Meet Dr. LaNail.
As a leading professional in the mental health field, Dr. LaNail R. Plummer is committed to improving the lifestyles of others through the aspects of mental health and character development. A United States Military Veteran and the CEO of Onyx Therapy Group — an organization she founded in 2013 — Dr. Plummer has over 16 years of experience working with a multitude of clients, and specializing in the care of young women; the Black community; and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Grounded in the values of integrity and awareness, Dr. Plummer believes that emotional, spiritual, and cultural healing is attainable for all.
As the CEO of Onyx Therapy Group, Dr. Plummer and her team of counselors and consultants, aim to create a company whose mission is centered on addressing mental health issues, disparities, and inequalities in communities, organizations, and individuals in need. With 8 clinical locations throughout DC, MD, and PA. Dr. Plummer and her team specialize in a range of theories, therapies and various educational models of training and learning, that focus on the critical race theory and culturally sustaining pedagogy. Combining her experiences from the military, school/community leadership, parenting, and her work as a university faculty member, Dr. Plummer strives to provide a safe space with the best services available for her clients.
As a researcher, Dr. Plummer explores the experiences of Black Women in clinical and supervision settings with the goal of creating a grounded theory that best suits the needs of Black Women in a range of professions. Additionally, Onyx Therapy Group provides direct consultation to local and federal government agencies, while providing models and structures that allow them to support their frontline mental health teams. Dr. Plummer has lent her expertise to international and nationally recognized conferences, and has been featured in TIME Magazine, NY Magazine, Essence, Forbes, and more.
GET TO KNOW LaNail.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT TGS?
I am a major extrovert so I love being around with people, learning about and from them, sharing ideas and thoughts, connecting resources and people, and just being…and feeling the energy of powerful Black people!
If You Could Have Dinner with 3 people, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
1. My Grandmother- Evelyn Carol Lesure. I miss her and want a hug. I have questions about her…as a mother and a professional. I want to hear her thoughts about how the world is changing. I want to do our snuggle nose kisses and smell her perfume. I miss her.
2. Oprah- I mean, she’s Oprah. An icon. I think we have so much in common and I want to learn from her. I can see myself sitting at her feet, looking up, and asking questions…and sharing a few ideas too.
3. Michelle Obama- My gosh!
What is your favorite quote or mantra?
“If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal” 1 Corinthians 13
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to your younger self?
It’s ok girl. It won’t always be like this….so keep your head up, your shoulders squared, and your heart humbled.
Come out- People will accept you. Your sexuality is just a piece of your identity and once you come out, you can live loudly, boldly, and take up space. You can walk in purpose because you are a gift, wrapped in the essence of mahogany skin hues and led by a God who created you. Don’t be weighed down by who people think you are….instead, fly high young lady! Fly.
Get in touch with Dr. Plummer at Onyx Therapy Group or on IG and LinkedIn at OnyxTherapyGroup; IG: MahoganySunshine