The Life Health Center mission is to develop wellness for individuals, families, and communities. We believe that Wellness is the conscious, self-directed evolving process of achieving full potential.
We achieve this through integrating culturally competent mental, physical, and social health care services and promoting positive self, interpersonal, and community relationships.
Forrest Watson III BS, MBA
Founder & Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director
Forrest Watson III is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director of Life Center Complex, Inc., dba, The Life Health Center(LHC). Life Center Complex received its 501 (C) 3 status in 2009. Before founding the LHC, Mr. Watson got his start in the health care system with Reliance Health Care Group Inc. where he and Dr. Jon Regis were the founders. Reliance was a multi-specialty primary care organization providing OB-GYN, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Family Practice services.
Mr. Watson worked closely with the doctors there along with the Dr. Regis and was an integral part in helping to significantly reduce the infant mortality rate in state of New Jersey within the African American and Latino community, and as well as to improve overall health in the general population.
Mr. Watson has done a lot of volunteer work in the community. He has served as the chairman of the Health Advisory Committee for the Wilmington Metropolitan Urban League, the Health Equity Committee for the State of Delaware, and the City of Wilmington Healthy Mother’s Consortium.
He currently is seated on committee of the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium (DHMIC) appointed by the governor.
He was employee with DuPont for over five years in various corporate finance positions.
Mr. Watson obtained his Bachelor of Science at Cornell University, and his MBA at the Indiana University-Kelley School of Business.
Mr. Watson is the proud father of four adult children of whom all work diligently in the day-to-day operations of the LHC.
Mr. Watson believes in holistic healing that embraces wellness from a physical, mental, social, nutritional, and spiritual approach. He believes that people are similar to a tree. We must look beyond the leaves and fruit of the tree, but we must also go deep into the roots to determine the true health of a tree. He leads the Life Health Center with passion and a vision to see the communities they serve to thrive and transform into being a valuable part to society.
He and his wife, Denise, Co- Pastor the Worship House located in Wilmington, Delaware.
Denise Watson, BA, MBA
Denise Watson is the Chief Operation Officer, COO of Life Health Center. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Economics at Spelman, and a Master’s in Business at the University of Delaware. Denise has been working in the medical field for over 20 years. She was introduced to health care at a young age while working with her father in the industry as a teenager. She is the oldest of three children of Forrest Watson, III, Founder and Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director.
During Denise’s former career as a teacher, she worked extensively within the public school system with youth who were at risk. While working with the students she realized the disparaging effect depravity of good, and holistic health care had on their behavior, mental health, and ability to learn.
In her vison to help people get healthy, she recognizes the importance of a holistic approach to health and wellness. It is this passion that’s fuels her ambition for the success and growth of LHC as well as obtaining her degree in psychology. Denise is currently enrolled in pre-med school.
Denise started out in administration in LHC and was an integral part in building the company from the foundations to where it is today. She is a thriving force for structure and organization as the company grows into an all-inclusive, comprehensive one-stop place for health care and wellness.
Her overall vision, is for LHC to be an organization among organizations. It will be a place where our employees enjoy working not only because we’re getting the job done in our communities and meeting the needs of our clients, but that it is a place of growth internally as well as externally.
When Denise is not in the trenches of the day-to-day operations of LHC or engrossed in her studies, she enjoys family, going to the beach, traveling, and shopping.
Forrest Watson IV
Assistant to the Director of the LHC School Based Wellness Centers and Site Administrator
Forrest Watson, IV is the Assistant to the Director of the LHC School Based Wellness Centers, and Site Administrator. Forrest initially got his first exposure in providing health care working with his father at the age of 12 where he gained experience and knowledge of community service and obtaining resources.
While attending college in North Carolina, Forrest experienced firsthand the detrimental effect living in an impoverished community can have on families. While working as a Community Support Specialist, he was charged with meeting with children and families in their environment to ensure program requirements and appointments were met. It was there he’d found his passion as a community advocate.
