Oak Tree Wellness Center, LLC

Empowerment through personal growth and dignity

Team Biographies

Our people are among the most talented in the industry. It would be our pleasure to put our extensive experience to work for you.

Joy has over 20 years of experience providing counseling services to adolescents and adults for issues including mood disorders, relationship problems, grief/loss, anxiety, trauma, career change, family conflicts and life transitions. With a Masters in Education and background in community services, Joy focuses on establishing the therapeutic relationship based on trust and empathy, then provides skill-building and problem-solving opportunities using Mindfulness, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral therapy techniques. Joy accepts most private insurances, Medicaid and Optima Insurance, as well as self-pay.

Karla Schooler is a Resident in Counseling pursuing licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Virginia. Karla has provided therapeutic services to adolescents, young adults, and adults using a variety of approaches to the counseling process including reality therapy, family systems therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and mindfulness based practices. Karla is passionate about assisting clients achieve wellness in all areas of their lives and welcomes clients into the therapeutic relationship to work on issues related to maintaining wellness across the lifespans, interpersonal relationships, anxiety, depression, anger issues, grief, loss, eating disorders, family system and communication concerns, social and other life adjustments, and career development and stress. Karla likes to use creative, interactive, and experiential interventions in the counseling process to work through presenting concerns.Karla receives supervision from Joy Bagby as she is completing her requirements to obtain licensure in the state of Virginia. As a Resident in Counseling, Karla accepts clients at a reduced self-pay rate of $35 per session. 

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, since 1995, Amy French has practiced in both traditional counseling and depth psychotherapy. Traditional counseling includes working with adults and couples on topics such as loss, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, aging concerns, the mental turmoil and adjustments that can come with sobriety and much more. Depth Psychotherapy deals with all of life's problems but adds work in the unconscious (dreams, images, childhood issues, defense structures). Amy is also a Virginia Certified Master Naturalist and enjoys helping others learn about the natural environment and healing power of nature. Currently she has offices in both Appomattox and Madison Heights. Amy accepts self-pay along with most commercial insurances including Medicare and Medicaid.

Eugene Tweedy is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is also currently employed as a Behavioral Health Consultant with Community Access Network in Lynchburg, VA. Gene works with individuals and families, with children, teens and adults.  He is Owner and Director of Tweedy Mentoring Services LLC, which for the past 18 years has provided mentoring services, employment opportunities, and positive role modeling to youth in our community. Tweedy Mentoring Services has contracted with the local Department of Social Services to provide Outpatient Counseling and Family Support Services to fathers whose children have been placed in foster care. For the past 10 years, Mr. Tweedy has volunteered in the community providing group counseling services to inmates participating with the Re-Entry Programs at the Lynchburg and Amherst Regional Jails. He has served the community as a volunteer and board member for Roads to Recovery Program (presently) and Lynchburg Grows (past). He served as founding President of the Hill City Football and Cheerleading Association; a member of the Equity Task Force with Lynchburg City Schools, a member of the Lynchburg Area Counseling Association, and as member of the Gamma Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Fraternity Inc. He is a supporter and active participant on a local, state, and national level; with many groups and organizations that work for equity and fairness. He holds a BS degree in Sociology from James Madison University, and a Master’s in Education degree (Clinical Mental Health Counseling) from Lynchburg College in Virginia.