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About Us

Alternative Pathways is a family-owned and operated organization. We offer alternative services because we believe that healing and growth are processes that should be unique to the individual and family. It is our mission to provide affordable and quality care to our clients. Each of our providers listed below has an extensive background in the coaching and human services fields. 

Our Providers

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Master Health and Wellness Coach certification credentials
Kristina Landolfi MA, MCHC

Kristina has focused her education and training to be able to help others. She practices holistic health and wellness coaching because she believes healing and growth should be unique to the individual. Kristina graduated with a B.A. in Criminology and a minor in Sociology from Penn State University. She graduated with an M.A. in Human Services Counseling Health and Wellness obtained from Liberty University. She attended Dr. Sears Wellness Institute where she received her Master's Certification in Health Coaching. Kristina is certified in Autoimmune Holistic Nutrition through the AFPA. She competed a certification course through The Stanford Center for Health Education (part of Stanford Medicine) in Nutrition Sciences. Kristina is one of our trained couples coaches as well as a SYMBIS-certified facilitator. 

Prior to becoming a health and wellness coach, Kristina focused her career on working in crisis intervention. She has worked as a support specialist providing crisis support, intervention, and safety planning for survivors of sexual assault and violence. She has worked as a crisis counselor in an inpatient clinical mental health setting, working with a wide population of individuals. Kristina also worked as a group counselor/facilitator, specializing in divorce and separation. Kristina has vast knowledge and experience in teaching and developing coping skills, as well as empowering her clients to succeed. Kristina's goal is to help her clients identify their strengths and overcome their barriers to health and wellness. 

Meralea Oberto LCSW, CHt.

Meralea has been working in the Human Services and Counseling field for over 34 years. She graduated from Kings College with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work with a minor in Psychology. Meralea continued her education by obtaining a Master's of Social Work degree from Temple University. She has also been practicing Hypnosis for over 25 years. She is a Master Level certified Hypnotherapist through the International Association of Counselors and Therapists. She is also a certified Hypnologist through the Hypnodyne Foundation. Meralea has a wide variety of experience when it comes to working with clients. Some of the areas Meralea has worked in are stress management & anxiety, working with children, marriage & family, parenting, maternal health, child welfare, and medical social work to name a few. She has been employed in several non-profit social service agencies throughout her extensive career. Meralea is up-to-date on the latest research on trauma and healing as she is also an adjunct professor of Psychology & Sociology for over 20 years. Meralea has hosted several seminars on the power of hypnosis as well as classes on self-hypnosis. 

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Neil F. Oberto, MS, LPC
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Neil has a diverse educational background along with hands-on life experiences. He has an associate’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management and worked in the hospitality field for several years. He attended Borromeo College of Ohio, to pursue his bachelor’s degree in Social and Behavioral Science with a minor in philosophy and history. In 1991, Neil received a  Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Scranton. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He has been working and volunteering in the human service field for the past 39 years. Neil began working with mentally challenged adults and children in recreational programs. He has done various work with inner-city youth, pastoral care in hospitals, and an inner-city nursing facility for the economically underprivileged, along with other inner-city services. He worked in direct service as a residential advisor for economically disadvantaged young adults, as a case manager in child welfare, as well as in a nonprofit human service agency in various roles that include executive director. Neil has collaboratively worked in partnerships in developing various programs, groups, and workshops on issues relating to child welfare, adolescence, family development, and the effective management of emotions.

Neil specialized in child welfare, family, marital, pre/post-adoption coaching, men's issues, emotional regulation, including anger management, and sexual addictions. Neil is involved or has had past affiliation in numerous regional and state commitments and local volunteer activity. He values life experiences. Neil has been happily married for 33 years and enjoys spending time with his four daughters as well as several grandchildren. 

Brittany Sherman, MSW Candidate, Intern 

Brittany has a passion for helping individuals and communities reach their full potential.

She graduated with a B.A. in Criminology and minors in Psychology and Political Science from Penn State University. Currently, is a Master's in Social Work candidate at Indiana University, with a focus on family and community advocacy. 

Brittany has experience in research support at the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness and as a crisis counselor and community educator for her local victim services. Brittany also works to create protective factors for children by teaching Social Emotional Learning, and conflict resolution to young boys and girls who struggle with behavioral issues, and through teaching allyship/support for Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression (SOGIE) groups. 

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