He returned to Delaware and joined arms with father at LHC working hands-on in various capacities. Forrest has worked the front desk, billing and collections, as the office admin, performed on-boarding background checks and licenses, certifying boards and ensuring 501 (C3) compliance, and filled the role as a financial coordinator. He also was instrumental in fostering a collaborative-working relationship with Social Services in meeting the growing needs of the community. He thrived in his versatility and quickly became an integral part of the Life Health Center’s rapid growth and expansion. Forrest is a visionary as well as a go getter. He is passionate about using his talents and skills to help others to become healthy and whole through a holistic approach. In lined with LHC mission, he promotes the importance of achieving and maintaining a healthy balance and wellness of life. His philosophy is everyone has something beneficial to give. As we all pull together and do our part for the betterment of society, we’ll succeed in building our communities one person, one family, and ultimately, one community at time.
When Forrest is not engaged in the daily activities of LHC and the School Base Wellness Centers he can be found enjoying movies, watching sports, exercising, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.
Dr. Alvin L. Turner, Ph.D
Director of Integrated Services
Dr. Turner is the Director of Integrated Services for the Life Health Center. He is a licensed Psychologist in the State of New York, and Delaware, and is certified as a Health Care Provider in Psychology. He specializes in forensic psychology, holistic health, African American psychology, training, supervision, and the impact of trauma on the human spirit. Dr. Turner also has extensive experience in substance abuse evaluation and treatment and has designed nationally funded programs for African-American families experiencing issues related to addiction as well as programs related to domestic violence within Black families. He is a member of the Hope commission which has developed a re-entry program for previously incarcerated felons returning to our community.
Dr. Turner obtained his Ph.D from Temple University School of Medicine in 1980 and has served in the field of medicine for over 39 years. During his career, he has taught numerous courses at the University of Delaware as well as published serval papers and journals relating to his field of study and experience.
He has conducted numerous workshops and group facilitations on various topics such as stress management, health issues affecting women of color, relationship development, diversity, partnership in healing, psychological impact of disability, human behavior, treating multiple diagnoses among young adults, the will to survive for victims, the role of the human spiriting for healing for men, adversity and family structures, culturally relevant education, and positive self-imagery for Black families.
Dr. Turner has received several awards of which he was the recipient of the Delaware Psychological Association Service award (1998), Certificate of Appreciation African Rights of Passage (1997), and the Service Award, Black Alumni Organization, University of Delaware (1996).
He is a member of the local and national chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists, American Psychological Association, Delaware Psychological Association, American College of Forensic Psychology, and the Counsel in Ethnic Mental Health Affairs.
Dr. Turner has personal interest in photography, music, theater, physical fitness, parenting and group therapy applications.
Dr. Herman M. Ellis, MD, MPH, FACPM
Dr. Ellis is presently the Medical Director of Life Health Center. In that capacity, he supervises medical providers; has oversight of all programs including medication assisted treatment and provides direct patient care.
Dr. Ellis is a native of Louisiana. He completed high school and college in New York City. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine; University of Michigan and Manhattan College. He is board certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health.
Dr. Ellis graduated from Boston University School of Medicine on a Navy scholarship. After completing his active duty obligation with the Navy, he spent 10 years in the Marine Reserves. Dr. Ellis’ career path began in corporate occupational medicine. He served in senior executive positions with IBM, Monsanto and was the Chief Medical Officer at Rohm and Haas. After Rohm and Haas, he went into public service serving as New Jersey’s Assistant Commissioner and State Epidemiologist from which he was recruited by Meharry Medical College to start their department in occupational and preventive medicine.
Dr. Ellis left academia to move to public service again as Richmond, Virginia’s Health Director. He then continued in public health as Medical Director for Delaware overseeing clinic operations.
In the second half of his career, Dr. Ellis spent four years as Division Director of Federal Occupational Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. His division served over 1M federal employees with a staff of 1500, a budget of $110MM in varied agencies like the Secret Service, FBI, Social Security, Courts, IRS.
During his career, Dr. Ellis areas of expertise have been eclectic, population infectious epidemiology, causation determinations consultant for Departments of Energy/Labor and drug and alcohol training and experience. In the latter, his initial introduction was the Navy alcohol and drug rehabilitation course; drug crew chief with the US Olympic Committee; overseeing/ starting drug screening at three Fortune 500 companies; and with present employer, obtaining Data Waiver to prescribe Subutex/Suboxone, inpatient prescribing of methadone and Subutex and MAW/MAT. Dr. has completed requirements for board eligibility in addiction medicine (ASAM).
