Meet the Team

Meet the heart and soul of our mental health + wellness team! Each practitioner brings their own unique flair and expertise to the table, united by a shared commitment to helping you HEAL. All of our practitioners are well-seasoned and insightful, we’re here to listen, support, and guide you through life’s ups and downs. No judgment, just genuine care and understanding. We’re in this together, because your journey to mental wellness is our top priority. Our team maintains a high level of integrity, confidentiality, wisdom & discernment, as well as desire to see sustainable change for our clients. Read below to learn more about each practitioner and their specialties.

Madison Strickland

Office Manager + Administration

Position:   Health Coach + Office Manager
Experience:   2 Years
Phone:   910.240-4473


Madison is the lady that helps keep this ship afloat. She is currently in school for counseling, and is a Certified Health Coach. So not only can she handle all your questions about the office and how we run, while getting you scheduled, and connecting you with the right practitioner – but her heart is also for holistic health.

A native to Wilmington, Madison is a Certified Health Coach with a desire to help her clients feel WELL! After struggling with her own health issues, she turned to holistic and root cause health practices to improve her own body and mind.

Now Madison uses what she has learned personally and in training to deliver the best coaching for improving body, mind, and spirit. Madison loves to work with young adults and adults who are ready to feel a breakthrough in their body and create better lifestyle rhythms.

She is passionate about using the health foundations (air, water, nutrition, exercise, rest, balanced emotions, and spirituality) to help clients elevate their life and feel WHOLE. If your ready to take control of your health and start thriving message Madison today!

Madison’s Health Coach Schedule:

Tuesday/Thursday: 9am-Noon
Wednesday (telehealth only): 5-8pm


Buffy Andrews


Position:   Owner, Therapist, Yoga Instructor
Experience:   7 years
Phone:   910.240-4473


Buffy Andrews has lived in the Wilmington, NC for the past 8 years. She has worked for Child Advocacy & Parenting Place, worked at Coastal Horizons Center as an Intensive In-Home team Lead therapist, outpatient therapy in Pender County Schools, and is now working in private practice (at the Made Well Center, hellooo).


Buffy works WITH the client to identify what works for them, while educating them and empowering them with tools, skills, and coping mechanisms.
Buffy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Natural Health Practitioner. She is trained in EMDR, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness based treatments, has 200hr Yoga Training, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, has studied under Bessel Van Der Kolk’s trauma trainings, anxiety reduction, and Gottman Method Couples & Relationship Counseling.

Buffy loves working with adults, and couples who have experienced trauma, anxiety, or difficulty in relationship.

“I believe we are made well, and I believe we’ve been given the right tools and skills, we just sometimes need a little community, need a little education & encouragement, and need a little practical help to get back to this original state of paradise.”

Buffy’s Schedule:

Monday/Tuesdays: 9am-3pm
Wednesday/Thursdays: 1pm-6pm

Position:   Therapist
Experience:   2 Years
Phone:   910.240-4473


Lia was born and raised in northern New Jersey, and has since lived in Pennsylvania, Georgia and now has finally settled down in Wilmington! Lia graduated from William Paterson University with a Bachelor’s in English-Writing, and went on to attend and graduate from Liberty University, earning her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Lia strongly believes in taking a client-lead approach, coupled with evidence based techniques, to help her clients feel as though they have a real ally in their efforts to achieve their goals. Lia focuses on creating a therapeutic space that is calming, peaceful and safe for each of her clients. She is passionate about helping women who are struggling through a journey with infertility, those with poor self-esteem, women who have been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
(PCOS) and couples throughout all walks of life.

Lia works to ensure that each and every client feels accepted, heard, advocated for and validated.  Always keeping in mind the end goal of reaching optimal levels of health and wellness.

Lia’s Schedule:

Mon/Thurs: 9am-5pm (in person)
Tues: 9am-5pm (virtually)
Wed: 4pm-9pm (virtually)

Lia Zalvin


Ruffin Bailey


Position:   Counselor/Coach
Experience:   10 years
Phone:   910.240-4473


Ruffin grew up in Raleigh, NC, but has lived across the US in many different states.  While living in Kansas City, he received his masters in counseling from Midwestern Baptist Seminary and built his own practice out there: Restore Counseling Center.

He later moved to Atlanta, GA to pursue chaplaincy, and worked as a hospital chaplain for two years and hospice chaplain for 3. 

