At TRC, we believe in the healing power of animals. The unconditional love, deep connection and light-heartedness that an animal provides is widely researched and supported by the counseling community. We understand that not all people are "animal" people and we respect that. Please let us know if you have any concerns or allergies and we will adapt to meet your needs.
Meet with Kelly at the Belden Village office
Dr. Megan Miranda (she/her) is the Clinical Director of the TRC - Akron office. She received her doctoral degree from The University of Akron in Counselor Education and Supervision: Marriage and Family Therapy. Megan is an independently licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with supervision status and Professional Clinical Counselor. Dr. Miranda received her Master’s degree in School Counseling. She has experience working with couples, families and individuals ranging from early childhood through late adulthood on a variety of presenting concerns.
Dr. Miranda owns The Azalea Institute. The Azalea Institute provides supervision, workshops and professional development opportunities for clinicians and mental health counseling services in West Akron.
Megan’s research interests relate to exploring effects of childhood trauma, specifically long-term implications of having been in foster care on relational functioning.
Outside of the office, Megan enjoys spending time with her daughter and dogs, Lilly, Link, Nika and Spock.
Teresa Rogers, Ph.D., IMFT-S, LPCC-S, AAMFT Approved Supervisor
Owner & Clinical Director of TRC
Meet with Melissa at the Belden Village office.
Lilly is 11 years old and Dr. Miranda's therapy dog. She has been trained and certified as an emotional support animal. She loves treats and to lay quietly at your feet. Lilly works with Dr. Miranda exclusively. Contact Dr. Miranda if you have any questions.
Megan L. Miranda, Ph.D., IMFT-S, LPCC-S, AAMFT Approved Supervisor
Clincial Director of TRC - Akron
Dr. Teresa Rogers (she/her) is the owner of The Relationship Center. She is a graduate from the University of Akron with a Doctorate of Philosophy, specializing in marriage and family therapy. Dr. Rogers is a licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist, a Professional Clinical Counselor and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Teresa collaborates with couples, families and individuals on a variety of presenting concerns.
Dr. Rogers has experience as a part-time faculty member at the University of Akron. She guest lectures and supervises Master-level students in the Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy programs.
Teresa’s research interests relate to integrating the therapeutic power of nature and animals when working with individuals and couples. Teresa offers nature-based eco-therapy sessions.
Outside of the office, Teresa spends her time at yoga or in nature with her husband & son. Teresa has four dogs, Bo, Hazel, Sunny & Roo, a bunny, Coconut & a guinea pig, Rainbow.
The Relationship Center
Meet with Elizabeth at the North Canton and Akron offices.
Greg Southard (he/him) is a graduate from the University of Akron with a Master's of Education in Marriage and Family Therapy and a background in Human Development & Family Studies. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a licensed Professional Counselor. As an LPC, Greg is under direct supervision of Renne Rodriguez-Dragomir. Greg has experience working with couples, families, and individuals with a variety of presenting concerns. Greg has also worked in a community mental health setting that specializes on the early childhood to teenage/emerging adulthood populations.
Greg is currently employed part-time by The University of Akron (UA), where he is an Assistant Lecturer in the Child and Family Development department. In his role at UA, he teaches multiple undergraduate level courses assisting students with furthering their education in understanding how children develop biologically, cognitively/emotionally, and socially.
In his free time Greg enjoys being active, and spending time with friends and family.
Melissa Tessmer (she/her) is a graduate from the University of Akron with a Master's in Education in Marriage and Family Therapy and a background in Psychology. She is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist and a licensed Professional Counselor As an LPC, Melissa is under direct supervision of Dr. Teresa Rogers.
Melissa has experience working with couples, families, and individuals with a variety of presenting concerns. Melissa has also worked in a community mental health setting helping clients of all ages from early childhood through late adulthood. Melissa utilizes a systems perspective with couples and families to gain insight into unhealthy communication and interaction patterns and restore trust in relationships. With individuals Melissa empowers clients to explore insight and be open to making positive changes in their lives.
Melissa believes in working in a collaborative environment with clients to achieve goals and has an interest in working with adolescents and teens, individuals, couples, and families. In her free time Melissa likes to be outdoors with her husky, Buster.
Meet with Sara at the North Canton office.
