Shellie Selove LPC, LMFT, CST
Psychotherapist, Consultant, Educator, and Presenter
Shellie is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. She has been Practicing in the Winchester, VA area since 1991. She has been an Adjunct Professor of Psychology of Human Sexuality. She has presented and consulted nationally and locally on topics including Sexuality, Autism, and Relationships. Her husband of more than 30 years and one of her sons are on the Autism Spectrum. They have presented together on many occasions.
Ramon Selove, M.S.
Consultant, Educator, and Presenter
Ramon is a Professor of Anatomy and Physiology with over 30 years of teaching experience. He specializes in Autism, Sexual Physiology, and Sexuality. As a man who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, his knowledge of autism goes beyond academic expertise. He is uniquely able to explain to others what if feels like to have autism.
Michelle is our Administrative Assistant.
Michelle spent the last 12 years working in the hospital setting in Charlottesville, VA. She has extensive experience in Human Resources and Office Administration in the medical industry. She recently moved to the Winchester area when her husband was relocated for his job. Michelle enjoys fitness, cooking and traveling.
When you call us during business hours (540-868-9000), she is the one who will probably be answering the phone.
Abby the Therapy Dog
Abby holds a certificate from the Animal Assisted Therapy program at Winchester Medical Center.
She loves to comfort Shellie's clients and has experience helping teach social skills to people on the autism spectrum.
In her spare time, she likes to volunteer at Winchester Rehab.
Coriander the Autism Service Dog
Coriander was trained and is certified for public access by Susquehanna Service Dogs. Service Dogs are not like therapy dogs who work with lots of different clients. Service Dogs are trained to assist one particular individual who has a disability.
Coriander helps Ramon with issues related to his autism (especially sensory over-stimulation) and diabetes (blood sugar alerts).
Service Dogs are guaranteed public access under the Americans with Disabilities Act, so anywhere that you see Ramon, Coriander will be there too.
Penny is our business manager. She came to us with many years of experience managing a successful local business. You may know her from Conner's Auction.
Penny mainly works behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly but she does some telephone work so you may be talking to her too.
Nathan is the son of Shellie and Ramon Selove. He is currently away at University of Northern Iowa working on a Master's Degree in Communication. Nathan is on the autism spectrum and is one of the pioneers in the use of service dogs to support people with autism.
Nathan is a gifted public speaker and has won numerous awards for it in both high school and college. He currently teaches and coaches public speaking as a graduate student at UNI.
He sometimes joins us for public presentations and workshops. He also maintains a facebook page intended to to help people with autism and their parents. You can find more on Nathan's Page.
Sylvia the Retired Autism Service Dog
Sylvia is Nathan's longtime partner who is now retired. She saw him through part of Middle School, all of High School and College, and part of Graduate School.
Sylvia was the first service dog in the Frederick County, VA school system and one of the first autism service dogs in the state.
The success of Sylvia and Nathan in the public school setting played a role in helping to pass the service dog access law in Virginia that guarantees access to disability service dogs in our schools. This occurred a couple of years before the revision of the ADA that brought this law to the rest of the nation.
Sylvia is enjoying her retirement as a pet with Nathan and his wife Jessica.