In the fall of 1990, Sheila returned to school and earned a Masters degree in Social Work, and simultaneously, also a Masters degree in Public Health.
Her final internship placement during her second year was with the newly-formed Special Needs Clinic, and she went to work there after getting her degrees.
The Special Needs Clinic was founded in 1992 and specializes in the mental health treatment of HIV-affected families.
Sheila began as an intern, became their first employee, and then a co-director.
With Sheila’s help, the clinic has treated almost two thousand patients:
Since its inception, the clinic has treated over 1,600 socioeconomically disadvantaged children, adolescents, and adult family members who are themselves HIV-positive or are living in families with HIV-infected and/or drug-addicted family members; it currently has approximately 300 patients at any one time and is staffed by more than 20 clinicians and lay staff.