Meet Our Clinical Consultants

Our Clinical Consultants are professionals who specialize in a wide variety of areas surrounding the grief and bereavement journey.  They help uncover the needs of our families and develop Carson’s Village content and programming to meet those needs.

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Valerie Sanchez, LCSE, CT

Valerie Sanchez is a licensed clinical social worker at UT Southwestern’s Clements Hospital. With professional integrity, her personal mission in this role is to hold hope for patients and their families as they travel through their medical journey.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Valerie has served in a variety of roles including hospice social worker, child, adult and family grief counselor and supervisor for social work interns as well as licensed social workers.

During her tenure as director of bereavement for a leading nonprofit hospice, she created a multi-faceted, inter-disciplinary program serving over 1,000 families a year.

She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work at Our Lady of the Lake university in San Antonio Texas.

Valerie holds certifications from Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners as Licensed clinical supervisor and LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Workers), Association of Death, Dying and Counseling (ADAC), as a Certified Thanatologist, and Social Work Hospice and palliative Care Network as APHSW-C.

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Eli Mandel, LCSW

Eli is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has experience in a variety of clinical settings, including inpatient, outpatient, school-based, and healthcare. He currently serves as a Clinical Program Manager to assist front-line healthcare workers reduce burnout and occupational stress. Eli has experience providing training and consultation on multiple topics to various organizations, and is particularly passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and creating trans-affirming work environments.

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Amy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Bereavement Counselor and Certified Grief Informed Professional. She graduated from one of the top health science schools in the country, UMass, and went on to earn a Masters degree from Aurora University’s School of Social Work. She also holds memberships in Psi Chi and IASWG. Amy has been trained and employed by three of the highest ranked hospital systems in the nation. She has experience in grief education, counseling, addictions, behavioral health, and medical social work. She is passionate about mental health awareness and helping individuals process their grief in a non-judgmental setting.

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