The clinicians and therapists at Apex Psychological Care and Memory Center come from a wide range of disciplines and educational and professional backgrounds. Our clinicians provide a holistic approach to care by relying on their own expertise while keeping up-to-date on the latest evidence-based techniques and treatments.
Carla Arlien, Ph.D.
Carla Arlien, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and founder of Apex Psychological Care and Memory Center, which has locations in Boardman, Ohio and Center Township, Pennsylvania. Dr. Arlien received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a Gerontology minor from the University of North Dakota. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Arlien completed her internship and fellowship at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.
Dr. Arlien is a member of the American Psychological Association, National Academy of Neuropsychology, Ohio Psychological Association, International Neuropsychological Society, Brain Injury Association of Ohio, and Pennsylvania Psychological Association. She has been featured on WKBN-27, and she gives presentations on topics including, but not limited to: Concussion/Traumatic Brain Injury, Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia, Memory Loss, Memory Training, Caregiving, Competency Evaluations, Psychotherapy, and Mental Illness.
Dr. Arlien specializes in neuropsychological assessment (e.g., traumatic brain injury, memory evaluations, competency evaluations, and attention deficit disorder evaluations). She sees patients in Boardman, Ohio and Center Township, Pennsylvania offices as well as provides consultation services at Mercy Health St. Elizabeth’s Youngstown Hospital Acute Rehabilitation Unit.
Heather Poma, Psy.D., IMFT
Heather Poma, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist and an independent licensed marriage and family therapist. She began working at Apex Psychological Care and Memory Center at the Boardman, Ohio location in October of 2014. Dr. Poma received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.
After her undergraduate work, she joined the United States Army as a mental health specialist, working with active-duty soldiers to address their mental health needs. Following her military service, she earned a master’s and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where she specialized in marriage and family work and became heavily involved with the MMATE Center’s Hope-Focused couples’ therapy project. This remains her primary orientation toward couples’ therapy.
Dr. Poma completed her internship in Clinical Psychology at the Dayton VA Medical Center. She completed her postdoctoral training program in clinical psychology at Portage Path Behavioral Health in Akron, Ohio. Dr. Poma is a member of the American Psychological Association, Ohio Psychological Association, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Ohio Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and Christian Association of Psychological Studies.
She also gives presentations on topics including, but not limited to: Marriage Enrichment, Sexual Concerns, Family Issues, Church Responses to Mental Illness, Psychotherapy, and Mental Illness. Dr. Poma provides individual therapy, couples and/or marital therapy, family therapy, therapy to address sexual concerns, and Christian counseling (as well as therapy with other highly religious individuals). She also specializes in psychotherapy/counseling with veteran and military populations (as well as family members) and trauma. Dr. Poma sees children age 4 and up and adults at the Boardman, Ohio office.
Erin Sheaffer, LCSW
Erin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been with Apex Psychological Care and Memory Center since June 2011. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work with minors in Psychology and Sociology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Erin earned a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She is also treasurer of the Southwest Pennsylvania Division of Social Workers in Aging Practice.
Erin brings a variety of experience to the practice and has extensive experience working with adults facing a wide range of challenges. She has worked in hospice, acute care settings, an outpatient substance abuse treatment center, and in several long-term care programs for senior citizens. Erin treats adults of all ages at the Center Township, Pennsylvania office location.
Andrea Snyder, Ph.D.
Andrea Snyder, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and joined Apex Psychological Care & Memory Center in November of 2018. She graduated from Youngstown State University with a B.A. in Psychology and B.S.A.S. in Criminal Justice. Dr. Snyder earned her M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Personnel Services and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University. Highlights of Dr. Snyder’s specialized training include: Psychological First Aid and Survivor Trauma, Mindfulness Healing and Transformation, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and obtaining the highest rating in the Star Behavioral Health Providers designation which is specialized training for treating veterans and their families. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Ohio Psychological Association. Dr. Snyder has worked in hospitals, schools, in home evaluation and therapy, as well as community mental health sites. She grew up with an inspirational developmental delayed brother and is a founding member of the Akron Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit’s parent group. She uses both experiences in everyday practice.
Dr. Snyder is dedicated to helping children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics learn strategies to make it through the tough times. Finding someone whom you trust to help you through difficult situations can be hard and Dr. Snyder is committed in making this process easier for patients by creating an environment where patients feel safe, comfortable, and are able to express concerns without judgment. As Dr. Snyder learns more about her clients, she wants them to experience the personal growth that empowers them to control what is possible in life and enjoy positive, life-affirming relationships with others. Most importantly, she is willing and able to use different therapy orientations to further tailor her approach to each patients’ needs, symptoms, and personality. Dr. Snyder has extensive experience in counseling patients from ages 3 to over 90 years old. She sees patients at the Boardman, Ohio office.