Caring, Community-Based Partners in Health
Hansel Union Consulting, PLLC was established in 2010 to provide quality, personal therapeutic services.
Dr. Bobbie Hansel-Union started her company based on her dream of offering full wrap-around services. “As with many people with an entrepreneurial spirit, I looked around to see how I could create something to improve the lives of those around me. Incorporating multiple medical disciplines under one roof and filling it with people dedicated to helping others maximize their personal potential allowed me to achieve that goal.”
Dr. Bobbie and her licensed team members are passionate about helping people and are committed to providing support to assist families, adults, and children with developmental, intellectual, and neurological disabilities offering numerous services including Behavior, Speech, Occupational, and Recreational Therapy.
Behavior therapy helps replace behaviors of concern with appropriate social-behavioral outcomes. People display behaviors of frustration, anger, and stemming as a means to alleviate boredom, to communicate, as a need to self-regulate, and when seeking independence. Recreational therapy helps to find enjoyable activities, build social skills, and redirect behaviors with fun activities. Speech Language Pathologists help our people to communicate wants and needs in a functional manner so others can understand them and assesses for the technology to aid in communication. Occupational therapy assesses and evaluates our individuals for fine and gross motor function to perform activities of daily living skills and basic needs to maintain a healthy quality of life through the use of adaptive safety equipment at home or in the community, and self-regulation through sensory programs.
Hansel Union Consulting works with people of all ages who want nothing more than to reach their full potential. We are with them every step of the way from initial struggles to joyous success and through our routine interaction, our clients become extended family. Dr. Bobbie personally selects all members of her staff based on experience in their area of expertise and enthusiasm for sharing those skills.
Meet Our Team
Dr. Hansel-Union, Ph.D., LPN, PBSF | CEO
Dr. Hansel-Union earned a Doctorates of Health Administration from Kennedy-Western University. She received her Masters of Public Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and her Bachelors of Business Administration from Radford University. She also was admitted to Virginia State Board of Nursing in 1976. She has dedicated her life to helping children, elderly and individuals with disabilities. With years of experience in the health care industry, Dr. Hansel-Union has a long history of advocating to the VA General Assembly for increased health awareness and resources. Board involvement and Community volunteerism include:
- Board Member Portsmouth Partnership
- Member – Olde Towne Business Association
- Member – Virginia Network of Private Providers
Dr. Hansel-Union is the CEO of Hansel Union Consulting, PLLC and she currently works with individuals with disabilities in residential, day support and community programs in the Hampton Roads area. She lives in Portsmouth, VA, with her husband, Douglas B. Union. She also has three wonderful adult children and two grandsons. Dr. Hansel Union experience a neurological disorder at the age of 38 in which she experienced left sided weakness and aphasia. It was though rehabilitative therapy that Dr. Hansel-Union was able to have a complete recovery.
Charles Brogan, BS | Director of Operations
Charles earned a Bachelor’s in Geology from Radford University, after serving in the United States Army as a Military Police officer for 10 years. He spent much of his childhood to adolescence volunteering and was awarded the Virginia Volunteerism Award. Living in Colorado he expanded on the leadership skills taught in the military, working in the civilian world as manager of a scientific laboratory for five years. He is now returning to Virginia to serve as Director of Operations for Hansel-Union Consulting, PLLC.
Diane Gressett, MS, CTRS
Diane Gressett has a Master’s in Therapeutic Recreation from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has over 30-years-experience in the field working with both children and adults with physical and mental disabilities.
Cindy Halonski, CTRS
Cindy Halonski is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, who graduated from Longwood College in 1984. She worked with adolescents and adults in a psychiatric setting for 21 years. She then worked at a skilled nursing facility for 14 years with residents who had physical and mental disabilities to include Traumatic Brain Injury. She loves to see individuals with disabilities accomplish their goals and have fun! She has been married since 1986 and they have an amazing son who lives in Richmond, Virginia. She lives in Virginia Beach with her husband and four cats. She enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Samantha Keyes, CTRS
Samantha is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, who graduated from Old Dominion University in 2015. She has 10 years of experience working with the elderly community and four years of experience working with children with behavioral and mental disabilities. She is excited to expand her experience and knowledge in the therapeutic recreation field. She enjoys outdoor activities, adventure, and spending time with family
Mel Barlow, CTRS
Mel Barlow is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, who graduated from Old Dominion University in 2009. He worked in mental health for eight years, with patients of all ages and diagnoses. He has spent the last four years working with the geriatric population in assisted living and long term care. Throughout his career he has really enjoyed working in the field of recreation therapy, and learning as much as he can from each opportunity. In his spare time, Mel loves going to the beach, concerts, exercising, and spending time with family and friends.
