is a subject matter expert in the areas of sexual health, healthy relationships, stress management, and self-care.
Charla is a certified health education specialist (CHES®), as well as certified health and wellness coach. In 2015, she completed her doctorate in Adult Education, with a concentration in health from North Carolina State University. Charla is a member of several professional organizations including NASPA, and SOPHE. She has also received personal honors from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., UNC-Chapel Hill Student Affairs Partnership Award (2017), and ECU Leadership Awards: 40 under 40 (2018).
Dr. Shawnté Elbert
Dr. Shawnté Elbert, MA, MCHES, TTS, CHWC, Ed.D. (Coach)
Shawnté is currently, is the Associate Vice President of Health & Well-being at The Ohio State University where she supports Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service, department of Recreational Sports, Student Health Services and Student Wellness Center.. Previously she served as the first Associate Dean of Health and Wellness at Central Washington University. She is a graduate of East Carolina University with a BS in Health Education and Promotion with a concentration in Worksite Health. She received her MA degree in Wellness from Chatham University and completed her Ed.D. from St. Thomas University in Educational Leadership and Management. Shawnté is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist, a Tobacco Treatment Specialist, and Certified Health & Wellness Coach.
For over 10 years she has served as a site supervisor for graduate and undergraduate Interns, co-advised Peer Education groups, and undergraduate chapters of her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta. She has served as an Adjunct Instructor teaching Peer Health, and Health and Wellness courses. She is active in the American College Health Association, where she sits on the Board of Directors and NASPA, in which she serves as the Co-Chair for the Wellness and Health Promotion Knowledge Community and on the Peer Education Advisory Board.
Shawnté has a tremendous passion for helping others achieve their goals and serves as a mentor and coach for many within higher education. Shawnté believes in professional development and mentoring, especially for underrepresented populations, as evident in her own personal successes, in part to the mentorship she received. She enjoys working for organizations that are forward-thinking, supportive of professional development, and will allow her to contribute her diverse talents and skills to make a long-lasting partnership.
We look forward to working with you to help you achieve wellness and healing. Please call or email us for an individual, couples, or family therapy and/or coaching, or training & consultation services today.