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J. Christine Dean MD
Co-Founder & Director
  North Carolina Licensed
  North Carolina Certified  Specialist

1311 Westbrook Plaza Drive
Suite 100
PO Box 24458
Winston Salem, NC  27114-4458
(336) 659-8202
FAX:  (336) 659-8206
The Brain is ...  Where You Live
COMPREHENSIVE EPILEPSY PROGRAM                                           PATIENT CARE • EDUCATION • RESEARCH                                                  BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CENTER                                            THE BRAIN IS WHERE YOU LIVE
Behavioral Health
The nurses and office staff at Epilepsy Institute of NC are highly-trained and exceptionally friendly.
We understand that for many, visiting a doctor can be a stressful experience.
Our comfortable surroundings and compassionate medical professionals will ease your fears.

James Lewis, MD

Dr. Lewis graduated from the University of Florida and completed his post-graduate residency in neurology at Stanford University and the University of New Mexico.  He joined the Epilepsy Institute in 2006 as a neurologist who specializes in learning and behavior problems in children, as well as epilepsy and headaches for all age groups.  One of the more unique experiences Dr. Lewis has had in his career was recognizing a previously undescribed hereditary disease and finding the genetic cause.  Dr. Lewis is a member of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology.

Marsha Webb, MS/EdS,

Marsha received her Master of Science and Educational Specialist degrees in Community Counseling/Marriage and Family Counseling in 1996 from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Marsha began her graduate work at Family Services of High Point, NC, where she provided cognitive behavioral counseling therapy for children, adolescents, families and adults, and received specific training in play therapy and sandtray therapy.  She completed her training at Centerpoint Human Services in Winston-Salem, NC, in 1998, where she provided cognitive behavioral therapy and play therapy to children and all other ages of clients.  While there, she also received specific training in mental health crisis triage on the Trauma Team and psychological and behavioral health assessment on the Assessment and Referral Team.  She also provided intensive group therapy to substance abusing adolescents and their families under the MAJORS program. Additionally, she has trained extensively in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT), which are useful therapies for resolving trauma and long-standing, dysfunctional responses to stress. She has trained in the combination of EMDR, play therapy and sandtray therapy. She also worked as a counselor for sexually aggressive youth at WFU Baptist Health Second Beginnings program. In 2004, while at Centerpoint, she served as a Care Coordinator and Guardian Representative for residents of Forsyth, Stokes, and Davie Counties.

 She joined the Epilepsy Institute in 2005, where she provides psychotherapy, play therapy, and expressive arts therapy. Additionally, she provides psychological/educational/behavioral health assessments for children, adolescents and adults who struggle with behavioral or learning issues. Her counseling approach is based on cognitive behavioral therapies from a client-centered perspective. The basis of her play therapy and sandtray therapy is taken form the psychology and world-view of the influential Swiss psychologist and student of Freud, Carl Jung.

 David Bruce, MSW, LCSW, JD

David brings a wide range of experience to his work with more than a decade of psychometric testing and other involvements at the Epilepsy Institute.  As a Masters Level Licensed Clinical Social Worker, he provides therapeutic counseling, as well.  Formerly a practicing attorney, he is knowledgeable concerning legal implications of various circumstances that can occur in these endeavors. In addition, he has written successful grant requests and obtained media publicity for the Institute.  He also acts as a language interpreter to those Spanish-speaking clients who require it.

Julie Lindner LPC, EdDCP, NCC, Behavioral Health Director

Julie brings a unique range of mental health experience having served and retired from the military. She has treated a variety of clients including children, adolescents, and adults. Julie specializes in the treatment of military families, trauma, behavioral management, and ADHD.


Rebecca Rugh-Webb School Psychologist, LPA

Rebecca has practiced as a school psychologist for nine years, eight of which were for Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools. She served seven schools over that time ranging from elementary to high school. Rebecca specializes in the differentiation of autism from emotional and behavioral concerns. Rebecca is passionate about nutrition and mental health. Currently she is pursuing additional training in herbal medicine.

Sarah Vavreck LPCA, Professional School Counselor

Sarah has been working in the mental health field for the past six years. She uses a combination cognitive behavioral therapy and person centered counseling with children and adults of all ages. Sarah attended Wake Forest University and graduated in 2012 with a Masters in Counseling. She attended Elon University and received her BA in Human Services Studies and African/African American studies in psychology. Sarah offers therapy and specializes in trauma, anger management, grief and loss, marriage and family counseling as well as play therapy.

Melanie C. Todd

Melanie is a psychometrist and WILSON Language Teacher, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from High Point University in High Point, NC.  Melanie began working at Thomasville Primary School in 2000, where she collaborated with a speech teacher to develop a cognitive computer lab using Great Leaps Reading Instruction and Earobics Auditory Computer Program for Pre-K and Kindergarten students who were at risk.  She tutored 2nd and 3rd grade students using Great Leaps Reading to improve their reading fluency.  When a teaching position was available at The Piedmont School in 2004, she used Wilson Language to teach reading to children with dyslexia.

 She joined the Epilepsy Institute in 2006 to administer psychological testing and in 2007, began her certification in Wilson Language tutoring. Currently, she tutors in the afternoon using Wilson Language for grades 3 and up and The Fundations Program for K-2nd grade children. Melanie’s encouraging and engaging interaction with students makes her a favorite with kids who need additional assistance to excel in their school work.

Sabrina Mixon Penn

Sabrina received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Management at West Virginia State University, Institute, WV, in 1979.
 Sabrina joined the staff at the Epilepsy Institute in 2005 as a Behavioral Health Coordinator.  She works with our psychologists, psychometrists, therapists, doctors, and new patients to create a seamless interface with scheduling appointments, and working with new referrals.  She also corresponds with medical offices, community support case managers, and parents/guardians.  Her professional and thorough manner facilitates the smooth operations of this active department.  Her past experiences include a role as Client Representative for Centerpoint Human Services, a UNCG Assistant Manager position with Student Health Services, and a Claims Examiner for Mortgage Life Claims at Integon Insurance.   Sabrina is the President of the North Carolina Alumni Association for West Virginia State University.