When we say “About Us”, we truly mean it’s “About the Team”! At EMS of Virginia, we strive very hard to create a culture of teamwork, accountability, and trust. In a field where the work can be challenging and rewarding at the same time, we recognize the need to have an environment that allows each person to feel comfortable, productive, and proud.
Here, you can learn more about our administrative leadership that supports our direct service team of around 30 Qualified Mental Health Professionals (QMHPs) who work in the field with our clients. We also have several Licensed-Eligible QMHPs who are working on licensure toward the LCSW or LPC who provide direct services to our clients.
Our administrative leadership team provides clinical supervision, clinical oversight, administrative oversight, quality assurance, community engagement, and are the steam behind the engine. Our QMHPs carry their work into the community and client residences as the engine of EMS. We recognize the hard work that goes into the day-to-day of serving others and helping them meet their goals, and are thankful for everyone who makes EMS possible (including our team, clients, and community partners!).EMS has been serving the Greater Richmond, Virginia, area since 2005. We currently provide Mental Health Skill-building Services and Intensive In-home Services. We accept Medicaid for our services, as well as private pay and CSA funding. EMS also offers mentoring through private pay or CSA funding. If you have any questions about the services we offer, please contact us: email@example.com.
Clinical Supervisor II
Jennapher Turner-Hendrick is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Supervisor who has been working with EMS of Virginia for over 10 years. Jennapher originally hails from Vermont and moved to Virginia many years ago. She is a graduate of Hollins University, earning a BA in Sociology, and a graduate of South University, earning a Masters of Arts in Professional Counseling.
Jennapher provides clinical oversight to the community based mental health programs with EMS of Virginia. Due to the challenges with community-based work, Jennapher is skilled in connecting with a wide variety of populations, including children, adults, and the entire family unit. EMS as a whole recognizes that every stage of life comes with its unique challenges to personal growth. Jennapher looks forward to helping you through these periods of growth and challenge by partnering with you to cultivate your healthiest and happiest version of yourself.
By using a strengths-based approach, Jennapher is a part of a team that will work with you to build on areas of strength and knowledge, to help you and your family move through your individual process to stability. We work closely with our community’s resources to ensure that every child/family receives a continuum of support and Jennapher will work hard alongside you to make the shift from surviving to thriving.
When not working, Jennapher likes to travel to places she’s never been, as well as go to the beach as often as possible, listen to live music, and eat tasty “yum yums”.
Clinical Supervisor I
Emily is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Supervisor who has been working at EMS of Virginia for over 7 years. Emily received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Longwood University and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Prior to working with EMS of Virginia, Emily gained experience working with children who had experienced significant childhood trauma, as well as interventions related to their family and peer needs. Emily has a history of working as an Intensive In-Home Services and Mental Health Skill-building Services counselor, and works to apply the experience gained towards supervision of staff on her team. Emily enjoys learning new interventions and skills to utilize with clients, as well as pass along to staff members.
When not working, Emily enjoys tending to her houseplant jungle, craft and DIY projects, and spending time with her husband and three children (one human, two dogs).
John Berry, LPC
Clinical Supervisor I
John received a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Longwood University. John is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Clinical Supervisor at EMS of Virginia.
John’s history in the counseling field includes providing outpatient counseling in a university setting, psychosocial rehabilitation, and providing community-based mental health services at EMS of Virginia prior to being promoted to the Clinical Supervisor role. As part of the EMS Leadership and Clinical Oversight Team, John provides clinical supervision for community-based QMHPs, overseeing the work that goes into treating and supporting clients and families toward achieving stability and success.
The core of John’s practice in clinical work and supervision is a belief in existentialism, operating under the related concept that human existence is a constant, unrelenting mission of making meaning, and that creating a life filled with self-made purpose might be worth the struggle.
Outside of work, John enjoys “binge-watching” various random TV series, cooking and eating, and exploring ways to make life beautiful.
Heather Kafka, LPC
Heather is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is a Clinical Supervisor of Community Based Programs at EMS of Virginia. She received her BS in Psychology and Criminal Justice at Virginia Commonwealth University and her Masters degree in Professional Counseling at Liberty University.
Prior to joining EMS, Heather spent time providing outpatient counseling to children and families with a focus on the benefits of using play therapy with children who have experienced trauma, therapy, and case management to children and adolescents in therapeutic group homes, supervising QMHP’s who provided community based services, consultation for psychology focused waiver services, and more recently as a utilization reviewer of mental health and substance abuse services for an insurance company. Heather is an advocate for strength’s based, trauma informed, person-centered treatment to help people achieve their highest level of well-being.
When not working, Heather likes to spend time challenging her son to Uno games, reading, watching reality TV shows or anything true crime related, spending time with her fur babies, and traveling.
Heather Fritz, LMSW
Community Outreach & Compliance Coordinator
Heather received both her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Master of Social Work (MSW) at the University of South Carolina. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Virginia.
As the Community Outreach Specialist, Heather is responsible for building and maintaining relationships within the community as well as developing and maintaining the quality assurance program measures for EMS of Virginia clients. Heather also compiles resources and opportunities for the staff at EMS and completes initial intake screenings for all EMS clients. She has over 12 years of experience within the fields of mental health, substance use, juvenile justice, and the school system.
In her free time, Heather enjoys hiking, biking, and jogging outdoors, almost any type of game, reading, watching football, and spending time with her family and friends.
To reach Heather with a question about our services or to make a referral, please feel free to send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org