Staff List

Joe Bavonese, PhDJoe Bavonese, PhD
Director of Technical Services

Joe is a Licensed Psychologist and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Relationship Institute of Royal Oak, Michigan. Joe has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He has worked as a Research Psychologist and Consultant for General Motors and was the Clinical Director of Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for Medical Center Psychiatric Associates in Warren, Michigan. He has worked as an Adjunct Professor for the Graduate College of the Union Institute, a Field Faculty Advisor for the Graduate Program at Norwich University and is a member of the American Psychological Association.

Since 2001, Joe’s approach to private practice marketing has been highlighted numerous times in the Psychotherapy Finances newsletter. Joe has written five aticles on the business of private practice for Psychotherapy Networker magazine, including a feature article in the July/August 2007 issue of Psychotherapy Networker. Joe has also given numerous presentations on business and marketing at professional conferences, including the American Psychological Association; the California Psychological Association; the Massachusetts Psychological Association; the New Hampshire Psychological Association; Psychotherapy Networker; National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine and the National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers. 

Joe was born in Wayne, New Jersey and has practiced psychotherapy in San Francisco, California; Berkeley, California; Royal Oak, Michigan; Livonia, Michigan and Ann Arbor, Michigan.


For the past 25 years, Joe has given numerous workshops on relationship issues, self-esteem, stress management, weight loss, and the practices of psychotherapy and hypnotherapy. Joe has also been a marketing consultant to psychotherapy practices since 1996. Joe's work with relationship issues has been featured in TIME magazine, the New York Post, the Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, WXYZ-TV (ABC Detroit affiliate), WDIV-TV (NBC Detroit affiliate), and WJR-AM radio, among other places.

Joe is a self-taught computer and Internet expert, and has helped many therapists get over their fears or reluctance about computers, teaching them how to use these modern tools to optimize their time and obtain many inexpensive referrals in the process.

Joe facilitates the Internet Marketing Training Group for Uncommon Practices.

Mel Restum, PhDMelhim Restum, PhD
Director of Client Services and Professional Development

Mel is a Licensed Psychologist who has a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Wayne State University. Dr. Restum was on staff at Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital and has had a long-standing affiliation with the Detroit Medical Center and WSU's Department of Psychiatry. His research experience includes teacher-student interactions, social skills training, and psychotherapy effectiveness.

Dr. Restum is the Founder of the ADDAPT program in Michigan, a psycho-educational program for children with ADD-related disorder. Dr. Restum also regularly participates in training programs on various childhood psychiatric conditions. His clinical practice includes adults and couples as well as children. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Michigan Psychological Association, and Michigan Association for Emotionally Disturbed Children.

Mel has also been a business and marketing consultant to psychotherapy and other health related businesses since 2004. He facilitates the monthly "Private Practice Q&A" teleconference call for Uncommon Practices.

Richard Shook, PhD
Business of Psychotherapy Program Coach

Richard has been a licensed psychologist and licensed professional counselor in private practice in Marietta, Georgia for 19 years. He obtained a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Psychotherapy from Georgia State University. Richard completed his residency at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, as well as a fellowship in Pain Management in the Department of  Anesthesiology. He also has an MA in Clinical Community Psychology from Chapman University in Orange, California. His interest in marketing and private practice development lead him to take courses from Jay Abraham. He was  an  Uncommon Practices client for one year and that experience was   a major catalyst for applying Jay Abraham’s principles to building a psychotherapy practice. 

In addition to his interests in private practice, Richard has been developing an expertise in life and executive coaching for the past seven years. He has recently been busy teaching the first courses in beginning and advanced life/executive coaching at Life University in Marietta, Georgia.  After 14 years of private practice, Richard still finds his work to be challenging and exciting. He has a diverse practice where he works with children, teenagers, adults and families, as well as performing psychological evaluations. At Uncommon Practices, Richard serves as a  Business Coach for Business of Psychotherapy: Creating Your Ideal Practice. 