Norwood Coleman LCSW-S, ACSW
Clinical Manager and Coordinator of Training Activities
Norwood J. Coleman, Jr. is a licensed clinical social worker and resident of Wilmington, Delaware. He holds a Bachelor and Master of Social Work at Delaware State University. Mr. Coleman has used his academic achievements to launch a career as a Trauma Focused Clinician and Mental Health Administrator, working with children, adults, families, and larger systems in the State of Delaware. Mr. Mr. Coleman holds several certifications and professional memberships at the State, National and International level.
Mr. Coleman is a current and long standing member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). He has held multiple leadership roles on the NASW-Delaware Chapter Board as Treasurer-Elect, Treasurer, President-Elect and President of the NASW-Delaware Chapter. In addition to holding leadership positions with the NASW, Mr. Coleman holds NASW credentials of Academy of Certified Social Worker (ACSW) and Licensed Clinical Supervisor of Social Work (LCSW-S). Mr. Coleman is a long standing member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Study (ISTSS).
He is a preferred provider by the State of Delaware Department of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and Child-Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI). Mr. Coleman is the former clinical supervisor for the Wilmington Child Development-Community Policing Program- a program which provides law enforcement with trauma trained clinicians as a resource for youth exposed to violence. He has contributed to multiple youth engagement and support organizations including Duffy’s Hope as a group facilitator. He has developed a curriculum for the organization, which he also cofacilitated, entitled TRAUMA AWARENESS-SUICIDE PREVENTION (TASP), which was recognized by Wilmington City Council in 2013. He is a former adjunct professor at Delaware State University and the winner of the Sankofa Social Worker of the Year Award for 2015.
As a part of Mr. Coleman’s professional activities, he has volunteered in multiple organizations. Mr. Coleman is also a volunteer member of AIDS-DE, The Mental Health Association in Delaware-Community Mental Health Conference Planning Committee, served on the Victim’s Rights Task Force, served on the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI)-Executive Advisory Board and as a professional volunteer for Crisis Intervention Training for Police Officers. Mr. Coleman also has volunteered with the Silence Breeds Violence Initiative, a program to engage community members with police officers in cooperative ways. He is a former facilitator for Victims Voices Heard- Victim’s Impact Listen and Learn (Office of Victims of Crime) offered in the Delaware Department of Corrections. The Domestic Violence Task Force of Delaware (DVRT), Delaware Domestic Violence Forum, Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Connecticut Youth Excellence Program, One World Classroom.
Mr. Coleman is also an avid supporter of the arts as a part of a holistic educational experience. In addition to being an accomplished pianist and violist, Mr. Coleman has taught violin, viola, piano at the Christina Cultural Arts Center, is the founder of Umoja String Ensemble, and the Minister of Music at the Unity Lutheran Church win Wilmington, Delaware. He is a former member of the internationally travel performance group, Fruits of the Spirit. Mr. Coleman has dedicated his life to the wellness of youth and their families through his giving spirit and dedication life long-learning. He strongly holds fast to the belief that all people are valuable and should be given the opportunity to contribute their gifts and talents to the Symphony of Life.
Dr. Jonathan M. Miller, MD
Medical Director of Pediatrics School Based Wellness
Dr. Jonathan Miller is the Medical Director for Life Health Center’s elementary School-Based Health Centers in the Colonial School District in New Castle, DE. He has served in this role since 2018, overseeing the provision of physical health services at the first elementary school-based wellness center in the State of Delaware.
Dr. Miller is the Medical Director of Value-Based Care for Nemours Children’s Health System. In this role, he oversees the transition from a volume-based, reactive, fee-for-service healthcare model to one that is value-based, proactive, and based on alternative payment models, requiring innovative, evidence-based solutions, a focus on quality and safety, and leadership toward culture change. Dr. Miller is an Academic General Pediatrician who joined Nemours in 2013 to lead the primary care practice and resident continuity clinic at Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. He served as Interim Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics for over two years, overseeing tremendous growth of the primary care practice, as well as growth of the Hospitalist and Child Abuse teams. Clinically, he is both a primary care pediatrician, including the care of Children with Medical Complexity, and a pediatric hospitalist. Along with his clinical activities, Dr. Miller is involved in ethics, education, and school-based health.
Prior to joining Nemours, Dr. Miller was an Academic General Pediatrician and Hospitalist at the Children’s Hospital of the University of Illinois and at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Miller received a Bachelor of Science from Pennsylvania State University, and then graduated from the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He completed Pediatrics Residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Fellowship in Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago.
