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Clinical Social Work Resident for the Wise Family

Dorri is a 20 year Northern Virginia transplant and proud “Jersey Girl” who grew up 5 miles from New York City, NY. The mother of two young adults, she is the owner of a “thinks he is large and in charge” Lhasa Opsa” named “Fango.”

A lover of community, the arts, museums and world travel she has visited 38 countries and 44 states. She loves to read; any book will do, journals daily and the author of 3 books including one best seller. She can often be found volunteering in a community based organization serving for the greater good.

Dorri works collaboratively with adults parents, families, groups and faith based organizations to address life’s stressors, parenting/familial issues and diversity. Her main goals; to educate, empower and support to build healthier families and stronger communities in a fast changing technology driven world. Using behavior, strengths based models and positive communication she counsels clients with kindness and welcomes diversity, blended families and LGBTQ clients.

A certified family mediator-parent coach and college professor, for 10 years she taught social science and social work courses, including sociology, culture, social work, social problems, policy, ethics and marriage and the family.  She is the founding publisher and also served as the managing editor of a regional education magazine.

Dorri completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science at the College of New Jersey. She earned a Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Kansas (KS) and an Executive MBA from Harvard University in Boston, MA.

She is currently completing VA licensure social work requirements and pursuing a Doctorate in Social Work with an emphasis on mental health and its impact on communities at large.

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