Therapists

New Day works with pre-screened, licensed therapists with a heart and desire to serve individuals and families walking through the cancer journey.

Dave Hamel

Dave has Master’s Degrees in Psychology and Social Work, a post-Master’s Degree in Psychology and over 30 years of experience. He helps people deal with a wide range of issues, including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, substance abuse, and Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Since 2019, his experience as a cancer patient has given him a direct understanding of the impact this illness can have on patients, caregivers, family members and friends. He received tremendous support in his own journey, and is eager to offer a helping hand to others dealing with the life changes that cancer brings. Dave also has extensive training in the therapeutic use of hypnosis, and has found it an especially useful tool in helping people master their anxiety.

Dave’s goal is to help you develop the ability to produce the changes you want in your life.


Norma Keil Shaw

Norma Keil Shaw attended Wayne State Music School on scholarship and was the co-creator of WSU Music Therapy program and graduated with a degree in Music Therapy. She has a Masters in Social Work from U of M. and has spent 42 years in the field of Medical Social work.

Norma has worked in Michigan, California, Washington D.C. and Maryland, including positions at the Detroit Medical Center Rehabilitation Institute and at the Evergreen Health and Living Center in Southfield as a Medical Social Worker/Discharge Planner.

Norma is currently in private practice. She is a breast cancer survivor and looks forward to helping you on your cancer journey.


Judith Persley

Judith is a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist specializing in anxiety and trauma disorders.  Judith also earned her certification in alcohol and substance abuse counseling while working with the Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Detroit Medical Center Department of Psychiatry.  Judith is currently the owner/operator of Creekside Counseling of Michigan in Shelby Township, Michigan, where she practices.

Judith earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Wayne State University, and a Masters in Human Resource Administration from Central Michigan University. Prior to becoming a Licensed Psychotherapist, Judith was a consultant for large organizations, providing organizational analysis, organizational redesign, and specializing in employee satisfaction.

Judith is passionate about assisting disadvantaged people both locally and abroad. She has spent time in Mexico and Haiti, lending assistance with teams formed to support local efforts and aid systemic change.


Paula M. Puleo

Paula M. Puleo, M.A., L.P.C. is a 69 year-old Licensed Professional Counselor. She is the mother of two adult daughters. Paula’s son-in-law died of bladder cancer at age 39. She brings to all emotional support sessions, both her graduate training as well as her personal experience to the journey YOU are now living. She would be honored to assist you and your family.

Teaching Middle School in both Warren and Grosse Pointe as well as having been an Adjunct College Professor is also in her background. Paula was also the S.E. MI Branch Director of Bethany Christian Services, the largest private adoption agency in the country. Paula was also a Sr. Account Manager at Ulliance, Inc., in Troy, where she managed Beaumont Hospital’s EAP (Employee Assistance Program) — a counseling program for Beaumont employees and families.

At this time, Paula is offering telehealth support sessions only and is available to assist you with setting that up. Feel free to call her to see how she might be of help to you.