Our Staff

Dr. Barbara Fordyce, Ph. D. – Psychologist

Dr. Barbara Fordyce is a licensed psychologist who has been in private practice for nearly 25 years.  She earned her B.A. degree from Wittenberg University and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Akron.  Her extensive experience in dealing with all facets of human growth and development has given her a unique perspective on the issues of our times. While she no longer sees a limited number of clients in private practice, she supervises other practitioners and does provide executive coaching. In addition, she is a wellness consultant at Aultman Hospital, where she is involved in the Integrative Medicine and Wellness Program. She has created several guided imagery recordings to assist in stress reduction, wellness promotion, and preparation for surgery and recovery. She provides Health Talks for the community, stress reduction seminars, wellness education as well as continuing education and team building for staff.



Dena Hargrove, M.A., LPCC, LICDC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor

Dena is a licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and an Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor with 25 years of experience. Dena provides individual and couples counseling for adults. Her areas of special interest include relationship and interpersonal issues, anxiety, depression, grief, self-esteem, stress and chemical dependency problems. Prior to the last 12 years in private practice with Fordyce & Associates, Dena worked in Community Agency settings with adults and teenagers struggling with chemical dependency, mental health, trauma and domestic violence issues. Dena earned her B.A. in psychology from Hiram College and her M.A. in community counseling from the University of Akron.  Dena’s primary counseling approaches are cognitive behavioral and family systemic therapy, with eclectic blend of various theoretical techniques as applicable.


Melinda Liber, M.S.W. Social Worker

Melinda Liber has been with Fordyce and Associates for 20 years. Prior to moving to Canton, she was affiliated with a private practice in Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a masters in Social Work. Melinda is experienced in working with people from adolescence through adulthood. Her areas of special interest are anxiety, depression, grief, eating disorders, self-esteem, interpersonal and marital relationships as well as family therapy. Melinda’s goal is to help clients develop and navigate a map for change and growth in their lives.


Cynthia D. Rudick, Ph.D. , LPCC-S Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Cynthia D. Rudick has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education with a Cognate in Marital and Family Therapy. She has been licensed to practice clinical counseling since 1987 and also has the endorsement to supervise counselors. She has extensive experience working with individuals, couples, families and groups across the lifespan. She works with anxiety, depression, conflict resolution, eating disorders, addictive behaviors and personality disorders with an emphasis on wellness and self care. She serves as an adjunct professor in graduate counseling and continuing education departments of universities. She has been executive director of mental health and welfare reform agencies. In addition, she is a professional mediator and arbitrator. She has extensive training in person-centered groups. She also wrote a textbook chapter on self-care for therapists working with trauma which was published in 2012.


Denis Ward, Ph.D.Psychologist

Denis Ward specializes in psychological and neuropsychological assessments.  He  has expertise treating children, adults, and couples.  Dr Ward’s specific areas of competence include bariatric assessments, working with multiple sclerosis patients and their families, children with selective mutism, and people with substance abuse problems. He is also employed by Aultman Hospital working with patients with chronic pain conditions.


Christopher Wurst, MA, LPCC.Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Chris Wurst provides individual and family counseling to children, adolescents and young adults. He assists with crisis management and has experience treating people with a wide range of mental health concerns as well as personal growth issues. Chris has worked with parents, teachers, and other school personnel in developing interventions for children.


Adrienne Sampson, Ph.D. Psychologist

Adrienne Sampson is a psychology fellow who will graduate with her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from The University of Akron in August 2014. She earned her B.A. in psychology and philosophy from Iowa State University and her M.A. in counseling psychology from The University of Akron. She has gained clinical experience in university counseling centers, community mental health agencies, and a hospital. She conducts individual and couples therapy and works with people in late adolescence through adulthood. She is trained as a generalist and also has specific interests in depression, anxiety/stress management, interpersonal relationships, career, trauma recovery, and body image/eating disorder concerns. She considers the relationship between client and therapist foundational to collaborative work in therapy and tailors her approach based on the unique needs of each client.


Sara Sayre, Ph.D. – Psychologist

Sara N. Sayre is a licensed psychologist and earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron in December 2013. She earned her B.A. in psychology from Kent State University and her M.A. in community counseling from John Carroll University. Sara’s previous work and training experiences include working in university counseling centers and multiple departments within the Cleveland Clinic. She has experience working with clients from adolescence through adulthood. She values viewing clients in a holistic manner and is particularly interested in wellness and mindfulness-based approaches. Her professional interests include anxiety, depression, stress management, LGBTQ issues & relationships, grief, self-esteem and stage of life concerns.


Lisa Varavvas, M.A.

Lisa Varavvas has a passion for delivering services to adolescents and adults as well as individuals with developmental disabilities. In particular, Lisa provides individual counseling for mood and anxiety disorders as well as transient or situational adjustments to loss, divorce and aging. She also administers psychological and neuropsychological assessments for psychopathology, personality disorders, intellectual disability, learning disabilities, ADHD and dementia.