At Uncommon Practices, Dr. Shook serves as a Business Coach for the Business of Psychotherapy: Creating Your Ideal Practice.

Tammy Daniele, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who practices in Naperville, IL. Tammy has over 12 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults. She has been in private practice since 2000 and specializes in relationship issues and divorce. Tammy received her Master's degree from George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Tammy has worked extensively with the court systems in dealing with the emotional impact of divorce. She has provided expert witness testimony in divorce and child abuse/neglect cases. In addition, she has facilitated reunification of parent/child relationships after divorce. Tammy has a certificate in divorce mediation from Northwestern University and provides mediation services both pre and post-decree. She also practices Collaborative Law as a divorce coach and child specialist.

Tammy opened her own practice in 2007 and completed the year-long Uncommon Practices Program, to which she credits helping make her practice successful and full within six months of opening.

At Uncommon Practices, Tammy serves as a business coach for the Business of Psychotherapy: Creating Your Ideal Practice.

Jordan Hamilton, PhD is a Licensed Psychologist in Auburn California and the Co-Director of the California Relationship Center.  Jordan is somewhat unique among psychologists in that he began in the business world.  Beginning in 1975, finding himself with a seemingly useless degree he started taking menial jobs that where connected to real estate investment and management.  Progressing through the ranks he spent the 1980’s in national commercial real estate investment and management, rising to the position of vice president.

His professional credentials include his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from California Graduate School of Psychology in Marin, California;  Masters work at the University of Michigan and a Bachelors from Eastern Michigan University. He is in his eighteenth year of private practice in Auburn, California.  He has many years of experience providing individual psychotherapy, couples and family counseling, as well as group therapy. In recent years, coaching and consulting for career professionals have been added to the list.

You might also appreciate knowing that he has struggled through many of life’s difficulties and emerged stronger, a bit wiser and good deal more humble.  He knows what it is like to work long hours in the corporate world, as well as private practice, trying to find the balance between marriage, family, and career. 

At Uncommon Practices, Jordan serves as a business coach for the Business of Psychotherapy: Creating Your Ideal Practice.

John Petersen, PhD is a clinical psychologist working in a solo family psychology private practice in South Bend, Indiana. Specializing in family work and parenting issues for the first several years of his career, he added couples and sex therapy as specialties in 2008 and 2012, respectively. His work with couples is heavily influenced by Gottman and Imago approaches. Approximately 25% of his clients are individual adults presenting with depression or anxiety, and his approach to this work is guided by outcome-informed approaches of Scott Miller and Barry Duncan.

John is a frequent lecturer to parents and couples at private schools, colleges, and churches in South Bend and he regularly authors articles about relationships and parenting for local and regional popular press. He is on staff at a small private Montessori school where he supports teachers and parents with student/child behavior challenges via consultation, education, and coaching.

At Uncommon Practices, John serves as a business coach for the Business of Psychotherapy: Creating Your Ideal Practice.

Pat VanDecar has a diverse background in the business arena including civil engineering, defense contractor procurement, insurance consulting and heavy equipment marketing.  He has a B.S. in Management from Oakland University.  Uncommon Practices customers enjoy the fact that he has exemplary listening and problem solving skills and can analyze their practices in terms of growth in a friendly and down-to-earth, yet professional manner. 

At Uncommon Practices, Pat heads up our Practice Analysis Program. 


Julie Hock
Administrative Assistant

Julie is a graduate of Kendall School of Design, with an Associate of Fine Art degree. She has a diverse background with over 20 years of secretarial experience. Julie worked for many years at Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, a non-profit human services agency, as Confidential Secretary for the Public Relations and Financial Development Departments. There she was the primary secretarial support, managing a database for donors, creating newsletters, flyers, charts & graphs, and assisting fundraising events. Julie worked more recently as secretary at her church, in this one person office, maintaining the database of membership, was responsible for all printed materials including reports, weekly bulletins and monthly newsletters.