Ruffin has a PASSION for RESToration.  When you are feeling tired, exhausted, over productive, Ruffin believes the key to healing is to slow down enough to figure out what is paralyzing you. He believes you can have an abundant future!

Discovering who you are is a journey and it takes time. Ruffin’s desire is to walk with you through the restoration process.

The healing process begins with a judgment free environment. Then it involves listening to your story and the things that you have been through and are struggling with. Only then is it time to speak into your story/situation and work together to establish active steps to help you move forward into wholeness.

Ruffin loves especially working with individuals struggling with family conflicts, marital issues, depression/anxiety, and trauma.

Ruffin’s Schedule:

Mon/Tues: 3-7pm
Fridays: 11am-5pm
Sundays: 1-5pm

Position:   Nutrition + Gut Health Coach
Experience:   6 years
Phone:   910.240-4473


Carrie was raised on the plains of Kansas.  After being sick for so many years, she overcame her chronic health issues by addressing nutrition, lifestyle choices and more!  She then went back to school to study holistic health, nutrition & wellness.

Carrie is a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach & Wellness Practitioner. She has been in private practice for 6+ years, teaching people how to nourish their bodies using real food and upgrade their health through diet and lifestyle changes. Her special focus in her practice is gut health. Carrie is passionate about root cause healing and helping individuals find true freedom and relief from unpleasant digestive symptoms, food overwhelm and more!

Carrie believes there is always hope for healing and truly enjoys the privilege of walking alongside people on their health journey! 

Carrie’s Schedule:

Wed/Thurs/Friday: 10am-6pm

Carrie Sink


Melissa Candler


Position:   Therapist/Counselor
Experience:   3
Phone:   910.240-4473


Originally a North Carolina native, Melissa has recently been enjoying east coast life since returning from living out West for several years. Melissa attended Lee University where she earned her Bachelors in Psychology with a concentration in Child and Family Studies, then received her Masters of Clinical Social Work from Florida State University.

Melissa has worked with children with Autism and related disorders as an ABA therapist, worked as the clinical assistant of a residential treatment facility for adolescent girls, has been a case manager for families of children with behavioral and emotional needs, and has also worked in crisis response. 

Melissa has a heart for people and simply wants to meet others where they are so that together, they can walk towards healing and wholeness. She is warm and discerning, and she values empowering others to grow, learn, and live authentically.

Melissa enjoys working with people of all ages and stages including children, adults and couples. She especially desires to help those who are looking to heal from trauma, adjust in times of transition, gain coping skills, or create a more functional life for themselves. Melissa is focused on utilizing the best therapeutic approach according to the specific needs of each individual she sees.

Melissa’s Schedule:

Mon/Wed: 10am-7pm

Tues/Thurs: 10am-6pm

Brittany Patterson


Position:   Therapist
Experience:   16 years
Phone:   910.240-4473


Brittany moved to Wilmington, NC from Boston, MA in 2011. She received her Masters of Social Work from Simmons University and has been working as a clinician in various settings since graduating in 2006. Brittany is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Therapist) who specializes in treating trauma, familial issues, parenting skills work, mood disorders, and anxiety/depression.

Some of Brittany’s specialties include doing work with somatic/sensorimotor trauma processing, EMDR, and incorporating mindfulness practices into therapy. Brittany is committed to making sure no one is invisible and sees mental health treatment as a way of strengthening the broken places until people feel WHOLE again.

She also has many talents including dance through her studies of Ballet and Modern dance in Purchase, NY. Sometimes she likes to include body work into the therapy practice as well. She loves working with adults, particularly parents, as well as adolescents, young children and their families to help heal relationships.

Brittany’s Schedule:

Mon: 10am- 7pm
Tues: 11am-7pm
Wed/Thurs: 10am-6pm
Friday: 10am-3pm

Jenny Vaughn


Position:   Counselor/Clinician
Experience:   2 years
Phone:   910.240-4473


Jenny Lynn is born and raised in the Wilmington area. Jenny earned an undergraduate degree in Biology with a Sociology minor at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, followed by her graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

She has interned at The Coastal Horizons Center in an outpatient setting, worked at Pride of Wilmington as an Intensive In-home Qualified Professional, and is now working in private practice at the Made well Center.

