Jerome Gabis, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Jerome A. Gabis, Psy. D. is a licensed psychologist with an interest in helping older adults, their families, and their caregivers address the problems, issues, and decisions affecting them. He is a 1993 graduate of the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and has received training in a variety of clinical settings. His doctoral internship included rotations in the general practice of psychology as well as specialized rehab training in the assessment and treatment of persons affected by strokes, spinal cord injuries, and head trauma.
Dr. Gabis devotes most of his professional practice helping the elderly and their families address the changes affecting them. He and the staff of Legacy Psychological Services provide psychological and consulting services to residents and staff of several long term care and retirement communities. He also maintains a general practice in psychology at Legacy’s North College Hill clinic. Prior to his entering the field of psychology, Dr. Gabis served as a Catholic priest for 10 years in Southeastern Ohio.
Dr. Gabis is a member of Psychologists in Long-term Care, and the American and Ohio Psychological Associations. He also co-chairs the Ohio Psychological Association Continuing Education Committee. For over 20 years, he has volunteered with the Cincinnati area Alzheimer’s Association as a Family Support Group facilitator and facilitator trainer. He also volunteers in community building efforts in his church and neighborhood.
Victoria Becker, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Victoria Becker, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist working with Legacy Psychological Services LLC primarily in long-term care and rehab settings. She does not see clients at the Hamilton Avenue office. Dr. Becker completed her graduate studies at Miami University where she received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at the University of Notre Dame and Oaklawn Psychiatric Hospital. Dr. Becker has had extensive experience in providing assessment, diagnosis, and treatment interventions to a variety of populations in inpatient and outpatient settings.
Dr. Becker's interest in working with the elderly began with volunteer work as a teenager along side her mother, a registered nurse who worked in a retirement center. In her post-graduate training with Dr. Gabis, a geropsychologist, she acquired valuable geriatric clinical skills and further developed her understanding of the needs and challenges faced by individuals in late life. Dr. Becker has enjoyed working in several different long-term care and retirement facilities. She understands the value of communication and teamwork to provide the best outcomes for patients. In her work, she remains patient-focused and enjoys working with families, nurses, doctors, social workers and rehab therapists.
Babette P. Craig, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Babette P. Craig, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and a general practitioner of psychology, with a focus on interpersonal relational issues. She works with individuals, couples, and families. Besides working in her private practice at Legacy Psychological Services, she has over 20 years of clinical experience from her work with veterans and their families at the Veterans Administration Medical Center of Cincinnati. Dr. Craig received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Cincinnati in 1989. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in 1974.
Van Pham, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist
Van Pham holds a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Xavier University and is licensed in the State of Ohio.
At Legacy’s Hamilton Avenue office, Dr. Pham helps clients who want to find better ways to deal with the stresses of daily living and distressful life experiences. She works with people who suffer from traumatic experiences, addiction, and life-changing event such as a severe injury, death of a loved one, and abuse history. She also sees clients who live in retirement community or nursing care settings as they adjust to changes associated with health and aging. She also conducts testing of client’s memory and other cognitive processes. She meets one-on-one with clients to support, talk, and find solutions. She enjoys working with families, staff, and caregivers.
In her treatment, she likes to take a practical and understanding approach, adopting primarily a client-centered and humanistic cognitive-behavioral method. Her current interest is in the area of aging, especially uncovering the developmental and spiritual processes that lead a person to acquiring wisdom. Dr. Pham also holds a Ph.D. in Ethics and Religion from the Catholic University of America. She is also member of the American Psychological Association.
Debbie Benedict, LISW
Debbie Benedict is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with an interest in helping older adults, their families, and their caregivers cope with the issues and decisions facing them. Debbie is a graduate of Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. For the past 35 years, she has provided social services in hospital, psychiatric, home health, and retirement community settings. As a social worker, she has also worked among elders served by the Franciscan Healthcare System in Cincinnati and among the residents of Otterbein Lebanon Retirement Community, Lebanon, Ohio.
Debbie works under the direct supervision of Dr. Jerome Gabis and is well equipped to meet with elderly clients and their families to support adaptation to changes that often accompany the aging process.
Dave Downing, MA
Dave Downing holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Xavier University where he is completing doctoral studies in psychology (Psy.D.). He completed his undergraduate work at Oregon State University. Dave has experience working with patients who experience a wide range of mental health concerns. Before transitioning to Legacy, he externed at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center working with patients with severe and persistent mental illnesses.
With Legacy, Dave conducts testing of patients’ memory and other mental processes. He also meets one-on-one with clients to support, talk, and find solutions to their problems. He consults with families, physicians, and staff workers who help care for others.
Dave uses a cognitive-behavioral approach to therapy. He also draws on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), an approach that focuses on helping clients live according to their deeply held values and beliefs. Dave understands that the best treatment outcomes are achieved when a strong working alliance is developed with clients. As such, he works to develop an honest and supportive relationship with each client.'
When he is not in the office or focusing on his course work, you might find Dave hiking in the foothills of Southeastern Ohio or bass fishing at some of the nearby lakes. He often travels back to his hometown in Oregon where he enjoys spending time with his family and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
He works under the direct supervision of Dr. Jerome Gabis, Psy.D. and Dr. Van Pham, Psy.D.
Hannah Ottmar, MA
Hannah Ottmar holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Xavier University where she is currently completing her Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.). Her undergraduate degree in Psychology is from the University of Mary (Bismarck, North Dakota).
With Legacy, Hannah provides therapy and conducts assessments of clients’ memory and other mental processes. She meets one-on-one with clients to support, talk, and find solutions to their problems. She also consults with families and staff workers who help care for others.
In her treatment, she enjoys using a strengths-based, supportive, and client-centered approach. Her treatment approach integrates positive psychology and cognitive-behavioral methods to adapt to the unique needs of each client. Her interest is in the area of aging, particularly in providing support to rural older adults, older adults with cognitive impairments, and caregivers.
Hannah grew up on a farm and loves animals. Her hobbies include reading a good book with her cat nearby and spending time outside with outdoor animals.
Hannah works under the direct supervision of Dr. Jerome Gabis, Psy.D. and Dr. Van Pham, Psy.D.
Owen Kessler, MA
Owen Kessler holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Xavier University where he is currently working toward completing his Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.). He earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Mississippi College. His professional training includes rotations performing assessments and therapeutic services with severely mentally ill persons at IKRON Corporation in Cincinnati, OH and performing psychological assessments at Solutions Center for Applied Psychology in Cincinnati, OH.
Owen performs bariatric evaluations at Legacy’s Hamilton Avenue office. He also provides therapy and conducts psychological assessments among the elderly.
Owen provides supportive therapy using a cognitive behavioral approach. His interest areas include developmental issues, parenting concerns, cognitive impairments, and spirituality. In his spare time, Owen enjoys exercising, reading fiction, competing in endurance races, and being a sports fan.
Owen works under the direct supervision of Dr. Jerome Gabis, Psy.D.
Ann Mock, Office Manager
Ann Mock has been with Legacy for a several years. She has many years of experience in mental health office management supporting both us and our clients. As office manager, she welcomes clients as guests, schedules appointments, responds to phone calls, and sees to it that our office runs well. She works with our billing agents to make sure accounts are accurate and up to date. She enjoys attention to detail and understands mental health issues impacting the lives of our clients. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband of 37 years. Together they raised two daughters and are enjoying the blessings of grandchildren.