Meet the Team

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Dr. Lisa A. Wines, Ph.D., LPC, CSC

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

Dr. Lisa A. Wines has a doctorate in Counselor Education from Sam Houston State University; a master’s degree in counseling from Prairie View A&M University; and a bachelor’s degree in English from Grambling State University. She is a licensed professional counselor for the state of Texas, and a certified school counselor. She holds memberships to American Counseling Association and Texas Counseling Association.

She has served as a university faculty member, an adjunct instructor/professor, an intern in private-practice and psychiatric settings, has worked as a school counselor for 10 years, and pro re nata (PRN) in a behavioral hospital.

Dr. Wines is passionate about diversifying treatment options with alternative methods such as meditation, massage therapy, and use of essential oils (aroma therapy). Research exploring the use of virtual reality is her next endeavor, if proven effective in working with clients.

She often engages in the training and development of graduate students, to the point of beginning a Hands of Grace Intern Program in her counseling practice. She has taught multiple counseling courses- on-campus and online- delivering instruction as far as China and Australia. She has published a book, articles, and chapters in the field of mental health and school counseling, and presented at the local, state, national, and international levels. Over the past 18 years, she has participated in and developed study abroad programs, which inevitably has heightened her cultural awareness- both nationally and internationally- a true appreciation for our existing similarities and differences!

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Austin E. Wines

Co-Founder & Manager

Austin E. Wines is currently receiving his education in a local area high school. Austin is a co-founder of L & A Professional Services, LLC, where his first initial represents the “A” in the company name. On his four year plan, his endorsement is indicates the area of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics as a career pathway. Specifically, there are discussions about a becoming an anesthesiologist and having a hand in business development. Austin is smart, reasonable, and grounded, which are necessary traits needed to accomplish his future goals.  

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Praveen Annapureddy, MS in Engineering Management

Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Praveen Annapureddy has a master’s degree in engineering management and bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He currently works as a consultant for different state jobs in North East, like Washington D.C, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and New York. He has various strategic management and implementation roles, with experience working with businesses and organizations across the world.

Mr. Annapureddy brings rich experience of both the private and public sector and understands how these diametrical tangents work in the economy. He is instrumental in designing financial models involving the strategic decisions for projects related to community development and capacity building, all while serving as management consultant in KPMG a MNC Head Quartered in Netherlands. Additionally, he has worked for various governments across Asia and Africa on improving the capital infrastructure in their respective countries, particularly for the multi-lateral agencies like World Bank, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, and United Nations funded projects.

Mr. Annapureddy is an asset to L & A Professional Services, LLC. He desires to understand our partners and clients’ needs. He has played a key role in many capacity building projects relevant to social advancement of communities in the African regions with a wide understanding of the public/ private partnership projects as am independent consultant.

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Dr. Tiffany Simon, Ph.D., LPC, CSC

Dr. Simon provides transformative therapy sessions to help clients find a healthy life balance. Her mission is to identify how she can help you create goals and take steps towards solutions that work for you. Dr. Simon believes therapy provides an opportunity for each of us to set goals which help re-establish and maintain a healthy balance within our lives. She believes that therapy is a collaborative experience, between the therapist and client, aimed at establishing individualized goals focused on creating solutions to help improve mental wellness. During her sessions, Dr. Simon integrates therapeutic techniques and interventions which can be used in the daily lives of her clients. A licensed professional counselor, Dr. Simon graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2014 with a Doctorate in Counselor Education.

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Jacqueline Booker, MA in Counseling

Jacqueline Booker (Jackie) devotes her life to helping others to achieve their dreams. In therapy, the therapist and client join at that place in life for the client where they most need help. Help comes in many different forms, the same as the myriad of problems for which client’s come to see Jackie. Her dynamic approach using interventions tailored personally to each client molds the counseling process to fit the individual. Utilizing a combination of Cognitive Behavior Therapy with a solution-focused approach, she helps clients determine root issues and discover practical solutions.

Jackie has spent over a decade working in the Texas school systems. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in the state of Texas, supervised by Sandra Amerson, LPC-S (#64868). Jackie believes in psycho-education for families and proper multicultural assessment to prevent inaccurate diagnosis.

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Ee Shin (Emily) Hum, BA in Psychology

Lead Therapy Intern

Emily is currently pursuing a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Houston with goals of becoming a licensed professional counselor. She received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Under the supervision of Dr. Lisa A. Wines, Emily has a passion in working with underserved population, especially women, sexual minorities, and international individuals, through individual and/or group therapy. Her primary clients are teenagers and adults. Clients include persons who experience difficulty resolving intra and interpersonal problems, may have a diagnosable disorder, or may struggle with certain habits or addictions. She believes her primary responsibility is to respect and protect the welfare of her clients.

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Alexandra (Alex) Price, BA in English and Economics

Therapy Intern

Alexandra (Alex) Price is am pursuing a masters in counseling degree from the University of Houston and serves as an intern at L & A Professional Services, LLC. She plans to continue on with my education at the Doctoral level as well as continue towards my full counseling licensure.  Her primary clientele consists of anyone between the ages of 25-65 who is struggling with emotional health issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and bi-polar disorder. The theoretical orientation of interest is acceptance and commitment therapy. Here at The Center for Healing, Therapy, and Wellness, her goal is to help clients achieve their best quality of life in a mindful, supportive therapeutic relationship.

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Grisel (Gigi) Martinez

Licensed Massage Therapist

Gigi is a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2014, and graduated from Steiner’s Texas Center for Massage Therapy. Giving her experience of working with various conditions and ailments, she absolutely loves and is passionate about her work. She believes that receiving a massage should always be a positive journey. This begins with choosing a massage therapist who truly cares.

At this time, she is pursuing a degree in industrial engineering. In the future, she knows this will be a fulfilling career pathway, as she works in an area where women and ethnic minorities are underrepresented.

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Khepatri Wade, BS in Psychology

Therapy Intern

Khepatri Wade is actively pursuing a master’s degree in mental health counseling online from Grace College and Theological Seminary, which is in Winona Lake, Indiana. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston-Downtown.

Each day, she thanks God for his guidance in her journey, and places him first, as he is her spiritual guide through life. She is excited about her journey in counseling and going into fieldwork. She is grateful for being given the opportunity to work alongside Dr. Lisa A. Wines. She enjoys helping others and looks forward to helping others guide their own life. The types of theoretical frameworks used to work with clients include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Adlerian Therapy. In her leisure time, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, as well as doing research to further her impending career.

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Demita Sweet, MA in Education

Independent Contractor

Demita N. Sweet is a retired educator. She received both her B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Reading and a Master’s of Reading from Prairie View A & M University. She also received her Mid-Management Administrator Certificate from Prairie View A & M University. She taught in public-school systems for 32 years- in Waller ISD for 12 years, Cypress ISD for 5 years, and completed the last 15 years in Alief ISD. She taught Reading for 24 years and the other eight years spent as a Reading Interventionist. Her goal was to see a child that could not read come into her class leaving with the ability to read and comprehend printed text. In general, people have abilities within. Sometimes, they need support to unlock what is there, and that is what we do here at L & A is to help people discover themselves!

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What stood out to me through receiving training services from Dr. Lisa A. Wines is a reminder of the “concern for my officers’ well-being.

Captain Jason Brady, Corpus Christi Police Department Hostage Negotiations Team

L &A professional services is one of the best places to get cutting edge training for school counselors. Their presentations are designed to meet the specific needs of individual district counseling programs and are delivered in a lively, inactive and informative way. School Counselors come away with practical and up to date tools they can immediately implement in their comprehensive school counseling programs. I would recommend their services to any school district seeking help in implementing state mandates and striving to build exemplary comprehensive school counseling programs that meet the needs of all students.

Sharon Bey,