Staff

Tegan Blackbird, Ph.D.


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Education:  B.S. Psychology, B.S. Sociology, M.A. Experimental Psychology, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Certified School Psychologist, Licensed Psychologist

Specialties:  Family, marital, child & adolescent, pscyhoeducational assessment, OCD, anxiety, depression, Tourette's, ADHD, child/parent problems, parenting strategies and training   

Offices: Manheim, Hershey      

Scheduling and Messaging Portal: Existing patients can send secure, private messages to Dr. Blackbird, and can also schedule or cancel appointments by going to our PATIENT COMMUNICATIONS PORTAL. New patients are invited to first contact our office to schedule an appointment, but can use the portal to check availability of appointments.

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Dr. Blackbird is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist who earned his doctorate from the University of North Dakota in 1985. He completed his internship at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita, and came to Pennsylvania in 1985 when he accepted a position at Philhaven Hospital in Mt. Gretna, where he worked as a psychologist on the Child and Adolescent Unit. 

W. Jesse Gill, Psy.D.

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Education: B.A. Psychology, Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Licensed Psychologist

Specialties:  Children and Adolescents; Families, Marital, Adult; Psychological Testing, Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Tourette's, ADHD, Child/Parent concerns, Anger management

Offices:  Manheim, Hershey

Scheduling and Messaging Portal: Existing patients can send secure, private messages to Dr. Gill, and can also schedule or cancel appointments by going to our PATIENT COMMUNICATIONS PORTAL. New patients are invited to first contact our office to schedule an appointment, but can use the portal to check availability of appointments.


W. Jesse Gill, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist who earned his doctorate from the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology.  He completed his internship with Philhaven in Mount Gretna.  Dr. Gill has been on staff with Psychological Health Affiliates since 2001. 


Dr. Gill is passionate about marriage and family therapy.  He specializes in the treatment of children ages four through teenage years.  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD, depression, anxiety, and Tourette's Disorder are among those concerns that he addresses with children and their families.

Joe Bene, Psy.D.

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Education: B.A. Psychology, M.A. Clinical Psychology, Psy.D. Psychology

Specialties: Children and adolescents, substance abuse and dual diagnosis, anger management, depression and anxiety

Offices: Manheim, Hershey

Scheduling and Messaging Portal: Existing patients can send secure, private messages to Dr. Gill, and can also schedule or cancel appointments by going to our PATIENT COMMUNICATIONS PORTAL. New patients are invited to first contact our office to schedule an appointment, but can use the portal to check availability of appointments.


A native of New Jersey, Dr. Joseph Bene Jr. received his bachelor’s degree from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and his master’s from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. After working several years in his chosen field, he refined his skills by earning his doctorate in clinical psychology from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.   Dr. Bene completed his internship with Park Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana and he currently resides in the Lebanon area. 

Heather Hostler, Psy.D.


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Education: B.A. Psychology,  M.A. Clinical Psychology, Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, Licensed Psychologist

Specialties: Marital and premarital, child & adolescent, adult and older adult, women’s issues, life transitions, faith and spiritual concerns, grief, relational issues, stress and coping, psychological assessment

Offices: Manheim, Hershey

Contact:  hhostler@PHAcentralPA.com (please do not use this email address to share detailed personal or clinical information) 

Scheduling and Messaging Portal: Existing patients can send secure, private messages to Dr. Blackbird, and can also schedule or cancel appointments by going to our PATIENT COMMUNICATIONS PORTAL. New patients must first contact our office to schedule an appointment, but can use the portal to check availability of appointments.


Born and raised in south central Pennsylvania, Dr. Hostler received a bachelor’s degree from Messiah College.  She obtained Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College in Illinois.  She completed an internship and a post-doctoral internship at Philhaven Hospital and currently lives in the Mechanicsburg area with her husband and children.  

Christa Johnson, Ph.D.

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Education: B.A. Psychology, M.A. Clinical Psychology, Ph.D. Clinical Child Psychology, Licensed Psychologist

Specialties: Behavioral Medicine and Pediatric Psychology, Pain Management, Children and Adolescents, Families, Grief and Bereavement, Parenting.