Jenny Lynn believes in collaborating and helping individuals connect with their true selves through education, encouragement, and dedication. Jenny is passionate in practicing goal-oriented strengths to help individuals come to terms with their wellbeing. She offers compassion in a judgement free environment, working through a wide range of

Jenny Lynn enjoys working with individuals of all ages. She works well with artistic individuals
and is currently working toward incorporating music therapy within her practice. Jenny has
been expressing her musical talents in the Wilmington area for about 15 years. She enjoys
playing live shows in the area where she expresses herself through singing and playing guitar, and loves to incorporate these skills into the therapeutic enviroment to enhance mindfulness and increase coping across contexts.

Jenny’s Schedule:

Monday-Thursday: 10-6pm

Position:   Therapist
Experience:   5 years
Phone:   910.240-4473


Laura was born and raised in southeastern North Carolina, and has lived in various areas of NC. Laura graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelors in Psychology and studied Childhood Development. She then received her Masters in Social Work from UNCW.

Laura has worked as an Autism Support Professional for the Autism Society of NC. She has worked for Coastal Horizons Center as a Family Resource Partner, School-based Mental Health Therapist in Columbus County Schools, and as an outpatient Child and Family Therapist.

Laura believes in taking a collaborative, relational approach to the therapeutic process. She focuses on creating a connected and judgment free environment. 

She enjoys working with people at various stages of life and especially enjoys working with adults navigating life transitions. 

She is passionate about anxiety management, supporting relational healing, and helping people to live in accordance with their values. Laura loves supporting people to build their self worth and to find balance between self compassion and accountability. 

Laura operates under the view that we are all the experts of our own lives, but we can learn and grow from each other’s perspectives. She finds joy through creating art and by learning (from trial & error) in her garden. She hopes to create an atmosphere that promotes care and healing. Be sure to reach out today if you are interested in working with someone like Laura.

 Laura’s Schedule:

Monday: 10am-6pm
Tuesday/Wednesday: 9am-3pm

Laura Shaw


Cecilia Patino

Clinical Resident

Position:   Clinical Resident
Experience:   2 years
Phone:   910.240-4473


Cecilia was born and raised in Cordoba, Argentina, and has proudly called Wilmington home for over twenty-two years! Cecilia graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan College with a Bachelors in Psychology and Organizational Administration. She received her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University.

Cecilia previously interned at Made Well and is ecstatic to continue assisting individuals in their healing journey. She loves working with individuals who struggle with anxiety, trauma, depression, self-esteem, and life transitions.

Cecilia believes that therapy is a collaborative process and everyone comes to therapy
for various reasons, and all find themselves in different places in their life. Her hope is for clients to feel they can be their authentic selves while reflecting on their strengths and bringing
awareness to their vulnerabilities and needs through a non-judgmental approach.

One of Cecilia’s primary goals is to help her clients learn to embrace & welcome all parts of
themselves, even the parts that are hurt &  hidden. Her therapeutic style is warm, genuine,
compassionate, and curious. Coming from a multicultural and diverse background, Cecilia offers a safe and understanding space. She understands how scary and challenging it can feel when initiating therapy, and she commits to honoring you while helping you find meaning so that you can live a fruitful life.

Cecilia is passionate about working with adults, adolescents, young adults, first-generation
immigrants, and Spanish-speaking clients.

Cecilia’s Schedule:

Tuesday/Wednesday: 3-7pm

Thursday/Friday: 9am-5pm

Learn More About The Made Well Center’s Services

The Made Well Center offers many other services that seek to aid in your ability to heal. Gut health + nutrition coaching with Carrie Sink is a great way to learn practical nutrition + lifestyle changes to help heal things like: IBS, chronic gut pain, bloating, constipation, gas, fatigue, skin issues, anxious distress, and even symptoms of depression. Carrie can also help you in completing a G.I. Stool sample test to identify any toxins, bacteria, or struggles you might be dealing with. 

Outpatient counseling and therapy is a great place to receive safe support and guidance from a licensed clinician to help you identify and make steps towards identifying root causes to pain and suffering, changing thoughts & behavior patterns that leave you feeling stuck, and learning how to communicate with yourself, and those around you. Learn more.

We have multiple instructors that teach everything from Zumba, to trauma-informed yoga, to faith-based stretching + more. Be sure. tosign up for in person or virtual opportunities to engage your body in healing. Learn more.

We offer retreats and workshops throughout the year on various topics. Some will be fun creative outlets, some will simply be a nice relaxing time away from daily stressors, and some will be continuing education courses for other Mental Health Professionals in the community. Learn more.

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