Jasmine Holloman, CTRS
Jasmine graduated from Winston-Salem State University in 2019 and is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree at Arizona State University for Special Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. When time permits, Jasmine also performs work as a Registered Behavior Technician in which she has had the opportunity to work one on one with a number of youth with challenging diagnosis. She has a true passion for working with individuals with special needs and thoroughly enjoys helping each of her client’s progress in all areas of development to reach their individual goals. In her spare time, Jasmine enjoys spending time with her family, engaging in sport activities, creating DIY projects and listening to music.
Diana Levering, MA, PBSF
Diana graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology from St. Leo University, a Master’s in Human Services Counseling from Liberty University, and received her Positive Behavioral Support Facilitator endorsement from VCU. Diana has worked with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 10 years. She has a strong passion for ensuring that individuals with disabilities are treated with dignity and respect and have the supports they need to live the life they choose to have. In her downtime, Diana enjoys spending time with her family and friends, likes to travel, and finds peace in nature.
Hannah Hayden, MSW, LCSW, CCTP
Hannah graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Communication Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She continued on and graduated with a Master’s of Social Work (clinical focus) from Virginia Commonwealth University. Hannah became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in 2019 and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) in 2021. She has a breadth of experience working with adolescents and adults in individual and group settings. Hannah has worked in a variety of clinical environments including intensive in-home, medication assisted treatment, case management, partial hospitalization, detention/corrections, and outpatient. She is excited to use her clinical experience and expertise to teach providers how to support their clients to achieve their most optimal well-being. In her downtime, Hannah enjoys spending time with her family, being active, reading, and watching Netflix or Hulu.
Kendra Dixson, BCBA/LBA
Kendra Dixson is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and LBA living in Shelley, Idaho, with her husband and two children. She has been interested in helping people from a young age. She would volunteer at the nursing home near her elementary school. Later experiences with her younger brother being diagnosed with autism and observing the treatment he was receiving inspired her to pursue a career path for behavior change. Before pursuing her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, she worked with children and young adults in various settings for more than six years. Kendra has experience writing implementation plans, completing and interpreting assessments, and overseeing the progress of the plans in place. Helping people achieve meaningful change has been her lifelong goal.
Nick Koehler, MS, OTR/L
Nick is a licensed and board-certified occupational therapist. He earned his Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from Utica College in Utica, New York, in 2017, and his Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and History from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, in 2007. As an OT, Nick has worked in various settings, including early intervention, school-based, skilled nursing facilities, private practice, and providing virtual services. Before becoming an OT, Nick worked for over 10 years in settings with adults and children with various developmental disabilities and mental health concerns. Nick strives to help clients reach their full potential by emphasizing a client-centered approach and focusing on skills that are important and meaningful to the client. Nick recently relocated to Virginia Beach from Ithaca, NY, where he lives with his wife and four wonderful children.
Aura Clarke-Walker, MS, OTR/L
Aura is a nationally certified occupational therapist who earned her undergraduate degree from George Mason University and her Master of Occupational Therapy from Radford University. Aura comes to Hansel-Union with experience assessing and treating various neurological and orthopedic injuries and conditions in the outpatient and skilled nursing settings. Prior to becoming an OT, Aura honed her interpersonal and leadership skills working in higher education. Aura has a passion for helping people across the life span access the tools they need to live as independently as possible. Aura lives in Hampton with her husband and three rabbits.