Offices: Hershey

Contact: cjohnson@PHAcentralPA.com (please do not use this email address to share detailed personal or clinical information) 

Scheduling and Messaging Portal: Existing patients can send secure, private messages to Dr. Johnson, and can also schedule or cancel appointments by going to our PATIENT COMMUNICATIONS PORTAL. New patients must first contact our office to schedule an appointment, but can use the portal to check availability of appointments.


Dr. Johnson is a licensed psychologist who earned her doctorate degree from West Virginia University. She completed her internship and two year post-doctoral fellowship at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) in Oklahoma City. During her post-doctoral fellowship, and subsequent tenure as a faculty member at OUHSC, Dr. Johnson specialized in the psychological treatment of children, adolescents, adults, and families experiencing acute, chronic, and life-threatening medical diagnoses, grief and loss, physical trauma, and hospitalizations. She has extensive experience as a multidisciplinary team member in providing comprehensive care.

Lori Kay Barton, M.S.


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Education:  B.S. in Psychology, M.S. in Clinical Psychology

Specialties: Adolescent development and psycho-social issues, adult and couples counseling, anxiety and depressive disorders, adjustment issues relating to life transitions, and stress related difficulties.

Offices: Manheim, Hershey

Scheduling and Messaging Portal: Existing patients can send secure, private messages to Dr. Gill, and can also schedule or cancel appointments by going to our PATIENT COMMUNICATIONS PORTAL. New patients are invited to first contact our office to schedule an appointment, but can use the portal to check availability of appointments.


Ms. Barton is a licensed psychologist with over 25 years of experience in the field. She earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Millersville University. After completing a certification program in Spiritual Direction from Oasis Ministries, Ms. Barton started a solo psychology practice, bridging traditional psychotherapy with spiritual awareness and growth. She is dedicated to community education for mental health and wellness and has presented trainings to both students and faculty within the public school system. Ms. Barton is relocating to the Hershey area, and has recently joined the staff at PHA.

Kimberly Winters, LPC, CAADC


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Education: B.A. Communications, M.A. Counseling

Specialties: Couples, Families, Adolescents, Adults, Addiction, Trauma, Faith Issues, Identity, Sexuality, Complex Grief and Communication.

Offices: Manheim (Wednesdays & Thursdays), Hershey (Mondays & Fridays; also Saturday mornings)

Scheduling and Messaging Portal: Existing patients can send secure, private messages to Mrs. Winters, and can also schedule or cancel appointments by going to our PATIENT COMMUNICATIONS PORTAL. New patients must first contact our office to schedule an appointment, but can use the portal to check availability of appointments.


Born and raised in Western Michigan, Kim received her bachelor’s degree from Calvin College and spent time in the field of broadcasting as well as camping ministry before obtaining her Master’s degree in Counseling at Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, PA.  Kimberly is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) and a Certified Trauma Focused CBT Therapist (TF-CBT). Kim is also working on certification in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT).

Support

Office Support.   Our support staff team is comprised of two ladies, Mindy and Karen, who work together to assist our clinical staff and our clients. 


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Mindy is our primary support staff and Karen is our office manager.  If you call during the day, you will likely be  speaking with Mindy. While most of our therapists take care of their own scheduling, Mindy can help you with almost anything else. Mindy can help you in terms of knowing the availabiltiy of our therapists, their hours, coordinating communication with your therapist, and most other things related to your relationship with PHA.  She can help you with your insurance questions and verify your insurance coverage.


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Karen works behind the scenes to do troubleshooting and fix problems when questions or snafus come up with insurance issues.  She’s great at getting clarification with your insurance company and fixing claims processing problems.


We like to think that we have the best support staff the world has to offer!  Mindy and Karen are both competent and thorough professionals — they are very good at what they do; and yet they care so much about our mission and about what WE do!  At the same time, they are friendly and wonderfully easy to get along with.  

PHA is known for its professionalism, and the high quality of care provided by its clinical staff, as well as for the warmth and compassion of its clinicians.