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Has your mental health been impacted by your military service?

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VMHA provides high quality mental health evaluations to veterans to support their VA mental health disability claims. We provide a safe and comfortable space for veterans to share their unique story while capturing the evidence needed by the VA. Many of our clients have had a challenging time in their claims process. It's important to us that our veterans feel heard, understood, and cared for.

Why work with us?

Experienced Psychologists

We ensure the appropriate evidence is captured and an accurate diagnosis is given.

VA Requirements

We know what the VA is looking for to give your claim the best shot at being accepted.

Tell Your Story

We provide bedside manner and empathy to help you feel comfortable sharing.

What Clients Say

"My psychologist was very warm and welcoming. I felt comfortable telling her what I was going through." 

Pauline

"I felt comfortable opening up - much easier compared to being in a military or VA setting." 

Henry

"Talking about why you’ll never be a normal person again is not easy. It sucks a lot. There’s just so much you can’t say. But Dr. Edwards was probably one of the easiest people to talk to about it that I’ve had to. Thank you guys."

Robert

"The doctor was empathetic and engaging. I felt safe sharing my conditions with her." 

Natalie

"I felt like I could be myself and be open, I managed to stay composed thanks to the calming voice of the person I was talking to." 

Tomas

"Given my last experience with this from a different provider this one for sure changed my mind on being able to feel safe opening up and not writing me off like a lost cause like the first one did. She was amazing and I felt heard for the first time." 

James

  • Mental health assessment

  • In depth review of symptoms

  • Review of symptom progression over time

  • Identify appropriate diagnosis

  • Nexus statement

  • Recommend rating based on VA criteria

Price: $1,695

Independent Medical Opinion

If you are seeking to provide additional evidence in  support of your claim, our experienced psychologists will conduct a mental health evaluation to document applicable evidence in support of your claim.

Our Services

  • Capture your symptoms

  • Confirm diagnosis

  • Recommend rating based on VA criteria

Price: $495

Disability Benefits Questionnaire

If you currently have a service connected mental health condition and are seeking a rate increase for the same condition, our  experienced psychologists will complete your DBQ.

Our Leadership

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Dwayne Edwards
Founder & Chief Executive Officer

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Dwayne Edwards served in the United States Marine Corps for seven years and earned the rank of Captain. He deployed to Iraq in 2008 as an infantry platoon commander and ended his service as an intelligence officer at Marine Corps Intelligence Activity (MCIA). He knows first hand the anxiety veterans feel when thinking about seeking mental health support. As a suicide awareness officer, he increased the awareness of suicide warning signs to help service members recognize them as cries for help and not as signs of weakness. Dwayne has expertise in product management, design, strategy, and innovation and has held executive roles at Capital One and IDEO. He received his BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Law from Binghamton University and an MBA from Yale School of Management. Dwayne loves to work out, golf, play poker and listen to live music. He currently lives in Frisco, TX with his wife and three sons.

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Dr. Aquilla Edwards
Co-founder & Head of Psychology

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Dr. Aquilla Edwards received her BS in Human Biology, Health, and Society from Cornell University, followed by her graduate studies in the School Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University, an APA accredited program where she earned her Ph.D. She trained in a variety of settings, including an inpatient hospital, outpatient clinics, and schools. Subsequent to receiving her doctorate, Dr. Edwards worked as a psychologist at an outpatient clinic serving people with developmental disabilities and their families. Here she had the opportunity to provide psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults, along with their families, as well as help clients and their families gain access to a wealth of services through psychological evaluations. She began her private practice consulting within a clinic that provided psychoeducational evaluations investigating cognitive, academic, social-emotional, and attentional functioning. She later served as the Director of Psychology for a company providing remote psychoeducational evaluations nationwide, where she was responsible for clinical quality, overseeing the work of over 70 psychologists performing evaluations. Dr. Edwards had the honor of serving as a mental health leader for the TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) Good Grief Camp, providing support for adolescents grieving the death of a military family member. As the spouse of a Marine Corps veteran and granddaughter of a Vietnam Army veteran, she is thrilled to continue serving the veteran community. A little about Dr. Edwards outside of work: She is a mom of three young boys, who keep her very busy. She loves traveling, reading fiction novels, and experimenting with gluten free baking. Fun fact: She is a certified childbirth educator.

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Find out if VMHA is right for you

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Our psychologists are licensed in AL, AZ, AR, CO, CNMI, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, ME, MD, MI, MN, MO, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WI, and WY.

All evaluations are conducted virtually.

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