Chanel Bailey, BS
Chanel Bailey is the General Manager of the Life Health Center. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Administration and has over 20 years of experience in the Health Care Industry. She joined the LHC with a wealth of knowledge and experience including Provider/Facility Contracting, Network Management, Credentialing, Compliance and Accounts Management. She also has over seven years of experience working for national and local health insurance payers in various leadership positions.
Chanel is passionate about people and believes that a healthy Corporate Culture sets the precedence for stability, talent retention, and consistent growth.
She is a Wife, Mother of one child, and Step-Mother of three. She loves to write, listen to jazz, and attend theatrical performances.
Bessie M. McLaughlin Evans
Licensed Practical Nurse
Ms. Bessie graduated and was licensed as a Practical Nurse at the Brown Technical School in 1962. She attended the University of Delaware, Management Training, Brandywine College and majored in Business Administration. She also attended Eastern University.
Ms. Bessie is a certified CPR Health Care Provider and a Holistic Health Coach from Legacy Holistic Health Institute as of January 2020. Ms. Bessie completed her LPN Refresher Training at the Delaware Skill Center in 2014. She became a Lay Biblical Counselor at the Hope Restoration Center in 2016 with a concentration in Ethics: Good Decision Making in Real-Time; Culturally Responsive Practices; and Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training.
Ms. Bessie has been a nurse for over 40 years.
Since 1985 she has been on a quest to manage disease, stress and live a balanced life in spirit, soul, and body. She is a lifelong learner. In addition to a vocation of nursing, she worked in banking and government. She owned a bookstore for over ten years and sold books on Amazon. Bessie is a fitness instructor and teacher of Health and Wellness Classes at The Resurrection Center. She enjoys spending time with family, reading, gardening, fishing, knitting, and traveling. Ms. Bessie is an ordained Elder of Administration at the Resurrection Center in Wilmington, Delaware.
Essence Murray, MSW
Essence Murray has been a Master’s Level Clinician at the Life Health Center School-Based Wellness Centers since 2017. She obtained a Bachelor in Human Services, a Minor in Anthropology at Lincoln University in 2013, and a Master of Social Work at Delaware State University in 2017. Ms. Murray is pursuing to become an LCSW in 2021.
As a child, Essence grew up seeing her grandmother help others constantly and she has always wanted to do the same. She never knew the capacity at which she wanted to help. However,
understanding human behavior in the social environment was always a mystery to her.
Essence was always told that she is caring, cooperative, a great listener, empathetic, energetic, and outgoing. Having these qualities has helped ease her clients during sessions because they can relate to her. Her clients have told her on numerous occasions that they normally do not see her as a therapist, but rather a friend assisting them with their hardship.
Since the start of her journey as a mental health clinician, she has learned more of herself, through her clients, by assisting them in learning new coping skills which she uses herself. Her most impactive is mindfulness. In her spare time, she enjoys journaling, watching cartoons, playing barbies, cooking, and walking with her 5-year-old daughter, Harmani.
Andres Waters, MSW
Andres Waters is a Master’s Level Clinician at the Life Health Center School-Based Wellness Centers. He has a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work from Delaware State University. Andres is actively applying for his LCSW. He has over 8 years in the field and has experience working with clients of all ages in both psychiatric inpatient and outpatient settings.
Andres has a passion for working with children, adolescents, and their families. Andres utilizes an eclectic approach, pulling from a variety of treatment modalities to meet the needs of each client. Andres is currently providing both in-person and telehealth sessions.
Jessica Harrison, MSW
Cognitive Behavior Therapist
Jessica Harrison is a Master’s Level Clinician at the Life Health Center School-Based Wellness Centers. She has been in practice in the Mental Health field for seven years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology in 2011 from Delaware State University. Jessica continued her education upon graduating and obtained her Master’s in Social Work from Delaware State University in 2013. Jessica is a certified School Social Worker for the state of Delaware and currently working towards her Clinical License in Social Work. She anticipates becoming an LCSW by the conclusion of 2021. Jessica is certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has worked with a diverse population ranging from children as young as four years old to the geriatric in various settings from the educational setting, psychiatric hospital, and day treatment programs. Jessica specializes in working with the youth especially in the educational setting. She chose to pursue a career as a mental health professional because she likes to lend a helping hand and a listening ear to those who need it. Jessica demonstrates advocacy and empathy in her style of therapy which also shows in her personality. What Jessica loves the most about being a mental health professional is seeing her clients succeed in their journey. She loves working at the Life Health Center because it allows a chance to grow both personally and professionally. An interesting fact about Jessica is that she has been a runner since the age of 12 which helped pay for her undergrad and grad college education. In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her daughter and watching reality television.