Dr. Deanne Vasely OTD, OTR/L, SCSS
Deanne is a nationally certified occupational therapist who received her undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Curtin University in Perth, Australia; she earned her Post-Professional Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Misericordia University, PA in 2017 and will graduate in May 2019 with her Post-Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy also from Misericordia University, PA. Deanne has worked in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and has over 24-years of experience in the field of occupational therapy. She has worked across all age groups to include preemies, pediatrics, adults, and geriatrics, within a variety of settings to include civilian and military hospitals: acute inpatient, rehabilitation and outpatient; community-based adult program; Skilled Nursing Facilities; Home Health, pediatrics and adults; private practice; and schools. De loves occupational therapy and cannot think of a better way to address the needs, wants and desires of those we serve. She is excited to be a part of the HUCO team and strives to be a robust and collaborative member. De is married to a career Naval Officer and has two children, a boy in high school and a girl in middle school. Between teaching driving and tween girl drama, “work” adds a good dose of balance. Her goals in life are to be a good person, treat others with dignity and respect, and to have fun while doing it.
Joy Davis, MS, CCC-SLP
Joy Davis is a certified speech-language pathologist who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Cedarville University and a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Old Dominion University. Joy comes to Hansel Union with experience assessing and treating various communication disorders in the outpatient pediatric setting and public school setting. Joy’s passion is to provide individuals with communication disorders with interventions that are established in evidence-based practice. She especially enjoys working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder, stuttering disorders, and reading disorders. She finds joy in partnering with individuals and families to discover the means of intervention that will best meet the needs of individuals with disabilities so that they can reach their full potential and be as successful as possible in achieving their goals. In her downtime, Joy enjoys spending time with her family, relaxing at the beach, and hunting for treasures at second-hand stores.
Ashley Cronin, MS Ed., CCC-SLP
Ashley is a certified Speech Therapist with over ten years of experience in the field. She received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Old Dominion University. She has worked with children and adults of all ages with a wide variety of communication needs. Ashley loves collaborating with clients, families, and colleagues to find creative, individualized solutions and interventions to enhance quality of life and improve functional communication skills. In her free time, Ashley enjoys reading long novels in the sun, baking pies, broadway musicals, and crafty DIY projects. She lives in Norfolk with her husband, two sons, and their dog.
Rachel Ash, M.S., CCC-SLP
Rachel is a certified speech-language pathologist with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Old Dominion University. She has over 17 years of experience providing services to clients in various settings, including the public school setting, early intervention, and outpatient pediatric setting. She has a passion for helping individuals gain confidence and independence. Rachel especially enjoys working with individuals who are neurodiverse and individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication. She utilizes a strengths-based approach in her therapy practice. She feels that collaborating with caregivers is key to success. Rachel resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and three sons. She enjoys documentaries, podcasts, and spoiling her dog, Cody.
Paige Shabro RN, BSN, MSN
Paige Shabro is a Registered Nurse and has been in the nursing field since 2009. She completed her Bachelors in the Science of Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University, and she received her Masters in the Science of Nursing from Frontier Nursing University. She has a passion for mental health and women’s health. She provides nursing consults to the clients of Hansel Union Consulting. These consults provide information for various medical conditions and medication therapy reviews. Paige lives in Chesapeake with her husband and two sons, Gabe and Declan. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and traveling.
Administrative Support Staff
Douglas Union, Facilities Manager
Douglas is retired from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. His hobbies include sailing, woodworking, fishing and playing golf.
Sandy McClellan, Accounts Receivable Clerk
Sandy is a seasoned accounts payable & receivable specialist with 35 years experience in bookkeeping and accounting with large and small businesses. A great portion of her employment has involved medical accounts associated with the Medicare and Medicaid systems. Sandy is professional, thorough and precise in her work. Sandy’s husband is a retired U.S. Navy aviator. Together they have traveled worldwide while in the service and raising a family of three children and now many grandchildren. Now semi-retired, they reside on a beautiful lake in nearby North Carolina. Both enjoy travel, gardening, boating and community involvement.
Teresa Haner, Administrative Assistant
Teresa has more than 15 years’ experience as an admin assistant. She is a Minnesota native but has called Virginia home for over 20 years now. When not working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.
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Our Open House & Ribbon Cutting
September 18, 2017