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Elissa RifkinElissa worked as a preschool, elementary and middle school teacher for more then 10 years before attending graduate school. She received her graduate degree in Counseling Adult, Adolescent, and Child Psychology. She began working as a psychotherapist in a public school setting. In addition, she worked in a walk-in non- profit clinic serving adults and children. Areas of interest include children and adults with adjustment disorder. To date, she is a Parent/Child Support Counselor in St. Louis, Missouri at a Vascular Birthmarks Treatment center. Elissa's daughter was born with a fast growing large hemangioma on her nose more than 15 years ago. Elissa is on the board of VBF and very active in the MSN support group. She is also writing in the field of psycho-social impact on individuals affected by a vascular birthmark.

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The Sturge-Weber Syndrome Community, a branch of the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation, provides support and services freely and upon a volunteer basis for individuals and families living with SWS and vascular birthmarks, while sponsoring research and promoting physician education and awareness, as well as education of the public at large.