Licensed Practical Nurse
Motivational Life Coach Wellness Coach
Kenisha Delgado is a Licensed Practical Nurse at the Life Health Center School-Based Wellness Centers and the Jessup Street clinic located in the State Service Building. She has been practicing as a Licensed practical nurse for twelve years and working in the healthcare field for over fifteen years. She graduated from the Delaware Institute of Health Sciences. She is currently working towards a degree in public health at SNHU. Kenisha is a certified CPR instructor, a Certified Motivational Speaker, and a Certified Life/Wellness coach.
She enjoys traveling, site seeing, and watching motivational videos. She loves to write. Kenisha published her first book in 2009. She was awarded the poet of merit award, from the international library of poets, and a Happy Helper award from a local Walgreens.
She is honored to work with the Life Health Center because it correlates with her interest as a community advocate. Kenisha believes that the most intricate thing one can do for another is to listen to them and meet them exactly where they are. To her, there is nothing more therapeutic than empathy and kindness.
Ms. Shanika H. Sanchez, MSW, LCSW
“Ms. Shanika “as she is mostly referred to as is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, attained her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Widener University in 2013, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University in 2006.
Ms. Shanika currently provides licensed clinical services to children at The Life Health Wellness Center located at Carrie Downie Elementary School in New Castle, DE. Ms. Shanika has been with The Life Health Center since August 2019. She believes the best part about working for the LHC is the level of authentic transparency of which she has learned to embrace among her colleagues as well as to extend to the children whom she serves daily.
She has over 14 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families. Ms. Shanika’s focus on work includes assisting others with family system relationships and attachments. Her other areas of focus include working with children in foster care, aiding kinship care relationships, assisting parent/child reunification, coaching adolescents entering independent living lifestyles, as well as supporting individuals who may be experiencing symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, depression, early onset of psychosis, parent/child attachment issues, abuse, recovery and trauma concerns. She uses the strength-based approach to treat her clients. She believes by doing so allows her client’s individual right to self-determination for them to achieve a positive level of emotional wellness. Ms. Shanika finds this approach helps to enhance the positive therapeutic working relationship with her clients. As a clinician, she listens very intently to the matters of a person’s heart. She helps them to identify unhealthy thought patterns, behaviors, and other barriers in their way. It is then that she’s able to help guide them toward creating a unique plan for living their best life.
M.ED, QMHP, Master’s Level Clinician
Sarina holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science and a Master’s of Education, with a concentration in Special Education from Wilmington University. She is certified in Cognitive Based Therapy (CBT), Functional Family Therapy (FFT), and is currently returning for a Master’s in Social Work within the year. She is a Site Administrator at the Wilmington Manor Elementary School, and a Qualified Mental Health Professional with the Life Health Center, located in Wilmington, DE. She works with children, individuals, and families using an eclectic approach tailored to the unique needs of each new client. She has over 10 years of experience in a variety of settings and with diverse clients, including both long-term and brief interventions. Her areas of expertise include children and adolescents with behavioral issues; anxiety and depression; relationship challenges; phase-of-life changes, grief, and loss; and life stresses and next steps. There are so many changes that happen as families grow and develop with the passing years, and she is here to help with these transitions. After working on Rikers Island as a Correction Officer for 5 years, Sarina believes that change happens when children are reached as they are shaped into adults that have the guidance they need to draw on their strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling happy lives. As an empath, Sarina is highly aware of the emotions of those around her, to the point of feeling those emotions herself. She sees the world differently than other people; Sarina being keenly aware of others, their pain points, and what they need emotionally, allows her to connect to her clients most uniquely and profoundly.
In her spare time, Sarina enjoys quality time with her 3 sons and fiancée. She’s also a published author, writing about her life experiences of emerging and growing into the woman she is today. She’s a fashionista by nature and you can most assuredly find her charting new eclectic stylings of her own. As a mother, a professional, and clinician, Sarina’s goal is to provide an environment of compassion and support to help individuals and families overcome obstacles to move forward and thrive.