Kelly Linger (she/her) earned a Masters Degree in Sociology from The University of Maryland and a Masters in Clinical Counseling and Human Development from Walsh University. She is a Licensed Social Worker and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with supervision status. Kelly has experience as an adjunct professor at Walsh University and Stark State College. She worked in the fields of medical social work and treatment level foster care. Kelly has also worked in hospitals as an outpatient therapist in both Stark and Summit counties.
Kelly is an experienced clinician collaborating with children, adults and elderly clients. Her areas of specialization are anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationship issues, military, and trauma. Kelly is a Certified Counseling Trauma Professional, a Star Behavioral Health Provider, having completed training through the Center for Deployment Psychology. She also received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children and adolescents at The Beck Institute.
Outside the office Kelly enjoys yoga, running virtual races with her husband, spending time with her adult son, daughter, and son-in-law, and rehabilitating rescued retired racing greyhounds.
Renne Rodriguez Dragomir, MAEd, LPCC-S, IMFT-S, LICDC-CS
Clinical Director of TRC - Belden Village
Kelly Linger, MA, LSW, LPCC-S, CDCA
Meet with Dr. Miranda at the North Canton and Akron offices.
Renne (she/her) earned a Master’s of Arts in Education degree in Clinical Counseling, with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1999. She provides outpatient systemic therapy to couples, families, and individuals at The Relationship Center. She worked in Mutisystemic Therapy as a therapist, supervisor, and consultant for 17 years, which is an evidence-based practice that provides intensive home-based family therapy to at-risk youth and their families. She is also employed by Case Western Reserve University, where she is an Intensive Home-Based Therapy Consultant and Trainer for Ohio teams. In her role at CWRU, she provides state family therapy trainings, assists in the development of a home-based therapy toolkit, and has presented workshops at CWRU’s MSASS Department on evidenced-based practices. She has taught clinical courses and guest lectures to master’s students in the School of Counseling Department at The University of Akron.
In addition to Independent Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counseling
licenses; she holds an Independent Chemical Dependency Counseling license (which treats addiction). All licenses hold a supervisory status, which allow her to provide supervision to all three disciplines. Currently, she is a Doctorate Candidate in the Counselor Education and Supervision Program-Marriage and Family Therapy Track from The University of Akron. Out of the office, she enjoys spending time
with family and friends, fitness, and playing with her dog.
Meet with Greg at the Belden Village office.
Sara Satterlee (she/her) graduated from Walsh University with a Master's degree in Counseling and Human Development and has a background in Psychology and Sociology. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. She collaborates adults, adolescents and children with a variety of presenting concerns.
Sara specializes in supporting clients on gender exploration and transition. She works with transgender, gender fluid, and gender questioning adolescents and adults. Sara has expertise in developing and implementing clinical treatment groups for clients with gender dysphoria. Sara co-founded and facilitates TransCEND, a transgender support group in Stark County.
Additionally, Sara's expertise is helping children and adolescents with behavioral issues, emotional disorders, trauma, grief, divorce, and other transitions. She has experience as a school-based mental health therapist in Stark County as well as a behavior coach treating children with emotional and behavioral issues. She currently works in school based and office based mental health settings.
Elizabeth Molla, MA, IMFT, LPCC
TRC Animal Partners
Sara Satterlee, MA, LPCC
Director of TRC School Based Services
Melissa Tessmer, MA, LPC, MFT
Violet was found abandoned in a pile of sticks at 3 weeks old. TeamTRC has been raising and loving Violet as he grows strong and healthy. He is now our office kitten. If you would like to spend your session with Violet, please let your therapist know.
Individual, Couple and Family Therapy
Meet with Dr. Rogers at the North Canton office.
Greg Southard, MAEd., LPC, MFT
Elizabeth Molla (she/her) is a graduate from the University of Akron with a Master’s of Education in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor. Elizabeth has experience working with couples, families and individuals on a variety of presenting concerns. She has also worked at community agencies working with couples, families and individuals ranging from early childhood through late adulthood.
She is currently working towards a Doctorate of Philosophy, specializing in marriage and family therapy at The University of Akron. Her research interests relate to exploring grief symptoms experienced by children in foster care and potential long-term implications on adult functioning. Outside of the office, Elizabeth spends her time with her family, dogs, and cats.
Meet with Renne at the Belden Village office.
Specialties include but are not limited to: