About Us

LOSATS is a private agency specializing in treatment, training and consultation for victims, offenders and families affected by sexual abuse.

Melissa Almendinger, PsyD specializes in working with children with trauma histories, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and other behavioral challenges. She has experience working with individuals ages two and up. She values the inclusion of the parent(s) and/or other family members in treatment to help create positive change in the home. Dr. Almendinger works through cognitive-behavioral, family systems and play based approaches.
Dr. Almendinger completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Regent University (APA accredited) and her pre-doctoral internship in early child mental health and school-based treatment at OhioGuidestone (APA accredited). She is currently completing her post-doctoral fellowship with Linden Oaks Specialized Assessment and Treatment Services.




Nicole Gibson, PhD, NCSP completed her doctoral degree at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. She completed her Predoctoral Internship at the Florida Consortium for Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, and is currently completing her Postdoctoral Residency in Clinical Psychology through Linden Oaks Specialized Assessment and Treatment Services (LOSATS). Additionally, she holds a national certification as a School Psychologist (NCSP 62429). Dr. Nikki specializes in assessment and intervention with youth, young adults, and families who exhibit defiant/challenging behaviors, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, trauma histories, as well as other school and mental health-related problems. She has extensive training and practice in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Applied Behavioral assessment and intervention, mindfulness and meditation practices, as well as Special Education services and accommodations. Dr. Nikki’s passion for helping to make a positive difference in the lives of others is the driving factor in her work. Much like how each client and family is unique, she believes in using an individualized approach to determining what interventions will be the best fit.



EMANUEL PETRACCA, LCSW is in private practice and has been extensively involved in the treatment of incest and sexual abuse for over 30 years. He has worked with families, survivors, offenders and non-offending spouses in family, individual and group modalities. He also provides training and consultation regarding sexual abuse and its treatment to schools and the community.


THOMAS H. NEILANS, Ph.D., for more than 25 years, has conducted and supervised therapy for families in which sexual abuse has occurred. Currently Dr. Neilans is in private practice at Linden Oaks, consults to several organizations and is actively involved in community health care committees. He was formerly the Director of the Family & Marriage Clinic at URMC and Director of Family Programs for Kaiser Permanente.