Hello, my name is Dr. Franklin Edward Shoemaker (Ed Shoemaker). I am Co-Founder, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Clinical Officer of Mr. Ed's Circle of Trust, Inc. I have 30 plus years of professional experience working with "At-Risk" Children and an adoptive parent of three special needs children (now adults). I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Qualified Supervisor, Nationally Certified Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, and Adoption Competency Trained Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I have a Doctorate degree in Psychology from Northcentral University. My dissertation research title was "Examining the Relationship between Child Maltreatment and Severity of Attachment Difficulties among Children Five Years of Age and Older." In addition, I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology; attended McGregor-Antioch University completing a Mental Health Internship at Scioto-Paint Valley Mental Health Center; and a Master of Art's degree in Biblical Counseling.


Hello, my name is Tonya A. Sharrett-Shoemaker, Co-Founder, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Mr. Ed's Circle of Trust, Inc. I have 30 plus years of professional experience working with "At-Risk" Children and an adoptive parent of three special needs children (now adults). I am a Certified Professional Educator in the  state of Florida,  certified in the subject areas of Exceptional Student Education  K-12 and Elementary Education K-5; at Medulla Elementary  School, Polk County Florida. I am a graduate of McGregor-Antioch University with a Master of Art's degree in Counseling Psychology. In addition, I have a Bachelor of Art's degree in Child Psychology and an Associate's degree in Business Administration.


Hi I’m Nancy Hancock, a motivated School Psychologist with over 28 years of experience in educational settings across diverse student populations.   I’m certified and licensed in Florida and specialize in gifted evaluations and counseling services for school adjustment issues.  I’m excited to work with youth and families who are dealing with emotional and behavioral concerns that impact participation in school and other activities.  My credentials include a Master of Arts in Psychology, an Education Specialist, and Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) Retired.  My experience includes providing psychological services in public and charter schools with students in grades K -12, 8 years adjunct professor of psychology, and 6 years of experience in an inpatient psychiatric treatment program for children, adolescents, and adults.   My direct services include psycho-educational evaluation, counseling, behavioral evaluation, and consultation.  Other services include collaboration with parents, school administration, counselors, and fellow educators to deliver custom support to empower students to reach their full learning potential. 


Valerie Boker

We are thrilled to announce that Valerie Boker has joined our team at Mr Eds Circle of Trust, Inc. Under the clinical supervision of Dr. Franklin Edward Shoemaker, PhD, LMHC, Valerie will be a valuable asset to our community. As a registered mental health counselor intern, she will provide a safe and welcoming environment for those seeking support. We are excited to have her on board and we look forward to the positive impact she will make in the lives of our clients.

"Hi, my name is Valerie Boker. I am a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern with the state of Florida. I graduated with my master's degree in clinical Mental Health Counseling from Malone University. I know how uncomfortable and nerve wracking it can be to start therapy. I strive to make every client's therapeutic experience as comfortable as possible. I have experience working with children and adults with trauma, depression, and anxiety. I specifically have a passion for working with at-risk teenagers. I would describe my style as warm, genuine, and non-judgmental."


Meet Madison Phillips. Madison is a student at Florida Southern College studying Psychology. She is currently in her senior year and will graduate with her bachelor's degree next May. She has worked alongside Dr. Shoemaker since August 2022, and has learned a great deal during her time at Mr. Ed's Circle of Trust. She plans to become a Mental Health Counselor and to provide therapy services for foster children and adoptive families. She is passionate about helping people, and being another person that foster children and their families can rely on for additional support. She looks forward to continuing to learn from all of the amazing counselors at Mr. Ed's Circle of Trust!


Meet Mighty Little Lucy, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi (Emotional Therapy Dog), on a delightful adventure as she teaches children and adults the importance of kindness, empathy, and getting along with others. Through patience and understanding, Lucy demonstrates the power of friendship and acceptance.

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